I did what they told us. I waited, Olive. The soldier to come is both natural and unnatural. I waited to be called up. You stay fit; stay focused, and stay ready. I wore the blacks and grays. I blended in. But the call never came. It never came. Then, that man with the glasses, he showed up at the hospital. He spoke all the old words. He said they’re coming. He needed warriors. He said… “What was written will come to pass.” He said he knew how to wake me up. I shouldn’t have listened to him. Sometimes what we wake up, it can’t be put back to sleep.
— Nick Lane to Olivia Dunham | Fringe 1.17: Bad Dreams
Unpopular fandom opinion time! Truth be told, this special was really the only one of Tennant’s final bunch of episodes that I actually enjoyed a bit and wasn’t either extremely bored or frustrated by. Sure, there were ridiculous fly people and a lot of cheese (this is Doctor Who, after all, and, as much as I love it, it can be quite silly), but it was fun and light. Also, if I remember correctly, this was the first episode to be filmed in HD and boy, does it show. I won’t lie and say that it didn’t contribute to part of my enjoyment.