Posted By Kathleen David on September 30, 2006
*Cracking her knuckles and getting ready for the next Season*
OK remember that in England this episode aired around Christmas and they didn’t see the rest of the season until the spring. So there is a gap between this episode and New Earth in the gap a lot of who the Doctor is was settled before the next episode. This was a regeneration episode. We have had a couple of them where the Doctor changes and the world of the people around him change too. A couple have gone just fine and a couple have gone horribly wrong (for that episode). 5 probably had the hardest time of it but 10 was no picnic. In the introduction of 5 and 10 the writers focus a little more on the people around the Doctor rather than the Doctor himself. Rose, Jackie, and Mickey have to deal with the man they knew no longer looks like the man they knew.
Overall it is very well done. The Doctor trying to figure out who he is is fun to watch. Jackie and Mickey add a lot to the story rather than just being pushed to the background. It was nice to see Harriett Jones PM again. Billy having to deal with what she saw happen to the Doctor was well played and well written. The ideas of Christmas and family were weaved into the adventure well.
I had a few problems with how things were handled by UNIT and why it was Harriett called in because it was an English probe which I am still a little fuzzy on who owned it. Also I can’t say that I am loving the Sci-Fi channel and their endless commercials and promos especially where they placed some of them which totally defused the tension that was building. Also this is an episode where you don’t need time to think or you start to pick it apart.
Of Course Spoilers possibly under the cut
I am grateful that Dr. Who is being shown in America.
“I can destroy you with a word….No six” and he promptly does so. That sets the tone for Tennant. He states it earlier with “No second chances. I’m not that kind of a man.” He is a very judgmental Doctor with some set of moral rules that he is going to make the universe adhere to. But he is also a fun Doctor. His sense of humor and child-like wonder is back in force. Also I like the outfit although I have been going crazy trying to find the fabric for it.
The scene out on the balcony where he is explaining what has gone wrong and that he needs something to make it right and Jackie starts playing 20 questions with him was hilarious. I also like that Jackie inadvertently brought the one thing the Doctor needed to recover which is a strong cuppa. Anyone else catch the Arthur Dent reference? That had me giggling.
Caroline can’t see the first half hour of this episode until after the Christmas tree is destroyed. But she knows that Tennant is the Doctor and she likes him.
I really like what Billy Piper did in this episode. Rose trying to hold it together for the Doctor and then totally losing it when Harriett is on the TV pleading for the Doctor to show up. Everyone was true to character and the dynamics were well played.
One of my biggest complaints about the season as a whole is that it felt like a bloody set up for Torchwood rather than a season of Doctor Who.
Next is New Earth