Posted By Kathleen David on April 26, 2008
Here there be spoilers behind the cut and in the comments. Ye be warned. Also I ask ye to not add spoilers for the shows that have shown in the UK but not the USA.
But first some general thoughts.
Just FYI, the SciFi network cut a rather important scene between Donna and her Grandfather talking about the Doctor which really does help explain why she was doing what she was doing.
Both David Tennant and Catherine Tate have both great comic and dramatic timing. The dialogue flowed easily off their lips and sounds very natural which is due to both the actors and the writers.
There has been some who think that the villains of the piece were not villainous enough. I think this was more about what happens when the Doctor blows into town rather than some thing out to destroy Earth. If you think about it Ms. Foster’s plan would have been just fine if the Doctor had not interfered with it. She wasn’t really harming anyone in fact she was helping people in a strange way.
Overall I enjoyed this episode and thought it was a good way to bring a new companion on board.
Next week Pompeii and it’s Volcano Day.
I am grateful for a new season of Doctor Who.
We see again what happens to a person who has the Doctor breeze in and out of their life. Like Sarah Jane, Donna holds onto the hope that she will see the Doctor again. In fact she has packed for the occasion. She is much changed from when we saw her in Runaway Bride.
I think one of the sad things about this episode is that Ms. Foster’s plan would have honestly hurt no one if the Doctor hadn’t interfered. People would have lost weight. She would have the children Adipose to give to their parents. It was a win-win except for the legality of it which if the Doctor hadn’t shown up would have gone un-noticed by all. I wonder if they would have killed Ms. Foster if the Doctor hadn’t shown up and exposed the plan.
Also this gets my vote for “cutest alien on Doctor Who”. I’m expecting to see stuffed official Adipose at Toy Fair next year. I know one person who has done a great crochet pattern for them. I might even take a try at creating a stuffed one.
I loved the pantomime exchange between the Doctor and Donna although the capper has to be when they realized that they had been made by the villains at about the point I was thinking that Ms. Foster should realize that they are there. The reporter tied to the chair was a stitch too especially at the end where she declares she is going to report them for being crazy.
Then there was Rose. I knew from the back of the head who it was. But it still was a punch to see her again. And then to see her vanish. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of her.