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Doctor Who

I’m now under the belief that David Tennant can do for glasses what Jamie Bamber can do for a towel.

When the Ten vs. Nine fandom war breaks out I shall be firmly entrenched in the Ten camp. This is not me bashing Nine. There’s just something about David Tennant’s performance that is infectious for me. And like many characters I have loved before his Doctor has this thing where he appears to be one person on the surface, but suddenly gives you hints to the man he truly is underneath.

Ten, thus far, has been a much more relaxed, carefree, happy go lucky, and just plain silly Doctor. Yet we get these moments where the truth, and the pain of it to him, is revealed. Rose is suddenly worried that she is merely one in a long line of companions who is going to be left behind. Her concern is understandable - she sees the pain Sarah Jane is still experiencing and wants to know if she’s in for the same. The Doctor says he won’t leave her behind and I believe him, yet it’s not just under his control. I have to admit to getting a little choked up when he tells Rose, “You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you.” The curse of being a Time Lord and regenerating is being alone.

The show had a difficult task of introducing old favorites to new viewers such as me. Not only did I find Sarah Jane and K9 interesting, but I cared about them and, in Sarah Jane’s case, how her relationship with the Doctor altered her life for better and worse. The writers also did a nice job of handling the mutual jealousy between Sarah Jane and Rose. Sarah Jane sees herself traded in for a younger model while Rose is hurt to discover she’s not the first one he’s loved.

The Doctor telling ASH (well, whatever his character’s name was ;), “I use to have so much mercy” not only hinted at the darkness that lies behind the jovial exterior, but was a nice tie in with some of his previous incarnation’s behavior. It also makes we wonder what the Doctor was like before the Time War and his race was exterminated.

Other things I enjoyed:

Correctomundo – a word he never used before and hopes to never again.

Sarah Jane’s discovery that the Doctor is back by first seeing the Tardis and then the Doctor bathed in moonlight. Very cool shot.

Mickey referring to Sarah Jane and Rose as “The mrs and the ex.”

Kenny getting to be the hero.

Things that annoyed me a bit:

Mickey can contact Rose and the Doctor whenever he wants? I suppose Rose’s phone can receive calls through time as well, but have we seen this done before?

The Torchwood references are getting old already. Having “Bad Wolf” pop up in every episode last series I found clever because it was often subtle and laying the groundwork for the finale. But who doesn’t know ‘Torchwood’ is going to be a spin-off of ‘Who’? To me it’s coming off like product placement even though I’m sure it does tie into the series we are watching.

And a very Happy Birthday! to a fellow Michigander thedeadlyhook. I hope your feeling better and up to doing a little celebrating today. ;-)
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I’m now under the belief that David Tennant can do for glasses what Jamie Bamber can do for a towel.

Amen, sister.

When the Ten vs. Nine fandom war breaks out I shall be firmly entrenched in the Ten camp.

Do we have to take sides? ;-) I love them both, for entirely different reasons.

“You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you.”

Yeah, that... that got me, right in the heart. It makes me want to give him a big hug.

I wasn't sure I'd like Sarah Jane, since Rose was my first Companion and I'm rather attached to her, and I was afraid she'd come off badly in comparison. Fortunately, they were both doing the bitchy, jealous thing, and then we had that lovely scene where they were able to bond over the Doctor's quirks.

As much as I want to see Jack, the Torchwood thing is getting old. I can only hope it turns out to be something of a red herring in the end.

Do we have to take sides?

Probably not. ;) Just someone said something to me recently about the potential for a Nine/Ten war breaking out. I don't have issues with either take on the role since I'm only familiar with the new series though obviously I now am developing a personal preference based on the actor in the role.

I'd read good things about Sarah Jane and her reintroduction on the show so I was hopeful I'd like her and I was not disappointed. It was interesting to see too that she accepted the Doctor in his new form right away whereas Rose needed time to adjust. Of course, maybe Sarah Jane had been through the rejeneration process before. I have no clue.
Of course, maybe Sarah Jane had been through the rejeneration process before. I have no clue.

I've since watched the "Confidential" for this episode, and it turns out that is in fact the case. Sarah Jane lived through the transition from Doctor Three to Doctor Four, so she was not totally blindsided like Rose was. At least for Ten; not sure if she knew about the regeneration to begin with.
Thanks for the info. I haven't bothered to download the Confidentials because I still haven't watched the ones for the first series I have! It's a nice bit of continuity then that she wasn't shocked by his new appearance.
PS - I love that icon. Hee. Great picture, great saying - is that something he actually said? I can't remember. It does sound like him, though.
I'm not sure if it's something he ever said, but it does sound very much like him. I actually snatched that icon because it sounds like something I would say. ;)
(shielding eyes from Doctor Who spoiliers) I'm so far behind I haven't even seen any of the Tennant eps yet!

Thank you for the birthday wishes, dear! I did get up and out for the day - we went to the new DeYoung museum in Golden Gate park, which I'd been meaning to do for ages, and out to dinner - I was pretty exhausted by the end of it, but that's probably because I'm still in the recupurating phase. I think I slept almost all of yesterday because of it, but it was worth it. : )
OK, my lunch date is screwed because of transport problems, so instead I can eat at my desk and do my promised review.

The story. Lord help me, where do I start? The trouble is, when a story is this bad it makes me uberpicky about every single thing. I'm not sure how comprehensive I'll be here, but the whole start of the thing was a big problem to me. Since when was the Doctor bloody Miss Marple who gets called in on cases and goes undercover, and how the hell would Mickey (MICKEY!) pick up on something like this and let him know, and why?? It would have made more sense (and been more credible/typical) if he'd just happened into the school accidentally, like he does so often, and been mistaken for a supply teacher - a role he would have slipped into without a second thought, cos that's what he does.

Why the hell is Milo the only one who can answer physics questions? Surely most of the class would be up to speed by now (especially if said activity has alerted Mickey Smith)?

The Skasis Paradigm? Complete rubbish. And Krillitanes? Haven't we done that already with Slitheens?

And like everyone else whose review I've read (not many, I'll grant you) I am getting sick to death of being hit over the head with bloody TORCHWOOD.

Am I right in inferring that the Doctor dug out a whole new K9 shell from somewhere and rebuilt him? Presumably the old one was beyond repair from all the blowing-up and stuff. Well, if he had a new one in the Tardis, why the hell was he so surprised/pleased with the reunion earlier? (OK, the Tardis is, er, Tardisesque and therefore there must be a whole load of junk in there, but like I say, I get picky when I'm disgruntled.)

BUT

The performances were great. Ten and ASH face-off - wonderfully chilling. Pity they didn't write ASH a better role, but of course he handled it brilliantly.

The Sarah Jane scenes were great. I missed out on the Sarah Jane period of WHO a bit as I was away at college with no TV in the 70s, but it was great to see her and I believed that element of the storyline. I even shed a tear. Yes. Me.

The Rose / Sarah Jane interchanges were also fine. Not too soapy or silly. Very believable. Moving.

Heck, I'm even quite pleased that Mickey is joining the team, which is not something I'd have said before. God - anything to keep them away from earth and that ruddy mother. Although calling himself "the tin dog" does take it a bit out of the Whoverse for me. It's like watching a dalek go upstairs - it's a fan thing and an in-joke, so a bit of a cheap laugh. OK, K9 looks a bit cheesey, but he's a bloody powerful computer and weapon!

Anyway, I've only seen it the once so I know there's a lot I've forgotten - which is a blessing on the story front, frankly. It's such a crying shame, because there was no need for the story to be so bad.

But hey - still looking forward to next week's!
Since when was the Doctor bloody Miss Marple who gets called in on cases and goes undercover, and how the hell would Mickey (MICKEY!) pick up on something like this and let him know, and why?? It would have made more sense (and been more credible/typical) if he'd just happened into the school accidentally, like he does so often, and been mistaken for a supply teacher - a role he would have slipped into without a second thought, cos that's what he does.

I did find it odd that the Doctor was already there investigating. And then when we discover Mickey had called them I was very perplexed. As I mentioned, while Rose’s cell can bypass time and space, how can Mickey’s phone?

I had not thought about the implausibility of Mickey happening upon the situation at the school. I can buy that, after everything he’s been through and knowing what is really out there, he would be more inquisitive as to what is going on around him and more than a little paranoid. But that doesn’t explain how he found about the school. If they had had a line in which he mentioned that a nephew or cousin went there and he saw a radical change in them then I would have understood his suspicion and concern.

Why the hell is Milo the only one who can answer physics questions? Surely most of the class would be up to speed by now (especially if said activity has alerted Mickey Smith)?

And what happened to Milo? Why did such a smart kid get bumped from the class to make place for that girl? And how come we went from one special class to every classroom being hooked up to the super computer? And why not eat Kenny (who couldn’t eat the fries) instead of letting him run around to snoop? Not to mention, if the oil is poisen to them and they are eating the children and staff wouldn’t that have killed them? Ugh. I hadn’t thought of all this before!

The Skasis Paradigm? Complete rubbish. And Krillitanes? Haven't we done that already with Slitheens?

Yeah, no one can control the universe. Well, maybe God, but that’s a whole other debate. ;p

Am I right in inferring that the Doctor dug out a whole new K9 shell from somewhere and rebuilt him? Presumably the old one was beyond repair from all the blowing-up and stuff. Well, if he had a new one in the Tardis, why the hell was he so surprised/pleased with the reunion earlier?

This didn’t bug me so much because, as you point out, a lot of junk is probably on the Tardis and I was under the impression that the old K9’s memories were downloaded into a new body (like a Cylon). Hence why he was so happy about the earlier reunion because that was the K9 he knew. Any new one he activated would not have the shared experiences.

The Sarah Jane scenes were great…I even shed a tear. Yes. Me.

Hee. Yeah, I may have gotten a bit teary myself. ;)

God - anything to keep them away from earth and that ruddy mother.

Where was Jackie? I thought it was odd she wasn’t lurking about more. Maybe the actress got other work.
I was under the impression that the old K9’s memories were downloaded into a new body (like a Cylon)

Absolutely right. And he's done it before. Doctor Number Four gave a K9 to assistant Leela (leather bikini savage girl) when she stayed somewhere, only to activate a new one for himself. No, it was more the SHELL that bothered me. But it's entirely possible I'm too picky about that, mainly because I was annoyed by so much else.