As an effort to justify our somewhat obsessive T.V watching Meghan (Of Coffee and Wizards and @MegTao on Twitter) and myself have decided to undertake a Doctor Who Watch-a-long. We'll be starting with the beginning of the 2005 relaunch and will be posting about one episode every Wednesday and Friday, on our respective blogs. We hope you'll join in – whether as a re-watch or to discover the Doctor for the first time!
*just a heads up each post may contain spoilers for that episode and then ones before it*
|Written by: Russel T Davies Directed by: James Hawes|
The newly regenerated Doctor travels to present day London and Rose is happy to be home. Her mother is happy to see her, her protestation to the contrary. The Doctor isn't well however suffering from what he describes as a surplus of energy. While he is in a coma-like state, the people of the Earth are threatened by the Sycorax who threaten to destroy one-third of the planet's population if they don't surrender. The Prime Minister, in the apparent absence of the Doctor, asks for assistance from Torchwood but it's slow in coming and the end is fast approaching.
Thoughts on the Episode
This episode has a very special place in my heart. It is the very first episode of Doctor Who I ever experienced. Back before I knew who Rose was, or how much David Tennant would rock my sock. Back before Tardis, Dalek and Sonic Screwdriver were a part of my regular vocabulary.
Beyond that, what this episode really comes down to for me is getting to know the new Doctor. He’s still the Doctor and there’s a lot of affirming that he hasn’t changed that much. He’s still very loud, very vocal and very
honest blunt. All characteristics that I love about
him. But David Tennant brings some new qualities to the Doctor. Meg mentioned
this in her post as well, but he’s very human. He can get way more emotional.
Which I think can be a good thing, but it can also be a little too much
sometimes. His decision to destroy Harriet’s career was pretty extreme but I
understood where it was coming from.
Also can we just take a moment to enjoy how nice to look at he is…
*Sigh* I will never get tired of looking at that face.
I swear I’m the only person that likes Mickey. Ok maybe like is a strong word, but I care about his character. And I was incredibly pleased with his actions in this episode. He’s a lot braver/smarter than Rose gives him credit for. So let’s all just give Mickey a pat on the back – because he never gets one!
Anyway - new doctor, new season. I am very excited for the episodes ahead!
Obviously it would have to be the spinning Christmas tree. This tree is spinning so fast it goes through walls. As I mentioned this was my very first Doctor Who episode so at the sight of this killer Christmas tree I may have burst out laughing – and my love of this brilliant show was formed.