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*
This is the last Doctor Who Watch a Thon Post I will be posting on Bibliophile's Guide. From now on the posts will be found on Hooked on Books. One blog is much more easy to keep up with than two! Now onto the episode!
Thoughts on the Episode
IT"S UTHER PENDRAGON!!!!
Back when I was just a casual, every now and then Doctor Who watcher (instead of the crazy fangirl I am now) I was an avid Merlin watcher. I'm talking 3-4 episodes a day. So anyway, it should be no surprise that I was instantly in love with this episode when he arrived on screen.
Buy anyways, onto the episode itself.
The Doctor and Rose are back in present day England (surprise surprise) at the request of Mickey. He's noticed something weird and asked them to come back and investigate. Now they're undercover in a local highschool. David Tennant as a teacher (god he's sexy in those glasses) and Rose as a cafeteria lady (Jamie Oliver would have a field day in this place!). Strange crazy things begin to happen - like Uther eating somebody! - and then Sarah Jane shows up!
I loved the return of Sarah Jane and K-9. Not only because K-9 is the coolest robot dog ever, but because this definitely mixes things up between the Doctor and Rose. Rose is forced to confront the fact that the Doctor will live forever (and she won't) and that she's not his first companion. I think these revelations bring their relationship to an interesting place - but once again I wish that Rose would stop stringing Mickey along. If he doesn't have a chance with you tell him! It's just mean otherwise.
There are some dark and human moments for the Doctor in this episode - particularly when Uther (sorry I can't refer to him as anything else) asks to join forces so they can bring back the Time Lords. You can't blame him for being tempted - it has to be lonely being the last of your people.
But all seriousness aside I loved to see the interactions between the various characters in this episode. There's a lot of great relationships and they all experience their ups and downs but for the most part I think all their relationships are built on love and that makes me happy (sorry for the sappiness).
When K-9 volunteers to sacrifice himself and save the day. Best dog ever. I definitely teared up during that part - and cheered wildly when he was ok!