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Doctor Who Story 173 – The Idiot’s Lantern

Tardisode

That old lady looks like the granny from “Nanageddon.”

Episode

Oh my god! It is Nanageddon.

Oh god, Rose wants Vegas-era Elvis. She really is an idiot.

I like the Doctor barging his way into that house by pretending to be working for the Queen.

God this episode is terrible.

*gasp* She’s in colour!

Once again, you have another supporting character who would be a better companion than Mickey. Hello Tommy.

That made no sense whatsoever. At least he stored her on Betamax, no one will be able to play it.

Doctor Who Story 172 – Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel

Tardisode

A little bit of back story that will be told in a few seconds in the actual episodes and a few shots of Mickey/Ricky driving a truck.

Rise of the Cybermen

Wow that is the most moustache twirling villain, ever.

Noel Clarke still hasn’t made it into the opening credits.

Just a coincidence that they land right beside a billboard of Pete Tyler.

Hahaha! The bad guy is terrible.

The punk homeless dude looks ridiculous.

I like Ricky’s bubie.

I think the British President is going to die.

Double Ricky!

After two of the best Doctor Who episodes, we get this garbage.

Confidential

Why isn’t this two parter part of the missing episodes of Doctor Who?

Can I just say that the Cybermen suck compared to the Borg.

Tardisode

That was just completely uninteresting.

The Age of Steel

The Doctor is optimistic that the police will do something against a rich person.

Mrs. Moore is great, and another example of a potentially great companion.

“He will be rewarded by force.”

He’s been Cybered, but he still can’t even walk, poor buddy.

This is the most gruesome mass murder in all of Doctor Who. He stopped them from feeling things and now they are all overcome with the pain of being a Cyberman.

Why aren’t they climbing? Also, how’s Mickey going to land that thing.

Goodbye Mickey, it was fun.

Oh, this next one sucks, too.

Remember when each episode ended with thanks to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation? Maybe the CBC should make its own Doctor Who show. There’s The Great Canadian Baking Show why can’t there be Doctor Who (Canada)?

Confidential

A lot of Mickey talk.

Doctor Who Story 171 – The Girl in the Fireplace

Tardisode

Oh, we see the crew before they all die. That was creepy.

Episode

This is the first episode where Mickey is officially a companion. I’ve been tagging him in all episodes he appears in as he eventually became a companion. If you look at all the stories, I tag the actors who play the Doctor, Master and the companions (by character name, not actor name).

Okay, this is definitely one of my all time top Doctor Who stories.

Madame de Pompadour screaming out for the Doctor into the fireplace is such a good teaser and then to jump 3000 years later to a spaceship is great.

“They didn’t nip out for a quick fag.” I don’t think you know what that means, Rose.

“That’s the TARDIS, translates for ya.” “Even French?” Oh, the UK.

I really enjoy Tennant’s interactions with young Reinette.

“I’m the Doctor and I just snogged Madame de Pompadour.”

“What’s a horse doing on a spaceship?” “Mickey, what’s pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship?”

Moffat was good at planting little bits of mystery to bring it back to Doctor Who, just don’t let him solve any of them.

What’s with Moffat and bananas?

The Doctor is stuck now.

The Doctor should know about relativity, and he shouldn’t have to be too dumb about how he won’t return immediately. If she needed to pack a bag. He should have waited.

Is that the first time that Mickey successfully read the room, by knowing to leave the Doctor alone.

The ending of this episode is perfect.

Confidential

Nothing to write about, other than Moffat crying because he wasn’t going to get a horse. They gave him a horse.

Doctor Who Story 170 – School Reunion

Tardisode

Oh, it’s about Mickey. I really hoped it would be a precursor with Sarah Jane Smith.

Episode

Anthony Head! Yes! I love Giles.

When you work in a school, do not eat children. It’s a bad idea. You should know better Giles, you usually just arm the children and make them kill vampires. Now you’re a beast and dining on children.

I would like to have the Doctor as my teacher.

Upset Rose is fantastic.

Sarah Jane!

Aww, the look on the Doctor’s face is so nice. He shows how the audience should feel to have perhaps the most iconic companion back on the show. It’s glee, and I feel it with him.

They need to hug. I want them to hug.

David Tennant is so good to show glee.

I agree with Sarah, the Doctor could have come back. Dropping her in Aberdeen was such an asshole thing to do.

Mickey, you’re not “the tin dog.” You’re nowhere near as awesome as K9.

Rose, the Doctor will leave you behind. He left behind his own granddaughter.

I think the companions could be a great group of friends. They all have lived through something so few have done.

K9 is so much better than Mickey.

Sarah is so great.

Apparently breaking a monitor breaks an entire network of devices.

While the Troughton is still my favourite Doctor, this might be the best Doctor Who to date. The story isn’t too sprawling. It’s fun and silly and enjoyable. Has lines like “forget the shooty dog thing.” It’s a great story. I know that there are better episodes coming up, particularly in the Matt Smith days, but bravo.

See, at least Mickey doesn’t just break a screen, he follows the wires. But why are there sparks when he unplugs everything. Also, why is everything plugged into one socket? That seems like a bad idea.

The “affirmative” when the Doctor tells K9 he’s a good boy is perfection.

Giles gnarles “You bad dog!” K9 replies “affirmative.”

Oh good, he’s hugging Sarah after the loss of K9.

I wish Sarah came with them. I’d rather have her than Rose.

“Some things are worth getting your heart broken for.” A great line.

I wish her spinoff was better, but the biggest problem is that it was meant for little kids.

Oh, next episode is even better than this one!

Confidential

The person on set doing K9’s voice is silly. John Leeson did his recording in studio.

Yes, they’re playing the opening credits to K9 and Company. K9!

Hell, if they gave us K9 instead of Mickey Smith, I would have been okay with that.

Susan’s farewell was just shown, and it’s so bad. He’s such an asshole.

Now they’re showing him saying goodbye to Jamie and Zoe. :`(

Doctor Who Story 169 – Tooth and Claw

Tardisode

It took 300 years for the werewolfe to find a victim?

Episode

Scottish Monk Ninjas.

This story is so ridiculous.

It’s nice that the David Tennant gets to use his accent.

“James McCrimmon!” I miss Jamie. Best companion, ever.

If I were Vicky, I’d slap Rose.

This episode is terrible.

Oh, they got knighted. And now the Doctor is being exiled. She’s going to start Torchwood.

Confidential

Nothing to see here.

Doctor Who Story 168 – New Earth

Tardisode

Really? That’s what they’re calling the mini-episode? Bad name.

So this is an ad for a hospital. It adds nothing to the story. I think most will be like that.

Episode

I haven’t mentioned this before, but I’m so happy they got rid of face during the opening credits.

David Tennant seems so happy to be the Doctor.

Gross, don’t refer to your adventures as dates.

Cassandra is horrible. I’m surprised they brought her back.

“The lonely god…” I dislike this description of the Doctor.

Also, I think the writers are overestimating Rose’s attractiveness.

The Doctor is suspicious.

Cassandra switching between the Doctor and Rose is amazing.

He can cure everyone of everything, and then the cure passes by touch, so why were these people locked up in the first place?

How come past and future Cassandra can touch one another?

Confidential

I can’t believe that David Tennant was even considering saying no.

Doctor Who Story 167 – The Christmas Invasion

The Christmas Invasion

Aww, Jackie looks so sad.

Okay, speaking of TARDIS sounds being so loud, Mickey can hear it while in a car shop with music blaring.

David Tennant is great, and ending the teaser with “Doctor who?” is wonderful!

I’m excited for Tennant’s run as the Doctor.

“Tina has a lodger, a medical student.” It’s MARTHA!1

Mickey really needs to leave Rose. Why does he care about her. She has no interest in him.

Also, Mickey, her bestie is ill, and she’s worried about him. He’s an asshole to assume that she should ignore that.

Yay! David Tennent is awake! Only took 11 minutes. Much better than our buddy Paul McGann.

Hahaha! The video of the shark coming past the camera on the website that Mickey is on is so bad!

I’m with Harriet Jones. It’s only polite to introduce yourself, even if you’re Prime Minister.

The UNIT dude saying that “of course” they’re not Martians, Martians looks completely different is great.

First mention of Torchwood.

“The Doctor wouldn’t do this, the old Doctor, he’d wake up?” Really if someone is sick, you think he can just magically wake up?

“They control the blood” is absolutely ridiculous. Love it.

You’re in the middle of a national address, and on camera you ask about the royal family?

With Jones asking for the Doctor’s help on national television, you’d think his companions (past, present and future) would assemble.

Rose is once again proving she’s a dummy.

Okay, 40 minutes and the Doctor is back. Hooray for the David Tennant.

The Doctor quoting the Lion King is gold.

Well, that lost hand is going to play a major role in the next few seasons.

“This new hand, it’s a fightin’ hand!” Might be the line that makes every Doctor Who fan love David Tennant. God, Mickey is annoying.

Eccleston’s Doctor would never have hugged Jackie.

I think Jones is right. Humanity cannot rely on a single person, even if it’s the Doctor.

New outfit time!

Mickey’s so sad. She just said she’s never going to stay, so you should move on with your life.

Attack of the Graske

Never seen this before. I imagine it’s going to be terrible. Most interactive things are.

I half expected the opening credits to be say “David Tennant” and “You.”

Rose is seeing Abba at Wembley.

Obviously the grandma is the alien. Grandmas are always the alien.

Grandpa has quite the eyebrows.

Oh! The mom’s eyes just glowed, I think she’s the alien.

It’s Mum, press 1!!!

Oh, it’s a Graske, they’ve been in proper Doctor Who at some point.

Didn’t realize it was a memory game.

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Doctor Who Story 166 – Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

Bad Wolf

We’re only on the first season and we’ve already gone back to the Slitheen, Cardiff, and now Satellite 5.

The sound mix is terrible. I can’t hear the dialogue over the music. Big Brother seems terrible. Weakest Link is much better.

Captain Jack’s reality show is much better.

The boss from Peep Show is in this.

Tee hee, it was in his butt.

The Human race sitting on their butts not leaving home because it’s not safe sound familiar.

The Face of Boe gets a nod again.

I feel like it’s been a while in Doctor Who since we’ve seen transmats.

EXTERMINATE!

Confidential

There’s a dude in the Anne Droid costume!

Oh that’s happy! I didn’t know that Nicola Bryant and Peter Davison recorded their Big Finish stuff together. That’s really nice.

The Parting of the Ways

Aww, the Doctor saved Rose. Also, their relationship is creepy.

A nice bit of Time War info.

“DO NOT BLASPHEME!”

Aww, the Doctor is returning Rose to Earth and saying goodbye.

Okay, so the TARDIS makes a sound when it lands. Mickey comes running. You’d think that if the TARDIS was that loud that he can hear it from his house, then wouldn’t the TARDIS get swarmed by companions? Where’s Ace?

The whole “Bad Wolf” thing is terrible.

The death by Dalek is a terrible special effect, but somehow it’s weirdly creepy still.

The Anne Droid killing Daleks is wonderful!

The romance subplot between Rose and the Doctor is really inappropriate.

Oh, Rose killed all Daleks in existence. I guess we will never see them again.

The deus ex machina ending is so cheesy, and the Doctor kissing Rose to pull out the energy of the time vortex is VERY cheesy. BUT! It was a fun run with Eccleston. I really liked him in the role of the Doctor. But then David Tennant came and they’re off to Barcelona.

The Children In Need Special

So this bridges the gap between them heading to Barcelona and them crashing on Earth for the Christmas Invasion.

It’s not great, it is not needed, but it’s nice they did a little charity special.

Confidential

Russell T. Davies just said the Eccleston is excited that he was the one who pressed the button that wiped out the Doctor, but if that was the case, he should have come back for the reunion. Instead we had John Hurt.

The Doctor Is Out

The Doctor & Rose

“Happy New Year,” says a smiling young girl to a drunken stranger. “And you,” the stranger replies before asking “what year is this?” “2005, January the first” she says. “I bet you’re going to have a really great year,” says the Doctor to his long-time friend and companion.

In 2005 a legend returned to the screen. A Time Lord, from the planet Gallifrey, entered his TARDIS and travelled about Space and Time. Russell T. Davies was responsible for “regenerating” this long-dead mythos for television. After cancellation in 1989 and a failed attempt in 1996, it was long thought in the fan community that Doctor Who would never rise again.

The first story of this new Doctor’s journeys was titled “Rose” and followed a girl of only eighteen years, working and living a dead-end life waiting, hoping. Chance seemed to bless her as she found an alien in a jumper and leather jacket. He found comfort in this companion, and love, something he thought near-impossible, since the genocide of his species, at his own hand.

The Doctor has rarely been alone. Starting from his escape from Gallifrey (“An Unearthly Child” 1963), he took along his Granddaughter, Susan. Now he had with him a young woman who, though simplistic, was able to challenge him in many ways. His companions during Eccelston’s and Tennant’s tenures were always there for a singular role, to keep him in check, to make sure that The Doctor understood humanity and didn’t let his extreme power dictate his actions.

The Doctor and Martha

Over time these companions have left him, alone and lost. Rose was trapped, out of touch and out of reach; Martha couldn’t stand the emotional chaos of loving someone who couldn’t stand to love; Captain Jack was abandoned, only to spend hundreds of years searching for The Doctor; Sarah Jane’s reconnection to The Doctor, finally, found her accepting that the past was the past; and Donna, well, Donna was his equal, but could never live to her potential again. So The Doctor wandered, alone, and lived a solitary life only to have his future death foreseen, maybe he just picked up any newspaper in the UK. 

“The End of Time” is David Tennant’s final adventure, after a solid goodbye having aired over a year ago. “Journey’s End” saw all of David Tennant’s companions teaming up to save humanity, and save The Doctor. It seems that Russell T. Davies shot his load a tad bit too early. His death was a certainty, and the audience was treated to three final stories which only seemed to serve the purpose of showing the world that Michelle Ryan is hot and has a nice bum… oh, you knew I would put a still in here!

“The End of Time” is a perfect example of what’s good and bad about Russell T. Davies-era Who. The absurd plots, there’s very little resolution, and his frequent use of the reset-switch all make the franchise less and less enticing. What purpose was the Time Lords’ return? What purpose did it serve to have the Ood? Seriously? The Master making all of Earth’s population carbon copies of himself? All of it disappearing within a fraction of a second, and a silly cover story to explain another planet nearly crashing into Earth… again? Why didn’t Donna’s brain explode? 

Wilf says goodbye

How this story succeeds is in the interpersonal relationships that have been fostered since 2005. Particularly the relationship between Wilf (Donna’s Grandfather) and The Doctor. As they sit in a café and discuss The Doctor’s impending death, the performances of the two actors is absolutely wonderful, and they reprise it again in part two… twice, both when The Doctor sacrifices himself for Wilf, and when they meet a final time. This is the crux of the episode, from his relationship with Wilf, to his confrontation with Verity Newman (named after creator Sydney Newman and original producer Verity Lambert), to his final goodbye to Rose, this is The Doctor’s last hoorah, this is The Doctor’s swansong, and he must say goodbye (once again) to those who were part of the life of the Tenth Doctor.

And so, in the final minutes of “The End of Time,” The Doctor regenerates one more time, defiantly proclaiming, “I don’t want to go” as his body fails him, and a new life is born. We, the audience, see a new energy, an energy that seems to have been lost from Doctor Who over the past year or so, as we waited for the farewell, we finally have a Doctor with life. Matt Smith’s initial minute as the post-regenerative Doctor tells us nothing but gives us hope.

Why so hopeful? Well, have you seen any of the stories that Steven Moffat wrote? “Blink,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” “Silence in the Library” or even his sitcom Coupling? You’d know that Moffat has written the best episodes of Doctor Who, perhaps of all time. He’s not so interested in the absurd storylines, instead his focus is on good horror, good comedy, good tear-jerking stories.

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

It’s time for new life as Matt Smith and Karen Gillan take the adventures of the Doctor and his companions into this new decade.

Goodbye Tennant, Hello Smith. Farewell Davies, Welcome Moffat.

The Waters of Mars

Screen shot 2009-11-16 at 6.31.41 PMI really don’t know what to make of this episode. At times it was silly, but not necessarily in a good way, at times it was dark, but kind of hokey. I don’t really find that the Doctor’s behaviour is really believable. David Tennant’s Doctor is not the Doctor to presume such might over lower-beings (ie. Humans), I could see Christopher Eccelston’s Doctor in that stance, but not Tennant’s.

Also, what’s with the burning fire on the surface of Mars? Yes, Mars has atmosphere, but I doubt it’s thick enough to support a burning flame.

Though, I did really enjoy the episode.