Doctor Who Reviews | Series 3

Hey guys! I’m sorry for my apparent Rose-bashing in the last series, I didn’t intend on being so harsh on a fan favourite, but a lot of things kinda wasn’t right for me, just wanted to address that, before I air more grievances about the topic.

Today, I’m reviewing the third modern era series of Doctor Who. This is gonna be a bumpy ride.


Smith and Jones

This episode introduces the newest companion, Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman, who also played her cousin Adeola in Army of Ghosts from last series. She’s a medical student, in a hospital that gets taken to the moon, and then the Judoon platoon arrive. I’ve read that the “Judoon platoon upon the Moon” line was a production inside joke that was aimed at David Tennant, as he has difficulty speaking the “-oon” suffixed words in an English accent.

The one thing that really annoys me about the episode is the goddamned companion kiss trope, because even though it is there for plot convenience, it sets up Martha’s ‘doting on the Doctor’ character development that just winds me up for the rest of the series. I mean he’s cute, but still…overall, it’s a good episode, hits all the right first-episode-of-the-new-companion story notes for me.

It’s also establishes the Harold Saxon plot point, but more on him later!


The Shakespeare Code

I know I kinda bashed on the notion of reading select William Shakespeare texts at school in a previous post, but here’s an episode dedicated to the Bard himself.

I really do like this episode, a lot more than I give it credit for. The Carrionites are interesting enemies, using word-based science as well as the architecture of the Globe Theatre (I love me some architecture and literature, so a winning combination!). The right words in the right places – cannot relate!

As much as I love this episode, I hate this episode for drawing out the ‘Doctor pining for Rose’ storyline, especially brushing off Martha with a ‘eh, Rose would know what to do, you’re just a hitchiker’, like no, bitch treat Martha with some respect! She saved his life, and came up with the right word to defeat the Carrionites (fucking “Expelliarmus”, by the way), but oh Roooooose. Nu-uh.

It also turns out that Queen Elizabeth I hates the Doctor, and it’s not really explained for a good few years yet…

Overall, a solid episode for getting used to the notion of a new companion, mishaps aside.


Gridlock

And we’re back on New Earth again. How original. And Martha puts it well, referring to herself as a rebound. I mean, it’s accurate.

I gotta say though, it’s a new angle on New Earth, and I went into it remembering that I didn’t like Gridlock all that much. However, on rewatching, I enjoyed it a lot more than I remembered. Martha gets kidnapped by a young couple so that they have enough adult passengers in their car to go into the fast lane – fun fact, Cheen is played by Lenora Crichlow, who also played Victoria Skillane in the Black Mirror episode White Bear (cue link to that review).

I think the fact that there was an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia with the emissions, as well as there being no way out of the Motorway, and people are stuck on there for years, literally having kittens. It’s nice to see

The ending with the Face of Boe is ominous and sad, with his “you are not alone” message. It definitely prompts Martha to be upfront and not take any of the Doctor’s shit. Good for you Martha.


Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks

On the flip-side to Gridlock, I remember liking this a bit more than I do now. I don’t feel any attachment to any of the other characters, and Tallulah’s lover Lazslo gets turned into a pig, not unlike the ones from the Aliens of London episode. Are they related? I don’t know, and I frankly don’t really care. They’re a throwaway thing at this point for me, a hybrid experiment for a Dalek to take on a more humanoid form later.

I think it’s Dalek Sec’s appendages in his humanoid form that make it feel disjointed. He also has more humane sentiments in this new form, which makes sense considering the second-half’s story with the Doctor’s DNA embedding itself into the hybrids…it gets messy, especially as I feel that the ending is rushed and there’s so much build-up for little pay-off.

On the surface, it’s fine, but it would have been nice to not have a Dalek-focused episode, especially one like this.


The Lazarus Experiment

I mean, this is alright I suppose. It really begins the Harold Saxon arc in full force, and Martha’s mum, Francine, thinks the Doctor is hella sus. The weird creature that Lazarus turns into is more frightening than the immortal scorpion from Serious Sam 3 (this is why you don’t pirate, kids!).

I always forget the resolution of this episode, the ending itself feels really forgettable, and I always look back and think that it ended at the lab rather than at the cathedral. Please don’t ask why, that’s just what I keep remembering of it.


42

Honestly this is the worst episode of the series. I just felt that it was a worse mimic of the Ood/Beast two-parter from last season.

A common characteristic with Martha is definitely her adoration for the Doctor, and this is despite getting the chance to smooch Riley.

The only benefit this episode added was the scenes with Francine and her phone being tapped for information to give to Harold Saxon. So it’s basically more of a filler episode than most in this series.


Human Nature / The Family of Blood

You’d be forgiven for not liking this particular two-parter purely for the character of John Smith, because that was my first thought going into these episodes initially. It’s mainly because the Doctor has had to become human to escape The Family, and that rewrote literally everything, although bits and pieces of memories resurface.

As time goes on and I keep rewatching the episodes, it’s easy to sympathise with John Smith. All that he’s known was a human life, and is basically scared of the identity of the Doctor. You feel for him and Joan, and Martha especially. It’s a very bittersweet ending though, and those ninjas decided to make a visit to cut some onions while I watched the Rememberance Day scene.


Blink

After the last Doctor-lite episode (Love and Monsters) wasn’t a big hit, it was interesting that they decided to make another one in the form of Blink. However, this is my favourite episode of the series. We can all agree that it gave Carey Mulligan a great starting platform as Sally Sparrow, the main character of this episode.

This was definitely scary on first viewing, and now that we’ve had more episodes of the Weeping Angels, it’s lost its appeal somewhat. But I like the core introduction of them, especially with the people in Sally’s life disappearing, like Kathy and Billy, both having lived full lives in the past.

The whole ending sequence is pretty terrifying, and definitely worthy of a horror genre, as well as the wibbly wobbly timey wimey…stuff.


Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords

This is a strange set of episodes, because it ends up becoming a three-parter. Captain Jack makes a return (and is not impressed with the Doctor for ditching him in the middle of nowhere), and his immortal ass glomps the TARDIS. I quite like this episode, and initially thought it’d be standalone when on first watching, but something was amiss. A lot of little plot conveniences such as the Doctor’s chopped-off hand and the fob watch from previous episodes makes its way to Professor Yana, who’s a bit more than a little bit insane, and trying to launch the rocket to get all of the humans to Utopia.

So yeah, turns out Yana is the Master. Who’d have thunk it?

It leads onto what would have otherwise been the two-part finale (and makes it a three-parter), and it seems like the Master has a penchant for double lives, going by the previously-alluded-to Harold Saxon, who is now the Prime Minister. I’ve had Voodoo Child in my head for the longest time after watching The Sound of Drums, and this was a great dystopian episode set that I like so much (completely the opposite of the Utopia from the first of this three).

The last episode is basically why I really like Martha as a companion. She’s just so badass in this episode, and I’m glad that even though everything got reversed, the ‘eye of the storm’ means that she still keeps all of that character development, then leaves the TARDIS after confessing her love for the Doctor.

Also props to the Master for using I Can’t Decide, which was definitely one of my favourite songs from the Ta-Dah album.


Voyage of the Damned

Here we have the traditional Christmas episode, having had the Titanic crash into the Titanic.

Remember when Astrid was rumoured to be so important because her name was an anagram of TARDIS? Yeah, turns out absolutely not, she’s just a regular humanoid character. Think it would have been expensive to keep Kylie Minogue on as a regular companion, although it’s the same Doctor romance trope that I’m now tired of.

It’s a shame though, because Astrid was a breath of fresh air, and it would have been nice for the Doctor to travel with a humanoid companion that’s not from Earth (we do get that later with Nardole, but that’s much later).

I think it’s a tad cheesy this episode, but it’s for Christmas, so it’s always going to get that cheese factor in there.


Overall it’s been a good series of episodes. I think a lot of people see Martha as a rebound companion but she holds her own really well, her only major character flaw being besotted with the Doctor. I mean, given that it’s David Tennant, I’m not surprised.

She’s a better companion that a lot of people give her credit for, and she’s capable of a lot more, I reckon. It definitely won’t be the last we see of Martha, which is what we’re here for.


Next time, we’re going into series 4, and that’s a fun ride!

Doctor Who Review | Series 2

Hey guys! We’re well into this now, so why not carry on? Here’s my thoughts on series 2 of Doctor Who!


New Earth

New Earth is a good starting point for series 2. It involves time-travel to the future after The End of the World, and serves to feature more prophetic stuff from the Face of Boe, who is apparently dying, but more on that later!

The episode has amazing prosthesis, even this early on, in the form of the Sisters of Plenitude, which are Catkind nuns that want to help the sick, but have created a new species of human clones with every known disease. Cassandra makes a great comeback as well! And yes, I know it’s Cassandra doing it, but it does set a precedent when she kisses the Doctor, although it’s hilarious when he’s like ‘Yep…still got it!’ in a daze.

This episode serves as a sequel to The End of the World, and is sequelled next series.


Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw is a pretty cool episode, that while I’m not a huge fan of the werewolf aspect, it is really important to set up Torchwood’s origins, as that becomes important later. The monks are hella strange though.

I mean, it’s just werewolves and Scottish accents, innit? The irony of David Tennant playing an Englishman pretending to be a Scotsman always makes me laugh though.

Eh, I wasn’t exactly amused, until Queen Victoria said that she was not amused.


School Reunion

Just like last series’s Dalek episode, this is also a great nostalgia-bait, as we see the return of Sarah Jane Smith, as well as K9, the robot dog that was featured in older stories. We also see the whole subtle inside joke of chips coming full circle, and this makes me crave chips on a whole new level. Of course, Sarah Jane is offended by the idea of her being seamlessly replaced, and the Doctor not giving her a second thought, while Rose is being, well…Rose, and taking digs at the whole situation. I mean, I suppose it’s been the elephant in the room, and it really puts into perspective the longevity of the Doctor’s companions.

It’s always a pleasure seeing Anthony Head on the screen though, and this episode makes me want to rewatch Buffy. It’s a fun little episode, not to be taken entirely seriously. It also creates the opportunity for Sarah Jane Smith having her own CBBC series later on in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I have a lot to say about this episode, clearly, but it’s a great episode nonetheless.

Except when Rose is having a meltdown about her precious Doctor having previous companions, and that dirty look she gave when Mickey got to travel in the TARDIS oh boy.


The Girl in the Fireplace

“I’m the Doctor. And I just snogged madam de Pompadour!” Why does this line always send me? Same as the drunken act. There are so many iconic lines in this episode that make it very fun to watch, even if you don’t like the fancy-pants French stuff. He ends up finding a horse who he names Arthur, and tells Rose that she’s allowed to keep Mickey as her pet. Note to self: always take a banana to a party.

The ending is really sad though, but I suppose it was inevitable. Overall it’s one of my favourite episodes for dialogue and tension-breaking humour alone.

The best thing is that they literally covered the answer to the riddle with the TARDIS, and that it’s literally a ship named for Reinette.


Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel

This is just what we like to see, a parallel world scenario. Like that hasn’t been done to death. Notice that’s dripping in sarcasm. However, I like the way that this episode is going. Instead of being curious, the Doctor is overly-cautious, and rightly so. It’s clear just how easily swayed Rose is to anything that concerns her dad, even if he isn’t her dad. I’m pretty sure Rose the dog is less needy than Rose herself. And that says a lot, because if you know dogs…

Hey, at least we get the Cybermen, right? Like we couldn’t see that one coming, y’know…with the title…

Alas, Mickey knows where his place is in Rose’s life (non-existent, despite her crying to keep him around) and stays in the alternate Earth to carry on Ricky’s work and to look after his grandmother. I find it funny that Mickey was called “Ricky” by the Ninth Doctor, yet here’s a parallel Mickey called “Ricky”.

Oh I didn’t realise that it was Roger Lloyd Pack who played Lumic, and also played Owen in The Vicar of Dibley and Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I wondered why I thought he was familiar, I’d started rewatching the former on Netflix! Lumic’s insane as heck!

It’s a great reintroduction to the Cybermen, and this was actually aired 40 years after the debut of the Cybermen, which also links in to Jackie Tyler turning 40- I mean 39!


The Idiot’s Lantern

When I was a bit younger, I enjoyed this episode. It was probably something to do with the setting (London in 1953), but oh boy, there are elements that make me cringe now. The Wire, the antagonist of the story, is just so cringeworthy with her “feeeeed meeeeee” dialogue, which reminds me too much of Little Shop of Horrors. Looking at the characters with fresh eyes after trauma, Eddie Connolly rubs me hugely the wrong way, concerned more about his authority and appearances. I’m just glad he got put in his place at the end of the story, with his son Tommy helping the Doctor. Narcissism isn’t cute.

The faceless people, as a result of The Wire, are just creepy as hell, especially when Rose becomes one of them after doing some investigating.

I just wanna have a street party though…


The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit

This is the first attempt at a simplistic format, and it works. The format is basically that the Doctor and a companion of some kind is stuck on a space station, and there’s something coming for them. And that is literally the Devil itself.

Both the Doctor and Rose laugh at the idea of leaving after landing, which we can definitely feel. But hey, the TARDIS lets lost to the planet, and the normally-docile Ood start on a rampage thanks to the Beast.

Everyone hails this as the best set of episodes in this series, at the very least, and I find it hard to disagree with them. It’s some scary stuff, and it sets up an ominous premonition for Rose’s fate later on.


Love and Monsters

I’ve already reviewed this episode last year, and I didn’t want to review it again for the sake of this piece, so here’s the review that I did, alongside a possible rewrite that I came up with that could have been better for the episode.


Fear Her

This is the episode that everyone thinks is the worst, but actually isn’t (in my opinion) – I actually did a Twitter poll for this. Fear Her is this kind of episode that is terrible anyway. The main focus is on the Isolus, an alien with a huge family (we’re talking billions), which crashed onto Earth and found Chloe Webber. That’s when children start to go missing through drawings, in an attempt to rebuild its family. However, I just wasn’t sold on the child acting. It just came off as too wooden with little flexibility, especially when the Isolus was talking through her. It just took me out.

The biggest takeaway from this is its discussion of child abuse and its impact, via Chloe’s father who passed away and has now gained new life as a demonic drawing in her closet. You want monsters in your closet…I’m still disappointed that David Tennant didn’t carry the actual Olympic torch for us in 2012, that was a missed opportunity there. What about that “caaancil” worker though?

All in all, this feels like The Idiot’s Lantern but worse, mixed in with The Impossible Planet two-parter in terms of a demonic final enemy.

I will always be Rose Tyler approaching and petting cats and complimenting them.


Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

“This is how I died. Sike!” Is what they planned, because hey, Rose’s death is upon us! Bringing the Daleks and Cybermen together was pretty fun, and clock the one Cyberman that falls off the balcony. This whole scene is just supremely good, and it’s probably the highlight of the entire two-parter. Or maybe just this parody instead

I love how this wraps up the Torchwood story-arc, in a way that they ended up being the cause of the fuckery that’s going on in these episodes. Good work, Torchwood…

Other than that, there’s the casual hopping to and from the parallel world, allowing Pete to ‘reunite’ with Jackie, leading to tears and a bit of humour. Why is Jackie Tyler so funny?

Of course, it’s sad that Rose leaves, but I feel more sorry for Mickey, as Rose confesses her love to the Doctor as he was right there, before he disappears with a “Rose Tyler” that has become somewhat of a meme. I cried when I first watched it, and a few times before, but I’ve become desensitised because I see just how problematic Rose really was in terms of her attitude. And the romantic jealousy only gets worse next series, but that’s for next time.


The Runaway Bride

We get our first glimpse of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, and she’s brilliant! I really don’t know why people dislike her, because she gives me the no-nonsense attitude that we need, as well as a non-romantic companion (even though she isn’t one right now). But imagine getting teleported to the TARDIS on your wedding day? Could not be me!

I really don’t like how they re-used the killer Santas though, it feels like it lost the element of fear for that one. But the Racnoss Empress was really interesting, if not distracting by what sounded like constantly sucking back saliva.

Donna gives me serotonin, nuff said.


Next time, we’re looking at series 3 (because that’s kinda how it goes, doesn’t make any sense if it’s all in the wrong order).

Doctor Who Review | Series 1

Hey guys! I was writing some WIP work and I basically wanted to rewatch Doctor Who, and see if it really does decline the further we go (kinda like The Simpsons). So here we go, starting from the first series of the revival. While I would love to go back and review everything, a lot of William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton episodes are partially or completely missing. However, I may go back later and cover some of the complete episodes.


It’s important to note that the 2005 revival allowed a lot of us to experience Doctor Who for the first time – myself included. While my mum had been raised on Tom Baker-era Who (best Doctor in my opinion), I was born after the initial run ended. I will admit I had no real interest initially, but alas, here we are!

I do feel that Christopher Ecclestone was the perfect Doctor to bring the revivial forward, and while I think a lot of people were questioning Billie Piper’s capability as a main character, the casting was spot on, and I usually forget that Billie Piper ever sung music. So as I was writing this, I decided to listen to Because We Want To – because why not?


Rose

What a way to start off the series by blowing up a shop! For real, this is an intense episode that sets us in 2005, which is very dated now (me just realising that 2005 was 16 years ago), and while some of the graphics were a bit shit, you can’t deny that they looked good compared to the ones from the original run, especially back in the day. The episode introduces Rose and the Doctor in a London setting (because why not) and Rose goes on an information hunt about the Doctor. It culminates in a tussle against the Nestene Consciousness, which is responsible for the shop mannequins coming to life as Autons.

Honestly though, Mickey is just not the kind of boyfriend I’d want, and if I had someone like that and I was offered a trip in a TARDIS, I’d take the sodding trip! And that’s not even talking about the Auton version of Mickey. I mean, Mickey gets eaten by a bin that burps…also how did Mickey get out of the bin and into the Nestene lair? Auton bin men? I dunno…

As for the Doctor, there’s a lot of ambiguity concerning his regeneration from the Paul McGann incarnation – no regeneration sequence was filmed, and not much was explained about how it came to be. We wouldn’t actually get that closure until 2013, where it all gets tied together at least.

Then we get Jackie, Rose’s mum, telling her to go get a job literally the day after her last job literally blew up like Jesus woman, Rose went through trauma, give her a week! Also poor Clive – trying to find as much information on the Doctor as possible and ends up getting killed by an Auton. And then Rose literally just ups and leaves Mickey, dissing him in the process, and not even giving her mum a goodbye.

Overall, a solid first episode that introduces the revival really well to new audiences, while still keeping the interest of the original audience.


The End of the World

This is an episode that focuses on the natural death of the world, before the other apocalyptic episodes that we’ll inevitably get later.

Zoe Wanamaker was brilliant in the role of Cassandra, being nothing more than a trampoline made from human skin. I will admit they missed an opportunity to play one of Billie Piper’s songs, and instead opted for the “classical” Tainted Love and the “traditional ballad” Toxic, which was fitting considering the present day, and the fact it was played on a massive jukebox called an ‘iPod’.

This episode was mostly to focus on the introduction of the concept of alien species, and introducing the Face of Boe as well. We also got the first reference to the overarching Bad Wolf arc.

The episode also introduces a bit more to the Last Great Time War, now asserting The Doctor as the last of the Time Lords, which for the main new viewer isn’t a big deal, but it’s a huge deal for the older viewers that had seen the older series. The tension there is broken up by chips, which yeah, makes sense, and gives us more need for that lost period information.

Overall I really like this episode. It’s a strong episode that doesn’t rely on too much fanfare, and isn’t overly-complicated either. The make-up department is spot-on, and will always will be.


The Unquiet Dead

This was actually my first Doctor Who episode, and I kinda watched it but didn’t really pay full attention. It takes us back into the 19th Century with the focal historical figure being Charles Dickens.

There’s never really much for me to talk about for this one, but I liked the interactions with Charles Dickens, and the ‘biggest fan’ exchange always makes me smile. I think the whole Gelth possessing dead bodies for ‘recycling’ purposes is a bit creepy, and I’m not a huge fan of that. Overall though the Gelth are pretty forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

I did feel for Gwyneth, she was a great character, and also references Bad Wolf in Rose’s present-day.

Overall this is a great episode that sets up the concept of the Rift in time and space in Cardiff, which kinda gave them an in-story reason for filming a lot of the stuff in Cardiff, I suppose.


Aliens of London / World War Three

These are the first episodes that I properly watched, and back in my teen years I’d be humoured by the Slitheen farting. As an adult it’s a bit weird now, a bit grotesque, but there are some funny moments to these episodes that don’t involve farts. A portion of the story focuses on how Rose has been declared missing for twelve months instead of twelve hours, and then a spaceship crashes into Big Ben. I feel so bad for Mickey,

We also get the very iconic Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North (yes, we know who she is), and Jackie’s iconic line ‘It’s him! It’s the thing! It’s the Slickeen!‘, mispronouncing the Slitheen just gives us the proper comic relief that we needed, rather than the farting.

Overall though, these are solid episodes, toying with the idea of a secret invasion with the aliens disguising themselves as Members of Parliament and other humans of high authority, such as Margaret Blaine. The mutated pig kinda gets swept under the rug, even though it’s basically a decoy.

Try saying the Slitheen family’s home planet, Raxacoricofallapatorius. I dare you!


Dalek

This is the first episode that I ended up properly watching, knowing that the Dalek is the enemy to watch for Doctor Who. It’s the episode that made me want to watch more of the show in the first place, and looking back it’s definitely not my favourite of the series, but it’s by no means a good episode.

Henry van Statten serves as a kind of antagonist in some aspects, collecting alien artefacts and claiming to be owning the internet. He has a Dalek that he has one of his employees torture to speak. In the meantime we also get to see the Doctor stripped to the waist and chained up (imagine if this was the David Tennant era, oof).

The introduction of Adam Mitchell lends itself to romantic tension between him and Rose (no wonder Mickey has issues, if Rose is like this). It’s funny really, apparently at the time of broadcast the episode got criticised over van Statten’s use of the word “spoon”, which was possibly in a sexual context, which was really strange to think of.

Overall, it’s a great way to reintroduce the terror of the Daleks, even if it’s only just one Dalek (that admittedly killed a lot of people) but wanted to see the sun. The most memorable and haunting feature was that the Dalek could levitate, after everyone thought it couldn’t. This isn’t the first instance in which a Dalek could levitate to climb stairs – this honour goes to the Seventh Doctor serial Remembrance of the Daleks, where a Dalek was seen levitating up a staircase on-screen.


The Long Game

They definitely played the ‘long game’ with this title, and it takes a few more episodes to realise why. It seems like a filler episode at first, but of course it isn’t really, not in the long run. Satellite 5 is a space station serving the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire, which is a bit of a mouthful – could have been Human Empire IV. The workers on Satellite 5 act as processors for the overall computer system which broadcasts news to keep humanity docile. The ambition for these workers was to get to Floor 500 as a promotion. Of course, all of this is not without its caveats, as you have the Jagrafess and The Editor (nice Simon Pegg casting there) working underneath.

The initial romantic tension between Rose and Adam still makes me cringe, considering Rose is still with Mickey. And as it turns out, Adam Mitchell turns into a bit of a dick after this episode (in the comics, anyway). Nice work, Rose!

I think that if the episode wasn’t sequelled later on, I’d class it as dismissable filler.


Father’s Day

This episode makes me sad every time, and it features the only instance of the Reaper actually cleansing the paradox – sadly it’s not utilised after this episode, but the main focus is on Rose saving her dad Pete’s life when he should have died. Of course, the change in the course of history angers the Doctor, because time and paradox stuff. It can’t be helped, he literally just kicked out Adam in the previous episode for messing around with time travel.

This whole episode is basically paradox and emotions, and I was there for the emotional rollercoaster. I almost always cry at this episode, and even with the simplicity of the setting and solution, it remains my favourite of the series. Plus I always forget we get a Rickroll here in this episode too!


The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

Fun fact: World War II was my favourite History topic at school! Plus kids can be creepy as heck, which is why this two-parter is right up my alley. I feel for the homeless children in this, having to scavenge for food during the Blitz, while being terrorised by a kid in a gas mask and repeating “are you my mummy?” over and over. The “are you my mummy?” phrase does get brought up later on in David Tennant’s era, which I find a great callback.

Once again, we see Rose flirting with the newly-introduced Captain Jack Harkness, and I mean come on, she implies that she has a boyfriend but is “very available”, I find it harder and harder to sympathise with Rose through all of this man drama. Reminds me of the girls back from school, eyeing up the next conquests.

I like the idea of the nanogenes not necessarily being an enemy, but more confused than anything else. They just created the masked zombies because they didn’t know better, and just went off on the idea that that was how humans looked, and soon ended up converting other humans into masked creatures. I kinda want to insert an anti-mask jibe here for the present day, but I’ll let it slide for now.

The reunion of Nancy and Jamie, the Empty Child, was heartwarming and bittersweet, owing to the taboo of having an illegitimate child at such a young age. Plus you also get the idea of the Doctor ‘dancing’ as a metaphor for sex, because of course it is – yet people had issues with the word “spoon” and its meaning earlier on in the series, I don’t get it.


Boom Town

I always forgot this episode existed, and it serves as a sequel to Aliens of London and World War Three. Margaret the Slitheen is now the Mayor of Cardiff, and going ahead with a plan to build a nuclear power plant, dubbed “Blaidd Drwg”, or “Bad Wolf”, which is now more prominent considering the Doctor has observed in his adventures with Rose.

The majority of the episode focuses around Margaret, or Blon as her (say it with me) Raxacoricofallapatorian name is, and her plan to basically mess up the entire planet just to escape and also to kill the Doctor, who casually brushes off the assassination attempts.

I call this a filler episode purely because it doesn’t really lend itself to much. Rose and Mickey’s argument about their relationship, and their ‘separation’ and Mickey’s dating another woman doesn’t really get brought up again. Heck, he even leaves before Rose could find him again in this episode, and that doesn’t really get brought up. Can we once again bring up just why we’re meant to sympathise with Rose here, when she flirted with both Adam and Jack, and then expects Mickey to come crawling. Mickey’s better off without, clearly!

It’s not the best filler, it’s skippable at best. The only thing worth taking away is the acknowledgmenet of the Rift, as well as the extrapolator that’s used as a plot device later in multiple instances.


Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways

In the last two-parter of the series, we come to find out why The Long Game wasn’t classed as a filler earlier in my review. You can tell how dated this series is, with callbacks to Big Brother, The Weakest Link and What Not To Wear, three iconic shows that we used to watch, but don’t anymore. I wonder if this episode was made now, would we have RuPaul’s Drag Race where the contestants literally have to lip sync for their lives? Or The Chase, where the Chasers chase you down and kill you? I don’t know, and the morbid curiosity in me wants to find out. But looking back, we are filled with pure nostalgia, even though Big Brother did end a couple of years or so ago now, its initial several seasons were its peak.

Of course the Game Station is run by Bad Wolf Corporation, because what else would it be called in the run-up to the end of this series? We also got the first mention of Torchwood at least, which will come to the forefront next series.

Rose, do you really have to give Lynda the stink-eye because she’s a woman that gets along with the Doctor? Sod it, I could have shipped the Doctor and Lynda out of pure spite at this point. I don’t care. In all honesty, I would have loved to have seen Lynda as a companion.

Okay, I gotta say that even with all of the Bad Wolf stuff going on, the Doctor didn’t even need to kiss Rose. I mean, he could have done some mind stuff, but I suppose it’s a way to shoe-horn in some ship material before David Tennant landed.


The Christmas Invasion

We get the first Christmas special, and the first episode with David Tennant, and it kinda serves as a semi-Doctor-lite episode in this regard, with the Doctor still going through regeneration, to the point where he ends up regrowing his hand after losing it to the Sycorax attack. It also seems that this current Doctor also has a better relationship with Jackie and Mickey from the off, with Mickey actually being called Mickey (instead of Ricky), and Jackie taking to him better than she did the Ninth.

I like the use of the blood as a control mechanism, and it makes it seem more dangerous than it turned out. But damn, imagine waking up on Christmas morning to find your husband/wife/lover was being controlled by aliens, damn.

Rose saying that her Doctor’s gone…oh my God, he’s literally right there, just…not well, clearly. But I have strong feelings about Rose that I may or may not address later in a different post.


Overall, it’s a great series to start off with. But I had to stop myself from getting heated every once in a while with Rose’s behaviour. It’s easy to write Mickey off as the possessive boyfriend, but actually I do feel bad for him more than anything after this rewatch. We also have the first instance of the Doctor kissing his companions, which more often than not doesn’t even need to happen.

The Bad Wolf Easter Egg trick was played well, with some instances being a ‘blink and you miss it’, while others stare you in the face. It’s not the end of the Bad Wolf though, as we’ll find out later!

Reviewing The Worst Doctor Who Episode (in my opinion)

I’ve been out of the loop with Doctor Who of late, but thanks to Netflix, I can catch up. But with myself being busy with other things, it’s been hard to want to get in the mood. I think I’m in the middle of series 9 where I left off, so that indicates where I’m at with the series. So we’re not counting anything from after series 8, really. The featured image is of the sexy Abzorbaloff (it really isn’t).

Here, though, I’m going to (sadly) remember the worst episode of the revived Who I’ve seen thus far. And in the end, I’m going to try and write a new synopsis for how the episode should have been.


We go back to series 2, where the Doctor had a fresh makeover in the form of David Tennant, and we still had Rose Tyler. We just had the epic saga that was The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, and we were wondering what adventure was in store next.

Enter Love and Monsters.

The title pretty much gives away how awful the episode is even before it aired. The concept is different, following a man named Elton as he plots to uncover the secrets of the Doctor. On the face of it, it sounds like a cool mystery. He could be a detective, right?

Nope. He’s just a regular person who decided to make a video diary.

I mean, he has a motive, to find out the Doctor’s role in his mother’s death, which gives this character some substance, I suppose.

Just don’t talk about the random chase scene with the Doctor, Rose and the Hoix. Urgh. How about the exposition about Elton’s life and what he was doing when some of the events of previous episodes? No thanks. Elton dancing around like a loon? I’m done.

Elton assembles a group that has had connections with the Doctor, and they went from discussing the Doctor to…performing in a band?

Enter Victor Kennedy, played by Peter Kay (what a waste of acting chops, Peter Kay is much better than this). Oh but wait, I didn’t even talk about the Abzorbaloff yet. The concept for the Abzorbaloff was actually a creation from a 9-year-old as a Blue Peter competition. So while the premise was good, the execution was cringe-worthy, to say the least.

Also, Jackie Tyler flirting with Elton. Barf.

And everyone disappears but there’s not much that anyone can do to dwell on them. But what irked me when I first watched (and still does) is that Peter Kay’s natural northern accent comes back in his true Abzorbaloff form. I mean seriously, I wonder if the Abzorbaloff comes from the north of Clom?

Everything about this episode hurts. I can’t even describe it because of how bad it is.

The worst thing is, Fear Her is dubbed as an awful episode too, but I don’t remember it being so bad, because it came straight after Love and Monsters.


Here is where we re-write the synopsis for the episode and see how it will work. The Abzorbaloff will be kept in, and so will the Doctor-lite aspect of the episode.

Detective and the Doctor

Elton Pope is a detective-for-hire and has been tasked with linking a series of strange events that have one thing in connection – the Doctor. He manages to find some witnesses that have spotted him during these strange events. One of these witnesses is Victor Kennedy, who is also on the look-out for the Doctor. Elton decides to team up with Victor, and soon, more strange events start to happen at night.

Elton bumps into Jackie Tyler, who tries to seduce him. However, when in her flat, he recognises an image of Rose from when she was reported missing previously.

After three nights of strange events, Elton decides to hunt around at night to see if he can catch a strange event occurring, and therefore meet the Doctor too. During his hunt, he sees Victor in his actual form, as an Abzorbaloff. After a stand-off between the pair, the Doctor comes along with Rose and manages to confront the Abzorbaloff and destroy the limitation field that maintained its integrity, causing the Abzorbaloff to dissolve into liquid.

Not wanting to cause the Doctor and Rose any trouble, Elton claims to his bosses that the witnesses must have imagined the Doctor’s existence as just a regular man on his way to work.

Absolutely easy.