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The Next Doctor - Episode Review

Hope you all had a great Christmas (if you celebrate it)!

What did you think of The Next Doctor?

I quite liked it.

It was fun, daft in places, but overall enjoyable if you didn't take it too seriously. But I find that's the best way to watch Doctor Who anyway. It is, after all, a kids' show.

- I love David Morrissey, ever since I saw him in Blackpool, even though he was slimy and arrogant. He had great enemy-chemistry with Tennant then, and it's even better when they're friendly towards each other and getting along. So I really like Jackson Lake as a character. I knew he wasn't going to be a Time Lord (iz proud), and I liked the explanation they gave for him thinking he was the Doctor.

- DM played a great, pompous, arrogant 'Doctor' and at the same time he was convincingly able to switch from full of himself and ordering the Doctor about to vulnerable and caressing the Doctor's face. ;D Just the same as the real Doctor (without the face fondling obviously). I wouldn't have minded if he was the real Doctor.

- Rosita. Loved the character. Hated the name. Rusty, we get it, you love Rose, get over it.

- Miss Hartigan was a fascinating character who I would've loved to know more about, it's a pity she exploded after screaming at the Cybermen a bit.

- The Cyber King - cross between the Iron Giant and the giant gingerbread man off Shrek 2 Y/N? Okay, so that bit was daft, and probably a bit unnecessary, but I kinda liked it.

- Since when was having companions the only reason for the Doctor to live? Doesn't the Doctor enjoy travelling the Universe and exploring new worlds and seeing new things? Four managed fine in The Deadly Assassin without a companion, and he wasn't all emo and 'life isn't worth living any more'. Sure, the Doctor's lost the Time Lords and his planet, but he wasn't that fond of it anyway, they only called him in to do their dirty work.

I know the point is that we can't even begin to understand the pain caused by losing your entire species, but the Doctor is a survivor, he moves on, however much he's lost. He DOES NOT go all emo and suicidal. He still has a reason to live. In fact, now that he's the last one, he's got more reason to live.

Am I being insensitive? Don't know what I'm talking about? Probably. But I hate the whole Time War arc if it means it changes who the Doctor is. I know, I know, I've got no room to talk; I only started watching Who in 2005, but since then I've gone back and watched quite a few Classic episodes, and now I prefer Classic Doctors to New ones simply because they've got less epic pain. Give me Three bitching about the Master over Ten crying about how they're the only ones left any day.


- So yeah, despite my ranting, I did actually enjoy this episode. Like I said, enjoyable, great chemistry between the two leads, great supporting cast, I give it 4/5.

Not completely unrelated note: I got a Doctor/Master mood theme made by schattengrafik  ! Yay!


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Dec. 26th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hiya :)
I agree with almost all of your points on the ep - cept the whole "moody Doctor" bit. I don't think having companions is all the Doctor has left to live for - I think it's more the amount of hurt he's been through in recent years, espeically losing Donna for example. I think that has really affected him, which Im pleased about tbh cos I love her sooo much. Im a classic series fan aswell but I prefer the Doctors in New Who to old Who in some respects, because they have more character, feel more emotion, (in my opinion anyway.) I think losing the Time Lords affected him so much, a man of peace forced to destroy his own species, the speices he never had any time for, wanted to get away from?? Ohh, all the angst, all the lovely guilt! And I'm an angst lover, as you probably know from my fics. RTD reckons we are gonna find out more about the Doctor's character next year then we ever have done and I can't wait for that. He's so fascinating!
Anyway, just to let you know aswell that I haven't given up on Together we stand, Im writing the new chapter at the mo, should have it to you by this time next week :)
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I can understand that he's been through a lot of hurt in recent years, and that losing and destroying the Time Lords would affect him a lot. And of course losing companions, especially when they get Donna's fate and don't even remember him.
I love angst but I don't want my Doctor suicidal! I want him happy and goofy and angsty only some of the time.

Anyway, just to let you know aswell that I haven't given up on Together we stand, Im writing the new chapter at the mo, should have it to you by this time next week :)

Ooh, good! Looking forward to seeing it.
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I think he's more resigned to his fate of being alone. I don't think he wants to get hurt anymore! He'll always be goofy though, can't help himself! xx
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Dec. 26th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I agree. I have issues with Rose, but I'm willing to let them go if RTD can go fifteen seconds without missing/mentioning her. It's not our fault he didn't develop her as a character and make it easier to understand WHY the Doc would go out of his way to miss her.

*nods* During her official time on the show I only disliked her. But the constant mentions and emo-ing over her in series 3, 4 and now this ep made me hate her. Well done RTD.

I'm so very over emo!Doctor. RTD is really killing my favorite show. How can he say he's lonely when Sarah Jane pointed out in the S4 finale that he's got a big wonderful family here on Earth? He's got Martha's PHONE. It starts to look like Ten likes to be depressed and he's becoming smug and arrogant.

It does look like that doesn't it? He's got all these friends, and he deliberately avoids them and instead angsts over those ones that are unattainable. I hate that because I adore Ten when he's not being all angsty and needy, but the way RTD writes him I sometimes hate him.

I can't wait till RTD is gone. Unfortunatley there's going to be an over the top
emo!regeneration and that's going to ruin it for me.

Yes, and probably some ridiculously over the top, too much to handle plot where RTD once again bites off more than he can chew, and something that should be epic is rubbish because he was too ambitious.

Sorry I took over your rant and had my own.

That's okay, I've just done that again. I sound so bitter, don't I? I'm not, honest! ;)
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Dec. 26th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I no I don't think you're bitter! I just think we fans out here really love the show and the Doctor and we don't want to see it go down the drain.

Exactly! I wouldn't get so worked up about it if I didn't love it so much.

I just think RTD's forgetting that he wasn't the one who originally came up with Doctor Who.

Yes, I think he does need to remember that some time. Some of the things he does make me go "No, no, no! You can't do that!" simply because he's ruining bits of Old Who for me. I can't think of any examples right now but there definitely have been times like that. And I wasn't originally a Classic fan!

Maybe he'll get a clue this year since Wallace and Gromit beat out the Christmas special (haven't seen the new one but I love W&G! DW got 12 mill and W&G 14 mil).

Hopefully. But Wallace and Gromit are in a whole other league. No one could possibly compete! :D

Once again sorry for taking your lj over and being sweet enough not to take me to task for it!

That's no problem! I don't mind :)

Dec. 27th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
Actually it was Ten who was doing the face fondling, wasn't it??
Dec. 27th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
There was so much face fondling in that ep I get confused. :P The moment I was referring to was the "Help me." "Two words I never refuse." bit.
Dec. 28th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw a picspam and you were right, it was DM fondling DT's face, not t'other way around.
Dec. 28th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
now I prefer Classic Doctors to New ones simply because they've got less epic pain.

So true. :((( Which makes me feel bad, because I came in with NewWho, but... jeeze. ClassicWho does have the Doctor being upset when companions leave (Jo&Three, Tegan&Five), only far more subtly and effectively than TROWELLING IT ON. Eurgh.
Dec. 28th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I feel bad too because I watched New Who first and it was that which prompted me to check out some of the Classic stuff.

Classic doesn't go over the top with the angst, when his companions leave he's upset, but he moves on. And in some ways that makes him seem more distanced and more alien, and I prefer a more alien Doctor. As opposed to the new series where he's constantly wallowing in grief.
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I wandered over here; hope you don't mind. I haven't seen The Next Doctor (won't for awhile --- I hate Comcast and refuse to let it in my house and won't do the Internet download because (1) I fear I'll screw up my computer, which I use for work and (2) I am too impatient to wait for the download), but I very much like what you say about Classic Doctors not being overridden by pain. I could handle Nine's pain because, compared to Ten, it was subtle. He was covering up in a very unhealthy way, no doubt, but he seemed to be functioning when we got to see him; also, his rages seemed to do him some good when he'd come down off of them. Ten's functioning, too, but it's just not the same as Nine and certainly nowhere near the functioning capacity of the Doctors of old. Sylvester McCoy made a very interesting point about the darkness of Seven's character on one of the interview/commentaries on the "Survival" CD. He said Seven was "a bit dark" because he was something like 950 years old and, having lived so long, had lost and things people he'd loved. Hence the dark, manipulative mile-wide streak. And as you allude to --- your own people screwing with you would tend to make you bitter, angry, disappointed, and disillusioned. Possibly even depressed. That would in turn tend to make a person dark and, if he let it, destructive (self and other-directed). But we didn't get the emo with the Classic Doctors. And (not that I'm saying that the New Series doesn't handle the stories and characters fantastically, but) that seemed to give a brave cohesiveness to the Doctor that made it possible to overlook his foibles and the less pleasant aspects of his personality (because he's always been an arrogant jackass, from first to last, when he wanted to be ---- even sweet little Two!) in a way that I can't with the newer Doctors (and, I've got to admit that, for me, it's Ten specifically I've got a problem with). Wow. Do I like parentheses tonight or what? Anyway, my two cents. Happy New Year.
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