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03 January 2010 @ 07:04 pm
Doctor Who Series 1 - A Retrospective  
In honor of my beloved Ten's demise *sniff*, I decided a while ago that I was going to re-watch the entire RTD era of new Who. You know, therapy and all that. After seeing everyone's posts about the finale, I decided to get ambitious and do write ups for all four series and the specials. So yesterday, I watched all of Series One. It was in a word: FANTASTIC! What follows is an episode by episode collection of thoughts: what I loved, what I hated, a bit of Nine/Rose shippiness, random stuff really. These thoughts are merely my own humble opinions, feel free to discuss in the comments, but please keep it civil. Enjoy!

Rose - As an introduction to Who after a nearly 20 year hiatus, this episode rocks. I love it. "Run." Indeed, Doctor. Running as we quickly see is a staple of the Who universe. My favorite bits? Rose walking into the TARDIS for the first time, "Every planet has a North," and Rose swinging to the Doctor's rescue. Oh, and the turn of the earth scene. Great stuff. This first meeting with the Ninth Doctor gives us very little indication of how much he's suffered in the Time War. We don't know he's the last of the Time Lords. Hell, the word Time Lord isn't even mentioned!

However, even this early in the show's run, I could tell there were going to be things that bug me. So right off the bat, I can't stand Mickey. Or Jackie. I know they care about Rose and worry about her, but Rose is a grown up and can make her own choices. Deal with it. End rant.

The End of the World - Our first trip to the future! Yay! Platform One, 5 BILLION years in the future. Sun expanding and the Earth explodes. Good times. I love the scene between Rose and the Doctor when she demands he tell who he is. On a more shallow note, Chris was uber sexy in that scene too. Sheesh. Are Time Lords supposed to be that sexy? Good lord. Apparently there's this myth that TEN was the flirt. Well, I don't know what show y'all were watching but NINE is a flirt too. Does Jabe ring a bell? I don't mind, of course. I really liked Jabe and was sad when she died. But end of the day, Platform One is saved (hi, Cassandra!), Rose is alright, and the Doctor actually confides in Rose. Love it!

The Unquiet Dead - My favorite episode of Series One. As Donna says later: it's Charles Dickens at Christmas with ghosts! Awesomeness. Also a serving girl names Gwyneth who looks suspiciously like Torchwood's Gwen Cooper. :) I see what you did there, RTD! Anyway, this is probably the first time we see the evidence of the already intense relationship between the Doctor and Rose. The scene in the morgue is one of my all time favorite Nine/Rose moments. I <3 them!

Aliens in London - The first two parter of the New era. I like it, despite the fart jokes. "Do you mind not farting while I'm saving the world?" Love it. Anyway, Rose and the Doctor return supposedly 12 hours after she left, but we quickly see that the Doctor grossly miscalculated and it's been 12 MONTHS. Oh dear. Jackie is beside herself, Mickey's been accused of murder and the Doctor gets a Tyler slap. And to top it off an alien ship has landed in the Thames. Goodness.

World War Three - This is where things get interesting though. The Doctor, Rose and MP Harriet Jones barricade themselves in the Cabinet room at Downing Street. The Slitheen are trying to get the launch codes to bomb the Earth into the Stone Age and Jackie and Mickey are back at the estate helping as best they can. I love the bit where Rose and Harriet are helping the Doctor figure out the Slitheen's planet. Which I STILL can't pronounce, let alone spell. Which of course leads to the scene close to every Nine and Rose shippers' heart: "I could save the world, but loose you." You can't convince me that he's not crazy about this 19 year old shop girl, you just can't. She's saved his life in more ways than one and he's loves her for it. :D

Dalek - When I first saw this episode, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I've never seen any Old Who, so I had no idea about the Daleks. How is a tin can scary? But that scene between the Doctor and the Dalek was spectacular. The grief and madness the war had caused was all over the Doctor's face. And when he told Van Statten that he hadn't survived by choice...oh dear. My poor, broken Doctor. Between that and the scene with Rose toward the end...Nine is awesome and I love him. Plus we got a shirtless bit! *is shallow again*

The Long Game - Not a huge fan of this one. I like it alright because anything Nine does is made of awesome, but the plot was kinda rubbish.And Rose's pretty boy? Useless. So glad they left him with his "upgrade." "I only take the best. I've got Rose." You tell him, Doctor!

Father's Day - I have a love/hate relationship with this one. I spend a lot of it wanting to shake Rose silly. I mean, selfish much? Of course the Doctor's not much better. He KNOWS better than to grant her request but he does it anyway, not once, but twice. The fight they have after Pete gets saved...wow. They both said things that didn't really mean and I never thought for a second that the Doctor would really leave her there, but still. Ouch. The Doctor's probably a little freaked out about how dependent he's become on her. On the plus side, we get a tiny bit of the Doctor sans jacket! Yay! And it's the green jumper, which is my favorite. Why they couldn't find more reasons for the Doctor to go without the jacket is beyond me. He wears that damn jacket like a suit of armor! :)

The Empty Child - The second two parter. The TARDIS locks onto a piece of spacejunk and they follow it to London. 1941 London to be precise. In the middle of a German air raid. Terrific. Rose is wearing a Union Jack t-shirt and is hanging from a barrage balloon. But she gets saved in the nick of time...not by the Doctor, but by Captain Jack! Oh, Jack. I really love Jack. He's just so much fun! He and Rose dancing on top of his ship is a great scene. I'd have been a little distracted myself, Rose! She sure does know how to find the pretty boys, doesn't she? Meanwhile, the Doctor is dealing with Nancy and her brood. I liked Nancy. That scene with her and the Doctor just before he goes to hospital is really great.

The Doctor Dances - Oh, I love this episode. So much. "The world doesn't end because the Doctor dances." "Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once, everybody lives!" If those aren't two of the best scenes in New Who then I don't know what is. The final scene with the Doctor and Rose dancing just makes me happy. Have I mentioned I heart them? ;-)

Boom Town - This might be the most useless episode in Series one. Other than our heroes acquiring the extrapolator what was the point? I liked the scene with Nine and Margaret in the restaurant though. I HATED all the Rose and Mickey bits. She called him to bring her PASSPORT?! For the love of god, why? The suggestion that Mickey and Rose get a room makes me skin crawl. How could Mickey suggest that when he's supposedly seeing what's her name? Although I really am angry at Rose. She should have really, truly, definitively broken up with Mickey a long time ago. They spend so much of the series with that relationship up in the air. It's maddening really.

Bad Wolf - The Doctor, Rose and Jack gets trapped in a bunch of reality shows. Ooook. Actually, I don't think it's that bad. Jack's one is hilarious. Curse you, BBC, for not allowing us to see Barrowman's bum! Anyway, Rose is stuck in The Weakest Link and the Doctor is trapped in Big Brother! And of course, Lynda with a y. The Doctor and Lynda escape to find out that Satellite Five is now the Game Station. The world the Doctor thought he fixed is even worse than ever. Jack finds the Doctor and together they hunt for Rose. The look on the Doctor's face when he thinks that Rose is dead really gets to me. Poor Doctor. But no, Rose isn't dead. She's just been transmatted to a ship. And not just any ship, it's the Daleks! That final scene is epic and awesome.

The Parting of the Ways - Oh my, oh my. This one is very emotional. The Doctor and Jack take the TARDIS and save Rose. "The Oncoming Storm." Crazy Daleks. The delta wave. Jack's farewell to the Doctor and Rose. First tears come when the Doctor sends Rose away. He wants her safe no matter what happens to him. Rose rails against this of course. That hologram message from Nine. *sniff* And Rose's distress and frustration being back on earth while the Doctor dies. So she does something incredible and really, really stupid. She breaks into the heart of the TARDIS and takes it into her head. Meanwhile at the Game Station, the few people left are mostly dead. Jack stands as the last line of defense between the Daleks and the Doctor. Exterminate. And then face to face with the destruction of the human race and the Daleks, the Doctor is a coward. He can't bring himself to release the delta wave. Then he hears the greatest sound in the universe. The TARDIS. The Bad Wolf has arrived. Rose, with the Vortex swimming in her head, destroys the Daleks and brings Jack back to life as the Doctor watches in awe and horror. Horror because he knows what must happen. In order to save his Rose, he must sacrifice himself. Cue the hysterics.

"Rose, you were fantastic. And you know what? So was I."

*regeneration energy explodes"

"Hello. Oh, new teeth. That's weird. Now where was I? Oh yes, Barcelona!"

Laughter through tears. RIP Nine. Hello, Ten. :D
Current Location: The TARDIS
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: Doctor Who - The Age of Steel
formerly ogarasu: DW: NineRose loveroaringmay on January 4th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yaay a Series 1 stuff :)
First of all, I love Series 1 and Nine is my Doctor, even though I got into DW through Ten. And as I never really knew about Old Who anyway (well I'm from Germany), I've nothing to say on that matter. Except maybe that I really want to catch up on it as soon as possible.

The End of the World is actually one of my all-time favourite episodes. I love the interaction between the Doctor and Rose, how he wants to impress her with all this but fails at first. They make an adorable couple.

You know, I like Mickey, and I adore Rose, but I'm absolutely agree that she treats him like shit. I think it gets worse in S2; in the beginning, she was probably still clinging on to her home, maybe as reassurance or... as an anchor, I don't know. For even though she left to live a different, more exciting life - you can't just leave everything behind. That's how I always got it that she called Mickey for her passport. So for this, I can't really blame her, but that definitely changes later on when I seriously wonder why the Hell she still says that Mickey is her boyfriend when she's so completely in love with the Doctor and entirely committed to him.
I hated Boomtown in the beginning but grew to appreciate it. It's a calmer episode that focuses less on an action-packed plot, introducing too much new stuff, but brings the attention to the characters and their motives and doubts. I guess it's not useless but it did take time to grow on me.

And the final two-parter, don't even get me started on that. When there's nothing else I want to watch I watch these scenes, being stunned by Rose's devotion each and every time and all the events that follow,... Idk I think it's mind-boggingly brilliant and this part alone made Doctor Who my No. 1 fandom. :)

Edited at 2010-01-04 04:23 pm (UTC)
michellemtsu: Nine - Oncoming Stormmichellemtsu on January 4th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
You're right Rose's behavior toward Mickey does get worse in series 2. Until Mickey finally can't take any more and decides to stay in Pete's World. I don't blame him for a second. I wouldn't have had as much patience as he did.

Rose's utter devotion is one of the things I love most about her. It's part of why she's my favorite companion. I like series 3 & 4 but it's just not the same without Rose. The Doctor really isn't the same either.
tardis_stowaway: nine/rose b&wtardis_stowaway on January 4th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Niiiiiiine! I adore series 1 and still think it's the best overall.

Apparently there's this myth that TEN was the flirt. Well, I don't know what show y'all were watching but NINE is a flirt too.

Hell yeah! Jabe, Lynda with a Y, his "buy me a drink first" smirk to Jack, and of course Rose...Nine flirts with all of them.

I've never seen any Old Who, so I had no idea about the Daleks. How is a tin can scary? But that scene between the Doctor and the Dalek was spectacular.

Agreed. The Daleks are fundamentally rather silly-looking creatures, but the Doctor's reaction makes it impossible not to be terrified. The intensity of Chris's response to it and the sense of being trapped make this single Dalek scarier than all the armies of them we see later, IMHO.

She called him to bring her PASSPORT?! For the love of god, why?

Because she was on a spaceship with two immensely sexy guys but wasn't getting any and was about to explode with sexual frustration. ;) Rose and Mickey are both rather immature in this episode, but I love it anyway for the adorable Team TARDIS bits.

Man, I should really rewatch series 1 (really, more like re-re-re-re-re-rewatch it at least).
michellemtsu: Ninemichellemtsu on January 4th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I try to watch series one as much as I can. It's awesome. :)

Oh, Team TARDIS! I love that! I'll try to remember that next time I watch Boom Town.

Thanks for reading my thoughts. *waves*
Rose Tyler: badwolfroselikeschips on January 4th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
You totally forgot the BEST nine line EVER:

"I think you need a Doctor."

That line makes me *wibble* EVERY time.
michellemtsu: Ninemichellemtsu on January 4th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
True. I'm usually crying by that time anyway, so yeah...*wibble*
Julie: DW - Nine and Rose b&wjulie_izumi on January 11th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
I need to rewatch this season 1, because I think it's often forgotten while it was great and Nine really introduced us to the Whoverse! I remember that I loved 'The End of the World', it's what convinced me and made me watch the entire series!
And same as you, for me in 'Dalek', this episode was so intense even if I didn't have a clue what a Dalek was!
And all the Bad Wolf thing was awesome! Rose is made of win!
michellemtsu: Nine - Oncoming Stormmichellemtsu on January 11th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
The awesomeness of Nine does get lost in the Ten love. I adore them both though. If it wasn't for Nine I wouldn't have watched the show at all. :D
denshi_no_ultra: doctor whodenshi_no_ultra on January 15th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
That was the first Doctor Who season I've ever seen, and I agree, it was fantastic! :D I think I like Nine even more than Ten, if that is at all possible.

I actually liked Jackie, if only because she was trying to seduce the Doctor. That made me lol so much!

The Unquiet Dead was one of my favourite episodes, too - not because of Nine/Rose, since I'm not shipping them or anything, but I really liked the whole historical atmosphere, and how scary those ghosts were...

At first I had exactly the same thoughts - what's the big deal about Daleks, he is kind of small and doesn't look too dangerous... But this episode really showed that Daleks are not nice.

The Empty Child was the scariest thing I had ever seen. How exactly is Doctor Who a series for children, I'm an adult and it almost gave me nightmares...

Everybody lives! I almost cried at that.

That was a great season, and you wrote a nice retrospective, thanks!
michellemtsu: Nine - Oncoming Stormmichellemtsu on January 16th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
I don't know about loving Nine more than Ten; I love them pretty much equally. :)

The Empty Child IS really creepy; sometimes I wonder at Doctor Who being a family show. Some of this stuff scares ME and I'm a 30 year old woman!

Edited at 2010-01-16 01:59 am (UTC)
denshi_no_ultradenshi_no_ultra on January 16th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly! But maybe the younger Doctor Who viewers have a different view on what is frightening, who knows...
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michellemtsu: Nine - Oncoming Stormmichellemtsu on January 21st, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)

You're right, that is an important thing. I guess I'm letting my Rose/Mickey hate color the rest of the episode! Thanks for reading!