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05 January 2010 @ 12:13 am
Doctor Who Series 2 - A Retrospective  
My post regeneration re-watch continues! Today I bring you my ramblings about series 2 and the premier of the late, beloved Tenth Doctor. *sniff* As always, it's an episode by episode account. Enjoy!

Children in Need 2005 (Born Again) - Oh, this bit! It's our first extended look at Ten. Well, for about five minutes anyway. Right away the differences between Nine and Ten are evident. Ten can talk. Good lord. Not that Nine couldn't, but there's just a frentic pace to Ten's speech that Nine doesn't have. And of course, Ten look drastically different. Tall, thin, a mop of hair, sideburns, that mole! Rose is understandably freaked. I love the way the Doctor tries to convince Rose that's he's the same man. But the look on his face when Rose asks if he can change back? Poor Doctor. Don't worry, Rose, you'll love this body just as much as the last, just give him a chance! ;-) Anyway, the clip ends with the Doctor offering to take Rose home before convulsing in a post-regeneration illness of some sort. Yikes!

The Christmas Invasion - The first Doctor Who Christmas special. It's one of my favorite specials. The Doctor spends most of it flat on his back in a pair of borrowed jim jams being feverish. I still want to know who put the Doctor into those jim jams. I'd have gladly volunteered, just an FYI. Yes, my shallow side will rear its head early and often. I can't help it, David Tennant is very pretty. Sue me. Anyway, while the Doctor is out of commission some aliens are trying to take over the earth. Typical. Were Christmas's always like this? Harriet Jones, who we last saw in Aliens of London/World War Three, is now Prime Minister. Yes, ma'am, we know who you are. *g* Rose, Mickey and Jackie get attacked by a spinning Christmas tree, the Doctor stops it, but then he's out for the count again. Rose STILL isn't convinced that this odd man is the Doctor. I was kinda disappointed in her actually. After all the things she's seen she can't have a little faith? It all gets sorted, of course, after the Doctor gets a cuppa in his system. Oh, that moment when he opens the TARDIS doors and steps out is awesome. I love it. Then the whole "rude and not ginger" thing. All leading up to the sword fight. I do love me a good old fashioned sword fight. The Doctor gets his hand cut off, he jumps back up and grows a new one...all leading to this exchange:

Sycorax: "Witchcraft?"

The Doctor: "Time Lord"

Me? Dead.

New Earth - Jim jams are gone and the Doctor and Rose are off on their first adventure. It's the land of cat nuns and an old enemy. Cassandra's back and has possessed Rose. Billie Piper did a great job delineating between Rose and Cassandra. This episode also has the first Ten snog. *gasp* OMG, there's snogging on Doctor Who! Alert the media! Seriously, I don't get the big deal about the snogging. If I were in a room with Ten, I'd snog him too. And the Doctor's not a monk. Or a eunuch. Get a grip, people! Goodness. Anyway, we also have a couple of instances of wet!Doctor. To which I say: yes please. Bottom line: the Doctor saves the day, we get to see the Face of Boe (hi, Jack!), and the Doctor and Rose grow just a little bit closer. All is right in the world.

Tooth and Claw - It's historical episode time! Yay! This time the Doctor and Rose find themselves in 1879 Scotland with Queen Victoria. The Doctor was aiming for 1979, but the TARDIS apparently has other plans. One of the best things about this one is that David gets to use his real Scottish accent for a bit! I don't know why RTD thought it necessary for the Doctor to sound like a Londoner, but he did. Robbing us of the Scots accent is a crime, but I like the Doctor's accent too. We also have a werewolf. A proper werewolf! Yay! I was very impressed with the CGI, so much better than poor Remus Lupin in HP. I adore the sequence in the library: the Doctor licking the door (hello, oral fixation!), the brainy specs. Great episode.

School Reunion - Right off the bat: IT'S SARAH JANE! I've never seen Old Who, but I simply adore Sarah Jane. I wish I was half as awesome as her. David's inner eight year fanboy is on proud display in this one. It's fantastic. And it's Giles, oh wait, it's Uther! No, that's not right either. It's Mr. Finch, aka the uber awesome Anthony Head. The scene where the Doctor and Mr. Finch face off is so, so awesome. And the obligatory face off between Rose and Sarah. I also love the scene when Rose confronts the Doctor about Sarah and what that means for their relationship. It's the closest we get to the Doctor actually expressing what he feels for Rose to her face. "You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on. Alone. That's the curse of the Time Lords."

The Girl in the Fireplace - My favorite episode of Who. Period. It's got the future, the past, and a horse. What's not to love? Mickey has decided that he wants to see what's out there and tags along. Rose gets jealous of an 18th century French aristocrat. The Doctor has a very brief, yet intense, relationship with said French aristocrat. I love Reinette. Another woman that I wish I was as awesome as. She sees something she wants and goes after it. The chemistry between David and Sophia practically leaps off the screen. Which obviously translated into real life, lucky girl. Anyway, Reinette snogs the life out of the Doctor, good for her! Faced with the choice of potentially abandoning Rose and Mickey and saving Reinette from the Clockwork droids, the Doctor chooses Reinette. He comes smashing through the mirror on that bleeding horse and saves the day. But the Doctor is not destined to travel the slow path. Reinette shows him her fireplace and uses it to return to Rose and Mickey. He offers to take Reinette out to see the stars, but when he returns for her, he's too late. Cue the hysterics. If this episode wasn't so emotionally draining, I could watch it on a loop.

Rise of the Cybermen - Ten's first two parter. Not real crazy about this one. The Cybermen aren't my favorite villains. Rose, Mickey and the Doctor find themselves on a parallel earth with zepplins and the TARDIS is dead. Uh oh. But when all else fails, rely on the pretty. The Doctor in a TUX! Yay! That's worth watching. Rose angsting about people who are NOT her parents isn't. It's annoying actually. Didn't she learn anything in Father's Day?

The Age of Steel - The Doctor is still in the tux, so that's of the good. Rose is still angsting about people not her folks, not so good. And Mickey finally grows a pair! Yay! Mickey had far more patience then I would have in his situation. It's been apparent to practically anyone with eyes, that the Doctor and Rose are crazy about each other, but Mickey continues to hang around. I'm not sure what he expected to happen when he set off with the Doctor and Rose. Whatever it was, it wasn't what he got. Pete's World has Rickey, who dies at the hand of the Cybermen. What did Nine used to call Mickey? Rickey. Make of that what you will. ;-) The other nice scene is the one where the Doctor faces off with the Cyber Controller, the former Mr. Lumic. "I'd call you a genius, except I'm in the room." We love you, Doctor! :-)

The Idiot's Lantern - This one's memorable for the Doctor's hairdo alone. How much product did they have to use to get it like that? Good lord. Carbon footprints, Doctor, carbon footprints. Anyway, It's Coronation Day 1953. Pomp and circumstance! Yay! I must admit the blank faces were creepy. And the Doctor's fury at seeing Rose like that was genuine. There's the Oncoming Storm.

The Impossible Planet - Ten's second two parter, complete with the introduction of the Ood. At least they're not singing yet. *sniff* The Doctor and Rose get trapped on a planet that shouldn't exist. It's being held in place by a gigantic black hole. And there's creepy writing the TARDIS can't decipher. Definitely NOT good. We have the mortgage conversation, yet another one of those we're-in-love-with-each-other-but-can't-say-it moments. Oh, those two. :D Then comes that dratted space suit! It's imprisoning the hair; it MUST be destroyed.

The Satan Pit - More of the Doctor in the damn space suit. The creepy disembodied voice scares the crap out of everyone and the Ood are going beserk. Rose and the rest of the crew try and stop the Ood, while the Doctor and Ida examine the pit. I really liked Ida; I wish we'd have seen her again. Hands down the best scene was the Doctor facing off with the Beast. It looked oddly like the Beast from season 4 of Angel, just BIGGER. But David did a great job acting against nothing. "If I believe in one thing, just one thing, I believe in her." Oh, Doctor. "It said, I was gonna die in battle." "Then it lied." *sniff*

Love & Monsters - Ugh. I really loathe this one. It's the first true Doctor-lite episode. I wouldn't mind it if the monster weren't lame. Or Elton even halfway interesting. And there's practically no pretty to distract from the lack of plot. Can we just pretend this one never happened?

Fear Her - This episode has had to grow on me. At first, I really only cared for it due to the massive amount of neck and hand porn. I love when the Doctor goes sans tie. Plus we have geeky Doctor. And the oral fixation is back with a vengeance. But this episode also shows just how far Rose has come. When the Doctor gets drawn, she doesn't panic. She figures out where the pod is all by herself and with a tiny nudge from the Doctor figures out how to charge it up and bring everyone back to life. Yay Rose! Of course, this can only mean BAD things are ahead, right?

Army of Ghosts - Everything seems pretty normal when the Doctor and Rose return to visit Jackie, but they quickly see that trouble has been brewing for a while. Jackie starts babbling about ghosts and Rose's dead grandfather. The Doctor and Rose investigate and find the source of the ghosts. They fire up the TARDIS to chase their lead with Jackie still on board! Oh dear. They land at Torchwood and the Doctor goes out to greet the welcoming committee. This is one of the most ridiculous scenes ever. What is with all the clapping? Is Yvonne FIVE? I kinda want to slap her in that moment. Knowing that the Doctor rarely travels alone Yvonne demands he produce Rose, so he reaches in the TARDIS and brings out Jackie instead. Hilarious! Yvonne gives the Doctor and Jackie the grand tour culminating the sphere room. The 3D glasses! Yay! I love the bit with Yvonne and the Doctor when it's time for ghost shift. No, Yvonne, you're not the first person the Doctor has done that to and you won't be the last. He IS over 900 after all! The cliffhanger for this episode is epic: the ghosts aren't ghosts, but Cybermen from Pete's World and the sphere doesn't have Cybermen at all; it's full of Daleks! AHHH!

Doomsday - This is probably my favorite regular series finale, if i had to pick one. I'd rather not because I love them all, but still. It's the Daleks versus the Cybermen for pity's sake! That's just fun. And Mickey's back! So's Jake! And Pete! Speaking of Pete, he tells the Doctor that Harriet Jones is the President of Great Britain! And she's ushered in a Golden Age. Sound familiar? ;-) The meeting between alt-Pete and our Jackie is great. Jackie actually managed to get the Doctor to shut up for a change! But let's be honest here, the thing that makes Doomsday great is the Doctor and Rose. What happens to them is so tragic and so unfair. All she wanted to do was to stay with him. Can you blame her? When the Doctor tries to send her away (again), she's not having it. Nor would I, truth be told. Honestly that's not his decision to make. It's Rose's. She's a grown up. So when she returns determined to stay and help, I rejoice. It makes what happens next that much more tragic. The Doctor's horrified scream as Rose tumbles toward the void...oh my god. And then that music, Murray Gold's beautiful music, starts. Cue the hysterics. That stark white wall with the Doctor on one side and Rose on the other. The Doctor's slow walk away; that look of unbearable sadness on his face. And of course, Bad Wolf Bay. Love her or hate her, if you don't at least get a little sniffly as the Doctor and Rose say goodbye then I'd question your humanity. That's just sad. Hauntingly, unbearably sad. And the Doctor cries.

And then because this is RTD we're talking about...the Doctor looks up and sees a woman in a wedding dress standing in the middle of the console room! WTF?!

I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about series 2. These are just my humble thoughts, agree, disagree, see something I missed? Sound off below!
Current Location: Bad Wolf Bay
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Doomsday - Murray Gold
sue_denimmesue_denimme on January 5th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
One of the best things about this one is that David gets to use his real Scottish accent for a bit! I don't know why RTD thought it necessary for the Doctor to sound like a Londoner, but he did. Robbing us of the Scots accent is a crime, but I like the Doctor's accent too.

DT has said that RTD asked him to do another accent basically because CE had had a Northern accent and they didn't want another obvious regional accent right after that one.

What I thought was interesting was that the Doctor's Scottish accent didn't really sound exactly like DT's real accent. I like to think that DT deliberately changed it slightly to show that it was the Doctor speaking, not him.
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Scotlandmichellemtsu on January 5th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd heard about RTD and the regional accent thing. I guess the American in me just can't comprehend what the big deal is. Oh well. I like the Doctor's accent too! I think you're right about the Doctor's Scottish accent being slightly different from David's real accent. :D
back2real: trust meback2real on January 5th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
ahah! I DO love your ramblings, great little trip down memory lane! "Then comes that dratted space suit! It's imprisoning the hair; it MUST be destroyed. " AHHAH! yes, destroy!
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Hamlet Guhmichellemtsu on January 5th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
We should start the anti-spacesuit league or something! LOL Glad toy enjoyed my ramblings! :)
back2real: trust meback2real on January 5th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
ahah! yes, pretty much anti-anything-that-covers-the-hair!
denshi_no_ultra: doctor whodenshi_no_ultra on January 15th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Nice retrospective, it's been a while since I watched Season 2, and you really reminded me that I should watch it again.

The spinning tree was a cool idea - I never thought a Christmas tree could be dangerous. And 'rude and not ginger' part was funny.

Tooth and Claw was a great episode, I remember how impressed I was with Queen Victoria, she actually killed one of the bad guys!

I also haven't seen the old series, and I also thought Sarah Jane was great. Couldn't help feeling sorry for her, though...

Yes, I also thought that the blank faces in The Idiot's Lantern were totally creepy. First I was afraid people turned into monsters under the influence of TV (well, not exactly TV), but the blank faces were scarier than monsters.

Love & Monsters - I did not particularly like this episode, either. It wouldn't have been too bad, if it were not for that girl's face in the concrete, that was just nasty.

The conversation between the Cyberman and the Dalek was one of the funniest things I've ever heard!

Nice review of the series, I liked it!
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Redmichellemtsu on January 16th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :) I adore series 2.