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14 January 2010 @ 12:18 am
Doctor Who Series 4 - A Retrospective  
The final complete series with David Tennant as the Doctor. *sniff* I love series 4. Well, except for that one thing. You'll figure out who that is in a bit. Series 4 features a lot of returns, a lot of call backs. It's glorious. Now for the breakdown! Allons-y!

Time Crash - Children in Need clip. OMG. It's the Doctor and....THE DOCTOR! The Tenth Doctor and the Fifth Doctor meet face to face. And IT. IS. AWESOME. Peter Davison is there with the cricket and the celery and the hat. And he thinks Ten is a FAN! Once Ten manages to convince Five that they are indeed both the Doctor the awesome kicks into high gear. It's basically a chance for long time Who fan David Tennant to geek out on his Doctor. And I love it so much.

Voyage of the Damned - So apparently this Christmas special isn't well liked. WTF?! It's The Poseidon Adventure in space for god's sake! And it's the Titanic! What's not to like? People need to get a grip. I LOVE this one. It helps that my favorite Ten moment is in it. So the Doctor accidentally rams the TARDIS into a space version of the Titanic. Naturally he has to scope it out. Out comes the tux and Ten does what he does best: socialize. He meets a waitress names Astrid Peth, played very well here by some unknown pop star (just kidding, Kylie) and the Doctor cheats a bit to teleport Astrid to Earth. Where he runs into an old man selling newspapers on Christmas Eve. Damn old man! *shakes fist at Wilf* But of course, there's trouble afoot. Instead of a tidal wave the Titanic gets hit by a bunch of meteors. Everything is chaos until this:

"I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm 903 years old and I'm the man who's going to save all of your lives and the six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?"

I have no qualms about saying it's my favorite Ten moment. EVER. I always rewind it at least 7 times when I watch this episode. :-D Anyway, if you've seen the Poseidon Adventure the rest is pretty predictable. The Doctor gets snogged by Astrid, so of course she dies. Poor Astrid. I really liked her. The Doctor looses another person. Poor Doctor. :(

Partners in Crime - Series 4 premiere and guess who's back? It's Donna! Yay for Donna! Our favorite temp has been searching for the Doctor for a while having regret that she didn't go with him when he asked the first time. They are reunited in one of the funniest scenes in Who. David and Catherine are so funny together! Together once more, the BFFs defeat the walking fat and Donna finally joins the Doctor on the TARDIS. The epsidoe ends with the Doctor and Donna waving to Donna's gramps as they leave. Oh look, it's the same old man who was selling newspapers in London at Christmas! THAT doesn't mean anything. Nope, nothing at all. :(

The Fires of Pompeii - Being a historian, the historical episodes are nearly always my favorites and this one is no exception. The Doctor and Donna land in Pompeii and it's VOLCANO DAY. Why, hello there Series 1 call back! Donna's all for telling the good citizens of Pompeii to get the hell out of Dodge, but the Doctor reminds her that there's nothing they can do: the destruction of Pompeii is a fixed point in time that can't be altered. Donna tries anyway and gets captured by the seers for her trouble. When the Doctor rescues her, he confronts the aliens that are slowly invading the seers bodies, turning them to stone. Barely getting away (with a water pistol!), the Doctor and Donna find themselves deep within the volcano. They're forced to hide in an escape pod thing and the Doctor finally realizes what is happening. The aliens are preventing the volcano from erupting. If the Doctor doesn't stop them, they'll eradicate the human race. It's Pompeii or the Earth. The Doctor was always meant to cause the eruption that kills 20,000 people. How's that for irony? Together the Doctor and Donna push the button and the volcano erupts. Miraculously, they survive and the Doctor makes a break for the TARDIS determined to leave before they can cause anymore damage. Donna is appalled and demands the Doctor go back and save someone.  Reluctantly, he does and finally admits to Donna that yes, sometimes he does need someone to stop him from going too far.

Planet of the Ood - The important thing about this one is the end. After saving the Ood from slavery, Ood Sigma tells the Doctor that his song is ending soon. *sniff* No!!!!!!!! Stupid Ood. Kidding. The Ood are alright. It's Donna's first experience on another planet with mostly non-humanoid aliens. She deals with it in typical Donna fashion. It's also the first mention of the DoctorDonna. Oh dear, that sounds ominous.

The Sontaran Stratagem - The first two parter of series 4. I really like it. Martha's called the Doctor back to Earth because there's something going down that UNIT can handle. Yay! The meeting between Martha and Donna is great. Unlike Rose and Sarah Jane, Martha and Donna get along famously. So much so that the Doctor wishes they were fighting over him instead! Hilarious. Unfortunately, Martha gets replaced by a clone. Those UNIT people must be really thick, not to notice that one of their own was a clone. Donna visits her home and tells Wilf that she's been traveling with the Doctor. And Wilf is happy for her! Yay! There's a nice change of pace! Usually, the companion's family is all grrr about their daughters traveling in the TARDIS. But not Wilf. He firmly believes in the Doctor's ability to keep Donna safe. Reason 784 that Wilf is made of awesome.

The Poison Sky - That faith is tested almost right away. As the poison released by the ATMOS gets worse, the Doctor tells Donna to take refuge in the TARDIS, which promptly gets snatched by the Sontarans. Oh dear. But turns out Donna is right where the Doctor needs her to be. She sneaks through the Sontaran ship and gets the teleport working. You go, Donna! We get another Series 1 call back when UNIT gathers to face the Sontarans in gas masks. "Are you my mummy?" No, Doctor, we're dealing with Sontarans, not nanogenes. :-) With the teleport working again, the Doctor teleports Donna, Martha (the real one!) and himself to Rattigan Academy, where the Doctor cobbles together a device that will save the earth. All the poison gets burned out of the atmosphere. But there is still the Sontarans to deal with. The Doctor teleports to the Sontaran ship and gives the Sontarans one last chance to leave peacefully. They refuse of course. The Doctor is just about to press the button that will blow them all to kingdom come, when young Rattigan does something clever. Another person who sacrifices himself for the Doctor. :(

The Doctor's Daughter - This is the first episode of Doctor Who I ever saw. It's kind of a long story that I won't bore you with now. Let's just say if it weren't for this episode and David's awesomeness in it, I would not be the obsessed Tennant fangirl that I am now. Thanks, David! It's a really unusual episode too. I'm sure the title alone had old school Who fans in a tizzy when they first saw it. The Doctor's Daughter? WTH?! The Doctor doesn't have a daughter! Yeah, he had a family on Gallifrey, his granddaughter Susan even traveled with him for a while, but surely, surely RTD wasn't going to retcon nearly 30 years of Who for a plot device? Relax, people. I think this was done brilliantly. We got to see a side of the Doctor we've never seen before. It was mentioned almost in passing that the Doctor was a father before, but it was dropped just as quickly as it came up. Having Jenny there puts all the Doctor lost in the Time War in perspective. He didn't just get rid of the his people; he killed his own family to keep the universe safe. That's an enormous sacrifice. The scene where Donna shows the Doctor that Jenny has two hearts and proceeds to explain what a Time Lord is...OMG. That's when I fell in love with both the Doctor and David. Absolutely brilliant.

The Unicorn and the Wasp - Murder, mystery and Agatha Christie. What's not to love? I adore this episode. It really reminds me of The Unquiet Dead from series 1. They even call back to that one! Once again the Doctor meets one of his heroes. It's awesome. And there's giant wasp. "And when I say giant, I mean flippin' enormous!" I love Donna. Although I must say it's slightly weird watching the actress who plays Agatha, after seeing her play David's wife in He Knew He Was Right. Don't get me wrong she's an excellent Agatha. It's just my brain that's weird. But we knew that already, right? ;-)

Silence in the Library - On the surface I should love this two parter. It takes place in a library. I love libraries. Hell, I work in a library! It's got a creepy monster: the vastanarada. You can't see them; they literally are the shadows. And if the story had been left at that I would have liked it. But oh no, Steven Moffat had to introduce one of my most hated characters EVER, thus ruining what should be an awesome story.

Forest of the Dead - I, of course, am talking about Professor River Song. I usually refer to her as She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, ala Voldemort, but that takes too long to type. I literally want to take her helmet and beat her to death with it. Apparently she travels with the Doctor in the future, the Doctor's personal future. She calls him to the Library but the message reaches him at the wrong time and he doesn't recognize her. Hasn't got the foggiest who she is. She spends most of the story either flirting with him or yelling at him. I keep yelling at her to STFU. Hands off the Time Lord, woman! It's implied that she's the Doctor's WIFE in the future because she knows his real name. WTF?! This after that Doctor balked at the Master having a wife! Are these people on drugs? Personally I find it hard to believe that he'd tell anyone his real name, especially if he didn't tell Rose. I don't want to know the Doctor's real name actually. I'm cool with not knowing. But this kind of negates that whole argument, because the Doctor knows that she has to be told his real name (and given his screwdriver!) otherwise universe shattering paradox would ensue. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, River! There are not enough words in the English language for how much I hate her. Thank god I'll never have to see her again. I watch these two episodes exclusively for the pretty.

Midnight - Tied with The Unicorn and the Wasp for favorite series 4 episode. In previous series, there's been a Doctor and companion-lite episode. For series 4 they changed it up a bit and had one companion-lite and one Doctor-lite. This is the virtually Donna-less episode. It's uber creepy and makes you fear for the state of the human race actually. The monster plays on basic human fears and exploits them to their greatest extent almost to the point of the Doctor's death. David was really, really brilliant. You can practically see him screaming through his eyes when he gets his voice stolen by the monster. It is truly, truly terrifying. Added bonus? Colin Morgan as Jethro. I heart Colin.

Turn Left - This is Donna's episode and it's a good one. An alternate universe gets built around her when one of the Trickster's minions takes her back to the decision that led Donna to the Doctor. In this alternate reality, Donna is not there to save the Doctor in The Runaway Bride and he dies. For real. No regeneration, just death. Without the Doctor to save us, the earth goes to hell in a hand basket. Rose appears seemingly out of nowhere and tells Donna that she is the most important woman in all of creation and only Donna can make everything right again. It's always good to see Rose. At least for me. So Donna saves our reality by jumping in front of a moving truck, killing herself in the process. The universe rights itself. Hooray! But Donna relays a message from Rose: Bad Wolf. The look on the Doctor's face when he hears "bad wolf"...goodness.

The Stolen Earth - First part of the series 4 finale. The Doctor and Donna race back to earth but fix everything normal. Well, that lasts for about 30 seconds. A bit of shaking TARDIS, they look outside and the Earth is GONE. Everyone on earth is freaking, of course. One by one we see the Doctor's former companions cope with what's going on. Jack, Ianto and Gwen at Torchwood, Sarah Jane and Luke Smith, Rose, Martha at UNIT. It's awesome seeing everyone again. Harriet Jones brings them all together with her magic subwave thing and together they contact the Doctor. This is, of course, after the Doctor and Donna have escaped from the Shadow Proclamation in a hurry. Up until now I'd never thought the Shadow Proclamation was a place. It's weird, but I kinda like it. While there the Doctor and Donna find out that Earth is not the only planet that's been stolen. 27 planets snatched out of time and space. The Doctor hasn't a clue why or how, but as soon as they figure where the Earth had gone they set out after it. The subwave gets through and the Doctor makes contact with everyone except Rose. And then Davros has to shoot off his mouth. I love the Doctor's "I have only one thing to say to you....BYE!" Awesome. The Doctor lands the TARDIS and asks Donna again about what Rose said to her in the alternate universe. Donna just grins and says, "Why don't you ask her yourself?" The Doctor is uber confused until he turns around and sees Rose. The look on his face when he sees Rose; it's right up there with the look on Spike's face when he realizes that Buffy is back from the dead. Then comes the epic romantic run. Which gets interrupted by a bleeding Dalek, of course. Figures. It looks like the Doctor's going to regenerate! But he can't because I'm NOT READY, dammit!!!!!!!!!!

Journey's End - There's a lot of hate for this finale and I'm haven't the foggiest why. I love having everyone back. A lot of the hate, I think, comes from the metacrisis. The Doctor channels his regeneration energy into that hand that's been sitting in the console room for the entire season. Yay, no regeneration! Woot! The Doctor and Rose get their hug and the Dalek steal the TARDIS. Typical. After everyone else leaves the TARDIS, Donna gets trapped inside. The Daleks are determined to destroy the TARDIS, so the chuck it into the core of the crucible. Donna touches the hand and out grows another Doctor! And he's naked. *thinks very dirty thoughts* Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah. Hey BBC, would a full torso shot have killed you? Throw us Tennant fangirls a bone for pete's sake! Anyway, the other Doctor and Donna come up with a way of stopping Davros and ride to the rescue. Both of them get zapped by Davros, but Donna's new Time Lord consciousness get awoken and off we go! There are now THREE Time Lords! (Down, Jack!) Together, Donna, the Doctor and the other Doctor send 26 of the 27 planets back where they belong. Donna's made the Daleks helpless, saving all the other companions. As the Doctor loads everyone in the TARDIS, the other Doctor fulfills the prophecy and destroys the remaining Daleks. Sorry, Doctor, but I'm with the other Doctor on this one. The only good Dalek is a dead Dalek. The gang pilots the TARDIS as it tows the Earth back to its rightful place in the solar system. Day saved! One by one the Doctor's companions say goodbye until there's only Donna, Rose, Jackie and the other Doctor left. Bad Wolf Bay Part 2. I'm ok with Bad Wolf Bay. Loads of people loathe it. I don't. It really is the only feasible ending for Rose. Ten was a bit of a coward in not telling Rose how he felt. And a bit of a hypocrite about the Daleks. But it couldn't have been an easy thing to do, leave the woman you love with a man who looks just like you, knowing that your one comfort in the world was about to be taken from you in mere moments. I'm certain there was a part of Ten that wanted Rose to stay with him, but I don't think he could have dealt with loosing her again. Giving her a life with the other Doctor really is the only option. And in my personal canon, the other Doctor and Rose got that small piece of the TARDIS. Having them Earth bound is too depressing. Speaking of depressing, Donna. Donna's fate is much sadder than Rose's. The human-Time Lord metacrisis can't sustain itself and Donna is dying. To save her, the Doctor wipes every trace of himself from her mind. Cue the hysterics. Wilf's promise to watch out for the Doctor in Donna's stead is one of the saddest things EVER. The Doctor thanks him and walks into the TARDIS alone. Again. *sobs*  

So that's it for series 4. The end is rapidly approaching, kids. I'll be doing one more retrospective for the specials, a eulogy to my beloved Ten.
Current Location: Bad Wolf Bay
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Virginia Bluebell - Miranda Lambert
mountlandmountland on January 14th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I bring bad news - you know where you said that god I will never have to see her again (about she who must not be named)I have heard rumours that she is back in the new series with 11.

I loved your througths about the series - very similar to mine apart from thoughts on the doctor's daughter - I thought it was too cliche - from that start you knew what would happen - he wouldn't like her as it felt like she was a cheap imitation of his real daughter, he would learn to like her then they would be seperated. I also found the girl that played her to be a bit too sweet for the soldier she was supposed to be (althoigh it is kick ass cool that she is the actual daughter of the 5th doctor).
Reading this reminded me of some of the bits I had forgotten about so thanks for spending the time to write it.
mountlandmountland on January 14th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
just seen a slight typo -I meant 'thank god' not 'that god' in the first line
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Millenium Falconmichellemtsu on January 14th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I know that River will be in series 5; I saw the pictures of them shooting. But I won't be watching series 5. At all. So I won't have to see her again. Thank goodness.

Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings! :)
mountlandmountland on January 14th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
awww why won't you be watching - is it because your not a matt smith fan? I don't think I will be seeing much of series 5 :( due to being out of the country - hopfully I will catch a few episodes.

Lol no problem - I very much enjoyed your ramblings - feel free to ramble some more ;)
michellemtsu: David Tennant - My Doctormichellemtsu on January 14th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely not a Matt Smith fan. There's more to it, but that's the big reason. Seeing someone other than David as the Doctor is something I find really depressing. Apparently, this makes me a bad Who fan, but I'm ok with that. :D

I hope you get to see series 5 though. It sucks being out of the country. :(
mountlandmountland on January 14th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I have yet to pass judgemant on Matt Smith - he wasn't bad in the ruby and the smoke but no fab either so I guess we will have to wait and see.
Its hard seeing your first doctor change - I have almost got used to it as i was a Eccleston fan and my favourite Dr is 5th (aswell as 10th ofcourse - they tie).

I can see why people would say that but its fine to like a show just for the characters because it's the personality of the lead that sets the whole tone of the program and if that changes so does the whole show- I do it as well with ashes to ashes I only watch it for Gene Hunt

I don't mind being out of the country - I will be having my own adventures in foreign lands but hopfully wont meet many monsters or aliens.
Will have to rely on what people say on the quality of series 5 to see if i can be bothered to buy the box set.
~ CinJudes ~: dr who - tardis - bigger on inside_cinjudes_ on January 14th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I think I agree with you on just about every single thing in ever single episode. Except Rose. You clearly like her more than I do, I tolerate Rose but don't get the big Rose deal, and she has never made me cry. Nope, not even at Bad Wolf Bay pt.1.

Is it strange that you & I have the exact same favorite Tenth Doctor moment? I don't think so - I find it extremely telling to tell the truth. *hugs*
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Tallmichellemtsu on January 14th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
We have the same favorite Ten moment? Awesomeness. That is very telling actually. :)

As far as Rose...I guess we're even now. I like Rose, you're not crazy about her. I can't stand Lana and you like her. It's all good. :D It's things like this that keep life interesting. *hugs*
I am the Chosen Oneprincess__di on January 14th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
My absolute favorite moment is that scene in Voyage of the Damned. It was just so serious, and then in typical Ten fashion the allons-y comes and its just back to blowing things up and madness. I loved Voyage of the Damned because the whole Titanic thing made it hysterically funny. I love the ship (hate the movie) so seeing a spaceship of it was interesting. It just shows how important all history is, in ways.

I'm still not getting the whole yay Georgia Moffett vibe so Doctor's Daughter is probably the one episode I won't like if I watch again (I haven't seen a majority of series 4 since it aired...though I'm a US fan). I can't explain my reasoning.

Matt Smith's Doctor, I will watch for curiosity's sake, though I do want to see what Moffett will do to explain the significance of River Song in this next series. Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead had a great creepy overall plot. Just the subplot with Song and the Doctor was just lacking.

Turn Left is my absolute favorite episode. And it was a good way to bring back Rose with her "Bad Wolf". the reunion in Stolen Earth/Journey's End was bittersweet. Though I did love the companions all returning this first time (End of Time Part 2 being the second) Captain Jack. YAY for him.

The growing a TARDIS thing I believe was a deleted scene on one of the discs. I love the line in that scene. The Doctor. In the TARDIS. With Rose Tyler. Just as it should be. :)

my comment was long. I apologize. I know not a single person that watches Doctor Who. its sad
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Absolute Radiomichellemtsu on January 14th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the growing a TARDIS thing was a deleted scene. I like it a lot. That line is great.

You don't know anyone who watches Doctor Who? Oh no! I've converted quite a few people in the last couple of weeks. The marathon that BBCA had just before The End of Time Part 2 helped a lot. :)

As far as Matt Smith goes, I'll read recaps to find out what's going on. I am curious how Moffat's going to explain River though. The way she talked I always thought her Doctor was older, like older than David kind of older. And Matt is....not. Explain THAT, Steven! :)

I loved your long comment! Thanks for reading my ramblings! :)
I am the Chosen One: tenthdoctorprincess__di on January 14th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Alas, I don't have BBCA, and nobody I know likes SciFi, so they'll never be interested. They'd never understand the greatness of Ten and Who.

I also want to say that I'm definitely one of those people that did not like the whole metacrisis thing and the half human Doctor. Though the DoctorDonna was fascinating...until the end. While the growing TARDIS thing was cute, Rose still got the constellation prize in the end.

Your ramblings were fun to read, can't wait to hear about the specials :)
Virginia: The Doctor Kicks Backgarber18 on January 14th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I really love your retrospective on S4!!! There were definitely a lot more likeable episodes for me in this season I think than in David's other two seasons. Not that I didn't have some favorite episodes from S2 and 3, but overall I didn't enjoy those seasons nearly as much.

OMG YAY!!!! Someone who finally agrees with me regarding Journey's End. While I am still sooooooo confused about the whole metacrisis thing (thank you Rusty!) how could anyone not enjoy a reunion of past season companions?!?!? Not to mention we get two Tens!!!! ASKFLHASKFLHASKFLHASKFLH!!!!!

Looking forward to the specials retrospective! :D

Edited at 2010-01-14 05:39 pm (UTC)
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Umbrellamichellemtsu on January 14th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't understand all the hate for Journey's End either. Under the circumstances, it really was the best solution. And the two Tens makes it all worth it, in my mind. We'll simply have to stand together against the haters! :)
johnsheppardluv: dt the thinky specsjohnsheppardluv on January 15th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Hi there Michelle! :)

Another lovely recap, mate!!! This, THIS right here, is my fave full Who series of ALL TIME tho, dude! :D

My fave Ep(s) ever in BOTH Old and New Who? They're ALL in THIS series. :) The Unicorn and the wasp, Midnight, Planet of the ood, partners in crime and The stolen earth/Journey's end...*happy sigh*

Although...We fangirls were NIPPLE!BLOCKED in that last episode. BARROWMAN! :( LOL! ;) We didn't even get a hint of what went on during the confidential or the vid diary & it's only briefly talked of in the audio commentary, by Catherine Tate of all people. ;) Such a unfulfilled chance for some extra fun and round of light teasing... :(

AND yet, I could NOT stand the Library 2-parter either tho. Not only that, but this 2-parter was my most-hated 2-parter in ALL the Whoniverse. The Library concept was cool and the monsters were creepy, and I LOVED Ten's "YOU're in the biggest Library in all the universe. I'm the Doctor. Look me up. (promptly escapes down through floor)" speech. That line sends chills down my spine every damned time I hear it. ;)

(And, while I'm thinkin in terms of speeches, I adore Ten's VOTD speech as much as you do, as it was also a very similar chills-&-squee kind of moment for me.)

...Back to da Moff...

But, noooooooooo, Herr Moff (Hitler much, do I compare him to? *lol*) couldn't stop there, could he? Instead, he went too far with the creation of River, who's NOT a time lady yet has a more-advanced sonic screwdriver AND can use it and knows The Doc's name. (THAT alone = insanity!)

*shakes fist at the Beeb for the nippleblocking & then at Herr Moff for River Song's very existence*


michellemtsu: David Tennant - Stormtroopermichellemtsu on January 15th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Hi Sharma!

Moffat totally went too far with River. The very thought of her makes my blood boil. It's nice to see that someone who is more familiar with the old series than me loathes her as much as I do. If you remove River that two parter had the ability to be right up there with Army of Ghosts/Doomsday and The Stolen Earth/Journey's End as far as favorites go. *shakes fist at Moffat for being a moron*

We were nipple!blocked! WHAT is up with that? BBC had no problem with showing us Eccelston's or Barrowman's nipples. I fell robbed! Other than that I adore Journey's End. :)

Thanks for reading my ramblings! Only one to go! *sniff*
johnsheppardluv: ten is forever MY Doctorjohnsheppardluv on January 15th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Hey again! :)

Hmmm...Too right, dude. A completely Riverless Library 2-parter. It woulda been a GAZILLION TIMES BETTER and waaaay more creepy too! :D

Heck! Her "pretty boy" comment (he IS one, to be sure, but that still IS NOT his NAME, you River-swine!) to the Dctor alone made me want to reach in through the tv screen and choke a bee-yotch such as herself.

As for the NippleBlockage? I have two reasons. RTD or whoever directed the nekkidy eps thought that Barrowman and Chris had hotter nipples/chests than David. OR...it was because David is really hairy and Chris and John are practically hairless? ;) So, there was a grossout factor they didn't wanna breach? Yeah, I didn't think so either. Maybe we're seeing the nekkidy DoctoryDavid bits FROM Donna's POV though, meaning she's trying very hard to look away from his full monty impersonation, so her eyeline stops at the extreme upper chest area. Hence, no nipples. :( *is a sad, sad fangirl* ;)

Good luck on your last rambling then, m'dear! For I've loved them ALL! *huggles* *wails with you over Ten's re...(can't even type it yet)*

denshi_no_ultra: doctor whodenshi_no_ultra on January 15th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
There are people who dislike Voyage of the Damned? Weird... I though it was a great episode, the minor characters were interesting, and those golden robots were really creepy. And the Doctor finally met Alonso! :DD

The Fires of Pompeii was one of my favourite episodes too because it was so post-modern I think is the word - they way people behaved was pretty much like in modern times, it was fun to see that people don't really change.

Hmm, I don't exactly agree that Luke Rattigan sacrificed himself for the Doctor - he just had to do that to correct his mistake - after all, he helped the Sontarans. But Donna was really great in those episode - she did not lose her head even on an alien ship.

Since I'm not a Tennant fangirl Professor Song didn't bother me much, after all, she was ready to die to save the Doctor in the end, that means something.

Actually Midnight was one of my least favourite episodes, but the way you describe it makes it better, I hadn't actually thought about the philosophical aspect of it.

I loved the two final episodes, I thought it was great to see everyone back together in the TARDIS! Actually I agree with you on the Dalek issue - they are better when dead. I hope they don't come back again in Season 5. And the whole part with Donna almost made me cry, it was so sad...

Thanks for writing the retrospective, it was really great to remember all the cool episodes.

Have you written overviews of Season 1 & 2 as well?
michellemtsu: David Tennant - Bedtimemichellemtsu on January 15th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've written about Series 1 & 2 as well. I'm rubbish with links though. Just hit the doctor who tag and they should come up. Happy reading! :)
denshi_no_ultradenshi_no_ultra on January 15th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks! :)