I’m fascinated by the fact that Doctor Who is a family show. I’d like to know what kind of kid I would have been with the Doctor whispering in my ear. Probably a much cooler one: more curious, more compassionate, more willing to take a stand. Even when this show goes for the groundlings with Slitheen family fart jokes, it’s held up by the heart and courage of its characters. I don’t love the more “kid friendly” elements of this two-parter, because I’ve come to depend on Doctor Who to debunk the idea that kids need those elements to stay engaged in a story, but if they’re getting the message across, bring on the Slitheen. (more…)
ROSE: “You can go back and see days that are dead and gone a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.”
DOCTOR: “Not a bad life.”
ROSE: “Better with two.”
Rose Tyler gets it. This is her second trip in the TARDIS, and already she sees the Doctor’s life for all of its brilliance, all of those suns waiting on the horizon. But she’s also known since this man showed up at her door that he’s lonely, and that she’s as good for him as he is for her. They’re so glad they met each other that it’s literally the last thing they want to tell the world before they die. Rose and the Doctor are going down fighting. Together. (more…)
“I just sort of hitched a lift with this man. I didn’t even think about it. Don’t even know who he is. He’s a complete stranger.”
First proper trip in the TARDIS and the Doctor takes Rose to the end of the world. That sends a message. Welcome to Doctor Who, please remember that your entire planet will someday burn. Get ready for loss and pain. Get ready to feel insignificant and overwhelmed and totally alone with your feelings. Get ready to be a little scared of the Doctor. (more…)
If I’m going to obsessively rewatch this show, I might as well share my feelings with all of you, right? For the sake of anyone who might be reading along as you watch for the first time (WELCOME TO YOUR NEW LIFE!), any spoilery thoughts will be saved for the end of each review. Now then. Ready?
Oh good; the Doctor’s said one word, and already it’s the only word I ever want to hear. This is pretty much a one-second summary of Doctor Who: run. Take the hand that’s reaching out to you and run—from the ordinary, from danger, toward danger, all of that. And how perfect is it that this is the first thing we know of the Doctor? He’s the invitation reaching out to Rose. When he takes off for the London Eye and she chases him down and they take each other’s hands, together this time, both of them choosing to fight this battle—that’s the moment I got this show. (more…)
In just about an hour, the BBC will reveal the face of Doctor Who’s 12th Doctor, meaning it’s still not too late to plan something awesome, especially if you have a time machine. Just don’t go back on your own personal timeline. Apparently.
In any case, here are some ways to honor this day like the grand fixed point in time we all know it should be: (more…)
So I’ve been watching Doctor Who.
But there must be stronger words to describe what I’ve actually been doing. Because it’s more like I married a fictional character and now I have a new last name, and I have to go into work and go about normal life when really everyone should be giving me presents. I have a whole new emotional register now! And in the words of new personal life hero David Tennant, “the thing about Doctor Who is that it’s very hard to explain without sounding like a lunatic.” But all I want to do is talk about it. (more…)