Spoiler alert: the Doctor dies. Another spoiler alert: he comes back as David Tennant. (oh la la!)
Now this is the first time that I’ve seen Doctor Who. Watching the old who episodes I didn’t think that I was going to get so into the show. And going into the first season of new who I also wasn’t quite sure what I should expect. Would I like it more than the old who? Well one thing I especially didn’t expect was that I would get so close to the Doctor and feel so torn when the ninth doctor died.
I would say this especially surprised me when some of the episodes with the ninth doctor didn’t even take my attention that well. They would start off well and grab my attention, but as the episode went on I just lost interest. I would watch them for class, but honestly, I don’t think I would ever watch some of those again. It was hard to keep my attention to write down what was going on. Yet here I am at the last episode with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and my eyes start to tear up. I look over at my roommate (who is a huge fan of Doctor Who) and wonder how she has gone through this with how many doctors she has watched.
Doctor Who is a totally new experience for me. Yes, I’ve watched the occasional show about aliens, but nothing about aliens and time travel. It’s certainly different than things that I have watched before. I have gotten pretty sucked in. And boy oh boy will I still be sucked in with David Tennant. Especially since my tears got sucked RIGHT back into my eyes when I saw David Tennant. I always knew that the doctor regenerated, but it doesn’t seem true until you see it actually happen. Watching the episode in class with David Tennant as the Doctor got me pretty excited. It brought back in my excitement for Doctor Who. It drew me in and made me super excited for the tenth Doctor. Maybe this time I will be more prepared for when he regenerates, but probably not…
In one of David Tennant’s final adventures, a team of his most famed companions/allies is formed. The team consisting of Harriet Jones, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Sarah Jane Smith, and Martha Jones come together to aid the Doctor in stopping the end of the world. This gallery of characters were iconic during the adventures of previous incarnations of the Doctor and Tennant’s edition of the Time Lord. Their presence in “The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End” helps provide a storybook ending to Tennant’s run as the Doctor, but is it’s unfair to the characters that the viewers grew to love during the tenth Doctor’s adventures.
Rose Tyler traveled with both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s version of the Doctor. She added continuity to a somewhat abrupt change to the iconic role. She anchored Tennant in the first few episodes of season two, and she also gave the viewer some continuity within the show. At the end of Tennant’s run, we are given closing points for Rose, Jack, Sarah Jane, Martha, and Donna. This bookend for the series was beneficial in that it gave the show a “mini-reboot,” but it hurt the show in that the eleventh Doctor didn’t have a continuity point from the tenth Doctor, and seemed very lost in his first adventure.
Rose was a dynamic character that the viewers already knew, and this made assimilating the new Doctor much simpler. In Matt Smith’s first episode, he acknowledges his former versions of himself, but not his former companions. This feels out of character for the Doctor, and it hurts the chance for these former companions to appear alongside the eleventh regeneration of the Doctor. Without watching ahead, I think this is a disservice to the characters that travelled with Ten, and it also hurts the mythology of the famous television show.
Being new to Doctor Who, I had no idea what to expect. The first few episodes I thought to myself that there was no way I was ever going to get into this show. However, the more that I watch of it, the more fascinating it becomes.
I can’t help but be amazed/confused/skeptical of this whole regeneration process. When we were first talking about the process in class, I was very confused. I wondered how they could change characters and blend it into what they had already created during the episodes. But after watching it now, let me tell you, they definitely pulled it off.
Just when I was getting used to the Ninth Doctor, it was almost as the creators knew and would not let it continue any further. This is when we saw the Doctor save Rose with a kiss, transferring the harmful cells from her body to his, causing him to regenerate. Then, we get a first glimpse at the Tenth Doctor.
The Tenth Doctor took a bit to get used to. I found myself hating him at first, only wanting to see Doctor Nine back. However, when I see the Tenth Doctor interact with Rose the same, have the same characteristics as the other, and know lots of information from his past, is when I start to become okay with it. I believe that this is why the doctors do not have names, and only go by the generic name, Doctor. It is a way to have different branches of the same person, but in the end, he is one person.
Regeneration is also a great way to keep the audience amused. By constantly changing the Doctor, everyone will always be on the edge of their seat wondering when the next Doctor will make his appearance. I cannot wait for future episodes and Doctor Eleven.