I’ve been spending most of my time this holiday season watching Doctor Who. I’d never really watched it before all the big “5oth anniversary” noise. While I disagree about the whole “50 anniversary” hoo-haw (since it wasn’t on the air for all 50 years), the entertainment has helped take my mind off things. I’ve now managed to watch nearly all the 21st century episodes—although not in order, which can get a bit confusing. Nonetheless, here are:
Seven Thoughts on Doctor Who
- Favorite Doctor—Eleven. This turned out to be quite a surprise, since I love David Tennant. But Matt Smith’s Doctor was so energetic and fun (not to mention less judgmental) he popped to the top of the list.
- Favorite Companion—the Ponds. The romantic in me loved Amy and Rory’s touching relationship. Plus, I may have a tiny crush on Rory Williams (or Arthur Darvill).
- Honorable Mention goes to Donna Noble. She could be a bit abrasive, but she had a strong sense of right and wrong. And Catherine Tate proved to excel at both comedy and drama.
- Least Favorite Companion – Rose Tyler. Possibly an unpopular opinion, but not unfounded. I think she’s so popular because she was the first companion in the rebooted series, and there was nothing to compare her with (the early companions were fairly one-dimensional). I wrote a whole diatribe about her in my first draft. Suffice it to say I found Rose shallow, and saw no chemistry between Billie Piper and David Tennant, no matter how hard the producers tried to push it on us.
- Saddest Companion Departure—Donna Noble. Donna was at her best when with The Doctor, and was a significant force in so many episodes. All the confidence and maturity she’d gained during her season was wiped clean. It seems so unfair, given Rose’s “happy ending.”
- Scariest Monster—the Weeping Angels. Turns out I’m not alone. Nearly everyone interviewed at ComicCon said the same thing, followed by the Silence. And yep, they’re high on my list, too.
- Favorite Episode—”The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang,” two episodes that are really parts 1 and 2 of the same episode. I’m sure much of my fondness for these episodes is Rory’s return, and the wonderful story of “the last centurion.” But there were also some great time travel moments, where the past was dependent on the future. And let’s not forget the Fez.
- Another favorite is “The Eleventh Hour” which introduced us to the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, and fish fingers and custard.
- And “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” because… well, it’s dinosaurs! On a spaceship!
- Favorite Title Sequence—the first part of season 7. It’s very similar to the sequence for seasons 5 and 6, with the TARDIS careening down a blue cloud funnel, being struck by lightning, and doing a couple 360° flips. The only difference with early season 7 is the credit titles. Here the names are plain white text, but they expand and fade out of the frame. It’s much more Doctor Who-ish than the strong granite titles of season 5 and 6.
And there you have it. What are your favorites? Least favorites?