This is a twice a week feature (Wednesdays and Fridays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post as well! Allons-y!
We’ve officially completed season 1! To catch up on past reviews, check out my master review list!
The Christmas Invasion by Russell T Davies
The Doctor has changed right before Rose’s eyes, and now this new man has brought her back home just in time for Christmas…right before passing out himself. Who is he? Is he really the Doctor? Before Rose can find out, she and Mickey are attacked by some power hungry aliens who want to get their hands on the defenceless, recently regenerated Time Lord.
Going in to this episode you can see how hard Russell tries to make it clear that this Doctor is still our Doctor, but he is also a new man. The confusion that the Doctor feels about who he is now is used as a sort of comic relief, but it is also very true. (For what it’s worth, yes Doctor, definitely sexy.) This Doctor is a bit more loud, a bit more ruthless, a bit more human. He’s also very quick to act. His reaction to Harriet Jones was such an emotional reaction.
In my opinion, Harriet’s choice wasn’t necessarily the best one. The Doctor finishes saying that they’re noisy and more aliens are going to be coming regardless and so she kills the group of aliens that might tell them to stay away? Not sure of the logic behind that, but her reasoning outside of that was pretty good. I really don’t think the Doctor realizes that he’s not always there. That said, the Doctor’s reaction wasn’t the best. He knows Harriet better than that. But I guess he really doesn’t believe in second chances whether it’s from human or alien.
Speaking of female characters, Rose’s choice to run and hide reveals something about her character that I’m not necessarily a fan of. After her big speech about making a stand in the last episode, she does the opposite here. It shows that a lot of Rose’s courage stems from her wish to protect the Doctor, and she will do whatever it takes to do that–even if it means sitting quietly in a police box while the world burns around her. However, when thrust into a position to do something, she does her best and with all the courage she has, but her first thought is always for the Doctor.
Finally can we all appreciate how attractive this man is. Seriously. Everything about this episode seems like it’s about showing how attractive he is. He’s even sexy just breathing. I don’t get it. At one point I felt like Russell was like “how can we make the ovaries of every woman burst? I know, let’s give Tennant a sword.” And it worked. Ugh.
“There’s an act of parliament banning my autobiography.” – Harriet Jones
“Is that the sort of man I am now? Rude and not ginger?” – the Doctor
“You cut my hand off.” – the Doctor
“No second chances. I’m that sort of a man.” – the Doctor
“Trouble’s just the bits in-between. It’s all waiting out there, Jackie, and it’s brand new to me. All those planets, and creatures and horizons. I haven’t seem them yet! Not with these eyes. And it is going to be fantastic.” – the Doctor
deaths: 3 + all the Sycoraxes
tear jerker moment: when the mom is trying to get her kids to stop walking zombie-like. Even if the kids are obviously trying not to laugh.