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!
Tooth and Claw by Russell T Davies
The Doctor and Rose got back a hundred years earlier than planned and run into Queen Victoria, who is travelling across Scotland after her train was put out of commission. They accompany her to the Torchwood Estate where horror stories becomes a reality.
Today in RTD tries to destroy my ovaries, we have 1. David Tennant using his native, Scottish accent, 2. a close up of David Tennant licking the wall, and 3. David Tennant putting on his glasses like they’re part of his super hero costume (which they totally are). Seriously though guys, I think RTD is trying to kill me.
Okay, but beyond the gorgeousness that is David Tennant, I love that we get to see both the excitement for Rose and Ten in their adventures, but also the cost those adventures have on others. Rose and Ten are used to werewolves and monsters and things and they think they’re awesome, but Queen Victoria points out the other side. And while I don’t agree with her banishment of Rose and Ten, I understand her reaction. They’re very much like children most of the time, but I wonder how much of that is show because if they didn’t treat it like some sort of game it might be too terrifying for them to continue on.
This episode shows us the very start of the Torchwood Institute, which is the overlaying arc of the season. I also love any interaction with the royal family because it happens in various episodes and it’s so cool that the Doctor meets people from the same family over the years. I wonder if that ever happens with regular families, like maybe Rose Tyler is the great-great-great-great grand-daughter of someone the Doctor met on an earlier adventure.
- Queen Victoria: And please excuse the naked girl.
- Rose: Sorry.
“Books: best weapon in the world.” – the Doctor
bamf-est moment: when Queen Victoria shoots the monk for calling her “woman”…and you know threatening her life.
number of time Meghan died a fangirl death: 3