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 (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
Smith and Jones by Russell T Davies
The Doctor wasn’t looking for trouble. Really, he wasn’t. He was just wandering around but then he noticed…well, you’ll find out! What he finds is Martha Jones, an escaped convict, and a hospital…on the moon.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Doctor’s sex hair. Yes. Good.
There are so many things that make this episode fantastic, not the least of which is Martha Jones. I’ll admit the first time I met Martha I was not a fan. I was very upset about losing Rose and to have this new character “replacing” her, kissing the Doctor, flirting with the Doctor… I really just couldn’t handle it. Thankfully, I am now fully aware of how ridiculous that was and know that I can love both Rose and Martha because they are both bamfs, and, honestly, a lot alike. (Except that Martha doesn’t immediately accept that the Doctor can travel in time. I like that, actually. Her suspicions are good.)
I feel like the Doctor has a kind of check list when choosing companions. Can they think clearly and intelligently when faced with terrifying circumstances? Can they accept the impossible and move on quickly? Can they show humanity? Can they run really fast? These are all things that the Doctor saw in Rose and now in Martha, and this is why he can’t just walk away from her, even though he feels like he’s betraying Rose or is better off alone or whatever reason it is he’s scared to let anyone else in.
Another thing I love about this episode is the parallels to New Earth, the first episode of season two. 1. Both episodes take place in a hospital. 2. Both involve aliens that look like Earth animals as villains. 3. Both have the Doctor commenting on shops in hospitals. 4. Both have a kiss that doesn’t mean what it should. I think Davies likes to bring these parallels into the first episode of a new season in order to connect the seasons. He does the same thing with New Earth/The End of the World (which is the second episode of season 1, but is basically the first one because the first one is, like, the pilot, okay?)
That being said… did anyone else notice that the Doctor basically kidnaps Martha? Dude… not cool.
“I love my sonic screwdriver.” – the Doctor
“Well, sometimes I have guests. I mean some friends, travelling alongside. I had – there was recently a friend of mine. Rose, her name was, Rose. And… we were together.” – the Doctor
new irrational fears: straws
deaths: four (I’m not counting the leather fetish men…but I am counting the sonic screwdriver. RIP sonic screwdriver ;A;)