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!
Stay tuned for daily Doctor Who recap posts as I play catch-up. Normal posting will resume after I have caught up.
The Family of Blood by Paul Cornell
The Family of Blood attacks John Smith and all those around him. Smith is faced with an impossible choice as war comes to England a year too soon.
Everything about this episode hurts. And it also shows just how fantastic of an actor David Tennant is. He is essentially playing two characters in this episode, but even more than that he plays the Doctor playing John Smith, and that transition of John Smith into the Doctor is just so brilliant that it takes my breath away every single time.
Between John Smith’s choice, us getting to see the life he could have had, and the commentary on war, it’s no wonder I spent this entire episode hugging a pillow to my chest. This episode is heart breaking in the best and worst of ways. The scene where the boys must fight against the straw man shatters me. And as much as it is a commentary on WWI, it is just as much about the current war. We’ve all seen the propaganda: Join up! Protect your country! AND get help with your education so that you can have a great future! Not much has changed in a century.
Finally, I want to say how Nurse Joan is proof of how much better Russell T Davies is at writing woman than Steven Moffat (although it is really Paul Cornell who wrote this episode). Joan shows that there are many ways you can be strong, and it’s not always about being a good shot with a gun. Take notes, Moffat. This is the personal touch you are missing in your push to create “strong female characters.”
new irrational fears: mirrors