This is a weekly feature (Wednesdays) 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!
Midnight by Russell T Davies
The Doctor and Donna take a break from answering distress calls at a spa on the planet of Midnight whose surface is covered with poisonous diamonds. It’s a planet where no living thing can survive, except that something has.
This episode is kind of strange in that the Doctor actually fails. He does everything that he normally would do. He’s clever. He talks sense. He holds to his ideals. And it very nearly gets him killed. In fact, if it weren’t for his habit of speaking other languages at inappropriate moments, he would have died. It makes you realize how close the Doctor comes to failing every single time: he’s always on the edge of failure.
Something else I find interesting is the fact that the Doctor is fine with leaving Donna on a strange planet for several hours. He tends to be against wandering off as a rule, but he trusts Donna enough to leave her on her own. Of course, the reasons she stays behind her superficial (sunbathing, Donna? Really? It’s a sapphire WATERFALL!), but I’m still impressed by the level of trust the Doctor has for Donna.
Two other quick notes: 1. ROSE!!!! and 2. I love that there was a lesbian character without it being any big deal. Of course, she ended up being the first to die/became the enemy… but still. I like when things like sexuality or gender are shown as being fluid and normal.