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Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter

Guest contributor Liam Catterson on why the original Jenny should return.

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One of the most missed characters I would love to see return on Doctor Who would be the Doctor’s own daughter, Jenny. When I watched 2008’s The Doctor’s Daughter, I loved the interaction between David Tennant and his soon to be wife, Georgia Moffett. Funny isn’t it? Anyways I should talk about that another day. Today, I am talking about why now is the right time for Jenny to come back with Capaldi’s era on the horizon. I am going to explain my reasons why Jenny should come back in Series 8 or hopefully in future series.

Déjà Who

doctor-who-series-8-chairsIt seems like the upcoming run will feature the Doctor and not one, not two but possibly three companions. Now that is not only reason for a sense of familiarity, we also have two of these characters – Clara and Danny Pink – working at Coal Hill School. Now I wonder what era that reminds me of. Not only that, but this is the first incarnation on the new cycle of regenerations for the Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s first on-screen appearance was at the age of 55, the same age William Hartnell first appeared on the show. Now I don’t have a problem with actress Ellis George playing a potential third companion named Courtney, but I feel Jenny would have tied in so much better. Instead of Jenny being the Doctor’s granddaughter, she is the child of the Doctor, so we would have two teachers, an older Doctor and a relative of the Doctor. Maybe it will happen in Series 9 should Clara stick around for more Who. I very much doubt it but we’ll just have to wait and see. For me though, this would be a nice reference to the classics.

Moffat SAVED Jenny

jenny-doctors-daughter-shipSo initially, Russell T Davies didn’t propose having Jenny brought back to life. In the original script, Jenny was to be shot and die. No revival, nothing. However, it was Steven Moffat who suggested the character come back to life at the end. Now, my question is, if Moffat really wanted her alive, why hasn’t he brought her back? I am sure that question is rattling on everyone’s minds as of this second. Being the genius he is, Moffat might not want her back for him but for his successor. However, I do feel that with Moffat, we’d have more of a chance for Jenny to make a comeback since he insisted on saving her. Moffat said last year that the door is indeed still open for Jenny to come back, so I guess this is down to Georgia Moffett herself. Yeah it gets a bit puzzling here, to see if she wants to return as Jenny, but I will clarify why that might be a problem further on. If Jenny is roaming the universe and trying to emulate her father’s legacy by saving universes, one would assume they would potentially cross paths and be reintroduced in a big ball of emotion, what with the Doctor assuming she was dead. But the question would be, how would Jenny react to the Doctor in his new incarnation?

The Right Doctor

capaldi-thumb-dvdI wouldn’t imagine the Eleventh Doctor and Jenny would have made for a great father/daughter relationship as they would seem more like a brother and sister. Jenny was someone who looks to be in her 20s and Eleven looked a similar age too. People could say the same about Tennant but his face looked like one that could get away with this more being slightly older, Matt Smith’s did not. So with Capaldi filling in the shoes as the Doctor now we have someone more mature and fatherly. What kind of relationship could we expect from the 12th Doctor and Jenny? Probably a stricter and serious relationship, one that would probably be similar to the Doctor in the Doctor’s Daughter but since we’re getting someone who is supposedly ‘fierce’, the level of intensity could be raised a notch. So if Capaldi is bringing back the more severe personality of the Doctor, the chance to return is there. A suitable age gap with a bit more of a mature attitude for the Doctor. It would possibly work very well, wouldn’t you agree?

Regeneration

jenny-revived-doctors-daughterWhy regeneration? I say this is because I found out that Georgia Moffett is not really an actress anymore. She has instead been pursuing screenwriting, so we may require a new actress. So can the character regenerate? We don’t know. In the TV Movie, Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor was shot by a Chinese gang and taken to hospital. However, he didn’t die because of the gunshots, but rather the operation to remove them. The medical staff were not aware of the Doctor’s different biology and Grace was the one who actually caused the regeneration. Jenny has two hearts and she did appear to die from the wounds, however she was later revived by The Source. Whether or not she possesses the ability to regenerate is therefore unclear as of this point. One would assume she could if she was fully cloned from the Doctor and since this was the Tenth, maybe she has only two regenerations in her and not the thirteen because she was not born as a natural Time Lord but rather, was born from a piece of tissue from the Doctor. Maybe that question will be answered or maybe it never will. Maybe Jenny won’t come back and if so, I’ll be distraught but I hope the chance for Jenny to come back emerges. We’ll have to see what the future holds for us.

Conclusion

Personally I love Jenny. She is a character I’m desperate to have back on Doctor Who because how she was used was excellent to me. Others may have a different opinion about her but I was happy when she was revived. Heck, a part of me wanted to see the Doctor shoot General Cobb but that would be very out of character and dark for the Doctor and for Doctor Who in general. But since I am wrapping things to a close, I would like to hear your opinions and if you have any more reasons on why Jenny should come back. I would be grateful to hear from you and alternatively, you can give your view on why she should NOT come back. As of now, hope you had fun reading.

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102 comments
JimKemper
JimKemper

This series would be a perfect time to bring back Jenny.





DigitalShadow
DigitalShadow

This series would have been the perfect time to bring back Jenny. Think about it - they're repeating the first series ever, repeating Hartnell's era. It's obvious - Hartnell was an older Doctor (Hartnell) traveling with two teachers (Ian and Barbara) and his granddaughter (Susan), and what do we have in this series? An older Doctor (Capaldi) traveling with two teachers (Clara and Danny) and what's missing? His granddaughter, or better, his daughter! Jenny would have made the perfect finishing touch for this series.

AnthonyJFuchs
AnthonyJFuchs

Whoa: wait a second. Moffat suggested letting a character LIVE?  8D


TrieshaMonique
TrieshaMonique

BRING JENNY BACK!! I have been waiting and waiting for her to come back I honestly don't care who the actor is as long as the character is the same!! Please please bring we back!

Richy Woo
Richy Woo

Jenny is a newborn mentally programmed with warrior instincts and genetically programmed with Gallifreyan instincts. It doesnt matter how awesome or terrible her past characterisation in The Doctors Daughter episode was. Jenny is a character idea bursting with future potential.






LordRassilon
LordRassilon

I don't comprehend the motivation behind disliking either this story, or the character of Jenny. My main problem with the episode, was its pacing: I think that in some ways, it felt more like a classic story, similar to 'The Ark in Space' in a way, save that it felt rushed. Had it been given 1 1/2 hours, I think it would have been a rather notable new classic.


I personally would welcome back the character in some form; and I would further welcome Carol Anne Ford back to the screen, before the opportunity passes.

Richy Woo
Richy Woo

How about this for an idea... Genny as the new companion of The Master. 

tealeaves
tealeaves

Moffat stated on the whole bringing-back-Jenny-thing that he was talking to RTD about the upcoming series and RTD told him about The Doctor's Daughter and how she would be killed at the end of the episode, to which Moffat in essence responded with "Introducing an important person to a main character and killing them off in the same episode, that's a bit Star Trek isn't it?" Which led to RTD rewriting the ending. I know Rule 1: Moffat lies but I honestly think in this case he has no plans for bringing Jenny back. I imagine if he was going to do this kind of story he would probably go one step further and bring back Susan. Saying that personally I would love to see Jenny back.

Baker Street is Flatlining...
Baker Street is Flatlining...

This article inspired me to watched The Doctor's Daughter yesterday for the first time in at least 18 months, an episode which I've never really rated very highly. However, on re-watch, I actually found it to be really enjoyable and better than some of the other episode in that series that I rated better. Georgia's acting is highly commendable, Freema and Tate are brilliant (the former bringing some familiarity and warmth to the episode, the latter being the comic relief and getting to prove her intelligence), and Tennant gives what I've never recognised as one of his best performances. I sincerely hope Jenny gets a chance to return too, as the development between her and the Doctor throughout the episode was beautiful. It'd be a waste not to see more, in my opinion.

teddybowties - the one on FFN not Tumblr
teddybowties - the one on FFN not Tumblr

I think she would have worked as an EXCELLEnt foil for 11, given the added dramatic effect of him for all appearances being as young as she is. There were a lot of missed opportunities with his Doctor, and nothing to fault Matty and perhaps Moffat over either. ;( The painting of him says it all. Anyway, I want to see how the Doctor would react to her, period. Who cares WHEn it happens. just so long as it does. She LIVED, DANG IT.




Proctor Hugh
Proctor Hugh

I think Moffat probably intended to bring Jenny back for Eleven, who he thought would probably be an older Doctor, but then cast Matt Smith and realised it wouldn't work as well.

kelrobau
kelrobau

o yes please bring back Jenny its a part of the Dr who story that is un concluded its part of the Dr who that needs to be strung together , a reunion of father and daughter to save the world...........bring it on,,,,, please

KevinKoehler
KevinKoehler

Bringing back Jenny is more than nostalgia or the reminder of mortality.  But rather it opens up the door to hundreds of possibilities that are taken from a different view point.  Let's look at the difference of The Doctor, and Jenny.  She is extremely agile, which comes from youth.  She has the abilities to move in places that The Doctor would not be able to get into.  This applies for her sexuality as well.  A smile could allow her past "gate-keepers" that a male Doctor, couldn't get past.  Speaking of being a female, this also brings up stories that couldn't be told from the male Doctors.  This allows the writers to have a veritable clean slate upon which to write.  Granted, she doesn't have a TARDIS, but she does have a space ship which she could go to worlds that haven't been visited as of yet.  But who knows... The space ship may also be able to fly through worm-holes in order to be in parallel words which may be similar to time travel.  But maybe the real reason to bring her back is:  She is cute, and have captured the hearts of all the male and female viewers.  

Noybusiness
Noybusiness

I just had an image of the Doctor coming across a place where Jenny has been that is in the middle of some terrible trouble and finding a hologram explaining that she tried to sort it out but died, and now it's up to him.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

I'd like to see Jenny as the next companion after Clara. There's a lot of potential for a great Doctor-companion relationship there and I'd love to see the concept behind the Doctor having a daughter explored more.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

maybe its not possible to get the doctors daughter back but we could get Romana who is amazing

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Moffat, instead of bringing her back, can you just burn the episode she was in? So I can pretend it never happened and forget that I wasted 45 minutes of my life watching it?

Dannie Madsen
Dannie Madsen

Negative people only seem to have a problem with bringing great characters back. Jenny was great, and deserves to find her father.

Dannie Madsen
Dannie Madsen

Yes!! Bring Jenny back!! That would be great! This would fulfill Jenny's wish to find her father! Yes, oh yes, bring her back!

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

The real problem with bringing Jenny back is that, apart from the stake of nostalgia, there's no reason to.


The point of Jenny was to confront the Doctor with (a) his own sense of parental responsibility and (b) the irony of his warrior past in the Time War, when he thought he'd killed his own people, with his stated aims in the present. With Capaldi's Doctor now knowing and accepting his true role in the Time War, and with three companions more overtly younger than he is, both of these points would make any future appearance of Jenny necessarily redundant.

needcomicmoney
needcomicmoney

The Moff should do something 'timey-wimey' and write an episode which makes Jenny the mother of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter from the original series.

Spikey Bill
Spikey Bill

Honestly, I'd rather she didn't. It wasn't a highlight episode to begin with, the premise was rushed (a clone who comes out not only as a fully formed adult, but dressed, wearing make-up, knowing self-defense and having complete social and linguistic skills--too much. For that matter, cloned from DNA the machine had never encountered before and still installing all the features above without any problems), and the character for me is too much a product of the Tennant era. I have nothing against the actress, who was very good, but I felt the story itself was poor and I see no need to bring back this character.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Can't we let one-time characters be one-time characters?  Read through the comments long enough and it seems like every character that's had more than a handful of speaking lines has a fan club of people who want that character to return.  Jenny served her purpose in The Doctor's Daughter and the show has long since moved on.  I am much more interested in getting to know new characters, not revisiting old ones.




Besides it is not good storytelling to build a plot with the intent of returning a character.  As Moffat has said on several occasions he would only consider bringing a character back if a strong story requires that character returning.  Stories first, characters second.

cyberbrayde
cyberbrayde

Jenny and 12. Great Match! David Tennant could JUST be a good match, well they were, but 10 had that other youthful side of him. But 12! Oh yes.

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

Want to say a huge thanks to those who enjoyed the article and thanks to DWTV for being so kind for publishing this :)

Iris Wildthyme
Iris Wildthyme

Nah. If they had brought her back early on in Eleven's era, then maybe; I feel it's been a bit too long. Plus, I doubt that Moffat had any grand designs on the character when he requested for her to be brought back; I imagine he was in the early stages of forming what would become the arc for the Eleventh Doctor and thus was toying with the ideas of another author.

Polyphase
Polyphase

What about a Doctor lite episode where they are both working an adventure from different ends each hearing about the others exploits, Jenny figuring out straightaway that it's the Doctor she keeps hearing about but he has no idea who this other person is who is interfering.

Do they meet again at the end ? :)

Steppenwolf1
Steppenwolf1

Wasn't Jenny 'saved' so that River's death in 2 episodes time would have more effect?

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

some good points although I think jenny should just be a one episode fun character, i think moffat suggested to rtd to revive her not cos he was planning to use her again but simply because it made a better ending to the episode 

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I prefer to imagine her off doing her own thing. I think Gallifrey should return before she does (but when Gallifrey does return, I'd love to see her try to fit in there).



B910
B910

I think Jenny needs to return at some point, whether it's now, or at the next anniversary, or any other time in the future. It just doesn't feel right to me that she was saved but might not be used again. I like the idea of her only having two regenerations but I still don't know if we can say that for sure since instead of regenerating, she was revived by the Source. This could be explained away as her having to actually want to regenerate instead of it occurring naturally since she was born without Time Lord culture but a killer instinct. Unfortunately, this is a mere thought, and while I would love to have her return, I have no idea whatsoever if it'll ever happen.

But if she did return in a new era where the Doctor is at the end of his second regeneration cycle, I think it would be genius for him to pass the torch to her and have his spirit continue on by some sort of memory device that could allow her to learn from his past experiences, and change a little with him. Of course, this will probably never happen, and if it did, it would only be a temporary fix, even if they somehow gave her 13 regenerations. The only way I think they could continuously pull this off is if they decided to give her unlimited regenerations since her genes were somewhat warped as long as some certain requirement was met, like her staying within some sort of proximity of the TARDIS.





13thDoctor
13thDoctor

I love the Doctor's Daughter as an episode and Jenny as a character. I am with you Bring her back, preferably with Georgia Moffat (she was great also in "the 5-sih Doctors") but if not with a new actress so both the Doctor and his daughter meet after regeneration. Would they recognize each other? Could be interesting.

the_ponds_forever
the_ponds_forever

When I first saw the trailer/Name for this episode I thought they were bringing the eighth Doctor's adoptive daughter Miranda, Or her daughter (I am not even going to try to spell her name..) On to onscreen canon (Even though Miranda (SPOILER FOR EIGHTH DOCTOR'S NOVELS!) Died in Sometime Never...) I honestly would rather one of them be brought back instead of jenny..

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I think it would be interesting if Jenny bumped into the new doctor , I like her but I hope she comes back alive and not a Dalek puppet

Dalekium
Dalekium

I get the feeling Jenny was intended to be River, back before Moffat had fully decided on what was going to happen. Instead of River being Amy and Rory's child, she's the Doctors. It's quite possible the storyline would work.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@MeglosProductions That is why head-canon is such a wonderful thing: You can totally ignore stories that you didn't like, which allows you to move past them.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@Dannie Madsen To play devil's advocate on this one: Not everybody will consider the same character to be great, as it is always a subjective matter whether they like a character or not.

floppy_who
floppy_who

@VictorWong1 I have to agree here. With Georgia Moffett moving away from acting and either a re-casting / regeneration likely, we're only left with the concept of a cloned daughter itself (with no Georgia, we cant guarantee the same characterisation). Is the concept of a cloned daughter vital to the series in the long term? Possibly not (unless you count the timey-wimey idea suggested by NeedComicMoney below).

Huknar
Huknar

@Rani Nose If Donna stayed a one time character we'd never have that wonderful series four.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Rani Nose As Moffat has said on several occasions he would only consider bringing a character back if a strong story requires that character returning.

This theory doesn't work to well when you apply it to Strax for instance :)

HeyProfessor
HeyProfessor

@floppy_who @VictorWong1 How do we know Georgia would say "no", I'm speculating that if she was offered to return, David Tennant would keep bugging her until she said yes, but she is looking after her young children at the moment though...

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Huknar @Rani Nose The story Davies told in Series 4 required a morally strong, outspoken woman who would not put up with any of the Doctor's nonsense.  While I'm quite happy she was Donna that woman didn't necessarily have to be her.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Polyphase @Rani Nose Sure it does.  The comic relief Strax provides is exactly the story requirement needed to bring him back. Remove Strax from The Snowmen and Name and you lose the levity needed to balance the otherwise rather grim stories.  Strax was less successful, and probably shouldn't have been used, in The Crimson Horror because that story, which I loved, was over-the-top silly and didn't need comic relief.