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New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 2 (Specials, Episodes 1-4)

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival with Series 2.

After Series One brought a successful return for the show it was time to move forward on the second series. Sadly, it was revealed on 30th March 2005 that Christopher Eccleston would not be joining the Doctor Who team and would in fact be leaving after only one series. David Tennant stepped into the role and took the show even further forward and captured the hearts of so many fans and viewers. Doctor Who was well on its way to being a powerful figurehead within television once more.

2005 Children in Need Special, aka ‘Born Again’

2005-children-in-need-specialThe 2005 Children in Need special nicely explained the gap in-between the events of ‘The Parting of the Ways’ and ‘The Christmas Invasion’. The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) was given his first taste of screen-time and allowed to get use to his newly found body. It was interesting to see Rose Tyler’s (Billie Piper) response to the regeneration and as it turned out she wasn’t at all impressed. In fact the Time Lord process terrified her and she requested that the Ninth Doctor return. This made the Tenth Doctor sad to see her unable to except his new appearance and so he decided to take her back home for Christmas. Before long he was sent into a mad frenzy as his regeneration started to go wrong. ‘Doctor Who: Children in Need’ was a nice little extra for introducing the Tenth Doctor and made way for his beginning and first major appearance in ‘The Christmas Invasion’.

2005 Christmas Special: ‘The Christmas Invasion’

tennant-doctor-rose-christmas-invasionThe Tenth Doctor came crashing onto our screens in earnest within ‘The Christmas Invasion’ when the TARDIS lost control and crash landed on Earth before Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri). The pair looked on in confusion as this strange man greeted them with ‘Merry Christmas’ and collapsed before being told by Rose that he was in fact the Doctor. The strange part about ‘The Christmas Invasion’ was the fact the Tenth Doctor didn’t star in it much despite the fact it was his first major appearance onscreen. The story rolled over to Rose, Mickey and Jackie as they reacted to the sudden change of the Time Lord’s physical and mental form. Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton), who was first introduced in ‘Aliens of London/World War Three’, became a major character within the plot. She also received further character development in the form of being promoted to Prime Minister (an echo back to the Ninth Doctor’s description of her golden reign within power). U.N.I.T. also played a major role within the story and made a full-on appearance onscreen for the first time since their last appearance in 1989.

As an introductory story for a Doctor, it seemed weak in my eyes. I grew very fond of Eccleston’s take upon the role and so I needed to be persuaded that the new guy could be as good, or better as. So seeing him laying in bed in pyjamas for the majority of the plot didn’t really get across the feeling of reassurance I needed (naturally it took more time for me to grow fond of David Tennant). I can see the reasoning behind Russell T Davies’s ideas at the time by presenting us with a problem so great that it appeared the Earth was doomed due to the fact the Doctor wasn’t around to save it. But upon the new Doctor finally awakening in the last act and saving the Earth in style (i.e. a sword fight) we would be won over. It was a bold move that luckily paid off but it was a risk I’m glad wasn’t repeated in the future (i.e. Matt Smith’s introduction in ‘The Eleventh Hour’).

Rose was presented with the challenge of dealing with the Doctor’s change in full (after briefly dealing with it in ‘Doctor Who: Children in Need’) which really affected her. Her love for the Doctor was really showing by this point and she felt lost and betrayed by the Time Lord, even at one point declaring he had left her. Luckily, after the Tenth Doctor got into the full swing of things, she finally came to accept he was still the Time Lord she had befriended and fallen in love with and their adventures started over afresh (so to speak).

The surprising factor of the story was Harriet’s sudden turn to harsh decisions in order to save her people. By allowing the destruction of the Sycorax ship she committed an act of murder which didn’t sit too kindly in the Doctor’s eyes. This of course led to the Tenth Doctor bringing her downfall with the use of six simple words (“Don’t you think she looks tired”). ‘The Christmas Invasion’ saw the first appearance of the Pilot Fish and the first major mention of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organisation first mentioned by Major Blake (Chu Omambala) who later caused the destruction of the Sycorax ship through the means of stolen alien technology. Some final touches included the Tenth Doctor finally settling into his new body and finding his new attire (i.e. his iconic brown pinstriped suit and trenchcoat).

‘New Earth’

New EarthSeries Two kicked off in full with ‘New Earth’ which served as an easygoing adventure to begin Rose’s adventures with the Tenth Doctor. I find this episode to be a bit dull in areas and lacking true ambition. The major flaws I find are with the plot and its capacity to not take itself seriously. The whole body-swapping thing between Lady Cassandra, Rose and the Tenth Doctor was just ridiculous and in many ways unnecessary. It didn’t add much for the plot, only a couple of cheap jokes (one of which referring to the Doctor’s lack of usage of certain body parts). It was just plain silly and took away from the serious impact the story was giving and also lessened some of Lady Cassandra’s potential and what good character she had from ‘The End of the World’. Her return was good and bad at the same time. In some ways it was either a waste of time or a wasted opportunity, or it really was worth it due to her receiving some character developments in seeing life and humanity within a different perspective from her previous paranoid delusions. The whole idea of the lab-rat humans was an interesting concept and was the story’s redeeming feature. It also helped to show off the Tenth Doctor’s anger towards cruelty which would continue to be a reoccurring theme of his tenure. ‘New Earth’ gave a glimpse of a future story-arc in the form of the Face of Boe’s (first introduced in ‘The End of the World’ and voiced by Struan Rodger) secret message that would be spoken upon his next and final appearance.

‘Tooth and Claw’

doctor-who-tooth-and-clawart‘Tooth and Claw’ really began to push Series Two into the right direction and got the Tenth Doctor rolling into his established form (something I don’t think quite happened in ‘The Christmas Invasion’ and ‘New Earth’ due to David still getting into the swing of things). The concept was brilliant and took the tone of the show into darker territory; something that I love to see from time to time. The whole idea of the Werewolf (or ‘Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform’, if you want to be technical) was an interesting choice for a monster and incorporated a lot of horror themes and in many ways turned out to be quite brutal and full of bloodshed (especially during the scenes where Captain Reynolds and Sir Roberts were ripped to shreds by the creature). It continued the format for each series by incorporating mythical/horror icons into certain plots, this time with the usage of ghosts. The addition of historical figure Queen Victoria (another new format first introduced in ‘The Unquiet Dead’) really did bring depth to the storyline and challenged the Doctor’s world and how dangerous and unearthly it could be. ‘Tooth and Claw’ formed the foundation for the Torchwood Institute with Queen Victoria deciding to create the organisation to combat the extraterrestrial after the events that occurred at the Torchwood Estate.

‘School Reunion’

School ReunionReferences to the Classic series were used heavily in ‘School Reunion’ with the reintroduction of Sarah Jane Smith (last seen as a full-time companion in ‘The Hand of Fear’) and K9 Mark III (last seen in full in K9 and Company). The story really did well at bridging the gap between the two eras and even gave further development between the Doctor and Sarah Jane and the reasoning behind why she was left behind all those years ago. It allowed for Sarah Jane to finally move on from her life with the Time Lord and establish her own destiny (which ultimately became the spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures). We also saw the saddening end to K9 Mark III after he sacrificed himself to defeat the Krillitanes (that scene always makes me cry). After the emotional goodbye scene between the Tenth Doctor and Sarah Jane she was given a brand new K9 model to help her on her new adventures.

Rose Tyler received a rude awakening towards the role of companion and finally understood that she wasn’t the first, nor would be the last. She was simply the latest in a long line and worried about what her fate would be. This really brought about further development for their relationship where the Doctor showed off his romantic feelings towards Rose, especially with the lines stating she could spend the rest of her life with him but he couldn’t with her due to regeneration making his lifespan last longer than that of a humans. She would simply wither away with old age while he watched and eventually moved on from the pain.

The Krillitanes showed off Doctor Who’s darker elements with the implications of them eating both teachers and children. The schemes of using the souls of children to crack the Skasis Paradigm was truly inventive and gave a true sense of dilemma for the Tenth Doctor to face in whether their actions were right or wrong (even to the point making him want to take control of time to prevent the Time War). The biggest element of the story was Mickey Smith’s decision to final accept the Doctor’s offer to join the TARDIS crew (which was first offered to him back in ‘Aliens of London/World War Three’).

‘The Girl in the Fireplace’

myles-girl-in-the-fireplaceSteven Moffat returned to the writing panel to pen his second story for the new series with ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’. For one time only he was given a heavy historical piece to work on revolving around the life of Madame de Pompadour. The story inventively collided elements of the future and the past together through the idea of insane malfunctioning Clockwork Droids believing they needed the brain of Reinette Poisson due to the fact their spaceship shared the same name. In response to their ship needing repairs the Clockwork Droids also killed the entire crew and stripped their body parts for spare parts and incorporated them into the mechanics of the ship (which Rose and Mickey discover on their travels through the ship). ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ served as Mickey Smith’s first adventure in the TARDIS after serving as a secondary character during present-day Earth stories throughout Series One and the beginning of Series Two. The Tenth Doctor showcased a strong romantic side towards Madame de Pompadour throughout her adult life (after serving as a mystical friend during her childhood) which showed a side to the Time Lord we rarely get to see. This is turn left him heartbroken after his promise of taking her on a journey through time and space was met with yet more timing problems resulting in her passing before he could return for her.

My Verdict so far:

  • ‘Children in Need’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Christmas Invasion’ – 8/10
  • ‘New Earth’ – 7/10
  • ‘Tooth and Claw’ – 10/10
  • ‘School Reunion’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ – 9/10

 Join us for part 2 tomorrow, looking at the rest of the Series 2.

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Whovian1500
Whovian1500

Born Again - 9/10

The Christmas Invasion - 10/10

New Earth - 10/10

Tooth and Claw - 10/10

School Reunion - 10/10

The Girl in the Fireplace - 10/10

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My verdicts on Series 1-Series 2, Episode Four

Rose: 10/10 (100%)

The End of the World: 10/10 (100%)

The Unquiet Dead: 10/10 (100%)

Aliens of London/World War Three: 8.5/10 (85%)

Dalek: 10/10 (100%)

The Long Game: 8/10 (80%)

Father's Day: 9/10 (90%)

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances: 10/10 (100%)

Boom Town: 8/10 (80%)

Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: 10/10 (100%)

The Christmas Invasion: 10/10 (100%)

New Earth: 8/10 (80%)

Tooth and Claw: 10/10 (100%)

School Reunion: 9/10 (90%)

The Girl in the Fireplace: 10/10 (100%)

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

I love all of these so much, yes New Earth very very much included. Children In Need - 10/10 Christmas Invasion - 10/10 New Earth - 10/10 Tooth And Claw - 10/10 School Reunion - 10/10 Girl In The Fireplace - 9.5/10


MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

I don't like this series much at all:

New Earth- 3.5/10

Tooth and claw- 4/10

School reunion- 9/10

Girl in the fireplace- 20/10 (yes, it's that good)


TheDreamer
TheDreamer

  • ‘Children in Need’ – don't remember that one at all
  • ‘The Christmas Invasion’ – 8/10
  • ‘New Earth’ – 9/10
  • ‘Tooth and Claw’ – 7/10
  • ‘School Reunion’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ – 7/10

The Wizard of Fez
The Wizard of Fez

Girl in the Fireplace. Think of a number higher than ten. Multiply it by 7(for the Doctor's seven years of bad luck) and add 37 (the age when Reinette Became "Compatible")  Now, put the number you are thinking about over 10. That is my rating. 

DawnTime
DawnTime

Tooth and Claw (especially that first scene with the fighting monks) and the girl in the fireplace are wonderful and my favourites in this section. Both 10 our of 10 followed by School Reunion.  New Earth and then the Christmas invasion, cannot remember the born again mini.

GibbyBlogger
GibbyBlogger

It took David Tennant three episodes for me to accept him as the Doctor. He just didn't feel right, I didn't really like him... then 'Tooth and Claw' happened. I don't know if it was because he was back at home, so he was more comfortable or whatever, but he just really seemed to grow on me through that story and I came to love him. Certainly by 'The Girl in the Fireplace', I was infatuated with him. A great selection of episodes here:


'Born Again' - 8/10

'The Christmas Invasion' - 5/10

'New Earth' - 6/10

'Tooth and Claw' - 8.5/10

'School Reunion' - 8.5/10

'The Girl in the Fireplace' - 9.5/10

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I've always found the sword fighting scene in Christmas Invasion a rather terrible plot device, it makes no sense from what went beforehand, and subsequently did 10 ever have another sword fight?

New Earth was allright

I found Rose in Tooth and Claw rather irritating, all the attempts to get Victoria to say she wasn't amused...

School Reunion is the sort of episode where the emotion and characterisation make up for the average story.

Girl in the Fireplace is definitely the only 10/10 of that series. Seeing the Doctor's (understandable) fascination and love for Reinette, it does seem a bit odd for him to easily go back to Rose again.







OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

Really enjoyed The Christmas Invasion. Something very chilling about them all walking and standing on the edge of the roof. Plus I always thought the Sycorax could have come back.

Galax
Galax

Disagree with almost everything...

The Christmas Invasion - 7/10 - Good alien invasion. I liked how Rose reacted to the new Doctor. Harriet is priceless. But WHY the Doctor had to SLEEP for his first adventure, WHY ? Didn't like the "Lion King" joke at all. Fortunately, David Tennant is excellent and I liked his relation with Harriet at the end.

New Earth - 7.5/10 - Nice pilot, nice story, nice sci-fi budget. Solid.

Tooth and Claw - 8/10 - Really liked Queen Victoria, the myth of the WereWolf and Rose. The end with the diamant is a bit dull but the episode is still very strong.

School Reunion - 8/10 - Sarah Jane ! K-9 !

The Girl in the Fireplace - 10/10 - My favourite Doctor Who story ever. Perfect !

The firstpart of Series 2 is excellent.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

Totally disagree with your opinion on New Earth. New Earth is hilarious and at the time, offered a nice breath of fresh air from the usual tone of the show(ie mix of mild humour and seriousness).

WhoLock
WhoLock

I love series 2, save for fear her I think all the episodes are amazing...especially the tooth and claw through to girl in the fireplace run (was the first Dr who DVD I owned) and the rest of the series was great, don't get the rose hate personally

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

I really liked Christmas invasion mainly because I liked the classic alien invasion style of the sycorax and I thought that small amounts of the doctor meant that the bits we got stood out. I also love Jackie and Mickey, though Rose annoyed me as ever.

New Earth was ok, I don't really have an opinion to be honest there wasn't much truly spectaculat except for those stunning shots of New Earth at the start.

school reunion was okay, loved seeing the great Elizabeth sladen return which had a profound effect on the future of the show, but the krillitanes were forgettable and the kid actors (especially Kenny) let the episode down. k9's death didn't really upset me at all an I thought the serious and melodramatic effect of his death wasn't really justified. Anthony Head was the highlight of that episode for me as he was a truly chilling villain that could actually be sympathised with. hope he returns to who sometime.

Tooth and Claw was tense enough but had pacing issues.

Girl in the fire place was beautiful, well crafted and well acted. I don't think the show has ever done anything like it before or since and this was in many ways a perfect episode. really hope that the clockwork droids are returning in series 8.

Not a big fan of series 2, mainly because it has my least favourite doctor and companion, and I really dislike Rose in this. still, TIP and SP are some of my favourite episodes of all time :)

Seekles
Seekles

Tooth & Claw, School Reunion and The Girl in the Fireplace is an amazing run of stories in what I feel to be the worst series since 2005. That doesn't mean it's bad, mind you, it's just not great. :o)

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

Would it be fair to say that Series 2 was New Who's "gothic" era? Some of the concepts are quite scary, such as the plague-zombies, the Werewolf, the Clockwork Droids, the Wire and the Beast.

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

I never seem to understand why people feel Series 2 to be the weakest... Sure, it has 'Love and Monsters' and 'Fear Her', and I don't think that much of the finale. But Series 2 has 'Tooth and Claw', 'School Reunion', 'The Girl in The Fireplace', 'Rise of the Cybermen'/'The Age of Steel', and 'The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit'. Which are, in my opinion all really good episodes. Personally, I think Series 4 is by far the weakest, with the only good episodes being 'Silence in the Library', 'Forest of the Dead' and 'Midnight' - maybe 'Turn Left' too.

GWad84
GWad84

Christmas Invasion- 8/10

New Earth- 6/10

Tooth & Claw- 10/10

School reunion- 8/10

The Girl in The Fireplace- 10/10

Gustaff
Gustaff

For me, New Earth is nothing but a bit of fanservice directed at both genders of the fandom. As for the body-swapping, there was none and I can't understand why everybody thinks there is. It's closer to excessive possession which is nothing more than body surfing. 


As for School Reunion, I didn't really see the point of it. Sarah Jane didn't really do anything other than do the companion check reminder with Rose. Did love K-9 though. At least he helped save the day.


Tooth and Claw was my first proper Doctor Who story and I love it to bits!

sontaran17
sontaran17


  • ‘The Christmas Invasion’ – 7/10
  • ‘New Earth’ – 8/10
  • ‘Tooth and Claw’ – 9/10
  • ‘School Reunion’ – 8/10
  • ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ – 10/10

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

I was really annoyed when those kids started cheering and celebrating when the school blew up, I was thinking "NO! K-9 JUST BLEW UP. NOT IN THE MOOD FOR YOU HAPPY PEOPLE"


Marscruiser
Marscruiser

School Reunion and Girl in the Fireplace.   Those were the standouts for all of series 2. School Reunion was a gift to those who knew classic Who, and even though it might have been a little light in the story department, it made up for it with the character development and commentary on what it really means to be a companion in Doctor Who, then and now.  This episode really made me feel like classic Who would be acknowledged and valued in the new series. 


Girl in the Fireplace was series 2's proof that stories could be emotionally resonant and timey wimey at the same time.  Stuff like this is what really gave me hope for Moffat's announcement as show runner.  

But then ooh, what happened for the rest of the series...  "Cybus Industries?"  Cybermen from EARTH?  For a while, i thought they removed the Cybermen from Mondas completely.  But this is arguably the #2 baddie this side of the daleks!  I mean, nice redesign, and sure, it's an alternative dimension, but any acknowledgement from the Doctor of any previous cyber history?  Any comment from the original Cybermen with universe 2's repeated cyber-invasions?  And then Idiot's Lantern?  Love & Monsters?  Fear Her?  There were some less-than-stellar  episodes rounding out series 2.


Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

love the christmas invasion and girl in the fireplace, the rest are all pretty good as well

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I agree on most things, here's my scores: 

The Christmas Invasion - 6/10. I didn't find it very good, even as a regular episode, but especially as an introductory episode. I didn't like Tennant at all after watching this and he remains my least favorite Doctor (though I do like all the Doctors, him included). Contrast this to The Eleventh Hour, where I had Matt right from "Can I have an apple?" 

New Earth - 7/10. Solid enough, but lacking in many aspects. I pretty much agree on this one. 

Tooth and Claw - 8/10. A solid episode that I don't have many complaints for, but it didn't really stand out. 

School Reunion - 9/10. A great episode. It was a fantastic return for Sarah Jane, and had an interesting plot as well. The only thing that brings it down is Rose. 

The Girl in the Fireplace - 10/10. The perfect episode for me, with a heartbreaking ending.



Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

I was wondering where this series went.

Here's my rankings:

1.The Girl In The Fireplace-Moffat starts to begin his career in breaking our hearts. That's all I have to say. 10/10.

2.Tooth and Claw-Pretty good episode here. It just lacked...something. I dunno. 8.5/10.

3.School Reunion-It was enjoyable. And it also got me interested in the Classic Series. So it's a 8/10.

=The Christmas Invasion-It had it's moments, and there was the Disney reference (yay Lion King!) but I'm giving it a 8/10 due to the weak villains and introduction of David Tennant.

4.New Earth-Um. Yeah. I don't care for this episode at all. 5/10.

(Special Mention:Born Again. I had watched the Harry Potter movies before this, so I was like 'the Doctor regenerated into Barty Crouch?' But overall it was still fun, though I prefer 'Time Crash'. Although that maybe because Peter Davison is my favourite Doctor.

I like these articles, it's a nice companion to the Best of Matt Smith ones. Plus, I like ranking episodes. Ranking episodes are cool.

lino1712
lino1712

RTD Pitching New Earth:Ok everybody, we need to introduce David Tennant as the new doctor as he didn't get very much screen time in the christmas invasion, I have an idea! Lets have him not play the doctor but be possessed by some bitch for half the episode!

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

*dies because you put Tooth & Claw before The Girl in the Fireplace

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I'll always have a special place in my heart for series 2 as it's when I started watching DW regularly. Prior to that I'd seen a classic episode or two of every classic Doctor from Tom Baker onwards and caught a couple of Ecclestein ones when the series was revived, but this is when I first started to tune into the show every week.

shyx111
shyx111

Except for "The Girl in the Fireplace", I really don't like Series 2...

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I thought I was the only one who wasn't found of 10 and rose :-)

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

@FMOB11 I agree I hate people hating on this era of Doctor Who as during this era I would drop everything and run back to watch Doctor Who wherever I was. Once Moffat came it it lost a bit of that magic, I'll still watch as a big Whovian but it'll never have the thrill I got from Russell T Davies' era with David Tennant at the helm. Series 2-Series 4 nothing could stop me watching.

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

@ivegotkidneys I decided to drop that part of the article due to word-count. Plus I found it didn't really add much to the series and seemed out of place somewhat. I apologise for any inconveniences.

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

@Clara Prefect  "Tooth and Claw - Pretty good episode here. It just lacked…something." My biggest problem with it is the lack of story development after the Werewolf breaks free - it was just like "Ooh, another corridor for us to run down and another flight of stairs for us to run up!" Although the scene in the library was quite good.




Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I liked The Girl in the Fireplace , the "killer of his own kind" part of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, and Mickey's moment at the end of Age of Steel.

troughton who?
troughton who?

@shyx111  With the extension of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, I'd have to agree with you.

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I only liked the 2 partners my self the rest range from meh to ok

Shadowbomb
Shadowbomb

@supermoff  To me Series 2 was the weakest till series 7 came alone, I don't like series 7 because so many good stories had so little to them and so many wasted. The biggest thing that bugs me though is the lack of a story arc throughout series 7. The best thing about series 7 though was the way each episode looked, each episode looks a thing of beauty! :)

WhoLock
WhoLock

I actually enjoy that episode, thought it was great to get development for Jackie Tyler

Doctor von Wer
Doctor von Wer

@ivegotkidneys @HisNameIsTheDoctor''That awkward moment when you get shot by your wife, in front of your wife, who then proceeds to try to kill your wife, while your best friend is off to the side pregnant... with your wife.'' I love it.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Shadowbomb @supermoff  But that was Moffat reacting to the umpteen complaints about Series Six being so arc-centric. Had that not been a complaint about Series Six, I'm sure Series Seven would have also revolved around the main arc, or at least had a story to itself.

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I love series 7 its my second favorite :-). But series 6 is my least favorite overall :-)

WhoLock
WhoLock

Ok, could've done without the Ursula bit but there were so many nice moments which contrasted the rest of the predominantly darker series that it gets my approval

DrWhoGoesThere
DrWhoGoesThere

@WhoLock I thought it was cringe-worthy, especially how the Doctor brought Ursula back as a living cobble stone.  I mean, who would want to live like that?  In my opinion, it just goes to show that you should never adapt a story from an idea by a nine year old.

WhoLock
WhoLock

Yeah, thought it made a good change from the norm, it was different I appreciate that and they could've made the absorbalof it bit less comedic but I still enjoy watching it

DrWhoGoesThere
DrWhoGoesThere

@WhoLock Really?  I didn't think anyone liked it.  It had a rubbish monster, not enough of the Doctor/Rose, and the guest cast were awful.  I really found nothing to like about that episode - it represents the very worst of Doctor Who (of which there is very little).

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

People also criticize Matt's tenure too. :-) I'm surprised people criticized Peter's era it seemed pretty good from what I've seen :-)

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Episode 1 involves the Rani and Einstein's brain.

Yeah, you know how it goes.

I do love Series 7. And I do like all of Peter Davison's episodes but one and people usually criticize his tenure.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Same.

If we're talking about the whole of Who, however, Sylvester McCoy's first season is my least favourite ._.