My review for today is on a BBC, sci-fi, widely popular, and my new favourite TV show. My dad, a big fan, had been telling me for a while that I really needed to watch it. I finally got around to doing so this fall/winter 2013 semester. With further ado, I present to you...Doctor Who.
Main Writer: Russell T. Davies
Main Actors/Actresses: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman
My first opinion? I loved it right away, and I love it even more with every episode I watch. I'm a sci-fi/fantasy type of person, so it fit right in my groove. It is funny, enjoyable, fast-paced, and explores some of those deeper questions like that of life and death, human's potential, and (one that I do have some problems with, but I still like that the topic was explored) God and Satan. There is romance and friendships. The characters are relatable and are well-developed. The villains are brilliant.
I do have a couple of minor issues about the show so far that I thought I should probably warn you about. There is one character who is represented as bisexual, and he appears in a few episodes in the first and third seasons (called 'series' in this case, for some reason). There are two short scenes with him that I found to be a little inappropriate. Also, in the episode "The Satan Pit", the Doctor is portrayed to be somewhat of an atheist - and he also believes Satan/the Devil to be only an idea. One of the main character's mother, whose husband died several years ago, seems to be mainly interested in finding a new partner. However, she does come to the realization later on that there is no one really for her other than her gone husband. There are also a few passionate kisses and some minor language.
Besides this, I wouldn't recommend this show for anyone much younger than myself (seventeen) because of the abundance of scary scenes. Honestly, I think that the best description of DW would be, in addition to a tear-jerker, a spine-chiller.
Main Characters (includes spoilers)
|The Ninth Doctor|
|The Tenth Doctor|
(I'm only going to go over a few that appear often, or are more important, as it would take me a long time to go over all of them.)
Cassandra: The Lady Cassandra, who has gone through so many operations in her attempts to remain a "pure human" that she is mainly skin and lips, is voiced by Zoë Wanamaker. In Series One, she attempts to destroy a space station to be able to pay for her operations. In Series Two, she reappears and takes over Rose's body in an attempt to escape to her imminent death.
The Cybermen: These robots were created by a mad man for the purpose of living forever. The Cybermen have all emotions removed and are obsessed about "upgrading" any and all humans into their form. They appear in Series Two several times.
Absolutely fantastic! Murrary Gold's music for DW is just brilliant. Some of my favourites tracks are:
Doctor Who Series 3 Soundtrack: 4/The Carrionites Swarm, 8/Mr. Smith & Joan, 9/Only Martha Knows, 11/Just Scarecrows to War, 12/Miss Joan Redfern, 13/The Dream of a Normal Death, 14/The Doctor Forever (there's so many in a row b/c they come from my favourite DW two-parter so far), 18/The Futurekind, and, most of all, 22/This is Gallifrey. And "YANA" & "The Master Vainglorious" & "The Stowaway"...and I better stop now before I mention every single track.
My Favourite Episodes
(Just because it is absolutely necessary that I talk about this).
|from "The Empty Child"|
& "The Doctor Dances"
#9 "The Empty Child" & #10 "The Doctor Dances" (a two-parter - the "villains" here are really, really creepy); #12 "Bad Wolf" & #13 "The Parting of the Ways" (another two-parter); "The Christmas Invasion" (a special)
From Series 2
I loved most of the episodes from this one, so I'll just go with the two-parter #12 "Army of Ghosts" and the famous #13 "Doomsday".
|from "Human Nature"|
From Series 3
While I said above that the three-parter with the Master was very good, one of my absolute favourites of all episodes so far is the two-parter #8 "Human Nature" & #9 "The Family of Blood". The episode where the Doctor meets Martha, #1 "Smith & Jones" was also very good. I haven't watched any of the specials yet, so I don't know if any would make this list or not.
Let it be known, however, that I don't think there is a single episode I don't like so far.
Alyianna's rating: 9.5 out of 10 (took off 0.5 for the minor problems)
Audience: IMBD says PG, and I agree. However, I really think it depends on the person. I didn't find a problem with The Lord of the Rings at 13, and I was scared by Doctor Who at 17 but not to a huge extent. My sister, who's ten, has seen some episodes, and there hasn't seemed to be any problem. If anything, I wouldn't call it a family show.
Some quotes and pictures.
|Series One ("The Parting of the Ways")|
|Series One ("The Empty Child")|
Rose: I can see everything... all that is... all that was... all that ever could be.
The Doctor: But that's what I see. All the time. And doesn't it drive you mad?
Rose: My head...
The Doctor: Come here.
Rose: ... It's killing me.
The Doctor: I think you need a Doctor.
("The Parting of the Ways"; Series One)
|Series 1/2 ("The Christmas Invasion")|
|Series Two ("Doomsday")|
("Rise of the Cybermen"; Series Two)
|Series Two ("School Reunion")|
|Series Two ("The Girl in the Fireplace")|
One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.
("The Girl in the Fireplace"; Series Two)
|Series 2/3 ("The Runaway Bride", with Donna Noble, a character|
I should have probably covered but to be fair, I included a picture
of her and the Doctor)
|Series Three ("Human Nature")|
He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. And... he's wonderful.
("The Family of Blood"; Series Three)
|Series Three ("The Last Time Lord")|
|Series Three ("Gridlock")|
("The Family of Blood; Series Three)