May 12, 2008
Doctor Who - The Doctor's Daughter
The Doctor's Daughter takes what could have been a cringey idea and actually does a pretty good job, making it one of the most enjoyable episodes of the series.
Okay, bad stuff first:
- Instant clones, I'll let off.
- Terraforming glowing gas, could have done better.
- "I'm Doctor Martha Jones, who the hell are you?" Groan.
- "Make the foundation of this society, a man who never would." Groan again.
Otherwise it was an entertaining story. The Doctor's daughter, Jenny, being a clone was a nice way into the moral issues. Jenny is a soldier, and she sees The Doctor as a soldier, but The Doctor doesn't see himself as a soldier despite fighting in an epic war. Jenny was an entertaining character, actually coaxing emotion out of the Doctor, for the first time in what feels like ages. More Time-war stuff please! I also enjoyed how the relationship between Jenny and The Doctor changed slowly, from disdain to acceptance in a quite believable way.
Meanwhile, as Jenny was winning me over, Martha was enhancing my opinion that's she's a waste of space. I don't like the character, or the acting, it all feels so false. Compare her to Donna/Tate, who is a much more fun character, and much more real in emotional situations.
The battle between the humans and the Hath was mere backdrop, although I liked the twist about the war lasting only a week, and the expendability of the clones. That's a pretty cool proper SF idea.
I thought Jenny would probably die at the end, I didn't think they'd bother to bring her back again. I suppose they can't resist setting up another spin-off series (unless she comes back later in the series, which I doubt). Pseudo-regeneration? And wasn't that Blakes 7 music at the end, when Jenny was leaving the planet?!
Nice job, Stephen Greenhorn.