It should be pointed out that after Series Two ended but before this one began a spin-off from Doctor Who aired called “Torchwood” (yes, the organization from Series Two) which was also created by Russell T Davies and starred John Barrowman reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness. Now I will talk a tiny bit about that in this blog but as of right now I don’t have any plans review Torchwood here. For simplicity sake I will say that I’m not what you would call a fan. For now just take in mind that there was a spin-off and it featured Captain Jack.
Full review after the jump.
|Everything important takes place in Cardiff|
Before to get too into the review let’s talk about Martha Jones. Rather bizarrely Martha is very much disliked by a large portion of the Doctor Who fanbase but as far as I can tell this is mostly due to the fact that she’s “Not Rose”. As much as I despise Rose many fans loved her and were extremely put off when Billie Piper left the show. I believe Martha took the brunt of the hatred. Was Martha flawless? No, of course not but interestingly she shares many of those flaws with Rose except to a lesser degree. Plus I also kind of think Russell T Davies may have purposely put some similarities between the two as he wanted to invoke the idea of loss and whether or not The Doctor was using her as a replacement.
Despite that Martha is a pretty cool character. She’s quick thinking and her medical background is proven to be pretty darn handy on occasion. On the downside she, much like with Rose, is plagued by the fact that her love for The Doctor is an extremely major part of her character. Unlike Rose it managed not to be her defining trait because she has a bit more going for her. And, even if it was her defining trait, Martha has a (*GASP*) character arc where she grows past that. Meaning she starts off being kind of a love struck puppy but ends up in a very different place and even becomes a bit of a badass…a trait that follows her in proceeding seasons. I like Martha; she was a refreshing change of pace.
Plus, let’s face it; it’s good to see women of color in science fiction. There’s still a depressing lack of representation in that genre.
|Also she's hot; not a primary point, but appreciated|
Since I’m talking about episodes the three best were the two part “Human Nature”/ “The Family of Blood” (Written by our old friend Paul Cornell) and “Blink” (written by future showrunner Steven Moffat). The two partner is a bittersweet story that not only touched on the social and economic divide in a pre-World War I England but allowed Tennant a rare chance to flex his acting muscle by playing a very, very different role than The Doctor. Should anyone suggest he’s not a good actor they should be directed there. “Blink” is probably the best single episode of Doctor Who since its revival and even now, having recently caught up on the latest episodes, I don’t think anything has topped it. I won’t say too much about it other than it introduced the Weeping Angels which have arguably replaced the Daleks as the show’s most popular villains.
|Don't f**king blink!|
Freema Agyeman is solid as Martha; her acting helps make the concept of the character work when it could easily had been really bad. Hey, did you hear that Agyeman plays a recurring role on the completely unnecessary and almost certainly terrible prequel to Sex and the City called “The Carrie Diaries”? Because she is totally is. You know, because actors need to eat. Anyway John Barrowmen returns for a depressingly short time (just three episodes) as Captain Jack Harkness and I was immediately reminded why the character is awesome. Barrowmen is just as good as he was in Series One, if not better because he’s even more over-the-top with his “F**k Anything That Is Willing” 51st Century Attitude and his brand new super power of being “Death Proof”. As I said Captain Jack got a leading role on the Torchwood spin-off but I really didn’t like him on that show. I think the character is an inherently fun creation and needs to be in a show that will develop that (Torchwood is more about angst, sex, and shock value). He works better here as his flippant and flirty nature combined by his distilled action hero personality contrasting with the more straight-laced and pacifist Doctor. I’m glad they decided to bring him back. I think the current incarnation of The Doctor could use a little Harkness as well.
Series Three works well because it makes good on the potential of the the first two series promised but weren’t able to achieved. It possesses all of the strengths of those two seasons but none of its faults. The stories are fun, exiting and scary; the characters are well written. That’s all you can really ask for any show. But I must say the last three episodes were FANTASTIC and so much better than the previous series finale from the year before. This series was a huge improvement from the last two seasons.
|Out of context this may be the best picture I've ever posted|
-No (truly) bad episodes
-Too much angst from the Doctor made this season all about Rose Tyler…again