The New “Who” – Halfway Through

Well, as I reported a while back, I have been watching the “new” episodes of Doctor Who.

I have successfully made it through the opening Eccleston season (or “series” as they’re referred to, in typically British fashion), and through all three of the Tennant series.

I am now in the second half of the third (and final) Matt Smith series.

I have made my way through companions Rose Tyler, “Captain” Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and now Clara Oswald.

I watched the end-to-beginning-to-middle evolution of the Doctor’s relationship to/with River Song, and seen a TARDIS suffer an identity crisis, and met the Doctor’s daughter.

What have I learned so far?

In no particular order:

  • David Tennant is still the best of the “new” Doctors.
  • Matt Smith, for all the difficulty I had with him early on, has gotten progressively better, but was hampered by some non-Doctor issues during his run.
  • Donna Noble edges out Rose Tyler as best companion.
  • Jack Harkness is best digested in small doses.
  • By the end of the Amy/Rory run, I felt as though the show runners were trying to turn the show into the Amy/Rory show. In a bad way. I liked Amy early on, but once Rory became a true companion, it all went sideways for me.
  • River Song is an interesting character, for a lot of reasons.
  • The Clara Oswald companion/storyline feels like a continuation of the end of the Amy/Rory run. Nothing exciting there for me. At all.

I’ll soon reach the Peter Capaldi series. I’ll let you know how that turns out for me.

Cheers, everyone!



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