So, I finished squaring away my computer storage today. A big relief, especially because for about half an hour I thought I’d deleted my whole iPhoto library. Yeah, it’s all fine now, but what an adrenaline rush! Phew. I’m glad that’s behind me. XD
I’ve been watching some more Doctor Who. The Doctor remains awesome, Rose remains my favorite companion, and somehow I’ve survived Doomsday. Not without tears, of course, but I am still here to tell the tale. Starting the third season has again brought on that round of questions, leading me to wonder if I should really be watching this show. That probably sounds like a drastic change for me to be saying that, but it’s really not. I’ve had issues with some of the things in Doctor Who ever since I watched the first episode.
Some of you devoted Ninth Doctor fans out their will really not like what I’m about to say. While I liked the Ninth Doctor, and I think the first season is obviously key, I confess I didn’t watch most of it. As I said before, I already know so much that happens in the “New Who”, so I knew what I was missing. I couldn’t get around some of the stuff they put in the first season, especially involving a certain Captain Jack.
I know that this is a pretty popular character, hence the new show called Torchwood, but the whole bisexuality thing didn’t sit well with me. I’m aware that this is a really sensitive subject nowadays, but I’m not going to tiptoe around the fact that I just can’t appreciate Jack Harkness, for that reason.
So, it was rather disappointing when one of the first episodes of the third season (Gridlock) openly introduces a gay couple, neither protagonist or antagonist. Nothing inappropriate is shown, they’re not central characters, which can be appreciated. But it still bothered me, when I’d just gone through a whole season without that, and it just doesn’t seem necessary. And I get that they’re going for being politically correct, hence the Doctor’s nebulous beliefs about the supernatural and God.
So…that said, what am I going to do now? Stop watching altogether? Try to not be bothered by this type of thing? Because I’m sure that wasn’t the last time they’ll push the envelope. My answer is: neither. I’ll pray about it. I’ll think about it. But as of right now, I’m going to keep watching, and just be more prepared.
Because overall, this is a show that – the majority of the time – supports good morals and important life lessons, along with an array of emotions that create something strong, dynamic, and thought-provoking. It’s simultaneously deep, witty, and exiting. The writers and actors come together to form something that knows just how to make you laugh and cry in the same episode – a friendly and riveting reminder that even when it hurts, life is always worth the adventure.
Now, about starting the third season. I can’t mention this without giving a round of applause to “Smith and Jones”. WARNING: There might be spoilers for this episode.
I’ll start by saying, this is one of the best episodes I’ve seen so far (which is saying a lot, coming from me) and I’m about to tell you why. Apart from a very creepy antagonist who takes the form of a human sucking people’s blood, there’s really not anything graphic in it (the blood-sucking isn’t very, well, bloody). It’s extremely funny, witty, and very intense. I love the Doctor in this episode. He’s come back more colorful and potent than ever, and who doesn’t love it when he wrecks his hair and runs around a hospital (which is on the moon) barefoot before sacrificing himself to save all the patients? I know, I’m sounding like a lunatic again. :P
That’s partially why the following episodes, The Shakespeare Code – with all its witchcraft and suggestive comments – and Gridlock – with its immorality – felt rather like a slap in the face. But for the record, I will say that there were a couple things about these episodes I did appreciate. When Martha and the Doctor share a room in The Shakespeare Code, and there’s only one bed, nothing inappropriate happens. We’re not even left to wonder. It appears that the Doctor doesn’t even sleep, although Martha seems more than a bit disappointed and frustrated with his apparent oblivion to her fondness for him.
Also, in Gridlock, the Doctor takes full responsibility for getting Martha into the mess they find themselves in. Ever since Doomsday, he seems more aware than ever how easily people can be lost, and he’s more determined than ever not to let that happen to Martha (or Donna, in The Runaway Bride).
I bet you’re waiting for me to elaborate on my opinion of Martha. I think she’s become a source of contention in the Doctor Who fandom. So many people hated Martha because of Rose, that now I think there are more haters of the Martha-haters than there are Martha-haters. Did that make sense? Probably not.
Anyway, that being said, I don’t think there needs to be this war over whether Martha was a good companion. I can’t say that it was all right that Martha hit on the Doctor in the way that she did when it was pretty obvious how he was hurting. But in the same way, Martha couldn’t exactly help falling for him, could she? And he could’ve been more sensitive to that, but…how? I’m not sure that it could’ve been any better between them, although it’s not all bad. I feel like, because of losing Rose, the Doctor really doesn’t take Martha for granted.
And despite the tension, Martha still offers a new perspective on adventures in time and space aboard the TARDIS, and she’s definitely smart, not to mention it’s nice to have a dark skinned companion. Honestly, I really like Martha. I’m already dreading watching her go, although I look forward to seeing Donna again (yes, I read ahead).
Martha is not a replacement for Rose. She’s completely different. No, that doesn’t make her a bad companion. She’s a good match for the Doctor. And no, that doesn’t mean romantically, because I think Rose will always be the Tenth Doctor’s true love. Last but not least, this doesn’t make Rose a bad companion either. I don’t think it’s even fair to make Rose and Martha into a competition. They were both great companions that helped the Doctor in really different ways, and they were also human. Both of them. And if there’s one thing that Doctor Who has taught me, it’s that being human – flawed, broken, affected by emotions – is a beautiful thing.