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Doctor Who Series 3 (episodes 6 - 9)

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This time on Doctor Who, things take a turn for the better! Spoilers ahead:

The Lazarus Experiment: The Doctor and Martha return to present-day Earth in time to see the fruits of a scientist's experiments.

I have to say that this is not one of the best Who episodes ever written - it blatantly steals ideas from a number of other places, notibly from The Fly, and doesn't do anything new with them. If this isn't enough, the main plot comes to a natural end partway through, and an extra "oh, he wasn't dead after all" bit is tacked on the end. If Lazarus had staggered off instead, with the Doctor and co in pursuit, it might have been a bit less obvious. On the other hand, Martha's sister is hot, and the constant implications that the Doctor and Martha are shagging are amusing.

42: Pop quiz: your spaceship is about to fall into the sun and you have 42 minutes to live. What do you do?!

As it turns out, nothing at all to do with the Hitchhiker's Guide but, in fact, an episode filmed in "real time" (because Doctor Who's never done that before). This episode was compared unfavourably with The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit from last year, but beyond similar designwork and someone getting possessed, it's a completely different plot. Oh, and the running around in corridors, but Doctor Who is renouned for that. The premise is that the Doctor and Martha arrive on a spaceship which is about to fall into a sun (in 42 minutes) and have to help the crew try to avert their untimely demise. The result: a frantic runaround with a great sense of urgency.

[The Doctor]

Human Nature/Family of Blood: To hide from his enemies, the Doctor must become human and hide in a school in 1913.

Human Nature is my second favorite New Adventure (my first being The Also People) so I was really looking forward to this story. The adaption to television didn't let me down, and these have to be two of my favourite New Who episodes. The spirit of the novel has been successfully transfered over to the medium of television and, though it's a shame we don't get Bernice Summerfield, the show hits the major points of the book. Bliss! I can't work out how the Doctor managed that trick with the mirrors though.

Previously: Episodes 1 - 5
On to: Episodes 10 - 13

Posted June 8, 2007 8:39 PM


The olfactory sleight of hand? My working theory...

John Smith opened the watch and absorbed the Doctor's personality. But his body was still human, and would be until he used the Chameleon Arch to rewrite his body back to Time Lord.

So the Chameleon Arch did two things--first, it changed the Doctor into a human being; second, it pulled his personality out. Opening the watch only fixed one--the Doctor would have to fix the other later.

Which means that, in the aftermath of the explosion, the Doctor was still physically a human being and, thus, quite vulnerable to the Family. Which they wouldn't have realized.

The Doctor probably liberated the TARDIS before he confronted the Family. So that when he captured them, he'd have them on his turf, and he could turn himself back Gallifreyan while he unleashed his can of whoop-ass. :)

Posted by: Allyn | June 11, 2007 6:44 AM



Human Nature/Family.....

angsty crap.

Blink? Now there's a good episode.

Posted by: Jeff Stone | June 19, 2007 10:37 PM

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