Back in the 80s and early 90s, when I worked night shift and television stations usually either stopped broadcasting at 1 or 2am or just aired infomercials, I used to watch the really early episodes of Doctor Who while most of my neighbours were fast asleep. Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, and Sylvester McCoy were my favourites (Ace was my favourite Companion), but I watched them all. Not that I had much of a choice, mind you, but I’m not sorry about that. I might have missed them if I’d had a choice of programming, and no one should miss seeing early Doctor Who, at least once.
I had a hard time getting back into the show when it restarted in 2005, mostly because I was completely disgusted that Christopher Eccleston had decided to leave the role before it had barely started, because he was afraid of being typecast. After less than a year of filming and only one aired episode. What a schmuck. After that, I just really couldn’t stand to watch the show.
By the time David Tennant took over as the Doctor, I’d already completely lost interest in it and, other than catching a couple of minutes of “Rise of the Cybermen” while flicking through the channels, didn’t watch the show again. Billie Piper/Rose Tyler as Companion didn’t interest me. Freema Agyeman/Martha Jones as Companion didn’t interest me.
Now Catherine Tate, she interested me — she’s tallish, near to my age, a Taurus, and funny as hell. I was briefly intrigued by her appearance in “The Runaway Bride” but I only got to see small clips of it at the time. (Youtube being late off the mark there.) She’s one of my favourite British comedians. I first saw her during my McFly phase in late 2006, when I saw her in a skit with them for Red Nose Day 2005 as Lauren Cooper.
Sad to say but “Look at my face. Am I bovvered?” goes through my head periodically. LOL
Anyway, I watched David Tennant on the last episode of season ten on Top Gear last year and it got me a little interested in David Tennant as Doctor Who. I then watched him in the Best of Comic Relief 2007 show. Can I just say again that David Tennant in full dress kilt is a beautiful sight to behold? His Comic Relief 2007 skit with Catherine Tate was also absolutely hilarious. “Looketh at my face. Is this a botheredst face thou seest before thee?”
When I found out that Catherine Tate was going to be joining Doctor Who as the new Companion, I knew I had to give the show another chance. I watched the Christmas 2007 special, “Voyage of the Damned” — who could resist Kylie Minogue, the Titanic, Doctor Who, and Richard “Mr. Hyacinth” Bucket? — and waited for the new season to start. It was brilliant. David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble are completely perfect together. She’s more his age, she’s not in love with him, she doesn’t worship him as “The Doctor” — it’s marvelous to watch, like close siblings bickering with but also protecting each other.
As I’ve been watching this season, I’ve been becoming more interested in the back story, which you can really only get from watching the previous episodes. Oh, sure, you can read through the plot summaries on Wikipedia but it just isn’t the same thing. So I’ve been watching seasons two and three of Doctor Who (courtesy of Youtube, naturally) for the last week. So much so that I occasionally dream about it. Still not too thrilled by Martha Jones (didn’t warm to her much in Torchwood, either). A little more open to considering possibly warming up to Rose Tyler. Maybe. But still absolutely adore David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor so I can put up with the rest.
Tonight was the penultimate fourth “new season” (series 30 overall) episode, “The Stolen Earth“. I’ve already watched it several times, and I’m sure I’ll watch it many more. It’s a fantastic episode. Won’t tell you about it — don’t want to spoil it for you if you plan to watch it, but I can hardly wait for next week’s season finale. I will tell you this — I’ll be mightily pissed off if what looks like happens actually really happens. Seriously. Impressed, but mightily pissed off.
[Edited to add link to Bloglines search for other posts about this episode. There are some seriously good ones out there, including KRAD’s Inaccurate Guide to Life’s post — “Ho. Lee. Shit.” is right. ]