Saturday, March 22, 2014

0 Burn With Me: Doctor Who Rewatch


We're back! And this is the first Doctor Who Rewatch post from our new domain! If you're just joining us, we're re-watching Doctor WhoI know that Doctor Who has been around for 50 years, but for time sake we're going to start with series 1 of 2005. If you've not watched it, but have wanted to. Here's your chance. We're watching via Netflix, so join us if you can. This week we're watching Series 3, episode 7 and 8.




Title: 42
Written by Christ Chibnall
Directed by Graeme Harper
Original Air Date: May 19, 2007


The Doctor and Martha land on this ship in the middle of space. From the get-go it's a nail-biter. From the moment they step off the TARDIS, there's trouble.


The ship is headed straight for the sun. The engines are not working and they have forty-two minutes to get everything back on line or they die. The TARDIS gets locked behind a door, so Martha and the Doctor are basically stuck on this ship. 

So that already sounds pretty bleak, but then this guy starts chasing the crew around picking them off. 

I think this guy is a relation of Darth Vader because they both favor masks and are heavy breathers. Anyway, so the crew is running around, trying not to die, and trying to fix the ship. Then Martha and one of the crew guy gets chased into an escape pod, where heavy breather sets this adrift . . . straight into the sun.

The Doctor promises Martha that he'll save her and he does. But in the meantime, Martha and crew guy have a 'moment'. Martha and crew guy sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

I should also mention that Martha calls her mom a few times and there is something fishy going on with Martha's mom. 


Okay, back to Martha and the Doctor. The Doctor realizes that the sun the crew has been mining is alive! And the crew has scooped out its heart. AND they're all going to die because of it. The Doctor discovers this at his own peril: 


Is it me, or have I seen this space suite before? 



Now it's up to Martha and the remaining crew members to save the day; with literally 3 minutes remaining. They get everything fixed at the last minute and say their goodbyes:


It looks like Martha got a little action on this space trip. Before they take off in the TARDIS (leaving crew guy behind with a broken heart) the Doctor gives her a key to the TARDIS. Which is pretty big deal for the Doctor. It's as close to a commitment that he gets. 

Life Lesson: If you're going to fly that close to the sun, then bring some sunscreen! 

Title: Human Nature
Written by: Paul Cornell
Directed by: Charles Palmer
Original Air Date:  May 26, 2007

This episode is a two parter, and it's probably the first episode where it's starts out completely confusing. 

Martha and the Doctor are in the TARDIS. Something is chasing them and they're trying to escape. Then in the next minute the Doctor wakes up in his bed; it's 1913, and Martha is his maid.

And he starts telling Martha about his dream, which was what just happened in the first few minutes of this episode. And she's like. Silly, Mr. Smith (because that's his name), you're a teacher and I'm just a maid. 

At this point I was like WHAT? If his whole life as the Doctor turns out to be a dream, I'm going to drive over to Paul Cornell's house and do something really terrible! But I keep watching trying to understand what's going on. 

John Smith aka the Doctor is a teacher at an all-boys school. He has no memory of being a Time Lord and for all intents and purposes he is human. Also, he has a crush on the school nurse:

He's so nervous, and awkward, and sweet around her. It's so endearing. 

He shows her his book that he writes down all his 'dreams' in. They spend a great deal of time in this episode falling in love. Poor Martha. We all know how she feels about the Doctor, so it's hard to feel for her. And Speaking of Martha, she's not forgotten who she is. We learn that they are hiding out in 1913 from aliens who want to kill the Doctor. Which makes me respect Martha so much more. She has to pretend to be a maid while people look down on her. How she doesn't just punch them in the throat, I have no idea. It says a lot about her character though. 

The aliens find them. Well not exactly. They don't know where the Doctor is, only that he's there. So they take over some bodies and with the help of their scarecrow army they start to sniff them out. 


This scarecrow army is creepy as hell.

The creepy family finds out who the Time Lord is. So Martha tries to get the Doctor to remember who he is, only she can't. He ends up firing her as his maid. Martha tries desperately to find some way for him to remember. 
Also there is this kid: 
He stole this watch which is more than just a watch:
So the Doctor is up a creek without a paddle. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: Someone is going to die. Who's it going to be Martha or his lover. And then just when you're at the edge of your seat, the credits roll. 

Life Lesson: Sometimes a watch is more than a watch. 

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