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December 24th, 2014
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a-doctor-who-christmas

It is a most beloved tradition, the annual Doctor Who Christmas episode. Starting with Ten, with alien remote controlled Christmas trees and “pilot fish” that piont to something bigger, like say, the Sycorax, and David Tennents debut. Of course what is a Doctor Who Christmas episode without rigged and dangerous Christmas decorations? What Whovian will look at their Christmas tree the same ever again? Nobody does killer Christmas like Doctor Who!

Even when Rose is home for Christmas, she still can’t get away from adventure – much to Mickey’s chagrin who just wants to spend time with her – There is no Christmas vacation for the Doctor and his companions. Can a still regenerating Doctor save the world? Of course. Nothing like fighting aliens on Christmas day. All in the work of a Time Lord! Luckily the Doctor is still regenerating and when he gets his hand cut off it grows back (and of course his cut off hand comes to great use later on).

The next year we were introduced to Donna via the Christmas episode, though she wouldn’t become a companion for another season. Who can forget Donna trying to jump from the moving car to the flying TARDIS as she screams about her wedding dress and the Doctor says, “Yes, you look lovely, now jump!” Never without humor or positivity, the Doctor, even during a crisis. Something we could all learn.

Donna continues to call Ten a martian, to which he responds, “I’m…I’m…I’m not from Mars,” Donna is pure Earthling, constantly calling the Doctor a Martian. She doesn’t yet seem to have an understanding that there’s more out there then Mars. She falls into the Martian cliché right away instantly associating “alien” with “Mars” but as we see in coming seasons, she very much grows out of that and becomes The Most Important Woman in the Universe. Donna really does come a long way!

A Christmas wedding should be magical and romantic and full of holiday spirit – but not for Donna Noble, no no, Donna Noble spends her Christmas wedding not getting married but instead fighting aliens and consequently meeting The Doctor (lucky girl!) Of course, despite Donna’s poor broken heart, her not getting married to Lance turns out to be a very good thing!

The Racnoss ship even looks like a Christmas star, glittering and shining in the sky above London, as if it could just fit on top of a spacey Christmas tree. Though unfortunately, the pretty star in the sky is not a Christmas tree topper. Imagine living in London.

Christmas night and you’re on the town with your best mates, celebrating (perhaps a little too much even) when you look up at the sky and see a giant sparkling silver star hanging above you. Has the City of London actually put this together? How did they pull this off? It’s beautiful and puts you in the Christmas spirit. Then suddenly each point of the star begins firing off electric beams and London is in chaos. The Thames ends up drained and you wake up with a hang over. What a Christmas! And all the while you have no idea of the Doctor’s involvment.

This is how the Doctor works, largely behind the scenes for most of humanity. Only a few select people ever get to experience what the Doctor does. He is very much like Santa! Only without delivering presents all around the world and a less round belly. An alien fighting Santa!

Sometimes it’s not just humanity who needs saving. Sometimes the Doctor does too. Sometimes the Doctor is more broken then we – or even himself – thinks he is, and he needs someone like Donna to step in and show him the way. Donna shows him reason and stops him from going too far; one reason why he always needs a companion. We see the Doctors less forgiving side, which, lets be honest, is kind of scary. But Donna had the strength – or the gumption? – to stand up to him and bring him down a few notches.

What we see in a Doctor Who Christmas episode is everything we expect to see: Action, adventure, snark left and right, and all the Christmasy feels they can pack into one episode. We’re a pretty lucky fandom us Whovians. Because even after the regular series is over, we still get that one last Christmas episode squeezed in, and it’s usually used for important happenings such as regenerations and a change of companion.

What will this years Christmas episode hold in store for us being Capaldi’s first Christmas as the Doctor? We can only wait impatiently to find out! From this Whovian to every Whovian out there: Merry Christmas and may you’re Christmas tree not to try to kill you.

Written by Becca Christian

November 1st, 2014
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the-horror-of-science-fiction

Science fiction and horror are often cited as two seperate genres in film, TV and literature; however I think they can quite often cross or share elements. Science fiction can be scary just as horror can fall on the science fiction side! Think about movies such as Alien (scary science fiction) or Hellraiser (horror with science fiction elements). This is also true of Doctor Who (though maybe a bit more family friendly).

Lets start with those ever present stone creatures that can kill you kindly – the weeping angels. The Weeping Angels are scary for a multitude of reasons, not least of all because they are practically inescapable (short of being The Doctor and his friends) – one can try their hardest not to blink but one watery eye and a split second later, and boom – hello 1920.

But what really makes the Weeping Angels so scary is the cinematography – the gothic feel of an old abandoned house, dilapitated garden and beautiful sad weeping stone angels. The scenery adds to the creepy factor because imagry has a pyschological effect on our minds. We remember a frightening image (like, say, a stone angel all teeth and claws coming at you in flickering lights) and it will stay with us much longer then a scary concept or storyline (not to say that those don’t frighten us either).

At the end of Blink we are given a montage of every day statues – monuments in parks and gargoyles on gothic buildings and now we have been made weary of any stone statue we come across. We have been made to think twice about them as we walk past and what Whovian has actually tried not to blink, at least once?

But it’s not only the Weeping Angels episodes that have frightened us. After The Silence in the Library, we became even more scared of dark corners and shadows. The dark is one of the first and most ingrained fears humans were born with. We never know what is in the dark and after this episode, the scary shadows have a name: The Vashta Nerada. Now we count our shadows and make sure we’re not repeating ourselves, and when we encounter the darkest dark we think twice about it. As The Doctor says, “It’s whats in the dark. It’s what’s always in the dark.” The Vashta Nerada are always there. And the scariest part is that eventually, they are not only in the dark corners of a room, but the dark corners of our minds.

Sometimes it’s not the villian that’s scary but the way a story is told. Hide is one of these episodes. I love Hide because it starts out as a traditional ghost story, complete with an old dusty mansion and a dark and stormy night (absolutely classic). Dougary Scott (a favorite actor) and Jessica Raine are ghost hunters trying to contact the otherside. In the end we find out it’s not a ghost but a space traveller trapped in a bubble universe – the perfect example of science fiction and horror mixed. The episode is one of the more ‘gothic’ episodes and probably one reason why I love it. One of the creepiest scenes is when Clara and the Doctor are standing in the doorway, in the dark with only a candleabra for light. Clara says she might be scared but she doesn’t need him to hold her hand, to which The Doctor replies that he is indeed not holding her hand! So then what is? The creep factor is raised with the realization that something we can’t see is touching Clara.

And who could forget Nine’s encounter with The Empty Child? Creepy gas mask children asking, “Are you my mummy?” for seemingly no reason at all? Gas masks have never been the same for Doctor Who fans since. A gas mask growing from your skin with nothing behind it – almost soulless – which is one of the most frightening things to encounter. Something without a soul is dangerous because it doesn’t have a moral compass. And something without a moral compass is scary because it indicates a lack of humanity which comes with no compassion. No compassion leads to not knowing good from bad, or right from wrong, and therefore makes one unpredictable. The Doctor and Rose don’t know what The Empty Child is let alone what it is capable of.

As for a lack of humanity, what about the Gangers of The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People? They are simply clones that at first seem to be quite human but later turn out to be not human at all. Consider having a clone of yourself – the exact image of you – walking around with your memories and thoughts and desires. Just as what happens in the episode the doppelgangers would end up trying to taking over and leading a war against the humans. Amy does not even know which Doctor is hers. Two Doctors and they’re both exactly the same to where you can’t even decide which one is yours? Now that’s pretty scary (but only in a Whovian way). Your Ganger could do any manner of horrible things and you would be blamed for it. That’s a terrfiying thought! Not to mention the fact that the Gangers can ‘grow’ as Jennifer shows us when she turns into a creature.

So just because it’s science fiction doesn’t mean it can’t be scary. These are just a few examples, but lets not forget how scary the universe in itself can be; aliens both good and bad, different kinda of planets (remember Midnight?), black holes and the TARDIS going off course, among a myriad of things. It’s all part of the adventure but it doesn’t come without some fright.

I’d say it’s worth it though.

October 1st, 2014
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review-of-deep-breath

This episode opens with a dinosaur in Victorian London that eventually spits out the TARDIS from it’s insides. And this is the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who era. It already seems a fitting start to this unique Doctor!

We also get the Paternoster Gang in this episode, which is one of my favorite Doctor Who things. More Paternoster Gang I say! There’s a funny dialogue between Jenny and Vastra in which Jenny is pretty sure of herself of the Dinosaurs gender after having seen fossils, but Vastra comes back with a fact that helps her win the argument: being Silurian she was there at the time of the dinosaurs. Something about this episode that makes it so great is this relationship between Jenny and Vastra: not only same-sex, but interspecies and time-crossed (as opposed to star-crossed of course). Only Doctor Who could come up with such a relationship and I think it’s one of the most interesting things about the Pasternoster Gang. Their banter continues throughout the episode and is entertaining to watch.

As for Capaldi, he turns out an excellent performance as this new, erratic, blunt, almost mean Doctor – this is not Matt Smith’s dashing sentimental Doctor at all. Capaldi’s Doctor is not even charming – something that (at least) the three previous Doctors always had. He pulled off the truly confused, amnesiac Doctor that he starts out to be – always knowing yet, having the details on the outskirts of memory, just out of his grasp. How frustrating for him, who always knows whats happening and always knows his own mind. Yet despite all this, he still notices things and gets to the bottom of the dinosaur problem; like only the Doctor could.

Clara’s relationship with this new Doctor, though still developing, starts out rather adverse due to her mistrust of the new Doctor and his changed personality, but I think she learns by the end of the episode that he is still her Doctor somewhere inside – when he locks her inside with the clockwork creatures and refuses to save her until the last second. This shows Clara that he is still her Doctor.

What I love about this episode though is the tie in to another of my favorite Doctor Who episodes: the Steampunk-ish The Girl in the Fireplace. And indeed, Deep Breath has a very Steampunk feel, at least to me, with the robots in Victorian London and what not. I love that.

Madame Vastra gives Clara a big speech about being accepted; about why she wears a veil – not for others protection but as a judgement on them for their judgements of Vastra. She understands the Doctor and accuses Clara of being judgemental towards him now that he is not the pretty young man she had been travelling with. He decided that Clara could handle the change, that she would accept him as an older man. Clara defends herself, giving Vastra the reaction she had been looking for. On the surface this epsiode is about victorian robots from the dawn of time but underneath it is actually about acceptance and seeing through the veil to the truth – accepting Peter Capaldi as our new Time Lord and acceptance of an older Doctor, and Clara’s acceptance of him as well. Clara must see through the gray face to the Doctor within.

What I think clinches this for Clara is the phone call. Oh that phone call! Eleven on the other end, that familiar voice and face, telling Clara – and us – that he is simply scared and figuring himself out as much as Clara is. Eleven called her because he knew she would be confused, knew she would change her mind about travelling with him (and as we all know, the Doctor can not travel alone). And gave us all one last chance to say goodbye.

More then once during the episode, The Doctor wonders where he got his face from. When Vastra is giving Clara her speech she says, “He trusted you,” and to me this implies that the Doctor can choose his face. He can decide what to look like, perhaps from the people he has come across in his travels. He even asks the gentlemen in the alley about it, and the robot too just before he falls (or is pushed?) to his death. Of course, Whovians who pay attention should know already where the Doctor got his face – Pompeii anyone? This will lead us up to that episode (which I think will be a later/finale episode probably).

Of course we can’t have a discussion of this episode without bringing up Missy and Paradise. Who is Missy anyway? Why does she call the Doctor her boyfriend? And what and where exactly is Paradise? Is it the place where the people the Doctor was unable to save go? I personally have a feeling that heaven is not what it seems. I feel something sinister in it. I am excited to find out!

All in all I’d say this was a pretty fast paced, banter filled, introduction to a new Doctor and a new season of adventures. It seemed that it would never arrive but now we’ve all seen it, and more then once probably. Season eight has kicked off great – we can’t wait to see what lays ahead!

September 1st, 2014
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beginnings

Season premieres are always exciting. It means your favorite shows and characters have returned for more adventures and stories. By the time this is posted the eighth season of Doctor Who will have started, and Peter Capaldi will officially be the twelfth Doctor. So in honor of that, lets take a look at some previous season premieres and how they set us up for what was to come.

“Rose” sets up not only the first season but the entire new series. Since this is episode one, season one we are introduced to The Doctor himself and his new companion Rose. We already see Rose and Mickey drifting apart, which will be a dynamic throughout the season. In no time at all, Rose is infatuated with this mysterious Doctor, who saved her life. In one scene, Rose visits a man who is an ‘expert’ on the Doctor. This scene is a sort of history lesson for new Whovians (and a reminder for returning ones!) – we see pictures of him across time, showing us his Time Lord aging and time travel abilities. Later we even learn what TARDIS stands for. It sets up the entire show, how the Doctor is “here to help” and his constant defense of Earth and humanity. Already Rose is showing her strength, in her easy acceptance of the doctor, and her willingness to fight. Already we see Mickey’s distrust of the Doctor – “He’s an alien! He’s a thing!”

Season two brings us our first Christmas special, The Christmas Invasion, and the first regenerated Doctor of the new series – the beloved David Tennant. Ten spends a lot of his time in this episode in bed, so we don’t get our glimpse of who his Doctor is until the end, when he stands up to the Sycorax. We are introduced to Tennants more boistrous and sarcastic Doctor for the next three seasons. And though at the time we didn’t know it, Tens cut off hand will come back to play a large role much later on. For some Whovians, this was the first regeneration process they witnessed.

When season three rolls around, we are introduced to Martha as the companion in “Smith and Jones.” She’ll be a doctor along side the Doctor. Martha already naturally likes to help people; what better quality is there for a companion? We see how smart Martha is. “Are we trespassing on the moon?” she already is thinking like a traveller of time and space, critically thinking about the world around her and the cultures she’s encountering. The one thing about this episode that sets up the story for the season is the mention of “Mr. Saxon” at the end, alluding to the Master’s return.

Now it’s season four and Donna officially becomes the Doctor’s companion. Donna has continued to search out odd events in the hopes of finding The Doctor again. Eventually, researching the Adipose leads her to Ten and one of the funniest scenes of the entire show is played out when they discover each other across the room. This sets up their silly but heartfelt relationship, and the odd adventures they’ll have. If one looks closely enough, one can spot ATMOS stickers on the cars in the background (pay attention when the cab driver tries to pick up Stacey Campbell) Which of course alludes to “The Sontaran Strategam”/”The Poison Sky” two parter. Ahh foreshadowing!

Then onto the introduction of season five and my Doctor, Matt Smith! We’re introduced to my favorite companions Amy and Rory, and are set up for the very fairy tale feel and story of the episodes to come. It’s fitting that Eleven first encounters Amy as a child upon regeneration as he is so childlike himself – and indeed, even after growing up Amy herself remains a bit childish (but in the very best of ways), and their relationship is youthful and fun throughout Elevens stint. Amelia Pond, upon meeting the Doctor, is not scared and is in fact rather sassy, which is something it seems is another quality a great companion should have, and is something she never outgrows. Only a child who prays to Santa on Easter would grow up to be a companion. This particular season premiere, as well as the season to follow, and Matt Smith’s Doctor, has a lot of whimsy, which is what I love about it. When Eleven stands up to the Atraxi at the end and says “Hello. I’m the Doctor. Basically. Run.” we are set up for the warrior his Doctor will become.

The season six premiere, The Impossible Astronaut, is the beginning of our Warrior Doctor and one of my favorite storylines. Amy, Rory, River and even a Doctor from the past is invited by the Doctor of the future to meet up in Utah, for what ultimately will be the Doctor’s “death” Amy even says, after River (as the astronaut, though this is still unknown at this point) shoots the Doctor: “Maybe it’s a clone or robot or something,” foreshadowing the truth of the season finale. This is one season premiere that sets up not just the feel of the season but the actual storyline as well. Another foreshadowing line that you’d miss if you weren’t paying attention is the Doctor telling Amy and Rory to “go make babies!” Oh if he only knew! Later, Amy will confess to the Doctor that she’s pregnant. All in set up for the season to come, and the Doctors developing “family”.

Finally, we are brought to season seven and the Asylum of the Daleks. This is where we meet Clara for the first time. She, like Donna, does not become the companion right away; this is simply her introduction. “Run you clever boy and remember me,” sets up Clara’s half of the season later on for the story of the Impossible Girl. “I don’t know where I am,” comes into play as well, mostly in The Name of the Doctor when she splits into the other Clara’s and she’s inside the Doctors timeline.

As for season eight? Well. It’s only just beginning!

August 1st, 2014
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Ahhh! Season eight is on the horizon! The era of number Twelve is dawning. It’s an exciting time to be a Whovian! I myself am particularly excited for the eighth season of the revived Doctor Who mostly because it is the first season in which I get to actually keep up with episodes as they happen. I became a Whovian last summer when I decided to get caught up on the previous six seasons that I had missed after I stopped watching, just before David Tennant took over (I was an Eccelston girl at first, what can I say?) So I don’t have any premiere traditions yet, but maybe on August 23rd I’ll snuggle up in my Doctor Who blanket with pizza or snacks!

So this time around, I get to keep up with Clara and The Doctor, just like everyone else, and I know it will be great. I particularly look forward to seeing what Peter Capaldi brings to the Doctor that we have not seen before. What will Clara’s relationship with the twelfth Doctor be like? What will it turn into? We’ve already seen Clara admit that she doesn’t know who the Doctor is anymore. Isn’t that always a result of regeneration? Unsure if he is still the Doctor that we’ve always known and loved? It is not only Clara who will be going through this; we will be right there with her. We also will be getting to know the new Doctor. And we all have our hopes and expectations of number twelve. We all have our own ideas of what the new Doctor should be, and what the season should bring. This is partly (or largely) what is so exciting. Will season eight live up to all of our expectations? Probably it will exceed them!

Of course I fully expect to see loads of Daleks and Cybermen, as always (and as has already been seen in the preview!) – every Doctor comes up against Daleks and Cybermen! What will become of Clara, now that we know that she is the Impossible Girl? How will that affect her relationship with the new Doctor? She’s known the Doctor through all his incarnations but this is the first time she’s witnessed the birth of one. But Clara is strong and sassy and I know that she can handle it. Watching as she deals with it will be interesting though.

The Doctor himself does not even know who he is. As with every regeneration, the Doctor must get to know himself again, and that always leaves the show open to anything and everything, which is very exciting! I think Capaldi will be the no non-sense Doctor. I can’t picture him being as goofy as Ten or as child-like as Eleven, but that doesn’t mean he won’t still make us laugh sometimes.

Twelve is a wild card. In what ways will this leave it open for Steven Moffat and the writers to break our hearts this time?
Something else to consider are the new characters we’ll encounter. Who is Danny Pink? Will he be a second companion? Will he be an enemy? Something inbetween? Where does he come from? How does he end up in the TARDIS (if he even does?) Will he be a love interest for Clara? The next Amy and Rory? And will we get to see River Song at all? I would love to see her return. And wouldn’t it be cool to see how Twelve handles the Weeping Angels? So many questions and ideas, and an entire new season to explore and answer them.

And as for storylines, I’m particularly interested in how the writers will be bringing Pompeii around full circle. Funny how it has come to this! Nobody knew at the time that Capaldi would end up being The Doctor, so how will they write that in? It will be brilliant and interesting and I am excited to find out! And what about the search for Gallifrey? The Day of the Doctor left off in such a place to indicate that the Doctor would be searching for his home planet, which is maybe not gone after all! So does this mean that there are more Time Lords? And that the Doctor is actually not the last and lone Time Lord in the universe? How exciting would that be? Very, I tell you. It would change everything we have ever known about Doctor Who and the Doctor.

One of the teaser trailers on the BBC YouTube page shows Twelve sitting atop the TARDIS as we’re told to “listen!” Intriguing. What will we be listening for or to? What does he have to tell us? We can hardly wait to find out!

Just under another month now before the season premiere, and we’re all on the edge of our seats. It seems like just yesterday that Matt Smith left and now we’re only a mere few weeks away from seeing Peter Capaldi take over the TARDIS. Although Matt Smith is MY Doctor, I believe that Capaldi will be awesome. I think we’re probably in for a much more badass Doctor, as if that was possible! So here’s to August 23rd when every Whovian, old and new, comes together to usher in this era of a rad new Doctor played by one of the coolest actors.

July 1st, 2014
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When we first meet River Song in The Silence of the Library, she is a clearly established character who will, we find out by the end of the episode, become important to the Doctor, and to the Whoniverse. When we first meet her, she knows herself, who she is and what she and the Doctor are to each other. She knows the Doctor, but he does not know her. It clearly breaks her heart.

But in Lets Kill Hitler, we have the opposite story: The Doctor knows River but she does not know him. On this show about time travel, things often happen out of order, and nothing more then the story of River and the Doctor. It’s a mystery being revealed a little at a time.

Lets Kill Hitler comes just after A Good Man Goes to War in which we discover, shockingly, River’s true identity as Amy and Rory’s daughter, and the future wife of the Doctor. So in Lets Kill Hitler – after getting to know River up to this point, and after knowing who she really is – we finally get to see the beginning of River Song (whereas, when we first meet her in the Silence of the Library, that is the end of her story – gotta love the chronology!).

The River we meet in Lets Kill Hitler is not the River we have come to know and love. This River has just regenerated from Melody Pond (after she has been shot by Hitler) and while she’s still the sassy River she always is, she is finally the woman Melody was trained to be: The Woman Who Kills the Doctor. This is River’s one and only mindset and mission upon regenerating. She doesn’t know who Amy and Rory are, but she knows The Doctor; this is her lifes mission – to end the life of that “warrior”, the Doctor.

The scene immediately after she regenerates is one of the funniest, most well acted, and executed scenes in Doctor Who history (if you ask me). River is a whirlwind tornado spinning through the room, flirting with The Doctor: “Hello Benjamin! Watch out that bow tie!” all the while the Doctor is acting bashful and childlike (something only Matt Smith could accomplish) but shortly after this, we go through the scene again from The Doctors view – and we find that River was more then flirting – she was covertly trying to accomplish her mission. Only we see that the Doctor, of course, was onto her – he always always knows more then he lets on. Matt plays this so well, bouncing between being childlike and being the master of the universe. And Alex Kingston likewise is brilliant, the living embodiment of River Song; sassy and focused.

On the surface, this episode may be about River killing the Doctor, but beneath it all, it’s really about River finding herself and the beginning of her coming into her own. Now that we as the audience have gotten to know River – and her relationship with the Doctor, as well as with Amy and Rory – it’s hard to see her not know herself, or her parents. She only knows the Doctor because she was trained to – there was never a time when River did not know the Doctor. She just simply knew him by degrees – first as a target, then as a good man, then as a love interest.

Each time the Doctor speaks about “River”, she has no idea that he’s talking about her. “River, River, River. More then a friend I think,” she says after the Doctor’s umpteenth River reference. Here, she’s sacarastic about it, like she really doesn’t care. She is completely focused on her mission. But by the end, she is curious. Essentially, she’s curious about herself, and she’s forced into some soul searching, all the while fighting an internal battle to save the Doctor or let him die. She asks Amy to show her who River Song is. When River confesses that the Doctor called her the Child of the TARDIS, Amy has the Teselecta show River her file. A Hologram of herself appears, and she now knows that she is the River the Doctor speaks of so fondly. This is the turning point I believe, in the newly regenerated River that helps her to see that the Doctor maybe isn’t the bad guy she was trained to kill. This must confuse her greatly, because how can she be born of the TARDIS yet trained and raised by the Silence? This revelation would tailspin anyone into questioning their entire life, and everything they’ve ever known. So naturally River begins to think that maybe what she thought was right, isn’t.

The Doctor lies dying on the steps of the ball room, in his top hat and tails, his fancy cane long gone. Amy and Rory stand watching the scene unfold as River makes her decision. Finally realizing who she is, but not really knowing the Doctor as he truly is, she asks Amy if the Doctor is worth it. Of course he is. River, now knowing that Amy and Rory are her parents, takes their opinion to heart. She has put her trust in them. She makes her way over to the Doctor, who is fighting to stay alive. She kneels before him.

“Hello, Sweetie,” she says, for the first time (though not for us). She then uses every last once of regeneration energy she has inside of her to heal the Doctor. She drains herself to save the Doctor. Now, while he is full of life, she is drained of all her own energy. She will live though, thankfully, and our last scene is River becoming an archaeologist in order to find the Doctor. This is the true beginning of the Doctor/River romance as we know it. And we even get a shot of River’s journal all brand new, just waiting for their story to fill it.

Editorial written by Becca Christian

June 1st, 2014
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Rose Tyler. She is one of the most beloved companions in the Whoniverse, at least of the revived series. But what is it that we love about her so much? What has endeared her to Whovians for so long, even after she’s been gone for several years? In this months article, we will take a look at these questions and pinpoint what is so amazing about this one companion.

When we first meet Rose, we see her life in London. She lives as typically as anyone: Family life, work, boyfriend and back again. She looks happy enough, but we can tell she is bored, and without even saying a word, we know she longs for something more. Adventure comes into her life when the Doctor saves her from the Autons when he grabs her by the hand and says, “run!” (If only we could all be so lucky!) By this time we understand her need for adventure and excitement and we want her to run off with the Doctor. We’re living vicariously! Lets face it: Every single one of us would drop everything to travel with the Doctor.

When Rose and the Doctor get the chance to really talk about what is happening with the Autons, Rose is struggling between belief and thinking this man is crazy. She is open minded enough not to write him off right away – she is interested in what’s happening, and getting down to the truth, as opposed to just accepting things without thought – something of Rose’s character that follows her throughout her time on Doctor Who. After the Doctor explains to her about the Autons, he asks her if she believes him. “No,” she says. “But you’re still listening,” the Doctor responds. And he has gotten her in a nutshell: Curious. She is almost a modern day Alice, falling down the Rabbit Hole. She is curious about the world around her and the universe that envelopes us all.

The Doctor offers her to go with him, to travel in space and see everything and anything that she wants, and though it is clearly written on her face that she wants more then anything to say yes, she says no – she needs to get to her mum, and someone needs to watch out for Mickey. But then the Doctor returns moments later and adds as an afterthought that the TARDIS travels in time also. The deal is sealed – travelling in space is one thing but time? Irresistable. Who wouldn’t run into the TARDIS the way Rose did? She tried to put responsibility first, but to be quite honest, I don’t blame her for changing her mind. I definitely would have. Rose had to live her life for herself – not for others. Is that selfish? Maybe. But it’s not your life if you live it for others – and that’s why Rose went with the Doctor.

In The End of the World, when The Doctor takes Rose 5 billion years in the future to see the end of Earth, she and the Doctor think she’s only been gone twenty four hours upon returning to London. But she has been gone one full year. Maybe it was selfish of Rose to leave her family the way she did, but it really is no different then if she was simply travelling the world. Not being in contact is easily excusable: She had no idea she was gone so long, or I’m quite sure she would have checked in – she is overall a good girl. Haven’t we all – in some way – not checked in with our parents and had them worried? Time got away at a party or life got busy? It’s no different. Rose is probably one of, if not the, most relatable companions. She is just like us. And that is endearing.

She started out a little girl looking for adventure and grew into a Warrior of the Universe. She began as a sort of “Time Lord in Training” but became a Time Lord, at heart anyway. In my opinion, she grows into a female version of the Doctor. It was always inside of her, she just needed the opportunity for it blossom. She already had the sense that there was something more out in the world and the universe to explore – that’s why she had become so bored with her life – the Doctor just taught her how to utilize it.

By “Journey’s End” Rose is experienced and knowledgable; companion turned Time Lord. And she’s good at what she does. She is the one who steps up beside The Doctor, grabs his hand, saying without a word that she is there for him and with him, when the Daleks (try) to destroy the TARDIS with Donna inside. She was his first companion of the revived series and there’s something special about being the first. She can never be replaced, no matter how many other companions the Doctor may have; though there are some great ones! The Doctor never forgets about her, as shown through the many, many references to her through the series since her stint in the TARDIS – even all the way up to Matt Smith’s Doctor when he mentions helping “Rose Tyler with her homework.”

Rose learned quite a lot from the Doctor, but did the Doctor learn anything from her? I think so. Most notably, that he can not travel on his own; he always needs a companion. It gets lonely travelling the entire universe alone, and as we witness when he meets Donna, he needs someone to stop him when he gets carried away. If not for Rose, the Doctor would have been killed by the Nestene Conscienceness in “Rose” – but she swung in to his rescue.

So why do we love Rose Tyler? She’s brave, clever, observant, adventurous, Time Lord at heart and, simply put, one of the best travelling companions the Doctor could ask for.

Editorial written by Becca Christian

May 1st, 2014
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

The Girl Who Waited. The Last Centurion. The Doctor and River Song. The Doctor and Rose.

These are just a few images that are evocative of the romances portrayed on Doctor Who in the most recent series. These are all fine and dandy – romantic entanglements come along with life – but what role do they play on Doctor Who – and do they help or hinder the show?

Let’s take a look at the Doctor and Rose. We all had the feels when he left her at Bad Wolf Bay, and then again when he left her there with the meta crisis Doctor. Love is one of, if not the biggest, emotional pull humans feel, and every writer on every show knows this. While love is the biggest and often the strongest connection any living being can feel, it’s more of a catalyst for things on the show – Rose’s love for the Doctor is what tears her away from her family, and her life in London, leading her to a life of adventure. And the Doctor’s love for Rose is what makes him leave her at Bad Wolf Bay in the parallel universe – simply to protect her and to give her the kind of life that the Doctor wants her to have.

But the Doctor and Rose is not the only love story to have come across our screens from the Whoniverse. Who didn’t feel a tug at their heartstrings, and maybe even a drop of water at their eye, when Rory said to Amy: “I’m not mad that you grew old; I’m mad that we didn’t grow old together,” in The Girl Who Waited, and in the very same episode when Amy tears time apart for Rory. The ultimate romantic sacrifice, though, takes place in the Angels Take Manhattan: who didn’t cry their eyes out when Amy let the Weeping Angels take her because no matter how much she loves the Doctor, no matter how much he’s her best friend, she can not live without Rory. And because of the promise they had made each other shortly before that: Together. Or not at all.

The relationship between the Doctor and River Song is another one of my favorites. One of the more comical love stories from the show, they are always out of time with each other, but always in step together anyway, somehow. Good thing River keeps a journal, or they would always be confused! In the Wedding of River Song, River refused to let the Doctor die “without knowing that you are loved.” (and loved he is! All across the Universe!) River and the Doctor are sassy and flirtatious, and it’s extremely comical how bashful she can make him sometimes, with a blush of his cheek and a straightening of his bow tie. There’s a cute boyish charm to the Doctor when he thinks dating is “texting and scones.”

Even with all these entertaining and emotional Doctor Who love stories, love is not – and should not – be the focus of Doctor Who; then it would be a completely different show. Doctor Who is about exploration, connection to the universe and all it’s inhabitants; it’s about this hero from Gallifrey who shows up just in time, at least to this Whovian. Though at the same time, while the romantic relationships on Doctor Who are not the core of the show, the show itself would be half empty without them. The romantic relationships are what elicits strong emotional reactions in us.

Besides, the best relationship is between the Doctor and Sexy, no?

Editorial written by Becca Christian

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