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The Doctor’s Daughter

*The scene – BBC Wales, Doctor Who offices*

Russell T Davies- So, Steven, What’s something we can use to get the fans talking for the middle of the season?

Steven Moffatt – Hmm, got to keep people from tuning out, eh Rusty? (In my head, everyone calls him Rusty. Deal. šŸ˜‰ ) What about Daleks?

Russell – Nah, too soon. Let’s keep them for an end of season thing. Not after the dreadful New York two parter.

Steven – What about Adric?

*Both crack up laughing and fall over the place for ten minutes*

Russell – Very funny. Come on, any serious ideas?

Steven – I know! Let’s give him a kid!

Russell – *giggles* Yeah, nice idea! Keep the old school fans angry and the message boards fired up.

Steven – Pub?

Russell – Yeah, sort this out tomorrow. I can’t concentrate after that Adric comment.

Okay, poor attempt at humour there, but I know for a fact Russell dreamt this up to get people talking. I suppose he’s taking the safe road by technically making her a genetic offspring, and not some one night stand in his reckless past (now THAT would be funny!) but the episode works well. Georgia Moffat (Daughter of Peter Davison, The Fifth Doctor) does a good job as Jenny. She’s cute, she’s feisty and works well as a Doctor-Lite. And a potential future companion. Having the Doctor face the past by looking into the eyes of another Time Lord is a nice moment, especially with himself and Donna. Keeping Jenny alive was a good but as well. You just know she’s going to come back to the show one day.

Donna is Donna in this episode. Again, the whole “are you a couple” but grates but Donna figuring out whats going on is a pretty good moment. Have to say though Martha stole the show. No longer in love with the Time Lord, she’s more independant and becoming another Doctor herself, not just in medical terms. That speech with the Hath? Reminded me of the speech The Doctor gave Lynda back in “Bad Wolf”. Freema is an amazing actress and I hope that they get her on Torchwood next season. To only have her reoccuring within the shows is a crime.

As for the story? I like the twist on the time-factor (not the paradox), but the alien & human working together was a little Star Trek/Darmok for my liking. Still, it worked well and otherwise we wouldn’t have that amazing moment with Freema on the surface. I can’t say enough good things about Freema in this episode. I think she did a better job than David. I mean, David’s great but we’re starting to get used to this Doctor now. I think there’s still a few surprises left in him but we’re beginning to pick how The Doctor is going to react. (off topic, that’s why I want to see him in Torchwood. To see The Doctor in a much darker setting and to see whether they’d portray him any different).

Anyways, enough Freema gushing. It’s a 4 outta 5 this week. The story wasn’t incredibly original but the acting in this episode all round was a good job. Bring on Agatha Christie!

I have to admit for a sec, when I saw the previews last week of Jenny kissing, you couldn’t see the other side’s face. I thought it was a female. Hah.


3 Responses

  1. at least they didn’t mention the bees

    Jenny rules! I’m thinking if we don’t see her again this season, she’ll be the focus of one of next year’s Specials .

    I can’t see them giving her a spin-off. If only they’d can Torchwood (OK.. they get one more season, screw that up and I’m out) and send her off with Capt Jack!

  2. @m1k3y – There were rumours around the net saying she’d take over the show once The Doctor runs out of regenerations. I call BS, but I’m sure she’ll return in some form. I think they have enough spin offs now.

    On one of the downloadable commentaries, Catherine was talking about her last day on set. So she’s not coming back for the xmas special. I’m guessing a small return with Rose (the xmas special looks like it’s set on modern (well +1 year) day Earth) and then Jenny for the half year 5 next year? We’ll see…

  3. now if only she HAD been kissing a girl.. and it was Lady Romana! šŸ˜€

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