|Doctor Who – Smith and Jones (rant warning)
||[Jun. 30th, 2007|09:04 pm]
Well from what I’ve seen so far I like Martha Jones. I think she’ll make a fine travelling companion to the Doctor, and I hope she doesn’t decide to quit early. I was disappointed when Mickey Smith stopped travelling in the TARDIS after only two episodes. One foreseeable problem with Martha is that she might stand out from the common people when they travel back into historic Britain.
As for the actual episode, they took 40 minutes to complete a story I can sum up two sentences. Rhinoceros shaped alien rent-a-cops teleport a hospital from the Earth to neutral territory on the moon in order to locate a shape-changing blood-drinking criminal alien. Believing the Doctor to be human, the criminal absorbs his blood, thereby failing to scan as human and is executed. Human casualties 2, alien casualties 3.
The episode disappointed me early on because at sight of the rhinoceros faces I hoped that the Kraals from "The Android Invasion" had returned. (just the lament of a fan from the classic era of the Doctor Who series). I’m not sure it was necessary for the troopers to bear similarity to an Earth animal, but I guess the personality of normal rhinos made it easy to identify with the disposition of the troopers.
What I found entirely unnecessary was the alien blood-drinker using a straw. As far as I’m concerned, sick humour like that has no place in Doctor Who, nor does the Doctor passionately performing a "genetic transfer."
In the closing scene I thought it very cute the way the Doctor referred to the gravitic anomaliser ("Horns of the Nimon") and the helmic regulator ("The Ark in Space"). It’s only a pity the scriptwriters can’t play on this devotion to continuity with a little more enthusiasm than mere quips.