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I have now finished through the third series.

I am enjoying David Tennant's Doctor very much, although I think Nine is still my favorite. I also liked Nine's relationship with Rose better somehow, even if their separation at the end of Series 2 was one of the most heart-wrenching moments ever. I do like how the post Bad-Wolf Rose becomes stronger, more likely to stand up for herself, and I hope we get to see her again, even if just briefly.

I've only had the one episode with Donna so far, but she was fantastic, and I'm so excited that she will be coming back. Martha.... I have mixed feelings about Martha. I think I would love everything about her, except for the fact that she got this huge crush on the Doctor, based on one kiss that he made clear was entirely for tactical reasons, and this is such a defining aspect of her character, along with the constant competition with the ghost of Rose. I do like that she knew when it was time to leave, and that she was honest with him about why -- and despite all her complaining about being in love with someone who didn't look twice at her, I think he was very aware of her feelings and just did a poor job of letting her down easily and helping the relationship transition into a shared friendly affection instead, most likely because he's still broken-hearted over Rose.

Please tell me that Donna does not fall in love with the Doctor -- another season of this unrequited love stuff might do me in.

The Master arc was pretty interesting. As soon as I saw the pocket watch, I realized who the Professor was, and I thought that was handled pretty well. I have a hard time believing that the Master is really, truly dead for good -- you don't just kill of a series's iconic villain in a single plot line -- but for the emotional purposes of the story, all that matters is that the Doctor believes it. His best frenemy and the only other Time Lord is dead and gone, and he falls apart. Much more visibly than when he lost Rose -- that seemed like a quieter grief to me -- probably because the Master's death also symbolizes the loss of Gallifrey, which I suspect he has never allowed himself to properly mourn. The fallout from all this, plus Martha and Jack both leaving him right after, should be interesting, and I hope they don't just ignore it.

So I've been wondering: where does Torchwood (the series, not the agency) fit in with the continuity? Should I watch it next? Should I have watched it already? Or does it matter?

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Nov. 28th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
You are done with "companions in love with the Doctor" for the foreseeable future. :-)
Nov. 28th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Unless we count the girl on the Titanic, whose instant connection the Doctor and noble sacrifice I could really have lived without. :P I've now watched that and the episode with the return of Donna, though, and I'm glad they addressed the whole Martha thing directly!
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Season one of Torchwood starts before season three of Who. You should watch it, not because of Who continuity (doesn't really matter), but because it's good. It's uneven, though so is DW, and in particular there's one thing about it that makes me roll my eyes. Because it aired after 9 pm, it's a more "adult" show, which apparently means more sexual and violent. Nothing wrong with that, except that it can be really silly and overwrought - there's a sex scene in the opening of the first episode (the alien villain thing is some kind of succubus) and I don't even know what to say about it except that my eyes have literally rolled every time I've watched it. DW rarely takes itself too seriously - Torchwood has a harder time with that. But the show has some serious high points, I love pretty much the whole main cast, andand John Barrowman. I mean.
Nov. 29th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, and as for season 3. I really do love Martha. It's hard while watching it to be sympathetic to her Doctor crush, but aside from that she's great and even within that, like somebody said on dreamwidth, I really appreciate how she handled it. She had feelings for someone she knew didn't have feelings for her, and it was frustrating and hurtful and she made some questionable decisions, but eventually, when she could, she left. I admire that (and many other things).
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