Going into the third season of Doctor Who I was pretty excited. Em wasn’t so sure if she was going to like The Doctor’s new companion Martha Jones, but I was looking forward to getting to know her. And hey, I liked her. Here’s the problem though, the rest of the season felt mostly flat and like a retread of previous episodes. “The Runaway Bride” was interesting, the first two official episodes of the season were okay, introducing Martha and putting a hospital on the moon. “The Shakespeare Code” felt kind of like the previous episode with Dickens. “Gridlock” was interesting, but it was yet another episode in the year 5 billion and yet another episode where humanity was easily duped into becoming sheep, driving sheep, but still sheep. Even so, I did still like the episode. The Daleks in New York was an interesting idea that shouldn’t have been a two-parter in my opinion, though the idea of a Dalek/human hybrid was cool. “The Lazarus Experiment” didn’t offer much of anything to interest me, “42” felt a lot like that episode where they were on a spacestation that was falling into nothingness and the two-parter where The Doctor thought he was just a regular person was so excruciatingly annoying I could barely stand it. Taking The Doctor out of the equation completely and making him a weenie was just annoying, not dramatic. The only good thing about that episode was seeing the drummer kid from Love Actually, a movie I love.
Things seemed to take a turn for the better with the killer angel statues and altered manner of storytelling in “Blink” and then in the first two episodes of the three part finale, but I had a lot of problems with the actual last episode of the season.This one’s tiny, but why does The Doctor shrink when The Master ages him, do Time Lords’ bones shrink as they age? The whole thing with the world saying “Doctor” was a little lame and reminded me of those scenes in Spider-Man 1 and 2 where New Yorkers saves Spider-Man or like love saving the world in The Matrix. It’s about time humanity actually did something to save itself though. I also don’t get The Doctor being all broken up about The Master’s death. The whole “but he/she’s the last of my kind aside from me” thing only goes so far. I can see Superman wanting to hang out with another Kryptonian if they weren’t genocide-inducing maniacs, but iIf a Kryptonian serial killer was all that was left, I don’t think Superman would opt to keep him in his apartment. The whole thing just seemed disingenuous to me, but it offered the Master an awesome opportunity to stick it to the pansy doctor before dying. All I’m saying is that Christopher Eccleston wouldn’t be sobbing. I was bummed out that I didn’t 100% like this finale, but it just fell on its face at the end for me, though I did like the Face of Boe thing at the very end and want to check out Torchwood.
I have a few other random questions at this point. First off, was the whole Time War/last of the Time Lords thing around from the beginning of the series, or was that something that they brought up for the new series? Also, why was the Doctor so precise in his maneuvering of time when it came to Martha, but not Rose? I figured time must be a tricky thing to handle, but considering the overarching story needed it to be tighter this season, it just feels like it was something the writers changed because it didn’t fit the story anymore. They were always getting lost or coming back a year later with Rose!
And finally, I’m starting to have a problem with the philosophy behind the show. At first I thought it was like Star Trek which had an optimistic view point on humanity in the future. Humans not only joined a federation of aliens, but also focused their efforts on exploring the deepest, darkest reaches of space. That’s a positive message. And Doctor Who seemed to start off like that with all the talk of how great humans were at going out and adapting to new worlds, even mixing species. But that’s just what we’re told. You know what we’re shown? Humans being easily fooled by any alien race that comes along with an even remotely reasonable story to tell us. We’ll basically believe what anyone tells us and give them whatever they want to take from us. Oh, or we get enslaved. And what saves the day? Another alien. Sure, humans sometimes have something to do with it, like saying a word, but it’s not exactly the bill of goods I was sold in the beginning of the show.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten all that off my chest, I’m ready for the next season.