Finally done with series 6

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Wow, it’s been a long week. I finally got my new desk at work, so I’m no longer situated in a conference interrupted by people who need to have meetings. I’m right next to a wall, so hopefully I’ll figure out a way to put up my Ninth/Tenth/Eleventh Doctor poster on the concrete wall. I figure everyone else has their Star Wars and Avengers stuff up, so I need to inject a little class into the office.

Anyway, this weekend so far has been wonderful. Today started with sitting with my husband and talking Doctor Who for an hour. Then I watched “42,” one of my favorite episodes. Then we went out for breakfast (at 1:30 in the afternoon), and returned home to relax. We haven’t had a relaxing weekend for about a month, so this has been especially nice.

We finally finished our watch-through of Series 6 last night. What was very interesting was that while the first half of the season kept injecting the episodes with Madame Kovarian’s eyes to keep reminding you of “yes, something weird is going on,” there was nothing like that in the second half of the season, and I actually forgot that the Doctor was supposed to die until he started talking about it in “Closing Time” (the penultimate episode), even though I had seen the season before. It almost seems like the season storyline is either too much or too little.

In general, I enjoyed Series 6, though not as much as Series 5 (or, of course, Series 4, which is my favorite). On second viewing, the storyline is nowhere near as confusing as it was the first time. I think the only thing I really didn’t like was River being dead set on destroying the universe because she didn’t want to kill the Doctor. First, I think that’s a horrible attitude to have in the first place, though, of course, River is both a psychopath and very selfish. But secondly, I am surprised that that didn’t kill the Doctor’s faith in her. If the situation were reversed, while the Doctor would not want to kill River, he’d do so if the alternative meant destroying the universe (and certainly he’s made that decision before, at the end of the Time War and in The End of Time). The Doctor has also shown that he’s very willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good (though I suppose that’s more of a Tenth Doctor trait than an Eleventh Doctor trait). Mostly, though, it’s difficult for me to envision the Doctor to continue respecting a person who is willing to destroy the universe simply to avoid killing him. I guess it’s romantic (is it?), and I guess it was necessary for the narrative, to get them married, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

I would definitely have liked to have seen more of Canton Everett Delaware III, as he was a fantastic character. And Craig Owens. Craig is probably my favorite of the guest characters during the Eleventh Doctor’s run. He knows a lot about the Doctor from the headbutt psychic transfer in “The Lodger” – he’s one of the few characters that understands regeneration – but he is still bewildered by him and reacts to him like a normal human. He’s also very loyal and very brave. I think that if they used him right, he could be the modern show’s Brigadier: a recurring character that the Doctor can rely on. I would certainly love to see him encounter the Twelfth Doctor and have to deal with the new face and personality. It would be very cool to watch his life unfold (and watch Stormageddon grow up) every couple of seasons.

 

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4 responses to “Finally done with series 6

  1. Season Six reminds me of a longer version of the Black Guardian Trilogy, mostly because some bad guy in black is forcing an alien/human to kill the Doctor at a time when they are vulnerable and the Doctor forgives them completely and they become companions.

    Aside from this, I’d like to take this opportunity to say Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there, the mothers of Shivver and her husband, and the following in no particular order:
    Amelia Jessica Pond
    Sylvia Noble
    Lwaxana Troi
    Francine Jones
    Jackie Tyler
    Audrey McShane
    Beverly Crusher
    The Doctor’s Mother
    The Doctor’s Wife
    The TARDIS
    Barbara Smith
    “Captain Jack Harkness” (and/a.k.a. The Face of Boe?)
    Gwen Cooper
    Mrs. Cooper
    Mrs. Sato
    Mrs. Jones
    Mrs. Harper
    Susan Foreman’s Mother
    Mrs. Skywalker
    Captain Adelaide Brooke
    And many more fictional mothers!

    • That’s an interesting comparison, to the Black Guardian Trilogy. I actually find Turlough’s journey more interesting and compelling, because he chose to ally with the Black Guardian when he didn’t know the Doctor, then grew to reject the Black Guardian even though he still didn’t know the Doctor all that well (his decision was partly based on learning about the Doctor and partly on realizing that murdering the Doctor and his greed for the promised reward was wrong). River didn’t have a choice about what she was supposed to do, and then rejected her conditioning only after becoming totally obsessed by the Doctor, not out of any personal growth or sense of morality. I realize that she’s a psychopath, but I’d relate to her better if she actually overcame her moral problems, rather than simply made her decision based on her obsession with the Doctor.

      • And there’s the difference. 🙂 You can’t have two versions of the exact same plot being completely the same except having the personality and sex of the main character changed a little. It has to be a different take on it or what reason would anyone have of watching it? It would be boring.

        I also liked the BGT and Turlough’s character more. He never really wanted to murder anyone in cold blood except that he was told the Doctor was the most evil being in the universe and even then he hesitated, like Chang Lee in the movie when the Master deceived him.

        [“You will be destroying one of the most evil creatures in the universe. He calls himself the Doctor.” – The Black Guardian, Mawdryn Undead
        “Look, I’m no saint, but he is evil, and he’s doing it all with my body. I was on the verge of stopping him when we got here.” -The Master (Bruce the Ambulence Driver), Doctor Who: The Movie]

        He even said that at the end of Enlighenment. Poor guy was just desperate to leave the backwater planet he had been imprisoned on all alone and return to a place with technology where he could find the family he had left and be with them. (An audio reveals a childhood sweetheart he carried a torch for and a book says he had a classmate he was close to.)

        And I like to think that after everything the Doctor found ways, or at least did his best, to try to help River become a better person, as is his way. Even if he couldn’t, he would certainly “add to [her] pile of good things” by giving her a happier life and spending time with her.

        (“Look, I do not sneak out at night to parties with-with-with River Song!” “Hm. How is she?” “Fine!” – The Doctor and Amy, Bad night)

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