A Conversational Journey through New Who – Season One Report Card

Follow the links for Tehani’s S1 Report Card and Tansy’s S1 Report Card

SEASON ONE REPORT CARD – DAVID

The Doctor: I really liked Eccleston’s Doctor, his manic energy was a lot of fun. But, there was also a real sense of a Doctor scarred by terrible events and almost exhibiting signs of PTSD – I can’t remember a Doctor being this vulnerable and enslaved by emotion, the closest comparison I can think of would be the Sixth Doctor. There were some aspects of his behaviour I struggled with and found “unDoctorish” (the idea of a Doctor taking someone back to a planet with the death penalty especially jarred, I don’t even think Australia should do that!) , but all in all I thought it was an excellent performance and a well written incarnation.

The Companions:
Rose Tyler: Was a much deeper character than I had expected, and was the prism through which we got to know the Doctor. Some very moving character development arcs through the season. Was far, far more than just a damsel in distress whose job was simply to be menaced and scream loudly.
Adam Mitchell: The most calculating companion since Turlough, and cut loose very quickly. Didn’t really get too much of a chance to get attached to him. There was potential for him to be another in the tradition of the “intelligent prodigy” companion, which would have added another dynamic.
Jack Harkness: Enjoyed him more as the season went on, was a great foil for the Doctor and provided more of challenge when it came to banter and competition than any of the younger companions. I can see why they gave him his own show, maybe the even the TARDIS wasn’t big enough for two personalities like Jack and the Doctor and there was a danger of the focus shifting too much.

Recurring Characters:
Jackie Tyler: Started out as a caricature, but really developed as we learnt more about her past and why she was the way she was, and became of aware of how much she loved Rose. More complex than I gave her credit for.
Mickey Smith: I enjoyed his appearances. His devotion to Rose was touching, and his bafflement with the chaos the Doctor brought into his life completely understandable.

What is your favourite episode of this season?
Father’s Day
Least favourite episode?
Anything with Slitheen!
Favourite guest performance?
Shaun Dingwall
Describe this season in one word!
Overdue!
Grade: Was a little variable in parts, when it was good it was superb, when it was bad it was..average. After such a long wait it didn’t disappoint and sets the scene for exciting times ahead. If the following seasons build on this foundation, I can’t wait! B

 

28 thoughts on “A Conversational Journey through New Who – Season One Report Card

  1. Pingback: New Who in conversation: The Christmas Invasion (S01 Christmas Special) | A conversational life

  2. Pingback: New Who in conversation: New Earth (S02E01) | A conversational life

  3. Pingback: New Who in conversation: School Reunion (S02E03) | A conversational life

  4. Pingback: New Who in conversation: The girl in the fireplace (S02E04) | A conversational life

  5. Pingback: New Who in conversation: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (S02E012/13) | A conversational life

  6. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Smith and Jones (S03E01) | A conversational life

  7. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Shakespeare Code/Gridlock (S03E02/03) | A conversational life

  8. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Human Nature/The Family of Blood (S03E08/09) | A conversational life

  9. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Timelords (S03E12/13/14) | A conversational life

  10. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Voyage of the Damned (2007 Christmas Special) | A conversational life

  11. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Partners in Crime (S04E01) | A conversational life

  12. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky (S04E05/E06) | A conversational life

  13. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead S04E09/E10 | A conversational life

  14. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End S04E13/14 | A conversational life

  15. Pingback: New Who Season Four Report Card | A conversational life

  16. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars | A conversational life

  17. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The End of Time | A conversational life

  18. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Eleventh Hour S05E01 | A conversational life

  19. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Beast Below / Victory of the Daleks S05E02/03 | A conversational life

  20. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone S05E04/05 | A conversational life

  21. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Vampires of Venice / Amy’s Choice S05E06/07 | A conversational life

  22. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood S05E08/09 | A conversational life

  23. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: Vincent and the Doctor / The Lodger S05E10/11 | A conversational life

  24. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang S05E012/13 | A conversational life

  25. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: A Christmas Carol (2010 Christmas special) | A conversational life

  26. Pingback: New Who Season Five Report Card | A conversational life

  27. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon S06E01/02 | A conversational life

  28. Pingback: New Who in Conversation: The Doctor’s Wife S06E04 | A conversational life

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>