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Doctor Who Season 3: "42" and "Human Nature" 
5th-Jul-2007 10:23 am
Figured I might as well post my thoughts on the two most recent Doctor Who episodes I've seen.

42. Hmmm. Maybe it's just because I got stupidly sick halfway through my first viewing of this, but I felt pretty lukewarm about it. It was frenetic, and fast-paced, and had a very "old-school Who" feel, but it didn't have me on the edge of my seat. I didn't connect enough to most of the characters. At least there was no magical DNA. My favorite parts were actually the phone conversations between Martha and her mother.

I do have to say: If I were trapped on a spaceship that was falling into the sun in the company of an alien time-traveller whom my mother strongly disapproved of, and I needed someone to google me the answers to trivia questions so I could override the security doors standing between me and the ship's auxiliary engines - I would call my sister first, not my mother. And I bet Martha would have called Tish first. Still, that's an easy retcon. We'll assume she did and that Tish didn't pick up the phone.

But more substantively, many Doctor Who fans seem to dislike Martha's mother, Francine. And I don't. Okay, she doesn't automatically recognize the Doctor's awesomeness, which in the context of the fictional world, at least, makes her judgement suspect. And in her concern for her daughter, she's turning to the wrong people for help, which we, as viewers, know is going to lead to terrible consequences.

But from Francine's point of view, her formerly stable dependable daughter has started running around with a strange dangerous man and being evasive about where she is and what she's doing. Some of her responses are counterproductive, but I find it hard to see her as evil. I kind of hope that she'll stick around long enough for me to learn to like her.

Human Nature. Oh, yeah. I don't think I want to try to sum it up until I've seen part two, but this is some good television. Great scriptwriting, great acting. Unless part two somehow manages to suck, I predict a Hugo nomination.
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