Doctor Who, a BBC sci­ence fic­tion series that ran between 1963 and 1998, and restar­ted a couple of years back, is quite dear to my heart. The first nov­el-length books I read as a child were Doctor Who nov­el­isa­tions, and I guess first impres­sions last; these days, when I write, I’m still haunted by the need to recre­ate that sense of des­per­ately want­ing to know what hap­pens next.

So, did tonight’s first epis­ode, fea­tur­ing a new com­pan­ion, Martha Jones, meas­ure up? More or less. This was a Russell T Davies script (Queer as Folk), and it con­tains ele­ments dia­gnost­ic of his approach: cul­tur­al ref­er­ences, children’s TV atmo­sphere, cor­ridor run­ning, fairly unori­gin­al ali­ens; but this guy can blister through a story with a speed nor­mally asso­ci­ated with mont­ages. The sci­ence is wonky as ever — that troubles me more these days than it used to — and it still feels rushed, but the over­all product is enter­tain­ing. It focuses on the rela­tion­ship between the Doctor and his new com­pan­ion, and has set the scene for an inter­est­ing jour­ney.

So, yeah, I want to know what hap­pens next.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

6 thoughts on “Who?”

  1. Worked for me. The new “com­pan­ion” is far, far, far bet­ter than Rose. This woman is a train­ee doc­tor! She can act! She is pretty! Has a per­son­al­ity! etc etc.
    (Almost makes up for Barty Crouch Jr play­ing Dr Who.)

  2. I hear what you’re say­ing Maxine. I was always a fan of Billy Piper, though — thought was/is a great act­ress (not so good in the Pullman adapt­a­tion over Xmas, though, ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’).

    New com­pan­ion is very pretty, though, and I can’t really believe the Doctor turned her down! OK, so they’ve got incom­pat­ible repro­duct­ive organs, but still…

  3. Martha is fant­ast­ic. The “get­ting the radi­ation into my shoe” hop­ping dance gave me the giggles, and the way he “seduced” Martha into going with him, then got all coy and embar­rassed when she men­tioned the kiss and the tight suit roun­ded it off per­fectly…

  4. Yeah, the ‘radi­ation dance’ had me slap­ping my head a bit…but it is a kids’ TV after all.

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