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.

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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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