In Part 4 of our five-part Guide to Doctor Who we enter the modern Whoniverse, which rebooted 15 years after the original cancellation. So far we’ve had three men in the role, taking us from the Ninth Doctor to the Eleventh Doctor, with Number Twelve waiting in the wings. Plus, the recent 50th Anniversary special added an extra Doctor to the mix and screwed up the numbering. More on that below.
Now, the easiest thing for fans coming to the series for the first time is to just watch episodes from the Eleventh Doctor onward. Or, if you’re a completionist, but not that much of a completionist, you can start at the beginning of the reboot with Nine. But which episodes are the ones to watch? Which episodes should you skip? Here’s the list.Continue reading Guide to Doctor Who “Part 4: Eccleston, Tennant and Smith”→
We saw him for only two episodes, but Rory’s Wealsey dad Brian breathed new life into the Ponds story and became the character we worried about the most after the Ponds were trapped back in New York in the 1930s. Would the Doctor go back and tell him?
Apparently the script contained an answer. But due to time and budgetary reasons, it was cut last minute.
But that’s ok. BBC One had it storyboarded for us, and Arthur Davil provided the necessary voice over. Because they knew we needed to know.
Did I mention you need tissues? You need fucking tissues. Or maybe that’s just me….
I thought I was going to cry inconsolably like when Rose was left behind. But somehow I didn’t. This was our Farewell to Ponds. It was their time to go.
Amy: Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.
At the end we learn that the mysterious person who carried the sleeping Amelia into the house and tucked her into bed that first night she waited was the Doctor, after he read the last page of Melody Malone’s book. (Nice touch with the use of River’s real name.) Thus the story has come full circle.
As much as I am sorry to lose Brian so soon upon meeting him, when it comes to our main Ponds, there should be no tears.
Doctor: “I’m not running away from things, I am running to them. Before they flare and fade forever.”
I will admit, going in, I wasn’t expecting much. I felt like a farewell to the Ponds should be a proper two-parter, and instead their penultimate journey and final were each a 50minute piece. I didn’t think it would work.
Doctor: “Amelia Pond. You always will be. I’m running to you, and Rory, before you fade from me.”
But how it worked. Not only did it work, but how suddenly sorry I am–after months of feeling the Ponds have over stayed their welcome–that we will suddenly lose such a wonderful character who I am so attached to. I am, of course, talking about Brian.
As if to make up for last week’s glaring flaw, “A Town Called Mercy” not only was a fantastic episode, but it addressed the problem head on.
Doctor: I see “Keep Out signs as suggestions more than actual orders. Like “Dry Clean Only.”
An interesting tidbit dropped in this episode–the Doctor is now 1200 years old. That’s a full 100 years since marrying River at the end of last season. If we are to take the Pond appearances at their only times spent with the Doctor (with a pick up and drop off after each back onto their “slow path”), he has essentially spent an entire century companion-less.
I think we all know that’s not good for his mental health.