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Rate "Smith & Jones"

Post by Patrick on Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:46 pm

So, Series 3 has begun properly now. The Doctor, Martha, a hospital, and Judoon Platoon upon the Moon.

Are any of you salt deficient, by chance? Oh well, never mind. Series 3 opened up in the spring of 2007 with this story that presented us with a new companion for the Doctor, and her rather embattled family.

So what did you think? Turn off that great big magnetic resonance imager, and do a bit of barefoot walking for the start of Series 3.

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Post by Time_Spectator on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:26 am

As an adventure, it was largely a lot of fun. One is asked to suspend a lot for broad swipes of scifi reasoning, but with the rhinos plowing about and all, I did so with delight. Much of it speaks to the way Doctor Who can excel at providing wonderful, interesting and/or scary ideas and scenarios. Props to the Judoon Platoon upon the Moon.

As to Martha Jones, a medical intern with a disquieting absence of passion for health care on her own part, I was not any too well pleased. The actress has a certain pleasant attractiveness which carried over well. Conceptually (on an number of points) Martha as a character and companion was an old shirt perhaps more comfortable to some but in truth by then a spotty rag of a far poorer cloth than Rose and a push further back than I was pleased to take. Some aspects through the 3rd series could have been a lot stronger or more interesting had either the prior or succeeding companion been involved. I felt Donna's return preferable.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:06 am

This was a very strong series opener on many levels (especially when compared to New Earth) and the Judoon are one of the few New Who Monsters that really work. So a rock solid 4/5 from me. Smile

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Post by barnaby morbius on Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:40 am

a cracking opening story and a great introduction for martha. what's not to like?
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Post by Rich Flair on Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:37 am

Fantastic, 5/5.
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Post by Zoltar on Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:53 am

I gave it a 4/5, a strong introduction for Martha. It was nuts in a way I think Doctor Who does better than just about anyone. The Judoon were great monsters and I'm glad this wasn't the only time we've seen them. Martha's first encounter with the TARDIS was nicely done.

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Post by Patrick on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:34 am

Three series in, and you can see just how confident RTD has gotten with the production. You could not have done a story in "Rose" where five minutes into the tale, everyone ends up on the Moon. Here, it just works.

This story had everything: a sweet old woman who wanted to fry the brain stems of every human on the side of the Earth facing the Moon, great big outer-space rhinos, henchmen dressed in motorcycle leathers, a condescending head doctor at the hospital, a sexy kiss between the companion and the Doctor, and great big disfunctional family feud right in the street. What's not to like? This is actually one of my favorites.

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Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:30 am

This is how to open a series. It's fun, it has a memorable monster and it shows that Tennant is a bloody good actor after how questionable he was during series 2. This episode alone converted me from a Tennant skeptic to a huge fan.

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