“Ruby Sunday” is a fabulous name for a companion. I have literally never seen Millie Gibson in anything before so I look forward to seeing what she can do. So far she’s giving me Rose Tyler crossed with Clara Oswald vibes.
I saw her announcement live on Children In Need, a fundraiser I haven’t actually watched in years (though I do put money in the buckets when I see them. I saw one today accompanied by a Mr Bean impersonator, so apparently that’s a job.) It’s so emblematic of this broken country. I just feel like, surely the BBC can cut out the middleman and give money directly to the families involved rather than paying out for a studio, a crew, and the celebrities? You know? Mel Giedroyc just began a sentence with “due to the cost of living crisis…” and I so badly wanted her to finish it with, “we’ve strapped a rocket launcher to Pudsey and are heading for 10 Downing Street.”
I will miss Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor terribly but I liked this a lot! (Mostly) And I had a wonderful time livetweeting it along with other Who fans and watching everyone freak out in real time when the Big Cameos happened.
Some lists to summarize my thoughts, huge spoilers ahead obviously:
Sacha Dhawan is the absolute HIGHLIGHT of this episode, he deserves to go down as one of the best if not THE best Master in the show’s history.
The long LONG list of returning faces whose presence on set somehow did not leak to the media! Wow! Off the top of my head…. David Bradley, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davidson, Colin Baker, a suspiciously un-aged Paul McGann, Katy Manning, Bonnie Langford, William Russell (I actually didn’t know he was still alive!) and Jo Martin!
What they did with the returning companions was wonderful! Better than I expected even! Both Ace and Tegan got to say goodbye to “their” Doctors, Ace got to smash up a Dalek with a baseball bat, just fabulous.
The callbacks! I never thought I’d see the day when Adric was mentioned by name in a modern-day Doctor Who episode.
Neither Dan or Kate died! Over the past few days Twitter has been insistent one of them would, but nope!
Both Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill really got to show off their acting chops here, especially in that last scene. I’m gonna miss Yaz terribly too… Unless she can return alongside the next, next Doctor maybe?
There was one very significant person absent from this episode: Ryan! He was mentioned but he should have been there, why wasn’t he?
On a similar note I feel like Freema Agyeman as Martha really ought to have been present in the final Companions scene too. I guess she’s the sole representative from her era whose character can convincingly return and who isn’t a sex offender, sigh.
I’m kind of bummed this episode didn’t even mention the Tegan/Nyssa romantic relationship that Russell T Davies established, although I suppose it didn’t de-canonise it either.
This episode definitely HAD a plot but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was. Still, who needs one in an episode like this?
This is my biggest complaint actually: there wasn’t a Doctor/Yaz kiss. I really, really thought there was going to be one. It would have made perfect sense. Some lovely things happened between them (see above image) but without a kiss the story just seems so unfinished somehow.
Oh wait, another Pro! Afterwards there was a trailer for the upcoming special and we finally got our first look at Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor.
Love the title, love Jodie, don’t love that the marketing team have so little time left to hype this up. Less than a month!
But look! There’s Ashad AND Vinder! I wasn’t expecting those guys! I keep hearing that some other past companions might pop up so I’m keeping my fingers extremely crossed for a Martha appearance. Or Amy. Or Rory. Or Bill! Any of my faves!
Mirra Harris, an ambassador for LGBTQ+ young people’s charity Just Like Us, writes for PinkNews about how Doctor Who changed their life as a queer kid. My parents always love to tell people the story of the night the ‘reboot’ of Doctor Who aired in 2005. I was three-years-old and sat mesmerised in front of…
Despite all the speculation happening right now I don’t think she’s going to be playing the same character as Billie Piper’s Rose. I’m very curious to see who she is playing though! I saw someone speculate she could be Donna’s daughter even and YES PLEASE.
I was really, really hoping RTD would cast a trans actress as either the new Doctor or Companion. Just something, anything, to smack back against what’s going on in the British media right now you know? Thank you Russell. God it’s been good to watch you grow.
And I have slightly mixed feelings, I admit. If it was just Catherine Tate as Donna coming back I’d be over the moon! But the Tenth Doctor is here too and as much as I like David Tennant, I hate Ten. As you know. I’m sorry!
In the press release Russell T Davies implied it could just be a flashback or a parallel universe but what I REALLY want is for him to finally reverse Donna’s terrible ending, I’m still salty about it over a decade later.
Well at least no-one will have to digitally de-age them.
Ah, season three, probably my favourite of the whole damn show. I absolutely LOVE the shot of the Toclafane swarming over Martha, always have, and the shot of the Weeping Angel showing its true face for the first time had me shrieking. Overuse has killed them but those Angels were terrifying.
Anyway, I have a ulterior motive for dropping this today, because all these shots are from my screencaps site and I stuck a donation button on it today for the first time. I’m not expecting much but we’ll see what happens, yeah?
I think I, like…. most other fans? was watching this to see where the Thasmin relationship went rather than anything to do with the Sea Devils themselves. Sorry Sea Devils.
I really liked that the sad Yaz/Doctor conversation about how they could never really be together took place on a beach, a pretty obvious nod to that other time the Doctor and their companion stood on a beach and talked about how they could never really be together, that was a great touch. Oh hey and River got a mention! It does bug me a little that Yaz never goes, “oh, you say you can’t be with me but you had a wife before? What’s with that?” because you’d think she would.
Anyway yes! Some other things happened in this episode! I saw LOTS of people complaining about the CGI and editing and I agree with them but I also wonder if Covid restrictions played a part in that, in which case I can’t really blame anyone. And it was completely delightful to see Madame Ching as a Doctor Who historical celebrity, pirates are great and female pirates are even better.
All that being said the Next Time trailer is the only thing anyone’s talking about right now! Have a look and you’ll see why!
Doctor Who season two is another season I don’t really vibe with, to be honest. (Ask me one day about my complete and utter loathing for Ten as a person.) On the other hand it has Mickey, Jackie and Sarah Jane in it so that’s something.
Also shout out to Billie Piper’s acting throughout the whole thing, she was giving it her all.