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Asylum seekers...
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Doctor Who picture resource
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Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
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Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
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Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
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Call on Dani’s House
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Intercept the UFO fabsite
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Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
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Hell’s belles
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Love Exposure
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Primeval portal
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Charmed, to be sure!
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Take on t.A.T.u.
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Proceed to the Luther website

Proceed to the Luther website
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DCI Banks is on the case
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On The Grid with Spooks
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Claire’s no Exile
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Vexed is back on the beat!
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Medium, both super and natural
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Monday, 22 May 2006

Just the Doctor and Rose?


The TARDIS "family" seems to be very dysfunctional, in "Doctor Who", under the guidance of Russell T Davies! The departure of Mickey, at the end of "The Age of Steel", means that Rose has seen off no less then three male companions in the space of just twenty episodes, less if you take into consideration that the first of this triumvirate, Adam, only joined the crew at the end of "Dalek", last year's sixth episode. He was dumped a week later, in, for him, the inappropriately titled "The Long Game", and after Rose redeemed her Dad in "Father's Day", Captain Jack hopped on board in the tenth episode, "The Doctor Dances"!

Jack Harkness lasted all of another three weeks before being killed off, brought back to life, then left behind in the appropriately titled final episode of the first season, "The Parting of the Ways"! And now, last year's finale has essentially been remade, not just with the Cyber Controller replacing the Emperor Dalek in grandiosity, but by following the death of Ricky with his "rebirth" in Mickey and, this time, having the companion opting to stay behind after another similarly short stay aboard the Doctor's transcendental ship.

With a similar dynamic, I can think of only one other companion who has remained in the series through the successive terms of three other companions of the opposite sex and his name was Jamie. But at least Polly, Victoria and Zoe lasted, approximately, a whole season each, and in the Sixties a season meant a season! The programme was, virtually, on screen all year round. These days, you get the feeling we are being treated to bite-size companions, to go with our beloved chips! I have wondered if Russell wants to work through as many combinations as possible, as quickly as possible, in case it should all end tomorrow! The original, so-called "classic", series ran for twenty-six seasons. I know it's all relative but that really was playing "The Long Game"!

One of the interesting things about the recent two-part Cybermen story was an acknowledgement that the creatures had only been defeated in London. In previous "classic" adventures, it was always understood by the viewer that once victory over an enemy is attained, the triumph is worldwide. Presuming Cybus Industries are global, as we are told, surely the irony of the conclusion of "The Age of Steel" is that the signal from Rose's mobile phone would have disenabled the entire Cyber force. For once, there is the means to accomplish what was always assumed but it isn't acted upon, in favour of sending Mickey off, in his new role as freedom fighter, to Paris, for some unexplained reason, to have a go at the French Cybermen! Perhaps he was taken by his all-too-brief meeting with mistress Madame Reinette a couple of weeks ago!!

3 comments:

karensff said...

I was surprised at Mickey leaving. Although there were hints all the way through the Cybermen episodes. It would be nice if another companion could stick. I always enjoyed the stories of old where there were more than one companion.

I think it has also something to do with the fact that the Doctor and Rose are a little too close. The Doctor and his companions were always close but in most cases he played the role of teacher. This relationship seems to be very different from that. Then again Rose has shown time and again that she finds it difficult to share the Doctor.

Stewart M. said...

Ah, yes... well, I love Jeremy Brett. He would've been my favourite Doctor, had so many of us been given our way.

Stewart M. said...

I'm under the impression that I've seen them all, but it's definitely been a while. Did Granada ever film 'A Study in Scarlet'? If so, I definitely must get ahold of it. That would, oddly, have to be my favourite Holmes story. It's also the first one I ever read.

But as far as the Brett adaptations go, The Sign of Four is definitely my favourite. I also love The Naval Treaty - strangely, it had a huge emotional impact on me at a time in life when I could certainly identify with Holmes' client, having lost a very important confidential document.