As may have been obvious, I just finished Doctor Who series 3. I have feels, and thoughts on Martha, The Master, Donna, the fob watch, The Family of Blood, and “Voodoo Child”.
Of course, spoilers!
As per usual this was written late at night just after I finished so as to get all my thoughts down, so it’s perhaps not the most coherent thing. But you get the idea :D
Series 3 started as a bit of a schlep. I loved Rose (and I looooved Nine/Rose) so it was hard to move on past Doomsday, and Martha is annoying through the first three or four episodes of the season. She’s so stuck in a pattern of unrequited love until she falls into a comfortable place (also the first couple of monsters are shit).
Eventually the show falls into a pattern of the Doctor being a bit mopey all the time, and Martha doing badass stuff for him, which made her quite a bit more likable. Martha can indeed save the world, and she’s pretty fucking cool! (Also, I LOVE Donna. I am so freaking ready for Donna season, she was excellent in the Christmas special. I love Donna for herself, and I also love that she does try to fit in the Rose romantic lead spot: she is first and foremost a friend, a wisecracking, blunt friend.)
The Lazarus Experiment was fantastic because Gatiss, and I looooved The Family of Blood: the villains were the right amount of creepy, especially Son of Mine and his permanent unhinged smile. (Although the Doctor’s sweetie drove me completely up the wall. At least Reinette was beautiful and intelligent, while this one was neither, and condescending to boot.)
On to the finale! I had doubts, but I really liked how all the hints of season 3 came together in this three part-er. Thank God for the return of Captain Jack, who was cheeky as he should be. Somehow I loved everything about Jack’s scene in the radiation room: the conversation, the lighting, how good both Jack and The Doctor looked…
The plot of the three-parter: yes. Very good. I didn’t really see the point of the cannibals in Utopia until my friend pointed out that they were “what the human race was going to become: cruel and hunting for sport”: just as, ironically, the Toclafane did with their modern counterparts. The watch scene in Utopia was stunning;I knew The Master was going to be coming into play, but the watch connection with Family of Blood was perfect.
Then onto the second part, my favorite. Basically, the Master. I love him.
Soubi and I have watched his little dance in the beginning of the Voodoo Child sequence about 50 times. His faces and his humor and his upmost disregard for the President…..
The Saxon series arc, although not subtle, worked out very well. The paradox was a bit wibbly wobbly timey wimey for me, although on the whole I appreciated it.
The religious connation of the last episode were a bit overt for me. The Doctor paralleling Jesus as the forgiver, The Master playing Judas the betrayer, Martha acting as disciple for The Doctor, persuading the world to pray for The Doctor (also, didn’t quite understand how their thoughts brought him back to his usual 10th incarnation self).
Martha’s exit was a bit sad, but mostly I’m proud of her: she was definitely the badass behind this episode, and she was tired of playing the friend zone with The Doctor (and trust me, I was tired of it too. Martha was at her best when she wasn’t pining, she needed a slap when she was. The Doctor wasn’t getting over Rose, that’s understandable, and Martha should’ve understood that a lot sooner.)
Also, I ship the fuck out of The Master and Moriarty. The Master expresses his insanity through crazy facial expressions, while Moriarty reveals it in constantly shifting vocal inflections. But they both crack their necks, they both dance, they both have similar maniacal minds. Yesssss
Good job Doctor Who, you still knock it out with series finales. I am so ready for Donna and series four :D