Episode 2: BAHDUMBUM (Doctor Who)

Unabashedly Obsessed Episode 2: BAHDUMBUM (Doctor Who)

Hey everyone! This week we discuss a mutual favorite TV show: “Doctor Who”. Find out who James’s favorite character is, how Erin feels about the idea of a female Doctor, and which villain we feel is The Absolute Worst Ever. (Also which companion we feel is The Absolute Worst Ever.)

As before, thanks to Jamie Chahine for our theme song, “Did You Guys Know There Was A Ladder Down Here?”

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3 thoughts on “Episode 2: BAHDUMBUM (Doctor Who)

  1. James, I was introduced to Dr. Who the exact same way. A friend showed me the episode Blink a few years ago, and I went back and watched them all, starting with Eccleston.

    I love and miss Eccleston’s no-nonsense Doctor. I’m pretty sure “Just this once, everybody lives!” is one of my favorite Doctor moments of all time.

    Also (and I absolutely have a witness for this), upon hearing Capaldi was going to be the next Doctor (I already knew him from The Thick of It), my immediate reaction was to exclaim “Capaldi, yes! Wait… he was in the Pompeii episode…. Oh man, I can’t wait to see how they tie this in to the Pompeii episode! Hmm… maybe he winds up with that face because to remind him of Pompeii… Why would he want to be reminded of Pompeii? Probably something about saving people even if they are supposed to be doomed.” I can’t remember what I said after that, but yeah, I TOTALLY called it and I have a witness.

    I feel like Capaldi’s catch phrase has to be something eyebrow-related.

    Hey now! What’s with all the Martha bashing! As irritated as I was to get teased and lose Donna, Martha grew on me really quickly, and by the end I loved her, although she was hands-down my least favorite companion.

    You know what was really insufferable about those later Tennant-Martha episodes for me, though? The Master episodes towards the end of that season, before Dr. Donna. NOT the Derek Jacobi Master (that was one of my favorite episodes) It was specifically the “return” of the Master towards the end of that season. Ugh, that was the worst part of the entire series for me. I don’t know if it was the actor who I couldn’t stand, or if he was badly written, or the way he was being directed… Whatever it was, all those long scenes and long closeups of him doing nothing but laughing maniacally and smiling devilishly… that ruined a lot of episodes for me.

    I disagree completely with both of your overall third-wheel companion assessments! I am extremely fond of Mickey and Rory! Here’s why:

    I agree completely when you say it throws off the doctor-companion chemistry, but I always like that because I like to see how the different doctors, companions, and third-wheels deal with it, I always love to see how the different actors handle it.

    I agree completely that having the third-wheel doesn’t put the companion in a great light, nor does it throw the most flattering light on the Doctor as he becomes jealous and insulting. However, I still appreciate those moments because it really puts the “romance” or “chemistry” of the Doctor-companion dynamic in perspective. In every single case saving the world/exploring comes first, and romance comes second, that’s the cold hard truth of it.

    Rose getting trapped in an alternate universe is one manifestation of that. Rory and Mickey’s frustration at sort of dividing their girlfriends’ attention towards the Doctor is another. Instead of being tear-jerker scenes these are awkward/frustrating scenes. But in those jealous, awkward moments, just to be able to see the Doctor – who of course is not human – struggle with the same sort of emotions as a human, but in his own, Time-Lordy-way, adds a lot of depth to his character. It’s only in these types of scenes that a theme emerges, and gets depicted in a unique and (I think) funny way that only Doctor Who can do: Love can be a pesky thing!

    Erin, I couldn’t disagree more with the assertion that Rory is a “nothing character!” First off, I think having characters like Mickey and Rory in there are necessary to really depict how difficult it must be to become a companion who returns to Earth. Being a companion means that if you stop traveling with the doctor, for the rest of your life you will have a set of experiences you can never relate to anyone. That’s a lonesome prospect! Obviously, the decision to go with the Doctor is an easy one, but living with the consequences could be incredibly lonely, because you have no one to share that set of experiences with if you return to normal life. The show doesn’t often address this head on, but it’s never far from the back of my mind somewhere when I watch. Anyway, to be able to bring a Rory or a Mickey along with you?! What a wonderful gift to have someone with you whom you know you’ll have a shared set of experiences to reflect on later… IF you both make it out of this alive. That’s always on my mind when I watch third-wheel companions.

    Also, it’s not just Rory and the Doctor “fighting over who loves Amy more” (I agree, that would be pretty uninteresting). In both cases, it’s wonderful to me to see how important it is to each of them to act in ways that blatantly contradicts the cold hard truth I referenced above. On the one hand, yes, saving the world comes first, and love is a pesky emotion getting in the way of that. On the other hand, as we watch Rory and the Doctor inexplicably bickering over Amy while there’s work to be done, seemingly giving into their lower natures, it raises the opposite concern: without love, is the universe is worth saving? Maybe another way of putting it would be: Hey, without love, how can I be expected to find the motivation to save the universe? I love that tension.

    It becomes especially poignant to me because one of them (Rory) is a human who we can obviously relate to, while the other (The Doctor) is a hero we sort of relate to, and also sort of wish we could relate to, but often leaves us wondering about his nature since, after all, he is definitely NOT human, and what we know about love as humans does not necessarily carry over to Time Lords.

    There’s another piece to this that just automatically makes it super compelling whenever love is the topic on Dr. Who: we can’t take anything for granted assuming what love might be like for someone who is over 2,000 years old.

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    1. Jesus, Jamie. THAT is the kind of discussion I’m looking for! I’ll have to talk to Erin, but this feels like it warrants on-air breakdowns of the points you made here. So, this reply is going to feel inconsequential, but I think you can look forward to it being addressed, eventually and (knowing us) at length!

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