April 18th, 2011
Over at Feeling Listless, Stu has been looking back at his reviews of the first season of NuWho to remind us all of how far we've come, but also of just how vigorously the show returned and how nerve-racking it was to see if RTD & Co could pull it off.1
It's been an interesting look back, but then Stu's comments on Bad Wolf went and made me feel like a complete idiot. How come?
That's closely followed by the best cliffhanger of the series, simply because it's not really a cliffhanger, it's an ultimatum and a moment when the audience for once takes the Dalek's POV as we watch Eccleston give the line that makes all of the Big Brother references worthwhile. How giddy must Davina McCall have been to see the Doctor says "Rose, I'm coming to get you …"
I watched that episode when it was first broadcast. I've re-watched it multiple times since. It's one of my favourite Eccleston moments. I was quite familiar with Big Brother. And yet I never, not once, made the connection between the Doctor's line and Davina McCall. What a maroon.
- I feel a little bad that the BBC hardly ever repeat the Eccleston season. I appreciate that it's more important to them to repeat the most recent season at this time of the year as a lead-in to the show's new season, but given that BBC3 seems to have some season of NuWho on a repeat run over about nine months of the year would it really kill them to show The Doctor Dances or Father's Day one more time? Or even to show some ClassicWho? I can only assume that they'd rather we buy the DVDs. ↩