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Well, apparently [livejournal.com profile] 206_bones exploded today. Mods making crazy comments. I like that community well enough but sometimes it really is annoying.

Yay!! Time for the second half of my recaps/comments on Series 3 of Doctor Who.



Doctor Who:

3x08 - Human Nature/ 3x09 - The Family of Blood: In these next two episodes, apparently some aliens are chasing The Doctor and want to use his power so they can live forever. They have a limited lifespan left so The Doctor figures he will go into hiding by turning himself into a human. He puts his "essence" or whatever you want to call it into a pocket watch and puts Martha in charge of watching over him and to bring him back when its the right time. He gives her a list of sorts of what to watch out for and what she needs to do. But as his human self falls in love with a woman this leads to problems when the aliens come and Martha wasn't prepared to deal with this turn of events.

This episode more then any other makes me want to give Martha a big old hug. She is left on her own for three months, I believe, to work and live a pretend life as a servant/maid at the school where Mr. Smith (The Doctor) is working as a teacher. Things go smoothly for her until Mr. Smith begins to fall in love with the school's Matron. Her feelings for The Doctor make this a very hard thing to watch. She even goes to the TARDIS and rewatches through his video instructions, asking his video self, "You had to go fall in love with a human...and it wasn't me." Why was this strong and beautiful woman put through all these moments where a man she is falling in love with just completely ignores her? In both his forms he doesn't notice her. She doesn't even get a slight mention in his little book, which he opens to the Matron while Martha can only watch from across the room. *sigh*

Anyway, both Tennant and Agyeman gave strong performances in these two episodes. I loved the scene when Martha shows Mr. Smith the Sonic Screwdriver, right before the Matron and Martha get held at alien gunpoint to try and make Mr. Smith revert back to The Doctor. It doesn't work and with the help of the boy with the watch, Tim, Martha takes charge of the situation. I also loved her remark that The Doctor is useless as a human. Which is too true.

The scene in the abandoned house was beautiful. The whole thing hurt to watch, in a good way. It made you care about this love between Mr. Smith and the Matron but you're also rooting for Martha to get through to him and bring The Doctor back. And when Mr. Smith yells at Martha, asking what she could do, what good was she, and why does he need her was harsh. Martha only responds "Because he's lonely." Mr. Smith is afraid and unwilling to become that lonely man. I also loved the moment when Mr. Smith finally picks up the watch and for a moment The Doctor comes back. Watching that change in demeanor and speech from Tennant was fantastic. Martha tries again to reason with Mr. Smith to become the Doctor, and she admits she loves The Doctor, hoping he won't remember what she said later. <3 Eventually it takes the Matron to talk to Mr. Smith before he goes off to the Family of Blood and tricks them. The Doctor makes them think he's still the frightened and confused Mr. Smith and hands over the watch. He blows up the ship and then takes out creepy vengeance on them.

Each one of The Family of Blood gets a separate and unique punishment that leaves them alive forever, just like they wanted. The voice over gives away that The Doctor had gone in hiding not because he couldn't stop The Family of Blood but because he was being kind to them. Which makes it all the more scary as The Doctor deals out his punishment.

The Family of Blood, or at least the leader was kind of creepy. The way he spoke was eerie. And though the pacing seemed kind of slow through the two episodes they were rather suspenseful.

And mark this episode as at least the first time Martha is left all on her own to save The Doctor and the world.







The Doctor: Martha, this watch is me.
Martha Jones: Right, ok, gotcha.
Martha Jones: No, wait, hold on, completely lost!


Mr. Smith (The Doctor): You're this doctor's companion, can't you help? What exactly do you do for him? Why does he need you?
Martha Jones: Because he's lonely.
Mr. Smith (The Doctor): And that's what you want me to become?


Tim: He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.
Mr. Smith (The Doctor): Stop it.
Tim: He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe.
Mr. Smith (The Doctor): Stop it, I said stop it.
Tim: and... he's wonderful.



3x10 - Blink: Another episode I've heard mentioned a few times by all my lovely friends. Again, you guys did not disappoint me!! This episode was AWESOME. And with so little of the main cast but so well done! The Doctor and Martha were barely in this episode but I loved it all the same. I am having an inner battle, pitting this episode up against the earlier Series 3 episode "42" to find out which one is better. This one does have such an intricate story, weaving the insanity of time travel in with some wonderful baddies.

The time travel aspect of this episode, along with the entire season's overall story arc, is enough to make your head spin. I don't even know what would be considered the "beginning" of this story. But the episode starts with Sally Sparrow in an abandoned house and she finds a message written just for her for just that moment, and it was written in 1969 by The Doctor. The baddies, Weeping Angels, appear to us as statues because when anything looks at them they turn to stone, its their defense mechanism. But if you look away or blink they will get you.

The visiting of the house starts Sally into a chain of events that turns out was started by herself at the end of the episode when she gives The Doctor all the information he'll need to warn her from 1969 of what she already had gone through... in order to stop the Weeping Angels and to get the TARDIS back to The Doctor. Right...making your head spin, isn't it?

Oooh. so fantastic. I'm doing a squee of crazy sci-fi/fantasy love as I type this. I just decided this was my favorite episode of Series 3, maybe even the best episode I've seen so far.

The Doctor's trick at the end to have the TARDIS fly off, leaving all four of the Weeping Angels to be stuck staring at each other, therefore turning themselves into stone. Brilliant. And the end was brilliant, with The Doctor and Martha getting out of the cab with bows and arrows. rofl I also really liked Sally and that cop. And only from one conversation. I was really sad that he got thrown into 1969 and they never got together.

This does bring up the question. Sally only knew the Doctor from the video he had shot of himself having a conversation with her. So...the weird time travel thing... the events are started(?) with her giving The Doctor the transcripts and other things at the end of the episode, but if she hadn't met him before, where did this chain/circle of events start? ...so...how? I mean...ugh. And how did the conversation between Sally and The Doctor first originally happen to get the transcript written down in order to give to The Doctor so he could have the conversation. LMAO. nevermind. Ok, I'm not even going to try and comprehend. My brain will explode.

And this is the best quote ever.

The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.

The Weeping Angels were fantastic baddies too. So simple and cheap but so effective. I was creeped out by them. This episode just goes to show you don't need crazy shooting and effects to make a believable and scary bad guy. You just need some statues. And some good writing.

And yet another instance where Martha has to take care of The Doctor. They're stuck in 1969 and she mentions having to get a job to support themselves. Poor Martha.





Sally Sparrow: How can you know what I'm gonna say?
The Doctor: Look to your left.
Larry Nightingale: What does he mean by look to your left? I've written tons about that on the forums. I reckon it's a political statement.
Sally Sparrow: He means you. What are you doing?
Larry Nightingale: I'm writing in your bits. That way I've got a complete transcript of the entire conversation. Wait until this hits the net! This'll explode the egg forums!
The Doctor: I've got a copy of the finished transcript, it's on my autocue.
Sally Sparrow: How can you have a copy of the finished transcript? It's still being written!
The Doctor: I told you, I'm a time traveller - I got it in the future!
Sally Sparrow: Okay, let me get my head around this. You're reading aloud from a transcript of a conversation you're still having?
The Doctor: Oh, wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...
Sally Sparrow: Actually, never mind that.


The Doctor: The Angels have the phonebox.

The Doctor: Whatever you do, don't blink.

3x11 - Utopia: The first of the 3 episode season Finale. Brilliant episode too. The Doctor and Martha stop off on Earth to fill up at the rift in time thing that was seen in Series 1. As they're taking off Captain Jack comes running and jumps onto the TARDIS just before it disembarks. They later let you know the TARDIS goes running from Captain Jack and ends up at the end of the universe. I have a feeling I'd be a little more enlightened to Captain's Jack status if I had started watching Torchwood, cause I think it had started by this point. But I haven't watched it so his situation was a surprise to me. His situation is what made the TARDIS run and it makes The Doctor a little unnerved. Back in the Series 1 Finale Rose had brought Jack back to life after he was killed by the Daleks. But she did more then that, she made him immortal. As The Doctor puts it, he's become a fact, a fixed point in time and space. Something that isn't supposed to be.

Though Captain Jack and Martha get on well and <3, this episode also shows her being distanced even further from The Doctor. New realizations about him come to light and you can see she's kind of learning she doesn't know him that well. He grew a hand back and she had no clue.. and he tells a little more of the Rose story when talking to Jack as Martha listens on and her face was so sad. Poor poor Martha.

Then the big realization of the episode. The old dinky professor that was trying to get the rocket to work to get all the people off to another planet turns out to be a Time Lord called The Master. I feel I would appreciate this more if I had watched older Doctor Who's before this, but I didn't. But another Time Lord! And a seeming bat shit crazy one at that. DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!

He had a watch like The Doctor had earlier in this season and Martha recognizes it and goes off to warn The Doctor. He doesn't quite believe it but the news come too late and The Master has already been let out. He attacks Chantho, the professor's assistant, but before she dies she shoots him. The Master runs into the TARDIS and regenerates. He has a conversation with The Doctor that, again, I feel I might feel more gravity from if I had watched older Doctor Who's first. But The Doctor tries to get him to stop but The Master leaves in The TARDIS.





The Doctor: You might be out there somewhere.
Captain Jack Harkness: I can go meet myself.
The Doctor: Well, the only man you're ever going to be happy with.
Captain Jack Harkness: This new regeneration, it's kinda cheeky.


Captain Jack Harkness: Captain Jack Harkness.
The Doctor: Stop it!
Captain Jack Harkness: Can't I say hello to anyone?
Chantho: Chan-I do not protest-tho.
Captain Jack Harkness: Maybe later, blue.


The Master: End of the universe, have fun! Bye bye!


3x12 - The Sound of Drums: These last two episodes were good and entertaining but for the most part kinda went a little crazy, in the over the top kind of way.

The Master is a fantastically fun villain. And again with the time travel that will hurt your brain. Ok...so for this entire season and before, I guess, Saxon (The Master) has been traveling around in the TARDIS that he stole last episode. While The Doctor has also been flying around in the TARDIS on his journeys and such that were leading him to eventually meet The Master where he steals the TARDIS. So there were two TARDIS('s) that were the same TARDIS going around at the same time. Does your brain hurt from the crazy yet?

Time travel is FUN!

We find out that Martha's mother was working for/with Saxon but is turned against after her father gives it away to Martha. The team of The Doctor/Martha/Jack escape being shot at and get to a quiet part of town. Martha calls her brother but the line is tapped into by The Master. The Doctor takes the phone and tries to reason with The Master, informing him that their home world is gone. The Master apparently has decided to rebuild a world...a new Gallifrey. The conversation between them was fantastically written and so interesting. It really makes me want to go through older Doctor Who's.

They eventually get caught by The Master when they attempt to stop him. And The Master turns The Doctor into an old man. Old and weak The Doctor can only whisper something in Martha's ear and this along with Jack's teleport device sends her out on a mission. The only option now to stopping The Master from destroying the Earth.




The Doctor: Oh! I know what it's like. It's like when you fancy someone, and they don't even know you exist. That's what it's like.
Captain Jack Harkness: (to Martha) You too, huh?


The Doctor: The Toclafane... what are they? Who are they?
The Master: Doctor, if I told you the truth, your hearts would break.


The Master: The Time Lords only resurrected me because they knew I'd be the perfect warrior for a Time War. I was there when the Dalek Emperor took control of the Cruciform. I saw it. I ran. I ran so far. I made myself human so they would never find me. Because... because I was so scared.
The Doctor: I know.
The Master: ALL of them? But not YOU. Which must mean...
The Doctor: I was the only one who could end it. And I tried. I did. I tried everything.
The Master: What did it feel like, though? Two almighty civilizations, burning.
The Master: Oh, tell me, how did that feel?
The Doctor: Stop it!
The Master: You must have been like God.
The Doctor: I've been alone ever since. But not anymore. Don't you see? All we've got is each other!
The Master: Are you asking me out on a date?


3x13 - The Last of the Time Lords: Martha. Martha. Martha. To use a phrase Ten would approve of, "You are Brilliant!" That woman roamed the globe for a freaking year! Spreading the word of The Doctor. For a freaking year, on her own, while The Doctor and her family were kept prisoners by The Master. And all leading to her to be captured and brought back to The Master in order to bring his downfall. How can you not love this character?

This episode as a whole had wonderful moments and then not so wonderful moments. I felt making The Doctor an old shriveled up little thing was not just a bit too silly for me but put the finale very strongly on Martha's shoulders. Which isn't bad in my book, but it is strange that he was so incapacitated for 80% of the episode.

The ending between him and The Master was a beautiful scene though. After The Master hears what The Doctor plans for him and he gets shot he chooses to die rather then regenerate. Once again leaving The Doctor as the lone Time Lord. He claimed with this action that he won. :( Poor Poor lonely Doctor.

And again with the events of the season and The Doctor's actions leading to the main problem at the season finale. The Doctor just can't catch any breaks. When they went to that planet in the episode "Utopia" they didn't just free The Master but ended up allowing him to gather the humans that set off there, which ended up being the Toclafane.

And Captain Jack and the Face of Boe!!! *shock* My boyfriend actually saw that coming. I find it freaking fantastic. teeheee

The final scene with Martha and The Doctor made me oh so sad and oh so happy all at the same time. I was loving me some Ten/Martha and I wanted some more adventures with the two of them, side by side. But Martha chooses to leave, to stay with her family and apparently stalk a doctor that she met before but, if I'm right, shouldn't even remember her. :/ lol

Anyway, I love that she kind of gave her secondary reasoning for staying to him first, walked out of the TARDIS but she turned back. Not to ask to stay but to give a more truthful reason for her staying. Telling a story of her friend but she might as well have said it herself. She loves him but he doesn't return that love. He likes her but doesn't love her. So she has to leave in order to move on and she knows she can move on. Cause she's fucking awesome and she's better than you.

I'm really glad this season finale didn't rip my heart out and stomp on it like Season 2. But I'm going to miss Martha like hell.








The Master: It's ready to rise, Doctor. The new Time Lord empire, it's good isn't it? Isn't it good? Anything? No? Anything? Oh, but they broke your hearts, didn't they? Those Toclafane... Ever since you worked out what they really are.

The Doctor: You've got to! Come on. It can't end like this. You and me, all the things we've done. Axons! Remember the Axons? And the Daleks. We're the only two left. There's no one else... REGENERATE!
The Master: Heh... how about that? I win.

The Doctor: Martha Jones, you saved the world.
Martha: Yes, I did. I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best. But you know what? I am good.


In conclusion of this season...Why Have You People Never Gotten Me To Watch This Show BEFORE!?! It was madness for me not to have watched this show.

I do think the majority of the episodes in this season surpassed Season 1 or Season 2 just in story and execution. Even with the insane emotional ride that was Season 2's end I think this season might be my favorite so far. I can only really think of the two Dalek episodes in the middle of the season that I kind of wish were reworked. The rest I'll take as they are and be as happy as a Time Lord with a banana.

David Tennant is continuously impressing me. He is so fun and kind of mesmerizing to watch. And can someone please bring this man to me so I can RUFFLE HIS HAIR!!!! Freema Agyeman can have my babies. She is so beautiful and also impressed me. She's so subtle in her face and played the strength and vulnerability of Martha to a lovely perfection.

I'm sad this season is over. I felt like I was reading a book I really loved and get to that point where you can't put it down but you still feel a twinge of sadness because you're going to finish the story and then there will be no more story. I want Martha to rejoin the Doctor. *sigh*


And now soon off to Season 4. Some Catherine Tate!! ooooh.

I think How I Met Your Mother was on tonight too, I dunno. I've never watched it when it actually aired. I need to find the episode if it did.

Date: 2009-03-31 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pacejunkie.livejournal.com
"You had to go fall in love with a human...and it wasn't me." Why was this strong and beautiful woman put through all these moments where a man she is falling in love with just completely ignores her? In both his forms he doesn't notice her.

Do you write fanfic? Because you've got an awesome AU bunny here. What if Martha was the human John Smith fell in love with? What if Martha could have everything she wanted if she just continued to live this charade? She then would have to choose whether to give that up and go back to being unloved Martha to get the Doctor back to save the day. Tough choice. This would make a great fic and it would have been an interesting thing for them to explore knowing her feelings. Can you imagine how awkward it would have been for the Doctor turning back after knowing how he felt for Martha as Smith and what they might have *ahem* done?

And I agree I thought the finale was slow compared to part one. I loved the three of them working together in the first part and on the run, it slowed down once they were captured. But what I did like was how it summed up the season. The Doctor was so very dependent on Martha for everything (so different from Rose where he was more often her protector and rescuer), she was on her own to save the day and save him quite a lot. So this was her big final moment but it really stood for all that had gone before. No wonder she was able to leave him walking tall. And it made for a series of the most exciting episodes IMO.

All the companions are so different, they all come with different issues and needs and they leave different. Donna is Martha's opposite, in that she has self esteem issues right from the start. I'm anxious to hear what you think of series four.

Date: 2009-03-31 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tempertemper77.livejournal.com
Crashing because:

Do you write fanfic? Because you've got an awesome AU bunny here. What if Martha was the human John Smith fell in love with?

That would be completely awesome and this reminds me of something I've been meaning to say to you Brit.. once you've finished S4 maybe and won't be spoiled check out A Teaspoon and an Open Mind ..by far the best collection of Who fics around :)

Date: 2009-03-31 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
oooh! Thank you. I'll go check that place out.

Date: 2009-03-31 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
I used to write fanfic, but it takes me forever. But that is such a great idea for a story.

Can you imagine how awkward it would have been for the Doctor turning back after knowing how he felt for Martha as Smith and what they might have *ahem* done?

I would love to read that...or write it. Maybe I'll give this some thought. ;)

The Doctor was so very dependent on Martha for everything (so different from Rose where he was more often her protector and rescuer), she was on her own to save the day and save him quite a lot.

Isn't that the truth. I think she saved him more then he saved her...which is crazy. The finale definitely, for me, felt more for Martha then for The Doctor and The Master. Their story was kind of a secondary story. Martha was the big hero.

I cannot wait to get into Season 4 and look forward to more Donna Noble. She was fun in that Runaway Bride special.

Date: 2009-03-31 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pacejunkie.livejournal.com
Donna's fabulous. If you do more recaps I'd love to read them.

Date: 2009-03-31 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tempertemper77.livejournal.com
The Master! I ♥ John Simm!!

I adored Martha by the end of this series - she just sacrifices so much.

Total agreement re: OTT ness of finale though - WTF shrinking/flying Doctor!

Date: 2009-03-31 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
John Simm was very fun to watch as The Master. Kind of wish they had some more time with him running around causing trouble.

WTF shrinking/flying Doctor!

LOL. That line is just so silly if you read it alone and out of context.

Date: 2009-03-31 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nowgold.livejournal.com
The angels have the phonebox!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE BLINK. I think it's one of my favourite episodes :)

Date: 2009-03-31 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nowgold.livejournal.com
I'm posting two seperate comments cos i have appropriate icons for both!!!

I love the master, and think Martha was AWESOME awesome awesome.

yay season four.

Date: 2009-03-31 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
HAHA! I like your style!

Martha is the Master of The Master. bwahahahahahaha!

That "The Angels have the Phonebox" icon is brilliant. I might have to snag it.

Date: 2009-03-31 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nowgold.livejournal.com
lol Martha owns.

i love that icon, too. it's by [livejournal.com profile] anno_superstar

Date: 2009-03-31 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ibishtar.livejournal.com
Hello again! It's been lovely reading your comments. I also think series 3 was even better than the previous two, but series 4 has trumped it, in my opinion. Happy watching! I hope you do recaps like these again!

Date: 2009-04-01 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
Hello! :)

I will most liking be doing recaps for Season 4 as I go through it. I'm looking forward to it. :)

Date: 2009-04-01 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supasass.livejournal.com
Loved reading your recaps on series 3. It's definitely my favourite series and I loved meeting Martha so very much. She's certainly my favourite companion, and I totally agree with Martha kicking arse and being also being hurt at the same time. There's plenty of great fanfic out there concerning all the tricky difficulties the Ten/Martha relationships have. Lifeonmartha and Smith and Jones are great places to start.

Date: 2009-04-01 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatbriton.livejournal.com
Oh yay! Martha love. :) Season 4 is definitely going to have to do some awesome stuff it it wants to beat Season 3, in my book.

I'll check those sites out, thank you very much!

*Off to find the Ten/Martha love*

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