Doctor Who S2 (2006)

Short review of the 2006 2nd season of Doctor Who revival from 2005, aka the 28th season.

Let’s talk about the second season of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. Why? Because I’m going through the lovely DVDbox (beautiful design by the way) of the first four seasons and just love to talk about it. Just like the first season there’s no real overarching plot, just single episodes the lead into an explosive finale that again has the Daleks as the big bad, though together with the Daleks the Cybermen also play an important role. The last two episodes – Army of Ghosts and Doomsday – answer just who would win in a match between Cybermen and Daleks (the answer should be obvious to any long-time Doctor Who fan, but its fun to watch nonetheless).

Season two is also the first season of David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and Billie Piper’s last season as Who’s companion Rose Tylor. I’m sort of sad to see Rose/Billie go, because she really managed to hold her own against the Doctor and at the same time managed to pull it of convincingly to fall in love with him (and he with her). If you have even a shred of romance in you, the last episode will make you pull out your handkerchief package (I sadly have none, so I could only observe it, but still felt Rose’s farewell was pulled off marvelously).

Like always, when watching Doctor Who I wonder why I do it. It’s horribly in its depiction of technology/science, but I really like the attitude of the Doctor. We all have moments when we watch into the mirror and feel like our life is entirely worthless, just a blip on the radar of eternity. And then appears the Doctor who manages to celebrate the everyday common man and women. Who is entirely unable to live our domestic, boring lives, even if he wanted to, but still cheers us on to be curious and live a good life. Basically he’s the guy who manages to makes us strive to be better human beings just by being around.

Season two (or 28th if you really want to count) has some pretty cool episodes: Queen Victoria and an alien werewolf as well as the foundation of the Torchwood Institute (Tooth and Claw), Anthony Head (Rupert Giles from Buffy) as the leader of vampire lookalike aliens who have taken over a school (School Reunion), the return of the Cybermen (Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel) and what basically amounts to Doctor Who versus the Devil (The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit).

Doctor Who is unique in how easy it changes track from the past to the present and the far future, incorporating elements of science fiction, horror and history into one big melange that is rarely if ever realistic, but alway compelling to follow.