Sunday, November 25, 2007

Doctor Who - Season 28 (2006)

Doctor Who - Season 28 (2006)

The second season of the new adventures of Doctor Who (28th season overall!) is about on par with the first one. Which is to say that it is fantastic! Christopher Eccleston departed the show at the end of the first season and was replaced by David Tennant, who I'm thankful to say more than lives up to his predecessor. Tennant's Doctor is different, and yet the same - his performance is quite remarkable. I think I'll still have to give Eccleston the edge, particularly in the dramatic moments; Tennant is a bit more goofy and can't quite match Eccleston's world weary demeanour. But again, it's a minor thing and probably down to personal preference more than anything else. Billie Piper plays off of Tennant just as well, and there are even romantic undertones between her and this new younger model Doctor.

Everything I said about season one applies again here, so I'm going to cheat and say just refer to that review. Once again, Steven Moffat delivers one of the most memorable episodes of the season (The Girl in the Fireplace), there are several two parters, and there are hints scattered throughout the series that lead up to the season finale. Season one reintroduced the Daleks, and season two follows that up by reintroducing another of the Doctor's classic foes, the Cybermen. The finale is big and spectacular, and as with the first season ends on quite a poignant note (though there is some deceptive build up thrown in there, truth be told).

All in all a terrific season, and I understand that the third (and latest) season continues the trend, so that's something to look forward to. In the meantime, I plan on checking out the Torchwood spin off series next.

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