A Column of Hope

Welcome to a Column of Hope, a column on anything remotely Doctor Who by Hope Mullinax. You can read my latest article below, or go here to see my latest articles or here to view my article archive.

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The Eleventh Hour
So, with David Tennant being my first Doctor and my favorite, I was very nervous about Matt Smith. Would he live up to the wonderful Tennant in my eyes? Could he keep the energy of the show rolling? One thing you have to know about me is I really dislike Russell T. Davies—and that is a major understatement. Jumping for joy when I heard he was leaving, I received a gift that keeps on giving… Steven Moffat took over. Sweet Mother of Maple! The writer of my favorite episodes in the new series—Blink, Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library—is now the head man. Awesome! I’m game. I trust Moffat with my precious entertainment time.

Flopping down in my favorite chair with soda and candy, I clicked on my DVR and pulled up The Eleventh Hour. After End of Time part 2 with a cute little intro, I was ready for Matt Smith.

Bam! Right away we have an exciting opening. The Doctor is twisting, turning, tumbling through the London sky. With a bang, it crashes to the ground and we begin our story…

…After the new opening and logo. I have to say, I really like the new Doctor Who logo. It’s slick and chice, perfect for the new direction for the show. The new opening music… not so much. It didn’t win me over. The first 10 seconds of the old theme got your heart pumping and psyched you up for the episode. This new theme just did not have that energy in it.

Moving on.

I think that it was smart to start off the new Doctor with young Amy Pond. It gave the audience a chance to adjust to his fast wit—eating and spitting out food, followed by a snarky comment—and how he acts. After such a popular Doctor like Tennant, it would be a tough transition if Eleven just jumped right in, sonic screwdriver blazing, and fighting monsters.

Finally, one moment hooked me forever: young little Amelia is packing and walks across the hall. The back door is closed. She goes through the hall to her room. The back door is open. YES! Thank you, Steven Moffat. I now know that this will be good.

As the episode progresses, they really play on the simple fears in life. It’s not always the Daleks or the Cybermen that someone should be afraid of. It’s what you can’t see in the corner of your eye. As a huge fan of the show Ghost Hunters, they always catch the paranormal in their peripheral vision. That’s where fear is, because it may or may not be there. It’s almost a childish fear, and delving into that was very simple and smart. Everyone has small fears.

Finally, we meet adult Amy Pond. She’s fast witted like Rose, brave like Martha, and funny like Donna. I see a good future for her with the Doctor. As long as there is no romance, I’m good. Amy seems like a fighter, but also sensible. But being human, she’s going to mess up at some point. I’m very interested to see how this new Doctor works with companions, though I was really hoping for male. In this new series, there is a serious lack of testosterone from the companions.

There is a real commentary about our new generation and our technology. The sun goes out and humans whip out their phones. Same thing happened in Cloverfield, and it’s just as true as in Doctor Who. I’m guilty of it too. I saw a car flip on the highway and my first instinct was to take pictures on my phone to post to twitter. But then, I thought like the Doctor. What about the people in trouble? Think about that next time.

As the episode is rolling along, I’m getting into the dynamic of Amy and the Doctor. Then Rory gets thrown in. I cringed. Can we say new Mickey? Say it with me… New Mickey! Really? Honestly, I do not think that we need another repeat of season two where this poor guy—who is a hard worker and a normal human—gets shut out because he’s not the Doctor. This show celebrates the great phenomenon that is the human race, but the average every day man gets his girl taken. Isn’t it the everyday heroes that make our world run? Come on, DW writers. Please, no more Mickeys. Mickey could have been amazing if approached correctly. He was left in the dust, because he wasn’t the shiny, special Doctor. Please, don’t let Rory become another Mickey. I beg you.

Now we have Amy and Rory, running through the hospital away from the lady with two children. Man, the only thing scarier than clowns are kids. It’s like watching The Shining but with teeth. Once again, I’m hooked with this new season.

As the Doctor is squaring off with Prisoner Zero, we see the new Doc’s first interaction with aliens. Sassy attitude and humor are his new weapons. It’s a different humor than the others previous to him. It has a younger feel to it, but deep down it is the same old Doctor.

Whenever you have the first episode with a new Doctor, there is always a moment that defines them. It says, “Yes, I am the Doctor! Respect me!” For Eleven, when the big eyeball of death in scanning him and the previous ten Doctors flash by, Eleven strolls through Ten’s face. What made this moment so important is how it defines him. He embraces being not just a new being, but all ten Doctors before him. Not ever regeneration does this. With all the hype with Matt Smith coming in, it was a nice intro for him.

So, here’s a spoiler… The Doctor saved the day. No surprise there…

…And we get a new TARDIS! I love it! Love it! Loooove it! The interior of it is a nice balance of high tech and old fashion. The panels on the walls are similar to Nine and Ten’s TARDIS. For people who are familiar to the new series (like me), we still have the reminder of Eccleston and Tennant. It also seems more open and playful. The interior has the feel of a pin ball machine.

At the end of the episode, we’re left with a few hints of the upcoming season. The first is the quote, “Silence will fall.” What is this oncoming silence? Is this like season four where the darkness is coming? Are the DW writers going to threaten to take over our taste buds next? Every season, the bad guys will take each of our senses and in five seasons, we’ll be Cybermen!? I’m kidding. But we do know that is the direction we’re heading. To Silence. I wonder if our favorite Weeping Angels have anything to do with it. The Doctor did call them the silent killers.

Second, we see a wedding dress in Amy’s closet. My first thought was “Amy’s a creeper!” She has all these drawings and handmade dolls of the Doctor, and then we’re shown her wedding dress. Did she think that the Doctor would come back, and they would get married? It makes me wonder about Ms. Pond.

Third and finally, I feel this will be a good season. Moffat has secured me enough to where I know my Doctor is in good hands. Bring it on.
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Posted on 25 May 2010

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