So Series 1 ended with the blargh Parting of the Ways, and the Doctor changed into…
Oh whoops, I’ve gone a bit ahead of myself, that image is from Series 3. But anyway, Series 2…
-1) The Christmas Invasion
The second Christmas special (the first being the lost episode The Feast of Steven in 1966), this brought David Tennant (!) into the TARDIS with style. Great writing, action and scope although the Christmas aspect was pushed a bit TOO much. Apart from that, it is a great episode.
9/10- Bit too Christmassy, but a great introduction to David Tennant (!)
1) New Earth
One thing to praise right away: this was the first Doctor Who episode I saw. But looking back, it doesn’t really work. Like Aliens of London, it has serious themes but has silly comedic moments and weird ideas.
5/10- Ideas are great but stupid moments.
2) Tooth and Claw
The first Who episode to scare me, this episode is fast, funny and action packed. While the supporting cast is dull, it has a fast pace, a simple plot and is able to set up the recurring series themes effortlessly.
8/10- Very good fun, with a dull cast.
3) School Reunion
Wow. A great nostalgia ride for fans of 70’s Doctor Who, it does a great job reintroducing Sarah Jane and K9. With great direction, incredible writing and an interesting plot, School Reunion is the highlight of the series.
10/10- The first 10/10 of the Tennant (!) era, this is a fantastic Top 20 story.
4) The Girl in the Fireplace
THIS IS WHAT THE GIRL WHO WAITED SHOULD HAVE BEEN! Sorry, getting ahead of myself. A great emotional episode, it has great characters, genuine emotions and an awesome threat. Rose and Micky however, are seriously underused.
9/10- Companions are nonexistent, but everything else is great.
5/6- Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel
=(. OK, I’ll be serious. The Cybermen are a great villain, but here all they do is stomp around the place. The writers changed everything about them, putting them on a parallel world instead on another planet like the classic series. The plot has lots of holes in logic and the ending… WHAT?! DEFEATED BY EMOTION!?!?!
3/10- Everything looks great like the zeppelins in the sky, but this really is a weak reintroduction to the Cybermen.
7) The Idiot’s Lantern
This is why you shouldn’t watch too much television. Joking aside, this episode is pretty good, with a few bits of cheesiness but with some great humor and a chilling villain.
7/10- Some silly moments, but overall a lot of fun.
8/9- The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
=O!!! Wow, this story is intense! One of the highlights of Series 2, this story is a complete tonal change from the previous one: dark, gritty and full of great moments. It has an interesting plotline and a fantastic climax.
10/10- A dark, mature sci-fi thriller and is a fantastic piece of television.
10) Love & Monsters
Alright, this really isn’t that bad. I’m not saying it’s great or even good, and there are many moments of blargh, but ignore the Abzorbaloff and you get an interesting story from the perspective of an ordinary person.
5/10- Very silly, but interesting and very experimental.
11) Fear Her
Once again, this ain’t that bad. In fact, I would call it good. It has great ideas, a great setting and a sense of foreboding. However, it does have structure problems.
7/10- Weird pacing and structure problems, but fun overall.
12/13) Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (blargh)
Blargh. Again. Once again, it’s the final episode that’s the problem. The Cybermen are pointless; they were just there to get shot at by the Daleks. It also has no plot, no emotions, no structure and is just two enemies shooting at each other. Oh, and the Doctor falling in love with Rose just doesn’t work; he’s an alien. The beach scene, while well acted, is just over written. It isn’t as flawed as Parting of the Blargh, but it’s just SO empty.
4/10- Mildly entertaining, but once again is over the top.
Final Series score- 7/10- A slight step down from Series 1, this series mainly works due to stories like School Reunion and The Satan Pit. However, watching it as a marathon will leave everything disjointed as the most important stories are really weak.
OK, now we’re onto Series Three. Here comes the good stuff…