- Pop 2018
Doctor Who - Smith and Jones
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Charles Palmer
starring David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Anne Reid, Roy Marsden, Adjoa Andoh, Gugu Matha-Raw, Reggie Yates, Trevor Laird, Kimmi Richards, Ben Righton, Vineeta Rishi, Paul Kasey, Nicholas Briggs (voice)
written by Russell T.Davies, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Martha Jones
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When Doctor Who (David Tennant) has checked himself into a hospital,
you know there is something weird going on ... and really, in no time at
all, the hospital is teleported to the moon, and an intergalactic police
force, the Judoons (aliens that oddly enough look like rhinos, enter the
building and searches for a non-human lifeform they have orders to execute
- which is quite unfortunate since the Doctor is a non-human lifeform ...
So with the help of medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), he
tries to stay out of the way of the Judoons while tracking down the alien
they are looking for on his own - which turns out to be the lovely old
lady Mrs Finnegan (Anne Reid), who is really an intergalactic blooddrinker
but who has sucked enough blood to pass as human ... so in order to
convince the Judoons that Mrs Finegan is the perp they are looking for,
the Doctor has to trick her into drinking his blood - which ultimately
causes his almost-death but her execution.
Of course, before her death, good old Mrs Finnegan has reconfigured
some hospital equipment in a way that the moon and earth will be blown out
of the skies, but in the nick of time, Martha can revive the Doctor and he
can re-refigure the equipment ... and ultimately the hospital is
teleported back to earth and everything's back to normal ... and of
course, Martha will become the Doctor's new travelling companion ...
Quite obviously, the rhino-like Judoons make great aliens, and as a
whole, this rather fast-moving episode of Doctor Who is one
of the better episodes of the new series, and David Tennant and Freema
Agyeman do make a good team ... at the same time though, the story is
given very little room to develop in a mere 50 minutes, and especially the
character of Mrs Finnegan, a fun villain in th eelderly woman mold of
almost infinite possibilities, is left rather unexplored - which is
nothing short of a pity.