A few years ago, I did a series of 47 daily posts which all looked at different questions related to the revival series of Doctor Who, focusing on stuff I like about the show. I worked out a series of questions in advance and then picked one randomly for each day. I’ve decided to revisit the series to see how my opinions may or may not have changed, and to bring two of my daughters into the discussion, since they are both big fans and have recently finished watching the revival series.
Why 47? It’s my favorite number.
Why Doctor Who? It’s my favorite show.
Why the modern day Doctor Who only? Simply because I remember it better.
Why are we looking back at this now? Because we’re on a 47 day countdown to November 23, the birthday of the show.
Check out Day #13 here.
When I first did this, it was September 2016, which means we were in between the Christmas episodes The Husbands of River Song and The Return of Dr. Mysterio, and were yet to debut Peter Capaldi’s last season on the show. Jodie Whittaker was even further away. How has the passage of time, evolution of opinions, and three further seasons of the program impacted my opinions?
Today is Day #14, and our theme is…
Doctor Who is scary. Doctor Who is emotional. Doctor Who is exciting.
But also, Doctor Who is often very very funny.
Last time, my pick for this was Season Five’s The Lodger, which was a really funny story about the Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor becoming roommates to an ordinary guy called Craig (James Corden), which led to a whole bunch of amusing situations involving the Doctor talking to a cat, threatening a fellow soccer player, and trying to turn on an ordinary screwdriver.
But it’s also a story that has become a bit familiar to me, so I think if I’m going for a good laugh I might look somewhere else first.
Contenders include The Caretaker and The Husbands of River Song, but I think this time around I’m going to choose…
Let’s Kill Hitler
The episode, by Steven Moffat, features a really delightful “first meeting” between the Doctor and a not-quite-named River Song that I really enjoyed, a funny scene of Rory punching Hitler in the face, and some goofy but lethal robots that asked you to sit and make yourself comfortable as they were killing you.
It’s possible that in another couple of years I’ll have moved onto something else, but for now, that’s my pick.
What did my daughters say?
Johanna (16) picks The Husbands of River Song, also by Steven Moffat. Scene like the Doctor pretending to be overwhelmed by the interior of the TARDIS, and in general all the scenes between the Doctor and River–if they weren’t terribly sad, then they were very funny she says.
Laurelle (14) picks The Lodger by Gareth Roberts. She likes it when the Doctor builds that big crazy contraption in his bedroom, and when they go to play soccer.