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 #21 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 #22, and our theme is…
There are a few obvious possibilities for this category. The Doctor and Rose. Mickey and Rose. Mickey and Martha. Martha and the Doctor. The Doctor and River Song. River Song and Hydroflax? Maybe not.
How about the Doctor and Reinette? Or Amy and Rory? Or Clara and Danny Pink? Or the Doctor and Queen Elizabeth I?
My pick is actually none of those. Indeed, my pick is the same as last time…
John Smith and Joan Redfern from Human Nature / The Family of Blood
This story by Paul Cornell is a strong contender for the best Tenth Doctor adventure ever. Because of reasons, the Doctor hides from an enemy by temporarily turning himself into a human being, and burying all his memories under a false life as school teacher John Smith. During that time, he becomes romantically involved with the school nurse, the widowed Joan Redfern. It’s a sweet relationship brought to life by touching performances from David Tennant and Jessica Hynes, and it’s all the more poignant when we see brief flashes of what their future could have been if the Doctor hadn’t been needed to ultimately defeat the pursuing enemy.
What did my daughters say?
Both of my daughters went for more classic selections.
Laurelle (14) chose Amy and Rory, who are obvious choices for the best romance the show has ever delivered. Certainly, they are the romance that has been told the most extensively (lasting over pretty much all of Karen Gillan’s 33 regular appearances as Amy. She also seriously considered River Song and the Doctor.
Johanna (16) picked Clara and Danny Pink, but only after she was sure that her sister had picked Amy and Rory and gave them some credit here. She found them both adorable, and enjoyed having people who didn’t let the Doctor get away with everything (even if the whole soldier thing got a little annoying).