As a TV junkie, I am well-aware that the second season of any television show always has a crucial responsibility to fill: to live up to the standards of Season One. The first season serves an introduction to this whole new fictional world – in this case, the Who-niverse – that viewers more or less end up falling in love with. Now that the groundwork has been laid, where do they go from here? How do they outdo themselves from the previous season? Like in most things, it is easier to reach the top; staying there is another story. In Season One, series creators and writers were confined in this pop culture “bubble”. But now that they have moved on to another season, there are concerns to be addressed and expectations to be met. Failure to do so results into the much-dreaded phenomenon called “the backlash” and of course, the big men behind all those successful TV shows try to avoid it as much as possible.

Now the question is, how would Doctor Who fare in Series Two? Considering that there is a physically new lead character – different from the one that contributed to the success of Series One – does the backlash still apply? Or will the overall feel of the show change entirely?

The first time the audience saw David Tennant’s Doctor was during the Christmas special entitled “The Christmas Invasion”. In this episode, his introduction was rather disappointing since he was portrayed as a somewhat passive hero than the brave male protagonist that viewers were used to. “New Earth” was his chance to redeem himself, and I am pleased to say that he does so successfully.

It is only natural to want to know and understand the characters from a show you are watching. I knew Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor as the humbled Time Lord, but David Tennant’s version was a complete mystery. Who was this guy? What was going to make him different from Nine? It was frustrating. Then again, from “New Earth”, I was able to get two initial impressions from him:

  1. Ten was FAR from Nine. I cannot even describe how alienating it feels seeing a different person play the same character. Yes, he was still a goofball, but in my opinion, I did not see any trace of the tormented Doctor we saw in Series One. Ten was more easygoing. However, there was seriousness to his persona as well. I also particularly liked how they showcased him as a Doctor in a literal sense. He cured the sick, and I think that was a pretty good pun to ease us into this new character.
  2. If there was one thing that was really noticeable from this Doctor, it would definitely be him being more of a love interest for Rose compared to Nine. I mean, seriously. Holding hands and running across the field billions of years into the future? How cheesy can you get? The chemistry between Ten and Rose was more evident and believable – at least for me – and I cannot wait to see how it plays out in future episodes.