The regeneration plot of the Doctor Who series, even the past ones have been its fortress for its success. Kudos to Christopher Eccleston for being a very good Doctor, and a critically acclaimed one, if I may add. The change for me was difficult, because I had gotten so used to the old Doctor that bringing in a new one might be hard for me to take. However, in this episode, the writers were smart enough to make David Tennant asleep during half of the episode. I guess it was part of their plan to make the viewers at least get used to his physical appearance first.

I remember in the earlier parts of the class, that Doctor Who fans had their own “Doctors.” Being a first time viewer of the show, it is obvious that my Doctor was Christopher Eccleston. Seeing him first act as Destro in G.I. Joe, I really liked how he brought the same intensity, mixed with tantamount of wit and humor, and the perfect amount of spunk that he brought to the show. Now I understood how changing him can be traumatic for the fans, as well as the writers, because if David Tennant doesn’t deliver a good portrayal of the Doctor (even though in the show, he is essentially the same, with a different physique), the show may very well lose its bearings.

However, the show didn’t lose its essence at all. The killer Christmas trees, the psychotic looking Santas—they were all in good taste, at least in the context of Doctor Who. It’s funny how the writers can take something so familiar and cozy, and turn it against you, by well—literally turning them against the characters in the show.

When they finally found themselves aboard the ship of the Sycorax, guess who comes in to save the day. The Doctor, wakes up from his sleep, and does a magnificent monologue of some sort. I can only imagine what was going on David Tennant’s mind then, as he tries to maintain the same spunk as Christopher Eccleston, while having to create a new identity for himself as well as the 10th Doctor. He comes in, rescues the world, and he even showed the same attitudes of the previous Doctor, when he stuck to his values and threw the leader of the Sycorax off the ship. That for me was the defining moment, because the previous Doctor was like that too—fair and firm in his decisions.

It is also in this episode that Harriet Jones returns, completely in command. She does make a bad decision in the end, and the Doctor threatened her for doing so. This gives a hint of what to expect from him in the rest of the season, and what to expect from Torchwood, as it easily shot down a spaceship like that so easily.

At the final scene of the episode, Rose may have started to grow fond of the new Doctor. My favorite scene was when he was picking out his wardrobe, and he looked at himself in the mirror, with a look in his eyes saying, “Bring it on.”

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