And so the new incarnation of Dr Who has his first adventure on BBC One, with 27 year old Matt Smith as the latest actor to portray the eponymous Time Lord. The one thing about Doctors these days is that if you don’t like the current one, there’ll probably be another one along in a couple of years…. 🙂
As well as teh Doctor, we have his new assistant, Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, who encounters the Doctor whilst dressed as a Kissogram Policewoman and agrees to travel with him. She does, however, insist that she comes back before the following morning, as she has ‘stuff’ to do. What we know, but what she doesn’t tell the Doctor, is that the stuff is her Wedding Day.
Hold on a minute…picking up a new assistant at the time of her Wedding…haven’t we been there before with the dreadful Donna Noble, who turns up in the TARDIS actually in her Wedding Dress on the day of her Wedding? Come on folks – that is laziness of the highest order. There are lots of ways in which assistants have been introduced to the Doctor, but to have two of them introduced in what has to be an unusual way like this is really lazy writing and serious imagination failure.
Or…could it be another piece of social engineering on behalf of the Dr Who / Torchwood writing ‘establishment’? OK – I know that may seem a little extreme but I’ve muttered on numerous occasions in the past about the rather ‘heavy handed’ PC attitudes that have permeated some of the episodes of both Doctor Who and Torchwood – to the degree that some of the dialogue grates. Several of the characters have frequently seemed to fit a set of PC stereotypes, and I’m afraid that this introduction of a second assistant at a point in which she is basically committing herself to a traditional lifestyle again grates.
Just think about it – a Doctor who appears to be getting increasingly younger with each incarnation, in looks and behaviour. An occasional character in the form of Jack Harkness who cannot die and is forever young. A young woman running away from what some folks would label the ‘humdrum’ of normal life. Just seems a little bit ‘Lost Boys’ here – reflecting a lifestyle and belief structure in which people are unwilling to grow up.