Day 2: What’s your favourite episode and why?
Human Nature/The Family of Blood (they count as one in my mind)
Watching John Smith fall in love is an amazing thing. And whether or not his Time Lord consciousness is hidden, you can see that this Doctor has always had this capacity to love - even if he doesn’t show it. In my mind, I see him outwardly loving Joan Redfern the way he inwardly loves Rose. And when he questions:
my heart reaches out to him. I know what kind of man doesn’t think of that - one that has just had his two hearts ripped out after leaving the love of his life behind. A man who is so utterly devastated, he couldn’t possibly predict he would lose himself again.
And the villains - oh how I love the Family of Blood.
Everything about them - and that head tilt - and Son-of-Mine’s impossible half smile.
I also love Joan Redfern’s comment, “ Answer me this - just one question, that’s all. If the Doctor had never visited us, if he’d never chosen this place… on a whim… would anybody here have died?”
It brings up an extremely valid point. One many of us Whovians don’t like to think about. Yes, the Doctor may save us from destruction, but in a way, he brings destruction wherever he goes.
Last but not least, Timothy Latimer. And two of my top Doctor Who quotes:
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun…….He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe…..and… he’s wonderful.”
“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing… the fury of the Time Lord… and then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. He was being kind… He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains forged in the heart of a dwarf star. He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy To be imprisoned there… forever. He still visits my sister, once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her… but there she is. Can you see? He trapped her inside a mirror. Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection and see something move behind you just for a second, that’s her. That’s *always* her. As for me, I was suspended in time and the Doctor put me to work standing over the fields of England as their protector. We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure we did.”