Created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, & Donald Wilson/Revived by Russell T. Davies/Starring David Tennant & Billie Piper
My rating: 5 of 5
Following near death in the battle against the enemy Daleks (Series 1), the Doctor has been forced to regenerate himself. The results, as Rose finds, are startling . . . the same essential person, the same soul if you will, but with a completely different body and even a different personality. After all the time she’s spent traveling with the Doctor, she finds herself rather thrown by this new Doctor for a bit, but (being Rose) adapts quickly. (Of course, it probably helps that this new Doctor is quite the cutie and is totally in love with her, even if he won’t admit it.) In any case, once the initial complications following his regeneration are resolved, the Doctor and Rose pile right back into the TARDIS (which still looks charmingly like an old blue police box, very iconic) and head off to new adventures, past, present, future, far, near–wherever the urge takes them. It’s sure to be exciting, no matter where or when they end up!
Having enjoyed the first series of Doctor Who immensely, I immediately gobbled up the second series as well (in, like, a week if that). And I must say that, while the initial change in the Doctor was weird to get used to, I enjoyed this series very much. Tennant’s Doctor is excellent. He connects just enough in the things he says and the small details of gesture to Eccleston’s Doctor that it’s credible that they’re the same person. But at the same time, he brings a certain new vivacity to the show with his cocksure, spontaneous attitude. One of the things I enjoyed most about this series was the easy interaction between Rose and the Doctor, the way they fit so perfectly together. Great fun. Rose’s character is easily just as amazing as the Doctor’s in her own way; actually, she might have already become one of my favorite fictional characters ever. (Which, without hopefully spoiling too much, makes me really kind of ticked at the ending of this series. I’ll get over it, but I’m definitely sad about it.) The individual episodes were a nice mix of stories, consistent with the first series but distinct and original enough to still be very interesting. I really love the mix, the contrast between history, deep space, and present-day Earth, all tied together brilliantly. I would definitely recommend series 2 of Doctor Who, especially to those who have already enjoyed the first series.