The Doctor (Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) begin their adventures together, as they travel to New Earth. Written by Russell T. Davies, Rose started her travels with Ten on 15 April, 2006.
Tennant owns the role right from the off. He’s fun, excitable, and clever.
To show that the Doctor was still the same character, Davies makes sure to mention previous events, and brings back a villain that Nine encountered early on in the series, Cassandra (Zoe Wanamaker). The duo arrive on New Earth, for a quick adventure, and find themselves in a big mystery, centring around cat-nurses, a hospital, and a stunning revelation about their cures.
And whether the series knew it or not at the time, the seeds were planted for future revelations, as the Doctor is summoned to Ward 26 to chat with the Face of Boe.
As the Doctor tries to catch up with Boe, he also sees a number of impossible cures happening in the hospital of New New York. So while Cassandra takes over Rose’s body, adding to some fun, the real villains of the piece are revealed and the activities of the hospital are brought into the light with the Doctor’s help.
And while “Allons-y” has yet to make an appearance, the Doctor’s other catchphrase, the much sadder one, “I’m sorry, I’m so, so, sorry” arrives.
The story is fast-paced, and very much sets the tone for the Tennant era, and it’s going to be a very fun ride!!
Tooth and Claw is yet another fast-paced tale combining the legend of werewolves with Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins), Torchwood, kung-fu monks and libraries. Written by Davies this episode aired on 22 April, 2006.
Arriving in Scotland in 1879 instead of a concert in 1979, the Time Lord and Companion soon find themselves going up against a werewolf, in fact, an alien life form passed through the blood done through the centuries.
Rose tries out her Scottish accent (Don’t do that) and the Doctor gets to prove how clever he is.
Much like the previous episode this one races along once the story is set up, and is, once again, a lot of fun. It takes a previously known idea and tweaks it for the world of Doctor Who, which is a lot of fun.
My favourite part is the line about libraries “We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have – arm yourselves!” There could never be a more positive push for reading and educating yourself than that.
Happily, the Doctor and Rose are able to stop the rise of the Empire of the Wolf (it seems the aliens almost always want to take over the world) but there’s a hint, as the episode ends that the Royal Family could be cursed with the infection as well…
Next week we visit with previous Companions and meet new enemies…