Lock Up Your Daughter

4x06 Jenny

4×06: The Doctor’s Daughter

Last year, Stephen Greenhorn gave us the intriguing Lazarus Experiment.  It was a tale of genetic manipulation gone wrong that had a few unforseen links to and consequences in the season finale.  This year we get a genetic manipulation gone right story as a “progeny machine” was heavily featured, which created completely perfect people in a matter of seconds from a small cell sample.  So, after all the speculation and hints as to how exactly the good old, celibate Doc could ever find himself as a father figure once again, we find another sci-fi staple rolled out for our general consumption.

It would be easy to pick further holes in the Doctor’s Daughter (and I will) but in end the elements that disappointed me all stemmed from the 45-minute format.  Events unfolded in a rushed manner: the daughter had been “born” before the title credits rolled, Martha got separated from the gang (again!), Jenny and the Doctor learned a little something from each other, Catherine Tate got all the best lines, David Tennant flexed his acting muscles once more, the war was brought to a close, and Jenny shot off to plan her inevitable re-appearance.  How much better it could have been if allowed to mature over a hour-and-a-half.

4x06 Martha

The Hath were kind of cool and I’m not sure if I can recall seeing any creations quite like that before (although visually there seemed to be an echo of the Anthony Head-voiced bad guy from The Infinite Quest, last year’s animated adventure).  Obviously, they weren’t given any time to develop and I’m glad that, like me, even RTD (in the commentary track) couldn’t quite work out why deciding to have a fish-creature drown in a pond was good idea.  My final observation on the fishy part of the story is trying to work out why Martha reacted to the death of her Hath friend with quite such an alarming degree of blubbing.

4x06 Impressed

For all the little annoyances though, I still found the episode to be a very enjoyable one thanks in no small part to Georgia Moffett, and her disarming charms.  Real-life offspring of Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, and putting all nepotism conspiracies aside, she brought life and vigeur to the role and lit up the screen in every scene.  Whether it was the grit that she brought to the un-natural born soldier, or the elation that followed her sparing Genral Cobb’s life and vaulting through the laser beams in to the arms of her dad, or even the tugging at the heartstrings in her death scene that she and DT executed so perfectly, there are only two question that remain

  1. How can anyone not love her?
  2. When does the spin-off show happen?

4x06 Time Lady

I think that there have been quite a few reviews of the more negative variety doing the rounds (and you can rely on great variety of reviews from all ends of the spectrum over at the always brilliant Behind The Sofa if you have some time to spare) and I can see where most of them are coming from.   As a slice of disposable sci-fi fluff this one ticked all the boxes, but we fans (or Whovians, or Ming Mongs… pick your poison!) do not treat our favourite show as dispossable fluff, instead it is there to be cherished and to see a story with so great a potential delivered vacuum-packed is, right now, a little… meh.  Of course, knowing as we do how stories in this renewed Doctor Who have a habit of being somewhat more significant than they first appear, I hope my feelings about this one begin to grow.

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