Sunday, April 20, 2008

Donna Noble

Only three episodes into the new season, and I already love Donna Noble. Whereas last season it took me until over halfway through to really appreciate Martha as a companion, I already don't want Donna to leave. I remember saying after "The Runaway Bride" that I was disappointed she didn't stick with him; back then I thought she would've been a fun change to the dynamic, being so contrary to the Doctor and standing up to his occasional pomposity and poking holes in it. And it turns out she has changed the dynamic, but in a way I didn't anticipate.

What I love about Donna is how compassionate she's turned out to be. Compassionate and optimistic. Why, if anything, she's more compassionate and optimistic than the Doctor, who, after the events of the third season (and losing Rose at the end of the second) is actually becoming more cynical. She really wants to be there, and instead of wanting to be there because she's in love with the Doctor (which seemed to be the only real motivation for Martha), she really seems to be excited about just exploring and seeing different worlds and having her experience of life expanded. And I do love that. Sure, there's a little bit of Sam-and-Diane bickering--she's obviously got feelings for him--but instead of moping about and feeling second best, she's throwing herself into the feeling of being a companion with an open mind and an open heart. Good God, she's wonderful.

I hope when she meets Martha in the next episode we don't get some kind of jealousy thing. Let's not make her conventional just when she's turned out to be exciting.


Lee said...

I was going to write about this myself but you've written my thoughts exactly which is a real time saver I must say.

Loving the Ood too whom I didn't really care for but they fleshed out really well.

SamuraiFrog said...

I didn't care for the Ood the first time around, either, and in fact I wasn't quite looking forward to this episode because of that. Boy, they sure did the Ood justice this time.

mwb said...

Agreed on many counts. Donna has come into her own by with episodes 2 & 3.

And the Ood now make sense. I wonder if they had had this in mind for a while. If not, it certainly worked well in hindsight.

I am so looking forward to the Sontarians.

SamuraiFrog said...

So much of the new series works well in hindsight. I love the way little statements or ideas get picked up later (like getting to say "Allons-y Alonzo" or meeting Agatha Christie in an upcoming episode). Everything keeps tying into itself, and it's really exciting.