Last Night’s TV – Doctor Who

by Lynn Connolly

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Fans of David Tennant will have been drinking him in as the Doctor last night, for his time is nigh. After two Christmas episodes, Matt Smith will become the eleventh incarnation of the famous Doctor, and Tennant shall be a mere memory. Awwww.

But what a way to go; sticking his beak in on Mars in the year 2059 where there a real problem with the water. Not just those air bubbles you get sometimes and wonder if it’s something icky – this water can kill you. And unpleasantly at that.

On Bowie Base One – love that – Captain Adelaide Brooke, excellently played by Lindsay Duncan, is showing that in the future, women are still in charge of anything that’s important. However, Brooke and her team dropped a clanger in that they melted some ice in the ice fields and let loose a nasty virus. Worse than Swine ‘flu even. Or David Cameron.

The very first one to be good ‘n got by the virus/alien life form was Andy Stone who innocently enough was eating one of the first carrots to be grown on Mars. As you do. Then, of a sudden, his skin took on a very unappealing cracked looked, he writhed around in agony and all the water in his body – a considerable amount it would seem – came gushing out of him. Ewww.

And as viruses are wont to do, it spread rapidly and latched onto some of the crew members in the hopes it’d be transported to earth to kill off whoever remains – and there weren’t many – there. Actually, maybe the virus was David Cameron after all…

And while all that was going on, David Tennant was clearly putting his all into his last performances as the Doctor; wild eyed and frenetic, he threw himself into the portrayal of a man who couldn’t seem to decide if he should in fact fiddle with history or not. It seemed that the ordinarily dynamic and all-knowing Doctor was in a bit of a pickle with regard to the do-or-die malarkey.

But it was still as scary as I remember it from being a kid who hid behind the sofa and made my brother turn the telly down when the Daleks were on. To be honest, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve watched Doctor Who since I was about 12 years old, but I can see why Tennant has such a huge fan following. And I can see too, based on his performance last night, that Matt Smith’s got some big boots to fill.

However, no need to go into full mourning just yet because as I mentioned, there are the Christmas episodes yet, a preview of which can be seen during Children In Need.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.