Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter

Note: If you haven’t seen these episodes, do not clickthrough!

Do NOT clickthrough if you are watching on Sci-Fi Channel’s delayed schedule!

I am running on the BBC schedule, which means I’ve already seen up to episode 12 of the 13 for season 4.

These posts will not be duplicated on the Blogger backup blog.

Again: The screensnaps might look awful because of the way I’m viewing the episodes.

Update: Some sort of WordPress problem is screwing up the JPEGs. They were fine once published. The HTML code is all correct. So it’s a passing screw-up on WordPress’s end. Come back later if you don’t see the director’s credit as the second screensnap.


This is episode six of season four’s thirteen.


Wonderful work, Alice Troughton!


Martha: Where did she come from?

The Doctor: From me.

Donna: From you?! How? Who is she?


The Doctor: Well… she’s… well… she’s my daughter!


Jenny: Hello, Dad!

Oh my god. She is homicidally cute.


Donna: I’m not having sons and daughters by some great big flippin’ machine! Sorry, no offence but you’re not… well I mean you’re not real.


Jenny: You’re no better than him! I have a body, I have a mind, I have independent thought, how am I not real? What makes you better than me?


The Doctor: Hang on, hang on, a second ago it was peace in our time, now you’re talking about genocide!?

General Cobb: For us, that means the same thing.


The Doctor: Then you need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up “Genocide.” You’ll see a little picture of me there and the caption will read Over my dead body!

I love that. We’re reminded that The Doctor is the last of his kind, the only survivor of a devastating war.


The Doctor: You’re an echo, that’s all. A Time Lord is so much more. A sum of knowledge. A code. A shared history. A shared suffering. Only it’s gone now. All of it. Gone forever.

He gets a bit chauvinistic there. Echoes of what precipitated the war that destroyed the Time Lords?


Martha: Er, language! Come on.

Lovely touch of humor. Martha’s rapport with the Hath was great.

I love the Hath. Star Trek: The Next Generation did a fish species in passing. Really, it was pathetic. Even moreso compared to the Hath.


The surface. The dangerous surface.


The Doctor: Listen to me, the killing, after a while it infects you. And once it does you’re never rid of it.

Jenny: We don’t have a choice.

The Doctor: We always have a choice.




More tragedy. My god. They wrung me out with this episode!








Every time. Every place. No matter what the lifeform. It’s all the same.


Jenny: Hello, boys.

Pitch-perfect delivery.


Jenny: Sorry. Can’t stop. What you gonna do, tell my dad?

Cline: But where are you going?!

Jenny: Oh, I’ve got the whole universe! Planets to save, civilizations to rescue, creatures to defeat… and an awful lot of running to do!

A nice touch:

Jenny: So what do you do?

The Doctor: I travel. Through time and space.

Donna: He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures. And runs a lot. Seriously, there’s an outrageous amount of running involved.

The Doctor’s Daughter wikipedia entry

I really, really liked this episode.

But you can’t examine it too closely.

1) If the war has only been going on for seven days, why does Cobb have such rotten teeth?

2) Martha witnesses the death of a friendly Hath who saved her life yet once she’s back on earth, it’s as if it never happened.

3) Donna knew Jenny had two hearts, so did The Doctor. Martha didn’t, so how could she arrive at a correct prognosis for Jenny?

Still, I liked it.

For this episode, I cheated. I read the wikipedia entry afterward (something I didn’t do with the others). I was surprised to learn:

Georgia Moffett, who plays Jenny, is the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy star Sandra Dickinson. David Tennant described the episode by saying “We get to see the Doctor’s daughter, played by the Doctor’s daughter.” Moffett had previously auditioned for the role of Rose Tyler in 2004[.]

Whoaaaa! What A Rose she would have been. Yes, I love the Rose we got … but still!

Well now, anyone care to start pitching for a Doctor’s Daughter series?

No, I will not be watching that awful episode again after all. And you can’t make me!

While I was uploading this post, I got the season four finale. But the file isn’t from a usual source and it’s piggish in size. I can’t watch it tonight. Eyes are weary. I might plop it on my LifeDrive to take with me in the morning. But given what happened with another episode, perhaps public viewing is not the best thing to do.

Most likely, I’ll use the copy I have as insurance and get a proper-sized one tomorrow.

Once again thank to the devoted Doctor Who fans whose transcripts I’ve used as the basis for lines quoted herein.

Previously here:

Doctor Who: Season Four Finale Is Up!
Doctor Who: The Poison Sky
Doctor Who: Can You Feel The Vibe?!
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem
Reference: Doctor Who Episode Transcripts
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Ood
Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii
Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth
I Can See The Doctor Now
Doctor Who: Now I Begin To See
Doctor Who: Turn Left
Doctor Who: Midnight
Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead
Doctor Who: Silence In The Library
Thank God It’s Not Gareth Roberts!
Doctor Who Jumps The Gay Shark
Doctor Who: The Hair Years

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One Comment on “Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter”

  1. hajra Says:

    I Really Liked This Episode

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