Human Nature/Family of Blood–extended thoughts.
Okay, now that I’ve had a chance to digest this…
Holy freaking shit.
I thought ‘Dalek’ and ‘The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances’ blew my mind.
My first moment of startlement was completely fortuitous — the date on the newspaper is fifty years to the day before the day I was born. As if the opening wasn’t disconcerting enough…
Seeing several past Doctors in his notebook in ‘Human Nature’ was what had me off the couch, jaw hanging open, staring in stunned (and delighted) surprise. I highly recommend pausing through that whole notebook segment and deciphering what you can of his scrawl.
A cow-orker mentioned that this story retconned some of ‘The Enemy Within’, or at least provided a more canonical explanation than the Doctor being allegedly half-human. I had my doubts–TEW had a number of canonical problems, of which the Doctor’s ancestry was one of the largest (we won’t even get into the whole issue of the Daleks executing the Master and then cheerily–by Dalek standards–handing over the remains to the Doctor to take back to Gallifrey).
Okay. She was right, yes, I can buy the semihuman part now. We still are going to leave the Daleks and the Master out of things. ;)
The part that absolutely laid me out flat was in Family of Blood, where the Doctor and Joan get a flash of what their lives together might be like … and knowing it’s the one thing that The Doctor can never have–or even worse, that he did have once, or the Gallifreyan equivalent thereof. We know he had a family (mentioned at the end of Gridlock), and he himself has said he was a father (forget which episode)–and of course there’s the matter of Susan, his granddaughter from the First Doctor episodes…
Yeah. If you know more than just the restart canon, this is a pair of episodes that dig deep. I’m already preparing myself for a comparative letdown for the next episode or two, because while for all I know, Blink and Utopia are just fine as episodes, I can’t see how they can have the same impact.
I mean, dayamn.