Through the wonder-tubes of Teh Internets, we watched the first episode of the new season.
I liked it more than last season’s opener, “New Earth” —
In fact, as a story, I might’ve even liked this better than the series one opener, “Rose.” (Although that had the added benefit of introducing the new show AND a new Doctor)
“Smith & Jones” reminded me of the short stories that used to be in the annuals and the comics — the sort of “this happens to the Doctor all the time” thing — just a quick, odd SF-ish problem that needs solving. I loved those stories when I was younger, and they were never really represented on the show, because the show was all about multipart stories with extensive plots involving capture and escape, running through corridors, meeting the locals, etc. With the new show, they can do that — in fact, this is one of the first ones that they’ve told which felt like it was *intended* like that from the start, rather than taking a traditional-style “Who” story and compressing it into 45 minutes, which always makes it seem a bit rushed.
Tennant is confident and isn’t “the new guy” any more….the show is his. Now he’s got his own companion, rather than inheriting one from the previous Doctor.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that this episode really felt like its own thing, finally — not an attempt to re-create the magic of the older series within the new format, but an example of the new show standing on its own two feet….in effect, the point at which it has changed from being “the new show” and has fully become “the show.”
Plus, Martha is FINE.