So, I’m not to keen on doing things like this- posting my opinions on why certain people are better than other people- but I really needed to get this out.
First, let me illustrate how I’m watching Doctor Who.
Watched Series 5 the summer it finished.
Went back and watched Series 1
Watched Series 2 (last few episodes, Doomsday included, with my parents. Mistake.)
Watched Series 3, with my parents
Went back and watched Series 1 with my parents because they wanted to see the change from Eccleston to Tennant
Finally back on schedule, going to watch Series 4,
Then I’ll have to rewatch Series 5. Great.
I love Rose Tyler. I love Billie Piper, I love how her hair style changes, everything. I especially love how Rose was a normal girl, downright frumpy even, and the Doctor found her and fell in love with her. She always said the right thing, she grew from her mistakes and grew from being with the Doctor. She learned of a better way to live her life being with him. Isn’t that the type of growth we all hope to go through? All of the companions have been changed by the Doctor, yes. And some of them were just normal people. But Rose is this generation of Whovian’s Sarah Jane Smith, our Jamie McCrimmon.
So, when I watched Doomsday, I cried my eyes out. Two full seasons of Rose and the Doctor, gone in a flash. Gone in the press of a button. Hardly fair to anyone. Russell T. Davies said that Rose would’ve stayed with the Doctor forever (True), and that they needed a whole universe just to contain her (also true). I understand that they had to get rid of her because it would be boring without other companions. Martha had big shoes to fill, but I liked her. She was funny and smart. I liked Amelia Pond, too. I’ve only seen one season of her, but still. She’s funny, witty, puts the Doctor in his place.
So, I was on Wikipedia one day, curious as to how long certain companions had been companions, and who had been a companion the longest. Alright, well, that’s Jamie McCrimmon, played by Frazer Hines. Jamie was in 116 episodes of Doctor Who, the most any companion had ever been on. He was the companion of the Second Doctor. Many people would say Sarah Jane Smith, but I’m not going to count her because she’s only got more episodes on McCrimmon if you count her spin-off. Nothing doing.
So, okay, Rose Tyler wasn’t around for 116 episodes. But she was around for 31 episodes as the Doctor’s companion. That is the same amount as Amelia Pond, who the Doctor did not fall in love with and who did not fall in love with the Doctor.
I feel as though the marriage of the Doctor and River Song was kind of… I’m not even sure. I’m obviously biased, but look at it like this- the Tenth Doctor became that way for Rose. It’s everywhere- he’s her Doctor. But that’s okay, I get that; the two of them bonded, he loved her, she loved him. He wanted her to be happy, which is why he changed like that. So, okay, 31 episodes as a companion later, she’s in another universe, away from him. But she still loves him. Then she gets a human version of him to grow old with, which is fantastic. She deserved that, that happiness. But River Song… I don’t know. Maybe I don’t know enough of her story, but I’ll base it on a fact: River Song was only a companion in 5 episodes. Also, she’s only in about 11 episodes (According to Wikipedia). That is 20 episodes less than Rose Tyler.
Rose didn’t marry the Doctor. She would have, but, you know, she didn’t. We barely know River Song. We didn’t grow with her. Every time we see her, she knows the Doctor more, but he knows her less. So, how can they be married?
I feel as though Moffat was trying to depart fully from David Tennant’s Doctor, and from everything Rose was to the Doctor. He’s been known to call Tennant’s outfit and hair as the Doctor stupid, so I guess it makes sense that Moffat would do such a thing like marry off the Doctor.
But, you know what else? Moffat closed about 600 different doors by marrying off the Doctor. I saw on Pinterest a meme with the Doctor kissing his new companion, Clara. The person wrote as a caption, “But he’s married! I understand she started it, but the Doctor didn’t have to like it so much.” That is exactly it. Now, people will think the Doctor can’t control himself. I mean, if my husband was travelling around with a different woman every episode, I wouldn’t be happy about it. Now, the viewer won’t be able to watch an episode where the Doctor’s flirting with another character because the viewer will scream, “He’s married to River Song! How can he just do that!” Well, yep, they’re married. There goes that.
If I’m wrong in hating River Song, alright. I don’t think I am, but maybe there’s some information I’ve missed. I guess it’s all in the writing, really. Moffat’s trying to make the Doctor something he’s not. He never seemed like the type to get married because getting married implies settling down. Apparently a lot of British people who watch Doctor Who don’t like Matt Smith. This type of writing is probably why. Also could be because the Smithster is super quirky. But I don’t mind that.
Eccleston is my favourite Doctor, if you’re wondering. He was a jerk, but without him, we wouldn’t be watching the show the way we are.
I guess this was a random rant, so I’m sorry.
Thanks for reading!
Ps, I hope Moffat never brings back Captain Jack. I love him too much, and his writing would just ruin the pleasant memories.