The Doctor: 'Back to your mum. It's all waiting. Fish and chips, sausage and mash, beans on toast... No! Christmas! Turkey! Although, having met your mother, nutloaf would be more appropriate.'
The Children in Need
Special follows on directly from last season's finale. After a lengthy recap, the story picks up minutes
after the Doctor's regeneration. The Doctor's full of energy, enthralled
by his new body, his new appearance and his new existence. Rose,
however, is far less enthusiastic. On finding herself aboard the TARDIS with a man she's never seen before, she can only conclude that the
Doctor's been captured and that the man before her is an impostor.
This vignette focuses primarily on the Doctor and Rose as they work
through the changes forced upon them by the Doctor's regeneration. Both
actors I think did brilliantly. Billie genuinely looked freaked out by
the Doctor's metamorphosis and subsequent weirdness, and Tennant put in a
brilliant performance as the Doctor, projecting a perhaps more
familiar, affable persona than Eccleston's darker creation. Like the
Doctor of old, Tennant's Doctor is unpredictable, a little manic, and
prone to talking gibberish.
There was a lovely moment at the end, where the
Doctor wasn't sure whether Rose would want to travel with him, and Rose looked similarly unsure whether she'd be welcome. Again, great
acting. This is a time of confusion
for both their characters, and Russell T. Davies captured their emotional
struggle perfectly. They both looked so vulnerable.
his ramblings, the Doctor managed to garble something about his
regeneration going wrong. Yeah, we'd kind of figured that out, Doc. Best
forget Barcelona and hot-foot it back to Earth then, eh?
Roll on Christmas!"
—For those of you wondering what Children in Need
is, it's an annual British charity appeal that airs on the BBC every
year. Popular TV shows produce truncated episodes in order to raise
money for various children's charities. They're usually aired across one
—Tennant usually speaks with a Scottish accent, yet his Doctor speaks
Estuary English. I wonder whether they were afraid of having two strong
accents so close together (what with Chris having a strong Mancunian
"Rose, it's me. Honestly, it's me. I was dying. To save my own life, I
changed my body. Every single cell, but still me."
Rose: "Can you change back?"
Doctor: "Do you want me to?"
Rose: "Can you?"
Doctor: "No. Do you want to leave?"
Rose: "Do you want me to?"
Doctor: "No, but, your choice. If you want to go home."