Posted 25 May 2006 - 08:15 AM
Going back to the "filler" bit ... tho' I have only seen the first half of the series 1, I have noticed that Davies had chosen to focus a bit more on the dependents of the Companion (Rose's mother, and Mickie) and how his shenanigans would affect those left behind. One might say it is a recurring theme.
And I believe this is what makes Davies' Doctor the most interesting of the series. Prior to this you follow the Doctor and the Companions on their adventures, be it planet of the week, fighting monsters, fighting invasions, or what not, and they go their merry way. Here, in Aliens In London we discover that Rose's little jaunt in the TARDIS actually had repurcussions, and there was some 'splainin' to do.
By the same token, I think the reason why Doctor Who was so successful for so very long, is that it *did* focus on the Doctor and his adventures. And this is what many of the fans want to revel in, and to see the cost, to see the impact that his adventures have on others, and the fact that adventures do take their toll on relationships and whatnot, this is something that I believe many a fan would rather not consider. Doctor Who, to them, is about escapism, and to bring this in serves to unexpectedly ground the series in realism that they may not be overly interested in.
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