So, for our second Whoydnesday (taking up Su’s suggestion for a slight revision in spelling since last week), lets focus on the sociodynamics of the relationship between Doctor and Companion. (Although when Lauredhel logs on she has a great image to post which draws upon the more epic-quest aspects of the Doctor mythos.)
As previously mentioned, the Companions are very useful for plot exposition – a large part of their role is to ask questions that the Doctor must answer so that everything is explained for the audience. But there’s more – each regeneration of the Doctor brings slightly different quirks to the fore, and the Companions are the foils (and brakes) for those quirks.
Many fans went on the record last year as rather nervous about the return of Donna Noble, but the reviews of the current season have been overwhelmingly positive. For those of us fortunate enough to have caught some of the 2008 season already (and very mindful of spoilers), Donna seems to examine and challenge the Doctor’s character more deeply than previous Companions, perhaps as a result of having had more time to consider going travelling with the Doctor in the first place (having said “No” in the Runaway Bride episode, and then reconsidering over the next year (I don’t think that’s too much of a spoiler!)) versus Rose, Martha and most other Companions making a snap decision.
Quite a lot of Donna’s revealed strengths are actually foreshadowed in the Runaway Bride, and I’ve put together just three images which are part of those foreshadowing scenes as a reminder for others (having just watched that ep again over the weekend):
When she does decide to jump, she trusts her gut. The wink shows us how Donna can size up a situation and turn it around. The Segway scene shows that even in the middle of a scary adventure she doesn’t lose her sense of the absurd.
I found this shot while doing an image search. Have we actually seen this in an earlier episode and I missed it, or was it a deleted scene, or is it yet to come?
Bonus Alan Rickman:
Because why the hell not, and I only found it last week, and I’m intrigued. Sometimes you really wonder what prompts certain publicity shots.