Journey with Doctor Who - Season 3 - 2007

Compromise with loneliness!

Season 3 of Doctor Who, when all the surprises of acting, script, music ... is not the highlight anymore (because everything is always good). The relationship between Doctor 10th and his new companion Martha Jones also does not make me focus anymore. Since it's not Rose anymore, I'm starting to have more time to focus on just one character: The Doctor.

The Doctor of season 3 can be said to be the image of the closest Doctor to his own nature: the last Time Lord in the universe and a loner. While the previous seasons mainly showed the bright, cheerful, and optimistic side of Doctor, this season dived into extreme loneliness and desperate sad memories.

In this season. Doctor 10 is full of “humanity” more than ever. He was no longer someone invulnerable. He was worried, scared, old, and ugly. He was in physical and mental pain - like in episode 42 “Human Nature” and reach its peak in the last episode of Last of The Time Lords.

Doctor Who - Season 3

The Doctor understands the loneliness of a Time Lord. In the episode Lazarus's Experiment, when Lazarus (played by Mr. Mark Gatiss) is in his naked human form after genetically modifying himself to become younger, he said: You're so sentimental, Doctor. Maybe you are older than you look.”. He replied:” I'm old enough to know that a longer life isn't always a better one. In the end, you just get tired. Tired of the struggle, tired of losing everyone that matters to you, tired of watching everything turn to dust. If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you'll end up alone”

“You think histories only made with equations? Facing death is part of being human. You can't change that.”

“Is it the price worth paying.”

“Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It's not the time that matters, it's the person.”

Doctor deeply understands the sadness of losing his homeland and exiling alone in the universe. In episode “Gridlock”, when Martha wanted to visit Time Lord's hometown, he paused for a moment. Then his face expressed deep and infinitely sad and then he burst into laughter trying to hide the truth. Until the end, everything finally turned out. In the sweet hum of New Yorkers who had just been freed by him and the Face of Boe,  I cried with the Doctor when I heard him speaking to Martha about his hometown of Gallifrey: “I lied to you because I liked it. I could pretend. Just for a bit, I could imagine they were still alive, underneath a burnt orange sky. I'm not just a Time Lord. I'm the last of the Time Lords. The Face of Boe was wrong. There's no one else.There was a war. A Time War. The Last Great Time War. My people fought a race called the Daleks, for the sake of all creation. And they lost. They lost. Everyone lost. They're all gone now. My family, my friends, even that sky. Oh, you should have seen it, that old planet. The second sun would rise in the south, and the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver, and when they caught the light every morning, it looked like a forest on fire. When the autumn came, the breeze would blow through the branches like a song.”

“And they lost. They lost. Everyone lost”                  

I wish you could see that scene, the scene of two companions sitting together in the heart of the ruined city, in the song that caresses their souls, sharing beautiful memories with each other. In the deepest depths and above is new dawn emerging in the New York sky with skyscrapers filled with golden light and countless spots of tiny spaceships like ashes flying in the air. This scene is so beautiful and heart-touching!

That voice, that pursed lips, that eager painful look when talking about his hometown makes me get goosebumps. He made me "touch" a land that had never been seen but could be felt. A land of memories filled with love that everyone has: the place where we were born, grew up, where our family was, where our childhood was, where our friends were. Now it does not exist anymore and now he is complete "the last of the race".

Loss and suffering because of the Time War which gave birth to Dr.9 as a Bitter Warrior with the anguish still etched on his forehead, in his voice and manner of being still quite reserved and skeptical. Dr. 10 was born from love when sacrificing for Rose. And he was always like that, willing to sacrifice himself for humanity, for his companions. He is also weak, vulnerable, and tends to hurt others by the coldness of a lonely traveler for nearly 1,000 years in the universe.

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Dr.10 follows in the footsteps of the old predecessors, continuing to carry the sadness of centuries, the hatred of the loss of a once beautiful planet. In addition, the new pain of losing dear Rose was still fresh contained and filled in the corners of his eyes. The sadness was so obvious that, in The Shakespeare's Code, the profound Shakespeare immediately noticed and asked: "How can a man so young have eyes so old?"

It is impossible to get old when those eyes have seen the most beautiful, the noblest, and the evilest and brutal things of this universe. It was the eye of a witness, the gaze of a god. The Lonely God!

In particular, in the series of 3 final episodes Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of The Time Lords by Mr. Russell T Davies, Doctor faced inner conflict and torment in discovering that Professor Yana (You Are Not Alone) is a surviving Time Lord. So, he is not as lonely as the Face of Boe says? So, he can rejoice, be happy?

But it is just short-lived happiness.  When Yana found out his true identity, He was immediately reincarnated and became a cruel and ambitious Master. He robbed Tardis, returned to the past, hypnotized the world, disguised as the British Prime Minister with the name Harold Saxon. With extremely terrible and brutal tricks like bringing the Toclafane (also the people of Utopia to the far end of the world) he wants to conquer and colonize the whole Earth, destroying his own ancestors. In this episode, everything is pushed to the climax, especially when he turns the Doctor into a 100-year-old man, then a 900-year-old man, just to humiliate him in front of the whole world.

In the end, when he told the Doctor that the planet was so beautiful, he wanted to make it the second Gallifrey. But the Doctor vehemently protested but he couldn't do anything about it. Watching the powerful Time Lord become old, ugly, and helpless makes me feel sad and understand that everything is impermanent.

Doctor Who - Season 3

But the last part when Martha returned and saved him, the Master was shot by his own wife (or pretended to be dead) and fully describe the Doctor's inner self. He painfully hugged the last human corpse, screaming for him to be reborn. But of course, the Master did not agree to live but imprisoned). When he passed out, the howl "Nooo!!!" tragically hissed through his teeth like a wounded animal in the Doctor's final touching death. The image of the powerful Time Lord embracing the last of his fellow humans. His eyes turn numb and he keeps hiccupping every once in a while, suddenly reminded me of Man of Steel when Superman was forced to kill General Zod who was also the last of the men from Kryptonian planet to protect the people of Earth. Superman crumbed to the ground in pain afterward. The Doctor is numb because he knows he has lost more than the last of his kind, it is also a bond of the race with his homeland, with a golden Gallifrey in his memory. This perhaps is worse than death or separation!

David Tennant is not just good but even brilliant. He made me understand myself during a long lonely life. Now, I deeply understand the thing called INNER WORLD. Humans would nourish their bodies in real life, but cultivate their souls in the Inner World. If we don't make our Inner World peaceful and peaceful, our hearts will never be at peace.

Going through all the realms of birth and death, going through so much loss, I have grown a lot thanks to strange relationships. Like three years ago, I happened to read Norwegian Wood and am grateful to live that the book came at the right time. And now, I continue to be grateful to Doctor Who and everyone who brought him to this world so it can start soothing lonely souls like me... Loneliness - if it chose me as destiny, I will compromise with it. I will have the courage to face it because everything has a price that we always have to deserve to experience and overcome. All will pass. Keep devoted to this life, devoted to the people we love, even if we die, we will never regret it!

Thank you, The Doctor, just like Face of Boe said: “You are not alone!”

And I know, I’m not alone, coz I have you, Doctor!.

 Doctor Who - Season 3

Put Doctor aside, I need to tell you something interesting in season 3: "Blink” is my favorite episode about the idea. If I wear a hat right now, I'd take it off right away to pay tribute to Steven Moffat! He didn't write about luxury things but very normal and casual things but always haunting. Remember the Doctor's advice: “Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink. Good Luck.”

Just like the “Are you my Mommy?”, it is scary and haunting. His head is on another level. The writing contains bending time, put the characters into chaos, making viewers confused, and then burst into tears at the last minute saying: “Ah, that's how it is!”. The plot of this episode doesn't seem to be complicated. Just the Doctor is stuck in 1969 and tries to send his instruction on DVDs to the girl Sally Sparrow in 2007. He tries to show her how to get Tardis back to him right in front of Weeping Angels. These angels don’t hesitate to throw you back to the past the moment you just look at them for a moment. That's all, but it's really interesting, very haunting, very different. So even though Season 3 only has one episode he wrote, everyone had to look forward to watching and have a heart attack with the Weeping Angels. They do not even dare to "blink".

*About John Smith: in two episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood by Paul Cornell. It can be said that this is an outstanding and emotional performance of David Tennant. We got to see a different "Doctor",  a  different Time Lord-Human as he chose to transform himself into a real normal human to avoid the pursuit of the Family of Blood who wanted to hunt him down, possess him to prolong their life forever. And so, after a painful transition to re-establish memories, Mr. John Smith showed up at a boys' martial arts school in 1913.

He remembered nothing of his Time Lord life, nothing of Martha, of Tardis, and anything else. He just takes notes and draws things in his "vivid" dreams every night. He also has a crush on the manager Joan Redfern at the school. In short, he is full of "humanity”. He is a strict teacher but loves his students. He is a man full of emotions, joy, wit, fear, and torment when faced with problems. Then, when Martha convinced him, he refused to return to being a strange Time Lord and lose the good life he thought he would have: a perfect family with the woman he loved and beautiful children.

Doctor Who - Season 3

But in the end, when the cruel aliens bombarded the village, he accepted to "kill" himself and lose his whole life (which he believed to be his own). The scene when John bursts into tears, accepts to break up with Joan, and decides to transform is really emotional and very “human”.

I can hardly see John Smith as a Doctor because he is not a Doctor at all for now. But that part of him is always a part of the Doctor, from the Doctor and will always be in the Doctor's head, the part of the person that like the manager said: "He was braver than you in the end, that ordinary man. You chose to change. He chose to die." Well, maybe, the Doctor also has dreamed of a home, a stable life, and experienced a happy life until the time to go this world, he can let go in peace. Is that a beautiful but sad dream of The Last of Time Lord in the universe? The manager didn't know that: being a human like John Smith is a blessing. Because sometimes living a LIMITED life and being able to die at the right time to DIE is already a blessing! Our Doctor can't freely choose that. Simply because he can't. He can’t even possess an immortal life as he says,  which only ends up bringing only agonizing loneliness.

* About The Master: It is impossible not to mention the character that causes the most unexpected twist and turn in this series. No one expected the gentle old professor Yana to be a remaining Time Lord. But of course, he is not simply a Doctor, he is the chosen one as a child, a Master in both evil and… impressive!

It must be said that John Simm's acting is too excellent. I must commend the BBC's excellent casting too. Every actor is extremely suitable for every role. From the faking style that deceives the people of the Prime Minister in Harold Saxon's disguise to the smile that seduces the ladies. From the cunning and evil gestures of the Master who wants to become the emperor of the earth to the moment he slaughters the people of the earth.

The best part is when he is defeated by the "revival" of the Doctor. When he is in extreme terror when he hears the pounding drums in his head and especially when he is determined to die without being reborn, just to be imprisoned later by the Doctor. Such arrogant ego of Time Lord. All I have to say about the part is just one word "Perfect". The character only shows up in 2 episodes, but it also "overshadows" the Doctor! He is dead. But of course, I believe it's just a fake death. How could Time Lord die so easily? Does he have to live a long life to drive the Doctor mad again? Just like that the old Face of Boe still told the Doctor after 5 billion years: "You are not alone!". The fangirls even want The Doctor The Master to be a couple. Just sick, isn’t it! Personally, I don't want Master to die at all because he's also so handsome!

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* Martha: Although I intended not to talk too much about any companion other than Rose. In the end, after 13 episodes, Martha is still very worthy for me to spend the last review lines for series 3 to write about her. I love Rose so much, but I also really like Martha. Of course, she can't replace Rose's place in the Doctor. He confirmed it many times during his travels with her and in a lot of the details of the plot. However, Martha is still a great companion of the Doctor. She saved his life many times with her bravery, love, and willingness to sacrifice her life for Doctor. She is also very sensitive, very compassionate with her Doctor nature.

It can be said that Martha fell in love with the Doctor right from the start. There is only one thing that Martha “did wrong” - She came after Rose. So, she can only secretly envy the girl named Rose Tyler - who always indirectly and directly appears in many of Doctor's stories among Doctor and his old friend (Captain Jack Harkness). And even in “human" form, John Smith still captures Rose's eyes and remembers Rose. Even he didn’t have any note or trace of her.

But after all life-and-death experiences with the Doctor, or many times she saved his life or being saved by him, Martha was no longer just a "passenger" on Tardis that she was. She is becoming a true companion of the Doctor. Needless to say, I still remember the way she widened her eyes in amazement and reached out her hands to receive the key from the Doctor, bursting with happiness jumping like a child, and thanking him for accepting her as a partner.

Martha didn't have the Doctor's love, but she had all of his trust and all of his hopes. In the final episode, when the downfall Doctor turns old, he can only rely on Martha...

And then she did not let him down. She became a warrior, wandering for a year around the earth, just to fulfill the mission he entrusted to her, to talk about the Doctor, to understand the Doctor, and to trust the doctor completely.

Martha is not as passionate and emotional as Rose. There is a sharp intelligence, a courageous spirit, an action-oriented personality about her. There is not all sentimental at all. It is boundless strength. The love toward the Doctor (even it is one-sided love) has made a legendary hero out of Martha. She will do everything because of the Doctor, toward the Doctor, and for the Doctor.

Doctor Who - Season 3

The separation scene between the Doctor and Martha is also relieved and there is no tear at all. Martha's last words to the Doctor made me really admire her: a person who knows how to live for her family. She doesn’t want to leave her family behind after everything. She is a smart girl who knows her limits, who she is. Especially she knows how to accept that in a proud and self-respecting status.

“I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best. But you know what? I *am* good. You gonna be alright?

Martha is great. Her journey should just end there, right? Because although everything is replaceable, believe that no one is the same and that doesn't mean that the feeling will be the same again. Is it?

But anyway, one consolation is that Martha was actively kissed by him at the first meeting to increase her fighting spirit. The Doctor is terrible, "bribes" strangers right away to ask for help.  Even my Rose has not been able to get that kiss. So, it is best that their journey ended here. I have nothing to say or regret anymore!

Don’t’ cry, Martha

There are things that are worth living for. Isn't it?



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