When Russell T. Davies brought Doctor Who back to our screens in 2005, no one could predict just how much of a success it would become. A series filled with brilliant episodes, thought-provoking plots, and fantastic performances from Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, ensured that this show was a force to be reckoned with once again. Just as we were getting to know the lovable Northern-accented Gallifreyan, he was gone, and we were launched into Series Two with a brand new Doctor. Here are my opinions on the series which garnered mixed opinions from me.
David Tennant was the man chosen to fill the Doctor's shoes after Eccleston sadly left, and even though Tennant is my favourite modern Doctor, series 2 had him at his weakest. Tennant certainly seemed at home with the role, stealing the show as soon as he stepped out of the TARDIS donning Nine's leather jacket. And he certainly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in The Christmas Invasion ("No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."), but what followed were a couple of average episodes that didn't really stick out to me. New Earth was fun, but nothing special, and Tooth And Claw was mostly forgettable. School Reunion saw the much anticipated return of classic Who companion Sarah Jane Smith, who was a great character in a mostly cheesy episode, sharing some genuinely heart-warming moments with the Tenth Doctor. The first stand-out episode comes in the form of Girl In The Fireplace, a heart-breaking yet subtle look into one of the romances this Doctor would become known for, all against a stunning score by Murray Gold.
You may not believe I'm saying this, but one of the problems I have with this series is actually Tennant himself (*gasp!*). Don't get me wrong, he's was a brilliant choice to play the Time Lord and I'm glad he did, but I felt he came off too over-enthusiastic in this series (It kind of makes sense though, as the character was only just forming the basis of his personality). His relationship with Rose gained mixed reception, as well. I don't mind it much but I do agree that it's an element the series spent too much time on. The great chemistry between the two is a plus, though. What I liked about the Tennant era was how his Doctor became a much darker character after Rose left, hence why I liked series 3 and loved series 4. It was a great way to develop the character and show how the loss of Rose affected him, even if I wasn't the biggest fan of their relationship. Basically, the character of Ten got better after Rose left.
The final half of the series is also a mixed bag for me. The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit is a tightly-written, tense two-parter which explored the horror side of Doctor Who perfectly. Then came Love And Monsters, the episode that polarises fans to this day. Personally, I really liked the episode up to the point where the Abzorbaloff turned up. It was fascinating to see how strangers' lives had been affected by the Doctor, and Elton made for a likeable, loveable protagonist. But then Peter Kay turns up and it all goes downhill from there, turning a creative episode into a horrifically camp one. What followed was Fear Her, my least favourite episode of the series. Boring, bland, and unimaginative, the series finale luckily ended this streak of poor episodes. Say what you want about Ten and Rose, but there's no denying that their final moments together are heart-breaking, and Tennant and Billie gave wonderful performances, making for one of the best finales of the modern show. It's a shame that the rest of series 2 couldn't hit that level more often.
Overall, Series 2 of Doctor Who was definitely a mixed bag for me. Tennant was great but left room for improvement, many of the episodes were bland and forgettable, and the cheesiness was ramped up to 11, but this series definitely hit many highs with some brilliant two-parters, an ever-wonderful Gold score, and great performances all round. Good, but not as great as the previous series.