More Doctor Who

So amid all the upcoming sport, yes I am thrilled to bits that the seventh series will begin soon; BBC in Britain and in America will show the first episode on 1 September, and I can’t WAIT!  I’m not a big Dalek fan, the subject of the first show.  What I care about is Amy and Rory.

Yes, I am a HUGE Mr and Mrs Pond fan, probably my fave companions, although Rose Tyler was very good, with either Doctor.  What I love about Amy and Rory is that it isn’t Amy, Rory, and The Doctor.  It’s just this young couple who hold onto each other regardless of vampires that are really aliens, other aliens, and death.  Even death couldn’t keep Rory from Amy.

But what about those Weeping Angels, huh?

No spoilers on this blog, but that’s fair game, all over the web.  The Weeping Angels will have something to do with The Ponds’ departure, and this fan can’t wait to watch.  This writer can’t wait to see how Steven Moffat closes their tenure; some of the best writing I have ever encountered has been within Doctor Who.

I started watching before my writing commenced, so at first I viewed just with wide American eyes.  Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor was shadowy, a little scary, as were “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances”, episodes perfectly frightening, terrifically British.  Wonderfully Eccleston, and there isn’t enough time to note all of David Tennant’s contributions, except to say the end of “Doomsday” is one of the most brilliant moments in TV (IMHO).  Will Amy and Rory top that?

As a writer, good grief, I am just gobsmacked!  The end of “The Big Bang”: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…  The author in me wished to create something so succinctly plotted, so touching, heartbreaking.  Currently I’m prepping the last three novels of a series for release this autumn.  The last book, while not quite on par with Doctor Who, does wrap up several stories with some pretty crafty twists.  But still, I am stunned with most of the Doctor Who episodes.  This past season was okay in working through the River Song arc, but the previous season, Amy and Rory’s first, was so sharp.  And take it from this writer, that is not easy to do.

There’s foreshadowing, moving the tale along, ratcheting up the action.  Unwinding each story-line just enough to make the reader (or viewer) crazy to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.  That is key.  The audience has to be dying to see the next show, read the next chapter.  Willing to hunt high and low for any hint to The Ponds’ future.

In my own work, one cast has lingered through six books since 2009.  By the end of this year, their stories will be concluded, maybe around the same time Amy and Rory head off to companion sunset.  I didn’t plan it this way, but can’t miss the parallels, also the significance of connecting with one’s audience.  Be they readers or viewers, hearts must be captured.  Daleks have nothing on The Doctor when conquering others, but we won’t tell them that.  They think they’re pretty superior, Exterminate and all that.  But it’s the human element that matters, whether in sci-fi or family saga.  I love Amy and Rory.  I hope they live happily ever after.

(But if they don’t, I won’t be surprised.)

2 thoughts on “More Doctor Who

  1. Kate

    I can’t imagine a writer who wouldn’t long to create such perfect plots (and some of them so complex!) with such marvellous characters.

    Counting the days to Who 7! We’re coming up to a big year for the whole Doctor Who culture too, 50th Anniversary in 2013. What a party! 🙂


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