Doctor Who Episode Review: "The Doctor's Daughter"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 4 episode that first aired in June, 2008.

Synopsis: The Doctor (David Tennant), Donna (Catherine Tate) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) travel to a war-torn planet where the two factions have been feuding for generations and replenish their supply of soldiers by using a DNA progenation machine. Their newest soldier is a young woman named Jenny, who was created from the Doctor's DNA.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Georgia Moffett, Nigel Terry, Paul Kasey and Akin Gazi.

Very Entertaining

We weren't really in the mood to watch the various New Year's Eve celebrations on television this week so, instead, we watched some episodes of Doctor Who while waiting for midnight to get here. This ended up being one of the episodes we picked out on Netflix.

I've seen this episode a couple different times and enjoyed it just as much last night as the first time I watched it. It's just one of those episodes that manages to be entertaining from the start while throwing in a few twists that just make it even better.

The part with the Doctor and his machine-produced offspring (Moffett) was definitely fun to watch. She brought quite a bit of energy to the episode and some very surprising skills. At the same time, it was great to see the Doctor warm up to her gradually, step in and guide her the way you would expect a father to guide his kid.

The best part of this episode had to be the surprise revelation about the planet's long-time war, discovered by Donna of all people (I really miss Catherine Tate's character on this series because she brought so much more to the show than the Doctor's other companions). When the war's actual length and cause was revealed, it really put things in a whole new perspective.

I wasn't a huge fan of Martha's role in this episode. She's one of my least favorite companions from this series (both the re-boot and the original) and honestly seemed like dead weight at times. Her friendship with that Hath alien was obvious filler material and didn't do much for the overall plot.

Also, I was a little disappointed the Doctor left the planet believing his daughter had died. I mean, she came from his DNA, he didn't realize she had the ability to regenerate too? Or even guess at it? She is such an enjoyable character and it would have been great to see more of her in future episodes. Ending it that way pretty much prevented that from happening I think.

Final Opinion

This is a fantastic episode I think most people would enjoy whether they are die-hard Doctor Who fans or not. If you haven't seen it, I do recommend taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: A

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