‘Smith and Jones’ (TV)

  

‘SMITH AND JONES’

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“Judoon Platoon Upon The Moon”

Here’s a new chapter of ‘Doctor Who’ with David Tennant as the Doctor.

Series 3 of new ‘Doctor Who’ begins with the first three episodes featuring Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, the Doctor’s new companion. I enjoyed watching the first three episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ and it was so nice getting to meet Martha who works out well as the Doctor’s new companion.

The first episode of Series 3, ‘Smith and Jones’ is by Russell T. Davies and feature Freema Agyeman’s debut as Martha Jones. I wondered how Martha Jones’ story in ‘Doctor Who’ would begin in this one.

It was a very exciting and explosive episode introducing Martha, as she meets the Doctor and goes to the moon. Martha is a breath of fresh air compared to Rose Tyler and I liked it immediately here.

Freema had appeared in ‘Doctor Who’ before in the episode ‘Army of Ghosts’ where she played Martha’s cousin Adeola. There was a nice little reference when Martha mentions her in this episode.

Martha trains to be a medical doctor at the Royal Hope Hospital when she meets the Doctor. She’s sparky and very resourceful during a crisis. I was looking forward to seeing more of her in this series.

David Tennant is great as the Doctor in this episode. He clearly seems to like Martha when he first meets her and gets to wear a new blue pinstripe suit. He is also pretty funny and energetic to watch.

The Doctor meets Martha where she works and trains at a hospital. The hospital gets transported to the moon during this rainstorm and the Doctor and Martha get to meet the rhino-like Judoon there.

I liked the relationship between the Doctor and Martha when they first meet. Martha is awed by everything that goes on in this episode. She is skeptical first when discovering the Doctor is an alien.

There is also an unrequited love story going on between them as Martha fancies the Doctor, The Doctor doesn’t notice it, despite giving Martha a kiss which turned out to be a genetic transfer really.

The Judoon are a brand-new monster in ‘Doctor Who’. I liked the Judoon, as they’re walking-talking rhinos as well as police for hire. They are very thuggish and intent on seeing that justice gets served.

I like the voices for the Judoon, provided by the multi-talented Nicholas Briggs. They’re deep and easy to mimic in the episode. The Judoon aren’t evil, as they searching for a criminal at the hospital.

The villain for this episode is a Plasmavore disguised as a human. This is Anne Reid (of ‘Coronation Street’ fame) as Florence Finnegan. Florence is very naughty and pretty cruel, as she’s like a vampire.

Roy Marsden guest stars as Mr. Stoker, the head of Royal Hope Hospital. Mr. Stoker is very efficient, but has a sticky end when Florence drains him of his blood by drinking/assimilating it with her straw.

There’s Martha’s family, including Adjoa Andoh as Francine, Martha’s mum; Trevor Laird as Clive; Martha’s dad; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Tish, Martha’s sister and Reggie Yates as Leo, Martha’s brother.

Martha has a very dysfunctional family, especially with her parents split up and she’s the referee. It’s Leo’s 21st birthday party and her dad ruins it as he brings this girlfriend, Kimmi Richards as Annalise.

At the end of the episode, the Doctor invites Martha for a trip in the TARDIS as a ‘thank you’ for helping him save the day. This is the beginning of a good friendship as the Doctor and Martha have.

‘Smith and Jones’ is a good introduction to Martha Jones as the new companion. I enjoyed this episode; featuring the rhino-Judoon and the relationship between the Doctor and Martha together.

The DVD special features on this episode on ‘The Complete Series 3’ are as follows. On Disc 2, there is a commentary with David Tennant and executive producer Russell T. Davies. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Meet Martha Jones’.

‘Smith and Jones’ rating – 8/10


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2 thoughts on “‘Smith and Jones’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Good review Tim, this was a far better opener than the previous series New Earth, there’s a mixture of tension & drama throughout although i was a bit weirded out Martha said “were on the bloody moon” why the need to swear?

    Good debut for The Judoon & David Tennant is just amazing as the Doctor.

    8/10 spot on rating my friend.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Yeah. Even I admit I was unsettled by Martha’s swearing in her first episode. Thankfully she toned down in later episodes but there wasn’t really any need for her to swear despite her surprise with being on the moon. That was RTD’s writing to blame. Mind you, we should be thankful there wasn’t so much effing and blinding in ‘Doctor Who’ like there was when RTD wrote the first ‘Torchwood’ episode ‘Everything Changes’.

      I like the Judoon as ‘Doctor Who’ monsters and yes David Tennant is still amazing as the Doctor. I’ve still yet to write my Judoon story with the Fifth and Tenth Doctor meeting again. I hope I’ll get to do that soon. 😀

      Many thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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