The Doctor’s Daughter
The Doctor: And and Jenny that’s the woman from the machine, the soldier [sniff] my daughter except she isn’t she she anyway where are you?
Episode star rating:***** (out of a possible five)
My initial reaction was one of disappointment as the pre-credits teaser played, as it seemed that Jenny was not Susan’s mother after all, but a “progenation”. However, the pow, zap introduction was such fun (the Hitchiker’s Guide musical reference warmed me to the idea) any such disappointment faded away and we began the main part of episode (after the credits) with the new status quo – the Doctor has a daughter.
Or does he? His gradual acceptance that, indeed, he does, was the heart of the episode. The scene where, even after two heartbeats, he tells her she is an echo, “that’s all, a Time Lord is so much more” was amazing, with none of the Tenth Doctor’s bonhomie or warmth on show, just a cold bitterness. The slow turnaround was very moving to watch.
Jenny’s awkward questions were great. The Sonic Screwdriver is really a weapon these days isn’t it? Someone had to say it.
There was a definite Season 18 vibe to this episode, in particular The Leisure Hive machine was recalled, as were the crashlanded ships of E-space (Full Circle in particular.) Recent episodes that were recalled included Utopia – I would rank this brilliant episode up with that one.