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Some of the best/most memorable moments of the RTD era, just because:

•The devastation in Nine’s eyes when Jabe says “Time Lord” in “The End of the World”

•the Dalek being able to levitate in “Dalek”

•the stupid preciousness of Rose trying to say “Raxacoricofallapatorius” in “Boom Town” and her exuberant hugs with Nine and Jack

•the soundless “ex-ter-min-ate” outside Lynda’s window during “The Parting of the Ways” before the Daleks smash through

•In the same episode, that close-up of Rose/Bad Wolf’s face when she says “I want you safe—my Doctor” and the light in her eyes dies out for a second and there are tears running down her cheeks. And you can see that she is burning up and falling apart but she doesn’t stop, and you can tell that she knows she going to die and doesn’t care if it means he’s safe

•Jackie’s shriek of “I’m gonna get killed by a Christmas tree” in “The Christmas Invasion” (I C O N I C)

•"That, that, that is textbook enigmatic"

•Ten’s smug smile at Rose’s exasperation in “School Reunion” when she’s serving chips

•K-9’s increasingly sassy versions of “We are in a car”

•"A door once opened may be stepped through in either direction"

•The Doctor’s giggle when he finds out Rose is a dog in the parallel universe, and Rose being increasingly fed up with him

•"I believe in her"

•Ursula getting preserved as a concrete slab (w h a t)(it wasn’t best but it sure was memorable)

•The Doctor crying in the Tardis when he’s cut off during “Doomsday”

•Jackie hugging Rose on the beach

•"I’m not—I’m not—I’m not from Mars??“ said as though Ten is no longer sure whether he is or not

•Martha’s face as she looks at the Earth from the moon

•The Doctor deciding that electrocuting himself at the top of the Empire State Building is a good idea

•"Don’t they teach recreational mathematics anymore?” Lol FAVE

•"If the Doctor had never visited us, if he’d never chosen this place, on a whim…would anybody here have died?“

•The music in the background of the Master’s hunt for Martha on the streets during "Last of the Time Lords”

•"You’re not falling, Astrid. You’re flying" (I don’t care what you say, I loved this stupid episode)

•Donna waving at fat and her weirded-out look afterward

•When Rose first shows up in “Partners in Crime” like !!!!!

•Halpen TURNING INTO AN OOD WHAT WAS THAT

•Martha breaking down in tears when the Hath dies

•Donna’s enraged “What? Who did I kill?!” in “The Unicorn and the Wasp”

•River’s last words being “Spoilers”

•The Doctor’s look of utter desolation after River dies

•Donna’s frantic clinging to her children when the data core world starts falling apart

•That moment of cold horror when the Doctor questions whether the people on the train would really kill Sky and the Hostess says, “I would”

•The look of complete terror in Ten’s eyes when he starts copying Sky

•THE MUSIC WHILE TEN AND ROSE ARE RUNNING TOWARDS EACH OTHER

•"No really, you can hug me" Donna is so thirsty for Captain Jack and I love it

•ThaT KISS MY PRECIOUS BABIES

•The sudden drop in your stomach when Donna keeps repeating “Binary—binary—binary—”

•That awful moment when Wilf swings the door open and Ten is holding Donna

•Rosita being more competent than everybody else in “The Next Doctor”

•Jackson Lake’s Tardis being a hot-air balloon (that episode was so adorable tbh)

•That feeling of foreboding when Ten turns down Lady Christina de Souza

•Steffi watching the video from her family as she is hit by the water on Mars

•The quiet flash of light after Adelaide enters her house in “Waters of Mars,” and Ten’s broken “I’ve gone too far"—an understated scene but no less chilling for all that

•Ten and Wilf crying together in the cafe

•Ten deciding that jumping through a ceiling was in any way a good idea

•Jack’s final salute

•"Was she happy, in the end?”

•Donna getting a happy ending

•"I bet you’re gonna have a really great year"

•The change in Ten’s expression when he starts regenerating and you can see his choice to die bravely

•Matt Smith at the end honestly what a cutie

Birth as a theme in Doctor Who S4

Obviously, one of the major themes of S4 is the coming metacrisis. It’s foreshadowed most strongly perhaps in Planet of the Ood, when the Ood refer call the Doctor and Donna, “The DoctorDonna,” but it comes up in other ways, too, especially with the constant camera shots of the hand bubbling away. 

But as I work on my S4 rewrite, I’m realising that birth in general, and especially unusual births, are a major theme in the series. 

  • Partners in Crime–seeding the planet to grow Adipose from fat
  • Fires of Pompeii–seers becoming Pyrovillian as they breath in the rock dust
  • Planet of the Ood–Mr. Halpen becoming an Ood after drinking the Ood graft.
  • The Sontaran two-parter–the Sontarans tried to turn Earth into a clone planet so they could create more warriors. Oh, and the Martha clone.
  • The Doctor’s Daughter–Jenny is created by progeneration when the humans forcibly take a sample of the Doctor’s tissue.
  • The Unicorn and the Wasp–The reverend is a hybrid child, which is unusual in itself. The way the genetic lock broke and he realised his full identity is also unusual, as is his connection with his mother’s necklace.
  • The library two-parther–The Vashta Nerada hatched from eggs that were laid in the trees that became the books that were sent to the Library. 
  • Midnight–The whole concept of the entity is shrouded in mystery. How can it exist when the planet is irradiated with lethal radiation? And why did it select Sky? It has no origin story.
  • Turn Left–a new life is created for Donna when she is convinced to turn right.
  • Stolen Earth/Journey’s End–finally, the metacrisis. 

I hadn’t realised how much of a theme RTD had made this. And it’s so obvious and recurring once you know to look for it that there is no way this was accidental. 

I don’t have any great insights based on this, largely because I think the point of it was pretty obvious–to draw one more series-long arrow pointing to the eventual creation of Tentoo. Really, by the time we watch him form out of that hand, we’ve seen so many bizarre births that this seems almost normal. I mean… at least it’s not little blobs of fat crawling out of your shirt, right?