|"Hey, hey, hey! The Doctor and the gang are here to play!"|
Greetings! Welcome to my blog, I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You, now equipped with its own sonic swizzle stick.
I'm Dave-El and today is Doctor Who Saturday. So what do I have up my sleeve for this week's installment?
Below is a picture with a silly caption left over from last week's post. This is a publicity still from the 2005 Doctor Who episode The Doctor Dances with John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness.
"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.*"
There was no denying Barrowman's charm as the roguish Capt. Jack and it seemed a shame to not have more chances to see this fascinatingly complex character other than in occasional guest appearances on Doctor Who. So after the end of Doctor Who's 2nd series, Jack Harkness was the featured character in a spin off series, Torchwood.
Torchwood accomplished what had never been successfully done before: launch a TV series spin off from Doctor Who.
Following the 2006 episode School Reunion which brought back both Lis Sladen as Sarah Jane and K-9 (John Leeson doing the voice, no less), a 2nd spin off project was commissioned, The Sarah Jane Adventures with Sarah Jane and various teenage companions solving mysteries involving aliens.**
The key to Torchwood and SJA is that while both were built on the foundations of Doctor Who, both followed different approaches to their material with Torchwood being darker and edgier while SJA had a more kid friendly appeal.
- Martha and Mickey as the alien fighting married couple we saw at the end of The End of Time Part Two.
- The Space Pirates from the end of The Curse of the Black Spot.
- Liz 10 from The Beast Below
- Canton Everett Delaware III from The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon along with his alien fighting sidekick, President Nixon. (Well, why not?)
- The Teselecta from Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song
- Queen Nefertiti and John Riddell from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
OK, I'm pushing my luck now, aren't I?
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