Here’s the next installment in my li’l series exploring every companion’s first trip with the Doctor! The idea of the first trip on Doctor Who fascinates me. Not the first time a companion meets the Doctor, when they get caught up in the wake of adventure, danger, and world-saving. But rather the first trip they willingly take in the TARDIS after the Doctor invites them to travel with them through all of time and space. What type of person says “yes”? Where do they go? What does the journey reveal and how does it affect them? After helping the Doctor (Matt Smith) stop the Great Intelligence from harvesting human consciousnesses, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) responds to his invitation by saying, “Come back tomorrow. Ask me again.” When the Doctor asks why, she says, “Because tomorrow I might say yes. Sometime after 7:00 ok for you?” In “The Rings of Akhaten” (S7E7) the Doctor returns and they journey to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten in the distant future to wander their lively bazaar and attend an ancient religious festival.
I wasn’t planning on writing today. It’s my birthday after all! Why go out of my way to make work for myself on my birthday? But then an idea for a post struck and, when a new idea is unfolding, writing isn’t work. It’s fun! So with that in mind, you know I love Doctor Who. And I thought, what with it being my birthday and all, it might be kind of fun to reflect a little on what leads me to love certain characters or fictional worlds. Out of all the stories – novels, comics, movies, or TV shows – I’ve consumed in my life, what makes one stay with me? What makes me want to return to that world and visit those characters again and again and again? What captures my heart and mind? Continue reading