So, now we’re up to the excellent School Reunion. So much has happened since this episode. Sarah Jane even has her own show. Join me for a look into the past. Did you love this episode as much as I did?
Episode: School Reunion by Russell T. Davies
Rating (1 to 5): 4.5
Rose is trapped: Well, The School is locked down while she’s inside.
The Doctor is trapped: Well, The School is locked down while he’s inside.
The Doctor enjoys: Seeing Sarah Jane. Kenny hitting the fire alarm to fight the bats.
The Doctor dislikes:The Word Correctamundo. Saying “Team,” “gang,” or “Comrades.” Krillitanes trying to crack the Skasis Paradigm.
The Doctor apologizes to: Kenny, about the Krillitanes being his teachers.
Doctor-y Strangeness: His conversation with the Mr. Finch. His temptation by Mr. Finch. His conversation with Rose outside the chip shop.
Scary Stuff: The Krillitanes.
Torchwood? On the classified files Mickey is trying to access.
Does someone local help out? Mickey and Kenny. Sarah Jane and K-9, too, if they count as local.
What we learn: The Doctor can teach Physics. K-9 was cutting edge in the year 5000. Aberdeen is not next to Croyden. The Doctor is no Dinner Lady. Krillitanes are a composite race. The Sonic Screwdriver can open anything except a dead lock seal. Cracking the Skasis Paradigm makes Time and Space and Matter your playthings. A great way to combat Big Bat People is with a fire alarm.
My Favorite Bits: The Doctor: Physics Teacher. Correctamundo. Happy slappy hoodies… Dinner-lady screams, “she does that.” Sarah Jane! The Conversation between The Doctor and Sarah Jane. “The World is very strange.” Sarah Jane’s TARDIS reveal, then Doctor reveal. “Okay. Now I can.” “Ah, mate. The Mrs. and the Ex. Welcome to every man’s worst nightmare.” K-9! “Though I have prepares a little ‘I was right’ dance.” “…and add another suitcase full of bad.” “Oh my God. I’m the tin dog.” “If I don’t like it, then it will stop.” “I’m so old now. I used to have so much mercy. You get one warning. That was it.” Sarah Jane and Rose laughing at The Doctor. The Doctor being tempted by Mr. Finch. “-Are they my teachers? -Yeah. Sorry.” New K-9!
Observations and musings:
Poor Rose. Stuck as a dinner lady. And then to be faced with one of The Doctor’s former companions, of whom he is obviously fond, and yet he never talks about. What must the future seem like to her then? Such a rude awakening. At least he says that he will never leave her behind. He doesn’t say why he is so specific about it, though. I love the Rose and Sarah Jane bonding session. The Doctor’s response to their helpless laughter is just perfect. Rose just needs to remember that some things are worth getting your heart broken for. Too bad Sarah Jane isn’t coming with them, but at least she has her own show, now.
I wish that The Doctor had been my physics teacher. Can you imagine the job interview? Oh, and the look on his face when he first sees Sarah Jane. All stunned and pleased. But then he is forced to look at some things that he would rather not think about. Why didn’t he come back for Sarah Jane? Will he ever leave Rose in the same way? Well, he barely manages to avoid telling Rose how difficult it is watching someone you love grow old and die. I’m thinking that The Doctor hates introspection. His confrontation with Mr. Finch is just perfect. We have The Doctor with the same form of arrogance that he displayed in New Earth, with just a dash of Oncoming Storm. “I’m so old now. I used to have so much mercy. You get one warning. That was it.” Oh, and he almost gives in to Mr. Finch. Thank heavens for Sarah Jane just then.
Isn’t Anthony Head perfect? He plays such a wonderful baddie. He also does all of the narration for the Doctor Who: Confidentials this season, by the way. I like this episode. It has so many layers! Sarah Jane!!! (oh, and K-9!!!) I loved the whole: “I can’t believe it’s you.” *scream in the distance* “Okay. Now I can.” Nice little Old School nod, there. Mickey gets to help save the day! With a little help from K-9. “We are in a car.” Speaking of cars, Sarah Jane’s car gets a bit smashed up going through the front of that school. Oops. Next review is: Girl in the Fireplace. See you then!