N029 Smith and Jones

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Identical cousins, rhino police and a little old lady from space. We review Martha Jones’ debut as The Tenth Doctor’s new companion.

It turns out there’s such a thing as identical cousins. Freema Agyeman who played Adeola Oshodi in Army of Ghosts reappears here as her cousin – and The Doctor’s next companion – Martha Jones. Let’s set the stage: Martha is a Doctor in spe at the Royal Hope Hospital in London, where coincidentally the Doctor has just admitted himself in order to investigate some plasma wibbly-wobbliness, and where a so-called Plasmavore, an alien being with the ability to camouflage its innards by consuming the blood of others, is posing as a little old lady named Florence. Then all of a sudden the hospital is “H2O-scooped” to the Moon, apparently neutral ground, by the Judoon, a race of space rhinos who act as bounty hunters/mercenaries/police-for-hire.

Yep, all of that actually happens.

Have a listen to our review, as we tear this enjoyable, although at times ridiculously childish, episode a new one, while closely scrutinising Martha Jones’ first appearance as Tennant’s new companion!

Oh, and enjoy these screenshots from Smith and Jones as well, paying particular attention to the (over)reactions of the patients upon finding themselves on the moon…



PS: Thanks, Drew, for pointing this out. Behold, Anne Reid (Florence Finnegan / Plasmavore / little old lady from space) in a previous appearnace on Doctor Who, in The Curse of Fenric.


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