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The Doctor had gained a child, albeit one spawned artificially in super-quick time

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  • Publication: The Times
  • Date: 2008-05-12
  • Author: Andrew Billen
  • Page: Times2, p. 19
  • Language: English

Saturday's Doctor Who (BBC One), a series of which there is no more stern but, I hope, friendly critic than myself, was also unexpectedly affecting. Dimbleby may have moistened up to Tchaikovsky, but writer Stephen Greenhorn here provided a plot about fathers and daughters that would have given Verdi a run for his money. The Doctor had gained a child, albeit one spawned artificially in super-quick time. And the daughter died. Actually she didn't, but the Doctor, in full mourning for the girl he had hardly met, did not know that.

In the episode's last minutes, she resurrected herself and ascended unto the heavens in her own space craft. If Jenny (played very presentably by Georgia Moffett) does not spin off into, at least, her own comic books, I shall be surprised. The episode was a minor classic of Doctor Who writing, with a strong humanistic moral, a decent balance between action and dialogue, and a satisfying, sci-fi twist, namely that a war could wage for generations and yet last only seven days, provided the generations came and went quickly enough.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Billen, Andrew (2008-05-12). The Doctor had gained a child, albeit one spawned artificially in super-quick time. The Times p. Times2, p. 19.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Billen, Andrew. "The Doctor had gained a child, albeit one spawned artificially in super-quick time." The Times [add city] 2008-05-12, Times2, p. 19. Print.
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