Top ten other arcs


[Since this will probably be the last time I post to Zeus Blog... ever... JE]

There have been many arcs in the new series, such as “Bad Wolf” and “Gallifrey”, but these are obvious. Some of the more subtle ones may havce escaped your notice, but not mine.

  1. Key as badge of honour. Only two people other than the Doctor end up with a TARDIS key, so this is clearly a mark of the special people in the show. Not even Jack got one. And I didn’t see Rose or Martha give them back, so if they ever meet they can show each other they’re in the “Key Club”.
  2. Bananas. High in potassium and good for you. A point well made, and made often.
  3. Ordinary people are special. It’s all about the little people and their little lives. And about how they are the ones that make the Doctor do what he does. ‘Cos they’re special.
  4. Outer Space doesn’t exist. Nope, it doesn’t. Earth is all there is and all there ever will be. If it ain’t Earth, it ain’t it.
  5. Survivor’s guilt. Lots of it, held by the Doctor. He’s the “Last of the Time Lords”, which he lets define him.
  6. Don’t make the Doctor angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Yeah, he’s going to win anyway, but when he’s angry, he really wins!
  7. Redemption is everything. Especially if you’re human. There’s always a chance to suddenly say “whoops!”…and then die.
  8. Martha’s a doctor. No, really. I know, I know, it’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, but it’s there. I think.
  9. The Doctor’s sorry. He doesn’t like doing the things he has to do, he doesn’t like it other people have to pay the price. But that doesn’t stop him.
  10. Rose is the bestest companionest of them all! It’s a subtle one, easily overlooked, but if you read between the lines carefully, it’s there. Usually one reference per episode, especially after she left.

9 Responses to “Top ten other arcs”

  1. Paul Scoones Says:

    Didn’t Jack get a key in The Sounds of Drums…?

    Some very good points there – it feels like you’ve accurately distilled the essence of the series.

  2. Thad Ritchards Says:

    Hmm…yes.. he did get a key, but not in a “here, you can access the TARDIS” way that the others got keys in. Still, good point.

  3. Foo Says:

    Why will this be the last time you post on ZB?

  4. Foo Says:

    Oh, and who’s Marsha?

  5. Thad Ritchards Says:

    Banned for bringing down the tone of ZB… ;)

    (Marsha? What Marsha?…)

  6. Paul Scoones Says:

    Foo’s right, you know… “And I didn’t see Rose or Marsha give them back”

  7. Thad Ritchards Says:

    That’s what happens when someone also writes stories which have a character named Marsha in them…

  8. Peter A Says:

    The Doctor’s Sorry… Rose is the Best Companion…. subtle, dude!

    And very funny. Well done. The only issue I take with the above list is that your mention of ‘Key Club’ has me thinking of Ang Lee’s ‘The Ice Storm’, and there’s just no way that’s right.

  9. Thad Ritchards Says:

    You thinking isn’t right? Yeah, I’d go with that. ;)

    [You set yourself up for that, so you've no-one to blame but yourself...]

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