I think this has been explained though, that they can go off for weeks at a time and return to where they left off but they've still aged in that time (potentially a problem) and as an idea that you could stop your 'real life', go and do all these incredible things but then have to slip back into the normality of your 'real life', that's interesting but it's never fully explored and the impact of incredible things happening to ordinary folk- while apart from some initial panic- is never really fully acknowledged or considered in doctor who world... I think that would be interesting, but doctor who isn't the place for that, it seemsGordon wrote:And the whole thing about them wanting to commit to life by getting full time jobs? Guess what!? As pointed out about 5 minutes later, time travel allows you to go off for a year and still keep your full time job.
which is a shame, aliens are either a threat- wanting to destroy earth/the doctor/the universe- or are kindly and beneficent (a rather old empire colonial view of 'foreigners'), the cubes could've been just passing through, their motive unclear to begin with, but which would've allowed for the doctor to hang out on earth and see the ponds in their everyday lives (and perhaps be moved/impressed by that) and the 'passing through' thing would've been a neat comment on the doctor and his relationship with his assistants
when I watched doctor who as a kid, I was into the monsters and the weirdness and- as it was the pertwee and baker years- the strangeness of the doctor himself, the assistants were on the periphery (for me) and it was only as I got a little older that I began to notice them a little more, um, eagerly
the other thing I loved was the build up of the threat and the cliffhanger endings
new doctor who can be good at the build up of the threat, the impending peril but is scuppered by not having (regularly) the cliffhangers... stories often seemed rushed to a conclusion and endings often feel tagged on, it seems, with the doctor waving his sonic screwdriver about and making everything alright again and- worse, much worse- there's always some *feelings* and some 'growing and learning'
fuck that, I'm watching doctor who or at least I want to be... this week's episode was more reason not to bother, to give up wishing and hoping I can have that giddy, goofy, creepy, spooky fun telly of my childhood replicated