Doomsday, the last episode of the current series of Doctor Who, will be airing next weekend. reveilles and I have been watching the current series and, since the last episode is next week, I was thinking about how this series compared to the previous series.
I like David Tenant as the Doctor more than I like Christopher Eccleston. Eccleston's Doctor was too manic-depressive for my tastes and I found watching him fun, but exhausting. I'm not sure I would have had the energy for another season of Eccleston. I'm not sure what to make of David Tenant's Doctor, though. He seems more protective of his companion than other Doctors, but less concerned about people outside of his immediate circle. Personally, I think that being the last Time Lord is taking an emotional toll on him and there will be a price to pay farther down the line.
While I like David Tenant better, I think the previous series is better than the current series. Both series were primarily episodic, with some continuity. The continual appearances of "Bad Wolf" in the previous series worked for me, while the continual appearances of "Torchwood" in the current series did not work for me. I sometimes feel like I'm watching a 13-part commercial for the Torchwood spinoff. While I am looking forward to seeing the spinoff and Captain Jack Harkness again, I didn't need to be beaten over the head with it. Also, the buildup in the last few episodes to Rose's death is making me look forward to it being over so I no longer have to be reminded that Something Big Is Coming. The death of Dr. Janet Fraiser in the Stargate SG-1 episode Heroes, Part 2 was effective because it was unexpected. Any emotion I might have felt in Rose's death has been lessened because it has been hyped up.
All that being said, I am looking forward to the next series of Doctor Who with David Tenant and hope that it will be better than the current series.
P.S.: Thanks to reveilles for yet another new icon.