It must be fun to travel time and space with a man so interested in everything. The problem is, The Doctor can never die — his companions however, do. That is the underlying tension that Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) brought to â€śSchool Reunion,â€ť the third episode of Series 2. Once again, an episode that is a mixed bag.
The reunion between Sarah Jane Smith and the Doctor was a nice touch, sans the whole â€śWhy did you leave me?â€ť stuff. He was right about one thing: No matter the length a person spends with a Timelord, he will never grow old nor will he die. I couldnâ€™t help feeling that a Christopher Eccelston performance would have exploited that loneliness better. In fact, the whole underlying theme of loss made me think of Christopher Eccelstonâ€™s Doctor rather than David Tennantâ€™s. Character development, however, is hard to achieve in science fiction.
As in the previous two episodes, the creature of the week was the main focus — this time, itâ€™s bat people. This race had incorporated themselves into human bodies to carry out a dastardly plan — they want to unlock the universe in order to make more of themselves. Thatâ€™s at least what I think they were trying to do. It feels like the dangers of the Doctor and Rose have been so passive and blah. I have the sneaky feeling that when another old enemy comes into play later this season, the writing will finally get a boost in quality.
Noel Clarkeâ€™s Mickey Smith still came off as the black Adric, annoying and seemingly in the way. This time I think the writers have learned to tone that aspect of his character down, in favor of a more practical approach — make him do the grunt work. From pulling wires to smashing doors down, Mickey is good as a character to cut through the bullshit. This being the case, I think his return would have been better left out until later in the season. Itâ€™s really hard to pay attention to him and the main plot and the return of Sarah Jane Smith without feeling confused. Since Sarah Jane hasnâ€™t been in the program for years, I would have stuck to that more.