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I only just started watching last year, right after Peter was announced. Pompeii was my first ep. I wish I could have seen the show without spoilers, but I doubt I would’ve even started at all since Donna was the reason I was interested. I loved her from the moment I saw her. I just adore the DoctorDonna! I was thrilled when she showed up all confident and happy, and then got baffled when she barely said a word on the beach.
Wow, that is a short time. Sorry, I often forget that people haven’t been watching Doctor Who for a great deal of time - it’s just such a part of my home culture, that we tend to take it for granted, I’m afraid.
Oh, Pompeii was an excellent episode to start with. Donna was an exception companion and we all were agog during series 4 watching her. (They even let me watch the Confidentials straight after the normal broadcast, without grumbling)
The moment she became the DoctorDonna truly was glorious. And then they went and spoilt it all. The beach scene was extremely baffling, I agree with you. It was as if she was gagged and became some sort of yes man. Surely a normal Donna would have said something about Rose, but all she did was feed the Duplicate Doctor his cue - a bit like a plot twist but more annoying. Had the metacrisis lobotomised her somehow? It makes you wonder.
*sighs deeply* There is so much to rant about the beach scene, isn’t there? Lots and lots.
It’s no problem at all. I agree that Pompeii was a lovely episode to start with; it got me hooked immediately to the show. I watched several of the next episodes, but went back and watched TRB when Turn Left made no sense whatsoever. I couldn’t figure out why this ‘Rose’ was so important until I finally went all the way back and started from the beginning. I watched up to Ten’s regeneration before I even realized the Confidentials existed.
The Doctor listed everyone as they ran into the TARDIS and yet her name was the only one he skipped. In fact, we didn’t even see her going in. Best friend, current companion, and now the woman who had saved all of creation. Ah yes, let’s skip over her. Surely she’s not important anymore. *rolls eyes*
I could rant for hours about the entire episode but especially that stupid beach scene. As you said, Donna just gets pushed aside until she’s needed to prompt the Duplicate. (And if he was so eager to stay with Rose, why wasn’t he beaming and babbling away about anything that might make her accept him?) What happened to our lovely feisty Donna that wouldn’t let anyone tell her to be quiet? With the two of them combined, you’d think she’d be even more talkative. It does make you wonder.
I wonder if Donna was too busy thinking of ways she could save herself and only let herself believe that the Doctor wouldn’t consider them when she saw how sad he was. That’s why she was so shocked right before she began to beg, not because she was just then realizing what he would do, but because he wasn’t going to even bother to attempt something else first.
He just stood there and waited for her to be overwhelmed! What was up with that?! Yeah, he just ‘lost’ (read: dropped off without asking what they wanted) his friends, the woman he loved, and the Duplicate. So?! You would think he would hold onto Donna even tighter after that and grab onto with both hands any chance he had to keep her!