The Doctor pulls Rose to her feet: 1979. "Hell of a year! China invades Vietnam...The Muppet Movie! Love that film. Margaret Thatcher -- urgh -- Skylab falls to Earth, with a little help from me...nearly took off my thumb." The Doctor steps out of the doors, talking about how much he loves his thumb. As though he wouldn't be him, if he lost it. Outside the TARDIS is...Scotland. Specifically, Scottish soldiers, surrounding them on all sides with their guns raised. Rose and the Doctor put up their hands, and the Doctor realizes that he's a hundred years off. "You will explain your presence, and the nakedness of this girl," says their leader, Captain Reynolds, who is a dick. So...ugly, silly, girlish clothes yes, but nakedness? I guess Victoria has reached this far. (Although not, apparently, the Protestant Reformation, considering the huge monastery of Saint Catherine around which this episode is built. Don't care; I don't trust Protestants. Or Catholics. Or anybody. I've been hurt. By werewolves!) The Doctor downshifts into Tennant's regular Scottish accent: "Are we in Scotland?" When Reynolds -- imagine, if you can, Cathica if she were an asshole -- asks how he can't know that, the Doctor smiles: "Oh, I'm dazed and confused. I've been chasing this...this wee naked child over hill and over dale. In't that right, ya timorous beastie?" "Beastie." Rose gives a dismal Scottish accent -- "Ooch, aye! I've been oot and aboot!" -- and the Doctor begs her not to do that. "Hoots mon!" He shakes his head. "No, really don't. Really." (Boreanaz never listened to that request either, no matter how loud we screamed.) The Doctor identifies himself to Reynolds as "Doctor James McCrimmon," who was, of course, a Companion to the Second Doctor, a piper named Jamie, and total hottie. "From the township of Balamory." He offers Reynolds the slightly psychic paper, promising credentials, and he suddenly has a Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, and training under Doctor Joseph Bell, who was the real-life Sherlock Holmes. (The Second Doctor claimed to have studied under Joseph Lister, whom we've talked about, in 1888.) Inside the carriage, a woman's voice issues: "Let them approach." Reynolds isn't feeling that, but she won't be denied: "Let them approach."
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: B+ | 1440 USERS: B-
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