Series 3, Story 1 (Overall Series Story # 179)
|Undercover as a patient. Apparently suffering|
from some kind of acute hair crisis.
At the hospital, we get basically all the information we need, again in rapid succession. Our villain is introduced and explained, though it appears to be just part of the process of showing Martha doing her rounds with the other interns. She again meets the Doctor in a great little scene where she is flummoxed by his two hearts while checking him out in his hospital bed. Tennant plays undercover-as-a-patient like he's the second coming of Tom Baker and it's brilliant.
|Salt-deficient patient? Nope, Plasmavore!|
|Salt vampire sound familiar? Star Trek had one, too.|
In short, this was very slick introduction to a new companion -- not to mention a race of space rhinos! -- with all the quirky charm of the Tennant era. The Doctor actively saves the day (with an assist) by being clever and luring the baddie into a trap. The menace of the MRI machine magnet bomb that would kill half the Earth felt tacked on and was resolved, essentially, by simply disconnecting a cable. (Shades of Mickey pulling the plug on the Krillitane's kiddie-computer matrix in "School Reunion.") The only real problem I have with this episode is that Martha was offered up like a sacrificial lamb to be disliked in a way that never seemed necessary. That character deserved better.