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The Doctor and Rose - First and Last

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I think one of RTD's greatest strengths as a writer is characterization...

I came into Who a true blue scifi geek with no previous history with the show and in one episode RTD had me so wrapped up in the character and story of the companion that the Doctor with his TARDIS and sonic screwdriver was just a happy addition later on. I was hooked without even seeing him. Rusty tends to do that with all his characters. Even the guest stars and smaller roles. He doesn't make everything about the all encompassing persona of who and what the Doctor is. He fleshes out those around him. Gives them layers, depth, strengths and flaws. RTD's writing isn't just about plot, action and visual effects. The people make his stories and to me that takes more talent then a thousand impossible actions sequences. In my opinion, Rusty's care with characterization is a huge reason for new Who's success with scifi and non scifi fans alike.

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Oh, Kammi! What a small, small world (JenniferH from "The LoVe Shack") I thought I saw your name on one of the Doctor/Rose community. LOL!

Anyhoo, onto the post. I TOTALLY agree. I am huge on characterization and I absolutely adore what Rusty does with his characters and how true he stays to them.

Even the guest stars and smaller roles. He doesn't make everything about the all encompassing persona of who and what the Doctor is. He fleshes out those around him. Gives them layers, depth, strengths and flaws.

I've been doing these insanely long rewatch-reviews of all of the Rose episodes and every Rusty episode, I mention the fabulous one-shot characters, and how real he makes them. As well, of course, there's the depth of what he brings to the recurring characters. I want to seek out all he's written because that is the number one most important thing to me when watching television ... strong, consistent characterization and Russell T. Davies is ACE at that.

Edited at 2008-09-18 12:10 am (UTC)
It certainly is a small interwebs. I have been in Who fandom for better or worse for a couple of years now. But I usually just run in the Rose and Doctor/Rose circles. I think RTD is a genius at creating characters both long and short term that are fully dimensional and that can be invested in. I am more of a Rose fan then I am of the Doctor because it was through her POV that I was introduced into his world.