Yes, I admit it, Doctor Who made me cry. I was a bit behind on Doctor Who episodes (which is unusual as I normally watch these immediately along with Battlestar Galactica) and finally watched the final two episodes of Series 2 tonight. I knew that Billie Piper was leaving the show, but when her character, Rose Tyler, and the Doctor made their final goodbyes, I was reaching for the tissues.
I’ve always been a huge Doctor Who fan, but the new series has surpassed my wildest expectations. They’ve managed to keep everything that made the Doctor who he is while adding a depth to the characters and situations that was missing from the original series. In much the same way that the new version of Battlestar Galactica exceeds the original (by many orders of magnitude), Doctor Who has been revitalized.
In the episode, after Rose tells the Doctor she loves him, he starts to answer back that he does as well, but is cut off before he can finish. The scene cuts back to the Doctor stranding alone in the TARDIS with tears running down his face. I don’t recall ever seeing the Doctor cry before and doubt we will see it again for some time. Hats off to Russell T. Davies, David Tennant, and Billie Piper for making it work.