One fat geek's SUCCESSFUL attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

Martha Walks the Earth and Grows a Spine

Apr 25 2018
Martha Walks the Earth and Grows a Spine

Today was kind of a landmark day for this project, just in terms of my workout. I added push-ups back in February and am now consistently doing 100 per day, Eleven days ago I added sit-ups to the routine and have been slowly increasing the reps. Today, for the first time, I completed 100 sit-ups in addition to the push-ups and treadmill time. I'm a beast!! Well, I mean, I'm not, but it sure feels good. My intention is to get to the point where I am doing 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups every day, plus whatever other workout happens. From now until I finish this ridiculous project obviously that's treadmill time, but I am really looking forward to late July when I can finally break free of the treadmill and start doing inline skating or bike riding or literally anything else besides the treadmill.

I also watched the season finale for Series Three this morning. So I guess I should talk about that.

Last of the Time Lords

(TARDIS Data Core recap)

After the big climax at the end of the last episode, this one takes place a full year later. The Earth is solidly under the Master's control. The Doctor has been aged radically by the Master and is forced to live in a kennel and eat out of a dog bowl. Jack Harkness is chained up and is being killed on the regular for the Master's amusement. Martha's family are all slaves on board the Master's floating fortress that totally isn't the SHIELD Helicarrier. Oh, and Martha is walking the Earth.

Over the course of the episode the Doctor gets aged down to a sad little house elf in a bird cage, Jack and the Jones' stage a rapidly-put-down rebellion, the Toclafane are revealed to actually be devolved humans from Utopia at the end of time, and Martha gets captured and taken to the NotSHEILD Helicarrier for the big finale. At which point everybody in the entire world wishes really hard and claps their hands and Tinkerbell the Doctor is restored to full health. It's, um.... a bit more magical than the usual Very Clever Thing. The TARDIS Paradox Engine is destroyed, the entire previous year is wiped away like it never happened, and then the Master gets shot by his wife and refuses to regenerate.

Oh, and Jack turns out to be the Face of Boe.

Most importantly, in the end, Martha finally straight-up tells the Doctor that she can't stick around because he's just not that into her and she's not gonna waste any more time on a dude who will never see her as anything but NotRose. I mean, she does it nicely and is classy about it and all, but after thirteen episodes together it's nice to see her finally call the Doctor out on his bullshit.

BONUS: After taking a nice relaxing Christmas Cruise tomorrow, the Doctor will end up with a companion who does nothing but call him on his bullshit.

As much as I may gripe, I did enjoy this story. I perhaps enjoyed it more the first time around ten years ago. I appreciate that Russel T Davies tried to do something a bit different for the finale, and I particularly appreciate that there were no Daleks there. I was worried the first time around that the Toclafane would turn out to be some kind of proto-Daleks or hyper-evolved Daleks, and I was much relieved when they weren't.

Three seasons of NuWho down, seven more to go (plus a few extra movie-length specials). Time keeps rolling on.


Doctor(s): Tenth
Companion(s): Martha Jones, Jack Harkness
Episode(s): Last of the Time Lords
Steps Walked: 6,100 today, 2,843,976 total
Distance Walked: 3.18 miles today, 1,483.34 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 100 today, 2,014 total
Sit-ups Completed: 100 today, 522 total
Is the Doctor So, So Sorry?: He totally is. He is sorry that the Master is such a broken person, and forgives him despite all the genocide and such.
Weight: 249.50 lbs (five day moving average), net change -57.30 lbs

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