Episode 49 – How Are We Different?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×14 Bad Girls and Doctor Who 4×6 The Doctor’s Daughter

Bad Girls

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by Michael Lange

Buffy grows closer to Faith while the two of them test their boundaries as Slayers. Discussion points include:

  • Three words times three
  • Life without rules and boundaries
  • Buffy vs. Faith: Reason vs. Instinct
  • Does Faith feel remorse?
  • Alan, the Mayor and Balthazar
  • The ineffectual Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
The Doctor’s Daughter

Written by Stephen Greenhorn; Directed by Alice Troughton

The Doctor, Donna, and Marha find themselves in the middle of a civil war and the Doctor finds an unexpected progeny. Discussion points include:

  • Recursive influence and off-screen romance
  • The Doctor’s sort-of cloned daughter
  • “Children of the machine”: The necessity of memory and experience
  • The Doctor’s familial love and loss
  • Would the Doctor never?
  • Passing the torch: Donna and Martha

Next time: Doctor Who 4×7 The Unicorn and the Wasp and Buffy 3×15 Consequences.

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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