Don’t blink … or you’ll miss a sly Doctor Who reference hidden in Jessica Jones.
We’re not Kilgraving you: Marvel’s latest Netflix series really did take a second to acknowledge its villain’s past life as a time-traveling alien, though the show is so bingeworthy — and David Tennant’s Kilgrave so chillingly different from his upbeat Time Lord — that you’d be forgiven for missing it.
In Jessica Jones’ eighth episode, “AKA WWJD,” Krysten Ritter’s titular reluctant hero gives Tennant’s charming manipulator a wake-up call when he bemoans his childhood abandonment.
“You’re not ten anymore,” she tells him.
It’s a reminder that works on two levels; Tennant’s Doctor was the tenth onscreen incarnation of the character. Kilgrave isn’t ten, but he’s also definitely not Ten — and given what Kilgrave is capable of, that’s for the best. See the sequence below.