This story’s central protagonist is a seemingly-normal girl, Chloe, who has an ability that is, let’s say, oddly God-like. One quick sketch here and a few dabs of color there and you have the quickest, meanest, manned disappearing act know to man.

This story basically talks about a certain kind of profound loneliness. The alien life-form, Isolus, was able to assimilate itself with Chloe because it was able to relate to that kind of troubled childhood in the past. We come to know of Chloe’s father, the person that exemplified fear and violence in the early stages of her life. I guess this dilemma can be seen as a metaphor for one of humanity greatest fear—that someday, some place, we run the risk of forever being alone. Chloe’s case didn’t show a kind of physical distancing, rather it was an emotional incapacity to belong and find solace in other people. The main purpose of the Isolus within Chloe is I guess to capture the people in those sketches to provide her with a distorted view of company. Given that both Chloe and the Isolus both share that lacking of emotional attachment shows how screwed up things can be if more integral things like affection is substituted with isolation.

One can also draw the comparison between the Doctor and the alien life-form, the Isolus. The Isolus was travelling through time and space with its clan in tow before it crashes into Earth all because of a solar flare. That occurrence seems all too familiar with the Doctor’s family which remains to be a touchy subject. What this comparison shows, however, is that no amount of intergalactic loneliness can justify the means by which the Isolus tried to capture all those innocent people.

The Isolus-possessed Chloe went to greater heights as the story’s peak saw the Doctor and his well-love machine go into Chloe’s binding albeit artistic spell. Rose was able to save the day once more, thanks to her brilliant puzzle-solving skills that have imperative to her very survival. Chloe’s mother sings to her to soothe her of the demons that have seemed to plague the scared child from both the inside and the outside. The ruckus of people reappearing bring into light that the monster Chloe has portrayed may also come back to life. The songs the mother and daughter sang brought calm to the otherwise horror-stricken mind and heart of Chloe.

The episode ends with a sort of fortune telling or a look into the things that may come a bit too early. In this case, the Doctor appears to have the most uncertainty he has had all season that brushes on a very sensitive topic. Rose remarks that nothing seems to be able to separate them apart, even with all the gruesome and terrifying aliens that have come their way. Rose’s positive attitude is not reciprocated for once; just enough to hint that maybe next time, a storm is approaching that they may not be able to just blow by.

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