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s2e13: Doomsday

I really didn’t want to write about this episode because it meant finding out whether or not Rose was going to live. But here it goes.

The Daleks and the Cybermen have invaded the earth at the same time, and as frightening as it is, I thoroughly enjoyed their first encounters with each other. They have a sort of face off where all they do is insult each other, and I think it’s classic of Davies’ to do that. Who else would pit two emotionless alien races against each other and just insult each other that well?

My favourite is when the Dalek tells the Cybermen that they are superior in only one respect and then it proceeds to say “You are better at dying.” Talk about a solid burn.

Anyway, just when all hope is lost Jake and the rest of those over at Pete’s World come to save the day. Only, Pete isn’t after saving our earth, he wants to save his world as well. He asks the Doctor for help to get rid of the Cybermen and close the breach forever, so that it may stop causing damage to his world. The Doctor accepts this challenge. He finds that he can keep the breach open long enough to suck the Daleks and the Cybermen in so that they may get lost in the void forever. But when he attempts to close the breach something goes horribly wrong. The Doctor cannot save Rose, and at the last minute Pete jumps in to save her, leaving the Doctor to close the breach forever, making it impossible for the Doctor to cross from our world to Pete’s World.

This is the moment the Doctor saves the world. This is the moment Rose Tyler dies on our Earth, because she no longer exists here, she now exists in the parallel earth. And I guess you could say that this is the moment my heart breaks into a thousand pieces. I was absolutely devastated  when I realized that there would be no way for the Doctor and Rose to be together ever again. I think this is one of the most heartbreaking and yet beautiful moments in the entire series, and maybe I’m just too attached to the Doctor/Rose team, but it was such a bitter moment for me.

When Rose follows the Doctor’s voice along with her family and Mickey, and end up in Bad Wolf Bay, I think it’s a great way to sum everything up and end the series. And then the Doctor materializes in front of her and I just cannot stop crying.

When the Doctor says “I’m burning up a sun just to say goodbye.” The deal is sealed for me, I will never stop loving this team.

And then he says “Here you are, living life day after day. One adventure I can never have.” And we’re reminded of how the Doctor isn’t travelling because it’s his choice. No, that’s the companion’s choice. The Doctor is The Doctor because it’s his job. But he doesn’t resent it, he loves it. And again, like I’ve said so many times, I think it’s amazing, the Doctor’s character.

I’m a little angry at Doctor Who for having to put its fans through so much emotional stress every time they change a Doctor or a companion. But that’s the way things are, and I think it’s a measure of just how loyal fans are to the entire series. Doctor Who fans, they don’t just stick to the show because they like a particular character, or a particular team. They stick to the show for the entire show, and they trust the writers to take it further and keep doing what they’re doing. And so I think this is one of the most perfect shows to study, and to be a fan of. It’s an amazing experience like no other, and I’m so glad I took this class.


s2e12: Army of Ghosts

As soon as Rose says “This is the story of how I died” and they begin to show clips of the ninth Doctor and her travels with the tenth, I literally began to freak out. As much as I had a love/hate thing for Rose, I did not want her to die at all. I enjoyed the Rose/Doctor dynamic so much, and I was going to be devastated if anything happened to Rose.

When the ghosts first come out, I love how the Doctor finds out just how widespread the whole ghost thing is through the TV. On TV, every single channel talks about ghosts, and it’s through different kinds of shows. I like this a lot because it’s another way of showing how important TV is, that it provides us with additional information about what’s going on around the world, and we see how people are using the ghost phenomenon for profit. It’s a classic incidence that we barely ever notice anymore. How something seems to “sweep the nation” because it’s all over the television. The Doctor goes through shows that resemble talk shows, news reports, commercials and even soap operas and I think it’s just the most hilarious and creative thing ever.

Moving on, this is the episode where Torchwood is finally revealed. We find out that they’re the ones controlling the ghost shifts. They’re also responsible for taking care of any alien activity happening on Earth. Torchwood controls the opening and closing of a breach, which allows the ghosts to cross over. The Doctor finds this to be incredibly dangerous, as it continues to destroy the Earth. Torchwood doesn’t believe the Doctor and even tells him that he’s “Lording it over” again and “assuming alien authority over the rights of man”. And again it’s another look into humans, and how they become too full of themselves once they gain the smallest bit of power and authority. People assume that they can do whatever they want once they find that they’re successful in their little experiments. They become greedy and careless, and now refuse to listen to the Doctor, claiming that he is assuming authority just because he’s an alien, and aliens think they’re better than humans. Luckily the Doctor’s reverse psychology works and it stops them from performing another ghost shit that could pose even more danger for the Earth.

But then Torchwood employees who seem to be possessed by something override the system and put them into another ghost shift. The ghosts then materialize and become Cybermen. They have been taking advantage of the opening of the breach to cross over into our world so that they may dominate it. All of a sudden the sphere that had been hanging inside Torchwood opens up and in a bizarre plot twist, the Daleks come out. It’s the first time I think in the history of Doctor Who that the Daleks and the Cybermen are in the same time and space together, and it’s extremely terrifying. Two of the Doctor’s most difficult enemies have now invaded Earth and there’s seems to be little room left for the Doctor to save the day.

By the way, I was really happy to see Mickey again. Like I said before, Mickey is probably one of my favourite characters in the series, and I’m really happy that he’s so much more bad ass now. He isn’t the bumbling sidekick anymore. Now he’s the one protecting Rose and saving the earth. That, I think, is one of the best things that could happen to a character.

s2e11: Fear Her

I don’t think I enjoyed Fear Her very much. The concept was very interesting, but it felt very forced. Like, what was an episode like this doing here? I felt like they were just filling up a space before the finale.

Anyway, the concept of using drawings to manipulate the real world is a very cool one, although it’s not very original. I’d seen it in an episode of another British TV show, Misfits, where a guy had the power to control the future depending on what he drew. In Doctor Who however, drawings were being made to create new things, and to capture things that already existed. It’s a really creepy idea if you ask me, and having a child do it makes it even creepier.

At first I was thinking about how they would explain how the child got her power. Maybe she was exposed to something radioactive? Maybe she was being possessed by some evil force? Maybe her pencils and papers were magical? But alas, once again it’s aliens. Of course it’s aliens, it’s Doctor Who. I guess i was just a little disappointed at the story of the alien, and why it was doing the things it was doing, and again it felt a little disconnected from everything. I guess i just didn’t see the point of this episode.

Something i really liked though was how the Doctor and Rose were all cute and couple-y again, going around a normal little town acting like detectives. It felt a little refreshing to see them in such a normal setting. It’s a nice break from all the big battling hordes of zombiefied aliens and saving the Earth from sheer destruction.

Another thing i enjoyed, although found a little strange and AGAIN a little out of place, was the whole Olympics thing. It just felt so random to have all of these things coincide with the Olympics. Perhaps it was just a way to get David Tennant to run with the Olympic torch? And I don’t know, even if it was a little weird for things to add up to that, I found it really funny. The Doctor not only saves the Earth, but in a completely random turn of events, saves the Olympics as well. And this actually got me to thinking, why hasn’t anyone noticed the Doctor or recognized him yet?

s2e10: Love & Monsters

When the episode began I was initially confused with what was going on, as with the rest of the class. Actually, I was pretty confused throughout the entire episode, but I just kept thinking to myself “Why do I still get surprised when it comes to this show?”. Watching Doctor Who sort of makes you get used to expecting the unexpected, or well, accepting that strange things are bound to happen whether you like it or not. I think that’s part of the appeal of the whole show, that no one’s really sure what they’re going to get next.

Like  in The Girl in the Fireplace, I realized how many people the Doctor affects in this episode. How all his travelling and combating aliens and saving the day has implications that we do not see, and this goes back to the issue of the consequences of time travel. The Doctor may not be changing things drastically in the time periods he arrives in, because he is careful and he knows what he’s doing, but he probably doesn’t realize that he unknowingly leaves his mark every so often, and he affects different sorts of people. And these people, they never forget the Doctor. I mean, how could you, right?

So I think that’s interesting, especially since Elton and the rest of his gang have almost spent their entire lives dedicated to finding the Doctor.

Another interesting bit of the story was Jackie. Despite being lonely she still protected the Doctor and Rose because in the end she is still Rose’s mum, and although Rose leaves her always, she still loves her very much. I like how we got to see more of Jackie in this episode, especially how she is without Rose. It’s like getting to see a whole other side to Jackie, but the funny thing is, she’s still pretty much the same.

I like the concept of Doctor-lite episodes. It’s like looking at the Whoniverse through a pair of new eyes. You see what the Doctor and Rose look like from outside their little bubble, and we’re sort of zapped back to the real world where not everything revolves around our favorite pair of time travelers. We’re reminded that even though they’re out constantly kicking alien butt and saving the Earth, they’re still part of a bigger picture.

s2e9: The Satan Pit

This was a fantastic episode in my opinion.

Let me just first talk about Rose, and how much I liked what they did with her character here. If in other episodes Rose found herself rendered useless if the Doctor was gone or incapacitated, here she was the one who pushed the team to move on and to do what they had to do. I think she’s developed into a much stronger character, and perhaps it was done to move the plot along, but I like it because we gain much more respect for her character now. In the end though, she still remains the same old Rose who refuses to leave the Doctor behind, and this is not entirely a bad thing. Of course Rose would want to stay behind, she loves the Doctor very much, and no matter how strong her character becomes, she’s still just Rose Tyler.

I liked the discussion of belief between the Doctor and Ida. I liked what the Doctor said, that he believed he “hadn’t seen everything” and that he could not believe certain things, like when the Beast said it came from “before the universe” because they didn’t fit his rules. And the reason he kept travelling was to be proved wrong. I like it because it’s very philosophical and where do you ever get that much insight out of a TV show?

I also liked how the episode revolved around ideas. The devil was not an actual being, it was just an idea. An incarnation of our biggest fears, and that I think is much scarier than an actual being because that means the devil is ourselves and other people.

Before the Doctor releases himself from the line, he tells Ida to tell Rose something, but then he hesitates and says “Oh, she’d know.” And this moment just gets me every time. The Doctor doesn’t even have to say anything because we all know just how much he loves Rose and how important they are to one another. And call me out on being such a girl about it, but I love the Doctor and Rose’s relationship. I really like how it isn’t exactly a romantic relationship, but it isn’t purely platonic either. It’s a bit of both and neither at the same time, and I don’t think I’ve seen that sort of relationship between anyone else on television either. And so I think Doctor Who is such a spectacular show for doing so many things that you’d never see in any other show. They’re doing things so differently, and it’s not just because they’re having their protagonists travel through time and space in a blue box, or that they’re dealing with all sorts of strange creatures and ideas and the lot, but because the show is constantly evolving into something, and yet allowing us to look back on ourselves and on humanity to reflect and think about so many things.

I enjoyed this episode a lot. I think I’d grown tired of all the grey and gloomy doomsday-ish episodes we’d been having lately that I was excited when the Doctor and Rose were finally on a brand new, real life space adventure. It was one episode where i was quite literally on the edge of my seat, but at the same time I was feeling tickled by the funny things that are the Ood. This episode reminded me of those classic Hollywood films that had something to do with exploring deep space, and in the same sense, that’s why it was really fun to watch.

One thing i want to note on is the Ood. It’s another look into humans and their apparent thing for domination over people that are lower than them. And although they say the Ood enjoy being slaves, I don’t like the realizations we make and must face as humans. That we feel like if we can get a species to be our slaves for us, we’d never have to work a day in our lives. I suppose we’re all trying to look for things to make our lives easier, like silly inventions and the like, but i still think it’s not a good way of thinking. That we can abuse certain things as long as they make us comfortable and they supposedly don’t harm anyone.

So anyway, another thing I’d like to point out again is the Doctor’s fascination and respect for humans, because he seems so amazed by the fact that humans are going further into space for science, and risking all of their lives “just because they can”.

When we find out that the TARDIS is gone, it’s an instant signal for disaster. You just know things are going to get worst from there. And it almost makes me lose hope because how are Rose and the Doctor going to get back to travelling the universe now? They can’t just settle on the impossible planet forever, right? And so I thought it was both nice and a little annoying to keep us, the audience on the edge of our seats, breaking our heads trying to figure out how they’re getting the TARDIS back.

When the Ood turn into a legion it’s almost terrifying, and we’re hurled back into another domination-zombie set up, where the Doctor and his friends are outnumbered by strange mindless creatures. I enjoy the thrill you get out of these sorts of set ups, and it’s interesting to see how they put so many variations to it, but after a while it gets a little tiring.

Anyway, all in all I liked this episode a lot because it was pretty different from the past episodes. It really did have a very Hollywood adventure movie feel and sometimes that isn’t a bad thing. I think a big factor is that the science part of this episode was a lot more real in the sense that it wasn’t nearly as impossible as all the other stuff they’d had to go through.

s2e6: The Age of Steel

I’m going to talk about Mickey through out most of this entry because I’m giving this episode to him. He deserves all of the awards here.

First i would like to commend Noel Clarke for his portrayal as both Mickey and Ricky. Two completely different personalities and yet he does them so convincingly that if i didn’t know any better I’d think that the pair were played by twins. He’s great at channeling both the bumbling sidekick and the mysterious renegade.

Anyway, in the very beginning Mickey starts off as the “idiot”, providing comic relief when needed. He would also be there whenever it was convenient, like when they needed an extra hand. He would never really do much help, although sometimes he’s able to prove himself. But even then, Mickey is never considered as one of the team. Even now that he tags along with Rose and the Doctor to the parallel universe, he’s still ignored and regarded as the one with the least say in things. However, as we move on into the second part of the two-parter we realize just how much potential Mickey has. When he is faced with the death of his alternate self, I think he realizes some very important things. He sort of becomes his alternate, not by taking on his personality, but by taking on the role that he left behind. And I think this was amazing for Mickey to do, because I don’t think anyone expected him to turn out this way. He came out as the hero and we realize just how important he is.

I was really sad when Mickey decided to stay and help fight off the Cybermen even if there was no chance for Rose and the Doctor to come back and see him again. I like how he’s accepted his fate because he finally found a place for himself. He never quite fit in on Earth when Rose was not around, and he certainly did not feel appreciated when he was with Rose and the Doctor. But here, on the parallel world, Mickey found that his life was worthwhile. He was actually doing something to help people.

I like Mickey’s character development. I think it was much deserved. He fought his way and got what he wanted. A purpose and a place in the Whoniverse. And even though he couldn’t be with Rose anymore, I think he’s accepted that long ago. And it’s a little sad to see how Rose just sort of does that to him, but it’s also amazing, how well he accepts it.  Mickey is one of my favorite characters in Doctor Who, and perhaps on television.

s2e5: Rise of the Cybermen

Before I begin my blog entry can I just say that I was incredibly excited when I saw that the man who played Lumic, the main antagonist of this story, was the man who played Barty Crouch Sr. I was having a Harry Potter fan-girl moment because I knew that Tennant had played Barty Crouch Jr and I was so happy that they were going to be in the same episode together.

Okay, anyway, I think this is a really interesting episode because it features parallel universes. I’ve always been interested in the concept of a parallel universe because I like to think that somewhere out there there’s one or more alternate version(s) of me living all of the lives I could never live here. In the parallel universe that the Doctor, Rose and Mickey fall into, they find that it’s similar to their world, but not quite. Here, one of the biggest changes is that there are zepelins in the sky and every human uses earpods. The earpods are an interesting addition to human everyday living, and i’m quite glad that we don’t have earpods in our version of reality. I think they’re representative of an obsession with technology and having to be updated an in all the time. It’s a bit of a study into the effects of mass media, and humans’ constant need to be in the know. I don’t like how we must always be updated and sort of think the same thing. Sure, it’s great that we’re all connected now, but i feel like we’re all losing our sense of identity and originality.

Anyway, aside from the earpods, one of the most significant changes is the fact that Pete, Rose’s father is alive in this universe and he also plays a vital role. Lumic sends a new pair of earpods to Pete’s wife, Jackie. Apparently, the earpods turn into a device that controls people and it sends them to be converted into Cybermen.

About the Cybermen, I was aware of their existence prior to this episode, but I had not known about their origin. And my oh my, they must be the creepiest enemy I have ever seen on Doctor Who. But I can’t hate them, I actually feel sorry for them considering they were real people stripped of all emotions, trapped inside a metal body. It’s so sad and sometimes I think about how absolutely horrifying Doctor Who can get sometimes. I mean, human test subjects in New Earth and now humans stripped of their whole… humanity? That’s really sad and really scary.

Lastly, I want to note on how I feel for Mickey. I love Mickey so much, and my affinity for me even got an upgrade as we find out about his story. That he was pretty much raised by his grandmother. When he goes looking for his grandmother in this alternate universe my heart melts as I realize that Mickey is an actual person with an actual story and that I feel so bad for him because of how Rose and the Doctor continue to treat him like the tin dog. They don’t respect him enough and I really understand where Mickey comes form when he gets mad at them for frequently forgetting about him. I love this because it doesn’t only boost Mickey’s character development, but we’re also reminded of the flaws of both the Doctor and Rose.

Once again Steven Moffat doesn’t fail to amuse me by giving us a beautiful period piece with a strange little twist. Yes, strange even for Doctor Who. Actually no, scratch that, nothing is strange for Doctor Who.

But anyway, I love this episode so much because it’s so complex and it’s got so many things going on. First is the obvious. Three thousand years into the future and aboard an abandoned space ship, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey find an 18th century fire place. The fireplace is apparently a hole in the universe that serves a door from the past and the future, and the door leads just to the life of Madame de Pompadour. As the Doctor goes in and out he discovers that it takes him to different times of her life, where he frequently saves her from the evil clutches of strange clockwork robots that are out to get her. Let me just stop here and stem off into two topics. First is Mickey Smith.

It’s Mickey’s first trip on the TARDIS and his first time as a companion outside earth and it’s cute how Rose is teaching him the tricks of the trade. It’s nice to see Mickey get more action.

Second is the Doctor and his well, past with women. It’s funny how the writers seem to be using Tennant’s good looks and younger age now and set him up with all these different women. It’s fun to see that he Doctor is a bit of a playboy, but not in a bad way, but still a playboy. And it’s funny to see Rose get jealous of all the women the Doctor’s had in the past, and how he seems to get attached to people so easily. I think this says something about Rose’s insecurities about just being one out of dozens of companions the Doctor has had and will eventually have. But who can blame Rose? She’d always thought that it would be her and the Doctor forever, so when she’s reminded that this is not the case, she has a little difficulty handling it.

Moving on, I really like the character of Madame de Pompadour. She is feisty, and despite coming form the 18th century she is incredibly smart and picks up on what is happening despite not knowing anything about the future. i was disappointed to learn that the Doctor did not reach her in time before she died, but after hearing what she had to say in the letter i realized something really nice. i realized that the Doctor affects so many people’s lives without even realizing it. And it’s amazing how much impact he’s had in the entire world.

s2e1: New Earth

New Earth is a fantastic episode that has so much to say about humanity. But let me get sidetracked for a bit and talk about Rose. We’ve always known that Rose is incredibly attached to the Doctor. But now it’s becoming clear that her view of her relationship with the Doctor is something other than purely platonic. She even refers to the first time they set out on an adventure together as they’re first date. It doesn’t help that the Doctor is a “New New Doctor” because I think this makes her even more in love with him.

Anyway, on to the episode. Rose and the Doctor find themselves on New Earth, a hopeful place that i guess is also representative of how the Doctor and Rose are about their lives. They’re also hopeful because they’ve just survived certain death and now they’re at this wonderful place that’s beautiful and high tech. However, trouble is afoot again as we learn that Cassandra has survived for some reason and is now living on New Earth as well. She spots the Doctor and Rose, and lures Rose into her hiding place so that she may use Rose’s body. Let me just commend Billy Piper here on her amazing acting as Cassandra trapped in Rose’s body. She does a splendid job and it’s very convincing if you ask me.

Anyway, meanwhile the Doctor notices the amazing sorts of medical feats that are being performed at the hospital they’ve ended up in and he wants to find out how they’re doing it. We later on discover that there and hundreds of hidden pods containing artificially created humans and they are given thousands of diseases to serve as farms to breed cures. Later on we find out that these aren’t just creatures, but they’re actual human beings with thoughts and feelings. I think it’s a great way of looking at humanity as a whole and to look at what we’ve been doing lately and if it’s right. Currently there are people debating on the ethics of cloning and creating humans so that we may have organs ready for transplanting. However, a big question that is frequently raised is whether it is ethical to harm the clones because they will be human as well.

In a turn of events, the episode becomes a zombie story when Cassandra releases some of the plague carriers. The Doctor and Cassandra flee for their lives. Somewhere throughout all of that, Cassandra has to transfer from Rose’s body to a carrier’s body, and it is here where she realizes something of utmost importance. The carriers are not only plagued by illnesses but are also plagued by an immense loneliness because of the fact that they were never given the chance to touch or be touched by anyone all their lives. And so this answers our question as to whether or not what the sisters at the hospital were doing was ethical or not. These people, despite not looking, sounding or acting like people still contain emotions, souls even, and are being tortured day by day by the deprivation they must live with. It’s sad and I guess it’s a really nice way of looking at humanity. Does the origin of a person make him any less human?

Moving on, the Doctor saves the day and forces Cassandra out of Rose’s body. It is then when we realize that Cassandra is still a human despite being reduced to a pale over-stretched sheet, and she deals with the loneliness of being not only the last full human, but being one that is trapped in a state of ugliness everyday of her life. Chip offers his body to Cassandra but as a half-life his body fails and Cassandra accepts her death. Although it was a little too quick for me the way Cassandra accepted her death, I enjoyed the ending a lot because here the Doctor does one last thing for Cassandra. He takes her back to the past to see herself when she was still beautiful. “Chip” approaches the Cassandra of the past and tells her that she is beautiful and then dies. This is the last time someone has ever told Cassandra she was beautiful, and I think that in itself is very beautiful, because the future Cassandra could finally die beautiful.