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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.

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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.

S2E13: Doomsday

And that was it.

 

Rose is dead. At least, in one universe. Now she exists in another, the one that didn’t have her in the first place. Unless you count the dog. This series finale was another goodbye, but this was a more permanent goodbye. One that can’t be reversed…well, at least for moment. We never know when the impossible in a show about the impossible will happen again. A lot will definitely be different, be changed. Rose isn’t like the Doctor. She didn’t and isn’t going to regenerate and take her place again. There’s going to be a new companion, and this one won’t be Rose, not like when David Tennant replaced Christopher Eccleston. I wonder if viewers will have to deal with this sort of loss every time a new series come around. Quite emotionally draining.

 

The Doctor Who cheekiness was there when the Doctor figured things out with the help of 3D glasses. I didn’t mind it at first, I didn’t think it was that important at first, but looking back, it should’ve been pretty obvious that the glasses were doing something. The Doctor kept on peeking through them as the Daleks and Cybermen were fighting. Anyway. It was brilliant how everything that I loved in the series was brought together in this episode: the epic aliens and battles, the complicated and emotional moments, the humor, and so on. It was all weaved together quite nicely. The emotional parts felt a bit long during my second viewing of the episode, due to the fact that in the back of my head, I was just thinking: there’s a war going on, can’t you do that later? Suspension of disbelief was needed, and I guess most didn’t have trouble with that as they were so involved with everything that was happening. The first time around, I didn’t really notice it. One part that was quite strange and out of character was the Yvonne Cyberman. I think her emotional inhibitor was broken or something, since she was still going on about doing her “duty for Queen and country.” I felt so bad for her, though I thought it was quite melodramatic how they had to show her, erm, tearing up (out of context, it looked like she was leaking).

 

Rose was the Bad Wolf, though it was never really explained to us why she was the Bad Wolf. I mean, of all things, why Bad Wolf? She could have been, oh I don’t know, Red Thorn or something (okay, that was bad but at least it was kinda connected to “rose”). It was nice touch that they ended Rose’s run and time with the Doctor in Bad Wolf Bay. Bad Wolf, scattered across time and space, meant to lead Rose back to the Doctor, but this time, it was the Doctor who was led to Rose. Several of my classmates cried the most during this part, the final goodbye, but I wasn’t really led to tears. I felt like crying, but unlike other episodes, I didn’t cry. I used to cry so easily at things like these, but now, not really. I guess it wasn’t as specific, I couldn’t relate to it as much as the other episodes. I’ve had relationships that have ended, on a note that sounded like “we’re never seeing each other again” even though I loved them dearly, but we’re still on the same universe. There’s still a chance that we bump into each other, like that one morning when I was on my way to the train station and he seemingly came out of nowhere. A universe dividing us, I guess that’s not really a reality right now. Oh well, I don’t really know. I might be looking way too hard at my inability to shed tears from watching this episode.

 

I can’t wait to get the rest of the episodes. I think I know what I’ll be doing during my free time this summer. “The Runaway Bride”, let’s do this! 

This is the story of how I died.”

 

I didn’t quite know what to make of Rose’s statement. In “The Satan Pit”, it had been predicted by the Beast that she would die in battle. I guess this is it then. It was still quite shocking though, and I definitely wasn’t looking forward to Rose’s death, even though I didn’t always like her. I had become attached to her character as well.

 

This was a very exciting episode, very intense indeed. I liked how they went from the small scale, from the thought that Jackie’s father was returning as a ghost to the bigger picture, to fact that Cybermen from another dimension were invading our world. It seems so minor and insignificant at first, but it’s just the beginning. It was a bit weird though how these “ghosts” were already so well-integrated with their world – the examples were hilarious and did a great job illustrating how the ghosts were already integrated – but they’ve only been around for about two months. I guess people took to them the way they take to new technology. A bit odd at first, but then they just embrace it whole-heartedly. Oh, the human race.

 

This seems to be the culmination of something that we’ve first heard of in “The Christmas Invasion”: Torchwood. In the first series, there was the Bad Wolf thing going on, appearing everywhere randomly like some sort of Easter Egg. The Bad Wolf was more of a visual thing, it’s something you literally see. Torchwood, however, is something that people talk about in hushed tones, only with certain people that they trust. I guess that makes it more noticeable than Bad Wolf. Here we see Torchwood as it is in the present, still here after all those years that Queen Victoria decided to set it up after she meets the Doctor in Scotland, in the Torchwood Estate. It’s a place that I hope to one day stumble upon if ever I don’t become the Doctor’s companion, hehe. Though hopefully, they’ve got uhm, better morals later on. Torchwood currently seems to be the same old colonizers of the past, claiming everything to be theirs. They just have more high-tech things and they’re no longer after earthly places.

 

The ghosts turn out to Cybermen. That in itself is crazy enough, enough to know that this episode and the next will definitely be interesting. And Mickey is also back. Things that we thought we had left behind in the other dimension, in the “Age of Steel” are back again, and they’re in this world. But it didn’t end there…the Doctor’s greatest enemies, who we thought were already wiped out in the previous series, are back. The Daleks. I’ve kinda forgotten about them, to be honest, and it was totally unexpected when they came flying out of that freaky sphere thing. This episode is definitely for fans of the show, for people who’ve been following it. If this was the first episode that a person would watch, the Daleks coming out would have no impact all. It wouldn’t really make sense to them why it makes such a great cliffhanger.

 

The next episode is the last for this series. This episode set it up quite nicely. I’m looking forward to it!

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.

S2E11: Fear Her

I am not quite sure what the title’s real connection to the episode is. I mean, yeah, I guess you can still connect it, but it doesn’t seem to quite fit. It all feels a bit off. It sounds like there’s some sort of impending doom, something dark, but it was only a child who needed to be loved. She wasn’t really something to be feared. Perhaps “Fear Him” would’ve been a more appropriate title, since the monster dad in the closet was more the one to be feared. The dominant themes are love and family or companionship, and yet the title suggested the opposite.

 

The entire episode doesn’t really feel like it’s part of the series, it feels a bit forced. Maybe it’s because of the alien. The alien was really strange. And ridiculously cheesy. I mean seriously…love? Love is good and all that, but it ended there. The Isolus was just this thing that functioned because of love. It’s the whole episode was contrived just to promote love and family values. And that’s all good, but it just…could’ve been a lot better.

 

The episode also felt like it was meant to promote the 2012 London Olympics. I dunno if it was really meant to be that way, or if I just feel that because it’s already 2012. And the commentator kept on going on about how the Olympic torch symbolized love, hope, and all that jazz. It was conveniently there when it was needed, and it just so happened to be perfect for sending the Isolus pod on its way. That lonely Isolus pod…it said that it was alone, that all its brothers and sisters were still up there. I wonder why they didn’t come looking for their missing sibling? I mean, there are four billion of them, but since they function on love, shouldn’t they notice once one goes missing? Or did they never notice that one went missing?

 

In past episodes, before Mickey became a companion, Rose would tell him of times that she and the Doctor went to this planet and did this and did that. Mickey wouldn’t be able t relate, and the audience too. Rose sometimes tells stories of trips that she and the Doctor have had outside of the episodes. This episode felt like one of those trips, one of those trips that aren’t really that significant to merit their own episode. It was perhaps only the last scene, with the Doctor and Rose watching the fireworks, that was important, as it had foreshadowing. The Doctor mentions a storm approaching. A bit strange though, since he is supposed to be “the oncoming storm”. Well, I guess we’ll just have to see what he meant exactly by that.

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.

Before re-watching this episode, I had watched a tribute video. This entire episode sort of felt like a tribute video at times, a tribute to the Doctor and to LINDA. It obviously very different from the other episodes, as this was from the video diary of Elton. Rose and the Doctor do play a significant role, but their screen time is very limited.

 

During the opening scenes, I thought that Elton might be a new companion. I was wondering whether he’d just be a bother to have along, like Adam, or if he’d make things a lot more interesting, like Jack. It felt a bit strange when all of a sudden, the point of view suddenly went to Elton’s video camera. It was new, and I haven’t seen a Doctor Who episode that was told from anyone else’s point of view.

 

This episode had been the last episode for the seniors in the class, and indeed, it was the perfect episode to end with even though it isn’t the season finale yet. Rose was the original vessel for the audience to be able to relate, but now we have Elton as Rose is now well-integrated into the show. Elton is the audience, the fan of not just the Doctor, but also of Rose. It was nice to go back and see some of the bits and pieces of the Doctor’s adventures, but from the point of view of a commoner, a man on the street. I wonder if they had planned for this episode long ago, and had shot it alongside those previous episodes? I noticed that they recycled some shots, such as that of the Big Ben being destroyed by the alien ship in “Aliens of London”. I think though, that this episode was a bit early. There’s been less than two series, and there’ve only been two Doctors. It would have been a lot more interesting if they had done this episode in the next series or so. A lot more would have happened. But since they decided to make this a sort of regular thing, then it isn’t so bad to have it now. It’s a nice little recap, and it answers the question of what it would be like had we actually been there when those things had happened.

 

It was nice that this episode wasn’t completely a “tribute”, but it had its own story as well. You don’t even have to watch all of the episodes of Doctor Who to watch this one. Come think of it, it’s not really a tribute to Doctor Who, but more of a tribute to the audience, to the fans of the show. It focuses on one unique “fan” of the Doctor and Rose, and follows him around, not only for his Doctor Who-related escapades, but also for other things that make him him, such as the LINDA bonding sessions and his growing relationship with Ursula (strange as it eventually became). Even the alien of this show is from the audience. There was a contest, a make-your-own-alien sort of thing, and the child who made the absorbaloff won. I don’t know if the producers of the show meant it to be that way, as an audience-tribute sort of thing, or if they just wanted to give the lead actors a break by making others the leads. I suppose Mickey would have been part of this episode, except he was left behind in another dimension. It was nice that they showed Jackie, crazy Jackie with her antics, and how lonely she was. Jackie can be quite annoying, like most mothers are, but she really does love Rose. It was touching how she pushed Elton away despite her loneliness so that she could protect Rose and the Doctor.