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S2E11 Fear Her

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.

S2E11: Fear Her

When people start disappearing without a trace on a show like Doctor Who, it’s never a good thing, and a formidable opponent is to be expected. However, although we are treated to an interesting alien, the episode largely revolves around how an alien like the Isolus and a lonely girl named Chloe bond. This isn’t your average Doctor Who show where the alien wants world domination or infinite power. This is an episode that talks about a misunderstood alien who is a child for that matter. It doesn’t know any better. (Though I dislike the idea of using that line as an excuse for everything a child does… but I guess it has its point.) It shows us that perhaps we aren’t so different after all. The Isolus was separated from its own family, landing on earth. Chloe spend a lot of time drawing by herself and they both bond over this mutual feeling of isolation.

Of course it turns out that this bond would cause problems for the people and the neighborhood, so it’s up to the Doctor and Rose to fix this. Chloe and the Isolus try to take everyone for themselves out of sheer loneliness that no one would ever have to leave them again. As a result, people are trapped as drawings and they disappear off the streets. It’s rather fitting that they dealt with the alien in a manner that did not harm it or Chloe. Instead, they gave them exactly what they needed. It’s one of those episodes that everyone lives!

To help the alien reunite with its family, the Doctor– rather, Rose– uses warmth and love. Quite literally, with the fire from the torch and emotions from the people. There is nothing that fills people with intense nationalism and love for their country like hosting the 2012 Olympics (which, coincidentally occurs this year, so here’s to hoping the actor, David Tennant does get to run the torch! :>).

The episode details how much a situation could change by reaching out with love. The alien is able to return to its family with this much energy. Chloe was deeply affected by growing up with a violent father present, so much that her image of her father is a sinister and extremely frightening figure that could be described as demonic. It was even enough to make her mother cower with her, so despite the fact that it was a child’s version, an exaggeration, it was still realistic enough for the both of them. Rose and Chloe’s mother reassure her enough that she is able to banish the monster when it finally comes to life at the end of the episode. It’s no wonder that the Doctor believes in the power and the potential of human beings. We are so influential and we can make great things happen.

Another fascinating thing about the episode is the Doctor and Rose’s dynamic. Even though they are separated when the Doctor becomes trapped in the drawing, Rose figures out what the Doctor wants her to do despite his limited capacity to communicate. She also proves herself to be a very capable companion and feminist figure within the story by completing the task needed to help the Isolus’ pod power up. She is also the one who reaches out to Chloe properly in the end that helps quell her fear of her late father. With this episode, we can truly see how Rose has become independent and becomes a heroic figure in her own way.