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S2E12 Army of Ghosts

This is the story of how I died.

Emotionally loaded like a gun all too ready to fire—that was the description that seemed to consume the once giddy girl I knew named Rose Tyler.

The episode opens with the Doctor and Rose coming back home to Jackie. It seems like just another spring cleaning for both of them as they are ready to unload whatever physical and emotional baggage they’ve accumulated throughout their journeys. Jackie acts like an oddball that just becomes completely crazy. She introduces the idea of “ghosts” that have seem to plague the world with its timed appearances and ghastly apparitions. Something very human was shown in the show when people started accepting the “ghosts” as justifications of long-lost loved ones manifesting themselves. It is all too easy for us to think that maybe, just maybe, these “ghosts” from beyond are the people we have loved and lost a long time ago.

The Doctor, being the all-knowing alien that he is, dismisses that assumption and proceeds to know of Torchwood, the eponymous name that has a special place in the hearts of people that know its reference. The mysterious object that seems to resemble a sphere is then discovered to be of existence in a universe between the universes, a “nothingness” that seems inhabit said ship.

The personnel of Torchwood continue to pursue the greatest human fault—exploiting everything of every source of every energy we come across to. It is seen that even though that unknown adversary has already crossed enemy lines and is soon sweeping in for the kill.

Rose avoids detection and scores herself an almost-all-entrance-pass to the place where the “void ship” is located. She is compromised and recognizes Mickey as one of the professionals in the building. The manipulated Torchwood employees open the said rift through an unscheduled and unadvised “ghost shift”.  We then see the ghosts are just another dosage of those iron and steel monsters in the form of Cybermen. The Doctor comes to know that something more menacing and more technologically capacitated is about to come to Earth and make it surrender to its power.

Samuel, who is really just Mickey to you and me, proceeds to explain all the pieces left in the puzzle. He still believe that maybe those atrocious pieces of metal may be behind all the ruckus. He aims a gun until that sphere opens up once again, now producing the most well-known and passionately-hated of all of the Doctor’s foes—the Daleks.

I must admit that a season finale wouldn’t seem and feel like a good season finale without some good ‘ol Dalek destruction. This being the first half of such finale, I believe it provided enough substance to be able to bridge the story quite well. The lingering feeling of fear and utter sadness that opened this episode is still ringing in every aspect of my Doctor-Rose ship. How they’ll do that ending is all a big question just waiting for a final and definitive answer.

S2E12: Army of Ghosts

Similar to Father’s Day, we here Rose narrating the introduction of the episode. What came to as a shock was her first line.

“This is the story of how I died.”

Could it be that this is the build up that the second series has been trying to do? Talking about the Doctor leaving his companions, him being a lonely god– Is the time where the Doctor ultimately loses Rose? Or perhaps it’s the other way around. Rose continues the introduction by talking about how “The last 19 years of my life, nothing happened, nothing at all.. until the Doctor came.” That’s when she started to “live”. Could it be that this is the last time we will be seeing Rose Tyler? Does her death mean literally? Or figuratively?

At first, when I read the title Army of Ghosts, I wondered if this meant a huge war would happen. I suddenly remember the beast in Satan’s Pit talking about how Rose would die in battle. Could this be the battle he was talking about?

When Rose and the Doctor arrive to visit Jackie, Rose is shocked when Jackie announces that her grandfather will be visiting. Apparently, her grandfather has passed away years ago. Rose becomes worried that her travels have affected her mother. She worries that the loneliness her mother feels has taken a toll on her. But then a ghost-like creature appears inside the house and Jackie tells Rose that it’s her granddad. But it doesn’t look anything like a human being, both the Doctor and Rose look horrified at the creature.

Jackie: Just think of it though, families coming back… don’t you think it’s beautiful?
The Doctor: I think it’s horrific.

No one knows death more than the Doctor, he’s lived for centuries and often times death has always been there at his wake. It is how he says, the curse of the Time Lords. If he can do something about it, if he can try to rescue you from the clutches of death, you know he’ll try his best to save you. He values life more than anyone. But once death captures you, he knows that it’s time to stop. It’s time to let go. A Bold Time Lord like the Doctor has his boundaries too, and bringing the dead back alive is one of those things that the doctor finds horrific. It’s something that is just impossible, and if it was.. Would you really want to bring the dead back to life? I think the dead would rather stay dead, don’t you agree? I mean, I have always had this belief that it is not the dead who have the unfinished business, but the living. The dead have already let go of his ties on earth, it’s the living who hasn’t let go of his ties to the dead. So with the belief, I’m actually horrified with the people thinking that bringing life back to the dead is a good thing.

Anyway, we see that the ones responsible for the ghosts are none other than the Torchwood Institute. In the building, we can smell nothing but trouble.

So back to the scene with Rose and the Doctor, In the TARDIS, Jackie talks to Rose which brings up the potential problem of  the prolonged companionship of Rose with the Doctor with regards to looking at a long term basis. We are again made to realize that Rose has to leave the Doctor eventually, and one of the reasons why would be as Rose keeps travelling with the Doctor, she will keep changing. As Jackie says, in 40 or 50 years time, she probably won’t be Rose Tyler anymore, probably not even human. But again, we are made to ask, what exactly makes someone a human?

Eventually, the Doctor, Rose, and Jackie go to the Torchwood Institute to resolve the problem that only the Doctor and Rose notices. They’re the only once convinced that the presence of the ghosts, definitely means something is wrong…

In the institute, we are reminded that the Doctor is actually an enemy of Torchwood. He is captured along with Jackie who poses as Rose. The Doctor gives Rose a single to hide in the TARDIS, and so she does. She then eventually snoops around and discovers the big sphere that has no mass (the computers state it doesn’t exist, but we can clearly see it… What are we to believe? Our senses? Or the machines?), but that’s not all she discovers… She discovers Mickey! Upon the discovery, I don’t know about the other viewers, but seeing Mickey made me think of the Cybermen. Could they be close behind? The Doctor and Rose knew something was wrong… Could it be this? and they were right! I wonder, when has the Doctor been wrong?

The ghosts are actually Cybermen, and they have arrived to invade planet earth. But that’s not all… The sphere that is said to be nothing has something inside it… and the episode ends with a cliffhanger as we decide on what is inside the sphere. This episode is a total cliffhanger. With all of the things happening, we start to wonder, why does Rose introduce this episode as the story of how she dies?