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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Doctor Who- season one, episodes 2-3

The End of the World
Okay, it's time for us to play some major catch up because this show is starting soon. We probably won't be ready by the premiere, but maybe we can be ready by the third episode of the new season. This blog will be spamming you with Doctor Who for the next couple of weeks, but we will try to post about other things too.

What Happened: In this episode, the Doctor lets Rose choose their next destination, Rose picks “the future.” The Doctor wants to impress Rose, so he takes her five billion years forward to the Earth’s scheduled end date. The humans have all left, and the last living on is just stretched skin with a mouth and eyes. Her name is Cassandra and she’s a real bitch. 

There is a party for the end of the world, attended by many aliens. Cassandra releases spider robots that almost kill everyone, but the Doctor stops them. There’s a nice tree person who dies helping them. We learn that the Doctor is the last Time Lord, and his planet and people were destroyed in a war that they lost. This upsets him.

What We Thought: We liked the commentary where Rose said that because Cassandra has altered her body so much cosmetically, she’s not human. Strangely enough, we can imagine a future where women value being completely flat. We liked the use of the “Traditional ballad.” It was Toxic by Britney Spears. HA! We appreciated finding a little more out about the doctor, and we liked him a little more in this episode than in the pilot. We also thought this episode was pretty funny. 

We loved Cassandra, especially her snooty voice and racism. Of course that would still be a fixture in humans billions of years from now…of course. We preferred this episode to the plastic pilot, but we’re not hooked yet. The middle of this episode was slow. We know this show gets good though. It has to. You don't get this level of nerd obsession from something lame.
Episode grade: C

The Unquiet Dead

What Happened: The Doctor and Rose travel to Cardiff 1869. They immediately run into a zombie old woman whose corpse escaped from the local funeral home. The corpse went to attend a performance of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and ruins the reading. Rose is taken to the funeral home by the owner, Mr. Sneed, and his assistant, Gwyneth, because they think Rose has seen too much. They have a problem with corpses getting up and leaving, and they think the place is haunted. The Doctor and Charles Dickens track them down just in time to save Rose from some Zombies.

The Doctor checks things out and finds that there’s a rift in time and space somewhere on the property. Meanwhile, Rose and Gwyneth bond by talking about boys and how they both hated school. The Doctor gathers them all for a séance. Gwyneth, who has some psychic powers, connects with the beings making the trouble. They claim to be the Gelth, aliens who lost their bodies in the time war. The Doctor pities them and pushes Gwyneth to open the rift, letting the Gelth come in and use the bodies of the human dead. Rose doesn’t think this is respectful, even if it will save a race.

Gwyneth stands in the rift and the Gelth use her as a channel to come through. The Gelth decide to kill all the humans and take all the bodies. Sneed is killed and his body taken. The Doctor realizes he made a mistake and apologizes to Rose as they back away from the zombies. Charlies Dickens finds out that gas sucks the Gelth out of the bodies, so he turns on all the gas jets in the house. Dickens, Rose, and the Doctor escape right before Gwyneth blows up the house by lighting a match, thus saving the world.

What We Thought: This episode is another C, but we liked it. The best thing about travelling back in time is Rose is going to get to wear lots of cute outfits like this. We love the fashions of yesteryear. We liked when Dickens said, “What the Shakespeare is going on?” because he’s not the saying yet. Actually, there were a lot of clever little lines. It’s cool that the Doctor can make mistakes and has twice now. It makes him more of a character and less of a demi-god. This one wasn’t as funny as the last one, but it had a better story. It suffered from a lack of Lady Cassandra though. We think this show has pretty good villains so far. Well, except for the plastic thing in the pilot. This one was dark and possibly a little scary. You know, if you’re easily scared or a child.
Episode grade: C

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