World War Three
What happened: These episodes go together, as a two-parter. It’s all one story. Rose and The Doctor try to return to the present to say hi to Rose’s mom, but they accidentally show up a year in the future. Jackie has put up “missing daughter” posters all over London and accused Mickey of doing away with Rose. Jackie is livid, but then everyone is distracted by an alien ship’s crash landing. The Doctor investigates and finds out that the ship and its inhabitant were just distractions. The real aliens have been on Earth for quite some time.
The Doctor and Rose get taken to 10 Downing Street after a phone call and internet search alerts the government to the Doctor’s presence, but it’s a trap set by the aliens to get all the “alien experts” in one room, so they can kill them. The aliens reveal themselves as the Slitheen, but have trouble killing the Doctor. There are fights and chases. We find out that the Slitheen are here to make a profit by impersonating the Prime Minister, nuking the Earth, and selling the rubble to planets where it would be valuable. With the help of Mickey and Jackie, the Doctor launches a missile into 10 Downing Street, killing the Slitheen.
Rose and the Doctor are also helped by the female future prime minister, a caring, bumbling, self-sacrificing woman named Harriet. The Doctor asks Mickey if he would like to join them, but then rescinds his invitation after Mickey displays cowardice at the idea of always being in danger. He doesn’t do it in a mean way though. The Doctor also gives Mickey a computer virus that can destroy all references to the Doctor and his TARDIS on the internet. Jackie says goodbye to her daughter and allows her to board the TARDIS.
What we thought: We haven’t yet mentioned how much we like the opening credits and theme song, which is a lot. We also haven’t mentioned how much we like Rose Tyler. She comes across as a real young girl, not some female stereotype, and she’s not at all annoying. In short, she’s not her mother. It’s crazy how the Doctor sometimes doesn’t get the time and destination right, but it’s funny. Actually, so far he usually doesn’t get the time and destination right. The beginning was great. We liked that the Doctor and Rose revisited her home, mother, and boyfriend. You guys know how much we enjoy continuity. It helps us get into the character, big picture, and overall story.
Our mothers would be so livid if we ran off with a old guy for a year, with no word. We wouldn’t be sitting with them and watching the news that night, that’s for sure. They would demand an explanation. Jackie cried a little though. We liked the emotion there. So, the Doctor travels because he wants to witness history? That would be a good enough reason for us to do it, but for a TV show, we sort of wish he had more of a purpose. The fart jokes sometimes interfered with the intensity and obviously the seriousness. Once again, the special effects leave a lot to be desired, but points for effort and design.
We like the Slithens’ voices and names. So rarely in life do we get to see alien villains with demon voices AND English accents. Don’t even get us started on their awesome laughs. We like when Mickey calls Jackie “Jacks.” We also like typing the word “TARDIS.” Our main problem with this episodes is that we’re not sure that this really needed to be two hours. It dragged out what should have been a fun, entertaining romp. The show is still a little silly for us. There needs to be more mythology and more seriousness.
Episode grades: C- for both