What happened: A distress signal takes the Doctor and Rose to 2012 (which was in the future back when the show aired). There, they find a businessman collecting rare artifacts, including aliens that he experiments on. He has the last Dalek. All the others were killed in the Time War between the Daleks and the time lords. The Doctor shows his vengeful side when confronting the Dalek and almost killing it. Rose takes pity on it and, without knowing what it is, lets it escape. However, the Dalek takes a bite of her, and that gives it feelings and leads to its ultimate suicide. One of the businessman’s employees, a young British man named Adam, boards the TARDIS with Rose and the Doctor, joining them.
What we thought: We loved the scene where the Doctor first met the Dalek. He sure gave way too much away to the businessman about his history though, didn’t he? The Doctor is always making mistakes like this. You’d think after 900 years, he’d learn to be more careful. The Dalek was an R2D2-lookin thing with a high-tech plunger for an arm. The Dalek was expressionless. We were wishing it were an alien. This seems like a pretty big enemy, and having some powerful alien that could manipulate electricity would be nerd perfection, plus it would have more of a personality. You don’t want your villains stiff. So, we were happy when it opened up and there was some snot-covered squid/intestine being with an eyeball.
This one was actually exciting sometimes. There was some level of gravity to the situation. This was a good story with some nice themes and emotion. Yeah, a great deal of the episode involved people standing there and shooting at the Dalek, which got old. But its suicide was cool. Some of the dialogue in the episode was poorly written, but the actors made it work. This episode was easier to watch than past episodes. It moved quicker. We’re still on C-levels though.
Episode grade: C+
The Long Game
What happened: In the year 200,000, a big nasty aliens has control over humanity and uses the news media to keep humans from asking questions. The Doctor and Rose stop it, with help from a woman named Cathica. Adam is no help and almost gets them all killed in his greed.
What we thought: We love Rose’s outfit in this episode. Well, more than her other outfits, anyway. She always dresses like she’s Kurt Cobain. It sounds like she’s had a few more offscreen adventures and travels. We get that change is hard and the culture shock must be massive, but Adam should know how lucky he is to be able to do this. Adam hints that the Doctor and Rose might have a romantic relationship at some point. We don’t know how we feel about that…maybe it would be alright. We’re not loving the idea though. Maybe we’d be more for it when the Doctor gets a new body. We hear he does that. J
How long did it take Suki to walk to her new position? Too long. A person could get bored. We liked seeing the woman from Episodes in this. Cathica should have replaced useless Adam. Just dropping him off with his mother was the next best thing. We loved the end, where his mother snapped her fingers and his head addition was revealed. Hehe. The conspiracy plot of this really worked for us, as did the commentary on how crappy our news is. This one was fun to watch. Either this show is growing on us, or it just got better. This episode was creepy too and not at all cheesy! But it still had humor.
Episode grade: B-
What happened: Rose manipulates the Doctor into going back to the day her dad died when she was a baby, telling him that she just wanted to be there when he passed. Once there, she saves her dad’s life. This rips a hole in space and time, and nasty creatures show up to kill all of humanity. On top of that, Rose’s dad is kind of a selfish, cheating loser. The Doctor has a solution to the monster problem that would keep Rose’s dad alive, but the Doctor is eaten before he can carry it out. Then, Rose’s dad sacrifices himself to return things to normal, thus redeeming himself and becoming a good man and father. The Doctor tells Rose to hurry to her dad’s side as he died. Rose sees a young Mickey, and he falls in love with her at first sight.
What we thought: Is that two decent ones in a row? Things are looking up. Rose is such a cute little kid! In the present, they need to stop putting so much mascara on her. It’s looking a bit spidery. This was the first big fight between Rose and the Doctor. Rose made a big mistake. The Doctor was really hard on her, but she deserved it. We found out that the Doctor doesn’t mind changing time on his normal adventures, but doing it selfishly in a planned way is against the rules. We want to know why he doesn’t harm time and draw the creatures when he changes time. It would be really sad to hear that your parents didn’t love each other and your dad cheated on your mom. It would suck even more if you got a bunch of people killed to save that deadbeat dad you should never have known. It’s cool that Rose got the truth AND ended up with a hero for a father.
We love how the Doctor jumped up and down when the TARDIS appeared. He has traits that are like a little kid. Christopher Eccleston is getting tolerable. When he got eaten and the key dropped, we were impressed that the show took the tension up a notch. We should have realized the dad would sacrifice himself, but we didn’t until it was obvious. When the dad said goodbye to Rose, we were touched. We cared. Maybe it was the acting. We didn’t think we were that attached to Rose, but anything with parents loving their children packs some kind of punch. We can’t quite explain why this episode worked so well. It would have gotten a better grade had we had a full explanation of why the Doctor’s antics didn’t bring those nasties. This episode proved that this show could bring the emotion easily, at the drop of a hat, in one hour. That makes us excited for future episodes after the characters are even more developed.
Episode grade: B-