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I am re-watching Doctor Who New Who series 1-7 and generally love festing and reminiscing. Please join me! Though I prefer Moffat era Who, I want to do my best to find things to love about all of New Who as frankly, I am tired of the endless negativity. If I genuinely detest an episode, I will use my license to mock and try to be good natured about my dislike. Please comment if you like with this philosophy in mind :)

Rose by RTD

Oh back to the start. It was a lovely feeling to revisit some old friends. It shocked me to realize how long ago Nine's run was now, and the production values do reflect that time gap between then and now. I think this episode's alien threat of the week was pretty weak but that was necessary imo to introduce The Doctor in his new incarnation, as well as to introduce Rose.

Mickey was a douche and I'm glad Rose left him. For some reason, I seem to remember disliking Rose's treatment of Mickey later on but I will deal with it when I get to it. For the moment, I feel that Rose was justified in leaving him for The Doctor. I liked the way RTD used Rose's position as a chav to highlight the British class system and to show the ways that though Rose was clearly intelligent, she was always going to be disadvantaged because of that chav status. It feels good to revisit Rose back when I loved her too! I think Billie Piper plays Rose well.

I didn't feel Chris as The Doctor in this episode as much as others. I liked him in the shops at the start but after that I felt like it was more about seeing things from Rose's perspective.

The End of the World by RTD

I just love, love, love this episode. It's silly but so much fun! RTD begins to hint more about the Time War, the Doctor's more sexual nature in the newer incarnations, and the joys and fears of being a companion in the TARDIS. I mean I just loved these quotes:

Rose Tyler: [talking to Raffalo the plumber] I just sort of hitched a lift with this... man. Didn't even think about it... I don't even know who he is... he's a complete stranger...

Jabe: [as the Doctor scans a door entry keypad] What about your ancestry, Doctor? Perhaps you could tell a story or two. Perhaps a man only enjoys trouble when there's... nothing else left. I scanned you earlier. The metal machine had trouble identifying your species. Refused to admit your existence. And even when it named you, I couldn't believe it. But it was right. I know where you're from. Forgive me for intruding it's remarkable that you even exist. I just want to say... how sorry I am.

The Doctor: [taking Rose's mobile phone] Tell ya what... with a little bit of jiggery pokery...
Rose Tyler: Is that a technical term, jiggery pokery?
The Doctor: Yeah, I came first in jiggery pokery, what about you?
Rose Tyler: Nah, I failed hullabaloo.

he Doctor: You think it'll last forever, the people and cars and concrete. But it won't. One day it's all gone, even the sky. My planet's gone. It's dead. It burned like the Earth. It's rocks and dust before its time.
Rose Tyler: What happened?
The Doctor: There was a war, and we lost.
Rose Tyler: A war with who?
[the Doctor doesn't answer]
Rose Tyler: What about your people?
The Doctor: I'm a Time Lord. I'm the last of them. They're all gone. I'm the only survivor. I'm left travelling on my own because there's no-one else.
Rose Tyler: There's me.

This episode is RTD at his most cleverest in my opinion. He used the destruction of earth in the future to reveal information about both Rose and the Time War. He also used his camp sense of humour to great effect, satirising western cosumerism and capitalism at the same time as moving the story forward. Cassandra was classic and I loved the use of two pop songs; Tainted Love by Soft Cell and Toxic by Britney Spears. It seemed perverse and fitting that such songs would be used to exit earth.

I also was reminded of Douglas Adams and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Great stuff. Incidentally, I think that Chris nailed Nine in his sad scenes.

The Unquiet Dead by Mark Gatiss

I think that this episode is Gatiss' best work on Doctor Who. I disliked both Night Terrors and Victory of the Daleks, but I think that even though this episode was a bit too fantastical and wild and woolly (Honestly. It's not just Moffat who supposedly loves to write half baked plots. All of New Who is guilty of it), I liked the literary references, Rose in period dress, Billie Piper getting to test her acting chops a little, and the first links to the 'last of his kind' stuff as well as The Doctor's guilt and the mysterious 'Bad Wolf.'

Favourite Quotes:

The Doctor: Where do you think you're going?
Rose: 1860.
The Doctor: Go out there, dressed like that, you'll start a riot, Barbarella. pointing There's a wardrobe through there. First left, second right, third on the left, go straight ahead, under the stairs, past the bins, fifth door on your left. Hurry up!

Gwyneth: I've bet you've got dozens of servants, Miss.
Rose: No. No servants where I'm from.
Gwyneth: And you've come such a long way.
Rose: What makes you think so?
Gwyneth: You're from London. I've seen London in drawings but never like that. All those people rushing about, half-naked for shame. And the noise. And the metal boxes racing past. And the birds in the sky—no, they're metal as well. Metal birds with people in them. People are flying. And you—you've flown so far. Further than anyone. The things you've seen. The darkness, the big bad wolf.

The Gelth: Once we had physical form like you, but then the war came.
Dickens: War? What war?
The Gelth: The Time War. The whole universe convulsed. The Time War raged, invisible to smaller species, but devastating to higher forms.

(Actually this episode made me wonder about the 50th anniversary. Is the TARDIS exploding and the silence falling plus cracks in space also to do with the Time War?)

Rose: But I can't die. Tell me I can't. I haven't even been born yet. It's impossible for me to die. Isn't it?
The Doctor: I'm sorry.
Rose: It's 1869. How can I die now?
The Doctor: Time isn't a straight line. It can twist into any shape. You could be born in the 20th century and die in the 19th and it's all my fault. I brought you here.
Rose: It's not your fault. I wanted to come.
The Doctor: What about me? I saw the fall of Troy. World War V. I pushed boxes at the Boston Tea Party. Now I'm going to die in a dungeon. In Cardiff.

Rose: We'll go down fighting, yeah?
The Doctor: Yeah.
Rose: Together?
The Doctor: Yeah. I'm so glad I met you.
Rose: Me too.

I did wonder about the many companion critiques of Amy and River in this episode too. Rose needs rescuing from danger but she is still a feisty heroine. She reminded me a lot of Amy in the scene where she threw things at The Gelth. With most of new who I find the feminist critiques of companions to be pretty dubious. All of the women on New Who accomplish great things. There are problematic elements throughout, as on most shows on TV, but generally speaking, I think the show does better than most in its portrayal of women.

By the end of this episode I had refallen in love with Rose, gotten more curious about how she and Nine develop, and really started enjoying myself. I can't wait to rewatch more episodes!

I have not rewatched the RTD era since The End of Time aired because of how much I hated it. It is great fun to rewatch when I can't remember half the episodes :)


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