Doctor Who
Bad Wolf (1)

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Jacob Clifton: A | 1 USERS: A+
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And the Doctor stands. "No. Because this is what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna rescue her. I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek Fleet, and then I'm going to save the Earth, and then just to finish off, I'm going wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!" But the Dalek points out that they have no weapons, no defenses, no plans. And then the Doctor's grin, lots of teeth: "Yeah. And doesn't that scare you to death?" It would seem so, based on what little I understand of Dalek nonverbal communication. The Doctor continues: "Rose?" And she eagerly replies, "Yes, Doctor?" The Doctor: "I'm coming to get you."

The Doctor hangs up on them, and the Daleks freak the hell out, screaming about this and that, how the Doctor is "initiating hostile action" and that they must advance "the Strategem" and once again try to invade Earth. They wheel around and look ridiculous, and if they would shut up their creepy-ass terrifying voices it would be like the funniest thing. Rose just kind of Froggers her way out of their mess, and the camera pulls out as the thousands of Daleks onboard come to one voice, synchronized -- and you know what they're screaming.

So here's the score heading into the last inning. Or more properly, here's my wish list with one episode to go, based on proving something to somebody or something. Or more properly, where the tightrope game I've been playing unspoiled not only dumps me on my face in front of everybody who reads this and already knows better, but also sets me up for unbelievable disappointment no matter what happens. I've got this feeling that the "Long Game" recap might be the best one, in addition to being my favorite episode, because I think that whoever re-created Satellite Five into the Gamestation, whoever installed the Jagrafess, is something amazing and scary, behind the unthinking Dalek. I just don't think we're there yet. They're not clever and when they are it's as bad-asses, from what I understand. Their whole thing is "obey" -- they don't have the ego necessary for this -- to be a god. Either somebody big, equal to/greater than the Dalek, or somebody small, like the Gelth. And that maybe there's somebody we don't know about, like Face of Boe, who is large, and has been mentioned twice. But here's what I'm thinking: we're not done with the Demiurge and Archon stuff. I think that it could be true that the evil prison guard "God" next week might even have forgotten his/her/their glory, and gotten trapped in his own creation. Like, Cathica could easily be what's above the Controller: something lovely become something ugly. How the Controller was something ugly and scary that turned out to be amazing and angelic. Or maybe it's a normal person going nuts and thinking he's God. (Adam somehow?) My Cylon-loving heart doesn't want to see Dalek at the disposal of something higher -- it dilutes their meaning. What happens if you draw the line from Mercy to Justice and then just keep drawing until you're off the page and then off your desk and on into the dark places. God as Wave of Mutilation.

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