Doctor Who
Boom Town

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Jacob Clifton: B- | Grade It Now!
Truth Like Glass

The Doctor asks Margaret about the name of the project ("What, Blaidd Drwg? It's Welsh.") and confirms that "Blaidd" is "wolf." "But I've heard that before, Bad Wolf," says Rose. "I've heard that lots of times..." The Doctor agrees. Rose: "How can they be following us?" He stares into the distance, worried, and then snaps out of it/has an ADD attack: "Nah! Just a coincidence! Like hearing a word on the radio then hearing it all day. Never mind! Things to do." Hmm. Is this a Ben/Glory issue, or is he pulling something? Putting something off out of fear? Knows more than he's saying? Or less? How far down does his fallibility go? He claps his hands and offers to take Margaret home. (Is he pulling something? Does he know more than he's saying? Does he know what they'll do to her?) Jack's like, "That's a bit big-hearted for me," basically, but Rose takes the Doctor option on it, overjoyed: "I don't believe it! We actually get to go to Raxa..." There's a long, cute sequence in which she tries to pronounce it, walking closer and closer to the Doctor, who repeats it back to her, and she finally gets it, and jumps into his arms. The Doctor spins Rose around and she squeals gleefully. It's pretty cute, even though it just sets up the total buzzkill of Margaret: "They have the death penalty. The family Slitheen was tried in its absence many years ago and found guilty. With no chance of appeal. According to the statutes of government, the moment I return, I am to be executed. What do you make of that, Doctor?" The whole group's mood has somewhat fallen. Margaret doesn't drop the Doctor's gaze: "Take me home, and you take me to my death." And the Doctor doesn't drop her eyes either. "Not my problem." Wow.

Nighttime, they are bringing Margaret inside the TARDIS ("Superb! How do you get the outside around the inside?") and the Doctor giving her 'tude: "Like I'd give you the secret, yeah." Margaret says that the TARDIS makes her feel better about her string of defeats: "We never stood a chance. This is the technology of the Gods." The Doctor prattles that he wouldn't make a very good God: "You wouldn't get a day off, for starters..." Word! But it's important to note the link Margaret's just made between the TARDIS, specifically the tesseract of the TARDIS, and the infinite. The Doctor calls Jack "big fella"; he's trying to wire the extrapolator to the console. Welcome to the TARDIS, indeed: he's totally letting Jack futz around with his ship! That's love. Jack declares that the device will knock about twelve hours off their refueling time -- which by my count means they've only got about eight hours left before they can leave. Yeah, Jack says that they can leave by morning.

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