Doctor Who
Doomsday (2)

Episode Report Card
Jacob Clifton: A+ | 10 USERS: A+
YOU GRADE IT
Hold The Line With Me

Another Dalek talks about how they have to protect the Genesis Ark; the Doctor -- hearing this on the phone -- gets confused: "The Genesis Ark?" He puts on his 3-D glasses and watches the laptop. The Cybermen in the hallway note to the Dalek that their two species are similar, "though [the Daleks'] design is inelegant." Thay proudly tells the Cybermen that Daleks have no concept of elegance. And the Cybermen win this round soundly: "This is obvious." However, they wonder about alliance: "Our technologies are compatible. Cybermen plus Daleks. Together, we could upgrade the Universe." Thay tells the Cybermen to eat shit, and the Cybermen thrust their fists out, ready to shoot: "Hostile elements will be deleted." Their shots bounce off the Dalek's armor, and he exterminates them with a quickness.

The Cyberman in Yvonne's office addresses the sphere chamber through the projection screen, scaring Jackie even worse: "Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen." Sek tries to explain that it's not war: "This is pest control." Upgrading, as the Cybermen would say. They both couch their destruction in the most logical, positive ways. "We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?" Four. Hell yeah! "You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?" And you know the Dalek are gonna fuck him up: "We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek. You are superior in only one respect: You are better at dying." I really love them sometimes. Sek closes off communications, sending the Doctor's call to static and severing the link to the office.

A Dalek demands that someone reverse the webcam image by "nine rels," which is a Dalek unit of time dating back to the '60s movies. The more you know... "Identify grid seven gamma frame." They zoom in on the Doctor: "This male registers as enemy." Rose grins, but somehow doesn't do the fist-pump that naturally goes there. Doesn't help: Sek immediately recognizes that her heartbeat has increased. "Yeah, tell me about it," sniffs Mickey. Heh. "Identify him," screeches Sek, and she smiles cattily: "All right then, if you really wanna know. That's the Doctor." They roll backward, all of them at once, awesomely. "Five million Cybermen: Easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared." Rose smiles proudly.

The Cybermen order the quarantine of the sphere chamber and "emergency upgrading" for everybody, starting with the people in Yvonne's office. Yvonne shouts as they drag her away: "No, you can't do this! We surrendered! We surrendered!" If it's alien, it's yours, though. Right? Isn't that the deal? The Cybermen grab Jackie and the Doctor, but one of them notices the Doctor's "increased adrenaline," which somehow suggests that he has "vital Dalek information." As they haul Jackie out of there, she shouts at the Doctor over her shoulder: "You promised me! You gave me your word!" The Doctor repeats that he'll think of something, and then Jackie's gone.

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