Rose and the Doctor step out into a breezy, quiet afternoon, music in the distance. Rose wonders about the myth, and the wish: "That's so weird. The day my father died, I thought it'd be all, sort of, grim and stormy. It's just an ordinary day." The Doctor, for whom twenty years is the space between heartbeats, tries to get across how ordinary this actually is: "The past is another country -- 1987's just the Isle of Wight." No lie. You couldn't pay me enough. The Doctor asks Rose whether she's sure about this, and she isn't, but she lies. The camera pans across a bunch of posters and broadsides on the wall, displaying stuff like "No Third Term For Thatcher," some house party posters with a giant smiley face, "Bad Wolf" scrawled across it. Hmm. Raves, and TV, and a helicopter, and graffiti. Two references to darkness, yet to come...focused on Rose, maybe. Well, more than likely, because "yet to come" only makes sense if you're following one person's life path, which the story is, so it's gotta be Rose, right? But I don't see any other connections.
Could it be the universe talking? It's something fictional, this universe; it's made up of words on a page -- a script -- so I don't see why there couldn't be words speaking everywhere, like Danny the Street. Or like the show itself is Charlotte, weaving little warnings out of itself. Maybe it's a warning, and not an entity? "Some Pig! Bad Wolf!" Maybe the mistake is in thinking that the Jagrafess Ninety Years Of Stupitude is connected at all. A story with time travel in it probably has all kinds of little rips and tears in the continuum -- look at this episode. And anyway. That seems a little high-concept even for old RTD. Well, no, that's exactly what I would have done in college -- let the story interrogate itself from the inside to prove how very clever I was -- so it's possible. I take it back. And that bums me out anyway, because if it's the show talking to us, we've got a month left before it clears its throat and tells it plain, going by episode titles. My current hunch is that the Bad Wolf is related to, or responsible for, the ninety-year issue and who knows what else, and it's connected to Rose, I think, but not the Doctor, because the Doctor has his own "this is my burden" bullshit, and if it's related to a fuck-up, that'll be Rose. Or else there's still another player out there -- we're only halfway through, basically, and all the guys so far with that kind of firepower are gone, right? Well, no, but the Moxx made it sound like Crisis, like it was a collapsing-multiverse thing, which makes it seem more like a Time War issue. And he was saying it to the Face of Boe, who was pregnant on the Bad Wolf channel, so that's twice for him. Hmm. The only thing that would bug me is if it's something we've not seen at all, and this is all just backtracking from some episode-specific bullshit to make that single episode more awesome. Like that it relates to a monster that eats farting lint, and Rose tried to warn her past self about the farting lint-eating monster, but alas, too much was lost in translation, so now the farting lint monster is huffing and puffing and farting and eating all the other parts of the multiverse like so much lint. Well, I'm talking out of my ass again, and I promised not to do that. (...And this time I swear I won't! Heh.)
Rose and the Doctor stand at the curb on Jordan Road, and wait. "He'd been to get a wedding present," Rose tells the Doctor. "A vase -- Mum always said, 'That stupid vase.'" A car comes around the corner and parks. Rose sounds like she's about to start crying: "He got out of his car...and crossed the road. Oh, God. This is it." Pete grabs the vase, and the Doctor takes Rose's hand, their fingers entwined, to watch what happens next. Pete comes around -- somehow missing the car that's turned the corner -- and the car is now heading for him. The driver throws a hand over his eyes, and Rose hides her head behind the Doctor's shoulder. She doesn't see it happen. The vase falls to the street and smashes, and Rose looks across at her father's dying body. "Go to him," the Doctor says. "Quick." But she doesn't.