Doctor Who
Season 3

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You Are Not Alone

New Earth died because their Bliss was tainted; all they have now is Happy. Happy is stupid faith, but Bliss, over the counter, wasn't faith at all. The faith of the Motorway is a necessary deception created by the Face of Boe, in order to preserve life; it's not an optimal solution, but it buys New Earth enough time for a Doctor. With healing in his wings, pointing humanity, as ever, as always, eternally pointing humanity toward the skies. The Face of Boe gives of himself, shines through the gloom, gives his life essence, abandons immortality, so that humanity can make the next jump. Which is to say, the Motorway, humanity, thought they were betrayed and abandoned, but really, they're just in God's holding pattern. And the Doctor opens the sky. They rise, and Boe dies, finally.

And this is the song that they sing: "...fast falls the eventide/ The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.../ Help of the helpless, O abide with me/ Change and decay in all around I see/ O Thou who changest not, abide with me." And this is the song that they sing: "Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word/ But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord/ Familiar, condescending, patient, free/ Come not to sojourn, but abide with me." And this is the song that they sing: "Come not in terrors, as the King of kings/ But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings/ Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes/ Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies." And this is the song that they sing: "Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee/ In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me." Come not to sojourn, but to abide.

The Doctor tells finally of beautiful Gallifrey, and The Last Of The Boekind, New Earth's Devil and God in one -- both terrible and wonderful; King of Kings but kind and good, healing, like a doctor would -- gives up everything to save humanity. And his last words are, "Everything has its time," and his secret is this: "You are not alone."

VI: Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks

I don't know what the fuck is going on in this story.

The plan was to do each of the S3 recaps in a different style: "42" would be a classic '60s big-sky story like Solaris, with that Lem sense of being translated from Russian fifty years ago. "Human Nature" would be a provincial Boy's School setting, slightly archaic and precious, like an E.F. Benson story. A bit of Chameleon Circuitry to balance the gigantic monster novel thing made of the first two seasons. So like...

See those Daleks, right? See those Daleks? Those Daleks, see them? Right, coming over the Atlantic from Canary Wharf and itching to make pig people like Andy Pipkin but with those tusks right but then not? Right because they're building a tower to make more Daleks, like Jenny Hoff down the road with some chav and ending up in the Estate down the road with six babies in Year Eleven and I axed her why they had the pig people in, right, why do they have the pig people in, just axing a question, and she doesn't know nothing, does she? I was at the Topshop with Lise and we spotted Lily Allen beating up some chav girl and almost got into it but we were late. And then -- this is mental, man -- straightaway some slapper in love with a pig man dancing with roses and drinking ciders up at the Statue of Liberty, right up at the Statue of Liberty, innit. From France. And up in the sky there you've got lightning and the real genuine article New York 1930 like some kind of movie with Ewan MacGregor who I saw walking down the high street with a baguette and a trombone, ask Lisa if you don't believe me, and then they turn the man into a Dalek but with some shite on his head like a bag of cat's wieners wiggling. All right? And then the Doctor's DNA, right, in the whole new race of pig alien Dalek people and then they all died, and the man had nothing to say about it, but then, right, then the other Daleks turn on him because my mate from old Greece, right, where chips come from? And he said that Diagoras was a famous atheist right like they don't believe in Christmas or the Doctor, right, he told everybody the secrets of all the Greek religions, destroyed them by sharing them and trying to teach them freedom but they just thought he was David Icke on a pogo stick so they killed him for axing questions just like this Dalek mate with the face, and then the Doctor said buggery Dalek Caan will probably come back next year but am I bothered? Am I bothered, though? You got Daleks and pig people and homeless Benetton tramps underground, and a stupid-looking Dalek-head man and you got him saying things like Time Lord DNA gives you a sense of freedom and Dalek Sek could have led them out of the darkness, and so are you disrespecting me? Are you calling me stupid? Are you disrespecting my family, though? Are you calling my mum a pig person with tusks? Are you saying she smells like the Manhattan sewers? Are you calling my dad a homeless wino? Are you saying he dresses up like the Statue of Liberty? Are you calling me a pig person? Are you looking at my face? Right, are you looking at my face? Do you see tusks? Do I look bothered? Look at my face, am I bothered? Am I bothered, though? Is any part of it bothered? Face, pig people, bothered, Daleks, David Icke, electrics, DNA, Diagoras, Daleks, bothered? Am I bothered, though?

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