Doctor Who
The Parting Of The Ways (2)

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 3 USERS: A+
All The Umbrellas In London

The Doctor jumps up, suddenly taller, and walks right up into the face of God on the screen: "Now, you tell me, God of all Daleks, because there's one thing I never worked out. The words Bad Wolf, spread across time and space. Everywhere, drawing me in. How'd you manage that?" Here we go. "I did nothing," says God. And why would he lie? The Doctor scoffs: "No secrets now, Your Worship." God insists they weren't part of the design: "This is the Truth of God." Then what's the Bad Wolf? The Bad Wolf is not part of the Truth of God -- it's the thing that takes that "truth" apart. The Doctor looks up at the Bad Wolf Corporation sign, and the music goes, "Ya'll are not even ready for this shit."

There are four chickens on a spit (three pigs would have been insanely cool) as Jackie blathers on and on that the chicken place is now so classy they're selling shitty-tasting coleslaw. It's a very nicely visceral way of smacking you over the head with the suckiness of Rose's sudden reality check. Mickey and Jackie have a smashingly inane and Britlarious conversation about the new pizza place in town ("What's it selling?" "Pizza." "Oh, that's nice.") as Rose stares a million miles into the distance, terribly sad. Jackie finally gives up trying to have boring conversation and pleads with Rose to eat, but Rose just shakes and worries. And this made me yelp: all through this conversation they're about to have, there's a poster stuck to the window by her head, and do you know what's scrawled across it?

Rose: "Two hundred thousand years in the future, he's dying. And there's nothing I can do." Jackie's like, on the other hand, that's a long way off from now, and Rose loses it, because the enemy's gate is down, and she finally gets that: "But it's not! It's now! That fight is happening right now, and he's fighting for us! For the whole planet, and I'm just sitting here eating chips!" Jackie gets very stern and very beautiful, very quickly: "Listen to me. God knows I have hated that man, but right now, I love him. And do you know why? Because he did the right thing. He sent you back to me."

And with the Bad Wolf watching over her shoulder, Rose in her Little Red Hoodie tries to explain the central truth of prophets, and how they seem crazy. "But what do I do every day, Mum?" Rose asks. "What do I do? Get up, catch the bus, go to work, come back home, eat chips and go to bed? Is that it?" Mickey's like, "You mean like everybody else, asshole?" It's the Red Pill conversation all over again -- and why the religious are so fucking insufferable. If you try to talk about feeling special, you're undeniably talking about being better than everybody else. But the thing with the Red Pill conversation is that the "real" shit, the weird shit world, is way worse than the normal world, in most ways, and the addiction to it has less to do with wanting to feel special and more with not wanting to take the easy way out: "But I can't!" Mickey pushes back with more of the superiority complex stuff, and Rose gets frustrated. For the same reason every saint eventually starts drawing weird diagrams. Rose protests and breathes and tries to get it together to tell the truth about her quest in a way where the change and the difference don't come up, and Jackie watches her, because this is the work she already did, in "World War III," that we saw Mickey still hadn't done in "Boom Town." That there's the truth that you have to live, now that you know about it, versus the lie that you didn't know you were living before. These moments always remind me of Delia, or more kindly, Daphne, or more kindly yet, Donna: They're not abandoning you if they're running toward something.

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