Rose: "It was...a better life. And I don't mean all the travellin' and seein' aliens and spaceships and fings -- that don't matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life." And demanded it of you. So this is alchemy: the only reason she doesn't die (SPOILER!) like the other two is because she already did it last week, so she could be reborn and take the story home. Step whatever in the Hero's Quest: you come back to the village with magic powers, and everybody looks at you funny. She looks up and into their eyes, into Mickey's eyes, with a shadow of that kiss: "You know. He showed you, too." Mickey doesn't answer, and we won't see it for a couple scenes, but: this is where she got him. Right here. Rose somehow managed to make the impossible speech and get to him, and make him understand. And that's beautiful. The rest is just Davies's parsley on it. Rose: "That you don't just give up, you don't just let things happen. You make a stand. You say no. You have the guts to do what's right when everyone else just runs away, and I just can't...." She breaks off, stops talking, kicks the table...and runs. Faster than anything.
Jack instructs Lynda in an observation gallery, where she'll be monitoring the Daleks' movements, and says that the door should protect her once they detect that she's there. She reacts as well as you would to the "should," and he apologizes that it's the best he can do. The Dalek fleet arrives. Jack: "This is it, ladies and gentlemen! We are at war!" (Eris, Eros, Ares: the three Gods who will fuck you up for fun.) He heads out to the battlements, and we see the pretty scary visual of a bajillion Daleks floating eerily through space toward the Satellite. So that's what Lynda's doing? That's a gyp, kinda -- with Rose gone, I was expecting Lynda to be more of a yeller and do all that last stand stuff. But then, I expected Jack to somehow mediate between the Doctor and Rose across time, like maybe he'd be the Bad Wolf in some way, acting as the Chariot card. (But then, that's the TARDIS. Always.) Is there anything I haven't decided is the Bad Wolf at this point? Jackie. That would be very Tennessee Williams.
Rose sits on a bench, staring into space, wth Mickey speaking down at her: "You can't spend the rest of your life thinking about the Doctor." Um, how about the next ten minutes, motherfucker? Rose is much nicer than I would have been: "But how do I forget him?" Mickey tells her that she's gotta start livin' her own life, and I thought she was pretty clear that that's the plan. Mickey: "A proper life, like the kind he's never had. The sort of life that you could have with me." So maybe Mickey didn't quite get it in the diner after all. But then, neither did Rose. She stares past him, to the asphalt beneath their feet, and we zoom back like a crop circle from the air: BAD WOLF, huge, across the playground pavement. Rose goggles and stares and walks around crazily, noticing that it's spray-painted all over the walls, as well. "That's been there for years!" Mickey shouts, following her to the wall. "It's just a phrase! It's just words!" But Rose is in a Doctor kind of place with the crazy exuberance and figuring things out really fast. How much of intuition is just pattern recognition? "I thought it was a warning -- maybe it's the opposite. Maybe it's a message. The same words written down, now, and two hundred thousand years in the future. It's a link between me and the Doctor! Bad Wolf here...Bad Wolf there!" Tenuous. Tenuous. I don't mind. This zany, grand music starts playing, in case you're not buying that something amazing is happening. Mickey's all, "But if it's a message, what's it saying?" Something beautiful. Rose: "It's telling me I can get back!"