There might be someone new on board, but this episode belongs to Rose and the Doctor from the minute they open the TARDIS door. A few weeks ago, Rose asked the Doctor to hang back so she could take the first step into history; now the two of them step out together while their guest waits inside. This is their game. Brought together by their mutual frustration with literally everyone, Rose and Nine lean on each other, hold hands, tease mercilessly, and charge into danger. The costume designers could not have picked a better week to dress Billie Piper like a late 90s pop star. Her updo sings the song of how done she is with you. Rose asks the right questions. She won’t put up with people who aren’t interested in lending a hand. And when she doesn’t do what the Doctor says, he likes it, because nobody tells Rose Tyler not to stand up against oppression.
“You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise?”
Craig Ferguson said it best: intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. The Doctor is the one who makes people better. He couldn’t even handle calling himself the Doctor and fighting a war at the same time, because war doesn’t fit who he promised to be. (more…)
If I’m going to obsessively rewatch this show, I might as well share my feelings with all of you, right? For the sake of anyone who might be reading along as you watch for the first time (WELCOME TO YOUR NEW LIFE!), any spoilery thoughts will be saved for the end of each review. Now then. Ready?
Oh good; the Doctor’s said one word, and already it’s the only word I ever want to hear. This is pretty much a one-second summary of Doctor Who: run. Take the hand that’s reaching out to you and run—from the ordinary, from danger, toward danger, all of that. And how perfect is it that this is the first thing we know of the Doctor? He’s the invitation reaching out to Rose. When he takes off for the London Eye and she chases him down and they take each other’s hands, together this time, both of them choosing to fight this battle—that’s the moment I got this show. (more…)