Doctor Who Series Two- A Press Start To Begin Special


Dale here folks, and this is the second part of our series of articles looking back on each season of Modern Who, and I have the honour of doing Series Two, the début of the man many proclaim to be the greatest Doctor of them all, the magical David Tennant.
Beginning with the first Christmas special (ignoring 1965’s Feast of Stephen), The Christmas Invasion in December 2005 and continuing on through spring of 2006, this new Doctor was a vast departure from the stripped back, brooding Doctor of Christopher Eccleston. This Doctor was a man of action, a man of jokes, a man of DIY-tech, charming, sexy, and damn does he know how to pull off a suit. But all of this was a cover for deep seated loneliness and anger.

He would be your best friend, but if you cross the line, he will make your worst nightmares come true, no mercy. No second chances.
In this I shall review each episode, what I like and do not like, and give each its own rating, then at the end give the series as a whole a rating. So let’s get started with all of this Timey-Wimey awesomeness shall we.

THE CHRISTMAS INVASION
Director- James Hawes
Writer- Russell T. Davies
The Christmas Invasion

After the dramatic conclusion to Series One in which Christopher Eccleston tragically regenerated into David Tennant (the first regeneration I ever witnessed at the time, which bewildered me to no end), there was a gap of no Doctor Who for several months, until a short charity special was released, Born Again, which is set moments after the regeneration and Rose’s initial reaction to the change.

A nice little video, but watching this as a young eleven year old I could not help but think “What the hell happened to the Doctor??”
Then the Christmas special arrived and I saw this new Doctor wear pyjamas, lie in bed through the whole crisis, have a cup of tea, get up in the last ten minutes of the episode and sort everything in moments. And I LOVED it.
The Christmas Invasion holds a special place in my heart, even to this day, because it was the episode that sealed for me that I was in this for the long run, that I truly loved this show, that even when the hero I know and am used to is gone and replaced by a new guy in pyjamas, it’s still amazing and hooks me from start to finish.
The episode is interesting in many ways, we see Rose having to deal with a crisis on her own essentially without the aid of the Doctor, using some of the things she has learned to challenge the threat, we see the return of some old favourite characters; Jackie, Mickey, Harriet Jones, and discover that perhaps they are not the people we thought they were. It’s Humanity’s first (Wait, what about the entirety of the 70s??) encounter with aliens, namely the Sycorax race who use blood control and threaten to slaughter one third of the Earth’s population unless they surrender as slaves. But as we discover near the end of the episode, perhaps Earth is not as defenceless as it appears.
The main theme of the episode is about people, and what kind of person you choose to be, from the Doctor’s light hearted nature to no second chances, to Harriet’s decision to commit mass murder, and we see Rose’s dilemma of the man she thought she knew changing into something she doesn’t, but the dawning realisation that perhaps this new man is even better for her.
Plus, who doesn’t love a killer Christmas Tree?

8/10= EXCELLENT

 

NEW EARTH
Director- James Hawes
Writer- Russell T. Davies
New Earth

And so we come to the first official episode of Series Two, New Earth, a sort-of sequel to Series One’s End of the World. After the destruction of the Earth, Humanity has found a new home, with flying cars, cat nuns and apple grass!!
The only problem is with all those Humans comes all their germs, too much for the ecosystem to cope with. Thus we have our typical sci-fi genetics story, a hospital growing people to use as guinea pigs for experiments. We even have the villainous Cassandra returning for a guest episode, something familiar to counter-balance all the new.
An interesting thing about this episode, it’s the first story of modern Doctor Who to feature an alien world, as every episode in Series One was set on Earth or around the Earth.
New setting, New Doctor, New Earth, New New York, so much new.
The main appeal of the episode is the dynamic between Rose and the Doctor, as she is becoming more comfortable with his new form, as he is as well. The moments when Cassandra takes control of either of them lead to some rather interesting and funny scenarios.
The plot however is a little generic for my liking. It’s not bad, but just so very bland. It’s certainly not The Eleventh Hour, there have been better series openers.
One of the highlights is the return of the Face of Boe, a character who was essentially just a cool looking prop from Series One, who has become a rather enigmatic being of deeper meaning and importance.
There seems to be the message of a great, utopian society that we live in where we have no woes and life is pretty awesome, but it is founded upon the backs and suffering of the less fortunate, the rejects of society, which could be taken as a metaphor for social divide between the upper and lower classes. Interesting stuff.
Overall the episode is not a bad caper, it has some nice scenes and interesting concepts, but the overall plot is just a little basic and dull, and there aren’t any particularly strong villains either as Cassandra ultimately becomes an unlikely hero, the Flesh are sympathetic, and the nuns are, really, just not that interesting.

5/10= AVERAGE

 

TOOTH AND CLAW
Director- Euros Lyn
Writer- Russell T. Davies
Tooth and Claw

The second episode of the series goes for more of a Gothic horror vibe, something straight from Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker themselves. An old manor, a religious cult, Victorian era, and a werewolf, an old family secret and a creepy vibe. The latest story to feature a historical figure since 2005’s The Unquiet Dead, Queen Victoria is played well for the most part, and at moments does come across as a sympathetic character, as well as maintaining her utmost regal qualities. The highlights of this episode include seeing David Tennant able to use his natural Scottish accent, the running gag of the Doctor and Rose’s bet to make Queen Victoria not amused, and the werewolf itself is rather well done (despite the clear lack of CGI budget). I would argue however that something that did not work for me all that much were the monks, their plot, and their martial arts acrobatics. While it is explained why the wolf wants Queen Victoria and the throne, there is never a reason given for just why the monks are helping it, and the acrobatics just did not work for me personally, it felt like a low budget rip off of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
What the episode does have that is rather major is the ending which sets up something that will continue to appear briefly throughout the series and have major ramifications in the finale, much like the Bad Wolf in Series One- Torchwood.
I admit that was a moment I rather liked, where the wolf recognises Rose as the big Bad Wolf.
While not the grandest spectacle of this series, or Modern Who in general, the episode gets by on a cool premise, a few good laughs, and a decent monster thrown in the mix.

5/10= AVERAGE

 

SCHOOL REUNION
Director- James Hawes
Writer- Toby Whithouse
School Reunion

Into episode three of this series and we come to a gem. I mean that, I honestly love this episode. It’s a smaller episode, with not much impact on the larger arc, but what is here is simply wonderful. Firstly, we have the Doctor and Rose undercover, helped by Mickey, which is great to see. The banter between them is hilariously jovial. Next, we have something that utterly warms my heart as a fan of classic Doctor Who, the return of the late, great Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, quite possibly the greatest companion of them all.
And let’s not forget the cherry on top: K-9!!
Last but not least, we have a brilliant villain in the form of Mr. Finch, played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Anthony Head.
The episode’s plot is about a group of aliens, called Krillitanes, who have infiltrated a British school and are using their specialised oil to make the children into miniature geniuses so they can crack the ‘Skasis Paradigm’, the theory of everything, and become God-like beings.
This episode has so much in it, it has the tension between Rose and Sarah Jane, the rivalry and jealousy, Rose discovering that she is not the first woman to travel with the Doctor, she is not special like she thought she was. Mickey even develops to an extent with the line “Oh mate, the Mrs and the Ex, even man’s worst nightmare”. With this small line, Mickey has reached the point where he is no longer the Mickey of Series One, he’s moved on from Rose and accepted she is a different person now, the Doctor is part of her life, which mirrors a line Sarah Jane has, “You were my life”. This is actually rather crucial as it’s foreshadowing of Rose’s future and her journey this series. In Series One, the Doctor was a part of her life, as Mickey has come to accept, but this series sees the Doctor BECOME her life, to the point where everything she does, everything she is, revolves around him. It’s a rather sad moment when she begins to wonder and worry that she could end up like Sarah Jane, abandoned by the man she worships and replaced by someone new. This is what ultimately bonds Sarah Jane and Rose, and it’s rather touching.
The scenes between the Doctor and Mr. Finch are just perfection. Two actors of their calibre playing off one another so well in a dance of dialogue. I chomp at the bit with them.
The moment where Finch offers the Doctor Godhood, to lead them and the universe into a new era, and the temptation on the Doctor’s face at the prospect of saving his people and ending the War, but he’s brought back from taking the apple from the tree by Sarah Jane who sadly tells him that everything has its time, but everything ends.
The day is then saved by the heroic sacrifice of K-9.
I would say the theme of this episode is definitely about letting go, about Mickey learning to let go of the old Rose and accepting the new Rose, and being ready to join the Doctor as a full fledged companion, Sarah Jane’s letting go of the past, accepting that her time with the Doctor, as wonderful as it was, is over now and she looks ahead to forge her own future (in her own spin-off show no less!!) and Rose’s growing obsession with the Doctor and her refusal to let go of her life with him, which we will ultimately see more of down the line.

7/10= GREAT

 

THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE
Director- Euros Lyn
Writer- Steven Moffat
The Girl at the Fireplace

Written by Steven Moffat, the current Head Writer and Showrunner of Doctor Who since 2010, this episode is by far one of the best of the series. A smaller episode that does not connect to any of the larger arc, it is a character piece of the Doctor and how his interactions, even the smallest of which, can change someone’s life.
Set on a spaceship in the 51st Century, it is Mickey’s first adventure in the TARDIS, a special moment for him, but things become more mysterious as there is a strange aroma aboard the ship and no crew, yet windows that travel back to 18th Century France.
The Doctor first uses the time window and enters the room of young girl, Reinette, to which follows one of the creepiest moments ever.

What’s so scary about a broken clock? Well if the clock is broken, then where is the ticking coming from?

Heavily inspired by The Time-Traveller’s Wife, the Doctor continually jumps into Madame de Pompadour’s life, one day to him being a lifetime for her. A rather simple story but with enough depth and emotion to keep you invested, extremely sinister villains in the Clockwork Droids, a beautiful soundtrack, and the scenes between the Doctor and Reinette are wonderful.
But clearly the star of the episode is Arthur the horse.

9/10= SENSATIONAL

RISE OF THE CYBERMEN/AGE OF STEEL
Director- Graeme Harper
Writer- Tom MacRae
Rise of the Cybermen

The first two-parter story of Series Two and a re-imagining of the origin story of one of Doctor Who’s most classic and beloved enemies- The Cybermen.
In their original appearance in 1966’s The Tenth Planet, the Cybermen were the inhabitants of Earth’s twin planet Mondas, who had weak physical bodies and continually ‘improved’ themselves with technology and cybernetics, ultimately becoming nearly completely machine, with no remaining emotions. They wanted to drain the Earth of its energy, which would destroy it, but in their mind they were not evil, they would take Humanity with them to Mondas and they “will become like us” as they say.
In Rise of the Cybermen, we see a parallel Earth that is rather different to ours in many regards, and in this incarnation we see the genius of John Lumic, one of the greatest minds of this Earth, up there with Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. But with superior intellect comes superior arrogance in Lumic, as his body is dying and he refuses to simply fade away. He creates his newest invention, the ‘ultimate upgrade to Humanity’, flesh of steel, never ageing, never dying.
This is an intriguing approach to the Cybermen, a new origin that eases new viewers in to who and what they are, while offering a cool new approach and interesting story. However, for fans of classic Who it may seem a little off as these are not the actual Cybermen.
Onto the drama of the episode. Rose finds that her father is alive and successful in this world, but Rose was never born, and the marriage between her parents is broken, yet her father still holds love for her mother. Mickey is struggling to contain his resentment, as he has finally accepted the Doctor and become a full fledged companion, which even the Doctor seems to love, yet when push comes to shove and a crisis with Rose arises, the Doctor will ultimately choose her over him. Mickey wants to be a full member of the team yet continues to feel like an outsider peering through the window and so ventures alone to find his beloved Grandmother who is still alive in this world, which is a short but touching scene.
The Cybermen redesign is quite cool, very clunky and mechanical, rather chilling and inhuman, and as for the process of ‘upgrading’, incredibly horrifying as the brain is surgically removed and placed in a cold suit of armour, to which all we hear are the brutal and painful screams of agony and fear.
The characters are for the most part good enough, not all of them are complete, fully rounded characters, but a few are rather interesting and complex. The scenes with Pete Tyler are a surprising joy to watch as he is a completely different man to 2005’s Father’s Day.
To say there is a theme to this episode, I would venture to say that it is about accepting people and yourself for who you are. Lumic refuses to accept his physical limitations and those around him, so he tries to perfect them, ultimately losing the beauty that made them special in the first place. The Doctor and Rose can’t fully accept Mickey for who he is, treating him like a spare part along for the ride, and ultimately they lose him for it, as he accepts himself for who he is, not as Ricky, not as a runner up to the Doctor, not as a second companion after Rose, but as Mickey with his own life and goals.
All in all, I do rather enjoy these episodes, a cool villain in Lumic, some nice character development, an interesting new take on a classic enemy, exactly the awesome stuff you can want from a two-parter (thank goodness they are returning for Series Eight).
A solid adventure.

7/10= GREAT

THE IDIOT’S LANTERN
Director- Euros Lyn
Writer- Mark Gatiss
The Idiot's Lantern

A filler episode that features the Doctor and Rose larking about during the televised coronation of Queen Elizabeth Windsor.
This episode really doesn’t resonate with me all that much folks. It’s not a bad episode by any means, but it really just boils down to an alien TV that eats peoples’ faces, wants to eat everything, is blackmailing some poor bugger to help it, secret Government officials are taking away the faceless ones (see what I did there classic Who fans??) and there’s a dad who is really just an arrogant idiot for the sake of being one because the story needs to move along and have someone in that antagonistic role. The episode is similar to New Earth, it’s not bad, it has some good ideas, but it’s just so very bland and unappealing. It all doesn’t come together properly, for me any way.
One thing I do rather like about the episode is that Rose gets absorbed by the Wire (really writers?), and as the Doctor looks on her faceless form, there is a moment of pure tragedy and utter rage, perfectly acted by David Tennant.
I also like that the son in the story is more interested in education and improving himself to the best of his potential, and encouraged to do so by his mother and the Doctor and Rose, and the idiot father who dictates the household and tells him he’s going to “get a proper job” gets his comeuppance by the end of the episode.
A lacklustre villain, characters and plot I can’t really latch on to or care about, but a few good moments and ideas peppered throughout.

5/10= AVERAGE

THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET/THE SATAN PIT
Director- James Strong
Writer- Matt Jones
The Impossible Planet

A philosophically injected two-parter that pits the Doctor in a situation that he doesn’t quite understand.
Set in the far future of one of Humanity’s Empire’s, on board a space station exploring a world in orbit around a black hole- a scientific impossibility.
On the station the Doctor and Rose meet a number of interesting and pleasant people, along with a new alien race that has since become a fan favourite, the Ood.
The plot is essentially about the Doctor, the man of science and fact, being faced with something beyond science, beyond logic and reason, coming face to face with something monolithic and quasi-religious that can’t quite be described away with a sonic screwdriver.
The beast claims to be Satan himself of Christian belief, yet not only that but claims to be the darkness of all cultures and religions, not just of Earth, but all across creation.
I do like that the Doctor has no real answer for this crisis or this villain, and by the end of the story, there still is no definitive answer, which is fitting for the subject material.
The beast also terrorises Rose by telling her she is the ‘child that will die in battle, so very soon’, which chills her to her core, which the Doctor tells her it was lies, but there is some lingering fear, which will be followed up by the end of the series.
While some of the characters on the station are essentially just cannon fodder, a few of them are rather cool, well developed characters.
The creepy, claustrophobic feel of the two episodes brings back memories of Ridley Scott’s Alien, and the bleak, cold reality of space and being so very far away from home.
The idea of the beast I like, this unknowing thing that is beyond even the Doctor and the Time Lords, beyond comprehension itself, that could be religious, could be scientific, could be something else entirely, we just don’t know, it’s the complete unknown, and we fear the unknown. Brilliant concept, however, the one negative I will say about the beast is that the BBC’s low budget for Doctor Who means that the CGI can’t live up to the idea, and while it doesn’t ruin it, it does make it feel a little cheaper.
The Ood are a brilliant alien design, kind of cute in an unconventional way, they are pleasant yet bring a sense of melancholy due to the issue of slavery, that the Doctor actually does not touch upon or seem to do anything about.
Certainly one of the themes I pick up from this is that we should all be tolerant of different cultures and beliefs, and just people in general. While we may all look different, come from different places, speak different languages, behave in different ways, deep down, we are all Human, not white, not black, not gay, not straight, not male or female, old nor young- Human, and we should all treat people like it. Life is precious, in all its forms.
Overall, I rather love these two episodes, great ideas, great execution for the most part, dark, creepy setting and tone, interesting new creatures, and the connection between the characters is fabulous. One of the best this series.

8/10= EXCELLENT

LOVE AND MONSTERS
Director- Dan Zeff
Writer- Russell T. Davies
Love and Monsters

I shall be quite frank, I hate this episode.
The first ‘Doctor-lite’ episode as they have become know by the Doctor Who production crew, the Doctor and Rose do not feature until about 10 minutes before the end. The story instead revolves the character of Elton Pope and his group of friends that form the group L.I.N.D.A.- a fan group dedicated to everything connected to the Doctor and determined to meet him.
To start off, I do not hate this episode because it doesn’t follow the Doctor, not at all, as Series Three proves Doctor-lite episodes can be master pieces as with Blink, but the characters are just really, REALLY not appealing in this story, they are quite frankly caricatures, dull and uninteresting despite some of the talented actors involved in this episode, which is a damn shame.
The villain is the Abzorbaloff, played by comedian Peter Kay, who is a creature designed by a nine-year old competition winner, and while the idea is great and I commend the child’s creativity, Kay’s performance, or perhaps the writing of the character just fall completely flat. The vulgar, crude humour does not help either.
Our main character in this story is Elton who is obsessed with finding the Doctor, and it is eventually revealed that his mother was killed by an alien when he was a small boy and he saw it, the Doctor being too late to save her. This could be a cool idea but I just feel so unattached to Elton that the reveal doesn’t do anything for me, and actually kind of makes me hate the episode more, because a good idea is ruined.
There is also a blossoming romance between Elton and another character Ursula, that could be sweet, but again, I don’t care about any of these people despite me wanting to invest, and it ultimately ends in tragedy when the Abzorbaloff absorbs her, then she melts into the concrete ground. But then the Doctor comes and we think he can save her… only to find out he made her into a face in a slab of concrete.
HOW? WHY? POOR WOMAN! WHAT KIND OF LIFE! SEX LIFE??? WHAT THE F-
Any way, moving on. One idea that is interesting that isn’t ruined is continuing on from a theme from The Girl in the Fireplace, that the Doctor completely changes someone’s life with even the smallest of interactions with them, and while for Reinette we saw the positive side of things, in this we see that ultimately Elton’s life has been destroyed by the Doctor’s involvement. This is a theme that gets looked upon repeatedly throughout all of the modern era of the show.
To conclude (finally I can stop talking about this), the episode is poorly executed on many levels in my opinion, it’s clear that this was near the end of the production block and the budget had been all but used. It has a couple of good ideas, most of which get trampled upon and despite the talent in acting, it’s just a dull, badly written mess, with no Doctor in the mix to save it.

2/10= TERRIBLE

FEAR HER
Director- Euros Lyn
Writer- Matthew Graham
Fear Her

From one bad story to another.
Fear Her is set in the not-too-distant-future (that is now two years in the past) in which the Doctor and Rose visit the 2012 Olympic Games.
The story focuses on children who are disappearing in a small neighbourhood, being sucked into drawings by another child, a little girl called Chloe, who has been possessed by an alien child, a lost member of a family of aliens that is being driven insane by loneliness.
There is also a sub-plot involving a drawing of Chloe’s late father who has come alive and is terrorising her. While not pulled off effectively, it does raise a dark subject matter of domestic abuse as Chloe and her mother are completely petrified of the father, even in death.
Positives of the episode, Davd Tennant and Billie Piper are, as always, on top form (though I would argue they are wasted in this episode, though not nearly to the extent of the previous episode). The moment in which the Doctor casually reveals he was a dad once utterly shocks Rose, as here is a man that she has grown to worship and hope she means something special to him, yet she finds that he once had a family to someone, and the hidden meaning that he was a dad once, tragically meaning that his children, and likely his grand-daughter Susan as well, are long gone. With one small line, that he doesn’t even really react to, we feel a whole new sense of sorrow for the Doctor.
And the simple sight of seeing David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor running with the Olympic torch and lighting the flame, just magical, a British icon being part of one of Britain’s proudest moments (just a pity this didn’t happen in the real thing).
Now on to negatives. Everything else really. While not as bad as Love and Monsters, this episode really just doesn’t have anything of real interest.
The Doctor, while trying to help Chloe and the alien, is sucked into a drawing… because the episode needs to go on for twenty more minutes, and while I’m all for Rose dealing with a situation herself and coming into her own, this isn’t the best example of it.
The child actress who plays Chloe herself is not the best of performers, and if the Star Wars prequels have taught us anything, it’s that nothing ruins your story faster than a bad child actor.
I will say though that the ending in which the Doctor can tell ‘there’s a storm coming’ is rather cool, despite it being a little silly and making no sense that he can do that. It’s a ‘Look Wow, we’re coming up to the Finale and BIG things are coming!!” moment. Cool, but nonsensical, just there to be there.

3/10= POOR

ARMY OF GHOSTS/DOOMSDAY
Director- Graeme Harper
Writer- Russell T. Davies
Series 2 Doomsday

Here we go, the big two-part finale to Series Two, and gosh do we have a good one.
Firstly, it’s the big culmination of the series long arc of hints and foreshadowing with the reveal of Torchwood, the high ranking Human organisation to monitor and defend the Earth from alien threats, the anti-U.N.I.T. in a sense.
Plot wise, beginning with Army of Ghosts, the Doctor and Rose arrive back on Earth to discover that walking ghosts have become an everyday part of society all across the world, to which the Doctor discovers that Torchwood is behind it, opening a weak spot in Time and Space to harness vast amounts of energy, and the ghosts are a bi-product, pouring in through the seams. Torchwood takes the Doctor as a ‘comfortable’ prisoner, while Rose sneaks through as a scientist and discovers a Void ship, a thing that shouldn’t be, a vessel to take you through the void, the empty space between universes. She also discovers a familiar face- Mickey Smith!!
While the Doctor struggles to make Torchwood see the error of their ways and the damage they are doing, the real threat emerges. The ghosts are not what they seem.
“A footprint doesn’t look like a boot”. The ghosts are revealed to be Cybermen, an entire army of Cybermen pouring through from the alternate Earth into ours.
Unfortunately, even an entire invasion force of Cybermen are not the TRUE threat, as the Void ship begins to activate and Rose’s reaction is all that is needed to describe the horror of what lies within.
And so that leads us into Doomsday, the episode that was for a long, long time my favourite episode of Doctor Who.
Cult of Skaro
Doomsday holds so much awesomeness within it, you have an army of Cybermen, you have Torchwood, you have two Earths and the walls of reality falling apart, you have the return of the Daleks, and not just any Daleks, but the Cult of Skaro. I love the Cult of Skaro, and would you like to know why? Because even though I love the Daleks, they’re amazing, Doctor Who simply isn’t the same without them, but they are all so uniform, and I get it, that’s the whole point, they’re alien Nazis. However, one of my favourite villains from classic Who is from the story Earthshock, it’s a Cyber Leader, no name, no big actor, nothing particularly special about him, but he exudes so much personality and I love watching him. The closest the Daleks have to him is Dalek Sec, AKA the Black Dalek.
Sec has so much damn personality, it’s just fabulous. Whenever the Cybermen insult him, he always has a snarky comeback, these little one liners that instantly make him Queen bee, for example.

Look at how feisty he is in that!! And let’s not overlook the fact that this was the first time, in history, that the Daleks and the Cybermen, two of the Doctor’s biggest enemies, ever met.
They had never been on screen at the same time before this episode. Phenomenal.
They need the Doctor, or a time traveller at least, to open the Genesis Ark, a Time Lord prison ship from the Time War that contains millions of Daleks.
An unlikely alliance is ultimately formed between the Human forces of both Earths and the Cybermen to take on the Daleks, while the Doctor devises a plan to defeat both races.
He plans to reverse the pull of the portal to the void, which would pull anything coated with ‘void stuff’ into it. However, this also includes the Doctor and Rose due to their visit to the alternate Earth. So the Doctor and Pete trick her and send her to the alternate Earth (affectionately dubbed ‘Pete’s World’) with everyone else, but she refuses and returns.
This is the culmination of what has been building throughout this series, Rose’s obsession and determination to never let go of the Doctor. He straight out tells her there is no going back from this, she will never see her family again, and she doesn’t care.
She’s reached the point of no return where the Doctor is everything she wants and needs, nothing more. And she tragically pays the price for that.
As she heroically saves the day, she is nearly pulled in to the void, but saved at the last moment by her father, and pulled into Pete’s World.
The Doctor was everything she wanted, nothing else, so poetically it is the one thing she can’t have. Forever trapped in another world away from him. It’s a dark ending to a love story, their final goodbye on the beach of Bad Wolf Bay being incredibly heart-wrenching. The moment was recently voted by readers of SFX Magazine as the ‘Greatest Moment in Science Fiction’.
And as the Doctor must go on alone in the TARDIS, and Rose must find a new meaning in life, the viewer is left reeling, tears rolling down their eyes, not quite knowing what to do now, wondering what- HOLY CRAP THERE’S A GIRL IN A WEDDING DRESS IN THE TARDIS?!?!?!?!

9/10= SENSATIONAL
(I was so close to giving this a 10 out of 10 perfect score)

And that was Doctor Who Series Two folks.
Some highs, some lows. In my opinion, it is a great series, especially for David Tennant’s first. A new Doctor, returning monsters, great new monsters, returning companions, farewell to companions, it’s all so very sad and yet joyous at the same time, because even though the companions leave, the Doctor regenerates, the show goes on, as does the Doctor. And as you will see in the upcoming articles on this site, the Doctor and the TARDIS (and Rose) are far from done.

SERIES TWO: OVERALL SCORE
8/10= EXCELLENT

So check back next week folks for Jenn’s article on Doctor Who Series Three, I imagine it will be rather Masterful (I did a pun).
As for me, I will be back in a few weeks with the Series Six article. Until then, it seems fitting for me to simply say…
Allons-y!!

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