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Doctor Who Series 1 Episodes 4 & 5

In the fourth episode Rose returns home. Only one problem – it hasn’t been 12 hours, it has been 12 months. Rose’s mother has been worried sick, and Mickey has been the chief suspect in Rose’s disappearance. Ah, quaint domestics^^; But seriously, how is Rose supposed to explain everything she has seen in the past two episodes to her mother? Mickey at least has seen more. However, there isn’t much time for reunions, because an extraterrestrial spaceship crashes into the Thames after clipping Big Ben. This could be first contact, one ship clearly out of control not being close to an invasion, but there are odd things going on – the pilot of the spaceship is a pig, the prime minister is missing, and there are several people – including the deputy prime minister – who are acting very strangely . . . Rose’s mother inadvertently puts Rose and the Doctor on the radar of both England’s officials and the aliens. She means well, but not knowing the whole situation . . . well, let’s just say it puts everyone at risk. Also, we meet a PM from a district no one knows about and see her rise to the occasion.

In the fifth episode, we learn the truth – these aliens don’t want to invade the Earth, they want us to destroy it (all to easy to do, I’m afraid) and sell what’s left for fuel. Once again we are faced with a matter of perspective. The Doctor does have a plan for saving Earth, but it risks Rose’s life. One life or billions? Of course, if the Doctor doesn’t stop the aliens, they are all probably dead anyway . . . It isn’t that the doctor is uncompassionate. Sometimes it is surprising to whom and when the Doctor shows compassion. However, he has a much wider view of what is going on than humans do that sometimes he seems callous. The Doctor is also quick to point out how most humans (not all even he admits) are happy to have a simple explanation for strange events that fits in their world-view and don’t want the truth when it threatens that world-view. Mikey really steps to the fore here helping to save the day, doing what Rose and the Doctor can’t at the moment and beating off one of the aliens. I think Mickey gives himself too little credit. He is very courageous when he needs to be. However, to everything there is a time and a season and if Mickey isn’t ready to go with the Doctor and Rose in the Tardis (Rose had trouble adjusting to the future back in episode 2) he is wise to recognize the fact. I do hope he gets to go on a few adventures some day. It is also brought home that there are no guarantees, even from the Doctor. He would give his life to protect Rose, but even that might not be enough. His is a very dangerous life.

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Doctor Who Series 1 Episodes 2 & 3

In the second episode, the Doctor takes Rose into the future – specifically to the day when the sun goes nova and destroys Earth. The Doctor doesn’t even try to stop it – as he says, everything dies and has a time to die. Humanity has moved on. No one is left down there. On a shielded platform in space, a bunch of aliens and the last human come to see the end. It certainly gives Rose a new perspective seeing her planet destroyed, but also knowing that at this point in time it has been millions if not billions of years since anyone she knows has lived. It certainly puts the amount of time we have for our lives into perspective. It also brings into question what is human, since the last human, well, let’s just say she doesn’t look much like we do. We also learn that the Doctor’s home planet was destroyed. Of course there are complications and the Doctor does save the day, but even he can’t save everyone.

In the next episode, we go to Earth’s past – specifically the 1860s I believe. The time when Charles Dickens is around. In fact, the Doctor (and Rose) meet Dickens and the Doctor in particular is delighted, being as he puts it a huge fan^^; However, all is not well here either. There is an alien species who is gaseous in nature currently – the effect is rather ghost-like – but they want/need corporal bodies. So they are borrowing the bodies of the dead, much to the distress of a mortician and the young lady who is his maid and assistant. In this episode, we see that even the Doctor can be fooled. We also learn that the Doctor is the last of his species, a result of the war, the Time War, mentioned in the first episode. The Doctor and Rose leave Charles Dickens with a new enthusiasm for life and for his stories and with inspiration on how to finish his latest work. What Dickens doesn’t know is that he will die within a week, but it is all a matter of perspective. Thanks to the visit of the Doctor and Rose, those last few days may have been some of Dickens’ happiest, and he remembers what is most important in his life – his family. Once again, it is all a matter of perspective. This episode also deals with magic – the maid girl has the sight. Dickens abhors magic, but the Doctor says it is only magic to Dickens because he doesn’t understand it but it all has a basis in science and reason.

Doctor Who: Series 1 Episode 1

The thing that is interesting in this episode is it starts out like a normal day for Rose, then all of a sudden everything falls a part and strange things start happening. The fun thing is you never know what strange thing will happen next. Nothing is safe. You also never know what the Doctor will do next. The Doctor is an interesting character. He is at once amused and exacerbated by humans. He is an extremely odd character, but quite likable. This is for the best, since when he shows up it usually means there is trouble and he needs people to believe him quickly. It is a nice twist here that it is Rose who is the brave one and her boyfriend Mickey is a bit of a coward, or at least Rose adjusts to the strangeness far more quickly. All in all, an excellent start. The best part, you don’t have to know anything about Doctor Who if you start here with the series reboot. This is just as well, since if you were to start with the first episode of the first season and the first Doctor, well, that is twenty-six seasons and a movie and who knows how many specials. That is a bit daunting. But fortunately, you can start here and quite enjoy everything from here on.