Season 2 opens with the TARDIS crash-landing in Cardiff to the horror of Jackie Tyler and Mickey Smith. Out of it stumbles an unfamiliar and incoherent man wearing the familiar black trousers, knitted v-neck and leather jumper of the Doctor.…

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A Eulogy for Nine: by Rose Tyler At the start, I didn’t know he would change me. I didn’t know I needed him to. I guess I knew deep down that I needed something–that feeling you get once in a…

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From moment one, this two-part story is a thunderstorm that only grows darker as the episodes unfold. We open on our 3 heroes being suddenly, mysteriously, involuntarily transported into separate live-action television shows that all end with human beings…”evicted from…

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“Boom Town” starts right out of the gate with an airy, carefree, light-hearted tone. In the way, we enter the story in medias res with Rose, Jack, and the Doctor as they land in Cardiff. We watch them laugh at inside…

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In previous episode “The Long Game,” we watched as the Doctor rejected one-off companion Adam for taking self-serving advantage of the Doctor’s invitation into time and space. The episode ended with the Doctor openly praising Rose, declaring that he “only travels with…

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“The Long Game,” written by Russell T Davies and directed by Brian Grant, takes the Doctor, Rose, and newly-acquired companion Adam (episode 6: Dalek) to Satellite 5, a space station in the year 200,000 that broadcasts news across the entire…

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S1:E06 “Dalek” by Robert Shearman and Terry Nation   Oh, this episode. This episode. It forces us to grapple with our concept of evil; it brings us to find it in uncomfortable places; and it begins our journey in a…

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Episodes 4 and 5 of Doctor Who, “Aliens of London” and “World War Three,” comprise one story that explores the human instinct to self-preserve, and its alternative: self-sacrifice. The plot is constructed around an evil plan to reduce planet Earth…

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“What the Shakespeare is going on?” This clever line is given to the actor playing Charles Dickens in this, the third episode of the Doctor Who reboot, written by Mark Gatiss (most recently of Sherlock Holmes fame). The TARDIS (as…

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The second episode of the Doctor Who reboot is ominously and aptly named: “The End of the World.” It is indeed the end of the world as Rose knows it. She has (1) dared to believe in the unseen and…

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