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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

‘Doctor Who’ blogging: “The Parting of the Ways”

(tons of spoilers! don’t read till you’ve seen the episode! and no comments from party poopers — this is a love fest only / previous: Episode 12: “Bad Wolf”)

I’m rewatching the first series of the new Doctor Who with an eye toward looking where the show has gone since.
Yeah, there’s a lot of robots shootin’ at one another and shit in this episode, and I don’t care about any of that. For me, this is all about the Doctor and Rose. The sneaky bastard, he sends her home, sends her out of harm’s way… but out of the game. She’s gone home to listen to her mother talk about tubs of cold slaw — who gives a shit? Miserable fucking Time Lord bastard, to send her back to that! Oh, I would never forgive him. I’d rather die at his side than be left with a life of eating chips and riding buses and collecting paychecks. “Have a fantastic life,” he tells her? After all Rose has seen with him, and it’s hardly anything, barely scratched the surface of what she could see? Miserbale fucking Time Lord bastard! If I were Rose, after I saved his life, I’d kill him.

(How long was Rose gone, back on 21st century Earth? Days? Weeks? Longer? It was only minutes for the Doctor, but gosh, it must have felt like forever for her, however short a time it was.)

And Mickey, the poor wretched sap. He’s actually trying to convince Rose that a “normal” life with him would be preferrable to life with the Doctor. Even after being in the TARDIS himself, he still doesn’t get it. He really does love her so much that he won’t let her give up on getting back to the Doctor… and maybe he’s just hoping against hope and isn’t as stupid as he seems. But still: Mickey, or the Doctor? No contest.

Oo, but Rose, gettin’ all jealous of Lynda-with-a-Y!

Lynda who wouldn’t evacuate Platform 1 and leave the Doctor… and so Rose should be jealous! Lynda knows the Doctor is a man, and the Doctor knows she knows, and if they actually had a chance, there might have been a moment in which to express it beyond a fumbling are-they-gonna-kiss-or-not moment:

Aww.

Speaking of kissing:

Lots of traumatic good-byes: it makes people sentimental.

And I know: this last kiss isn’t a real kiss, it’s a transferring-the-power-of-the-heart-of-the-TARDIS procedure. Like mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, purely practical:

But still: *squee*!

Mucho hugging going around, too, but what else is new:

And then, in the last moments, new new Doctor:

Rose doesn’t realize it yet, but she’s gotten another chance with him. Why she deserves it, I don’t know…

Random thoughts on “The Parting of the Ways”:

• Bad Wolf Watch:

“I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself.” Whoa…

• Daleks! I hate these guys…

He’s heartbroken: the Time War, all for nothing! The Daleks still exist — Gallifrey’s gone, but they’re still here. Always, it’s the Daleks… (And Jack thought the Time War “was just a legend”!)

• Daleks with religion are a scary thing: “Do not blaspheme!” “Pure and blessed Dalek.” And an Emperor who believes it is “God, the creator of all things.” I know Russell Davies is an atheist, but: wow. What a striking conception of religion as utter, heartless evil, even “insane,” as the Doctor says. (I guess this makes the Doctor, “the heathen,” something akin to Lucifer in this mythology, defying God, though without ever having been at the deity’s side in the first place.)

• Re the Dalek outside the window, in space: I love how we know, as its dome lights are flashing, that it’s saying “Exterminate!” even though we can’t hear it. Of course, it’s killing Lynda, so that’s not fun.

• After “everybody lives,” now it’s everybody dies. Even Jack (at least temporarily)… Bummer.

• Oo, and then the Doctor and Rose leave Jack in the 201,000! They don’t know they’ve left him, perhaps, but geez, did they even look for his body or anything, to confirm what they probably suspected, that he was dead. How could they go without being sure? (This really bothers me about this episode… or maybe just about the Doctor, that he’s this selfish.)

• “I want you safe. My Doctor,” says Rose, but it’s really the TARDIS talking. I knew it loved him!

• I love how, when the Doctor realizes he’s been too damaged by absorbing the heart of the TARDIS that he’s gonna regenerate, that his watch has stopped at midnight:

It could be interpreted as noon, of course, but what fun is that?

• Great quotes:

“Do you know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? The Oncoming Storm.” –the Doctor

“It was a better life. I don’t mean all the travelin’, seein’ aliens and spaceships and things, that don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of livin’ your life… 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…” –Rose

“Wish I’d never met you, Doctor. I was much better off as a coward.” –Jack

(next: Season 2, Episode 0: “The Christmas Invasion”)


MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

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