Days left till the 50th: 101
Episodes watched: 2
Today’s Episode: End of the World
Writer: Russell T. Davies
I’ve always considered this episode to be a fantastic follow up to “Rose”. It takes place on Platform One, waaaaaayyyyyy in the future. Part of what makes this episode great is just after they landed as the Doctor gives this monologue:
Doctor: You lot, you spend all your time thinking about dying, like you’re gonna get killed by eggs, or beef, or global warming, or asteroids. But you never take time to imagine the impossible. Like maybe you survive. This is the year 5.5/apple/26, five billion years in your future, and this is the day… Hold on…
[He checks his watch, and through the window the sun suddenly flares]
Doctor: This is the day the sun expands. Welcome to the end of the world.
When I was unknowingly binge watching for the first time last year… this is the second thing that I heard that kept me watching. Since as every day the news tells us, oh we’ll die from this.. we’ll die from that. The idea that we don’t seems so farfetched, almost impossible. For the Doctor to say ‘yeah.. you achieve the impossible’ sounds so insane, it made me want to know more about this possibility and the story behind this theory.
This is the FIRST episode were we see psychic paper come into play. It wasn’t used in the classics and because of that, the Doctor and his companions were frequently tossed into some type of jail. So, having this paper is an awesome plot device that allows the Doctor to go about his business without having to deal with anyone really questioning him was quite an ingenious on RTD’s part.
We are also introduced to two pretty awesome characters, the Face of Boe, (eh, we’ll learn more about him later) and Cassandra aka The Last Human aka the Bitchy Trampoline aka ‘MOISTURIZE ME’. Cassandra brings aboard an ‘IPod’ and proceeds to play an old traditional ballad “Toxic” by Britney whilst the sun expands and the earth burns. I had never laughed so hard while that song played, whatever the BBC paid to get the license to play it… it was worth it!
Another wonderful part of this episode is that we see Rose coming to grips with what it means to travel through time. It’s not just skimmed over, or just instantly accepted. We really see her coming to terms with what it means to travel with the Doctor. One of the best lines in the episode, involved him helping her deal with it by simply fixing her phone..
Doctor: [taking Rose’s mobile phone] Tell ya what… with a little bit of jiggery pokery…
Rose: Is that a technical term, jiggery pokery?
Doctor: Yeah, I came first in jiggery pokery, what about you?
Rose: Nah, I failed hullabaloo.
Which allows her to call home, helping her feel a bit better about her situation.
Of course not too soon after that… trouble shows up, and it’s really luck that the Doctor manages to save almost everyone’s life.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite episodes to watch again and again… due to the banter between Nine and Rose. Just go watch it already.