The Doctor, Charles Dickens and Zombies, oh my!

Published August 15, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 100

Episodes watched:  3

Today’s Episode: Unquiet Dead

Writer: Mark Gatiss

One thing I have always paid attention to in Who is whom the writer of each episode is. Oddly enough here in ‘Merica, most people I know, myself included, Gatiss’s stories are not that great. For me there tends to be something just a wee off with his writing for me. A friend of mine that lives on the otherside of the pond disagresses with me, and says that over there, they adore his episodes, which is why nearly  EVERY season has one episode written by him. Thus some people are campaigning for him to take over when ever Moffat the current Overlord of Doctor Who/Sherlock steps down.

The first time I saw this episode, I was not impressed at all. Gas zombies in 1869? Who decided that this idea would actually fly?

What made this episode good was the little bits and pieces of Rose, and this little speech at the beginning…

Rose: Think about it, though. Christmas 1860. It happened once. Just once, and it’s… gone, it’s finished. It’ll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone, a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.

Doctor: Not a bad life.

Rose: Better with two.

unquiet dead

Then we meet Charles Dickens. I love how Rose reacts to the Doctor telling her its Charles Dickens, she just accepts it, and files it away to freak out about later.

The Doctor on the other hand has this awesome conversation with Charles in his coach after Rose gets kidnapped…

Doctor: Dickens?

Charles Dickens: Yes?

Doctor: Charles Dickens?

Charles Dickens: Yes.

Doctor: The Charles Dickens?

Driver: Shall I remove the gentleman, Sir?

Doctor: Charles Dickens. You’re brilliant you are! Completely one hundred per cent brilliant. I’ve read them all. “Great Expectation”, “Olivier Twist”, and whats the other one? The one with the ghost?

Charles Dickens: “A Christmas Carol”?

Doctor: No, no, no. The one with the trains. “The Signalman”. That’s it. Terrifying, The best short story ever written! You’re a genius!

Driver: You want me to get rid of him, Sir?

Charles Dickens: No, I think he can stay.

Doctor: Honestly, Charles—can I call you Charles?—I’m such a big fan.

Charles Dickens: What? A big what?

Doctor: Fan. Number one fan, that’s me.

Charles Dickens: How exactly are you a fan? In what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool? 

Doctor: No, it means “fanatic”, “devoted to”. Mind you, I’ve gotta say, that American bit in Martin Chuzzlewit, what’s that about? Was that just padding or what? I mean it’s rubbish, that bit.

Charles Dickens: I thought you said you were my fan.

Doctor: Oh well, if you can’t take criticism.

So funny…. Watching the Doctor “Geek Out” whist in a carriage that is chasing after another carriage that has Rose in it, poor girl gets kidnapped again.

I was bewildered by this episode the first time I saw it, as the Doctor does a good job explaining to Rose, that she can die in 1869 when she was born in the tenth century, and does mention that time is in flux, and her little world can change in an instant, showing the dangers of time travel.

Once you see the deeper levels of the episode it isn’t too bad.. once you take away the ZOMBIES!!

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