Days left till the 50th: 77
Episodes watched: 26
Today’s Episode: Army of Ghosts
Writer: Russell T. Davies
Zoom in to London.
ROSE:(voice-over) This is where I was born. And this is where I died.
Teenage Rose, bored and glum, is on a bus eating chips as it pulls up at a stop.
ROSE:(voice-over)For the first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all.
The bus pulls away.
Rose sighs and leans her forehead against the window, popping another chip in her mouth.
ROSE:(voice-over, a smile in her tone)And then I met a man called the Doctor.
INT. HENRICKS, BASEMENT
The Ninth Doctor grabs Rose’s hand.
And they do.
The Doctor – the Tenth Doctor this time, is prancing around the consol, pressing buttons and pulling levers, full of energy and enthusiasm.
ROSE:(voice-over)A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine.
The Doctor spins around with a triumphant “ha!”, arms wide with glee.
The Doctor and Rose run down an ordinary street, hand in hand, happy.
ROSE:(voice-over)He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.
EXT. PREHISTORIC PLANET
The Doctor and Rose are now standing a short way away from the TARDIS on a rocky alien planet, looking out at the sunset.
ROSE: (voice-over)That’s what I thought. But then came the army of ghosts. Then came Torchwood and the War. And that’s when it all ended.
Rose is standing on a beach, looking out to sea. A gentle breeze is blowing her hair.
ROSE:(voice-over)This is the story of how I died.
Shite. I know I shouldn’t swear.. but lordy RTD, you know how to make an amazing opening monologue! I get chills every time I see it. He really knows how to set a viewer up to remain keyed in and keep expectations high!
Now Rose and the Doctor meet up with Jackie…
Jackie tells the Doctor and Rose about the ghosts.. and whilst they have been traveling for about 2 months, the Ghosts have shown up. They find out they are all over the earth. The Doctor and Rose decide to head back to the Tardis.. thus.. giving us the excuse for this awesome reference..
Note this is the first time that the Doctor has busted out the 3D glasses..
Alas, they were unable to get a clear focus on a ghost, but they do manage to pinpoint the source. As the Doctor heads to the point… he says..
The Doctor twiddles knobs on the console, nattering away to himself.
THE DOCTOR: I like that. ‘Allons-y’. I should say ‘allons-y’ more often. ‘Allons-y’. Watch out, Rose Tyler! Allons-y! And THEN, it would be really brilliant if I met someone called Alonzo. Because then I could say, ‘allons-y, Alonzo’! Every time! You’re staring at me.
Rose just mentions that her mother is still on board… killing his good mood. They arrive at what we know as Torchwood, and meet men with guns. However once Yvonne arrives.. they all start clapping, thus the Doctor feels like he has an audience..
They all know all about the Doctor, including his companion.. to which he whips Jackie out of the Tardis and claims it to be Rose, and that she aged in the Vortex. He then learns about what Torchwood does, and that they were responsible for the gun during the Christmas Invasion.. and he’s none too impressed with them. He does take a moment to ask Yvonne if they do have someone named Alonzo.. sadly nope.
He then learns about the void ship and does a great job explaining it..
“The space between dimensions. There’s all sorts of realities around us, different dimensions – billions of parallel universes all stacked up against each other. The Void is the space in-between. Containing absolutely nothing. Imagine that – nothing. No light, no dark, no up, no down. No life. No time. Without end. My people called it the Void, the Eternals call it the Howling. But some people call it Hell.”
Then he wants to know how it got here.. thus the shifts, and the stupidity of Torchwood for building a skyscraper to reach the weak point…
“So, you find the breech, probe it, the sphere comes through. Six hundred feet above London, bam. It leaves a hole in the fabric of reality. And that hole, you think, “oh, shall we leave it alone? Shall we back off? Shall we play it safe?” Nah, you think “let’s make it BIGGER!”
He then convinces Yvonne not to do another shift by breaking her glass, by explaining to her what would happen with the breech.. nothing good would happen.. so funny how he just acts like he owns the place by putting his feet up..
Meanwhile, Cybermen have infiltrated Torchwood and killed 3 people and “upgraded” them.
Also, Rose manages to use the psyhic paper and gets found out.. however Mickey for some reason managed to cross the void and is in the room!
The cybermen manage to make the breech bigger, bringing all the Cybermen over!
During this.. Rose, Mickey and another dude are all trapped with the Void Ship as it opens.. DALEKS!!!
OH NO! The world is doomed? ! We are screwed!!!
I love this episode as it really does a great job setting you up for Doomsday… the final episode of the season. RTD really does a remarkable job by giving Tennant and Billie such great monologues.. and creating things that stick with the Doctor. Just like 11’s fez, 10’s 3D glasses have become his trademark, as well as 10 finally figuring out his catchphrase.
Till tomorrow folks.. in the mean time..
Billie bought David this shirt..
And lo he wore it. Awwwwwwww…. he so loves her…