Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 9 – Cold Blood

As human beings, we are pretty rubbish at negotiating for the future of the human race, aren’t we?

The second part of this story didn’t really seem to capitalise on the first episode. There was an awful lot of setup and although I have nothing against the wrap up – it was all a bit formulaic. The humans failed, big style. Some people made some sacrifices and the Doctor managed to save as many people as he could.

The only notes I made were as follows:

  • Pretty slow paced
  • When Rory says: “You’re not dying today” it doesn’t work.
  • Good that it wasn’t a fixed point in time for a change.
  • Amy was a bit shouty this episode.
  • “We’re in the centre of the Earth and there are lizard men.”

Of course, the problem this episode had was it wasn’t about the story at all. It was about those last five minutes at the end, when everything happened.

First up, poor, poor Rory. Last week I thought I was really smart for realising that Amy and Rory were waving so that means she must survive the hole in the ground. They tricked me! That wasn’t the case at all, and more than that, it wasn’t Amy we should have been worried about.

I think there’s more to the fact that she doesn’t remember than because of the crack. Thinking back, the companions never really have great tragedy affecting themselves, do they? Otherwise they would just hand back their TARDIS key and never return. Rose’s family, Martha’s, Donna’s, they were all fine in the end. Amy has suffered a real loss this time round, just as she was beginning to realise that she loved Rory. They can’t let her remember, can they?

Which leads on to the crack in the universe. What is going on?

I thought it was fascinating that the Doctor shoved his hand in there. In the Russell T era, we had hints of the big bad throughout the series but even if our heroes noticed the signs, they never really got involved with them until the end. This time round, we’ve got the crack taking a significant part in episodes along the way.

How has he managed to pull out a piece of the TARDIS?

Lots of questions, and in the week that LOST really let us down, unanswered questions make me nervous. It’s okay, though, I still have faith. The Doctor will figure it out.

4 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 9 – Cold Blood

  1. I was hoping you would not ask that. I began to think about it and was not motivated to analyse it. About halfway through I did think about not watching the rest.

    1/ The doctor seemed to mess everything up and then just lucked out the leader was compassionate.

    2/ His going on about how wonderful the human race can be as if it is just a matter of having a chat to clear the way to share the planet with the reptile people. Even when that woman killed one of them in a rather unconvincing scene, he still makes out how great we are. No mention of wars, genocide, that sort of thing.

    3/ His irritating promises and insistance on trusting him when his recent track record does not seem that good.

    4/ I do not mind a few discrepencies but the rules seem to keep changing. Fixed points and not fixed points, and can meet someone in the future but they can still die first, and you have to keep looking at Stone Angels, but suddenly the new rule you can not look in their eyes, and then it is OK to walk past them. There needs to be some consistancy.

    5/ What was that guff about the kid having dyslexia and liking audio-books, which apart from going back for his head-phones had nothing to do with the eventual plot?

    6/ Yet another startlingly humanoid set of creatures to deal with.

    7/ Some bunch of earthlings from the past with much more advanced science than us that get taken in by some apocalypse myth and spend millions of years hiding without bothering to check outside occasionally.

    8/ Being expected to believe they drilled a ten-mile deep hole because of some funny grass with remarkably little sign of any serious equipment and a staff of more than two.

    9/ The two dimensional reptilians, either all kindness and ready to give whatever help is needed unquestioningly or ready to kill, kill, kill.

    10/ That woman who tortured and killed the prisoner who was told words to the effect of, “Never mind, just go and be a good mother.”

    11/ The doctor calling them, “Homo reptilius.” Do they not have a name they prefer? That is like refering to Native Americans as Red Indians. They called humans apes, he essentially called them reptiles.

    12/ Basically, meet some humanoid very thinly disguised bad caricatures of humans, manage to escape having only tortured and killed one of them plus having told them we might just let them live in the deserts, and hope things sort themselves out in the future. After all, in Palestine we have seen just how wonderful human beings are about sharing a disputed homeland.

    I bet you wish you had not asked now.

  2. I bet you wish you had not asked now.

    Not at all. Very interesting. You need a Who blog too 🙂

    I’ve seen quite a few interviews and editorial pieces recently that refer to this Doctor’s stories as Fairy Tales, and whilst that is an okay direction to take, it can go too far, and I think that’s where a lot of your points fall. A bit too much fairy and not enough tale.

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