Doctor Who: Series 1, Episode 2 – The End of the World

The minute this episode started, we got to see more fearless attitude from Rose. As the Doctor was busy trying to impress her, and take her futher and further forward into time, she was happy to say: “Fine by me, let’s go further,” without actually seeing any of the things they were passing. She trusted that he was doing what he said, and she was happy to wait for the better deal.

Later, there was a moment when it did hit her. She was surrounded by aliens (“He’s blue.” “Yes.”) and had a complete stranger as the designated driver. He won’t tell her who he is or where he’s from, but when he allows her to speak to her mum, she softens again.

By the by, that mobile looked ancient.

The Doctor came across as a lot more troubled in this episode, perhaps simply because he was thrust into so many situations where he should have explained where he was from. He seems to have some pretty intense mood swings. He was practically giddy when all the aliens were being introduced – happy to see such a variety of life, and proud that he could show this to Rose.

He shows compassion to Rose when she feels a bit lost, but is quick to get angry when she presses him for information.

“All that counts is here and now and this is me.”

I love that line.

Aside from dealing with the fallout from the end of the world, we’ve also got a rather attention-seeking, money-grabbing Lady Cassandra causing chaos. Her little robot minions come straight out of Minority Report and cause havoc, raising and lowering the ships defences at will. I found that bit quite frustrating, up and down went the shields, but it was saved by two things.

  1. The Doctor saying: “Oh well, it would be you,” when he heard Rose calling for help.
  2. Some beautiful imagery when the glass was cracking and the sun was burning holes in everything.

I didn’t quite buy that anyone would be able to get through those giant propellers, even at the slow speed – but this is a world where a woman is essentially a piece of thin skin, so I can go with it.

Rose’s rant about Lady Cassandra having all that surgery was so clearly aimed at plastic surgery than the last human, but I approve all the same. Of course, it has to be noted that the Doctor wouldn’t save Cassandra, even when Rose asked him to. “Everything has it’s time,” he said. I don’t know if the Tenth Doctor would have saved her, but I have a feeling the Eleventh would. How things change.