The Telegraph’s review: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/19/nwho119.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/06/19/ixhome.html
Ronnie asks why Rose, when she was €œtime-vortexed€, didn€™t summon up a simpler way of telling her normal self what to do, like a single piece of large graffiti listing full instructions.
“Hello. Hmm, new teeth. That’s weird. Now where were we?” Immediately after seeing the episode, and before grabbing a few hours sleep and then rewatching it, I surfed over to the message boards to try and clarify some things I was still confused about. Whilst the majority were wildly enthusiastic about the ending of the series, a good deal of the converstation there concerned David Tennant’s sideburns, with opinion more or less equally divided. Similarly his first line is a source of controversy (I still think it’s very funny).
Although I found answers to my questions about Bad Wolf and the extrapolator (me being slow) I’m still puzzled as to why Captain Jack was abandoned on platform one with everyone else dead. I hope they go back for him – I’m still dying to know about the two years wiped from his memory. And will we find out more about the Time War, and the doctor’s role in it? Perhaps this will be in the film: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/19/nwho19.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/06/19/ixhome.html. And I still don’t know for sure if this was the first time there was a credit for “Doctor Who”.
Although it only attracted 6.2m viewers (apparently it was the weather: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4108472.stm) I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, although I’m still sad about Lynda-with-a-y. She was…sweet. And although I started out the series just waiting for Tennant to take over – I always thought he’d make a better doctor – Eccleston grew on me. You know what…he was fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
Doctor Who will return in…The Chistmas Invasion. Yay!
A single piece of large graffiti listing full instructions? I can’t even begin to count the number of potential paradoxes this would cause. The Bad Wolf message was delivered through suggestion. It’s short and simple and ambiguous (see previous posts) and it only means something to its creator. Whereas even a short message like “Rose: Save the Doctor” would make no sense to anyone else (why am I writing this/calling my helicopter/power station this?) and if the doctor came across it (as he did the other Bad Wolves), whoops – another paradox! Also, as someone over at Outpost Gallifrey pointed out, “Rose: Save the Doctor” would be a rubbish name for a TV station.
Just re-watched Spooks 2/5 which features Jo Joynes (Lynda-with-a-y) as equally doomed Fireman Stephanie (although at least Tom doesn’t promise her she’ll live, like the doctor did). If Lynda doesn’t survive into the new Series 2, this will have to do me for now…