This picture has nothing to do with anything. I just think Rose looks adorable here.
Into time! And space!
To those of you who think that Nine and Rose weren’t as silly and squee-y as Ten and Rose, I say “Raxacoricofallapatorius!”
Anyway, I love this episode just for the character interactions. I love seeing them all have fun together eating lunch and telling stories and then all of them getting down to business as then storm into the mayor’s office like the A-Team. Seeing the Doctor, Rose, Mickey and Jack as a group is just a lot of fun. And then within that there are some great character interactions.
So in the interest of trying to be organized, I think that I’m just going to talk about each pairing that interacts and gloss over the plot. Blah blah. Slitheen is plotting to destroy the world. It’s all just a setting to explore the characters anyway.
Rose and Mickey. Oh Rose. I love and adore her, but she really is awful to Mickey. She just summons him to bring her a passport, like he’s supposed to be waiting for her and then just leave whatever he’s doing to come when she calls. Then Mickey is actually trying to spend time and connect with Rose, and she just goes on and on about adventures with the Doctor. She’s totally gone. She’s completely swept away by this new life, so to prove to Rose that he’s not waiting for her anymore, he stretches the truth a bit to try and make Rose a bit jealous. And it actually works. And then he rubs it in with “at least I know where she is!”. Poor Mickey is hurting and feeling like he was just pushed aside, so he tries to hurt Rose in return. And Rose is appropriately ashamed of herself. But in the end, she has to go running after the Doctor. As Mickey points out “it’s always going to be the Doctor! It’s never me!” (As a point of interest contrast this with Mickey’s line in “The Age of Steel”, “It’s always going to be her”.). Anyway, at the end, Rose goes looking for Mickey, but he doesn’t want to be found. I think he’s decided that really and truly he’s not going to wait for her anymore. And Rose realizes that is the right thing. “He deserves better.”
Mickey and Nine. I wouldn't say that Mickey gives as good as he gets here, exactly, but it is fun to see him jab at the Doctor by calling him “big ears” instead of just letting the Doctor insult him. Also I am absolutely convinced that by this point “Mickey the Idiot” is just a term of endearment. The Doctor is still insisting on calling him Rickey. But I think we also get to see that it’s just a front. He’s willing to wait around for Mickey at the end and I think there’s the beginning of genuine affection there, even if he is a bit jealous.
The Doctor: Ricky, let me tell you something about the human race. You put a mysterious blue box slap-bang in the middle of town, what do they do? Walk past it. Now stop your nagging let's go & explore.
Jack and Mickey. Jack and Mickey are amusingly antagonistic with each other. They don't really have a lot of scenes together, but what they do have is funny.
Captain Jack Harkness: Who the hell are you?
Mickey Smith: What do you mean who the hell am I? Who the hell are you?
And of course the endlessly amusing,“What are you captain of? The innuendo squad?” by Mickey followed by Jack giving Mickey the "whatever" sign with his hands. (I really wanted to find the gif of this to include here, but alas. I don't have it and I couldn't find it.)
Jack and the Doctor. Jack tries to take charge, but the Doctor shows that he’s the one in charge. But it’s all very good natured. You can tell that the Doctor has grown to really like Jack since we last saw them interact in “The Doctor Dances”.
Captain Jack Harkness: Aww, sweet, look at these two. How come I never get any of that?
The Doctor: Buy me a drink first.
Captain Jack Harkness: You're such hard work.
The Doctor: But worth it.
[He grins in an extremely self-satisfied way]
Rose and the Doctor. Rose has once again managed to get herself in a bit of a damsel in distress kind of situation that the Doctor has to save her from. I seriously don’t understand why people think that Rose is stronger in series 1 than series 2. To me, Rose in series 1 is a lot weaker than action hero!Rose in series 2.
I also like that little moment of jealousy we see when the Doctor sees Rose and Mickey walking off together. (Again, “the Doctor doesn’t understand jealousy”, Mofatt? Ok. Sure.)
The Doctor and Margaret. That dinner scene between Margaret and the Doctor is really a brilliant piece of writing and acting. It’s not this SUPER INTENSE ordeal, but there’s still this wonderful sort of light hearted tension as Margaret tries to outsmart the Doctor and as the Doctor out maneuvers her. Then she changes tactics and appeals to him on an emotional and personal level, trying to show that she’s changed. And the look on the Doctor’s face shows that maybe it’s working a bit. But of course, she’s been manipulating him all along. In spite of this, the Doctor manages to save her in his own way and give her a second chance at life. Maybe she really can change.
Margaret: I spared her life.
The Doctor: You let one of them go but that's nothing new. Every now and then a little victim's spared because she smiled, 'cause he's got freckles. 'Cause they begged. And that's how you live with yourself. That's how you slaughter millions. Because once in awhile—on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction—you happen to be kind.
Margaret: Only a killer would know that.
The plot this week is fine. It’s a nice continuity from earlier in the series, and it was a good way to further explore the Slitheen. Also, plot point! The heart of the Tardis! This will be useful in two episodes time.