Rose Tyler: So, near future, yeah?
The Doctor: I had a passing fancy, only it didn't pass, it stopped.
I actually enjoy this episode a lot. I know that the plot isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it’s enjoyable enough. Also, OLYMPICS. I LOVE THE OLYMPICS. Whenever they’re on, I just like obsessively watch them. It’s a bit sad. So I’ve gotta say, I love that this episode was set during the 2012 London Olympics. AND it features the Doctor and Rose being adorable. AND it also features Rose being her awesome and amazing kickass self. AND the Doctor does a cheesy “carrying the Olympic torch” run. How can you not like this episode?
Since the plot for this week is passable, but not amazing, I’m gonna just run through it really quickly so that we can get to the fun parts of the episode. I think the idea of a creature that can snatch things out of reality and put them into a kind of alternate imaginary universe as well as to create real things out of an imaginary world is pretty neat. The whole idea of fuelling the isolus pod with ~the power of love is pretty ridiculous though (unless of course you are referring to the Huey Lewis and the News song or the Celine Dion song. Those are acceptable sources of power because they’re awesome songs). I do think that it is marginally better than an android bomb no longer being a bomb through the power of feeling like a human.
Now let’s get the character party started. Rose is operating at Full Rose Awesome Capacity in this episode. Less than five minutes in and she’s showing that she’s observant. She notices that there are a lot of missing children posters around and knows that something is off. She notices creepy Chloe in the window, even though that apparently completely escaped the Doctor’s notice.
Rose: You said it was in the street.
Rose: The girl!
Doctor: Of course! What girl?
And then when the Doctor disappears, it’s up to Rose to put everything she knows together and to save the day. And save the day, she does! Using a pick axe, digging up the isolus pod, figuring out that the isolus needs love as well as heat! Getting the doctor a cake with edible ball bearings! Haha. This episode just shows all over the place why Rose is such a great Companion for the Doctor. She’s observant, clever, and knows how to help the Doctor.
The Doctor has a lot of really amusing moments in this episode., even if they’re not exactly character shifting or defining moments.
Tommy’s Dad [upon seeing the Doctor snooping around where his child went missing]: What’s your game?
Doctor: Me? Umm… Snakes and Ladders. Quite good at squash, reasonable. I’m being facetious, aren’t I? There’s no call for it.
Doctor: Look at the hairs on the back of my manly, hairy hand.
The Doctor and Rose have a ton of great moments together too. Once again, the episode is being set up by the Doctor wanting to have fun with Rose and take her somewhere cool. They’re going to go see the London Olympics in 2012! I seriously love how the sheer joy of life in the Tardis just radiates off of them.
My favorite Doctor/Rose moment from this episode would actually have to be that little moment where the Doctor is in Chloe’s house and he just picks of a jar of jam, sticks in fingers in it and licks it off his fingers, and Rose just gives him a LOOK with a little shake of her head to let him know that he’s being rude, so he puts the jar down. Oh Ten, being rude again.
But throughout the episode Rose and Doctor are just awesome and having a lot of fun while saving the day, pretending to be cops. “Keep ‘em peeled, Louis!” and “Fingers on lips!” never fail to get a smile from me.
Doctor: Are you deducting?
Rose: I think I am.
Doctor: Copper’s hunch?
Rose: Permission to follow it up, sarge?
[Rose spots a cat while she and the Doctor are in the street]
Rose: [Kneeling down to stroke it] Aren't you a beautiful boy!
The Doctor: [has his back to Rose and thinks that Rose is talking to him] Thanks. I've been experimenting with back-combing... oh.
[the Doctor sees Rose stroking the cat and gives the feline a uncomfortable look. Rose notices this]
Rose: [looking at the Doctor] What?
The Doctor: No, I'm not really a cat person. Once you've been threatened by one in a nuns wimple, kind of takes the joy out of it.
Adorable post-moderate danger hug!
In the midst of all this dorkiness, they do manage to have a couple of more serious moments.
Rose: Easy for you to say, you don’t have kids.
Doctor: I was a dad, once.
Rose: What did you say?
… And then the Doctor totally just blows past it like it’s no big and doesn’t talk about it anymore. Lol. Oh Doctor. You fail at opening up and communicating.
Doctor: There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe: warp drive, worm hole refractors. You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.
[Rose extends her hand to gesture at a monitor on the Tardis, the Doctor thinks she’s offering her a hand to hold, so he takes it]
Even though Rose isn’t intending to indicate that she’ll be the Doctor’s hand to hold, I think it’s telling that the Doctor assumes that’s what she’s getting at and grins. He definitely sees Rose as his “hand to hold”.
And of course the end has the Doctor and Rose reuniting with an epic hug and wandering off to go see the Games.
Rose: You know what? They keep on trying to split us up, but they never ever will.
The Doctor: Never say “never ever”.
Rose: Nah, we’ll always be ok, you and me. Don’t you reckon, Doctor?
The Doctor: There's something in the air, there's something coming.
The Doctor: A storm's approaching.
NOOOOOO. I hate you, show. Ending such a fun episode with the depressing reminder that Army of Ghosts/Doomsday is coming up next. D: