Doctor: 'How long you going to stay with me?'
of Ghosts' and 'Doomsday' will forever be remembered as Rose's
swansong. It was the end of a two year adventure which saw her
transformed from inexperienced shop girl into seasoned time traveller. Rose swearing to stay with the Doctor forever, shows us just how strong her commitment to that new life is. She's in it for the long
haul. Her and the Doctor are as 'together' as they're ever likely
to be—but that's all about to change. Rose's monologue at the start of
the episode prepares us for the
worst. And despite the Doctor's reassurances to the contrary, it appears
that the Beast was right, after all. Rose is going to die.
never thought we'd actually see Jackie kiss the Doctor. Things have
certainly moved on since season one—she couldn't stand the sight of him
back then. The Doctor was hilarious as he wiped his mouth in mild
disgust. It brought back memories of my Grandma kissing me when I was
young. Why do grandparent insist on doing that shit? But it was a nice
slice of normality, with Rose visiting mum, and the Doctor tagging along. What a shame it didn't last. Almost immediately the ghosts started arriving and
things took a turn for the worst.
I can understand why Jackie would want to believe
in ghosts. The dead coming back to life (as well as being the staple
hope of virtually every faith) is the most powerful story in existence.
It appeals to us in the deepest way imaginable. And after 'Love and
Monsters', we know that Jackie's lonely, so it made perfect sense that
she'd respond favourably to a visit from the great beyond—particularly when the rest of the world seems to be experiencing similar
visitations. Of course, the ghosts weren't dead relatives at all—they were Cybermen—and to their credit, they looked excellent this
week. They didn't seem half as plasticky as they did in 'Rise of the
Cybermen'. And what a cliff hanger! Daleks and Cybermen in the same episode! It's a fanboy's wet dream.
finally got our Torchwood pay-off. After fifteen episodes of having
Torchwood not-so-subtly rammed down our throats, we finally got to see
inside of the Torchwood Institute. I'd completely forgotten that Freema Agyeman was in this episode. Of course, here she plays Adeola
Oshodi, cousin of the now famous Martha Jones, and as with Gwyneth in 'The Unquiet Dead', the likeness is startling. I'm not sure why they
insist on reusing actors from past seasons, but there we go. So, was the Torchwood pay-off
worth it? Nope. Talk about a wet squib. I understand that the whole endeavour has been more about setting up sister-show Torchwood than creating a satisfactory season conclusion, but it would've been nice to have both. That doesn't seem like too much to ask.
There were some
lovely moments between Jackie and Rose, however. Jackie can see the
changes in Rose and, like any mother, is worried about her daughter's
future. Rose is slowly becoming more and more like the Doctor—which
prompts Jackie to wonder what will happen to Rose after she's gone. Will
she ever settle down? In fifty years time, will she even be
recognisable? But Rose has her own future planned—or at
least, she thinks she has. Back in 'School Reunion' the Doctor promised
never to leave her, and at the start of this episode, Rose reciprocates in kind. She's too in love with him and her new life to
ever go back to normality. Till death them do part... which let's face
it, is looking pretty imminent.
—What's with the 3D glasses?
—Three days after her appearance is this episode it was announced that
Freema Agyemen would be replacing Billie Piper as the Doctor's new
—Barbara Windsor (of Eastenders and Carry On fame) had a brief cameo in this episode. As Peggy Mitchell, she barred a ghostly Dirty Den from the Queen Vic. Lovely bubbly!
Rose: 'Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died.'
Doctor: 'Who you gonna call?'
Doctor: 'I ain't afraid of no ghost.'
Rose: 'Doctor. They've got guns.'
Doctor: 'And I haven't. Which makes me the better person, don't you think? They
can shoot me dead, but the moral high ground is mine.'
Doctor: 'Here she is, Rose Tyler. Hmmm. She's not the best I've ever had. Bit
too blonde. Not too steady on her pins, lot of that. And just last week
she stared into the heart of the time vortex and aged 57 years. But
Jackie: 'I'm 40!'
Doctor: 'Anyway, lead on! Allons-y! But not too fast. Her ankle's going.'
Jackie: 'I'll show you where my ankle's going.'
Doctor: 'My people called it The Void. The Eternals called it The Howling. But some people call it Hell.'
Doctor: 'Please. When Torchwood comes to write my complete history, don't tell
people I travelled through time and space with her mother.'