This is a twice a week feature (Wednesdays and Fridays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
The Age of Steel by Tom MacRae
The Doctor, the usual gang, and the Scooby Doo gang (not really…) must take down Lumic and the Cybermen before he can take over the world!
This is one of those feelings episodes. Well, most of them are, really.
The most important aspect of this episode seems to be Mickey’s personal journey. You see major character growth from him in this two parter. First he learns to accept responsibility for his past inaction when he faces his grandmother. Then he sees what he could be in Rickey and I think that helps him better realize who he is. After receiving acceptance from himself (literally) he watches himself die (again…literally) and this gives him the push to become a better Mickey. By the end of the episode he is a total bamf.
Speaking of bamfs, let’s take a second to mourn Mrs. More/Angela Price who was utterly ordinary until she wasn’t anymore. I think it’s awesome that the strength of a mother/wife is shown without emphasizing that she is a mother/wife too much. It’s a nice balance. On the other hand, Miss Sally Feeler upsets me. Obviously the choice to have her be a bride on her wedding night was to make us feel worse about her dying (all that wasted potential! She never got her wedding!), but why couldn’t she have been something else. Like an astronaut about to take her first trip. Just…something that wasn’t reinforcing of gender stereotypes. It’s a small thing, but really it’s these small things that we wouldn’t think twice of that create bigger problems.
Also, like to take a moment to mention the Doctor’s complete lack of consistency (or maybe he’s consistently inconsistent?) So the Doctor let’s Rose go off and do dangerous world saving stuff and I’m all like “yay he finally trusts Rose!” but then when he’s down in the cooling tunnels with Mrs. More and she’s like “that cyberman just moved” he’s all “patronize patronize everything is fine.” Because obviously no one can notice something that he didn’t notice first. And of course I can’t help but wonder if Mrs. More had been Mr. More would he have believed her/him right away?
- Mickey: You’re just making this up as you go along.
- Doctor: Yupp, but I do it brilliantly
“I’ve been captured, but don’t worry, Rose and Pete are still out there. They can rescue me.” *pretends to have seen Rose and Pete for the first time* “Oh well, never mind. You okay?” – the Doctor
“The most ordinary person could change the world.” – the Doctor
deaths: (of…like people, not cybermen) 3 (I think…)
hypocrite of the year award: Lumic
best boobs awards: AU!Jackie
plot hole: Um…if the cybermen feel NOTHING then why do they do anything? You have to feel something to have motivation. Even their choice to convert people has to come from some sort of emotion (pity, disgust, etc.) right?