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 Impossible Planet by Matt Jones
Rose and the Doctor travel to a space station perched atop an impossible planet, drilling to find the source of an impossible power. But their drilling has awoken something…
There is something about this two-parter that I simply ADORE. Maybe it’s the group of secondary characters who even though you only meeting them for about an hour and a half (and some of them much less than that), you quickly fall in love with them and their back stories which Jones brilliantly works into the plot. The devil (haha) is really in the details of this episode, and you could easily imagine a more complex life for these characters. For example, there’s mention that it took them two years to work out a specific equation,
suggesting that they have been drilling for over two years. Scooty is only twenty when the Doctor and Rose show up, so she signed up for this mission when she was (at the oldest) 18. What 18 year old signs up for this kind of mission? Was she an intern or something? OR was she perhaps one of the other character’s daughter? My bet is Ida. No really, think about it. AWESOME RIGHT?
Then there are all the Rose/Ten feels which I almost can’t get into because ALL THE FEELS. I mean, really, seriously, all. the. feels. We get to see the Doctor faced with the chance for a domestic life. He doesn’t seem quite ready for that yet, but I think he’s on his way, and I really think this shapes him in the future. Rose, as much as she loves travelling with the Doctor (and she really signs in this episode–you can tell she’s gotten her time travel legs under her at last), is perfectly willing to settle down as long as it’s with him. This softens the hurt of a future episode. Slightly.
Of course then there’s the scenery and the music (both which strangely remind me of Firefly) and the special effects and the make up and the FANTASTIC Ood. And Rose’s interaction with the Ood! And the religious and mythological aspect! AND ALL THE FREAKING FANTASTIC DETAILS THAT JUST MAKE THIS SUCH A BRILLIANT EPISODE. Love it!
Extra: Favourite Rose/Ten Moments JUST BECAUSE I CAN
Ugh, I freaking love this episode.