Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’: S01E05 – World War Three

In the fifth episode of series one of Doctor Who, we learn exactly how the Doctor escapes from electrocution at the hands of the Slitheen. Unfortunately, after locking himself in 10 Downing Street with Rose and Harriet Jones, he realizes he has to make a devastating decision in order to save the world. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Doctor Who.

I’m not sure I enjoy the second half of this story arc nearly as much as the first.

We find out that the Doctor cannot actually be electrocuted by the Slitheen, as he’s not a human himself, but the rest of the “alien experts” are murdered instantly. The entire thing was a plot to get all of the people who might have figured out what the Slitheen were executed before they could attempt to stop them. (A thought, though: would anyone have figured out who they were besides the Doctor? Probably not, but the Doctor does seem to know everything.

There are a few slightly comical chase scenes in “World War Three” and I loved the CGI used to make the Slitheen run. It made them look far more sinister and threatening. The problem is that as soon as it switched to the full-size costume, they suddenly looked silly to me. They were so slow in the costumes (which was certainly a side affect of how large and overbearing those suites were) and it clashed just a bit too much with the CGI version of them.

But, admittedly, I’m not watching this show for digital effects and I’m sure none of you did either. What I do care about is the weirdness and the sincerity that Doctor Who has given us so far. It’s what the writers have done so well up until this point: making us laugh and making us think about the inherent strangeness of the world, sometimes at the exact same moment. In “World War Three,” however, I felt the story and plot overshadowed any of that present here in the episode.

The explanation for why the Slitheen have chosen to pseudo-invade London (and the rest of the world, for that matter) seems to be an afterthought. It feels like it’s there because it needs to be, because no one would accept the episode if we weren’t given a reason. On top of that, I thought the idea of being trapped inside 10 Downing Street with a bunch of aliens would be a lot more suspenseful, but I found myself feeling quite listless during the episode.

One of the key problems is the sheer inability to believe, even in the most basic sense, that it took the Doctor having to launch a misslie at 10 Downing Street to kill the Slitheen. First of all, it sort of makes the scene where Mickey and Jacke fight the alien in Jackie’s house pointless at the end of it all. If we know that the Slitheen cannot handle mere vinegar, why on earth didn’t the Doctor tell some of the soldiers guarding the place to walk down to the market and buy up the entire supply of vinegar to use as a weapon? 10 Downing Street isn’t blown up, you don’t have to risk Harriet’s and Rose’s life, and we get to see some more hilarious bodily explosions.

But let’s just assume, for the sake of this, that there are no markets or corner stores near 10 Downing Street. I’m a dumb American, I don’t even know where that is in London. If a missile could kill the Slitheen, COULDN’T YOU JUST SHOOT THEM IN THE FACE OR SOMETHING? In fact, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall all the ARMED GUARDS taking a single shot during the duration of the episode. THAT IS WHAT GUNS ARE FOR. If we can’t even blow off an alien’s face with a shotgun or machine gun, what purpose do guns serve on this earth anyway?

All right, enough of my whining. There were certainly great moments in this episode, too, so don’t think I’m just FULL OF HATE for Doctor Who or something. Any episode that utilizes Jackie is going to be, at the very least, very entertaining. With very little screen time at all, the writers have created a fully-developed, three-dimensional character. Not only can some of us imagine Jackie as our own mother or maybe a friend of ours, she is the perfect contrast to Rose. We watch her face the terrifying thought that it may be years before she she’s her daughter again. We watch her face the reality that aliens exist and that they just might want to kill you. We watch her interact with Rose’s boyfriend in a way neither character probably ever expected. I know I’m only five episodes in, but Jackie is easily my favorite character so far, and I really look forward to seeing her again.

Rose shined here too, especially when she didn’t even hesitate to tell the Doctor to sacrifice herself if it meant saving the world. The Doctor has become rather enamored with Rose, who has a sensible optimism about this wholee thing. I’m sure Rose is still tied to a lot of things in her “normal” life. Visiting her mother is one of them, for sure. But the Doctor sees how readily she is able to uproot everything in the name of simple adventure and I think that’s the exact sort of companion he’s looking for.

All in all, this was an all right episode. It’s not my favorite so far; perhaps I expected more from an episode titled, “World War Three.” The parody of world governments was nice and, as usual, the Doctor’s never-ending humor is always welcome. I mean, who else do we know who can plaster a dopey smile on his face while he has twelve machine guns pointed at his body? Bless the Doctor forever.

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372 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’: S01E05 – World War Three

  1. elusivebreath says:

    Yeah, as much as I love Dr. Who, these two episodes are not my favorites, although honestly even my LEAST favorite episode of Dr. Who is better than my favorite episodes of most other shows, so…

    EDIT – Did I just get my first 'first comment' ever? MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!

  2. Karen says:

    I actually prefer this episode to the previous one. There are a few reasons for this.

    Firstly, we get to see Mickey as a bit of a hero (yay Mickey!!), but unable to fully join the Doctor. It's a nice contrast to Rose and I love that Mickey got to grow a bit as a character. Also, I love that the Doctor covered for him so that Mickey could save face in front of Rose.

    But for me there are really two major moments that I want to talk about. The first is that moment in Downing Street where the Doctor has to make a choice.

    The Doctor: [talking about firing a missile at 10 Downing street] That's the thing. If I don't dare, everyone dies.
    Rose Tyler: Do it.
    The Doctor: You don't even know what it is. You'd just let me?
    Rose Tyler: Yeah.
    Jackie Tyler: Please, Doctor, please, she's my daughter, she's just a kid.
    The Doctor: Do you think I don't know that? 'Cause this is my life, Jackie – it's not fun, it's not smart, it's just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will.
    Rose Tyler: Then what are you waiting for?
    The Doctor: I could save the world but lose you.

    I love that Rose, without hesitation, tells the Doctor to do it. She just knows that it could save the world, and that’s what is most important. Rose can be really selfish, but when it really counts, she’ll do anything to save others. But Rose doesn’t take it laying down She still fights for her life, hiding in the closet, hoping to ride it out. It’s everything I love about her.

    Also important in that moment is that the DOCTOR hesitates. He actually pauses in saving the world because he doesn’t want to risk Rose’s life. That’s how much she’s come to mean to him in such a short time. He was alone before, but he’s not now. He’s not about to lose her so easily. And it's not his life that he's worried about. The reason that he hesitates is because he doesn't want to lose Rose, not because he's afraid of death.

    The ending to this is a bit gut wrenching. The Doctor is totally being a manipulative little bastard.

    Rose: [on the phone] Um… my mother's cooking.
    The Doctor: Good, put her on a slow heat and let her simmer.
    Rose: She's cooking tea. For us.
    The Doctor: I don't do that.
    Rose: She wants to get to know you.
    The Doctor: Tough. I've got better things to do.
    Rose: She's my mother.
    The Doctor: She's not mine.
    Rose: That's not fair!
    The Doctor: Well, you can stay there if you want! [persuasively] But right now there's this plasma storm brewing in the Horsehead Nebula. Fires are burning ten million miles wide! I could fly the TARDIS right into the heart of it and ride the shockwave all the way out. Hurtled right across the sky and end up anywhere! Your choice. [he hangs up]

    For once, Rose wasn’t being selfish. She was considering her mum’s feelings. And then the Doctor tempted her with thoughts of space and adventure that Rose just couldn’t say no to. The Doctor doesn’t want to deal with families and all that messy stuff, and he knows just what buttons to push to get Rose to come away with him again.

    • MichelleZB says:

      I like that scene because of how messed up it is. The Doctor isn't always good for you, and he's not always a nice, considerate person.

    • monkeybutter says:

      Yeah, I really like that Mickey got to be the good guy in these episodes, because he seemed pretty pathetic in "Rose."

  3. Openattheclose says:

    I felt so bad for Jackie at the end of this episode, and hello! Rose, the Doctor has A TIME MACHINE. You could have watched that meteor shower or whatever it was ANYTIME you wanted, the Doctor was manipulating you. Anyway, Jackie is really trying here and they just blow her off πŸ™ The ending of this episode makes me really sad, even with the awesome reveal about Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North.

    • MowerOfLorn says:

      Yeah- as much as I love the Doctor, he is manipulative. 900 years of time and space, and he's learned to push people's buttons.

      I do sorta understand that he's lonely and a little bit traumatized by the War…but it really doesn't give him an excuse for how he sometimes treats Rose's family and friends.

    • hassibah says:

      OH YES he was totally being manipulative and pressuring her and that wasn't cool.

  4. murgatroid1 says:

    Weaker episodes is one of the very few downfalls of this show. Not all episodes are written equally. The upside, of course being that even the least epic episodes of Doctor Who have funny loveable strong characters, and dynamic relationships between them.

    Still. When an arc about aliens trying to take over the world by pretending to be politicians and that leading to lots of explosions and such is counted as a weaker plot, you're looking at a quality show πŸ˜€

  5. diane says:

    Not my favorite episode, either. I think this is the usual first-season growing pains; the series does get better. Much better!

    As a software developer, I always have to laugh at house easy it is to break into secure systems on TV. That goes way beyond my ability to suspend belief! But I will forgive a lot just to get good stories from the Doctor.

    • nanceoir says:

      Yeah, that buffalo (two f's, one l) is the password is bad enough; when buffalo is the SAME password for each layer? Computer security: you're doing it wrong.

      • diane says:

        For national defense systems, there would be a whole lot more security than simply passwords. Biometrics for one thing. Encrypted keys that change every few minutes, for another. And it should certainly be isolated so that it can only be accessed from a private network.

        Yup. They're doing it wrong.

      • Amanda says:

        I always figured it was a password the Doctor had put in himself to use as a backdoor or something like that.

    • MowerOfLorn says:

      I know- I really got to shake my head at /that/ plot point! If the Doctor had done it, without us seeings, we could have just assumed 'Advanced Alien Tech' and shrugged it off. But Mickey? With a single-password?

  6. who cares says:

    That narrows it down to one planet Raxacoricofallapatorius. Love that line.

    • jerseygirl93 says:

      -"That narrows it down to one planet! Raxacoricofallapatorius!"
      -"Great! We can write them a letter!" <3

  7. NeonProdigy says:

    Well, the Doctor did try to get the soldiers to shoot the Slitheen, but, y'know, they just put their disguises back on and said that it was the Doctor who was the evil alien, so the soldiers weren't very likely to help the Doctor out…

    • Hypatia_ says:

      They shouldn't have cornered him in front of the lift though!

    • Reddi says:

      Exactly. The doctor was considered the alien threat, and the soldiers would have shot him before shooting the Slitheen. Rose, Harriet, and the doctor did consider the vinegar route but had no way to make it happen under those circumstances.

  8. azurefalls says:

    Jackie is AMAZING. Love her forever. Not my favourite episode of S27 either, but I think I enjoyed it more than you seemed to have.
    I first saw it when I was like, 11 though. So I didn't pick up on the whole gun vs. Slitheen = success. So to me, that episode was flawless. πŸ˜›

  9. pica_scribit says:

    Doctor Who and guns…it's complicated. Guns are not a thing that get used in a lot of British drama, and this is a family show. I feel like this plot arc was sort of "for the kids", and it does have some good moments, so I'll let the rest of it go.

  10. Maya says:

    Not my favorite either, especially since it introduces my least favorite Doctor Who character: the American newscaster. Seriously, I don't know who she is but she bugs the CRAP out of me. Mostly because she looks disturbingly skinny and something about her accent and delivery rubs me the wrong way.

    • Danielle says:

      Her name is Mal Loup.
      Yeah, that's some terrible French.

    • Megan says:

      Haha. The American reporter is 100% American… They talk to her in one of the S5 Confidentials. I think her name is Valerie something. I like her. She reminds me of newscasters here, honestly. Plus I think I can spot the terrible American accents and they are not in this episode. πŸ˜‰

  11. psycicflower says:

    I think the characters and how their lives are affected by the Doctor is really the best part of this episode. I love the little details like Rose knowing where the vinegar is in Mickey's house or Jackie trying to figure out what the Doctor eats and drinks. Harriet worrying about the fact she never knew the secretaries name. The banter between the characters is great with Rose and Harriet talking behind the Doctor or Mickey and Jackie in Mickey's flat.

    Jackie is love. She really is a well done character because she's exactly like so many mothers I know.

  12. buyn says:

    On a scale of 1 to 5, the family who got to see this early gave it a 3 on scariness.
    And here's someone shooting, just for you.
    <img src=http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/Buyn/sherlockgun.gif>

  13. Kaci says:

    The Doctor doesn't use guns, Mark. Ever. He hates them. If you ever see him pick one up, that's when you know that Shit Is Going Down because the Doctor HATES guns. So no, he couldn't have just shot them in the face.

    Not that most of your review isn't completely valid, even in hindsight from someone who's seen all the new!Who episodes, but I promise you, he really, really couldn't have just shot them in the face. It's not how he rolls.

    • pica_scribit says:

      …but he can blow them up with a missle. I dunno. There's a logical disconnect there, for me.

      • thirty2flavors says:

        lol, the Doctor is nothing if not a raging hypocrite.

      • Kaci says:

        I'm not saying it's sane, I'm just saying, that's the way he rolls. But the Doctor is a HUGE hypocrite who is cocky, arrogant, and is dangerous to those around him because he turns them into weapons.

        I'm not saying it's right, the things he does. He fucks up a LOT, most of which I can't say here for fear of spoiling Mark. But whatever his reasoning, the Doctor hates guns. It may not make sense logically, but that doesn't change it being a fact.

        • Hypatia_ says:

          I always thought it had something to do with the face-to-face nature of killing someone with a gun. He has to kill sometimes, but he can't stand to do it directly, so he does clever things with missiles instead. Also probably the reason why he tends to bolt as soon as he's finished saving the day. He doesn't want to see the destruction he leaves behind.

          • In Classic Who, he has used guns without fuss. I find it more worrisome that in some episodes he has used other direct-range items to kill aliens, such as bladed things that children can access far easier than guns.

  14. kaleidoscoptics says:

    The Jackie and Mickey scenes in this are the best part, imo. I do love when they show how the Doctor's escapades affect other people.

    Other than that, yeah, this episode is one of the weakest in this season.

  15. Hypatia_ says:

    The whole thing with the Doctor and guns is sort of weird. The man does NOT like guns, he usually won't even pick one up, much less use it. Which is sort of odd considering he's willing to cause death in other ways, such as long-range missiles to the center of London.

    The Doctor is definitely manipulative, some incarnations more than others. He's being kind of a bastard here though. Just go have tea with Jackie, it can't be that bad. At the very least it might discourage her from smacking you across the face again, and it'll make Rose happy.

    I agree that this is one of the weaker episodes. Seriously though, they get better from here. Really better. Will you be doing a review tomorrow? I'm not going to be able to watch the Christmas special due to my family's insistence on watching the Muppet Christmas Carol and their general inability to appreciate Doctor Who, but a review would be the next best thing!

    • James says:

      At least Muppet Christmas Carol is awesome, I'm confident that if the Dr Who Xmas special was on at the same time as the Eastenders or Corrie ones then I wouldn't get to watch it either. Luckily it isn't so I do.

      • Hypatia_ says:

        Well, they really shouldn't all be broadcast at the same time, because then you'd have at least two thirds of the British population in a quandary about which one to watch.

    • …doesn't everyone have the Muppet Christmas Carol on video?

      • Randomcheeses says:

        Maybe they don't have it on DVD?

      • Hypatia_ says:

        Yes, but you see, no one else wants to see Doctor Who and no one would take kindly to me taking over the TV, and thus the entire living room, for an hour. It's not my house, it's my parents'. Not a problem, this is what we have various streaming TV sites for :-).

  16. Anseflans says:

    I can see why this isn't your favorite episode, Mark. It's kind of how Charlie McDonnell says it:
    "I mean sometimes the show can be brilliant: great stories, scary monsters, witty dialogue.
    When it´s good it´s the best. But, when its bad… it´s really, really really really bad." xD

    • jerseygirl93 says:

      i <3 Charlie McDonnell…… πŸ˜€

    • who cares says:

      I've said it before but Doctor Who is both the best and the worst thing on television at the same time.

      • kytten says:

        And that is what makes it fantastic. You have to love it on two different levlels- Love the best bits of it, and also love the CHEESE.

    • vermillioncity says:

      That's why it's so hard to be all, 'YOU SHOULD WATCH DOCTOR WHO' to sci-fi-liking friends, in in case they watch one cheese episode and are like 'WHAT, ARE YOU SERIOUS'. You have to see it all and take it all just as it is, and you're gonna have your own criticisms and holes to pick, but ultimately you love it for its flaws too. Sometimes, especially for its flaws…

  17. arctic_hare says:

    I was fine with the missile thing because the vinegar-induced explosion GROSSED ME THE HELL OUT. And I had just eaten a short while prior to watching. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ Thankfully it didn't put me off vinegary stuff.

    And yeah, as others have said, the Doctor hates guns. But I do agree that this arc is pretty weak. Thankfully, there's better stuff coming for you.

  18. Thennary Nak says:

    This is one of those episodes that even though I don't care much for the actually story I still love for the little character moments in it. Especially for Mickey as he really goes through a lot of character growth from his first appearance.

  19. Cleo says:

    Using a gun? On English evening main stream TV? On a family show? I'm sorry but that's not how we do things around here. Stonking great missles yes, shooting aliens with bullets and not fantastical ray guns, no.

    In all seriousness though I think shooting things with guns would get the show put on after the watershed and then how are we going to scare the kiddies properly?

    • James says:

      Nope, people get shot on stuff like Eastenders and the Bill all the time. I think it is just because Dr Who was originally conceived in the 60s as an educational show, episodes would either be science based or history based with the Doctor pretty much functioning to get the companions to places where they would then drive the plot. Obviously that went out the window when the aliens/the Doctor himself became hugely popular but they still like to promote intelligence/guile as the way to win rather than shooting stuff

      • Hypatia_ says:

        The thing is, he does everything but shoot stuff. He blows stuff up, lights stuff on fire and causes all sorts of destructive and sometimes fatal mayhem on a weekly basis. He's just pretty creative about how he does it. I don't mind his aversion to guns as a character trait, but it's kind of hard to justify logically.

    • hassibah says:

      Well the pighead-man got shot on camera and that was heavily frowned upon, so I guess that's our answer.

  20. rin says:

    It wasn't one of my favourite episodes either, Mark. Some cool moments but on the whole, I think the show can do better!

  21. Minish says:

    Russell T. Davies: King of Duex Ex Machina and Technobabble.

    I mean, I should give him credit. He does have some interesting techniques and has panned many of my favorite non-Moffat episodes. Be he's also written some of the worst.

  22. cdnstar says:

    I don't really like either half of this story arc, as I'm not a fan of the Slitheen, outside of the fact that they are from Raxacoricofallapatorius (all planets should have names like that!). I've read the comments on this post and the last one, and a lot of people seem to like them – either their shapes, eyes, characteristics – but I can't help feel that they are some of my least favourite 'aliens' I've encountered in the Who-verse. I can't remember the first time that i saw the episode, as it has been years but I don't think that I liked it any more then.

    As with the first half, I love the characterizations and advancement of Mickey and Jackie more than anything in there episodes. My favourites lines of the show are right at the end:
    The Doctor: They're just not ready. You're happy to believe in something that's invisible, but if it's staring you in the face: "Nope, can't see it." There's a scientific explanation for that. You're thick.
    Mickey: We're just idiots.
    The Doctor: Well… not all of you.
    Mickey: Yeah?

  23. Tilja says:

    Just a question for you here. Did those army guys with all the guns ever see the aliens face to face? Or did they just see the Prime Minister and other officers and then, when the aliens removed their borrowed skins, they were already locked out of range? I seem to remember that to be the case, so I don't understand your questions in this episode.

    • calimie says:

      That's right. Only one soldier saw one of them when he went to get them to evacuate.

      Besides, the Doctor was inside the cabinet at that point and three Slitheen were waiting outside, so he couldn't exactly get help from there himself.

  24. Fusionman says:

    A. SHIT WILL GET SO REAL TOMORROW
    B. Did anyone mention the fan debate over the doctor's age yesterday?
    C. I just rewatched The End Of The World and i wished that the tree lady hugged the Doctor. Why? The doctor needs ALL THE HUGS EVER.

  25. Ash says:

    The end of this episode is why I like the Doctor. He’s not perfect, he’s far from it. He saves the day but there always seems to be a price, there’s always something left behind and things are never quite the same.

  26. knut says:

    Part of why I love Doctor Who is the suspect special effects/aliens πŸ™‚ But yea, not one of my favourite episodes

  27. Megan says:

    I feel like I have to push people through these episodes when I get them to watch the show. I do not like either one of these at all an I do not like the Slitheen. I swear this show will eventually knock your socks clean off, but these are not the episodes for it. Once I got to THAT point, I remember immediately realizing that the show had gotten as good as Buffy. This… This episode was mightily ‘eh’.

  28. cswike says:

    2 things:

    1.) The CGI is admittedly awful in the first season, but it gets better.
    2.) I am SO EXCITED you are doing this omg hooray why can't it be Monday also happy Christmas

  29. syntheticjesso says:

    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5289048821_c4a3d85deb.jpg&quot; width="299" height="500" alt="Slitheen" />
    This is my Slitheen figure. His name is George Slitheen.

    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5289655572_33a465023a.jpg&quot; width="299" height="500" alt="Slitheen" />
    RAWR.

  30. Jaxx says:

    The Doctor has never carried guns around, it's kind of a peaceful warrior type thing. He hates guns, when he does use them or hold them that mean something big is gonna happen normally. Whenever he does have to kill he always gives them a chance to back down, and if they won't back down then he has to get rid of them, especially if the planet is at risk.

  31. Mauve_Avenger says:

    The only time one of the army guys saw a Slitheen unmasked was when the sergeant (I think?) ran into the PM's office to warn them about the incoming missile as everyone else was frantically running out of the building.

    And no one has mentioned the "massive weapons of destruction" that could be deployed "within 45 seconds."

    • Openattheclose says:

      Lol oh yeah, "massive weapons of destruction," I wonder why that sounds so familiar lol.

    • hassibah says:

      Oh yeah I so noticed those MWoD, it was 2005 though so that makes sense. I wondered when I was watching these if the doctor was always a pacifist back when the show was airing in the cold war days or if that was something that they were playing up with the new show.

  32. Openattheclose says:

    Btw Mark and any other new Who viewers, I'm not sure if you get BBC America (I know you have mentioned not having cable before but I wasn't sure if you have it now), but they are having an all day marathon today with a whole bunch of episodes. You couldn't watch all of them right now, I know, but if you wanted to record them for later use, it would save you from having to get them from Netflix. These episodes are formatted for commercials though, so be aware that some parts (usually the best lines, unfortunately) are cut out. Just thought I would let anyone know in case it was easier for them to get episodes from from the TV instead of other means.

  33. spectralbovine says:

    I’m not sure I enjoy the second half of this story arc nearly as much as the first.
    I feel that way about many DW two-parters, I think. The harrowing setup is usually more fun than the payoff.

    I mean, who else do we know who can plaster a dopey smile on his face while he has twelve machine guns pointed at his body? Bless the Doctor forever.
    :-}

  34. calimie says:

    Is there a spoiler thread somewhere for Who?

    I wanna squee about the new trailer for s6 (and the Christmas Special once I get around to watch it).

  35. Reddi says:

    Russell Davies has a real talent for making a supporting character- – heck, a near extra or two liner– into a 'real person'. In an amazingly short time he's got us feeling like we know and like Jackie and Mickey. While I agree his plots sometimes have holes, sometimes they are brilliant. And just about always his characters shine. RTD's Who is always about characters, and the real story is about how the characters develop and unfold.

    I loved Harriet Jones in this. How different she is from Jackie or some of the other characters we've met. RTD always writes distinct individuals.

  36. THE Nessa says:

    I'm just sitting back until you get to Ten

  37. DCJensen says:

    For three years starting with this episode, the BBC had a family with four children watch and comment on the episodes. I recommend reading these commentaries, as it's very amusing to see the reactions of the four siblings.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/fearforec

  38. trash_addict says:

    Jackie <3

  39. forthejokes says:

    While I really love Doctor Who, but the writing and plots aren't always brilliant. But I still seem to like the episodes that other people don't, especially the really silly ones. And there are some things I don't like about it, but I still keep watching.

  40. wtrbrrl says:

    This wasn't one of my favourites either but it was definitely enjoyable. I've only seen this once a few months ago so I cannot really remember details… but I'm glad that you're enjoying the series so far!

    And the Slitheen… their big goobly eyes… Is goobly a word? It is now.

  41. lunylucy says:

    After I fell in love with Series 5 of Doctor Who I decided to watch Series 1-4 but didn't want to watch all the episodes, so I asked friends for recommendations. The list of episodes I was told to watch did NOT include this two-parter, so I'm not surprised it isn't one of your favorites. Still, I'm thinking of watching all the ones I missed along with you (haven't been doing that so far, but THERE'S TIME).

  42. Mia says:

    I dunno if anyone has said this yet, and I can't read all the comments since I have to go to work, but isn't the reason the Doc did the missile thing because they didn't have enough time to run to the grocery store? I mean that call with the codes was coming any second. The aliens were waiting for it. So I kind of get that.

    But yes, the Doctor is VERY manipulative at the end of this episode. I don't much like that side of him, but it adds just another dimension to his character and for that, I won't complain.

    Also, is it just me, or does the Doctor kind of remind anyone else of Mal??? The whole the-war-really-hurt-me, morally ambiguous thing. Love it.

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