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So did you work out Bad Wolf?

So we’ve just watched the final part of Doctor Who, and it was definitely a great episode.

Daleks with the Tardis

Rather than an entire forty-five minutes of dalek mayhem it was split into four parts, with the daleks in only the first and third parts. Surprisingly the cliffhanger with Rose trapped on the dalek spaceship was resolved pretty quickly with the Doctor landing on the flight deck, and the reveal of the new style Dalek Emperor (a bit more spectacular than the 60’s version), and then the Doctor escaping back to station 5 to defend the Earth.

Old style Dalek Emperor Dalek Emperor 00s style

Then we have what seems as if it is going to be a long bit of filler with the Doctor, Rose and Jack preparing for the oncoming dalek invasion, but this gets a lot more interesting when the Doctor sticks to his promise, and sends Rose back home – tricking her knowing that she wouldn’t go willingly, so then intercut with the preparations, we get Rose back in the past.

Then the daleks invade, but with Rose still stuck in the past.

It is interesting to note at this point that Beth has never really found the daleks frightening, possibly because unlike me she didn’t watch them as a child. However she said after one particular scene in tonights episode she now finds them frightening! The scene in question involved the hundred or so civilians who were left on the station. The daleks only need to enter the station near floor five hundred, so the civilians are left out of the way down on floor zero. However part way through the action, the daleks stop their march on floor five hundred, and divert to floor zero just to exterminate the hundred unarmed civilians. Other classic moments are when one character, stuck in a room with the daleks trying to cut through the door, turns round to see three daleks float up outside the window. You don’t hear them say exterminate, just see the lights flash before the window shatters, and then she gets exterminated too. As with most dalek stories it is absolute carnage, with every human apparently killed.

Meanwhile, back in the past, Rose is trying to work out what to do, and sees Bad Wolf everywhere, and she realises that it is a message, telling her she can get back. Although she can’t fly the TARDIS, remembering where the Doctor tells her that the TARDIS is telepathic, she tries to open the TARDIS console in order to get back to help the Doctor. Ultimately she gets the console open, and the TARDIS takes off.

Back on the station, the Doctor has built a device that will destroy the daleks, but will destroy the Earth too. Surrounded by daleks, the emperor challenges him to do it, which he cannot, at which point the TARDIS appears, containing Rose, but transformed by a golden light. At this point we finally find out about Bad Wolf – it is Rose, or at least Rose with the help of the TARDIS. In a classic paradox, the Bad Wolf references through history have been scattered through time by Rose to bring her to this point, so Rose has created the Bad Wolf references in order to become the person that creates them – confusing.

Anyway, the Rose/TARDIS superbeing destroys the Daleks, but ultimately is going to die because she can’t contain the power of the time vortex she has absorbed. In a gesture of self sacrifice, the Doctor absorbs the power himself (through a kiss), and takes her into the TARDIS.

With the TARDIS in flight and Rose regaining conciousness and not remembering anything, the Doctor reveals that he can’t contain the power of the time vortex either, and explains about regeneration, preparing her for the possible changes to come. Then we get a pretty spectacular regeneration as the power of the time vortex explodes outwards, two lines and a quick smile from the new Doctor, David Tennant, and then the credits roll.

Regeneration

All in all, a great episode, and a brilliant finish. Some of the best bits were the daleks, especially the ones at the window, and a time paradox that, unlike the Star Trek efforts doesn’t annoy me!

Interestingly, I’d half guessed the Bad Wolf thing watching the documentary before the show, wondering whether it was significant that Bad Wolf is painted on the side of the TARDIS earlier in the series (particularly as that picture has been pinned on Russell T Davies wall behind his desk all the way through Doctor Who: Confidential). However I didn’t get the Rose bit until just before it happened, I kept expecting someone else to appear as Bad Wolf!

The whole regeneration was well done, and does pose the question of whether it was filmed with the main episode, in which case they knew about David Tennant when the news of Chris Eccleston leaving leaked, or was added later. Anyway, I look forward to Christmas, and then to series number two of the new run.

Building Up to the Finale

The BBC are going all out with the build up to the final episode of the current series of Doctor Who, even going so far as to suggest that fans avoid the internet so as not to be tempted by the daily teasers and clues on the www.badwolf.org.uk site!

I’m still no nearer to working out who or what Bad Wolf is, however a quick glance and the cast list for the episode on Saturday shows two names playing the Doctor, so it looks like it was always planned that David Tennant would take over at this point. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens, and how the changeover occurs.

Bad Wolf Keeps Us Guessing

As was mentioned in the beginning of a Guardian article this week, for me, like many, the new series has certainly brought back the Saturday teatime ritual of not missing Doctor Who. As a result, when I worked out that I couldn’t get home in time following the Peat family reunion we sat and watched the penultimate episode of the series with the family.

Despite being titled Bad Wolf, episode 12 still left us guessing as to the identity of the Bad Wolf, with us only having heard a voice in the trailer for next week. About half of the episode was taken up with the Doctor, Captain Jack and Rose trapped in nightmare versions of well known TV shows, Captain Jack in What Not To Wear with two killer robots, the Doctor in Big Brother where the evictees were atomised, and Rose in a game of the Weakest Link where a robotic Anne Robinson blasts the weakest link with a laser gun.

Whilst the BBC did well to secure the actual stars of the relevant quiz shows to provide voices, and even the Big Brother UK logo from Channel 4, this was still ultimately a rehash of the fairly common TV gone crazy plot that many people have done over the years. However the real purpose of those sequences was to build up to the big reveal of a fleet of Dalek ships ready to invade Earth – the Dalek ships that the Doctor has been saying that he destroyed during the last time war all series!

Certainly from the clips that were shown in the preview of the episode next week, there are lots of Daleks. Whereas the old series could never afford to show an entire Dalek army (most shows made use of at most four or five physical Daleks), it looks like with the mixture of computer graphics, and also a sizeable number of props built, you really do get to see millions of Daleks invading!

As to Big Wolf, one of the clips has the Doctor asking how the Dalek fleet survived the war, to which a voice says “they survived through me”. There is much speculation over who Big Wolf will be. The producers point blank deny that it is the Master, but the internet rumours are naming almost any of the big badies over the years. The most way out suggestion being that Bad Wolf is the Doctor himself, partly justified through the scene in the first episode where the Doctor remarks on his new face, whilst he has been seen on his own through history (i.e. before Rose has joined him). Suffice to say there is enough speculation and rumour floating around that it could be anybody.

On top of that, according to the papers this week we’re getting a spectacular US style end of season cliff-hanger, complete with pictures of the Dalek army:

Death of the Doctor Daleks Get Him

However it is worth bearing in mind at this point that the BBC have filmed a number of different endings for the series, so quite what will happen remains to be seen…

A Nice Little Character Episode

Episode 11 of Doctor Who was a definite change of pace. Although it opened with what seemed like it would be an action packed story, the Doctor captured the main enemy very early, and then the real episode unfolded. The main thrust of the episode was to consider what happens afterwards, and left the Doctor dealing with a big question of what to do with an alien who had potentially killed thousands, and would kill again if released, but was sentenced to death if he returned her to her own people. Ultimately the TARDIS solved the problem in a unique fashion, and the episode left us with a tantalising glimpse of the main event next week when the Daleks return in force.

Other interesting points were that the Doctor made mention of the “Bad Wolf” references, but then brushed them aside. However the appearance of a Bad Wolf website, and the next episode being called Bad Wolf tends to imply that there is something more on the way!