Well. This was a lot more potent than last week's episode. And what a climax! This episode showed, perhaps more than any other, the extent to which this incarnation of Doctor Who
is more Rose's story than the Doctor's. Nothing drives that home like out-and-out apotheosis. The Emperor Dalek may have had delusions of godhood, but Rose essentially became Time itself, with the omniscience and omnipotence of a god.
And let me tell ya, she was pretty hot that way. I love powerful women. Great eerie-sublime performance by Piper there.
The climax of the Doctor-Dalek face-off here reminded me of "Genesis of the Daleks" -- the Doctor is prepared to commit mass murder for the good of the universe, but can't go through with it. Except that this time it's the population of Earth at stake, not just the Daleks. This Doctor wouldn't have hesitated to exterminate every last Dalek.
But the weakness of this episode was how casually it treated the mass devastation of the Earth, the bombarding of whole continents being treated as a throwaway thing. I have to wonder, if Vortex-Rose has the power to restore life, why did she only restore Captain Jack, and not Lynda or all the other people on the station, let alone the countless millions killed down on Earth?
Anyway, it's a shame Eccleston only had one season, but at least he got a good sendoff. His holographic message to Rose was a good farewell, and so was his pre-regeneration scene. Great last words. "You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!" And so they were.
bobdylanite, on Jun 9 2006, 10:19 PM, said:
I'm still not exactly clear on the whole Bad Wolf thing... Was that the Tardis doing that somehow? Or Rose? And why that particular phrase? Oh well... Still a great episode!
Probably it was the founders of the Badwolf Corporation, the folks in charge of the satellite, who chose that name for whatever reason. Rose, infused with the power of the time vortex, took that name and "seeded" it throughout history, everywhere she and the Doctor travelled, as a trail of breadcrumbs, so that she'd eventually notice the phrase and be able to put it together, to realize that she had a way of getting back to that point, to the Badwolf-owned satellite where the Doctor needed her. It was a trigger her future, vortex-infused self provided in order to guide her past self to the point where she'd open the heart of the TARDIS, absorb the vortex, and complete the circle. It was literally a self-fulfilling prophecy, and a self-generating one as well.
LORD of the SWORD, on Jun 9 2006, 10:24 PM, said:
Well something like that would put a slight delay. But if they regenerate upon dying....wouldn't they have simply regenerated in space? Granted they probably would die, repeatedly, in the vacuum of space...til they were picked up.
Or am I missing something?
A couple of key things. One is that regeneration isn't all-powerful or infallible. A Time Lord can regenerate from near-death, but not from absolutely anything. Something severe enough to cause instant death would probably be unsurvivable. A Time Lord probably couldn't regenerate from getting his head blown off, say. Also, it's been shown that regeneration isn't always a sure bet -- a Time Lord is fragile after it happens, and can be in danger of having the regeneration fail, perhaps terminally, if it doesn't go quite right.
(Also, if we're talking about a planet being destroyed, why are you assuming any Time Lords would be able to survive such a cataclysm intact? They'd probably all be completely vaporized.)
Also there's the simple fact that Time Lords only get a dozen regenerations. Even if that "die repeatedly in vacuum" scenario could happen, they'd have to get picked up pretty quickly before they ran out of lives.