First the future…now the past.
This is Rose’s (The ‘new’ Doctors) first adventure into the past..and its a good one.
Rose: “Think about it, though. Christmas 1860. It happened once. Just once, and it’s… gone, it’s finished. It’ll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone, a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.”
The Doctor: “Not a bad life.”
Rose: “Better with two”.
Awww… I love all the cute quotes in this episode, it shows that the Doctor and Rose are getting alot closer and relaxed with each other.
Pity about getting the year wrong…and the destination Doctor…Oh well….little do they know what is store for them…
The timing couldn’t be more perfect though as a deceased Grandma rises from her coffin to roam the streets.
This doesn’t appear to phase the Undertaker at all as he exclaims “Oh no, Gwyneth we’ve got another one!!!”..and the chase to retrieve her ensues.
Using her powers Gwyn tracks her down when she “sees” she wanted to see “The Great Man” – Charles Dickens himself.
I love the character of Dickens. He seems so weary and bored at the start of this episode – just along for the ride, no motivation anymore. But later he seem him almost ‘reborn’ with a whole new perspective on the world around him.
The scene of Rose changing her clothes to suit the era is quite adorable. Seeing the Doctor’s face when she emerges all dolled up.
Rose: “Considering what??”
Doctor: “That you’re human”
I guess that’s a compliment lol. Is this where the Doctor realises he is becoming smitten by this human?
Rose is in child-like awe when she steps out into history..as would anyone after being transported from the future to the past in a strange time-travelling blue box (with a stranger).
Drama ensues when they are drawn to the commotion at the theatre caused by the ghostly Grandma – Rose is kidnapped in the commotion and the Doctor and Charles meet up to save her.
Rose goes to have a friendly girly chat with Gwyneth, who is frightened by what she sees of modern London and Rose’s Future/Past:
You’re from London. I’ve seen London in drawings, but never like that. All those people rushing about, half naked. For shame. And the noise, and the metal boxes racing past. And the birds in the sky… No, they’re metal as well. Metal birds with people in them. People are flying. And you, you’ve flown so far, further than anyone! The things you’ve seen. The darkness… The Big Bad Wolf.” (Dun dun duuuun)
Seance’s tend to freak me out alittle – the whole talking with the dead stuff. But luckily these ‘dead’ are in actual fact aliens – Gelth to be precise – a few creatures trapped in this gasesous form since the Time War wanting to possess the decomposing human bodies.
Hearing about their torment the Doctor, Rose and Gwyn open a portal betweent the worlds to let them through – the idea being to keep them there till a more permanent solution can be found…(I thought this seemed alittle too easy and everyone was being too trusting even at this stage)
BUT the truth is revealed when the creatures turn Red and are in acutally fact BILLIONs in numbers wanting the inhabit the entire human race!!
Good Ol’ Charlie to rescue!! He floods the room with gas drawing out the creatures, however Gwyn then sacrifices herself to detroy herself and the Gelth for good..saving the world.
This whole adventure seems to bring new life to Dickens:
“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy” – Charles Dickens quoting Shakespeare (classic!)
and also brings the Doctor and Rose closer ❤