Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 9: The Doctor Dances
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  • While Dalek has yet to be topped as my all time favorite episode of Doctor Who, this one makes a sincere effort and definitely ranks as one of the more memorable episodes
  • Not to mention last episode where the Doctor used it to diagnose the patients (though to be fair, I think part of that was just him using it as a flashlight)


    • by David Finniss

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      Now this is more like it. With all of the plot setup out of the way, this episode manages to deliver everything you’d want in an episode of Doctor Who. All the things that were missing have come back here to deliver a very enjoyable conclusion to the two parter.

      The resolution of the cliffhanger may be seen as a bit anti-climactic, but it doesn’t come completely out of left field and you have to give the Doctor credit for it as it was a rather clever tactic.

      We learn the cause of the mysterious outbreak and, much like the Doctor figured, the vessel that Harkness used to lure them here was the cause. A bit of foreshadowing came into play as well, seeing as the source of the mess was something that Harkness had come into contact with before.

      The reveal was appropriately


      dramatic and Eccleston did a great job delivering the expository speech about what was happening.

      I do find it odd how the series, up until this point, made a big deal out of averting any potential shipping between the Doctor and Rose. It’s understandable, but this episode goes in the complete opposite direction. The scenes where Rose and the Doctor dance are charming and adorable enough, but considering the not so subtle “dance=sex” metaphor the script put to use, it pretty much adds fuel to the shipping fire.

      There were, of course, other emotional cues, such as the poignancy of Jack’s attempted sacrifice, which worked. This episode also managed to up the creepy factor. The Doctor’s aforementioned speech was plenty unnerving, but there was one scene where a typewriter started writing on its own that managed to send a few chills up my spine. It ...


      • was played rather well. Also, the witty banter that has been a staple of the show also plays a more prominent role, adding a bit of levity to the proceedings.

        While “Dalek” has yet to be topped as my all time favorite episode of Doctor Who, this one makes a sincere effort and definitely ranks as one of the more memorable episodes. It’s ironic because the last episode was kind of “meh” for me, but this one raised the bar significantly.

        The future tech also gets expanded as we see that Harkness uses more offensive sonic gadgets compared to the Doctor’s screwdriver. Speaking of which, I’m starting to call shenanigans on this thing. When it locked and unlocked doors, that was fine; when it broke or fixed machines depending on what the plot needed, I was willing to roll with that as well, but this episode

        pushes it. Not only can it molecularly destabilize a wall, but it can somehow reconnect cut pieces of barb wire. Not to mention last episode where the Doctor used it to diagnose the patients (though to be fair, I think part of that was just him using it as a flashlight). Even so, this gizmo is starting to stretch my suspension of disbelief and that’s saying something given what we’ve seen in this show already.

        My nitpicks aside, this was a highly enjoyable episode and ranks as one of my all time favorites. It’s funny, pulls on the heartstrings a little, and has great character moments. It also has a healthy dose of nightmare fuel for those who enjoy that element of the show as well. As said before, it gives you everything you’ve come to expect from the series and does it all effectively.




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