Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 11: Boom Town
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  • The funny moments are hilarious, the character moments are pulled off rather well and there is even a somewhat epic climax as the rift begins to open, tearing the world asunder
  • I have no doubt that Tennant will do quite well, but Eccleston is so fun to watch, but I suppose that comes with the territory when watching Doctor Who


    • by David Finniss

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      I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing the Slitheen again as their first appearance didn’t really blow me away. Surprisingly enough, this episode was much improved. We learn that one of the Slitheen from “Aliens of London” and “World War Three” managed to teleport to safety at the last second. She has resumed her human life as a politician and has put forth a plan to build a nuclear reactor.

      The Doctor and company return to recharge the TARDIS using energy from the rift that they closed back in “The Unquiet Dead”. As you can tell, the episode has quite a few callbacks. For the first time this season, the whole “bad wolf” theme gets mentioned. Rose brings it up and it looks like they’re going for a dark ominous


      revelation, but the Doctor cheerfully writes it off, saying that it’s probably a coincidence.

      Where this episode really succeeds is in its comedic aspects. Whether it’s Rose, the Doctor, Jack, and Mickey snarking at one another or seeing the Slitheen constantly attempt to escape only to utterly fail due to the Doctor’s interference, this episode brings the most laughs out of any episode thus far.

      That’s not to say that the episode doesn’t have its fair share of drama as well. The Slitheen actually does manage to become a sympathetic character. While she’s still menacing as a villain (mostly because she remains in “disguise” for a majority of the episode), it’s easy to feel sorry for her and the situation she finds herself in. There’s a noticeable growth and she has ...


      • a sort of story arc that lends weight to the lighthearted proceedings.

        Mickey also gets some time to shine as we see that he’s become frustrated with Rose constantly leaving him with no mention of where she is. On the one hand, it is rather easy to write his complaints off as him being a whiny snit, but he does have something of a point. She still has that “supercharged” phone doesn’t she? You’d think that she would at least try to keep in touch. It’s a moot point now, but that thought did occur to me.

        Even though Jack has just joined the crew, he seems to be a better fit than Adam was. He is even familiar with the Slitheen, avoiding the need to fill him in. Though, this does

        allow him to give a brief summary of who the Slitheen are for people who are jumping in mid season and need some background info.

        This episode manages to provide a healthy emotional balance, but it pulls them all off rather well. The funny moments are hilarious, the character moments are pulled off rather well and there is even a somewhat epic climax as the rift begins to open, tearing the world asunder.

        Even though there are still two episodes left in this season, I’m still sad to see Eccleston leave the role. I have no doubt that Tennant will do quite well, but Eccleston is so fun to watch, but I suppose that comes with the territory when watching Doctor Who. The next episode involves the Daleks so that should be some good watching.




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