Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 12: Bad Wolf
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  • Jack seems to be faring the best as he's more than happy to try on different clothes and is even content to be shown naked on the air
  • Of course, her voice was so digitized that it was barely recognizable, but the fact that she was up for going along with it was rather cool in my opinion


    • by David Finniss

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      As the episode opens, the Doctor awakens to find himself on a reality show. Rose is both shocked and amused to find herself as a contestant on The Weakest Link and Jack is on a makeover show.

      It’s revealed that after the TARDIS crew dropped the Slitheen egg off to its homeworld, all three were taken by an extraordinarily powerful transmat beam to place them in their respective situations.

      With the three characters each in their own series, it doesn’t give much time for interaction, but it does allow more room for spoofing. The Doctor isn’t pleased to be where he is and is insistent on finding a way out. Oddly enough, his sonic screwdriver isn’t enough to open any of the doors to his complex.

      Rose


      acclimates fairly well and is willing to go along with the game, until she sees that those who are voted off get disintegrated. As it turns out, the Doctor is in a similar situation as “eviction” results in disintegration.

      Jack seems to be faring the best as he’s more than happy to try on different clothes and is even content to be shown naked on the air. It’s mostly played for laughs, but the fact that he’s able to draw a gun after being stripped qualifies as a crowning moment of awesome.

      The Doctor learns that he’s on Satellite 5, the station he visited in “The Long Game” and, despite his belief to the contrary, his actions did not set things right. On the contrary, things ...


      • seem to have only gotten worse. Even the Doctor is rather stunned as he seems to take pleasure in making things right.

        While the teaser from the previous episode spoiled the involvement of the Daleks, it was played pretty well here and their reveal is appropriately dramatic. I’m not sure where they got a whole army considering that the last one seemed to kill itself earlier in the season, but I guess that this will be explained next episode.

        On a random note, I loved the fact that they got Anne Robinson, the host of the real life Weakest Link to voice her robot counterpart. Of course, her voice was so digitized that it was barely recognizable, but the fact that she was up for going

        along with it was rather cool in my opinion.

        The whole “bad wolf” subplot seems to be coming to a head as both Rose and the Doctor start to pick up on the significance of the phrase in regards to their adventures. There’s still no explanation as to why it’s happening, but at least they are acknowledging it.

        Up next is the season finale and really, you can’t go wrong with ending on a Dalek invasion. Considering we saw how much trouble a single Dalek could cause, one has to wonder how they’re going to fend off a whole army of them. Considering this show’s track record so far, I have a feeling that it will be awesome, regardless of what the specific means are.




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