Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 13: Parting of the Ways  » TV  »
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  • What seemed like a throwaway line by the Dalek ended up becoming a plot point again as the Doctor is forced to consider the idea of wiping out the population of Earth in order to put an end to the Dalek threat once and for all
  • I hope he does as he adds an interesting dynamic
  • I greatly enjoyed the season as a whole and look forward to seeing where the show goes from here


    • by David Finniss

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      The season, as well as Eccleston’s run as the Doctor, wraps up as the Dalek’s plan to wipe out all life on Earth. As one Dalek was a formidable threat, thousands of them are a bit beyond problematic, even Rose points this out early on.

      Just as one Dalek made for an awesome episode, so too did a legion make for, perhaps, a more enjoyable episode. I was worried that this appearance would pale compared to the episode earlier in the season, that worry was unfounded as all the tension from “Dalek” is here as well.

      What seemed like a throwaway line by the Dalek ended up becoming a plot point again as the Doctor is forced to consider the idea of wiping out the population of Earth in order to put an end to the Dalek threat once and for all.

      The Daleks manage to become even creepier


      as we see that an “emperor” Dalek is responsible for the race’s resurrection and has fashioned himself as a Dalek god. Yes, a Dalek with a god complex. Keep in mind that this is a race that wants to wipe out every form of life because they view it as “inferior”.

      This brings me to another point, the Doctor says that the fact that the Daleks are freaking nuts makes them “deadlier than ever before”. They’re creepy, no doubt, but considering they’re guilty of galactic genocide, I’m not sure there’s anywhere else to go, but that’s just me.

      The episode was tense, did a great job of building suspense, and even had some emotionally poignant moments. It was sad to see Lynda get killed as I rather liked her. Who knows, maybe “Bad Wolf” brought her back too, we don’t really see that.

      Speaking of which, that ...


      • little plot point gets wrapped up as it’s revealed that Rose herself is the “bad wolf” and it was a message telling her to go back after the Doctor sends her home with no apparent way of going back to help.

        Rose looks into the heart of the TARDIS and goes into what the gamer crowd would refer to as “god mode” (which is fitting considering it may be a parallel to the Dalek “god”). She sends herself these warnings through time so that she’ll figure it out and, thus, keep the loop intact.

        Fair enough, but here’s what I don’t get. Rose lives, but because the Doctor took that energy from her and had it in his body for a few seconds before he sent it back to the TARDIS, he is forced to regenerate. The Doctor said that it would kill her, and it was clearly taking

        a toll, but why was the effect on him greater when he had it for less time? Maybe I’m just overthinking it.

        I knew it was coming, but this is the last episode featuring Eccleston. It’s sad to see him go, but I’m intrigued by Tennant. He only appears for a moment at the end of the episode, but it makes for a nice “and the adventure continues” moment.

        It’s a solid end to the season. It managed to build upon previous episodes to deliver a satisfying conclusion. I’m not sure what’s going to happen to Jack Harkness. I’m almost certain he returns at some point. I hope he does as he adds an interesting dynamic.

        So far, this show is living up to the hype. I greatly enjoyed the season as a whole and look forward to seeing where the show goes from here.




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