Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 13: Army of Ghosts
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  • I kind of wish that the teaser from the previous episode didn't spoil the involvement of the Cybermen
  • On the other side of the coin, seeing the military go from holding the Doctor at gunpoint to suddenly giving him a round of applause was funny just for the 180 that it pulled


    • by David Finniss

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      So begins the finale of the second season. Like pretty much every two parter in the show so far, this one is pretty much all build up. It’s well done build up, but build up none the less.

      The Doctor and Rose return home so that Rose can see her mother. All seems well until Jackie says that her father is coming to visit. As Rose’s grandfather has been dead for years, this clearly isn’t possible. Sure enough, a ghostly form appears, and while it’s a silhouette, Jackie swears its him.

      As it turns out, this has been going on all over the world and has been going on for several months.

      Their investigation leads them to Torchwood, an institute dedicated to finding alien tech and using it for


      themselves. This could’ve been a cool reveal, had it not been spoiled already by previous episodes. As I mentioned before, the writers pretty much told us what Torchwood was from the get go, so it doesn’t come off as impressive.

      I kind of wish that the teaser from the previous episode didn’t spoil the involvement of the Cybermen. On the one hand, it makes for a great hype builder, but on the other hand, they could’ve misled the audience by focusing on the ghosts, allowing the reveal to be that much more effective.

      Once I saw the Torchwood employees wearing bluetooth devices, I knew that they were going to come into play, and sure enough, they did. It was a nice callback and is consistent with their MO in

      “Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel”.

      It was good to see Mickey again, it adds another layer to the fact that this episode is a follow up to the aforementioned two parter. It even works in story as he has now dedicated his life to fighting these things.

      Speaking of Cybermen, while their reveal was a tad lackluster, the big reveal at the end: that all of the ghosts that have been seen across the world are all Cybermen is pulled off perfectly. Seeing those shots of the ghosts materializing into Cybermen across the globe is horrifying. The fact that this is followed by the Doctor countering the claim that this is an invasion by declaring it a victory doesn’t help matters.

      Of course, this reveal is upstaged by a ...


      • Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 13: Army of Ghosts
      later reveal, that being what’s inside the void sphere. Spoiler alert: it’s Daleks. I’m rather torn on this to be honest. They were the villains during the last season finale, so it would’ve been nice to give another iconic Who villain the spotlight this time around, and I still feel like this is all small potatoes considering the Doctor beat freaking Satan, but once the Daleks emerged and started screaming “Exterminate”, I felt all giddy inside and forgot all about those nitpicks. There’s just something about them that makes any episode they’re in better.

      I’m a huge fan of Ghostbusters, but that reference was awful. Seriously, really, really bad work on that part. On the other side of the coin, seeing the military go from holding the

      Doctor at gunpoint to suddenly giving him a round of applause was funny just for the 180 that it pulled.

      It’s odd, before I started watching the show, I read that the role of the companion was to act as a human influence on the Doctor. Yet, here the influence seems to be the opposite. Even Jackie points out that Rose’s lifestyle won’t amount to anything in the end, pointing out that she won’t even be Rose anymore. There’s no follow up here, but it might come up again in the next episode.

      The episode started off a bit slow, but the last ten minutes more than make up for it. With all of the exposition out of the way, I look forward to the conclusion to see how this season wraps up.




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