Doctor Who, Series 1.4-5: “Aliens of London” and “World War Three”


So, the Doctor meant to bring Rose back to 12 hours after he took her, but it’s been 12 months. Rose’s mother, Jackie, and her boyfriend Mickey Smith have been frantically searching for Rose for a year, when it’s been only a few hours for Rose. This is not the first time that the TARDIS has been off. It always seems that it takes the Doctor to a place near to where he aimed, always redirected to a place where he is needed.

In a memorable scene, after they have returned, the Doctor and Rose are sitting on the roof of her apartment building when an alien ship soars overhead, strikes Big Ben, and crashes into the Thames. This sparks a first contact situation, as they also find a body inside the craft. A great conspiracy develops, as the crash may or may not be planted as a distraction for an invasion. This is led by the Slitheen, a family of gassy aliens (not made of gas like the Gelth, but large aliens compressed into the smaller bodies of humans for disguise)from Raxacoricofallapatorius. While there is a reason for the  excessive flatulence–the compression process has a bad side effect: poor gas exchange. This leads to a lot of farting. It gets a bit annoying and is certainly off-putting. However, the story overshadows it.

This marks the first appearance of Harriet Jones, an MP. Mickey, who I really did not like at first due to his buffoonery, does step up in this episode. I grew to love him throughout the series, albeit belatedly, so I’m now watching it with an eye toward redeeming Mickey. Also, the Bad Wolf motif has continued in the form of a boy spray-painted on the side of the TARDIS. At this point in the show, the significance of the term is not clear, but its presence is becoming more apparent.

Guest appearance by Naoko Mori (who played Toshiko Sato on Torchwood).

Favorite Quotes:

“900 years of time and space and I’ve never been slapped by someone’s mother.”

“Every conversation with you just goes mental. And there’s no-one else I can talk to. I’ve seen all that stuff up there, the size of it, and I can’t say a word. Aliens and spaceships and things… and I’m the only person on planet Earth that knows they exist.”
[As she says this, a spaceship soars overhead, hitting Big Ben and crash landing in the Thames]

“Excuse me, do you mind not farting while I’m saving the world?”

“It’s, uh, just a bit human in there for me. History just happened; they’re talking about where you can buy dodgy top-up cards for half price. I’m off on a wander, that’s all.”

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