Rose is such a flirt! First, she meddles with our Doctor, then she brings along Adam for the ride, and now, she is swooning in Captain Jack Sparrow’s arms! Then again, she is still pretty young and hormonal, so perhaps we can forgive her. The Doctor has had his fair share of companions, but not all at the same time. It is unfair for Rose to keep tugging Mickey and the Doctor along, all while entertaining other men. After all, Mickey is her boyfriend, even if she ‘is very available’.

Jack is a rather captivating character because his finesse and suave moves are at par with the Doctor’s, and he’s a good dancer. Unlike Adam and Mickey, he is a time traveler and he seems to know just as much about aliens and future events as the Doctor. He too can offer Rose a world of adventure and travel. He is not a Time Lord, so he is probably mortal and thus more suitable for Rose. Should Jack remain with Rose and the Doctor, he would be a serious contender for the position of Rose’s Number One Man. The episode did not elaborate on what exactly a Time Agent is, and neither does the Doctor, so this made Jack even more intriguing.

Which Rose/Jack couple did it better?

This episode was funny because of all the romantic tension and not-so-family-friendly-jokes, but it also happened to be the most frightening episode so far in Series 1. The most horrifyingly fascinating moments were when Jamie would cry out in his petulant voices, asking for his mummy. One of the prevalent themes in horror movies is the twisting of childhood innocence into something dark and ugly. Limping dolls, mad clowns, eerily-chanted nursery rhymes, and possessed children make for great camp-side stories. The audience associates these things with the familiar and comforting, which makes it more terrifying when they become warped and dangerous. Jamie was even more dehumanized because he had a mask attached to his face.

Having the story set during the bombing of London made it more eerie because of that period was already fraught with tension and fear for the British. Also, the historical setting contrasted heavily with Jamie’s strange control of the typewriter and the telephone — his powers seemed quite supernatural since, at the time, no technology existed that could do that.

The kind of infection being spread in the story was a brilliant concept, because plagues and infections involve disease and illness. The word ‘plague’ brings to mind rotting corpses and painful wounds. Instead, the victim’s entire body was mutated into something quite alien through some bizarre real-life photocopying process. To thoroughly lose your identity, up to the DNA level, is rather terrifying. The episode ended on a perfect cliffhanger – grown adults crying out for their mummies and reaching out to infect the trio, while Nancy faces a similar dilemma. I found myself sacrificing a good night’s sleep to watch the continuation!

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