This episode is undoubtedly stronger than the series’ pilot. A possible reason could be its multifaceted characteristic, one that I did not expect a light-hearted science-fiction show would embark on. Not only does it integrate science-fiction elements for the audience’s entertainment, it repackages tidbits of our reality to critique society.

We see how television shows are receivers of social influences as the episode dives into the issue of politics, a point of both interest and conflict in any time or space. We see hw Cassandra O’Brien Dot Delta’s devious plan was triggered by one corrupting trait – lust for money. Casting the wealthy such as the last human as the greedy villain seems to be a necessary choice in order for “The End of the World” to mirror society. She used the Adherents of the Repeated Meme to stage the hostage. Afterwards, she made her escape and left the others to die in order to fun her 709th operation using the victims’ corporate holdings. Although it was set five billion years into the future, people, be it human or alien, still can never satiate their desire for money.

Beyond this dismal message, I found that the episode introduced human aspects to an otherwise alien-centered storyline. In a conversation Rose had with the Doctor, realizing that her mom, at that moment has been dead for billions of years, rendered her speechless. Doing this packaged death as an inevitable reality. In Rose’s eyes, her mom is dead and she can’t do anything about it. Likewise, this scene has the same effect on us as Rose is our point of view character. She is our link to the series. In addition, “The End of the World” implicitly addresses an end of the world familiar to Rose Tyler. The scene where the the Doctor says “Everything has it’s time, and everything has to die”, meant that Rose was really leaving her world. She was leaving the familiar and diving straight into the Doctor’s world. Her brief moments of gallivanting was about to end as reality sank in. She realizes her irrationality which I think shows that even the impulsive have their limitations.

“Doctor Who” also noticeably established the viewer’s stability towards its characters through several ways. In the two episodes, I was already growing familiar with Rose and the Doctor. I began to expect ridiculous lines from the Doctor such as “I bring you air from my lungs”. I find this line to be quite perfect for the series as it used humor to juxtapose the truth behind two different realities – our reality vs the “Whoniverse”. In the “Whoniverse”, the Doctor’s gift was contextually logical. In our reality, his gift was ridiculously strange. These realities were yet again compared when “Tainted Love” was played as “classic music” from a jukebox which they referred to as an “Ipod”. The familiarity juxtaposed to the alien’s amusement to the poorly categorized objects revealed differences in their behavior. Second, I was growing familiar wwith the series’ storyline—Rose and the Doctor visit a year that coincidentally is endangered by supernatural beings. This episode, for example, takes place during the end of the world where the last human plans to murder all of the guests. Third, I began noticing how the series takes advantage of the familiar and adds its own twist to it. Here, “The End of the World” uses our familiarity with the apocalypse as our background for the setting while it repackages it as a festivity – an attraction that the wealthy aliens used for entertainment. This approach reduces the gravity of the issue. runs parallel to the Doctor’s remark on human behavior. Humans are too anxious of the end that they forget the possibility of survival – an undeniably human truth.

But novelty is just as important as familiarity in entertaining its viewers. Hence, television shows only limit their characters with the extent of the writer’s imagination. The setting in itself exemplifies novelty in its purest form. The futuristic setting meant that drastic changes have occurred thus requiring the elements of fiction to evolve with it. In this episode, I noticed how the last human was quite disturbingly reduced to nothing but skin, blood, lips and eyes. It would be quite scary if this were to become a reality (even if this situation would occur a million years from today).

However, good television fuses familiarity with novelty, an approach used in their efforts of making an alternate universe relevant to its viewers. The setting in itself solely exemplifies novelty. To balance this with familiarity, we see aliens, species unknown to us, display familiar traits and emotions. For example, Cassandra exemplified greed and vanity while the Doctor and Rose exemplified valor in the face of adversity. Doing so makes other beliefs applicable even to aliens. In the scene where Jabe of the Forest of Cheem discretely scanned the Doctor, her behavior gave me the impression that she was a villain’s. But an interesting twist of events proved her character to be compassionate and courageous rather than cynical.

Interesting enough, it’s in this fusion that I learned more of the Doctor’s identity. In Jabe’s statement, “It’s remarkable you survived…I’m sorry” indicates that he suffered a great lost. Tackling the issue of loneliness and companionship ironically adds humanity to a non-human. This makes him relatable to the viewers and sustains the show’s familiarity. Likewise, this feeling of emptiness might explain how saving people in distress had become his nature. But this doesn’t overshadow the fact that Doctor is as an alien. He is well acquainted with the participants of the event and remains oblivious to details that may cause human dilemma such as Rose missing home.

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