Despite the drama, this episode was particularly funny. Thank God for the laughable Doctor Who villains:

Dalek Thay: Identify yourself!
Cybermen: You will identify first!
Dalek Thay: State you identity!
Cybermen: You will identify first!
Dalek Thay: IDENTIFY!
Mickey Smith: It’s like Stephen Hawking meets the speaking clock.
Cybermen: That is inconsistent and illogical. You will modify!
Dalek Thay: Daleks do not take orders.
Cybermen: You have identified as Daleks.
Dalek Sec: Outline resembles the inferior species known as Cybermen!

Amidst screams of delete from the Cybermen and exterminate from answering Daleks, Doomsday was a heavily dramatic episode, featuring the end of the Doctor and Rose’s relationship. The first time I saw this final episode, I very nearly cried – the ending was brutally efficient, at least for me, highlighting the fact that the Doctor and Rose can never be together:

The fact that there were two massively popular villains in this episode, it felt a little overdone and overwhelming. The human race was caught between two tyrannical and hugely domineering aliens fighting for supremacy – the Cybermen on a local, less universal scale, while the Daleks seek to occupy the entire cosmos, the entire universe. To some extent, I felt like the two villains could have reached a compromise.

Juxtaposing the Daleks against the Cybermen, I realized that I was more a fan of the Daleks than most other Doctor Who villains. I think they’re more effective killers and their suits or armor are obviously impenetrable.

Aside from the intergalactic war, the episode balanced these elements against the obvious domestic drama between Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler, and their daughter, Rose. I thought the encounter between “Jacks” and “Pete” was particularly well engineered and I was very satisfied with the happy ending they found together. Rose, also, will have a better life, it seems, with her new family in the other world, complete with a relatively more mature boyfriend in Mickey Smith. In the end, that’s what the Doctor did for her: he showed her a better world so that she can live her life better.

It’s true that it didn’t matter where they went or what they saw, the important thing was the traveling, the getting there, and learning about oneself in a way that Rose, Mickey, Jackie, and Pete did. Because this is a science fiction narrative – or, that’s what it identifies as – there are elements of the surreal and the impossible, but in the end, I think it’s a purely human concept that brings us back to the self and its ultimate relationship with Others around it.

The Doctor, I think, represents a pure Other – the pinnacle of what the human being wants to achieve, as encapsulated by his traveling, his wandering, his advanced and highly proficient intellect, his cleverness, and his technology, and his understanding of what technology is for. However, he is Other because the Doctor is exactly what we cannot achieve. Ever.

I’m going to miss Rose – but I’m going to miss how the Doctor was happy with her, more.

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