Déjà vu. Whenever I think of “Doomsday”, I think of the phrase déjà vu or imagine Russel T. Davies scream in the set “I want a bigger, better and bolder finish people!” This last episode is almost the same as “Parting of the Ways” that its title can be changed to “Parting of the Ways II”. First, the episode ends with the Doctor permanently separated from his last two companions, Rose and Mickey. But given the history of “Doctor Who” regarding the idea of finality, I’m open to the chance that Rose will somehow come back in the same manner that Mickey used the void to travel across two universes. Second, the Doctor pulls another “Emergency Programme One” by putting the “dimension jumping device” on her neck while Pete instantly presses it; initiating their space travel. But with a bolder, more stubborn and in-love Rose Tyler, she returns to the Doctor. She stuck by her choice to stay with the Doctor forever, a decision she made long ago. Third, Rose returns to the Doctor because she wants to have a life with him. Much similar to “Parting of the Ways”, she chooses the Doctor over her family regardless of the threats her decision posed on her life. Fourth, references to Rose as the Bad Wolf were made. When Rose was ordered by the Dalek to imprint her hand on the Genesis Ark, she distracts them by recounting the story of how she turned the Emperor of the Daleks into dust. Fifth, Rose was held hostage by the Daleks where she waited for the Doctor to save her. Sixth, references about the Doctor as “The Oncoming Storm” were made. After the unforgettable conversation between the Cybermen and the Dalek, every fan’s dream, Dalek Jast registered the Doctor as an enemy but failed to put a name to the face due to the regenerations. After Rose told him that he was the Doctor, the four Daleks fell silent. She taunts them further by saying “Five million Cybermen – easy. One Doctor? Now you’re scared”.

But like I said, Russel T. Davies must have wanted it to be bigger, better and bolder. In my opinion, he succeeded. Since “The Girl in the Fireplace”, the imminent separation between the seemingly inseparable pair has been palpable. Rose was first left to be on her own when the Doctor travelled through time for a girl he instantly fell in love with. In the “Impossible Planet”, Rose was left to kill the mind of the Beast by sacrificing Toby and putting their life in danger. In “Fear Her”, Rose was left to fix the spaceship and help Chloe and her mom defeat the monster in their lives. The give away though to the series’ ending was her line in “Fear Her”, “You know what; they keep on trying to split us up; but they never ever will”. The Doctor’s response was all the more telling, “Never say never ever”.

As much as I hated to see series 2 end this way, I’ve come to terms that in “Doctor Who”, “Everything has its time and everything dies” (Series 1, “The End of the World”). Although given the narrative structure of the show, Rose might just come back since Mickey was able to use the void as a bridge to travel from one universe to the next. In the same way, I feel that the Doctor and Torchwood have unfinished business with each other. The repetitive references in almost every episode only show that their paths will cross yet again. By that time, the tension between the Doctor and Torchwood would have strengthened since Torchwood gave a hand in Rose’s “death’. Its adherence to the fact that all must end is a reminder that “Doctor Who” is a signifying fact that brings its own take on reality.

In the same manner, I do think that the Time War will never truly end. Putting an end to it means that either the Doctor or the Daleks will cease to exist; costing the show a rivalry distinctive of “Doctor Who”. Much like “Bad Wolf” and “Parting of the Ways”, the Daleks returned. Four Daleks from the Cult of Skaro—a secret organization of their race that deals with creating and strengthening their military strategies—came through the sphere. I can’t say that it took me by surprise as compared to “Bad Wolf” because the Doctor and the Daleks were made to hate each other. Without the iconic pepperpot enemy, the Doctor is left with passer-by alien races that can hardly make the Doctor cringe.
Rose’s rescue in “Parting of the Ways” saved the Doctor from turning into a murderer with the false belief that he was about to “save” mankind. In “Doomsday”, the Doctor was able to trap all of the Daleks and Cybermen into the void except the four Daleks who initiated an emergency temporal shift. This may have rendered his heartbreaking separation with Rose to waste because the Daleks will be back and we won’t have it any other way. The Daleks need to live in order for the Doctor to remain the Doctor. Hence, the Time War will never end; proving its extra-dimensions as it’s always “bigger than the outside”.

Likewise, Rose argues with Jackie to travel to the parallel universe where she’ll be safe while she stays with the Doctor. She tells Jackie “…all the things I’ve seen him do for me. For you. For the whole…stupid planet and every planet out there. He does it alone, mum. But not anymore. ‘Cos now he’s got me” (Series 2, “Doomsday”). As touching as this was, I can’t help but think, “I bet the Time Lords are somewhere relaxing in another planet or picking up a new companion to travel with”. As I’ve written in my blogs before, the Doctor can’t be the last one if the race of every enemy it had survived. They might be in some dimension introducing themselves as the “last of the Time Lords” as well. They might just be as lonely as he is as they think they’re left with nothing but the TARDIS, memories of the past and regrets for what could have been. Russel T. Davies just needs the proper opening to build up to that reunion. I hope he makes it absolutely ridiculous by making them simultaneously introduce themselves as “the last of the Time Lords” because the regenerations made it impossible to recognize each other. To see the Doctor’s baffled reaction as he continually says “What” would be priceless, definitely one for the books.

Moreover, the episode was bigger than series’ 1 ending because it combined two universes into one television screen. It was a reunion of sorts as characters hopped from one universe to the other without taking into account the consequences and danger of time and space travel. It also left my mouth hanging open when Jake almost instantly teleported the Doctor in the parallel universe and Pete Tyler almost trapped him in it. This left Rose to defend herself while the Doctor was stuck in an alternate world. Although I doubted that it would go so far as to leave Rose to be the hero as she has been in the previous episodes since it is the last episode for series 2. Moreover, it combined the Cybermen and Daleks into one screen. Their first conversation is a definite highlight of the episode. I love how ridiculous the only two enemies that cause the same haunted look from the Doctor sounded. Their witty banter makes me laugh every time I re-watch that scene. I absolutely love how it caters to both fans and non-fans. Fans like me find it funny because it remains faithful to the characteristics of both the Daleks and the Cybermen yet the silliness of their conversation appeals to the non-fans as well.

    Dalek Thay: Identify yourselves
    Cybermen: You will identify first.
    Dalek Thay: State your identity.
    Cybermen: You will identify first.
    Dalek Thay: Identify!…Daleks do not take orders.
    Cybermen: You have identified as Daleks.
    Dalek Sek: Outline resembles the INFERIOR species known as ‘Cybermen’…
    Cybermen: Our species our [are] similar, though your design is inelegant.
    Dalek Thay: Daleks have no concept of elegance.

Moreover, the episode portrays Rose’ complete character development. Previous episodes have showed Rose Tyler growing more and more accustomed to the life of a Time Lord. Her love for the Doctor made it easier for her to trade a life of domesticity with her family and friends with a life “on the road” with the Doctor. In the process, she embodied the Doctor more and more that her own mother no longer recognized her in “Army of Ghosts”. Much like the Doctor, Rose talks her way out of “sticky situations”. When the Daleks came out of the sphere, she posed herself as a threat by showing that a human being knows important information about the Daleks. When the Daleks demand that she imprint her hand on the Genesis Ark, she taunts them again by recounting the story of how she killed their Emperor. When the lever begins to shift to the off-line position, Rose struggles to keep it upright; almost causing her imprisonment in the void. Despite the consequences, Rose took the stand that no one, except the Doctor, was brave enough to do because it’s the life that the Doctor showed her. Unfortunately, heroes had to pay a price for shouldering the burden.

The tenth and Rose’s final moments together were heartbreaking. The look that the Doctor gave Rose while she desperately tried to grip onto the lever was depressing. You can see the panic and anguish that he felt. While I was watching it, I had to stop myself from holding onto the chair, hoping that it would somehow save Rose. In their last conversation, I felt the anguish they felt with the finality of the events around them. But I felt cheated when Rose confessed her feelings but the Doctor fell short of time. Although when I think about it, this made the ending more dramatic; emphasizing the tragedy of their stories. I wish there were a few more episodes with Rose though because I quite enjoyed the relationship that the two had especially since “Doomsday” seemed to be the culmination of his relationship with Rose where the Doctor subconsciously took the slow path.

Rose’s character developed in this manner because the Doctor had faith in her. She was able to make the decisions that she had because the Doctor knew she can be the “Defender of the Earth”. In the same manner, Rose had faith in the Doctor so she never left him. The resolution of the episode used the changing power of believing in the other to develop its theme of faith. Pete Tyler had faith that the Doctor could seal the breach so the Doctor agreed even if he had to face millions of Daleks and billions of Cybermen. Pete also had faith in his family so he risked his life to save Rose. Jackie had faith in the Doctor so she entrusted him with Rose’s life as well as her own. Even if they lived in different worlds, facts remain as facts. Pete remains to be a father and a husband thus proving that love can transcend time and space. Its effect is universal.

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