This episode shows us a totally twisted and different purpose of television. In this episode, television is used to kill people, and inflict fear on those watching it. Here we still see it as a cultural form, but for entertainment purposes, but for, if you may, a culture of death. The society that is reflected through these reality shows (as television, especially reality shows are supposed to do) is a society run by robots, and where humans are reduced to these reality shows. The TV shows are familiar to us, such as Big Brother, The Weakest Link and What Not to Wear are reality shows that are so real that it is used as a venue to kill humans.

The episode shows what happens after “The Long Game.” Although the Doctor resolved the problem in “The Long Game,” something went terribly wrong, as shown in this episode. This makes us wonder about every other episode, and every other thing the Doctor did. Did he really help in those situations? Or did things go wrong too, like what happened here?

It is interesting to see that television is what served as evidence to what the human race had become. Not only was television used to kill people, but reality television seemed to be what was left of it. These shows are what many would look at as garbage. This reflects that the human race was not as great and advanced as the Doctor had hoped it would be. Something had gone terribly wrong.

I didn’t realize that “Bad Wolf” appeared so much throughout the series. I remember seeing it spray painted on the TARDIS, and wondered about it for awhile, but then completely forgot about it. With the “Bad Wolf” somewhat tying up the entire season, I have to wonder, are the Daleks behind everything that happened throughout the season?

Leave it to the Daleks to create the shock and terror factor. They have proved to be the Doctor’s ultimate and most difficult enemy, and seeing how the one Dalek affected the Doctor in the “Dalek” episode, we, too, fear his fate in this episode. Once again, as I said in my previous entry, although the Doctor Who episodes are stand-alone, in the sense that the Doctor travels through time with Rose, solves a mystery, then moves on. But something like the recurring appearance of the words “Bad Wolf,” and the appearance of the Daleks would not strike a first time viewer the same way it would, say, me, who has been watching the episodes in the linear manner that we have been in class. They wouldn’t have the same “Aha!” moment and flashbacks, upon seeing the words “Bad Wolf,” or would not be as afraid to see the Daleks as I was. Although the episodes are not continuous, the way it would be if we cut a movie into 12 parts, the episodes were like puzzle pieces, and an audience watching the entire season in a linear manner would be able to put the pieces together and clue in on what is going on. This enables the viewer to form a somewhat bond with the show.

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