Why do the creepiest storylines always have to involve either clowns or children? I am certain that I am not the only one who got absolutely freaked out by the fact that in this episode, the “enemy” was a lonely, little girl named Chloe Webber who had this power of drawing real people and keeping them trapped in her sketches. “Fear Her” indeed.

The story is set on the opening day of the 2012 Olympics in London. While this seems like a major aspect of the episode, it is not exactly the focus of “Fear Her” – although it would prove to be significant towards the end. As mentioned earlier, the episode is about Chloe Webber. We soon find out that her special ability comes from the extra-terrestrial entity called Isolus which possesses her. Like Chloe, Isolus finds itself lonely because it was separated from its billions of family members when its pod crashed into Earth. Because of this, Isolus wants to recreate his family members through Chloe’s drawings. Initial target: The thousands of attendees in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. But they are not enough. Isolus wants billions of family members to keep him company. Next target: The world.

Aside from this, another problem that arises is the fact that the Doctor becomes one of the victims of Chloe’s sketches. Because of this unfortunate development, the fate of the entire world, therefore, rests on Rose’s human hands. With a little help from the Doctor, Rose understands that in order to send Isolus’ pod back to space, she needs to offer it not just heat alone but one with a warm, caring quality to it – whatever that means. Rose, then, has this light bulb moment as she figures out that the only way to do this is by throwing the pod towards the Olympic Torch, otherwise known as “The Beacon of Love”. I admit that I for one cringed at this rather tacky solution. This, in my opinion, is probably one of the silliest Doctor Who resolutions to date. But it did get a few laughs here and there.

What I liked about “Fear Her” is that it once again places the spotlight on Rose Tyler. Come to think of it, it has been a very long time since Rose saved the day. (If I am not mistaken, the last time she did was during “The Parting of the Ways” where the Bad Wolf spirit worked through her to defeat the army of Daleks.) I mean, she has always put a valiant effort and has provided significant contributions, but usually, she was just really dependent on the Doctor. In the end, it was always the Doctor who figured things out and executed them accordingly. This was a shining moment for her, and I am glad she was able to pull through. It is definitely always nice to see such a strong character like Rose Tyler be portrayed as a hero more than a damsel in distress.

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