Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 3/30/15 11:01 pm
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The second part of New Who's First two parter wasn't quite as good as Aliens of London, but still has a lot to offer.
On the bright side, the effects continue to be good. The Slitheen unmasked and decoupled from their human disguise do look terrifying as they move.
Mickey really shows there's more to him than the somewhat cowardly bumbler we saw in "Rose" with him willing to risk his life to save Jackie Tyler. Camille Coduri turns in a good performance as the Tyler family continues to feel real. She's flawed but she's still a mom who really loves and fears for her daughter.
Harriet Jones is a great as we see her spunk and courage in the face of this great danger. Under fire, she takes charge.
For the Ninth Doctor, this episode showcases the emotional vulnerability of the character. He faces the possibility of losing Rose and struggles with the fact that no he can't promise Jackie to keep Rose save.
On the negative side, the frantiic pace of the opening 5-10 minutes seemed almost like a bad comedy sketch until it calmed down to a more reasonable pace and the way that our heroes escaped the triple cliffhanger of the previous episode was simply absurd.
The oddest decision about this story is that Russell T. Davies seriously tried to work in serious social commentary about the Iraq War which is part of the story's bigger tonal problem.
The Doctor can be seen as a bit controlling with his demand that Rose leave quickly and have to choose between tea with her mom and travelling the TARDIS. I tend to look at it as the outworking of the Ninth Doctor's uncertainty about whether Rose would want to travel as well as giving her an easy out.
Still, this has some nice character moments and a few exciting twists in the adventure. Overall, the story stands up nicely after a decade.