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1.12 - Bad Wolf

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 12/7/18 12:39 pm
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Interesting first part of the two part season finale. The Doctor, Rose and Jack find themselves transported into distant future game shows being made aboard Satellite 5 which is 100 years further into the future than the previous time The Doctor and Rose visited.

My first complaint about this episode is that as well as Satellite 5 continuing to not hugely convince or impress as such a distant future situation, the game shows are even less convincing as they are all versions of popular game shows of 2005. As I write this we are just 13 years down the line and all 3 of those shows no longer exist. It was fun to use popular hits of the day but even at the time I remember thinking it lessened the credibility of the distant future setting. It is jokey and fun but a bit cheesy and there is some silly humour involved. It would have been better to make different, more futuristic games.

The darker parts of this episode are much better as the episode goes on with the Bad Wolf arc starting to come to fruition and what happens to Rose followed by an epic cliffhanger with the arrival of the real villains behind things - the Daleks. Asolutely brilliant revelation as the Daleks are revealed with a top class cliffhanger.

My second issue with this story is I do not feel the plot makes sense in terms of how The Doctor, Rose and Jack are brought into the situation supposedly in a planned way. To do this via life threatening gameshows is such a strange and unreliable method. If it was the Daleks bringing them they would not do so in such a way as if they could transmat them they would surely just kill them or at least capture them in a simple way. If it was Rose's Bad Wolf influence why and how would that influence them to be brought into deadly gameshows so that gameshow element was never going to be logical, it was just a shoehorned in fun idea which I feel detracts from the episode as a result. In the following episode another unlikely plot element is revealed as the Daleks controlling human society via Satellite 5 for so long to supposedly set up an attack on Earth is an extremely convoluted and pretty unconvincing plot when a simple attack could have been simply carried out by a Dalek fleet without all of that effort beforehand. That falls under the review of The Parting of the Ways though not Bad Wolf. The gameshows being used to pull in the 3 heroes in this episode does not ring true however. Logic issues is something that turns me off from a lot of episodes that other fans love (mostly in the Steven Moffatt era) as well as a lot of TV shows and films which have illogical plots.

Taking these issues into account this is still a decent episode because of the good stuff it contains but it could have been a lot better than just decent. 7.5/10

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Reviewed By: comparestoreReview Date: 9/2/18 1:25 pm
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Hilarious game show satire with two absolutely wonderful moments: Rose's 'death' and the reveal of the Daleks.

Fantastic set-up for the finale.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/5/15 10:24 pm
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This story is the first part of a two part season finale and as the set up for the final part, and at that level that this story works. It manages to combine dark humor with plenty of mystery and intrigue as to what's going on and why the Doctor, Rose, and Jack were kidnapped from the TARDIS, setting up the very grim tale that would come the week after. Christopher Eccleston's performance is full of charm, humor, and poignancy, particularly when it appears he was too late to save Rose, when he promises to protect Lynda, and his epic pledge to Rose and the Daleks at the end.
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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 6/30/14 11:48 pm
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As someone who profoundly dislikes reality TV this was extremely annoying.

The ending and lead in to the next part made things bearable.