Doctor Who
Army Of Ghosts (1)

Episode Report Card
Jacob Clifton: B+ | 4 USERS: A+
YOU GRADE IT
Et In Arcadia Ego

The TARDIS materializes in a large storage area at Torchwood; soldiers are even now bursting in assuming position. They have guns. The Doctor, Rose, and Jackie observe on the monitor; the Doctor mourns the loss of the advantage of surprise, but heads toward the door anyhow: "Stay in here, look after Jackie." Rose is mortified by that, and the Doctor's like, "You brought her!" Jackie indignantly insists that she was kidnapped. Rose throws herself across the TARDIS door, so that he can't get past: "Doctor, they've got guns." And he hasn't. "Which makes me the better person, don't you think?" he replies. "They can shoot me dead, but the moral high ground is mine." He deftly picks Rose up by the waist and deposits her elsewhere, and steps out with his hands raised.

The soldiers cock their guns at the Doctor as Rose and Jackie watch through the door. Yvonne comes into the room at full speed, aimed straight at the Doctor: "Oh! Oh, how marvelous!" She claps and claps; the soldiers follow suit. "Oh, very good! Superb! Happy day!" The Doctor stares at them, confused, and begins to lower his hands: "Um, thanks. Nice to meet you. I'm...the Doctor?" They all applaud again. "Oh, I should say! Hurray!" It's really bizarre and very British. Yvonne finally explains that, basically, if not for him, none of them would even be there: "The Doctor and the TARDIS!" She chokes up and starts the applause once again. The Doctor doesn't hate it. Finally, he gestures for silence, and asks who she is, who they are. Names again. "Oh, plenty of time for that. But according to the records, you're not one for traveling alone. The Doctor and his Companion. That's a pattern, isn't it? Right?" If you were remaking the series based in canon continuity, you could do a lot worse than basing your story around that fact: the Doctor will have his Companion. Yvonne's voice drops into a scary register for just one tiny second: "There's no point hiding anything. Not from us." And then again, all smiles: "So where is she?" The Doctor snags Jackie in the TARDIS, and pulls her out basically by the face: "But here she is: Rose Tyler." How many older ladies this season, with Rose left to her own devices? "She's not the best I've ever had. Bit too blonde, not too steady on her pins. A lot of that..." his hand makes a chatty yakking staccato and Yvonne laughs. Jackie glares. "And just last week, she stared into the heart of the Time Vortex and aged fifty-seven years. But she'll do." Jackie protests that she's forty; the Doctor makes a sad moue: "Deluded, bless. I'll have to trade her in. Do you need anyone? She's very good at tea. Well, I say very good, I mean, not bad. Well. I say not bad...anyway! Lead on. But not too fast. Her ankle's going." And Yvonne does lead, and they follow, and Jackie murmurs murderously to the Doctor, as Rose watches them disappear: "I'll show you where my ankle's going."

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