Doctor Who
Army Of Ghosts (1)

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Jacob Clifton: B+ | 4 USERS: A+
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Et In Arcadia Ego

Adeola IMs Matt to come and see "something good." He follows her, uneasy.

Yvonne, the Doctor, and Jackie stride down a corridor, flanked by armed soldiers. He's worrying at the fact that, in all the time he's spent on Earth, he's never heard of Torchwood. "But of course not," says Yvonne. "You're the enemy! You're actually named in the Torchwood Foundation Charter of 1879 as an enemy of the Crown." The Doctor puts it together. "1879...That was called Torchwood, that house in Scotland." Yvonne: "That's right. Where you encountered Queen Victoria and the werewolf." Jackie swears that the Doctormakes half of this stuff up; Yvonne smoothly continues: "Her Majesty created the Torchwood Institute with the express intention of keeping Britain great. And fighting the alien horde." So does that mean the Doctor's a prisoner? Yes. But she says it in a light tone: "We'll make you perfectly comfortable. And there is so much you can teach us. Starting with this..."

Yvonne key-cards them into Rajesh's sphere room. He straightens his jacket at their arrival, running up to the Doctor, who is staring up at the sphere and barely takes note of Rajesh. "What is that thing?" asks Jackie. "What's wrong with it?" Rajesh asks what makes her ask that, and she can't say. The Doctor darts up the stairs toward it. "The sphere has that effect on everyone. Makes you wanna run and hide. Like it's forbidden." The opposite of jumping; the opposite of disobeying. That's clue number one right there: in the usual way of things on this show, "forbidden" and "run and hide" are opposing concepts. The Doctor once again puts on his 3-D glasses to look at the sphere. "According to our instruments, the sphere doesn't exist," says Rajesh. "It weighs nothing. It doesn't age. No heat. No radiation. And it has no atomic mass." Jackie points out that, well, you can see it, and Rajesh says that this is why it's upsetting: "It gives off nothing. It is...absent." The Doctor calls it a Void Ship: "Impossible for starters. I always thought it was just a theory, but...it's a vessel designed to exist outside time and space. Traveling through the Void." (Outside time and space: connected to nothing. No Time, no Relative Dimension In Space. An anti-TARDIS. That's your second clue.) The Doctor explains again about the Void: "The space between dimensions. There's all sorts of realities around us, different dimensions; billions of parallel universes all stacked up against each other. The Void is the space in between. Containing absolutely nothing. Imagine that: nothing. No light, no dark, no up, no down. No life. No time. Without end. My people called it the Void; the Eternals call it the Howling. But some people call it Hell." I call it trying to find a Wii. So why build one? Rajesh wants to know. "To explore," says the Doctor. "To escape. You could sit inside that thing and eternity would pass you by. The Big Bang, end of the Universe, start of the next, wouldn't even touch the sides. You'd exist outside the whole of creation." Anti-Bad Wolf, even, then. Yvonne's just pleased as punch to know that there's something inside after all, and the Doctor is, it turns out, capable of being even less impressed with her: "We send that thing back into Hell. How did it get here in the first place?" Yvonne explains that it just came through one day, and the ghosts followed after. The Doctor demands to be shown, and exits left into the main corridor. "No, Doctor," Yvonne calls, and he abruptly walks back the other way. It's funny.

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