Doctor Who
The Unquiet Dead

Episode Report Card
Jacob Clifton: C+ | 4 USERS: A-
Zombie Grandma Is Way Cooler Than All Other Zombies

Rose is like, yeah maybe Dad's in heaven, but then wigs: "Who told you he was dead?" Then she discovers that Gwyneth's psychic, and we learn that Rose's dad died "years back." I wonder if Jackie had already progressed very far down the Jackie road by that time. Maybe it was a kindness. "You've been thinking about him lately, more than ever," says Gwyneth, and admits that she's magical. "Mr. Sneed says I think too much. I'm all alone down here. I bet you've got dozens of servants, haven't you miss." They laugh, for some reason, and Rose says there are not servants where she's from. Then Gwyneth and the score get spooky psychic some more: "And you've come such a long way...You're from London. I've seen London in drawings, but never like that...All those people rushing about, half naked. For shame! And the noise...and the metal boxes racing past...and the birds in the sky, they're metal as well. Metal birds with people in them. People are flying?" Rose gets creeped out. Gwyneth: "And you -- you've flown so far, further than anyone! The things you've seen...the darkness...the big bad wolf--" Gwyneth jumps back and apologizes, and Rose half-heartedly tells her it's no big, and Gwyneth says that her mum told her that she had "the Sight," and that she should hide it. Gwyneth! Beyond doing whatever effed-up thing Sneed tells you to, and constantly admitting to anyone who will listen that you are totally psychic and should probably be burnt at the stake, what do you do? Dishes? Icing the horse? Carrying bodies? So then, what does Sneed do?

The Doctor appears: "But it's getting stronger. More powerful, is that right?" Certainly more talked-about, at least. Rose and Gwyneth jump; the Doctor is standing in the doorway, as ever. Gwyneth: "All the time, sir. Every night. Voices in my head." I like the movies and TV because in the movies and TV, voices in your head means you're very special, and not in need of a safe place to stay while the pros get to work. Or else you're Patricia Arquette, and what could be worse than that? Gwyneth's hair is fucked up, but at least it's in a cool way. "You grew up on top of the Rift," says the Doctor. "You're part of it. You're the key." Gwyneth explains that she's seen all the experts: "Consulted with spiritualists, table rappers, all sorts." Nice. You know Tom Cruise would be like, "And? What did they say?" The Doctor says it's a good deal, because she will know what to do. "What to do where, sir?" (Excellent question, Gwyneth.) "We're going to have a séance," says the Doctor. Dickens is going to shit.

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