Doctor Who
The Unquiet Dead

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

As Dickens and Rose make their way out of the dark, choky house, the Doctor feels Gwyneth's neck for a pulse. His face falls and he apologizes again, kissing her forehead, thanking her. She stares, loose and slack. I really don't want to know how much he is to blame for this -- the Gelth, the War...there are a few things I don't know anything about, with this show, because I have a spoiler rule about shows I like, but my feeling is that I don't want to know these things. Something about the Doctor's face whenever the War and its dead come up -- I can't say for sure. I just know it hurts. Poor old Gwyneth. Poor old Doctor, if she's paying his price. The Doctor takes off from the dead body of Gwyneth, who waits quietly a few moments, Gelth swirling around her, red and yellow and blue, faster and faster, before striking the match.

The Doctor comes leaping from the door just as the whole house goes up. Rose looks at him, scared and a little angry that Gwyneth isn't with him. "She didn't make it," she murmurs questioningly. "I'm sorry," says the Doctor. "She closed the Rift." Dickens hums, "At such a cost. The poor child." Rose continues to look at the Doctor, not taking her eyes off him. "I did try, Rose," he begins apologetically, "but Gwyneth was already dead. She had been for at least five minutes....I think she was dead from the minute she stood in that arch." Rose is weirded out by that: "She helped us -- she saved us. How could she have done that?" Instead of somebody pointing out that it's just like the Sexton and his funeral, or Grandma and the Dickens performance, or Redpath and his...choking British pop stars, I guess, and that Gwyneth's last thought was to help set the Gelth aright, Dickens dickenses it up: "There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (Cheesy!) "...Even for you, Doctor." (Cheesier!) Rose: "She saved the world. A servant girl. No one will ever know." The three of them stare up at the house, thinking about -- she would assume -- how this means that Rose is terribly important and just now realizing how simultaneously important and not-important she, and we, actually are. Well, the Doctor is actually doing that. Dickens is probably thinking about getting a drink. Rose is probably by this point thinking about how she'd like some chips. The Doctor watches Rose's face, lit by fire and hugeness and death and context and sorrow, for a moment. He looks up with them, witnesses to Gwyneth's kindness, her duty, her sacrifice. At least they'll know.

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