Doctor Who
World War Three (2)

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World War Three (2)

"You get the codes, release the missiles. But not into space, because there's nothing there. You attack every other country on Earth, they retaliate, fight back. World War Three -- whole planet gets nuked." Margaret's like, "What of it?" She says that they'll wait it out in the Thames ship, which isn't "crashed, just parked." Harriet supplies another Excellent Question, and Margaret and the Doctor exposit that the transmission from the North Sea is an advertisement for "the sale of the century." The Slitheen want to bomb Earth to hell, then sell the irradiated parts as nuclear fuel for cargo ships. That's very clever, actually. Cool idea. "There's a recession out there, Doctor. People are buying cheap. This rock becomes raw fuel." Margaret calls the Doctor's "cost of five billion lives" a bargain, and the Doctor gives them all the choice of leaving, or having him be...really angry at them, or something. I'm sure he'll pull it out at the last second, but I don't blame them for laughing at him. He intensely closes the blast doors again, and the laughter trails off. He can be kind of scary.

Tom HOTchinson stands on a bridge in the middle of a very empty London: "Yesterday saw the start of a brave new world; today might see it end. The streets are deserted. Everyone's home, just waiting, as the future is decided in New York." Quick shot of the UN building, and then that intense U.S. anchor again, in New York, where it's midnight, talking about how England has provided the UN with "absolute proof" about the WMDs. And honestly, I don't exactly know when this script was written -- could have been in the drawer for years, and I can believe it wouldn't be quite this irritating four years ago. Three. Maybe two. But my good Lord. "And once the codes are released, humanity's first interplanetary war begins." Mickey and Jackie are quite nervous.

Back at 10 Downing Street, Margaret and Asquith precede Green upstairs. He's telling the Sergeant that they're "taking the call" upstairs. Margaret, in the offices, completely crosses the acting line, moaning and shrieking that the phone is "actually red." Which is kind of funny, but only really exciting if you're planning a worldwide holocaust. She makes out with the phone, and Green sits down all excited, tongue hanging out, farting impatiently, waiting for the call.

Jackie instructs the Doctor that she's not entirely in his court yet, but that there's got to be something he can do. Harriet suggests that they "ferment the porch" and create acetic acid that way, but I don't know what she means by "porch." Mickey checks in with the news that all the emergency UNIT numbers are on voicemail, which modern convenience Harriet feels "dooms us all." I bet half her assistant's job is programming her VCR and Sidekick and stuff. Rose wishes for a way out of the room, and the Doctor -- deep in dark thought -- says that there's a way out; there's always been a way out. Rose asks him why they don't use it, and the Doctor strides to the phone, speaking to Jackie now: "Because I can't guarantee your daughter will be safe." Jackie tells him to shove that egg back up the chicken, of course, and he levels: "That's the thing: if I don't dare, everyone dies." Compelling. Rose is like, "Do it." They look at each other a moment. The Doctor: "You don't even know what it is, you'd just let me?" And her answer is simple: "Yeah." I know I said it was trickery, this, to distract from the lack of density in the plot, but that doesn't mean it isn't awesome. They look at each other, and the Doctor weighs his love against hers, as Jackie screams into the phone. "This is my life, Jackie. It's not fun, it's not smart, it's just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will." And Rose, of course, gets that completely, because she's already done this work. Softly, now: "Then what're you waiting for?" He's already made up his mind, and this with breathless worry: "I could save the world but lose you." Wow. That's not very many words for a very large speech. I could learn a thing or two from the Doctor. Rose breaks the long, long stare with a shy smile, and Harriet steps forward: "Except it's not your decision, Doctor. It's mine." Jackie wonders who the hell she is, to even go there. In every episode, somebody asks "who the hell" somebody else is. I wonder if that signifies. Seems unlikely. "Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North. The only elected representative in this room, chosen by the people, for the people, and on behalf of the people, I command you: Do it." The Doctor looks at Rose, and grins. The conversations they have, that we'll never get to hear.

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