ROSE TYLER ALREADY?!!!! Well done BBC that wasn’t supposed to happen yet. She wasn’t supposed to hit until episode 11, but in addition to Donna hunting down The Doctor, so is Rose?! And Rose can walk between universes? But I digress…
The Doctor and Donna are separately investigating Adipose Industries – a miracle fat curing biotechnology firm. They’re both bored, they’re both smart, they both smell a rat and they’re right: it’s an alien nanny trying to birth a new generation from a million human hosts, against galactic law. A stereotypical fight, stereotypical chase and a few hi jinks ensue before a very tired looking Doctor pairs up with a (mostly) pleasingly restrained once-and-future assistant, who before she leaves Earth behind leaves a last message with…Rose. And Rose doesn’t look at all pleased.
It’s an enjoyable episode for the most part, but we’ve seen it all before. RTD strictly by the numbers sadly, but that always seems to be the case with season pilots for New Who. The alien children are reprehensibly silly, the pacing of the episode was way off and it just seemed mostly to kill time, while any new viewers are introduced to Donna. What was pleasing was Catherine Tate’s restraint with Donna. I feared the comedic moments would be painful but they’re not – the hint of chemistry in the 2006 Christmas Special is very much present, and the tensions between them should be interesting over the coming series. And then there’s Rose, who I’d heard was only going to appear through an anomaly in time later in the series. Is she hunting The Doctor or watching over him? If so who is she protecting him from? And why are the Bad Wolf rumours starting to resurface in such numbers again?
Nice questions and a secret well kept, showing good promise for this series, despite an episode which was nothing special.