OH MY GOD
BAD WOLF. What a blindingly timed broadside. BAD WOLF! Rose Tyler is back and she knows what BAD WOLF is really about! After all this time RTD is going to retcon his failure of series 1 and tie everything together. The theories are going to be true – nothing that we’ve seen is what we’ve thought it was, and clearly not Donna.
The Doctor and Donna are enjoying an interplanetary holiday, when Donna chances upon a fortune teller. She gives in to the hard sell but is caught by an ambush. The attacker transmutes history by preventing the Doctor’s Christmas Special first meeting with Donna. A beetle attached to her back (which she can’t see) makes it happen, and it leads immediately to the Doctor’s death. With no Doctor, Martha dies in the events surrounding ‘Smith and Jones‘, London dies when the Titanic crashes into it, Sarah Jane dies, as does Torchwood. But as England and Earth head towards dictatorship and disaster, they’re watched over by Rose Tyler for reasons she refuses to reveal to Donna, whom she visits and revisits. Eventually she reveals all, well almost all, and Donna realises what’s been done to her, but Rose also reveals the power reading from the beetle is nothing compared with the power coming from Donna; she’s far more than she appears to be. But to restore the prime reality she has to go back in time and rectify the minute change which led to the change in history, and restore the Doctor. Only thing is she has to sacrifice herself in the process, and whilst Rose never reveals her identity to her (or UNIT which she commands), she whispers two words as a message to the Doctor. And when reality is fixed she reveals them: BAD WOLF! And then the repeated meme of series 1 returns, visible everywhere and completely out of control. The Tardis responds with the cloister bell, showing the end of reality itself is at hand. To be continued…
A masterstroke of timing. The big reveal of ‘Parting of the Ways‘ never adequately explained Bad Wolf. With Rose warning of the oncoming Darkness, we now have an explanation of what happened when Gwyneth saw ‘The Darkness, the Big Bad Wolf’ in Rose’s mind. In ‘The Fires of Pompeii‘, when Donna’s mind was read, it was clearly showing the future – the same appears now to have happened with Rose in series 1. It also means that when the Doctor’s mind was read in Pompeii, it too was showing the future, so the future involves the Medusa Cascade. Now how does the Doctor’s sealing the time rift at the Medusa Casdade fit with what might yet come? Who/what is the Darkness and who/what was Bad Wolf all along? For that matter who took the Master’s signet ring and why?
Next week we have every single companion returning, we have a fully-fledged Torchwood crossover, we have Rose Tyler with a very big gun, and we can only hope that Davros (Bad Wolf?) makes his presence felt. He appears to have been manipulating events since before series 1, so it’s about time. The implication is that we needed a Little Red Riding Hood after all to trigger Bad Wolf into action. And the current companion with huge independent power she isn’t even aware of has red hair. Coincidence? Not this time. RTD’s finale is beautifully timed, and we can only hope that the expectations he’s set up this time can finally be adequately met. What a way to bow out!