Bad Wolf
Episode / February 6, 2016

Aired 11 June 2005 ‘Bad Wolf’ represents the beginning of the end, and not only for a strong opening series of the revitalised Doctor Who. It had been public knowledge since just after the positive reviews of ‘Rose’ had started coming in that Christopher Eccleston was set to leave the role. For the uninitiated, there were questions of what that would mean for the franchise going forward; for the fans, there were questions of how he would exit the role and if there would be a regeneration scene. Those questions combined with the weighty expectations of any finale and the need to start offering answers about the Bad Wolf story arc left a lot for ‘Bad Wolf’ to accomplish as the opening half of the Eccleston’s final story. ‘Bad Wolf’ makes a bold choice at the start, electing to dramatically shift the tone from previous episodes and to offer exposition through a sense of surrealist unease. Without needing to focus on the sort of extremist lengths these types of shows may progress to, the TARDIS trio inexplicably finds themselves separated and taking part in futuristic versions of reality game shows on the Game Station (or Satellite 5 as it was…