Parting of the Ways
Episode / February 7, 2016

Aired 18 June 2005 The Doctor closes out ‘Bad Wolf’ with a passionate speech of defiance: “Do you know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek home world? The Oncoming Storm. You might’ve removed all your emotions but I reckon right down deep in your DNA, there’s one little spark left, and that’s fear. Doesn’t it just burn when you face me?” On full display is a man utterly changed by the Time War. While he is no stranger to speaking harshly to the Daleks, he is completely outnumbered and has no semblance of a plan when he does so this time, armed only with pride and anger. Not content with just winning, though, the Doctor mercilessly promises to destroy all of the Daleks once and for all while saving both Rose and all of Earth. It’s the final stand for the Ninth Doctor, and the odds have never been stacked more against him. While ‘Bad Wolf’ took a more flippant opening and slowly built up the drama and intrigue, ‘Parting of the Ways’ wastes no time in getting into the action and comes perilously close to showing just how far the Doctor would go when…

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…