THE UNQUIET DEAD

In a Victorian funeral parlour in Wales…

Sue: The BBC are really good when it comes to period dramas like this. I feel like I’m in safe hands this week.

The Unquiet DeadSuddenly, a corpse wraps its gnarled fingers around an undertaker’s neck, and Sue nearly jumps out of her skin.

Sue: Not for kids! Bloody hell! That gave me a fright! Jesus!

The corpse smashes its coffin to bits.

Sue: I remember this now. It’s all coming back to me. It’s really good, this. It’s proper Doctor Who – set in the past and full of scary things. Brilliant.

The writer’s name appears in the title sequence.

Sue: I bloody love Mark Gatiss. He’s a local lad, you know. From Darlo, I think, although I don’t hold that against him.

To quote the Uncyclopedia: “Darlington has a long-standing rivalry with Hartlepool, and it has been suggested that this rivalry stems from jealously at the superior amenities available to the people of Hartlepool, such as their town centre nuclear reactor and their world-famous monkey sanctuary.” Which is pretty funny if you live in Darlington or Hartlepool. Anyway…

Sue: I love the sound of the TARDIS flying through the space-time whatsit.
Me: The vortex.
Sue: Yeah, that. It looks bloody brilliant, too.

Meanwhile, on Earth.

Me: Who’s that, Sue?

The penny drops as soon as the actress opens her mouth.

The Unquiet DeadSue: Oh, it’s her! It’s whatsherface from Torchwood.
Me: Gwen Cooper. Or in this case, Gwyneth.
Sue: So she’s related to her?
Me: No.
Sue: Eh?
Me: According to RTD, Gwen isn’t related to Gwyneth. She just looks like her because of spatial genetic multiplicity. Something like that, anyway.
Sue: What a load of bollocks. Of course they’re ****ing related! Don’t be so stupid, Neil.

Meanwhile, Rose is gazing dreamily into the Doctor’s eyes.

Sue: I’d forgotten how much these two flirted with each other. I thought she was saving herself for David Tennant. Hey, did she just slap the Doctor on his arse?
Me: No, she didn’t. It’s your filthy imagination.

The Doctor gives Rose the directions to the TARDIS wardrobe so she can change into something more appropriate. And no, I don’t mean some nice lingerie.

Sue: “Past the bins!” Brilliant.

It appears that Gwyneth has psychic abilities.

Sue: Can Gwen from Torchwood do that as well?
Me: THEY AREN’T RELATED!

Meanwhile, Charles Dickens is about to take to the stage.

The Unquiet DeadSue: He’s famous.
Me: Yeah, he’s Charles Dickens.
Sue: I meant the person playing him, stupid.
Me: Simon Callow was an expert on Charles Dickens. It was a bit of a coup when they cast him, especially as he didn’t know whether the new series would be laughed off the screen or not.
Sue: He must have liked the script. You can’t blame him. It’s by Mark Gatiss. From Darlington.

Unlike Rose, the Doctor hasn’t bothered to change into something more uncomfortable.

Sue: The lazy bastard. He could have made an effort. Still, at least he blends in. It’s not like he waltzed out of the TARDIS dressed as a circus clown. Because, you know, that would be stupid.

Unfortunately, the Doctor hasn’t brought Rose to Naples in 1860 like he promised. They’ve actually arrived in Cardiff in 1869.

Sue: He still can’t bloody steer the TARDIS! Un-****ing-believable! I thought he had complete control over it now. When the **** did that happen?

At least Dickens’ book recital is going down well.

Sue: This is the complete opposite of what happened to you in Guernsey, Neil.
Me: I’ve told you not to mention the G-word, Sue. I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.
Sue: So do I. You were ****ing terrible.

The Unquiet DeadA phantom appears in the theatre and the crowd go wild. Well, some of them do, anyway.

Sue: She looks like she’s running for an ice cream during the interval. She doesn’t seemed that arsed about the ghost. She just wants a choc ice.
Me: You pays your money and you takes your choc ice. Sorry.

Outside the theatre, Rose witnesses a corpse being packed into the back of a hearse. Gwyneth tells Rose not to worry about it. “Me and the Master will deal with it,” she says.

Sue: Is it –
Me: NO!

Gwyneth’s master is the undertaker Mr Sneed. But before they can be properly introduced, Sneed attacks Rose with a fistful of chloroform.

Sue: So is he Jack the Ripper then?

The Doctor gives chase in a hansom cab. As luck would have it, the cab belongs to Charles Dickens and the Doctor is his biggest fan.

Sue: This definitely didn’t happen to you in Guernsey, Neil.

This isn’t to say that Charles is immune from criticism. At one point the Doctor tells the author: “I’ve got to say, that American bit in Martin Chuzzlewit, what’s that about? Was that just padding or what? I mean, it’s rubbish, that bit.”

unquiet6Me: You could read that as a sly dig towards the Paul McGann TV Movie.
Sue: Don’t be ridiculous. Paul McGann was brilliant. You don’t half talk some shite, Neil. It’s probably a dig at the idiots who don’t like it.

When Rose regains consciousness, she finds herself in a room full of dead people. Dead people who are slowly coming back to life.

Sue: Ooh, this is pretty scary. A bit too scary, probably.

When Dickens tries to gain entry to the funeral parlour, Gwyneth tells him that the master is indisposed.

Sue: Are you sure he isn’t the –
Me: NO HE ISN’T! And she isn’t related to Gwen Cooper, either. Okay? Have you got that? Are we on the same page now? Jesus H Bidmead.

“What the Shakespeare!” declares Dickens. Sue rolls her eyes and silently mouths the word ‘Darlington’ at me. And then Rose asks one of the reanimated corpses if they’re feeling all right.

Sue: Has she never seen a zombie film before?! Shoot them in the ****ing head!

The Doctor comes to the rescue.

Sue: I love how he kicks the door in. None of that messing around with his sonic – he just kicked it in! Ha!

The Unquiet DeadRose accuses Sneed of copping a feel while she was unconscious.

Sue: That’s a bit close to the bone. In fact, this episode feels like it should be on after the watershed. I’m surprised they got away with this. It’s a bit full-on, don’t you think?

Sneed’s stiffs are getting restless and he can’t keep them down.

Sue: Yeah, he’d know all about that. The dirty old man.

Sneed’s funeral parlour is built on a rift in time and space.

Me: What happens here later, Sue? Do you remember?
Sue: Yeah, it’s the crack in Amy’s bedroom.
Me: Try again. We’re in Cardiff. What happens in Cardiff?
Sue: Not a lot. They make Doctor Who there.
Me: And what else did they… Oh I can’t be bothered with this… Torchwood!
Sue: Oh yeah… So they knock his house down and build Torchwood on it later? Was that planned in advance? Is that why Gwen and Gwyneth are related to each other?
Me: ARGH!

The Doctor figures out that the aliens are made from gas. And since dead bodies produce a lot of gas.

Sue: Fart monsters. Lovely.
Me: Don’t worry, Sue. It’s not as if RTD will make a habit of it.

Thankfully, Sue is too spellbound by Simon Callow to worry about farting monsters.

Sue: He’s amazing, isn’t he? You can tell that he’s really into this, and he isn’t just hamming it up because it’s Doctor Who. It’s proper serious drama, this.

The Unquiet DeadGwyneth and Rose get to know each other in the pantry.

Sue: The script is excellent. This is such a lovely scene.

However, when Gwyneth peers into Rose’s one-track mind she sees… The Big Bad Wolf!

Sue: Ooh, that becomes very important later on. You see, Neil, it’s all planned out. Everything connects at the end. Russell is a genius.

The Doctor organises a séance so he can communicate with the aliens on the other side of the rift.

Sue: I bet the kids must have loved this. They’ll be getting the Ouija board out next. Actually, this scene makes me feel uncomfortable. My mam always used to warn us about messing with spiritual things like this. She said we’d go to hell if we meddled with things “on the other side”. I feel guilty just watching this.

The aliens, known as the Gelth, are refugees from the Time War.

Sue: The Time War still happened though, didn’t it? It’s just how it finished that the Doctor’s got wrong. Am I right? I hope I’m right.
Me: Yes, the Time War happened, Sue. Billions of sentient lifeforms still died.
Sue: Thank God for that. Otherwise this wouldn’t make sense.

The Gelth want to cross over to our universe using Earth’s dead. The Doctor agrees without hesitation, but Rose has some reservations to put it mildly. I pause the DVD.

The Unquiet DeadMe: Who’s right, Sue? The Doctor or Rose?
Sue: It’s complicated. Of course they should help the aliens. And the Doctor probably feels bad about it because he thinks he’s responsible, somehow. So there’s that. I see where Rose is coming from, though. You wouldn’t want to bump into your dead mum when you were out doing the shopping, especially if she didn’t know who you were and stank to high heaven. No, they’d have to take them somewhere else, where they couldn’t bump into their relatives all the time. Then it might work. It’s an interesting moral dilemma. The story is great; it really makes you think.

Gwyneth agrees to create a psychic bridge across the rift, so the Gelth can enter our universe.

Sue: Awww, I do love a happy ending.

Rose thinks it’s too dangerous.

Sue: Gwyneth’ll be okay. She has to be okay. She has to give birth to Gwen’s grandmother at some point.

Oh no! The Gelth are actually EVIL!

Sue: Oh ****. This can’t be good.

I pause the DVD.

The Unquiet DeadMe: So the refugees are evil, Sue. I dunno, coming over here, stealing all our corpses.

And then I tell her about Lawrence Miles’ infamous blog post, which basically accused Mark Gatiss of being “a bit UKIP” because the aliens turned out to be the bad guys, after all.

Sue: Yeah, like that never happens in Doctor Who. What a load of bollocks. I know I get on my high horse from time to time, but there’s no way Mark Gatiss thinks like that, even if he does come from Darlington. He’s just writing old-fashioned Doctor Who. For ****’s sake. Get a grip.

The Doctor doesn’t want to die in Cardiff.

Sue: This is just funny enough not to be too scary for the kids. But at the end of the day, it’s still a zombie film at tea time.

Gwyneth offers to sacrifice herself if it means repelling the Gelth.

Sue: Hang on… If she dies, she must have had a baby illegitimately at some point. It’s the only way Gwen from Torchwood will be born in the future. Unless she has a twin sister.
Me: For the last time, Sue, it’s spatial multiplicity genetics!

The Unquiet DeadThe Doctor doesn’t stand in Gwyneth’s way.

Sue: Bloody hell. He didn’t even try to talk her out of it. Rose will go mental when she finds out.

The Doctor didn’t have a choice; Gwyneth was already dead.

Sue: He’s lying. He’s just saying that to make Rose – and himself – feel better. He completely ****ed that up!

Dickens escorts Rose and the Doctor back to the TARDIS.

Sue: He has to let Dickens have a quick peek inside. He has to!

The Doctor assures Charles that his books will be remembered for ever.

Sue: Awww. How sweet is this? And I bet your talk in Guernsey will be remembered for ever too, love. Just not for the reason you’d like.

The Unquiet DeadSadly, Dickens will die in less than a year.

Sue: Great! Thanks for that!

Dickens watches the TARDIS dematerialise.

Sue: Is this what kills him? Is it the shock of seeing the TARDIS disappear? Does he have a stroke?

 

The Score

Sue: I bloody loved that. It was a bit grim for the kiddies – the zombies were bloody terrifying – but it looked amazing, and the cast were fantastic, too. What’s not to love?

9/10

Sue: And next week looks even better!

 

Next Time

 

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Comments

  1. dm  April 9, 2015

    Before the inevitable groaning- next week IS even better. I bloody love it.

  2. Nick Mays  April 9, 2015

    I’m following you guys like your own pet stalker on this… I watched The Unquiet Dead last night too – first time in about 5 years – and loved it. It is seriously scary and it is one of those that people will remember from being little kids. My 15 year-old son Ben (who is a Who fan) came in on the end of it and said “Oooh! I remember that one! It really frightened me!” (Yes, he’s going to watch the whole lot again).

    Great cast, great writing, great direction. This one gets a 10/10 from me. For me, this was the epidode that I think really nailed the new series. Bit of a dip after that… until episode 6 anyway!

    • Nick Mays  April 9, 2015

      PS: Rose accuses Sneed of having “wandering hands” not “copping a feel”, but funnily enough, I remembered it as the latter. Perhaps it’s the way our minds work, eh Sue? All those stiffs and all… 😉

      • Neil Perryman  April 9, 2015

        What’s the difference?

        • Anonymous  April 9, 2015

          Maybe a demonstration is called for? 😉

  3. Chris Orton  April 9, 2015

    Gatiss is from near Darlo – Aycliffe or Heighington I think.

  4. Lorcan  April 9, 2015

    The next time is just ????????????

  5. Billy Smart  April 9, 2015

    “Darwin’s book recital”?

    • Neil Perryman  April 9, 2015

      Opps. Where the **** did that come from?

      • Nick Mays  April 9, 2015

        I think I must be missing something here… What happened in Guernsey Neil? Was the reading that bad?

      • Frankymole  April 13, 2015

        They have similar beards. Plus this story is a bit Ghost Lightly.

  6. bestbrian  April 9, 2015

    This is one of the ones, like “Blink”, that you can share with non-Who fans, that they’ll enjoy, and you won’t have to explain too much.

    Next week, though, ugh. I sooooooo hate the Slitheen.

  7. Alex Wilcock  April 9, 2015

    Oh, “Is it the Master?”, how much I’ve missed you.

    Neil, have you been bottling up months and months of spleen just to get cross for your blog? That’s dedication.

    I remember this one for three things:
    Though I’d utterly loved ‘Rose’ from the first, this reassured me about one last thing: after Russell gave all those interviews about the series being “steeped in death”, this was the one where they stopped being nervous about showing it and stuffed dead bodies everywhere, leading to hauling Mark into studios for ‘Is Doctor Who too scary?’ interviews and the BBC hastily hiring the ‘Fear Factor’ kids to preview stories for their site. Happy days! I suppose, looking back, this one was where Mark gave everyone else the idea of using the pre-titles as a proper early cliffhanger…
    The whole of this year on Who still looks gorgeous, watching it back – everything just glows. And especially this one, all yellow and blue gaslight.
    And before it aired, best positioning of a Who trailer ever: undead coming out of coffins for Who back-to-back with a trailer for that episode of ‘Casanova’ where he gives a priest a heart attack in the confessional, both scenes in their trailers… Right before the BBC’s coverage of the Pope’s funeral. Totally classy, BBC.

    And if the law of unintended consequences has you coming over a bit UKIP after rewatching this, as luck would have it an antidote’s been launched today:
    ‘I am an Immigrant’ Poster Campaign
    http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/i-am-an-immigrant-poster-campaign

    • Erik  April 27, 2015

      Yep, this was the episode that had me. I’d watched Doctor Who on PBS as a kid, in an irregular way and loved it but wasn’t a fan in the sense that I knew what was what. I had gained bits of the mythology via geek osmosis, and I had seen every Doctor though the only story I could actually remember beginning to end was Mawdryn Undead. I wanted to love the return of the show, and I liked “Rose” (though to my eyes it looked a little cheap, but hey, American TV). End of the World, meh.

      Then this. Sure, it falls apart at the end a little, but the Doctor, Rose, the mix of comedy and drama, science fiction premise and period setting, plus really setting the template for the “celebrity historical”. It looks great, and the supporting cast is great – just wonderful stuff.

      For me the high water mark of this season is yet to come, but this was the episode that proved “Rose” wasn’t a fluke.

  8. Alex Wilcock  April 9, 2015

    Oh, and forgot to say – Sue Me Books is a cool imprint, but every time I see it written out I can’t help reading it as “Sue Mel Brooks”. What’s he ever done to you? Is it the fart gags?

  9. Dave Sanders  April 9, 2015

    Could be worse. Could be Stoke.

  10. Dave Sanders  April 9, 2015

    Eh… Mark Gatiss stories feel a bit on the lightweight side to me. They’re pleasant enough, and the best ones are actually surprising, but his jokey ‘reverence’ (ie. wholesale shoplifting) of the classic series has been worn into the ground by now, and you can play Tropes Bingo with his strict adherence to his own formula. Give him a pet project or an episode where he’s *supposed* to be taking the piss in a clever way though and he could be Darin Morgan.

    It’s ‘hansom cab’ by the way. Typical bloody autocorrect, refuses to be compatible with old technology. Like horses. 🙂

  11. Mike bond  April 9, 2015

    Sorry Neil, you’re wrong on this one. Gwen says she comes from a old Cardiff family that goes all the way back to the 1800s. They are related! That’s what the ‘genetic’ bit in ‘spatial multiplicity genetics’ means, for heaven sake!

    It’s also why Marty McFly’s ancestors seem to look like him and his mum…

    • Neil Perryman  April 9, 2015

      Not according to RTD. I looked it up before we watched it because I knew this would come up. It’s on Wikipedia so it must be true.

      • Mike bond  April 9, 2015

        But I was talking about RTD! He wrote The Stolen Earth after all.

        If Gwen and Gwyneth aren’t related, why does the Doctor ask about her family in the first place?

        Or is this some “Writer’s Tale” quote that I’m not aware of?

    • Neil Perryman  April 9, 2015

      From http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Gwen_Cooper

      Russell T Davies explains, “It’s not familial as we understand it. There’s no blood tie. Spatial genetic multiplicity means an echo and repetition of physical traits across a Time Rift.” So there you go.

      • Mike bond  April 9, 2015

        My email notifications are playing up, I didn’t get your full post when I started replying!

        You have to admit it’s not entirely clear if you have to go on Wikipedia to know the truth. I have sympathy with Sue, on this. Family relations SOUNDS more true, even if it isn’t. “echo and repetition of physical traits across a Time Rift” sounds needlessly complicated, and uncharacteristic of RTD’s approach.

        Then again, this is the same man who invented the word “shatterfry”.

      • David Cole  April 9, 2015

        Pfft. He’s still contradicting himself; the Doctor asked Gwen if she was from an old Cardiff family.
        Gwen: “Yes. All the way back to the 1800s.”
        Doctor: “Ah, Spatial Genetic Multiplicity, it’s a funny old world!”
        That’s pretty clearly intended to be a family connection, no matter what he says after the fact. :p

        • Neil Perryman  April 9, 2015

          Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. 😉

          • Nick Mays  April 9, 2015

            I thought the line in ‘Journey’s End’ about Gwen looking like Gwyneth was pointless and only underlined the fact that it was the same actress playing both roles (even though Eve Myles is a great actress).

            I’m pretty sure that RTD was alluding to them being somehow related, but the whole “Spatial Genetic Multiplicity” is just gobbledegook for the sake of it. I’ve noticed facial ‘types’ in people all over the UK and it’s true that in certain areas, particular facial ‘types’ occur.

            IMHO it would have been better not to have referred to it at all.

          • Frankymole  April 13, 2015

            The time fissure in Image of the Fendahl has a Martha (Tyler, no less), a Jack, an Adam and a Max. So maybe time rifts pick up companion names, too. Or Rusty’s a Fendahl fan.

          • Anonymous  April 14, 2015

            I suppose somebody has to be.

  12. TheCurseOfFenwicks  April 9, 2015

    Pssh, spatial genetic multiplicity my arse. I accept my canon as the one where Sue’s right, and nothing can tell me otherwise.

    On the subject of farting aliens, I could swear I remember a scene in this where the Doctor and Rose help Dickens with the gas by letting a few rip… I should probably be thankful that it was just my dodgy memory! A brain fart, if you will.

    • Sean Alexander  April 10, 2015

      More importantly, are either Gwyneth or Gwen Cooper related to that murdering bitch in Broadchurch 2..?

  13. Bridget  April 9, 2015

    “Is it the Master?”
    Nope, but it is one hilarious commentary by Sue and Neil.

  14. Stuart D  April 9, 2015

    Only 9/10? This was the first episode of the new series where I sat back and thought ‘now this is how you make Dr Who for the 21st century’ and knew the new series would survive. I watch this episode at least once a year now, and it is still great.

  15. Andy Luke  April 10, 2015

    I guess you’re probably right about that, but I can’t help feeling like Dave, in that Gattis’ script left me neither hot or cold. There’s a few corkers. “Past the Bins” is a one. It sorts out that Invasion of Time problem, no end. Never mind the Coopers, here’s come the Sontarans!

    My main bug is at the end. When the survivors are standing solemnly looking up, there’s a pull-out and up which looks totally Mahrengi.

    Though Callow obviously steals the show, this is on balance, a well rounded piece of crew quality. Well done Sue, and Glen, that trailer was beautiful man. I’m sure Neil will grow to like this Doctor Who thing. We don’t want to have to chloroform him again.

  16. Neal  April 10, 2015

    Gattiss is always better when he’s scary – although I liked his Robin Hood episode.

    I’m really curious about what Sue thinks of the music of this series, especially compared to old Dudley.

    It’s one of the things I hate the most about it – it’s cheesy and often too loud and I’m surprised there hasn’t been much commentary on it by Sue.

    Looking forward to hearing her complain about the editing for the cliffhanger next week.

    • Dave Sanders  April 10, 2015

      If you prefer your Gatiss scary, then you’d like the Robin Hood episode three months after the ‘happy ending’, when everyone comes down with horrible cancers from all that long-term radiation exposure the episode conveniently forgets about.

  17. Jason M.  April 10, 2015

    I cheered for the return of “Is it — “, but the phrase from this entry that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is “Jesus H. Bidmead”. The most delicious blasphemy ever. I can’t wait to use that in real life.

  18. encyclops  April 10, 2015

    This was the first “filler” episode for me — where my unease and skepticism about the new series ramped up. “Rose” and “End of the World” were lively enough to balance out the negatives, but this just seemed too much like business as usual. The classic series vibe invited comparisons and they weren’t favorable. Now I look back and see that it’s fairly solid stuff but it’s never done much for me. But then neither have Dickens or Victoriana as a general (oft-broken) rule.

    I second the motion regarding “Jesus H. Bidmead.” I love it.

  19. Antti Björklund  April 10, 2015

    So.. what did happen in Guernsey? Or is this one of those “the first rule of Fight Club is we don’t talk about Fight Club” sort of things? 😛

  20. Chris-too-Old-To-Watch  April 10, 2015

    I must admit, I did find this story a bit of a relief after the “hmm, so what” of the previous one. This felt like a proper Who story: bit of a mystery, things to find out, invading aliens who are defeated. And a few good guest stars.
    And it was nice having a Doctor who wasn’t a damn know-it-all, like he becomes later on.
    And yes Neil, it’s obvious Gwyneth and Gwen are related by blood. Those dark little Welsh villages. Not a lot to do at night you know. These things do happen. Probably Capt Jack is involved anyway, being a time traveller. That’s why he like Gwen. She’s his great-great-great granddaughter. (Ewww….)

  21. Sean Alexander  April 10, 2015

    Loved this at the time, and still like it now. The new show is showing real confidence and already looking like it’s been a success for years. Gorgeous to look at and no one puts a foot wrong. Special mention for the reanimated granny’s scream merging into the opening theme music.

    Ah, mad Larry. Lawrence Miles certainly had a well thought out argument when he posited the ‘anti-immigrant’ metaphor for Gatiss’ script, but not being on his level it went past me at the time. But to be fair that’s pretty much why I think the About Time series is as good as Who critique ever gets.

    And not a single gas joke. Still, the next two weeks are going to be chocker with those I fear…

  22. Richard Lyth  April 10, 2015

    This might have been scary at the time, but after The Walking Dead it all seems a bit tame now. Simon Callow is excellent though, and Eve Myles is great as well, the scene with her and Rose in the cupboard being a definite high point. Pity her character in Torchwood was nowhere near as likeable as Gwyneth is here.

    • Nick Mays  April 12, 2015

      It IS a great scene with Rose and Gwyneth – all the more poignant because Gwyneth is never going to ask the Butcher’s Boy out as she’ll be dead in a few hours’ time.

      However, it didn’t take place in a cupboard – it was a scullery, or possibly a pantry. AS there was a sink of sorts in there it might have qualified as a kitchen.

  23. KatieC  April 11, 2015

    This is the best one so far, really scary, and Gatiss’s best I think. Not sure about the neck snapping bit though, I mean this is not Blakes 7…

  24. Derek Handley  April 12, 2015

    This is my favorite episode of the first season – it felt the most coherent and confident, the pacing and direction were excellent, the guest cast were superb and it was really edge-of-the-seat scary. I’m glad Sue enjoyed it too.

  25. Ian Dacj  April 13, 2015

    I just want to show some love for that excellent ‘Next Time’ trailer by Glen Allen.

  26. Angel  May 3, 2015

    First time poster…

    I’ve spent the last few weeks reading your blog from the very beginning, after buying the book on the Kindle. You can count on one hand the number of classic Who stories I’ve seen (An Unearthly Child, The Reign of Terror, The Five Doctors, The TV Movie… oh, and Shada), but your reviews of them have made utterly determined to rectify this shocking statistic as quickly as possible! Fortunately, I have easy access to every story available on DVD (I knew there was a reason I moved in with my boyfriend…), so as soon as I’m caught up here, my own marathon shall begin!

    I was born in 1990 and therefore have lived over half of my life in a Who-free zone. Even though I used to spend my evening sat with my Dad watching the Sci-Fi channel, Doctor Who was the one major ‘spacey’ show I’d never seen anything of. When I heard it was coming back on the telly, I was determined to watch, but real life got in the way. I saw snippets of ‘Rose’ and ‘The End of the World’, but this is the first episode I remember watching all of with absolute clarity. And I LOVED it. It was funny without being OTT, dark without being ‘hide behind the sofa’ scary and the visuals were beautiful. Oh, and I desperately wanted the dress… 🙂

    I always took it that Gwyneth and Gwen were related… maybe not directly (unless Sue’s suggestion about the illegitimate child is right – sounds like a fan-fiction scenario if ever there was one!), but perhaps a great great niece or something?

  27. Jollygooner  May 8, 2015

    Oh Glen Allen, you ended my day perfectly 🙂
    I always liked this episode – far more than the first two. There seemed to be progress and promise of better things to come.