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16 November 2008 @ 11:21 am
Doctor Who 1x11 "Boom Town" rewatch-review  
As I've stated elsewhere, once I finished season two of New Who, I was going to rewatch and review what I call my "Her Name was Rose" collection (click here for the full list of episodes). Nearing the home stretch of series one, here we go with number eleven, "Boom Town."

I think that "Boom Town" is a very under-rated episode; it has fantastic -- and I do mean fantastic! -- acting, wonderful writing by Russell T Davies with some marvelous gems contained within the script, a fairly believably plot (well, for sci-fi crack courtesy of Rusty) with some nice bits of foreshadowing, and some fabulous characterization all-around. There are only two negatives that come to mind about this one and the first was out of Davies' control, while the second rested solely within my shipper-colored glasses, but wasn't actually a mark against the episode's quality.

That first negative comes from the fact that the characterization of Jack and his relationship with Rose are quite different than they were in the previous two-parter. However, that change can be easily be put down to the final moments in "The Doctor Dances." The Doctor danced with Rose, keeping her with him and shot Jack that one look at the end there that essentially proclaimed: "Hands off." So, clearly some time has passed and Jack took the message that Rose is off-limits to heart. She then responded to his lack of regard by returning the favor. It's still a tad jarring considering how blatant it was in "The Empty Child" and TDD but it can be fanwanked and that's always a good thing in my book. If it makes sense in some way, I can live with it.

The other simply comes from the fact that while there are a couple of gleefully joyful shippy moments in this episode (one of them being my personal favorite Rose/Nine bit ever), if any episode were to be called the Mickey/Rose episode ... this would be it. Now, it's the end of the Mickey/Rose relationship really, but still it's the Mickey/Rose episode. And just from the silly shipper point of view, I'm all 'wah, I want my Doctor/Rose stuffies!' but for dramatic storytelling, good characterization, it's tops. I'm honestly baffled by the critical drubbing I've seen this episode get; truly I am. I've heard some give it a middling review of "filler," to flat-out calling it awful, the worst episode, etc. And I just do not get it.

It is NOT filler, by any stretch of the imagination. We have some wonderful foreshadowing for the two-parter to come in moments with the Doctor and Blon, and then there's the closure with Rose and Mickey. Yes, I said above that as a shipper I wanted focus on the Doctor and Rose, but the relationship between Rose and Mickey needed to have an end and this was it. Rose has been keeping Mickey on standby, while Mickey ... well, Mickey's been standing by. I mentioned this in the "Father's Day" review-rewatch, but I truly think it helps explain Mickey's attachment to Rose long past when most would have walked away.

I wrote:
It was a throwaway comment said mostly to hide Rose's nervousness and upset over what she had caused, and I could be totally wrong, but I'm taking Rose's comment about Mickey -- "I think I just imprinted myself on Mickey like a mother chicken" -- being a subtle call-out as to why Mickey has and continues to hold onto Rose long after he really should have given up. It's because she imprinted herself on him as a child in a long-buried subconscious memory. Uh huh.
Seriously consider it. The events in "Father's Day" were absolutely devastating, correct? Yes, in the end the events were erased, but it's definitely sell-able that the emotional upheaval involved did leave some marks behind. If we accept that, then with a young Mickey finding comfort in Rose in truly horrific circumstances, it makes a crazy sort of sense that the adult Mickey would just not be able to let go of her now because somewhere inside of him there is a subconscious memory of this woman being a source of comfort in a world gone mad. Hey, it's better than to say that Mickey is a spineless, pathetic loser and I don't want to think of Mickey as such, so I'm going with the subconscious imprinting from events that never were but still left an emotional mark. It's Who, it works.

Now, back to Rose. A part of my frustration with people calling this a "filler episode," or the "sappy Mickey-Rose soap opera" is because it was important that we had this closure. I love Rose; I think she's a strong, brilliant, well-rounded character, but she *can* be selfish, she *has* continued to consider Mickey nothing but an afterthought, he *is* somebody that she just throws to the wayside when the Doctor appears. She *will* always choose the Doctor over him. Always. She's shown that time and time and time again. And yet he keeps hanging on. She calls him for her passport, but doesn't really need it. She's essentially using him as a booty call, because think of it: The girl has needs, and the guy she really wants -- with whom she's been pretty much 24/7 for seven months -- is a 900-year old alien who looks like a bloke twenty years older than her, so let alone forget that her nineteen-year-old self thinks shallowly that she *shouldn't* be interested in him, there's also the fact that said 900-year old alien couldn't possibly be interested in her so what's a girl to do?

She tried to exercise some of that libido with Adam -- fail! -- then Jack -- fail!again! especially when Davies made it quite, quite clear in this outing that her attraction to Jack really is based on his resemblance to the Doctor. (No, really. Throughout the episode she shows absolutely no attraction, sexual awareness of him at all! ... except for one bit of a scene. In Margaret's office when they find the "pandimensional surfboard," Jack is getting all science-techy describing it, sounding extremely Doctor-like, and Rose is just fascinated. It's literally the ONLY point in the entire episode where she shows any kind of attraction towards him and he's acting EXACTLY like the Doctor. Uh huh.) So Rose has been striking out in the 'get rid of this excess sexual tension that's floating around the TARDIS' area, so she calls good ole' Mickey; she knows he'll come running. And sure enough, that's exactly what he does. And it's awful of Rose to do this; especially when she spends the majority of her time with Mickey ... talking about her adventures with the Doctor. It's all about the Doctor.

Simply put, this NEEDED to be addressed because while the Doctor is the hero of the show, Rose -- as the current companion -- fills the heroine role and foibles, human flaws well-written and characterized are all well and good, but something this selfish and childish DID need to be acknowledged, especially before the role that Davies had planned for Mickey two episodes hence. Before Mickey could do all he could to help Rose get back to the Doctor, he had to know and Rose had to know undeniably to each other that they both knew that Rose would always choose the Doctor. Filler, indeed! Character arcs that help build and strengthen, explain and enrich said characters are never filler. It is those very measures and beats in episodic television that create the emotional connection between the character and viewer.

It was a long time coming, but in the final moments we finally got a Rose truly realizing that she'd been pretty awful to Mickey; she'd simply been using him as her go-to boy. Now, true, the somewhat melodramatic response to the Doctor's comment about Margaret -- which Rose made all about herself:
The Doctor: We'll just stop by and pop her in the hatchery. Margaret the Slitheen can live her life again. A second chance.
Rose: That'd be nice.
-- played very much as that: A melodramatic response, but it was fitting and in character that Rose should end her youthful relationship with Mickey as the nineteen-year old girl she is, full of emo, over-the-top melancholy.

Billie Piper did a wonderful job selling Rose's actions in this episode without making her look like a selfish brat. There was so much joy and an air of going with the flow that slowly, gradually gave way to the realization that she'd been treating Mickey so badly, and that realization was grounded in the reality that *she* had made the thoughtless choices that led to Mickey's pain. Per usual, Piper effortlessly portrayed every moment of Rose's arc with Mickey throughout this episode, from the girlish joy to having him at her beck and call again to the quiet guilt at how she had used and emotionally abused him.

Moving onto the Doctor/Rose relationship, as I said above there were some fabulously shippy moments -- both light and darker -- in this episode, but this was not a Doctor/Rose episode; it was a Doctor episode, and a Mickey/Rose one. So those moments, while wonderful, weren't the basis or foundation for any of the events that took place in this one; they weren't a driving force for any of the action as has happened so often. In fact, Rose being in danger didn't even come into play as a part of the Doctor's emotional struggle, and in fact, once she was safe, he didn't even acknowledge her.

However, there were moments. I loved the little bit where the Doctor expressed an affection for the blue police box look, followed immediately by Rose expressing an even fonder affection as she literally stroked the TARDIS while practically laying upon it. There was the way Rose and the Doctor were situated so closely together and separated from Mickey and Jack to the right of them while the foursome were walking away from the TARDIS while it was refueling (see handporn!).

We also got this little look from Rose towards the Doctor:



This came on the heels of the hilarious scene when they entered the Mayor's office and Jack was handing out instructions military-style. Rose and Mickey pretended to comprehend it, while the Doctor was just looking at him like WTF? which he then verbalized (less profanely) by asking: "Who's in charge?" Jack apologized and then the Doctor being the silly Doctor that he is when he's not the Oncoming Storm, etc. gave a "what he said!" response. But, but, but ... look at that look from Rose. It's flirty and proud and amused and adoring and all the things someone in love feels when the one they love does something silly and sweet, yet still showing how awesomely in charge they are. She so loves him, but is supremely in denial about it. Oh, Rose.

You know who's also in love? The Doctor. With Rose. For reals. Squee!

My absolute favorite Nine/Rose moment comes in this episode; I love it for the adorable, dorky, silly, crazy, they're so in love and happy and perfect and I want to squish them forever and ever and ever quality of it. So, we've got the Doctor, Rose, Mickey, Jack and Margaret/Blon in the Mayor's office and the topic of discussion is the destruction of Cardiff and the planet, as well as the solution which is carting Margaret/Blon off to her planet to await judgement. Pretty deep stuff, huh? Yeah, totally. Well, in the midst of this Rose manages to finally correctly pronounce Raxicoricofallapatorious and the reaction of the Doctor and Rose is absolutely, gleefully priceless.

Watch (via Imeem), or download it here.


The utter joy on their faces, the bliss and happiness as he swoops her up into his arms, lifting her off of her feet, Rose's beaming smile and the Doctor's delighted expression of pride ... see?



... all because she managed to pronounce a word correctly.

Oh, ship, I love you so! ::Squishes with happiness::

On the less sunny side of the Doctor/Rose relationship, we witnessed just the slightest bit of stalker-like behavior from the Doctor in this episode. When Rose was outside with Mickey after they caught the bad guy, erm, Raxicoricofallapatorion, we got a quick glimpse of the two of them on the TARDIS monitor and the Doctor (tsk, tsk!) was watching them. Of course, Jack asked what was up (it wasn't clear whether Jack saw what the Doctor saw) on the screen and the Doctor quickly switched it off, but it certainly was a small moment that shows that the Doctor is aware of the undercurrents that were there with Mickey and Rose, and possibly had a sense of why Rose contacted Mickey. And he wasn't entirely thrilled with that. Still, good for the Doctor because at the end when Rose came in alone without Mickey and he saw that she was upset, he pushed his own jealousy aside and offered to wait around while she found Mickey. Of course once she declined he was quite happy to move on. Of course.

But that's what the Doctor does best, isn't it? Moving on.

I mentioned in "The Unquiet Dead" rewatch-review that ...
There's such a negativity (that's touched upon often) about the Doctor never standing still, mainly that he doesn't stick around so that he doesn't have to deal with the consequences.
In that episode, we had Rose providing a beautiful counterpoint to that point of view. In "Boom Town," we have Margaret/Blon flat-out call him on that negative take.
Margaret/Blon: I bet you're always the first to leave, Doctor. Never mind the consequences, off you go. You butchered my family then ran for the stars, am I right? But not this time. At last, you have consequences.
And it's true. He swans off after he's saved the day and so he doesn't deal with the consequences. (Is it any wonder that we see so many episodes pick up on threads of events that happened because of the Doctor's actions in the past?) I mentioned above that is not only a Mickey/Rose episode, but also a Doctor episode and it is. We get to explore his penchant for, yes, moving on, but also the death of millions and millions that he carries in his soul. This was some of that beautiful foreshadowing that I spoke of at the top of this review. In "The Parting of the Ways," the Doctor can NOT go through destroying another batch of millions and millions of lives. And I would be hard-pressed to believe that we weren't supposed to get some of the why of that from his conversations with Margaret.

He did spend most of those conversations, ignoring/not responding to her comments, but they had to hit home.
The Doctor: You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim's spared. Because she smiled, because he's got freckles, because they begged. And that's how you live with yourself. That's how you slaughter millions, because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you happen to be kind.
Margaret/Blon: Only a killer would know that. Is that right? From what I've seen, your funny little happy-go-lucky life leaves devastation in its wake. Always moving on because you dare not look back. Playing with so many people's lives, you might as well be a god.
And these are themes that are explored continually throughout Russell T Davies' run, culminating in Davros repeating similar sentiments to the Doctor aboard the Crucible in "Journey's End." The Doctor carries so much guilt about all of the devastation he's left in his wake, and this episode does a wonderfully subtle way of pulling all of that up so that when he is hit with it in "The Parting of the Ways" it makes perfect sense as to why the Doctor acts (or rather doesn't) as he does.

Another bit of foreshadowing that essentially tells us what Rose is thinking when she contains the heart of the TARDIS, is the Doctor's explanation of how the TARDIS is telepathic, likely reading the wishful thoughts of Margaret and thus giving her the chance to start again. Therefore, what Rose in "Parting of the Ways" does is what *she* wants. When she speaks of "her Doctor," it's not the TARDIS speaking, it's Rose. Rose is the one who wants to protect her Doctor and make everything right. The heart of the TARDIS was merely fulfilling her wishes.

Pfft, filler, indeed!

But that's two episodes from now. Sticking with "Boom Town," again, what Davies gave us with the many discussions between Margaret/Blon and the Doctor was a reminder of all of the devastation that the Doctor has left in his wake, something that, of course, he never forgets. But it's also been something that's he's submerged somewhat while basking in the light and joy of Rose. That heavy weight was brought back to the forefront of his mind. And as always, Christopher Eccleston was wonderfully on-target every moment. Whether playing the light-hearted moments with Rose, Jack and Mickey, or the darker, yet pretending to be light, scenes with Margaret/Blon, you feel everything that the Doctor is feeling. Eccleston has said that the Doctor is his most instinctive role ever and it shows in how he so completely inhabits the character.

Matching him note for note is Annette Badland as Margaret/Blon. I thought she was wonderful in "Aliens of London/World War 3," but her role wasn't noticeably large enough to justify a full write-up on her talent, especially when I knew that the "Boom Town" review was around the corner (or, erm, three and a half months later). Badland is just quite incredible; I'd put her high up there in the ranks of the best guest actors the show has had. Two particular scenes stand out. The first is the scene with the reporter, Cathy, when Margaret is in the bathroom. Even with just her voice coming from the alien form, you could feel the confusion and struggle, alongside the tenderness as Blon responded to Cathy's personal revelations. It was beautifully done.

The second scene -- the dinner between the Doctor and Margaret -- was a masterful tour-de-force of acting between Badland and Eccleston, a perfect mix of timing and expert direction. And because it was cut with scenes of Mickey and Rose, we were able to enjoy in the talent of the two in both the somewhat comical dueling nature of the first part of the scene where Margaret kept getting thwarted by the Doctor, followed by the much more serious in tone section where she plead for her life. Magnificent.

And not just in those two scenes, but with every scene, every bit, every line, Badland was fabulous. Take for example the crisp delivery here in the last line, just selling the scene, the character perfectly:
Cathy: And then just recently Mr. Cleaver, the government's nuclear advisor.
Margaret/Blon: Slipped on an icy patch.
Cathy: He was decapitated.
Margaret/Blon: It was a very icy patch.
Of course, the dialogue helped. Of all of series one episodes thus far, this is by far my favorite Davies script. All of the dialogue quoted above I found particularly memorable, but there were some other lovely bits as well.

The Doctor: You've been in that skin suit too long. You've forgotten. There used to be a real Margaret Blaine. You killed her and stripped her and used the skin. You're pleading for mercy out of a dead woman's lips.
The final line here has a quiet power to it. It gives me pause every time I hear it.
Margaret/Blon: Since you're taking me to my death, that makes you my executioners. Each and every one of you.
Mickey: You deserve it.
Margaret/Blon: You're very quick to say so. You're very quick to soak your hands in my blood. Which makes you better than me how exactly?
Of course, Mickey and the lot of them are all still much better than her because they aren't greedy, murderers who seek to steal and murder without compunction, but the power of the statement is such that no one could summon up that response when faced with someone they *were* sending to their death.
Margaret/Blon: I wonder if you could do it. Sit with a creature you’re about to kill and take supper. How strong is your stomach?
The Doctor: Strong enough.
Margaret/Blon: I wonder. I’ve seen you fight your enemies. Now dine with them.
Just some lovely phrasing by Davies there. And on a lighter note, I always get a kick out of this one:
Secretary: The Lord Mayor says, thank you for, for popping by. She'd love to have a chat but, um, she's up to her eyes in paperwork ... perhaps if you could make an appointment, for, for next week...?
The Doctor: She's climbing out the window, isn't she?
Secretary: {Pausing, before ...} Yes she is.
Hee!

So, some fabulous dialogue, marvelous performances, some lovely character arcs and well-executed points of foreshadowing, I simply DO NOT understand the low standing "Boom Town" holds in the fandom. I am truly baffled. I quite, quite enjoy this episode. A lot.

Time for random observations ...

- I liked the callbacks in this episode: To, of course, AoL/WW3, but also Gwyneth and the Gelth in "The Unquiet Dead," as well as teleporting Cassandra back in "The End of the World."

- Poor, Doctor! Now he's hitting up Mickey with prompts about his looks. Oh, Doctor, you are handsome!

- This is, by far, my absolute favorite look of Rose in the whole series: The cute, loose pigtails, the multi-colored scarf, mini-skirt, jean jacket, dark stockings and boots. The whole look is just adorable!


See, just adorable!

- Speaking of looking good, this is another episode that had a lot of "Christopher Eccleston is yummy" shots! (Phew! Especially the second one.)







- I've mentioned time and again that I do not get the whole Doctor/Rose/Jack best friends forever and ever -- and I still think it's wildly over-exaggerated -- but I do admit that their scene in the TARDIS when Mickey first arrives ending with the high-fives all-around and the three confirming their cleverness was adorable.

- But, but ... this episode also gave me the scene I think that set up my grumpiness about Jack being there in the way of the Doctor/Rose yumminess. After Margaret/Blon released Rose, instead of going to the Doctor, being in his arms, being comforted by him ... she goes to Jack's side. Jack is the one who reassures her and comforts her briefly. Dangit! That's the Doctor's job. Yeah, I'm just never getting over my Jack issues. Clearly.

- I mentioned the two key foreshadowing elements above with regards to the Doctor's guilt issues and the power of the heart of the TARDIS, but there were other, smaller moments contained within the episode. When the rift was mentioned to Margaret/Blon, she casually -- too casually -- denied knowing anything about it, but it was subtle enough that when she revealed that she damn well knew all about the rift, it was a nice, little 'aha!' moment. Also, we had the Doctor early on commenting on the nature of the police boxes of the 60's actually being a place to hold a prisoner until a police escort came that played off when Rose later made the observation that TARDIS would actually *be* doing that very thing that a real police box was designed for when they captured Margaret/Blon.

- Heh, and after Rose made that observation, Margaret/Blon punctured her little Rose-bubble of joy by pointing out that they'd all be executioners as well. This was the second time she had done so. Earlier, just on the heels of Rose's joy over correctly pronouncing Raxicoricofallapatorious, Margaret/Blon punctured that happy moment by letting them all know that a death sentence was awaiting her return to Raxicoricofallapatorious. Killjoy!

- I likely wouldn't have picked up on this were it not for a discussion about the Doctor using the phrase "just the Doctor" being arrogant or not in butterfly's journal, but seeing as it did just happen, I couldn't help but note how the Doctor introduced himself in this episode. And, yup, totally arrogant. The whole attitude is very 'I'm just THE Doctor. No other title necessary because no one else could possibly be me.' It actually came across as one of Nine's much more arrogant moments, and it stuck a chord of memory because he does always introduce himself as such. It's always with that 'I am just that awesome!' tone of voice, and accompanied by a cheeky smile that confirms that belief. So I must side with those who take his simple pronouncement as inherently a sign of his arrogance.

- Heh, I totally forgot that Jack's gestured 'whatever' bit came from this episode. Heh.

- Bad Wolf. Ooh.

- Finally, a little nitpick. I rarely spot these so when I do, I'm unreasonably proud of myself. So, they landed in the daytime, the next scene, Margaret/Blon is having her press meeting where her picture is taken. A scene or so later, the foursome are having lunch and the Doctor sees the newspaper with said picture on the front. An article/picture happens in under a few hours in Cardiff? Okaaay. And we know it's the same day because of the whole 24-hours on the rift dialogue. Still, a very small quibble with an otherwise excellent episode.

Filler, hah!

Finally, handporn! time. I'm a tad disappointed in my beloved Rusty: No visible, 100% handporn. Still, you can fanwank a hand-hold here right after Rose slips her arm into the crook of the Doctor's arm as they head off into Cardiff.

Watch the quick clip (via Imeem), or download it here.


I love, love, love how at the end of the clip, Rose has turned to him and is literally, *literally* bouncing in front of the Doctor in her glee. I love Rose! ♥

And here are some caps of it:





So, see you can argue that they *were* holding hands for a bit. It's certainly plausible. And look, look how Rose has her head against his shoulder. Aww! It's the like the back shot of the Doctor and Rose from "The End of the World." See?



And that's all she wrote. Finally.

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    Diana: Hero -- Mickeybutterfly on November 16th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
    Aw. I really do adore this episode. The bits of Doctor/Rose that we get are so cute (she *hearts* the TARDIS, too. Getting a name right is reason enough for a hug!) and I love the realism of the Rose and Mickey conversations. Painful, but both real and necessary.
    Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on November 17th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
    Yes, the Mickey and Rose conversations were necessary for Rose's overall arc and how anyone could call this episode filler is truly beyond me. So much strong emotional stuff that sets up the next two episodes take place right here.

    It's just a lovely, lovely episode.
    Giorgia: DW - doctorapprovedtazza_di_jo on November 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
    I LOVE this episode! The first few light-hearted minutes, the fact that it deals with how Rose has been treating Mickey, the dinner and conversation between Nine and Blon... all of it! Thank you for this brilliant review.
    Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on November 17th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
    There is so very much jam-packed into this episode -- character-wise and emotionally-speaking, and it's alongside a pretty good plot. I love it. It's easily and far and away my third favorite episode of series one.
    Marina: billie looking upjavabreeze on November 17th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
    Boomtown is my favorite episode of series 1 hands down. I love everything about it.
    Arabian: Billie Piper_03arabian on November 17th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
    Aww, your favorite? That's cool. I can totally see why. As I said above, it's my third fave (and I don't think that either BW or TPotW will replace it) and I have a feeling it will make the overall top ten list. It's just quite wonderful all-around.
    turning pages over run away to nowhere: [dw] no one loves me like youdebs7 on November 17th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
    I read this do I get a cookie?

    I adore Boomtown for pretty much most of the reasons you wrote here. It's definitely not a filler and has quite a few forboding things happen that are necessary for future episodes.

    I feel the need to watch this episode again :)

    and yes - totally phoar moment on the second eccles picture with the smirk *fans self*
    Arabian: Christopher Eccleston_01arabian on November 17th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)


    Hee! Enjoy. :D

    I still can not fathom how anyone can consider this filler, really.

    Watch it again, it'll be an absolute treat! Eccleston looks so good in this one.
    Salienne de Lioncourtsalienne on November 17th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
    Personally, I never understood The Boomtown hate, because I love the episode. I love the character arcs, the look at the darker side of the Doctor, the atmosphere, the humor, the issues brought up, and the Rose/Doctor/Mickey stuff. I must say, I never got the booty call vibe (I honestly just thought Rose wanted to see her boyfriend after being reminded of him by two other "unavailable" guys; I mean, she doesn't bring the hotel up, he does--which, yeah, still not ideal, but not quite as bad as seeing him as quick-shag-boy), but said booty call vibe could work, even if I still don't necessarily agree that's all there is to it. I mean, Rose does love Mickey; there's just a lot of taking-him-for-granted there.

    But, yes, you've pointed out a lot of those great moments in here. Awesome review! :)
    Arabian: Dr Who (9)arabian on November 17th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
    Personally, I never understood The Boomtown hate, because I love the episode.

    Yeah, it's really ragged upon in the fandom, and I don't get it either.

    I love the character arcs, the look at the darker side of the Doctor, the atmosphere, the humor, the issues brought up, and the Rose/Doctor/Mickey stuff.

    Yes, exactly. All of it just works and flows in and out so organically so very well.

    I must say, I never got the booty call vibe (I honestly just thought Rose wanted to see her boyfriend after being reminded of him by two other "unavailable" guys; I mean, she doesn't bring the hotel up, he does--which, yeah, still not ideal, but not quite as bad as seeing him as quick-shag-boy), but said booty call vibe could work, even if I still don't necessarily agree that's all there is to it.

    I got that vibe this time around because of how she tells him she didn't really need her passport and the way she grins and responds to his query about the hotel. Just knowing that in the last couple of episodes she considered herself boyfriend-less, flirted with Jack and the Doctor in the previous episode, mildly flirted with Adam a few before that ... it just adds up to Rose not really thinking of Mickey as her boyfriend at all anymore. And because, whether it fit with what's happened thus far, it DID happen, Moffat brought sex into the arena with the whole "dancing" conversation about Jack AND the Doctor, so again, it all just reasoned to mind to me that, yes, she was looking for a booty call. She just so easily jumped to that yes with an air of expectation when he asked about the hotel.

    I mean, Rose does love Mickey; there's just a lot of taking-him-for-granted there.

    See, and I don't think she loves him. I think she cares for him greatly, but I don't believe she loves him. She's been to careless and thoughtless with regard to him too often, too many times for me to believe that she loves him. Cares greatly? Yes. Is fond of? Yeah. Likes as a person? Absolutely. But loves? No. I don't buy that.

    Thanks for the response (and I swear I will get to responding to your comments on TDD.)

    Edited at 2008-11-17 01:04 am (UTC)
    (no subject) - salienne on November 24th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
    (no subject) - arabian on November 25th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
    Pervy Nine Fancierhonorh on November 17th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
    I never saw this episode as "filler," either. Kinda surprised me when I found out that's what some people think. No, it was very important to the seasonal arc; without it, BW/PotW kinda dangles.

    While I do feel bad for Mickey because he's so in love with Rose, and she's basically already gone, I kind of get mad at him, too. He was offered a chance to get aboard the TARDIS, a chance he turned down and asked the Doctor to cover for him. And then, not only in this episode, but in TCI, he gets resentful when Rose talks about her life--because that's what her "TARDIS tales" are. I lose sympathy for him because of that. But then I get some back because in this episode, he was smacked in the face with the fact that Rose and the Doctor were in love.

    I do love Jack, and I love the friendship he, the Doctor and Rose built over however much time they had together. He does seem to have gotten the message that Rose is off-limits and only flirts with the Doctor in this episode, but he and Rose have some cute moments, too. I find their friendship all the more touching in view of his revelation in "Utopia" that a century later, linear time, he still wanted to see her so much that he looked in on her when she was a child. As for the Doctor and Jack, well, the Doctor lets Jack work on his true love, the TARDIS. Doesn't get much friendlier than that!

    Totally agree on Badlund. She was fabulous, and she and CE played off each other beautifully. Definitely one of the better guest stars and guest roles.
    wendymr: Jack only saying hellowendymr on November 17th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
    I hadn't considered what we later learn about Jack going back to watch Rose grow up in conjunction with this episode, but you're so right. It really does sow the seeds of the Jack who loved - not just fancied - her so much that he went back to watch her. Between this episode and the final two, that love he has for both of them is so evident that it transcends the flirting. He flirts because it's habit; he watches over them both, guards them, does his best to shield them from danger or hurt, and in the end goes off to die for them because he loves them.

    That's just beautiful character development of the man who entered their lives as a conman :)
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    ♫  michelle ♫: dw :: rose wonders wtf with the handmarcasite on November 17th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
    Thank you for this. I agree with everything you said and more! I loved this episode very much. Filler or not, this episode provided us with some closure to Rose's relationship with Mickey and allowed us to see a bit of the Doctor's vulnerability.

    Thank you for the effort you put into this!
    Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on November 17th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
    Filler or not, this episode provided us with some closure to Rose's relationship with Mickey and allowed us to see a bit of the Doctor's vulnerability.

    Right there -- "provided us with some closure to Rose's relationship with Mickey" -- that alone flat-out tells me that the episode is not filler. I think if something that hit emotional beats of the character arc like this did in series two, three or four that it would not have been thought of as filler because people were likely still getting used to the idea of Who being character-driven.

    Thank you for the effort you put into this!

    You're welcome; thank you for commenting. :D
    wendymr: OT3 and TARDISwendymr on November 17th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
    One of the notable things about S1 for me is that there are no bad episodes. None that I avoid watching again - not a single one. I can't say that about any other season since then. S2: Tooth and Claw, GITF, Love and Monsters - apart from five minutes of Jackie defending the Doctor and Rose to Elton. S3: the only episode I really enjoy watching again is Utopia. S4: I will never, ever watch SitL/FotD again if I can help it.

    I've always liked Boom Town, even if originally I saw the Rose/Mickey sub-plot as getting in the way of my main ship (and it didn't take too long to come around to seeing it as important anyway). I love the Doctor/Rose/Jack dynamic - I know you dislike Jack and don't/won't see the trio friendship dynamic in the same way as I do (and, honestly, it's there as well in the final two episodes). I just loved seeing the way the three have clearly bonded and work so tightly together as a team. It's obvious in the first TARDIS scenes, when they're at the town hall, and then later in the TARDIS when Blon's trying to destroy the planet. I love the way Jack acts so protective towards Rose when Blon lets her go - and that he does nothing until the Doctor tells him to - and I love his protective caring towards the Doctor earlier when the Doctor's watching the monitor.

    Most of all, though, the Doctor-Blon scenes are some of the best television we've seen in DW. The pacing of the conversations, intercut with other scenes. The sheer brilliance of the acting from both stars. The chemistry between the two of them. And, on a substantive note, the morality discussion really leaves us thinking. Part of me would have loved to see the Doctor having to make a decision - I do wonder, with this Doctor and in the aftermath of the Time War, whether he could have gone through with handing Blon over to be executed despite all she'd done. Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, brilliantly thought-provoking.

    It's not my favourite episode of the season - that's Father's Day, with TDD a close second - but it's got a lot there that I enjoy rewatching.

    (BTW, it's Gelth, not Gelf. It's an accent/pronunciation thing; Londoners frequently pronounce -th as -f. Oh, and jean jacket = denim jacket? Always puzzled me, that one).
    Arabian: Dr Who (9)arabian on November 17th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
    One of the notable things about S1 for me is that there are no bad episodes. None that I avoid watching again - not a single one.

    I can only say that about series three simply because there's nothing that happens in that season that I find so wholly unwatchable -- even Tinkerbell!JesusDoctor!, although that would definitely be fast-forward material, whereas the other three have episodes I won't watch again. I will likely never watch "The Empty Child" again, and will probably fast-forward through parts of "The Long Game" and quite a bit of "The Doctor Dances" when doing rewatch sessions. And, of course, there is "The Girl in the Fireplace" in series two which I'll never watch again, and the only thing that could ever compel me to watch "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" again would be my crack-dream-theory coming true and the Doctor that River met is actually Morrissey's Doctor. Since the likelihood of that happening is not, like you, I'll never watch that two-parter again.

    I've always liked Boom Town, even if originally I saw the Rose/Mickey sub-plot as getting in the way of my main ship (and it didn't take too long to come around to seeing it as important anyway).

    Yeah, I felt that way the last time I watched it, and through the first couple of scenes here, but when looking at it with even a slightly analytical eye, it's clear that what happened in this episode HAD to happen for any true forward momentum with the Doctor and Rose. I don't believe we could have gotten the degree of how Rose was about the Doctor in "The Parting of the Ways" -- and the events here also helped explain the Doctor's reaction to Lynda to me as well -- without her finding closure with Mickey.

    I love the Doctor/Rose/Jack dynamic - I know you dislike Jack and don't/won't see the trio friendship dynamic in the same way as I do (and, honestly, it's there as well in the final two episodes).

    As I said above to honorh: I am discovering an appreciation for Jack and the friendship between the Doctor, Rose and Jack in these rewatch-sessions, but I just honestly don't get why the Doctor/Rose twosome had to have an addition. I can appreciate the friendship of the three, but it doesn't make me want just my Doctor and Rose alone again any less. We only had a few episodes left with Nine and Rose, and I wanted to focus on them ... not the two of them, oh and Jack. That's what it comes to for me. So, I do feel much less embittered towards Jack than I previously had. I can say that I do like him now and I really did enjoy the scenes with them in the TARDIS throughout the episode. It just goes back to, well, what you said above: I saw the Rose/Mickey sub-plot as getting in the way of my main ship -- I saw/see the Jack character getting in the way of my main ship. I adore Nine/Rose so much and we had so little of them that it always hurts a little that the last five episodes are shared with a third party. I just want my Rose and Doctor.

    I love the way Jack acts so protective towards Rose when Blon lets her go

    I had no problem with Jack protecting her, it was just ... again, this had always been the Doctor's role and so it just heightened to me that someone else was there now and a part of that inner circle. And I just want my Doctor and Rose in an inner circle of two. Others can hang around, but at the end of the day, I just like to see the Doctor and Rose. On further thought, though, of course, I say that here, but then now I'm always going on about how a perfect Who would be the Doctor and Rose traveling with Donna. So maybe my love of Donna and that friendship vibe I envision with the three has helped me accept the idea of Nine/Rose and Jack more as well.

    and that he does nothing until the Doctor tells him to

    I did love that.

    and I love his protective caring towards the Doctor earlier when the Doctor's watching the monitor

    I didn't see it that as such simply because I'm not sure that Jack actually saw what the Doctor was looking at.

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    aroniwen on November 17th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
    I'll admit, that the first time I watched this episode I thought it got a bit dull... but that was when it was the third episode that I'd ever seen and I hadn't much of a clue about the characters. Now? Now I think it's one of the most fun episodes of the series, as well as dealing with some of the darker stuff. A nice balance, it what I'm saying-- and all about the characters, we need it to put them into a place where they CAN play their roles in BW/POTW. (and I always have to point out that hug when people in fandom claim that Nine and Rose were all serious!brooding!angst. They weren't, they played with each other.)

    And I kind of agree about the whole Jack thing, it felt a little abrupt, I feel like we kind of missed their whole relationship with Jack, like it happened off screen and we were supposed to infer it. Which is ok, but doesn't really make me feel it. Also, he didn't know that the TARDIS was a police box? I have no clue what kind of time line this episode was supposed to fit into. How long had he been traveling with them?

    That being said, if I went on it'd just be agreeing with you. Rose/Mickey and how it was necessary, yes! The Doctor character development, yay! Eccleston was amazing (always).

    I love these reviews of yours. A LOT.
    aroniwen on November 17th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
    mmm, I meant to say one more thing, and then I missed it. I really like how you emphasized their examination of the problems of the Doctor's lifestyle and actions. I think they did a really good job of it in series one especially (there seems to be some inconsistency on this point in later seasons. And this is pretty much the tour de force of that examination in this episode. How much do I love that they put this kind of thinking into a kids show?
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    Aislynn: Doctor Who - Nine Rose soulmatesageless_aislynn on November 17th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
    Oh, very, very nice review! You brought up a lot of great points and I really enjoyed reading it all! :D (And all of the yummy pics were pretty much icing on the cake... ;) )

    I do get where you're coming from about Jack's involvement in the mix. I guess I never really resented his inclusion mainly because I really liked him right away, probably because he didn't feel like a threat to Nine/Rose since he flirted with them both and obviously cared a lot about both of them. And plus I watched s1 for the first time right after s3 had ended, so it felt like we had such preciously short time with Nine and Rose anyway that Jack didn't take away any more of it for me than, say, Mickey did. There were still so many squee-worthy Nine/Rose moments here! *draws hearts around them* ♥!

    You know, I didn't realize this ep was that despised by the fandom at large! O_O I've always felt like it was a vital part of the final bunch of eps, kinda wrapping up things from Margaret/Blon's earlier eps and setting the stage for the final ones. ;)

    Anyway, I don't really have much to add to the discussion. I mainly just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed all your hard work. Great job! :D ♥!
    Arabian: Dr Who (9)arabian on November 17th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
    Oh, very, very nice review! You brought up a lot of great points and I really enjoyed reading it all! :D (And all of the yummy pics were pretty much icing on the cake... ;) )

    Thank you! I try and throw in appropriate pics where I can because the show is so pretty!

    I do get where you're coming from about Jack's involvement in the mix. I guess I never really resented his inclusion mainly because I really liked him right away

    Had I liked him, the characterization, Barrowman, etc, I probably would have liked him a lot more too.

    probably because he didn't feel like a threat to Nine/Rose since he flirted with them both and obviously cared a lot about both of them.

    Well, there was so much time spent with Rose at first, and it wasn't that HE flirted with Rose, it was how out of character Rose was in how she responded to him (oh, Moffat!) that bothered me so. I always got a kick out of how he flirted with the Doctor because the Doctor was so not interested in Jack, but also secure in himself that he was amused by Jack's flirting. It was completely harmless.

    And plus I watched s1 for the first time right after s3 had ended

    And that already gave such a view of Jack's love of the Doctor and Rose and how he knew of their relationship/bond. You already had that in place.

    so it felt like we had such preciously short time with Nine and Rose anyway that Jack didn't take away any more of it for me than, say, Mickey did.

    Ah, but for me, Mickey was always an outsider and not part of their inner circle.

    There were still so many squee-worthy Nine/Rose moments here! *draws hearts around them*♥!

    Totally agree. Again, that Raxacoricofallapatorious hug is my single favorite Nine/Rose moment. LOVES!

    You know, I didn't realize this ep was that despised by the fandom at large! O_O I've always felt like it was a vital part of the final bunch of eps, kinda wrapping up things from Margaret/Blon's earlier eps and setting the stage for the final ones. ;)

    I was surprised when I found out so myself and then when I rewatched it the first time, I was even more surprised because it's so, so good.

    Anyway, I don't really have much to add to the discussion. I mainly just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed all your hard work. Great job! :D ♥!

    Thank you, and thank you for taking the time to comment; it means a lot. :D
    But you can call me Bowie: dr who 9/rose two of usisiscaughey on November 17th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
    It's weird- I remember finding "Boomtown" very much a filler episode the first time through, and so I avoided re-watching it for a long while. Finally, when I was introducing a friend to the brilliancy of S1, I re-watched it, and loved it. I think there must be something about the episode that really requires a more knowledgeable, in-depth viewing or re-watching to really get into it.
    eolivet on November 17th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
    Davies made it quite, quite clear in this outing that her attraction to Jack really is based on his resemblance to the Doctor.

    Wow, what an awesome point...I never really thought about it that way. :D

    I don't love this ep, mainly for the Rose/Mickey stuff. I just found Mickey so beyond useless, so his mere presence downgrades the ep for me. But the Doctor/Margaret portion of the plot is fan-freaking-tastic. :D The dinner scene is really some of CE's finest acting of the series, and as you said, the actress who plays Margaret matches him, stride for stride. :)

    I never realized until you put the dialogue in quotes how really beautifully written it is. But again, that's not the Rose/Mickey stuff...I'll put it down to RTD not liking the subplot as much as I did, so he didn't try as hard...hee! :p

    But unfortunately...probably my fourth least favorite ep of S1 (after AoL/WWIII and TLG) :/ Though your review has certainly given me pause, I can't think of other eps I'd rank below it (even the dreaded Moffat two-parter). So...it's still #10 of the season, for me. :p
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    Mari: DW Mr and Mrs Whofaeryaeryn on November 17th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
    Ohhhh, amazing review!!!!!!!!!
    I love this episode, I like so many things about it, and I agree with almost everything you wrote, LOL

    This moment below is one of my all time favorite Doctor/Rose moments! So cute :-)
    The utter joy on their faces, the bliss and happiness as he swoops her up into his arms, lifting her off of her feet, Rose's beaming smile and the Doctor's delighted expression of pride ... see?

    And I couldn't agree more about Rose's look...it is my favorite of all, LOL
    This is, by far, my absolute favorite look of Rose in the whole series: The cute, loose pigtails, the multi-colored scarf, mini-skirt, jean jacket, dark stockings and boots. The whole look is just adorable!

    And the best thing is....NINE and Rose!
    Arabian: Dr Who (9) - Victorianarabian on November 18th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
    Ohhhh, amazing review!!!!!!!!

    Thank you. :D

    This moment below is one of my all time favorite Doctor/Rose moments! So cute :-)

    That hug is seriously my fave Nine/Rose moment and probably in my top three (if not number one) favorite Doctor/Rose moment period. I just love it SO MUCH!

    And I couldn't agree more about Rose's look...it is my favorite of all

    She looked ADORABLY AWESOME!!!

    And the best thing is....NINE and Rose!

    Yuppers!
    Tarot: My Doctorbigbadwolfeboro on November 18th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
    Lovely piece of writing this. I'm glad I found it.
    Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on November 19th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
    Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
    sammie28 on November 20th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
    btw, I didn't get to say in the previous review how much I love these. I saw 1-10 and 1-11 at the same time - it was like Christmas early! :-)

    I do believe it came from what I perceived as the "easy out".... Now, I see that it was a reprieve before "The Parting of the Ways"....

    That's what bothered me - the easy out. Perhaps you're right, that it was a reprieve.

    Still, I don't know if I agree with RTD's assumption that Blon's death is akin to the deaths the Doctor has caused. In every circumstance, the Doctor defends the innocent. Often it's a Pyrrhic victory, but no one doubts he is on the right side. Innocent people die as the Doctor defends them; if he didn't, they'd die anyhow.

    Blon wronged Raxicoricofallapatorians AND hurt Earth. Here 9 defends a guilty person. As you said, they ARE better than Blon - they're not greedy murderers! Our views on the death penalty do not make Blon innocent.

    "Boomtown" is thus an entirely different dilemma. This is not "Dr defends the innocent and many die"; it's "Can I defend a murderer against the death penalty"? He can't even decide which side is right; it's a more basic dilemma than the usual. Yes, both involve death, but no one says elephants and chairs are the same though they all have 4 legs. When Blon says "Only a killer would know that", it is a political move, drawing parallels where there are none.

    I don't know - I always thought a reprieve for the Dr would be him defending innocent lives (since that's the usual), but this time everybody lives.

    My problem with this episode is that RTD brings up a fantastic problem as the main storyline and then brushes past it (2 comment from 9) rather than addressing it. Blon never faces consequences at all. I'm happy for Blon, but changing doesn't erase past actions. Even if Hitler had truly been sorry, a judge still couldn't pat him on the head and say, "Adolfie, now you know that killing 6 mil is wrong, and we'll let you go because you're reformed."

    I could do with a very un-action-oriented story (e.g. "Father's Day"), and this main storyline has such potential. But as it is, it's unstimulating in emotion, in action, in intellect (imo). The rest of the episode: excellent. This, no.
    Arabian: I ♥ RTDarabian on November 25th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
    btw, I didn't get to say in the previous review how much I love these. I saw 1-10 and 1-11 at the same time - it was like Christmas early! :-)

    Aww, thank you.

    I do believe it came from what I perceived as the "easy out".... Now, I see that it was a reprieve before "The Parting of the Ways"....
    That's what bothered me - the easy out. Perhaps you're right, that it was a reprieve.

    I do think it was because regardless of who deserves death or not, the Doctor still positively ABHORS whenever that decision is put in his hands. I do see your points about Blon being a bad, bad person (alien), but as I said above I believe the reprieve comes from not him deciding who *deserves* to die, but simply having to make the choice period. THAT is the dilemma. It's not about defending the innocent or the guilty; the Doctor has been responsible for the deaths of so many innocent AND guilty. It's about the weight and guilt of having to make the decision of who dies that haunts him. He doesn't want that decision; he doesn't want to ever have to make that choice and yet he finds himself so often in that position. By taking away that decision about Blon, that was his reprieve: This was one death he didn't have to call. He's not so lucky in the next scenario.

    My problem with this episode is that RTD brings up a fantastic problem as the main storyline and then brushes past it (2 comment from 9) rather than addressing it. Blon never faces consequences at all. I'm happy for Blon, but changing doesn't erase past actions. Even if Hitler had truly been sorry, a judge still couldn't pat him on the head and say, "Adolfie, now you know that killing 6 mil is wrong, and we'll let you go because you're reformed."

    But that's not what happened. And we don't know that the Doctor WOULDN'T have brought her back to Raxacorricofallapatorious. He very well may have. We don't know. (He almost definitely would have.) The dilemma, the problem wasn't about the Doctor deciding if she deserves to live or die, but simply deciding if she WILL live or die. He already knew that she deserved it. The dilemma was dealing with one more death upon his hands. He would never claim that any Dalek death wasn't deserved, but it doesn't make him feel any less horribly guilty about it because he was the one responsible.

    I could do with a very un-action-oriented story (e.g. "Father's Day"), and this main storyline has such potential. But as it is, it's unstimulating in emotion, in action, in intellect (imo). The rest of the episode: excellent. This, no.

    And, see, obviously, I differ in that I DO think it was very stimulating and brought forth a lot of food for thought that then played out more fully in the next two episodes.

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    sammie28 on November 20th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
    I *wish* that I could appreciate [Barrowman] more

    I'm not a JB fan either. I don't mind him, and LOVELY voice, but - not a fan.

    Still, I like Jack as a companion (but not in threesomes). I like watching his guy-guy friendship with the Doctor and wish Rose had a female friend on the TARDIS (e.g. Sarah Jane or Donna!). The dynamics are different. Plus, Jack is another technological mind; Rose just isn't tech-ish, even if she did help pilot the TARDIS in "TEC".


    Now, it's the end of the Mickey/Rose relationship really, but still it's the Mickey/Rose episode.

    Yes! I never thought of it this way, but you're right - it's a M/R episode. While painful to watch, they were brilliant. RTD brings home the impact of Rose's choices.

    I would've liked this as the forefront story, another Rose episode with the Dr watching (since poor Jack does nothing this episode anyhow): 9 deals with what happens when Rose DOES chose him over another man (vs. "Father's Day")!


    Billie Piper did a wonderful job selling Rose's actions in this episode without making her look like a selfish brat.

    Amen. This had the potential to go badly, but RTD and BP pulled it off so well.

    Yes, Mickey's blind, but I feel bad for him. RTD said Mickey lived his life very rightly and has been suffering for it, and I agree. Poor, dependable Mickey.

    I always wondered if Mickey/Rose had to do with growing up with Rose: he knows Jackie well enough ("Father's Day") even from when Rose was a baby, and the Tylers and Mickey use each other's apartments as their own. The familiarity goes back a long time.


    Davies made it quite, quite clear in this outing that her attraction to Jack really is based on his resemblance to the Doctor.

    Do you mean here or in "TDD", when Rose says, "I trust him because he's like you"?


    we witnessed just the slightest bit of stalker-like behavior from the Doctor in this episode.

    Oh, I never even considered that! Also, that opening scene where the camera pans in on 9's face as he watches Mickey/Rose in the TARDIS. It IS stalkerish, isn't it? Creepy old man watching young pretty companion on a video camera - it's like a bad stalker movie. Must be something wrong with me that I wasn't squicked out, lol.


    Badland is just quite incredible;

    I really liked her as well. I've seen some other things she's been in, and she's just underused. She did evil in this one so well, and I saw her in one where she did awkward novice to a T.


    The Doctor: She's climbing out the window, isn't she?
    Secretary: {Pausing, before ...} Yes she is.


    I LOVE that scene. It's my favorite, the way the camera never leaves CE; all the action is heard offscreen and seen reflected in 9's face. Like the teacup. lol


    Poor, Doctor! Now he's hitting up Mickey with prompts about his looks.

    rotflol. "Are you saying I'm not handsome?" And I love that blinky light - JB said in the commentary, "Chris liked the light because it made him look even dorkier than usual" - lol.


    This is, by far, my absolute favorite look of Rose in the whole series:

    You're right. Rose has always been pretty, but this brings it out - it's not slutty but adorable, flirty, still modest. And thank God for awesome hair after her 3-ep bad hair week!


    Heh, I totally forgot that Jack's gestured 'whatever' bit....

    Mickey and Jack are hilarious. Mickey said what we ALL think, and Jack's reply was so...hehe. And the opening: "Whatever you're selling, we're not buying." I can never figure out from that throwaway line if Jack is being cute or if they've really had door-to-door salesmen!



    I believe it was wendymr who said that she felt there were no bad episodes in Series 1, and I must agree. That is the only series I've watched every episode more than once, even the ones I didn't like as much. I prefer "EotW" and "PotW"; but "Boomtown" was better than "Long Game"!
    Arabian: Dr Who (9) - BTarabian on November 25th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
    Now, it's the end of the Mickey/Rose relationship really, but still it's the Mickey/Rose episode.
    Yes! I never thought of it this way, but you're right - it's a M/R episode. While painful to watch, they were brilliant. RTD brings home the impact of Rose's choices.

    Yup and it's something that HAD to be done before the events of BW/TPotW. Rusty really did lay the emotional groundwork for what was to come here.

    I would've liked this as the forefront story, another Rose episode with the Dr watching (since poor Jack does nothing this episode anyhow): 9 deals with what happens when Rose DOES chose him over another man (vs. "Father's Day")!

    I think it worked as is because this is NOT a soap opera and watching the dissolution of Mickey/Rose and the Doctor/Jack's reaction to it as the A-story would have been too soap opera-ish indeed if it were any more than the B-story. I'm amazed that RTD even put as much in as he did considering the kind of show that this is. And, frankly, a lot of the dismissal from fans of this episode is founded upon all of the time spent on M/R. It needed to be handled, and RTD did a fabulous job. Doing any more would have been overkill. We know how all of the principles felt (Rose, the Doctor, Mickey) by what we had on screen. Any more wasn't necessary to place their emotions about it all.

    Davies made it quite, quite clear in this outing that her attraction to Jack really is based on his resemblance to the Doctor.
    Do you mean here or in "TDD", when Rose says, "I trust him because he's like you"?

    I mean that RTD took that one line from Moffat's script (in TDD) and basically ran like hell with it. Moffat had her falling, swooning all over Jack, with that one line being the explanation for it all (Pfft!). Here, Rusty had her react in any way that could even be remotely perceived as interested at only one point in the entire episode and it was at the one point where Jack was basically reciting the Doctor's dialogue and being completely, 100% Doctor-like.

    Oh, I never even considered that! Also, that opening scene where the camera pans in on 9's face as he watches Mickey/Rose in the TARDIS. It IS stalkerish, isn't it? Creepy old man watching young pretty companion on a video camera - it's like a bad stalker movie. Must be something wrong with me that I wasn't squicked out, lol.

    That's cuz Nine is hot.

    The Doctor: She's climbing out the window, isn't she?
    Secretary: {Pausing, before ...} Yes she is.

    I LOVE that scene. It's my favorite, the way the camera never leaves CE; all the action is heard offscreen and seen reflected in 9's face. Like the teacup. lol


    Hee, the whole thing was perfect. Ah, Eccleston and his comedic timing and wonderful expressions. I love him so.
    This is, by far, my absolute favorite look of Rose in the whole series
    You're right. Rose has always been pretty, but this brings it out - it's not slutty but adorable, flirty, still modest. And thank God for awesome hair after her 3-ep bad hair week!

    Perfect description: it's not slutty but adorable, flirty, still modest. Loves!

    I believe it was wendymr who said that she felt there were no bad episodes in Series 1, and I must agree. That is the only series I've watched every episode more than once, even the ones I didn't like as much. I prefer "EotW" and "PotW"; but "Boomtown" was better than "Long Game"!

    I don't recall PotW enough to say, but I do know that I prefer "Boom Town" to EotW, but I really do like EotW too. For me, the mechanics, the script, the acting, the complexity, the drama and the humor of this one were just all incredibly, incredibly top-notch.
    stresseaterstresseater on June 21st, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
    Hi, so I'm three years too late but I'm writing this anyway because I've never seen so much love for Boom Town in one place. This episode is an amazing lesson on character study. Easily in my top 10 episodes from the RTD era. And the "dine with them" line just gets me every time.