In this episode, we meet the Doctor (who is an alien) and Rose (who is normal). Together, they will save the world. As they do so, we learn about the importance of alienness and normalness.
The world is about to end. Mercifully, the Doctor and Rose are there to watch it happen. In the ensuing explosion (and in the explosion of drum-skin-thin Cassandra) the sheer vanity of human endeavour is exposed.
Yes, it’s the one with Charles Dickens in Cardiff at Christmas. What better setting could there be for a study in rationalism and supernaturalism? (Spoiler alert: the rationalist gets converted).
A giant spaceship has crash-landed in central London. Could this be the opportunity the human race needs to “grow up” and start reaching for the stars? And what on earth would “growing up” look like?
Russel T Davies unwittingly retells one of Jesus’ most probing parables. In a story involving gangly, flatulent aliens. Don’t say this blog doesn’t deliver on high-concept theological reflections.
The Doctor stumbles upon a Dalek. The Dalek stumbles upon Rose’s DNA. And then the Dalek begins to question itself. What is it? What is it for? And what should it do with itself?
A big media organisation is lying to the human race, enslaving them through suggestion and coercion and a suppression of inquisitiveness. Mercifully the Doctor is on hand to set the truth free.
Human beings are the most important things in creation. Unless they make bad choices. But good choices earn them special honour. This is works-righteousness according to the Doctor.