Wow…It’s almost been 2 years since this blog has seen a post. I bet you thought I’d died. Nope. After all, dying is reserved for the Doctor
Anyway, if all goes to plan, you’ll be seeing this post a lot later than I started it. I’m going to write all of this season’s articles out and THEN start posting them. That way, I have a back log of articles written and will not need to rush to finish on a certain day. But we’re back. Yes…We’re back. Finally…
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve come to an episode that falls under a category I’d like to call “Doctor-Lite”. A “Doctor-Lite” episode is an episode where the Doctor is not a prominently featured character, and therefore doesn’t give me a lot of ammo to work with when deciding how he’ll die. In episodes like these, I will take the character most integral to the Doctor’s success and see how the episode might have ended had THEY died instead. So, without further ado, I present…Elton Dies at the End.
Elton Pope, a man obsessed with finding the Doctor joins a group named L.I.N.D.A. which was designed to do just that. After a while, a man named Victor Kennedy appears and brings them closer than ever before to finding the Doctor.
But then people from the group start disappearing.
As L.I.N.D.A.’s numbers slowly dwindle, it comes to light that Victor Kennedy is not who he says he is. He’s actually an alien creature knows as an Abzorbaloff, and his goal is to find the Doctor for “the ultimate feast”.
He’s been absorbing the members of L.I.N.D.A. and intends to absorb Elton next…
Now, in the episode, Elton’s search for the Doctor leads him to Jackie Tyler, Rose’s mother. He befriends her, and something more starts to develop between the two. But before it can fully blossom, Jackie finds a picture of Rose in Elton’s jacket pocket. She quickly (and wrongly) assumes that Elton is only after her for her connection to the Doctor, and throws him out.
This later prompts Rose to find Elton with the help of the Doctor so she can confront him. This happens just as Elton is about to be attacked by the Abzorbaloff, so the Doctor’s timely appearance spared him.
But…What if the Doctor hadn’t shown up?
So let’s assume the Doctor never showed up to save Elton. Why?
Well, after L.I.N.D.A.’s efforts to locate the Doctor end up fruitless, Victor Kennedy tells the group to target Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s companion. If they can find her, they can find the Doctor.
Elton asks around town if anyone knows Rose Tyler, using a picture he has of her. Eventually, someone does recognize her and points him in the direction of Rose’s home, where he meets Jackie.
London is a fairly large city, filled with plenty of people. It’s reasonable to assume that Elton could very well not come across someone who knows Rose Tyler. The fact that he does is pure coincidence. So if we work off the assumption that he never meets Jackie, the Doctor’s arrival becomes less likely.
Because if he never meets Jackie, Jackie never tells Rose about Elton.
And if Jackie never tells Rose about Elton, Rose has no reason to confront him.
And if Rose has no reason to confront him, the Doctor has no reason to appear.
And if the Doctor doesn’t appear? Well…
Elton is alone in the room with the Abzorbaloff. He’s already absorbed Ursula, Elton’s friend, and now he’s closing in.
“Please, no!” Elton please with the creature. “Leave me alone! Let me go!”
“Now, Elton,” it responds, “you know I can’t do that. Not no that you’ve seen too much.”
Elton continues to back away, but feels his back hit something solid. A wall. No…
He presses himself against the cold concrete as the Abzorbaloff’s grotesque figure draws closer, its bare feet making disgusting noises as they slap against the cement floor.
This is it…With one touch, Elton will be absorbed. He will cease to exist in his own body, and instead will become a part of this creature’s being.
But even as he realizes this he feels strangely calm…He knows it’ll be alright, somehow. He’ll be with Ursula. Sweet, beautiful Ursula. She’s waiting for him.
And he can’t wait to see her again…
This is a tricky one…See, Elton’s death doesn’t really affect anything at all. There’s no major threat to the planet in this episode unless you count the Abzorbaloff. But the Doctor could have encountered him later on and stopped him then. As much as the Doctor matters to Elton, Elton means nothing to the Doctor.
So…Maybe Earth survives. Maybe we live on. Who knows?
Something else might just get to the Doctor further down the line, and then? We probably won’t be so lucky.
But it’s to be expected. The Doctor is our lifeline. If he goes, we go.
And we went. All because The Doctor Died at the End.
Join me next time when we take a look at “Fear Her”, the only episode standing between us and the two-part Series Two finale.