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Fear Her


Fear Her was the eleventh episode in the second series of Doctor Who. This story featured an unorthodox plot point by incorporating the prominent social issue of child abuse. Tardisode 11 served as its prologue.


Synopsis


The TARDIS materializes on Dame Kelly Holmes Close on the day of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. On the street, 2x11olympicsconcern is divided between preparation for the Games, as the torchbearer will pass by on the final leg, and the continued disappearance of children from their garden. Rose also meets a ginger cat who walks into a cardboard box and disappears. Cars break down on the street. A council worker, Kel, states this has been happening all week. The source of the problems is a small girl named Chloe, who can make people disappear by drawing them.

Wandering down one of the estate streets, Rose hears a noise from one of the garages and decides to investigate. As she opens the door a round, a fuzzy Scribble creature flies out, hitting Rose square in the face. Rose swats at it helplessly. The Doctor as2_11_wal_09rrives and deactivates it with the sonic screwdriver. He deduces from residual energy and the carbon of the scribble that had attacked Rose that the problem is alien in origin.

By talking to Chloe, he learns the disappearance is related to the Isolus, an alien life-form with four billion siblings, who had befriended Chloe; she has had a troubled childhood and an abusive father. The Doctor warns that the Isolus is desperate for love too, and will use the billions of people watching the Olympic opening ceremony to replace its family.

The Doctor returns to the TARDIS and locates the Isolus pod in the Close. However, a frantic Chloe draws the TARTenth_Doctor_main14DIS and the Doctor, trapping them both in one of her sketches and forcing Rose to try to find the pod herself. She rationalizes that the pod is located on the hottest spot on the street, and is able to dig it up with a pickaxe (to Kel’s protestations). Meanwhile Chloe has caused the entire crowd at the Olympic stadium to disappear and is now set on making everyone in the world disappear. Rose realizes she needs to offer the pod heat and emotion, which she does by throwing the pod towards the torch, following a clue the Doctor left in the drawing of himself.

The missing children start to reappear, and Rose realizes that so will the demon-like drawing that Chloe had made of her father. Rose and Chloe’s mother calm Chloe enough to destroy him. However, the Doctor does not reappear like everyone else, worrying Rose.

As the torch-bearer approaches the Olympic Stadium, he staggers, but the Doctor suddenly appears, completes the run and lights the Olympic Flame. The heat of the flame and the emotion of the crowd power the pod, allowing the Isolus to return home.

As the Doctor and Rose walk off to watch the Games, Rose remarks that however hard “they” attempt, nothing will ever split up the two of them. However, the Doctor does not seem so sure, as he surmises that a storm is approaching.