Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 4

Aliens of London (31 Mar. 2006)

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The Doctor returns Rose to her own time - well, sort of - but her family reunion is ruined when a spaceship crashes in the middle of London. What is the origin of the spaceship, and where has the Prime Minister gone in this time of crisis?


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The Doctor and Rose return to present day London where she finds that she hasn't been away for the 12 hours she thought had gone by, but 12 months. Her mother had been searching for her frantically, having filed a report with the police and putting posters with her photo on every lamp post. To their amazement, an alien spacecraft crashes in the Thames and Earth has it's first contact with extra-terrestrial beings. The Prime Minister has vanished however and those in charge are not what they seem to be. Working with the only Member of Parliament who seems to be in London, Rose and the Doctor battle a race of alien beings, the Slitheen, who want to destroy the Earth and sell if off, piece by piece. Written by garykmcd

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Naoko Mori would reprise her role of Toshiko Sato in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood (2006). However, unlike her role as a pathologist in Aliens of London, Toshiko is portrayed as a technical expert on Torchwood. This continuity problem was fixed in Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008) when she revealed that she was filling in for Torchwood's doctor Owen Harper, who was hungover. See more »


When Rose enters the TARDIS after the Doctor returns from the hospital, the Powell Estate is clearly not outside the door; it is simply a black background. See more »


[first lines]
[the TARDIS materializes on the Powell Estate, and the Doctor and Rose step out]
Rose Tyler: How long have I been gone?
The Doctor: Twelve hours.
[They both laugh]
Rose Tyler: Oooh! Right, I won't be long, I'm just gonna see my mum.
The Doctor: What're you going to tell her?
Rose Tyler: I don't know! I've been to the year 5 billion... and only been gone, what, 12 hours?
[the Doctor gives something between a laugh and a snort]
Rose Tyler: No, I'll just tell her I've spent the night at Shareen's. See you later!
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Something For No One
29 April 2007 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

You can just imagine Russell T Davies writing Aliens Of London /World War 3 with the explicit reasoning that it would contain something that would appeal to everyone watching . Unfortunately there's the very real danger that RTD has written something that will appeal to no one and just as bad it's at this point we start to see how much of a problem he has in creating a coherent plot structure

The story starts with a pre title sequence which has no bearing on the rest of the story - The Doctor has returned Rose to her London housing estate but the problem is that a whole year has passed since she left at the end of the first episode . Cut to her being questioned by the police as to whether she's been having a " sexual relationship " with this man known only as The Doctor . Considering Rose is 19 and has joined The Doctor of her own free will - And let's not forget she phoned her mother letting her know she's all right in End Of The World

  • you'll be puzzled as to why so much time is taken up with subplot .

Was it just written so RTD could use the phrase " sexual relationship " ?

But it gets worse because the Slitheen arrive on Earth and they use peoples skin to disguise themselves as humans or rather human British politicians ( A contradiction in terms ? ) in order to start WW3 and in using someones skin there's a gas exchange which leads to squeaking noises which leads to a classic terrible line : " Do you mind not farting while I'm saving the planet ? " Very clever Russell I musn't say and just to prove this isn't puerile childish nonsense RTD introduces satire involving tongue in cheek references to the search for WMD in Iraq but for a discerning viewer one can't help wishing Davies had concentrated on what " Attack plan delta " is

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