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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Doabe ...
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Basil Chung ...
Matt Baker ...
Andrew Marr ...
David Verrey ...


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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[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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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Larger then life in many ways
11 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Finally the first real indication in any Doctor Who that a companion's disappearance can have an impact on people's lives, their friends and families. Camille Coduri was genius casting as Rose's mum, her upset at Rose's unexplained year long absence is great, she was such an endearing character. Mickey is also much better in this one, he's seemingly been under suspicion for murdering Rose due to her absence. There are some real goodies in this one, the Bad Wolf theme is now ringing alarm bells as it's quite prevalent. We hear the Doctor call Micky 'Ricky,' Jackie's sideboard looks like it's full of tonics of some sort, both themes are picked up later on. We get the first new series appearance of UNIT and a first appearance of Toshiko. We get the usual BBC NEWS 24 updates (what happened to those, I used to love a news update.) Aliens of London is big and fun, from the Spaceships falling through London destroying Big Ben, the Slitheen themselves and the glorious performance of Penelope Wilton as Harriet Jones. It is hard not to watch this without a smile on your face, it's not iconic but it's fun. I understand the farting cabinet will irritate some of the die hard fans, but humour can be great when it's combined with a dark element, had this been a darker more sinister episode it would have worked a lot better, as it stood, it was a bit too light. Finally we get a Doctor Who cliffhanger and it's a good one, with multiple characters in danger, the Next week clip gave too much away though.

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