Jack, The Doctor and Rose have been kidnapped and forced to play terrible and deadly games. But what happens to the bodies of the murdered contestants? And what sinister plot do the games hide?

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Jo Joyner ...
Jamie Bradley ...
Strood
Abi Eniola ...
Crosbie
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Davinadroid (voice)
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Anne Robinson ...
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Trinny Woodall ...
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Susannah Constantine ...
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Nisha Nayar ...
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After delivering Margaret the Slitheen to her home planet, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness awaken to find themselves as part of TV reality or game shows. The Doctor is in the Big Brother house; Rose is a contestant on the Weakest Link; and Captain Jack is on What Not to Wear. The only difference is that if you lose on this show, your are evidently eliminated - they take your life. The Doctor manages to escape and quickly realizes where they are: once again on Satellite 5, only this time 100 years beyond their last visit. The Doctor realizes that something has gone very wrong with Earth's development and believes something far more sinister and complex is going on when he learns the satellite is now know as Bad Wolf TV. He and Captain Jack race to find Rose but too late, he realizes that he must once again face his greatest enemy. Written by garykmcd

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Initially, the Controller survived into the second episode, Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (2005), to provide the Doctor with someone to talk to, until Russell T. Davies decided it would be more effective to have him converse with the Emperor Dalek instead. See more »

Goofs

The Doctor claims the Daleks are hiding themselves from sonar. But sonar relies on sound waves, which can't travel through the vacuum of space. See more »

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Female Programmer: If you're not holding us hostage, then open the door and let us out. The staff are terrified!
The Doctor: That's the same staff who execute hundreds of contestants every day?
Female Programmer: That's not our fault. We're just doing our jobs.
The Doctor: And with that sentence, you just lost the right to even talk to me. Now back off!
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References Ground Force (1998) See more »

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Big Brother UK TV Theme
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Written by Paul Oakenfold
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The Doctor and co. show that they're a game lot.
12 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

This is it. The whole season has been leading up to the grand finale, in many ways, and this episode, the first of a two-parter, certainly doesn't disappoint.

Things seem quite amusing when the Doctor and co. wake up in various TV show surroundings. The Doctor is in the Big Brother house, Rose is on The Weakest Link and Captain Jack is on a fashion show. Unfortunately, all of these shows are a lot more dangerous than they ever were here on Earth in our time. Losing could mean death.

Written by Russell T. Davies, this starts to bring in a lot of loose strands that viewers didn't even realise had been conveniently left throughout the season. Director Joe Ahearne gets to have fun with the familiar TV shows, and everything is set up for a great cliffhanger.

The regular cast members never drop the ball, but there are many other recognisable faces here to add to the fun. Jo Joyner is as lovely as ever, in the role of a Big Brother contestant, Paterson Joseph gets to play a less likable character, but does his usual great work, and Davina McCall, Anne Robinson, and Trinny & Susannah all voice their androidificated (that's a word, honest) on screen counterparts.

Great stuff, and it all ends with a real serving of tension.


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