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
The Show Doesn't Get Much Better Or Bolder Than This
Despite my earlier criticisms of RTD this episode gets off to a corker BANG The Doctor finds himself in the BIG BROTHER house , Rose becomes a contestant with THE WEAKEST LINK while Captain Jack finds out what the face off means in a fashion show . Even if you don't like the concept of post modernism you have to admit that all this is bloody bold and works superbly
RTD has written a witty episode while director Joe Ahearne shows the viewers that he should be directing Hollywood blockbusters . This really is feature film material with its doom laden atmosphere and very special special FX , and the cast really shine , most of all Eccleston who upon thinking of the characters has been murdered by Ann Droid gives one of the greatest acting performance seen by an actor playing The Doctor . When I say this happens with absolutely no dialogue you start to understand what a great actor he is
This episode also contains one of the best cliffhangers the series has given us as the villains are revealed , it might have been even better still if the previous week's trailer hadn't given this away , but it looks like The Doctor and humanity have suffered an irreversible defeat and you genuine wonder how he's going to get out of this one . I remember counting the seconds to the series finale just as I did when I watched the show in the early 1970s . Anyone want to confess that's the way they felt on a Summer evening in 2005
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