Six months after ridding London of the Slitheen, the Doctor takes the TARDIS to Cardiff to refuel on a rift in time and space. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness are joined by Mickey Smith, Rose's boyfriend. They've barely arrived when they realize that the new Lord Mayor is one of the Slitheen, Margaret, from their previous encounter. The nuclear facility she has been promoting is called Bad Wolf, an expression the Doctor has come across on several occasions. The Doctor will transport her to her home planet - where she says she faces a death warrant - but they are unable to depart until the next morning when the TARDIS is fully recharged. After unsuccessfully pleading her case to the Doctor, Margaret takes more decisive action. Written by
Russell T. Davies wanted the story to examine the moral repercussions of the Doctor's deeds - particularly in the context of capital punishment, to which Davies was personally opposed. See more »
The 'earthquake' that takes place in this episode results in CGI-created cracks in the pavement that are very unconvincing. They do not appear to displace anything and - in a related continuity error - the cracks disappear in shots taken from ground level (the cracks are only visible in high-level 'looking down' shots). See more »
I'll watch any old crap that's transmitted under the DOCTOR WHO banner but when The Sun newspaper revealed that The Slitheen would be making a return visit to the series I wasn't exactly ecstatic about watching Boom Town since the Siltheen are amongst the most silly aliens to have appeared in the show I mean farting aliens how stupid is that ? I'm also cynical enough to suggest that Russell T Davies introduced the aliens to start off a merchandising craze featuring these fat unlovable creatures . Terry Nation gave us The Daleks , RTD gave us The Slitheen . I'll leave you to decide who is the better writer
To be fair to Davies he knows he's writing for a family audience so he's brought back the Slitheen which he knows will appeal to kids while he's written a story with the death penalty at the heart of the subtext which will hold the interest of adult viewers . Unfortunately RTD has included camp elements of dialogue where Magaret Slitheen refers to people being bumped off who were going to stop the building of a nuclear station in Cardiff and Murray Gold's music in the chase sequence reminded me of the music in the show from the late 1980s and that's not a compliment . Thankfully director Joe Ahearne manages to stop everything falling into high camp unlike Keith Boak did with The Slitheen debut
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