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
This episode was watched by 7.69 million viewers on its original transmission, winning a 38.55% audience share. 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 »
[after the Doctor explains why the TARDIS resembles a Police Public Call Box]
But that's what I meant, there's no police boxes any more so doesn't it get noticed?
Ricky, let me tell you something about the human race. You put a mysterious blue box slap-bang in the middle of town, what do they do? Walk past it. Now stop your nagging. Let's go and explore.
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Coming along a few episodes after the low point in this season, the double-bill that introduced viewers to the Slytheen, this particular episode ends up becoming the new low point of the season. And, surprise surprise, it features the Slytheen. Well, one in particular.
When the Doctor parks the TARDIS to charge it up for a while, he finds out that a politician named Margaret (Annette Badland) is the only Slytheen to survive from the last time that he managed to put an end to their scheme. Margaret insists that she's no longer up to anything, but is she trustworthy? Another episode written by Russell T. Davies, who seems to be one of the few people to enjoy this particular breed of alien, this is almost complete filler from start to finish, albeit with one major moment that lays some groundwork for the upcoming finale and another bit of "bad wolf" added in.
There's some fun to be had thanks to the full roster of characters in this episode. The Doctor and Rose are given plenty of screen time, of course, but Captain Jack (John Barrowman) continues to liven up the place, and Noel Clarke pops up once more as Mickey.
Unfortunately, the rest falls flat. There's no tension, not enough fun, and just nothing to make this worth your time, apart from obviously making your way through the season in chronological order.
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