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
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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 »
The Lord Mayor says... thank you for popping by to have a chat but, um, she's up to her eyes in paperwork... perhaps if you could make an appointment, for, for next week...?
She's climbing out the window, isn't she?
...Yes, she is.
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Four episodes after The Long Game, another weak entry in the season shows its head: this time it's what appears to be a "filler" episode (its arc significance, if any, has more to do with past stories than upcoming ones), scripted by show-runner Russell T. Davies and set in present day Cardiff (imagine the Doctor's happiness).
Having made a pit stop in the Welsh capital to recharge the TARDIS near a convenient rift in time and space, the Doctor and Rose (accompanied by Jack) are reunited with Mickey, but also with an old foe: Margaret (Annette Badland), only survivor of the Slitheen family (the farting aliens, remember?), who's back with a vengeance, more specifically another plot to destroy the world. Unlucky for her, she still doesn't get the pointlessness of squaring off against the Doctor...
As if creating flatulent aliens wasn't bad enough (according to most people; personally, I really enjoyed the Aliens of London/World War Three two-parter), this time Davies makes the mistake of featuring them
well, one - in a rather pointless episode, which gets by simply
because the three protagonists (though he's not listed in the opening credits, Jack is pretty much a companion), and Mickey, are a lot of fun to watch, especially when the Doctor accepts to have dinner with Margaret and foils her pathetic attempts to kill him on the spot. Sadly, that's just on of few good bits in an overall bland effort, shockingly placed this late in the season.
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