Stopping off in present-day Cardiff to recharge the TARDIS, The Doctor, Rose and Jack encounter an old foe in the midst of hatching a scheme that could destroy the entire planet.

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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 garykmcd

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The actor playing Mr Cleaver, William Thomas, had previously appeared as Martin the undertaker in Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: Part Two (1988). This made him the first performer to appear in both the original and current run of Doctor Who. He later played Geraint Cooper, the father of Gwen Cooper, in the Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood (2006). See more »

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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 »

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Captain Jack Harkness: Aww, sweet, look at these two. How come I never get any of that?
The Doctor: Buy me a drink first.
Captain Jack Harkness: You're such hard work.
The Doctor: But worth it.
[He grins in an extremely self-satisfied way]
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: From Zero to Hero (2006) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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One Slytheen is enough for quite a power trip.
31 January 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

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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