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"Doctor Who" Boom Town (2005)

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Doctor Who: Season 1: Episode 11 -- When the Tardis crew take a holiday, The Doctor encounters an enemy he thought long since dead. It soon transpires that plans to build a nuclear power station in Cardiff city are disguising an alien plot to rip the world apart. And when the Doctor dines with monsters, he discovers traps within traps.


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Original Air Date:
4 June 2005 (Season 1, Episode 11)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Joe Ahearne 
Writing credits
Russell T. Davies (written by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Phil Collinson .... producer
Russell T. Davies .... executive producer
Julie Gardner .... executive producer
Helen Vallis .... associate producer
Mal Young .... executive producer
Original Music by
Murray Gold 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze (director of photography) (as Ernie Vincze)
Film Editing by
Graham Walker 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
Edward Thomas 
Art Direction by
Stephen Nicholas (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Catherine Samuel 
Costume Design by
Lucinda Wright 
Makeup Department
Linda Davie .... makeup supervisor
Davy Jones .... makeup designer
Claire Pritchard .... makeup artist
Steve Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marie Brown .... post-production supervisor
Tracie Simpson .... production manager
Lowri Thomas .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Arundel .... first assistant director
Steffan Morris .... second assistant director
Dan Mumford .... third assistant director
Art Department
Adrian Anscombe .... property master
Jenny Bowers .... graphic artist
Bryan Hitch .... concept artist
Trystan Howell .... stand-by props
Gwenllian Llwyd .... art department coordinator
David Morison .... stand-by art director
Joelle Rumbelow .... production buyer
Phil Shellard .... stand-by props (as Phill Shellard)
Andrew Smith .... construction manager
Matthew North .... forward dresser (uncredited)
Dan Walker .... concept artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Jefferies .... sound effects editor
Paul McFadden .... dialogue editor
Damian Richardson .... boom operator
Ian Richardson .... sound recordist
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Ayres .... sound remastering (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... sound effects (uncredited)
Dick Mills .... sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charlie Bluett .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
Benjamin M. Esterson .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Astrid Busser-Casas .... 2D visual effects artist
Will Cohen .... visual effects producer
Jean-Claude Deguara .... 3D visual effects artist (as Jean-Claude Deguarra)
Jennifer Herbert .... 2D visual effects artist
Simon C. Holden .... 2D visual effects artist
Dave Houghton .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew McKinney .... 3D visual effects artist
Joel Meire .... 3D visual effects artist
George Cottle .... stunt performer
Tina Maskell .... stunt performer
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Chester .... best boy
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Mark Isaac .... focus puller
John Robinson .... grip
Martin Stephens .... camera operator
Steve Davies .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gareth Hughes .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Anna James .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kirsty Robertson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yolanda Peart-Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
Joanne Hayes .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matthew Wispy Clarke .... on-line editor (as Matthew Clarke)
Ceres Doyle .... assistant editor
Paul Harrison .... colorist
Location Management
Gareth Lloyd .... location manager
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music
Murray Gold .... music arranger: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Kath Blackman .... assistant production accountant
Dorothy Friend .... continuity
Debi Griffiths .... assistant production accountant
Richard Pugsley .... finance manager
Elwen Rowlands .... script editor
Jess van Niekerk .... production coordinator
Endaf Emyr Williams .... production accountant
Russell T. Davies .... showrunner (uncredited)
Faujja Singh .... armorer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

45 min | 45 min (50 episodes)

Did You Know?

The Heart of the TARDIS previously appeared in TV: Terminus, where it was merely an electronic engine for the vehicle that could be manually removed from the console. This more powerful iteration of the TARDIS's heart would later serve as a crucial plot point in "Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (#1.13)" (2005) and "Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (#7.11)" (2013).See more »
Continuity: The Doctor has obviously forgotten his vow to Peri at the end of the Sixth Doctor episode "The Two Doctors", where he stated it would be a healthy vegetarian diet for the both of them from then on, since in his dinner with Margaret he orders steak and chips.See more »
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]
See more »
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24 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining But Too Heavy Handed, 10 June 2007
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

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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