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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 Clarke .... on-line editor
Ceres Doyle .... assistant editor
Paul Harrison .... colorist
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
Gareth Lloyd .... location manager
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?

Paul Abbott was originally set to write an episode entitled "Pompeii". The story would have Rose feeling jealous of The Doctor's friendship with Jack. When they land in Pompeii in 79 AD, Jack discovers that Rose's life has been manipulated by the Doctor in an experiment to create the perfect companion. Abbot's commitment to "Shameless" (2004) and other projects led to him dropping out of the episode.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Captain Jack Harkness:Who the hell are you?
Mickey Smith:What do you mean who the hell am I? Who the hell are you?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Margaret's back..., 18 September 2010
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

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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