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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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One Slytheen is enough for quite a power trip. See more (6 total) »


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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 (as Jess van Niekerk)
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)

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The extras were not actually on set with the cast. They were filmed separately and edited in afterwards.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 »
Rose Tyler:We've got a prisoner. The police box is really a police box.
Margaret Blaine:You're not just police, though. Since you're taking me to my death, that makes *you* my executioners. Each and every one of you.
Mickey Smith:Well *you* deserve it.
Margaret Blaine:[looks straight at him] You're very quick to say so. And you're very quick to soak your hands in my blood. Which makes you better than me how, exactly?
[he says nothing]
Margaret Blaine:Long night ahead.
[walks away & sits down; finally]
Margaret Blaine:Let's see who can look me in the eye.
[looks piercingly at each person; none hold eye contact for more than a few seconds; & the Doctor barely even looks up from his work]
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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One Slytheen is enough for quite a power trip., 31 January 2014
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.

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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