The Krillitanes - aliens with a mix-and-match physiology - are trying to crack the 'God-Maker', a paradigm to give them ultimate power. They are using children as a computer, and only the Doctor and Rose, re-united with Sarah Jane Smith and K9 can prevent them from becoming masters of time and space.
The Doctor, Rose and Mickey goes to investigate Deffry Vale High School, where the students have become super-intelligent and teachers aren't what they seem and lunch times are really peculiar. When the Doctor learns the teachers and the headmaster Lucas Finch are sinister aliens, reuniting with investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith and mobile computer K-9 mark 3, The Doctor set out to uncover Finch and the teacher's evil intentions and foil their evil scheme. Written by
Elisabeth Sladen warned the crew about the difficulties with working with the K-9 prop, which had a reputation for breaking down. Despite several years of improvement in technology, Sladen's warnings were proved correct. See more »
When Mickey pulls the plugs on the computers, the children are all wearing headphones, and when he turns around and tells them to run, all of a sudden their headphones are all off. See more »
[walking the halls while making fingerings with his left hand as if playing a three-keyed brass instrument, then sings softly]
Bom bom bom bom / Da-bom bom bom.
[He walks just past Nina waiting in a chair by his Headmaster office, stops, and turns taking notice of her]
What do you want?
The nurse sent me, sir. I was in English and I got a headache.
Then don't bother me, go home.
Why, is your mother at work?
I live in Ambrose Hall. The children's home.
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This is a fantastic episode, providing an excellent mix of nostalgia, humour, and an emotional depth which a previous reviewer identifies as being new to Dr. Who. The interplay between Rose and Sarah Jane is top-notch, while K-9 remains steadfastly "disco". ("Suggest mistress engage running mode...") We've often wondered (at least I have) what happens to the old assistants after their travels, and this episode offers a look at what travelling with The Doctor does to someone's life. It made me want to go back and brush up on how The Doctor and Sarah Jane parted. Rose's charming naïveté is gently highlighted (did she really think someone as old as The Doctor had always travelled alone?) while reinforcing for her the value of her travels.
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