The fiendish Slitheen have been unmasked as the ones who crashed the spaceship into London as part of a ruse to trigger World War Three. But how can The Doctor save the planet when he's trapped inside a locked room?
Now locked in the reinforced Cabinet Room, the Doctor and Rose finally learn of the Slitheen's intentions. Having locked themselves in however, how they will manage to stop them becomes a major issue. While trying to keep the aliens at bay, the Doctor works against the clock to destroy them the only way he knows how - to blow up 10 Downing Street. To so however, Rose's boyfriend Mickey will have to hack into a submarine's computer and launch a missile. Written by
A working title for this episode was "10 Downing Street". See more »
Mickey fires a UGM-84 missile at 10 Downing Street at the Doctor's instructions. The UGM-84 Harpoon is an anti-ship missile and not a land-attack missile. A variant of the Harpoon has been designed as a Land Attack Missile (SLAM) but is not in service with the Royal Navy. See more »
[reporting from outside Downing Street]
We're getting even more new arrivals.
[the first arrival gets out of his car]
That's Group Captain Tennant James of the RAF, though why he's been summoned, we've no idea.
[Another man makes his way towards the door into 10 Downing Street]
And that's uh, Ewan McAllister, Deputy Secretary for the Scottish Parliament.
[a third arrival walks towards the door]
And this is most unusual. That is Sylvia Dillaine, Chairman of the North Sea Boating Club. Quite what ...
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World War Three is a satisfying, but not perfect conclusion to the story that began in Aliens of London. Not that there are any major defects; just some dodgy FX work when the actual aliens are revealed.
The green men in question - twist: they're big, despite what has been said in The X-Files - call themselves the Slitheen, and they are posing as the Prime Minister and his aides in order to declare a new war, which will end with Earth's destruction. The only person who can stop them is the Doctor, but since he is "trapped" in an emergency room with Rose and one Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton), he's gonna need some help from Rose's boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), who doesn't really get along with the Time Lord to begin with.
This story has it all (minus the aforementioned perfection required from the special effects): suspense, action, great dialogue and interesting characters. Mickey gets to evolve significantly after being reduced to little more than an extra in earlier episodes, and Wilton's contribution leaves the door open for further developments later on. More than anything, though, the episode's real triumph is Eccleston, who has his go at another Doctor Who tradition: saying ridiculous names with rock-hard conviction. In this case, he adds his typical grin when he identifies the Slitheen's home planet, Raxacoricofallapatorious (a sci-fi tongue-twister), a rare case in which something that stupid ends up adding to the protagonist's charisma.
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