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?

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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 garykmcd

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Unusually, the repetition of the last episode's cliffhanger before the credit/sequence contains the cliffhanger's resolution: the Doctor removes the ID badge from his clothing and applies it to a Slitheen. See more »

Goofs

When the boy is cleaning off the graffiti on the TARDIS, he opens the door and you can clearly see the glass windows from the inside. See more »

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Rose Tyler: My mum's cooking.
The Ninth Doctor: Good! Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Why on Earth? (2005) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Slitheen try to become lords of war.
17 January 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The concluding part of the disappointing storyline that was developed by writer Russell T. Davies into the first two-parter of new Who, this episode improves ever so slightly on the previous instalment, but it doesn't do enough to be really enjoyable.

The devious plan hatched by the Slitheen starts to unfold. The Doctor, Rose and a woman named Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) are all trapped in a small room, but there's every chance that Mickey (Noel Clarke) could finally make himself very useful. Very useful indeed.

There's just too much here that seems too silly, with the Slitheen being perhaps the silliest. They pose a threat, but that threat is never really felt throughout the storyline.

Everyone on screen does well enough, with Annette Badland once more having fun as the villainous Margaret Blaine, but nothing works as it should, and the fun that everyone seems to be having fails to transfer to viewers.

Having said that, I can imagine that younger viewers will once again find this episode pitched just right for them.


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