When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.
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Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
As the Doctor says goodbye to Donna Noble, he goes undercover at the Royal Hope Hospital in London, where he meets medical student and future companion Martha Jones. The duo are whisked away with the entire hospital to the moon by an alien courier connected with the Judoon, a brutal mercenary police force, and only the Doctor can defeat them. Written by
In Doctor Who: Turn Left (2008), the events of this episode are revisited. In this timeline, Martha, Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Maria Jackson and Clyde Langer are killed stopping the Plasmavore as the Doctor died during the events of "The Runaway Bride". In this new timeline, Oliver Morgenstern is the only survivor. See more »
When the Doctor and Jones are on the moon, the Earth is a waxing gibbous. However, that evening, they look up at the moon, and it's full. If the moon is full, then the earth would have been "new" or dark. See more »
[the TARDIS begins rematerializing in front of Martha Jones immediately after it had just left, the displaced air pushing her back]
[exiting TARDIS holding his tie]
[the Doctor puts his tie back on as Martha speaks]
No, but... but that was this morning. Bu - Did you - Oh, my God, you can travel in time! But hold on: if you could see me this morning, why didn't you tell me not to go into work?
[in a serious tone]
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Well indeed, what a gem the Doctor Who team have dug up here. In the space of 45 minutes, Freema Agyeman has already proved she's not just got what it takes, but she's got it in spades. Her debut episode is an absolute stormer, and for an actress who was probably unheard of before she was announced as David Tennant's new companion, it's pure brilliance. If I'm honest, I already like her more than I did Billie Piper after the whole first series.
Martha Jones, a medical student, is instantly likable. From the very second the moon crisis hits the hospital where she works, she is still perfectly calm, collected, and trying to work out the reasoning behind what's going on and why things are happening the way they are, showing no fear to anyone. Her brief exchange with the Doctor about going outside ("We might die" the Doctor says. "We might not" she retorts), her point blank refusal to call him Doctor ("As far as I'm concerned you've gotta earn that title") and the sheer attitude she shows, along with the lack of fear she lets on to anything, and how quickly she seems to get her head around things, give indications that she'll become a Doctor Who favourite before long.
Although the episode itself was always going to be mainly about Freema's debut, it's actually a pretty good episode to boot. The plot is a cracker, the detail is perfect (the Doctor's proof to Martha that he can, in fact, travel in time is brilliant), and the dialogue was fantastic. The Judoon are brilliant as, in the end, both good and bad guys, David Tennant is quality as always (the best Doctor ever? We'll see), and all in all it was very well played.
Hopefully the standard will stay this high, and hopefully rise even further, over the whole series. Time will tell.
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