On a spaceship headed straight for the center of the sun, The Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the rest of the ship's crew from an inevitable doom...




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The Doctor and Martha answer a distress call, and find themselves on a cargo ship hurtling towards the sun. They have only 42 minutes until they're destroyed, and the key lies behind the universes deadliest "pub quiz" - but the situation is a lot hotter than it first seems... Written by Steve

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19 May 2007 (UK)  »

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"42" may also be seen as reference to the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, as written by Douglas Adams in the radio series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Adams also wrote scripts for several Doctor Who (1963) episodes during the late seventies. Interestingly, in one of the "Hitchhiker's Guide" books there is also a chapter where the protagonists are caught in a stolen spaceship headed for the sun. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Well, there we go, universal roaming.
[tosses Martha her newly altered cell phone]
The Doctor: Never have to worry about a signal again.
Martha Jones: No way. This is too mad. You're telling me I can phone anyone anywhere in space and time on my mobile?
The Doctor: As long as you know the area code.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Space Craft (2007) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Best of the new series by far
20 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the last few episodes I was expecting this episode to be on the same average level but this is definitely the best episode of the new series and Freema Agyemans companion I think personally is a lot better than Rose and it definitely shows in this episode and David Tennants Doctor especially in the last 10-15 of the episode was amazing. Also the supporting characters in this episode are a lot more believable and the story line overall is awesome and has a lot of emotional parts in it which were quite moving. The special effects in this one were breath taking and definitely reminded me of Satan's pit and the impossible planet which are my favourite episodes since Doctor Who came back.

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