Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 7

42 (19 May 2007)

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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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"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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Great classic Dr Who
19 May 2007 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

This episode of Dr Who is again showing that this series is getting better, but taking its sweet time to get there. The episode is very reminiscent of the series 2 episodes "The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit". The episode was fast paced and very scary in places, I can see why the BBC didn't want to put it on before 7 o clock. Like most of the episodes of Dr Who this series, and the last two for that matter, there was a lot of running around, but the episode was clever and surprisingly emotional as well. It also managed to overcome the 'episode 7 filler' syndrome, as these episodes tend to be the blandest ones in the whole series (the long game, the idiots lantern). All in all, a very well made, exciting and tense episode.

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