Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 3

Gridlock (14 Apr. 2007)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Family
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 2,350 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 5 critic

The Doctor and Martha go back to New Earth were The Doctor will encounter the Face of Boe who will tell The Doctor "The Great Secret".

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 149 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Gridlock" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gridlock (14 Apr 2007)

Gridlock (14 Apr 2007) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 31 of 125 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Anna Hope ...
...
Milo
...
Jennifer Hennessy ...
Valerie
Bridget Turner ...
Alice
Georgine Anderson ...
May
Simon Pearsall ...
...
...
Businessman
Erika Macleod ...
Judy Norman ...
Ma
Graham Padden ...
Pa
Edit

Storyline

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Martha to New Earth in the year Five Billion and Forty-Three, where the Face of Boe finally reveals his message to the Time Lord; meanwhile, terrifying beasts are lurking beneath the city of New New York - creatures that the Doctor believed he defeated many, many years ago. Written by Jonathan Tonkin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 April 2007 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (50 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Novice Hame is describing to the Doctor how the virus killed the population - except those in the sealed Motorway - she says, 'they were saved.' This idea - of being 'saved,' rather than 'safe,' will play a big part in the linked episodes of the next series; Silence in The Library and Forest of The Dead. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: You've been driving for two months?
Thomas Kincade Brannigan: Do I look like a teenager? We've been driving for 12 years now.
The Doctor: [in disbelief] Sorry?
Thomas Kincade Brannigan: Yeah, started out as newly weds. Feels like yesterday.
Valerie Brannigan: Feels like 12 years to me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Meet Martha Jones (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Rugged Cross
(uncredited)
Written by George Bennard
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A dark, gripping and ambitious New Earth episode
14 April 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This third episode of Tennant's second season is a cracker. With The Doctor returning to New Earth, we find a world that is grimly disturbing. Inhabitants of the planet's dark underworld resort to emotion-altering drugs dished out from shanty-town vendors while the rest of the population are caught-up in the mother of all traffic-jams. Stuck in an agonisingly slow flow of traffic, the passengers are lucky to move 5 miles in 12 years. Unless, perhaps, they move to the Fast Lane...

With a huge scale, mind-boggling big-scale effects and the return of the Face of Boe and Novice Hame, this is a future classic. The icing on the cake is the totally unexpected appearance of an old (and I really mean old - think Troughton's era!) enemy, produced with The Mill's CGI wizardry.

The New Earth of "Gridlock" is a mix of "Blade Runner"'s rain splattered streets, Judge Dredd's overcrowded Mega-City One and Star Wars' majestic, sky-scraping Coruscant. There's even a nod to Dredd's pinstripe freak, Max Normal, in this tale. Superb stuff.

The cast are excellent as always. The series attracts the UK's best talent and in "Gridlock" we have "Father Ted"'s Ardal O'Hanlon (disguised heavily under brilliant cat make-up) and the lovely Lenora Crichlow. Crichlow was a delight in "Sugar Rush" and she's very watchable here.

This is an ambitious, CGI-reliant episode that hits the mark. Tennant is spot-on with his performance and Agyeman's beautiful Martha Jones is proving to be one of the best companions we've seen. Russell T. Davies displays his usual ability to create genuinely moving scenarios in phantasmagoric settings. Only hours after this episode has aired, I already know of one person who cried during the finale. A nice touch in this episode is The Doctor's description of Gallifrey, i.e. "the burnt orange sky" and "silver trees". This ties up with previous descriptions from earlier incarnations of the Time Lord and is a lovely example of continuity with the "classic" series. Despite a few silly touches (for example, the talking kittens), this is a well written episode that deserves to be recognised as an above-average tale.

On a side note, I think I deserve a prize for guessing what the Face of Boe's last words would be. I bet a few thousand fans will have been in the same position, though. Showing a lot of future thinking, the arcs in "Doctor Who" are elaborate and span seasons rather than mere episodes! Next episode - the dreaded Daleks are back! This is proving to be a very memorable season and one that is not short of treats.

9 out of 10.


41 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The writers who wrote the episode "Flatline" - Puddingheads! keith48322003
"I'm The Doctor. Doctor Oswald, but you can call me Clara" Robsonmonkey
I'd love to see more of... seamancup
Bad season mozart2001
I think that the Doctor will leave Clara not the other way around. jarretketz
Costume Question StacyoftheGrape
Discuss Gridlock (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?