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The Sound of Drums 

The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to the 21st Century eighteen months after the Doctor and Martha left. They find they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is someone they've met before by another name.

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With the Master having regenerated himself and taken the TARDIS, the Doctor, Martha and Jack Harkness manage to return to Earth. When they arrive, they see the new British Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, on television and Martha immediately recognizes his voice: it's the regenerated Master. He announces that he has been contacted by alien beings and that they will arrive in two days' time. Despite an attempt by the American President to take over the situation, the Master is very much in charge. The situation is particularly stressful for Martha in particular as the Master has taken her family as prisoners. Written by garykmcd

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When the Doctor and the Master are speaking to each other the phone, they really are talking to the other person. Instead of having the lines read to them on the set, David Tennant and John Simm called each other in order to make the scene more authentic. See more »

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It's stated that by the time of the events of Doctor Who: Utopia, all the stars had burnt out. When the rift opens to the end of the universe to allow the Toclafane to come to the present day, stars are visible on the other side of the rift. See more »

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President: My name is Arthur Colman Winters, President Elect of the United States of America and designated representative of the United Nations. I welcome you to the Planet Earth and its associated Moon.
Male Toclafane: [complaining] You're not The Master!
Female Toclafane: We like the Mister Master!
Male Toclafane: We don't like you!
President: [confused] I... can be Master, if you so wish. I will accept mastery over you, if that is God's will...
Male Toclafane: Man is stupid! The Master is our friend!
Female Toclafane: Where's my Master? Pretty-please?
The Master: Oh, all right then, it's me! Ta-da!
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Features Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts (2006) 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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Strange Mixture Of Good And Bad
21 August 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Watching this episode is like someone giving you all your favourite food . Salmon , steak , pasta , , curry , blancmange and apple crumble all on the same plate . Seeing as the chef is Russell T Davies he'll also give you everything you don't like such as rabbit , marmite and appropriately tripe on the same plate as your faves .

The Sound Of Drums gets off to a bad start with a quite terrible resolution to the previous week's cliffhanger . What is with episodes dovetailing in to one another ? The writers can't seem to make an effort at all with The Doctor Dances and Age of Steel both suffering from ridiculous resolutions and this episode is no different . The story continues with aspects that left me thinking I was watching a children's programme . We see a bunch of red sticks with the word " Dynamite " written on them which is kind of like seeing a cannonball with a burning fuse , and we're treated ( RTD's words not mine ) to umpteen ridiculous examples plot contrivance like " perception filters " , what a load of nonsense

There are good aspects too such as John Simms take on a Tony Blair type of character and the use of The Rogue Traders rave track Voodoo Child which shows Nu-Who in a radical light . Imagine away back in 1973 we had Roger Delgado's Master as a prime minister who was in to sailing and conducting orchestras battling against Jon Pertwee against a Slade soundtrack . You'd never be able to conceive that would you ? All this helps The Sound Of Drums but it's far from being a classic episode


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