The Doctor and Martha arrive in present day Cardiff to refuel the TARDIS and are inexplicably thrust to a distant planet 100 trillion years into the future. When they arrive they realize they have an unexpected passenger in Captain Jack Harkness who has been patiently waiting for the Doctor's return since the mid-19th century. On the planet they eventually meet Professor Yana who is running the 1000-year old Utopia project, the aim of which is to relocate the human-like creatures to a new planet, away from the outsiders who they fear they will become if they don't leave. When Prof. Yana has need of someone to make repairs in a room in which no one can survive, the Doctor has the perfect candidate. The Professor is not what he seems to be however and Martha notices he has a fob watch much like one the Doctor recently made use of. Written by
Rose Tyler is mentioned several times in this episode. Jack tells the Doctor that he saw Rose's name on the list of the dead after the Battle of Canary Wharf, but the Doctor assures him that she is safe, together with her mother and Mickey, and is trapped in a parallel world. Jack later tells Martha about being left on Satellite 5 by the Doctor, and comments that the Doctor only saves blondes. Jack mentions that he looked in on Rose while she was growing up. Near the end of the episode, Jack and the Doctor discuss Jack's invulnerability/immortality, and the Doctor tells Jack that Rose's fallible humanity is responsible both for Jack's resurrection as well as his inability to die ever again. See more »
At the beginning of the episode, in which The Doctor and Martha have just landed in Cardiff, the two reference the Earthquake caused last time The Doctor was there. The Doctor mispronounces the name of the enemy, calling them The Slideen. The actual name of the characters are The Slitheen. See more »
Fans will find this episode very satisfying. This episode begins to wrap-up many loose ends fans will have been waiting see. The return of an old foe is delivered excellently, as is the return of Captain Jack, despite an arguably lame introduction.
Listen out for Matha commenting on how little she feels she stills knows about the Doctor, for newcomers to the series it will apply to you. Davis brings out his cold side, his prejudices and his limitations in new a revealing ways. Best of all, we get to see the , this strong character become submissive and desperate, it is the Doctor like you have never seen him
The silent tragedy to this episode, is (in her eyes) Marthas weak relationship with the Doctor hitting an all time low. Rose is discussed at length, making Martha feel less and less important, and the Doctor even more inconsiderate. The relationship with Jack and the Doctor also raises many concerns for her own well being, them being the fate she has sealed by associating with the Doctor.
This episode sets the series up for its finale in a sensational way, having a fantastic twist which is well concealed and revealed excellently
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