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 »
After Chantho fires a pistol at Professor Yana as he's about to board the TARDIS, as she collapses, you can see a part of the prop pistol's handle snap off. See more »
The Doctor sort of travels through time and space and picks us up. God, I make us sound like stray dogs. Maybe we are.
He travels in time?
Don't ask me to explain it. That's a TARDIS, that box thing. The sportscar of time travel he says.
[the word "TARDIS" echoes in Yana's head]
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Utopia is a strange beast . It is in effect the start of of a three parts 45 minute story , equivalent to six episodes of the classic series . However re-watching it again you may become aware of the flaws of RTD vision of DOCTOR WHO . It's set on an alien planet which is only to be welcomed , but unfortunately it's quite literally a stone quarry in England something the classic series suffered from . Surely with so much technology available to the show we should be seeing something more impressive . Similarly why is said quarry full of extras from MAD MAX ? The fact that Neil Marshall's film DOOMSDAY failed says a lot by having every post apocalypse scenario populated by butch psychopaths running around in leather - it shows a complete lack of imagination . It also suffers from a lack of internal logic . We're told hat " There hasn't been an university for a thousand years " but somehow the refugees have trucks and firearm available to them . Surely you'd have university standard engineers etc in order to build and maintain such things ? The return of Capatain Jack may be well received by gay men and heterosexual women in the audience but it's obvious he's being used as a plot device by RTD in order to drive the plot forward , a plot that is very threadbare when you examine it
There is a massive plus though and that is the casting of Sir Derek Jacobi as Professor Yana . Jacobi gives without doubt the most memorable of a guest on Nu-Who . It's poignant , moving and totally touching . The only problem is that when he's on screen you start to notice the lack of presence by the rest of the cast . It's somewhat painful to realise what a great Doctor he would have been if a previous producer had cast him in the 1980s . Jacobi's performance makes up for the episode's numerous flaws and makes me give Utopia seven out of ten
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