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
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 »
[Yana glances at the surface scanner]
Movement on the surface. Another "human hunt". God help him.
Chan-should I alert the guards-tho?
No, no, we can't spare them. Old beggar's on his own. One more lost soul... dreaming of Utopia.
Chan-you mustn't talk as if you've given up-tho.
No, no, indeed. Here's to it - Utopia.
[Yana sips his coffee, looking a little disgusted at the taste]
Where it is to be hoped the coffee is a little less sour. Will you join me?
Chan-I am happy drinking my own internal ...
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From Chipo Chung to Derek Jacobi, all involved give brilliant performances here. The enthused scientist chatter between the Doctor and the Professor is a breath of fresh air, and the sci-fi/metaphysical chatter between the Doctor and Jack is refreshing as well.
Looking back at this episode with the benefit of the intervening years to place it, I would say that it represents a zenith of sorts for the show. Great script, excellent execution, etc.. Some great moments followed, "Waters of Mars" for example, but the tight execution and dynamic cast on display here are brilliant. Freema Agyeman is great, as well as the supporting cast and especially John Simm.
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