Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 4

The Sontaran Stratagem (16 May 2008)

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UNIT's newest recruit Martha Jones enlists The Doctor's help to investigate kid genius Luke Rattigan and his ATMOS system that is used in every car on Earth.

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The Doctor gets a call from onetime traveling companion Martha Jones with a request that he return to Earth immediately. She and the military have taken over the ATMOS plant and she needs his help after 52 people around the world all died simultaneously. All had the ATMOS anti-pollution device fitted on their cars so the military has raided the factory believing it to be controlled by aliens. The Doctor learns that the Sontarans are planning to take over the Earth. They take Martha prisoner and she is cloned. Donna meanwhile misses her family and decides to pay them a visit. Written by garykmcd

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This story marks the first appearance of the Sontarans in 23 years. See more »

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The UNIT command post is in a tractor trailer, but inside it is quite a lot larger inside than out. Only the TARDIS is bigger inside. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: Martha, Donna. Donna, Martha. Please Don't fight. I can't bear fighting.
Donna Noble: You wish.
[shaking Martha's hand]
Donna Noble: I've heard all about you. He talks about you all the time.
Martha Jones: I dread to think.
Donna Noble: No, no, no. No he says nice things. Good things. Nice things; really good things.
Martha Jones: [embarrassed] Oh, my God
[quickly brushing her bangs aside]
Martha Jones: he's told you everything.
Donna Noble: [noticing the ring on the hand she just used] Didn't take long to get over it, though. Who's the lucky man?
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Features Doctor Who: Planet of the Ood (2008) See more »

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Doctor Who Closing Credits
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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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"Sontar-HA!"
26 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't my favorite episode of season 4 so far. The Sontaran, though being a classic monster of Dr.Who, don't really do much for me. Though being creatures of war and not really having much mercy they don't deliver the same umph that the Daleks and Cybermen do. But the episode wasn't a complete failure! Having two companions in this episode was very interesting and funny at times. It also helped to keep the story along because the Sontarans could not hold my attention for two whole episodes. It's also really suspenseful when you know something that none of the other characters know, but you can't warn them. I won't spoil what it is but it keeps the story moving along. Also this story would've been much better if it woudn't have neen for the American teenager who constantly whined over everything under the sun. Maybe if they would've cut him out and crammed it in to one episode it would've been better!


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