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The Sontaran Stratagem 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Colonel Mace (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Worker (as Rad Kaim)
Atmos Voice (voice) (as Elizabeth Ryder)


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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16 May 2008 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)
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This story marks the first appearance of the Sontarans in 23 years. See more »


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 »


The Doctor: You are not coming with me. I want to talk to this Luke Rattigan, not point a gun at him.
Colonel Mace: It's 10 miles outside London. How are you going to get there?
The Doctor: Well then give me a jeep.
Colonel Mace: According to the records, you travel by TARDIS.
The Doctor: Yes, but if there is a danger of hostile aliens, I think it's best o keep a super-duper Time Machine away from the front lines.
Colonel Mace: I see; so then you *do* have weapons but choose to keep them hidden.
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Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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22 September 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this episode down to two reasons

1 ) It was written by Helen Raynor who was responsible for last season's Dalekrubbish

2 ) It contains Sontarans who to be honest don't deserve to be regarded as " Classic monsters "

I'll give Raynor some credit because she doesn't disappoint with this episode . I was expecting rubbish and I got rubbish so thank you for that Helen .If you'd been very ambitious you could have written an episode that could have lived down to my expectations but I think that would have been nigh on impossible

You get a feeling that Raynor is trying to market the show for an American teen audience . Daleks in New York with a subplot about a doomed romance would possibly appeal to an American market but the story lacked any sort of drama or indeed vermisilitude and Raynor does it again here . American boy genius Luke Rattigan might appeal to an American audience but I'm sure the average Brit would like to smack his smug face

As the story continues a die hard fan like myself finds himself questioning the continuity. Why is UNIT no longer a United Nations force ? while non fans are asking themselves if the Sontarans are a cloned race then why do they all look and sound different ? Perhaps the most important question is if DOCTOR WHO isn't a children's' show then why make 45 minutes of childish rubbish like this ?

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