Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 12

The Stolen Earth (28 Jun. 2008)

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The return of an old enemy leaves Earth along with 26 other planets stolen from their places. As the Doctor and Donna look for the whereabouts of Earth, former companions of the Doctor assemble a resistance against the new Dalek Empire.

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The universe is beginning to crumble, and the Earth is pulled out of its orbit around the Sun and finds itself grouped with 26 other planets in a far off location. What is to be called the Doctor's private army - Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness along with Ianto Jones and Gwen Cooper, Sarah Jane Smith and former Prime Minister Harriet Jones - band together to fight their unknown enemy. When the enemy is revealed to be the Daleks, everyone expects the worst, particularly when their leader is revealed to be someone from the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith's distant past. A wounded Doctor may be forced to regenerate. Written by garykmcd

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To portray Davros, Russell T. Davies cast Julian Bleach after his performance as the Ghostmaker in the Torchwood (2006) episode Torchwood: From Out of the Rain (2008). See more »

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During the scenes where Martha is in New York, you might be able to notice an English style EXIT sign (with a person running towards a door on a green background), yet the scenes are set in the United States, and hence the sign should simply say EXIT. See more »

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Wilfred Mott: Can we swap guns?
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Along with the story's second half, "Journey's End" (4.13), this episode has the largest opening-title cast listing of the modern series: six names (Tennant, Tate, Agyeman, Barrowman, Sladen and Piper) appear before the title, rather than the usual two... in the same amount of time. See more »

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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Friends and Foe (2008) See more »

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5 July 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I was wrong. Russell T. Davis IS a great Doctor Who writer. I don't even care what came before it, because "The Stolen Earth" is the most insanely entertaining and epic Doctor Who story since "Remembrance of the Daleks" and really a fine, thrilling piece of writing from Davies. I'd go as far as saying that this is his best work since his New Adventures novel "Damaged Goods".

I didn't love "Doomsday". I hated "Last of the Timelords", and I'm really hoping I won't hate "Journey's End", and chances are I won't because "The Stolen Earth" is beyond just an good setup, it really is half a story, a half so intense and jam-packed that there is literally no time to look away from the episode and, you know, BREATHE. I like the foundation of this story a heck of a lot more than any season finale in the RTD era of Doctor Who, and it would take a LOT to mess this up.

"The Stolen Earth" is absolutely crazy, it's like RTD had a checklist of everything that had appeared in his era and decided to include all of them in this episode. What's surprising is that the story doesn't feel even remotely disjointed! And the best part of this story is that we've got space-Nazi Daleks back! Oh, and Davros. Oh my oh my Davros. How brilliantly-realized was Davros here? THIS is what I've wanted from the Daleks in this new Doctor Who series. THIS is it. THIS is a classic Dalek story updated with fantastic effects and production values. THIS is how they should always be used in Doctor Who.

Absolutely wacky, insanely intense, dramatic, thrilling, and featuring one of the best Doctor Who cliffhangers in all its thirty seasons of existence. What more could a fan ask for?

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