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.
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
Midshipman Alonzo Frame from 'Voyage of the Damned' was originally set to make a return appearance in earlier drafts of the script but was later dropped. See more »
Harriet Jones redirects the "Subwave" network to Torchwood in Cardiff, but the map shows Swansea which is 50 miles away. See more »
[Harriet introduces herself to the three Daleks who have arrived to exterminate her]
Yes, we know who you are.
Oh you know nothing of humans, and that will be your downfall.
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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 »
Edge of the seat first parter from messrs Davies and Harper
"The Stolen Earth" is an important milestone in "Doctor Who" mythology. Here we have the largest gathering of "Who" characters since "The Five Doctors"....companions old and new are faced with not just the dreaded Daleks but also their creator.
It's been a long wait for Davros but this has made his appearance all the better. As Davies has commented, he wanted the character to remain the same - there's no re-imagining like the "new" Cybermen here.
This is an ambitious tale and it's in safe hands with Graeme Harper. The tale builds to a very memorable cliffhanger. It's an agonising wait for next week's episode and there's no teaser present to put viewers out of their misery.
10 out of 10. Great continuity, beautiful effects and a smörgåsbord of "Who" characters - what more could anybody ask for?
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