When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.
Edward James Olmos,
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
The Sontarans launch the attack with their poison gas slowly encircling the Earth. They've also taken the TARDIS to its headquarters but don't realize that Donna is inside. The Doctor realizes that the Sontarans have cloned Martha. He knows that fighting the Sontarans is of little use as they never surrender and are prepared to fight until they win. He decides to try and burn the poison gas that now encircles the Earth and with the help of the Sontarans teleportation system, send them a little surprise as well. At the end of it all, both Martha and Donna have to decide if they want to stay with the Doctor. Written by
Rose Tyler appearance: When Donna is in the Tardis, Rose appears briefly on the screen calling out. This is the second time she has appeared in this series. See more »
At the beginning of the episode, Donna's mom smashes the front window of their car. However, car's windows are triplexes: 2 layers of glass, glued to a single layer of plastic, so they don't simply collapse, as shown. (The whole point is to prevent the crash and minimize injury from glass cuts.) See more »
I won't tell her. Best not... just keep it as our little secret, eh?
And you go with him, that wonderful Doctor. You go and see the stars...
[emotion in his voice]
Then, bring a bit of them back for your old Gramps.
[tears in her eyes, nods and gets up to leave; stops to hug him, kisses him on the head]
[walks away; trying not to cry]
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SPOILER: Billie Piper receives screen credit as Rose Tyler, even though her appearance in the episode lasts less than one second. See more »
Excellent production values and acting terrible script
Like in most television episodes, this one is let down by the abysmal writing. Just before they die, b ad guys have a complete turn of heart, as though the ideas they cling to are able to be flipped thanks to a moment of compassion.
The not-so-subtle anti-technological undertones are apparent in the script as evil capitalist cars are used to kill the planet, with the atypical big bad military taking a nice big hit as well.
Thankfully, the script editor seems to have reoriented Ms. Raynor back towards actually writing a Doctor Who episode and so Tennant and a big crew manage to make some excellent entertainment.
But why, oh why, do the linguists always have to suck...
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