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"Doctor Who" Aliens of London (TV Episode 2005) Poster

(TV Series)

(2005)

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When the Doctor complains of being slapped by Rose's mother, Rose laughingly remarks, "You're so gay!" This remark has caused some controversy in fan circles, some seeing it as an anti-homosexual slur. Russell T. Davies, who is gay, wrote in an e-mail response that it was the way people talked, and claimed that he was trying to provoke discussion by using the phrase.
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Naoko Mori would reprise her role of Toshiko Sato in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood (2006). However, unlike her role as a pathologist in Aliens of London, Toshiko is portrayed as a technical expert on Torchwood. This continuity problem was fixed in Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008) when she revealed that she was filling in for Torchwood's doctor Owen Harper, who was hungover.
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The scene where The Doctor encounters the pig alien at the hospital was the first scene Christopher Eccleston filmed as The Doctor.
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Bad Wolf Reference: A young boy writes "Bad Wolf" in graffiti on the side of the TARDIS.
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The production team had intended to suggest that the murdered Prime Minister in this episode was current real-life incumbent Tony Blair. On the DVD commentary for the following episode, Phil Collinson explained that they had hired an actor to play the dead body on the understanding that the man was a Tony Blair lookalike. When the resemblance proved disappointing, they decided to avoid showing the body clearly. The suggestion that the body is Blair's remains in Harriet's line, "I'm hardly one of the babes", a reference to the large number of female Labour Party MPs who entered the House of Commons in Labour's 1997 general election victory, dubbed "Blair's Babes" by the British media.
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The story is the 700th episode of Doctor Who.
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This is the first episode to examine deeply the impact which the departure of a companion with the Doctor can have on those left behind. In this case, Rose's family believed her to have been murdered, and her boyfriend Mickey had become a suspect. The impact of a companion's travels with the Doctor on family and friends back on Earth becomes a recurring theme throughout the Russell T. Davies era.
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Originally, this episode featured the discovery of a buried "alien" spacecraft in a construction lot in Tottenham. It was only as production loomed that Davies began to realise what could be achieved with CGI, and so rewrote his scripts to provide greater scope for the introduction of the "alien", with the ship's destructive crashlanding now part of the narrative. Davies also elected to feature a live "alien" in the story, rather than just a corpse which would turn out to be nothing more than a shank of beef.
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Jackie was originally meant to accompany the Doctor and Rose to 10 Downing Street.
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Annette Badland, who plays Margaret Blaine aka Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, tells funny stories at conventions, e.g. the casting director picked her because "he liked the way I farted!" and that she "did all [her] own stunts" (meaning she farted in all her scenes).

She also says that children often follow her around in public, like in the grocery store, and stare at her. To get rid of the child(ren), she'll reach up to her forehead as if she's about to unzip her skin suit and let the Slitheen out which, more often than not, sends the child(ren) running scared, after which she smiles to herself and continues her shopping.
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According to Russell T. Davies, the decision to establish the Bad Wolf meme in the series did not occur until after the spur-of-the-moment decision to have the words "bad wolf" graffiti-painted on the TARDIS; subsequently Bad Wolf references were added to the scripts for most of the other Series 1 episodes, and notwithstanding a few minor or inferred references in the interim, returned in force in the Series 4 episodes Doctor Who: Turn Left (2008) and Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008). With the origin of the meme established, the mystery that remains is exactly why the words "bad wolf" were chosen to be spray-painted on the TARDIS in the first place (as opposed to any other phrase).
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Rose Tyler gets a key to the TARDIS, the second of two signs that she's the new companion (the other being her mobile phone upgraded).
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The Doctor visits Albion Hospital again in 1941 in Doctor Who: The Empty Child (2005)/Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances (2005).
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Originally, the TARDIS brought Rose back home just minutes after she departed, much to her surprise - rather than arriving a year too late.
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The eponymous setting of 10 Downing Street was inspired by the Girls Aloud video for Jump, which featured scenes of the Prime Minister in Downing Street from Love Actually (2003).
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UNIT, an organization which was first introduced in the Second Doctor serial Doctor Who: The Invasion: Episode One (1968) and appeared throughout the rest of the classic series (including most of the Third Doctor's run), makes its first appearance on screen since the Seventh Doctor story Doctor Who: Battlefield: Part Three (1989). In this episode, the Doctor spells out the acronym as "United Nations Intelligence Taskforce", as it had been during the classic series. Other than the brief video appearance here, UNIT would not reappear until Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem (2008), at which point the name - still abbreviated UNIT - is changed to "Unified Intelligence Taskforce". According to Russell T. Davies, the United Nations objected to the use of its name in the fictional paramilitary organisation, even though it had been used as such since 1968; they allowed the use of the abbreviations "UN" and "UNIT", as long as they were not spelled out to imply a UN charter (but a single line in "Sontaran Strategem" indicates that the UN still provides UNIT funding). A modern day incarnation of UNIT also appeared around the same time in the 2004-2005 Big Finish audio series UNIT, which used Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as a central character.
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The official police poster is the first reference to the Powell Estate on the television series. In whole, the notice says, "Rose Tyler has been missing from her home on the Powell Estate since 6 March 2005. Rose is described as 19 years old, 5 feet 4 inches in height, slim build with shoulder-length blonde hair. Anyone with information regarding Rose should contact 0207 946000." The photograph used is one of Billie Piper herself, rather than one of Piper playing Rose. Several other home-made posters are seen on Jackie's table, including one with a banner headline saying "WHERE IS ROSE?".
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The UFO cake made on the television show is made with jelly babies.
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Christopher Eccleston and Naoko Mori would later costar in Lennon Naked (2010) as John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
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The crash (and the events that follow) are seen by Elton Pope from an entirely different point of view in Doctor Who: Love & Monsters (2006).
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This story has the distinction of being the first televised Doctor Who adventure ever to use flatulence humour.
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The scene where the pig-like "alien" is breaking through the metal door with Dr Sato watching in shock is reminiscent of an almost identical moment in Doctor Who (1996), in which the newly-regenerated Eighth Doctor breaks through the metal door of the morgue, terrifying a hospital worker.
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This episode was watched by 7.63 million viewers on its original transmission, winning a 35.67% audience share.
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Russell T. Davies was inspired by Quatermass and the Pit (1958).
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The TARDIS key began as an ordinary-looking Yale key, then changed during the Third Doctor's last season into a more alien looking one, which was also used for the first two seasons of the Fourth Doctor's tenure. It then reverted to the Yale key for the rest of the run of the original series. The alien key made one last appearance in Doctor Who (1996). It has now returned to looking like an ordinary key, except that it starts to glow when the TARDIS is arriving.
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First appearance in the Whoniverse of Lachele Carl - who would go on to be the only actor to play a single named character (Trinity Wells) in Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood (2006), and The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007).
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Mickey's flat is the same set as Jackie's and Rose's.
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When the Doctor and Rose are surrounded by soldiers, he makes the statement, "Take me to your leader". He then turns to Rose and says, " I've always wanted to say that". Actually, he has said it a couple of times before, notably in Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet: Part One (1978).
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This episode takes place in March 2006.
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The episode ends on a cliffhanger, the first since Doctor Who: Survival: Part Two (1989). The story continues in Doctor Who: World War Three (2005). This is also the first occasion since Invasion of the Dinosaurs in which the first episode of a serial does not share its title with the second (part one was titled Invasion Part One rather than Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part One (1974)).
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The Doctor is referred to as a "Code 9." Christopher Eccleston is the ninth incarnation of the Doctor.
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The Doctor tells Rose he is 900 years old, but he had previously given his age as older. (Doctor Who: Time and the Rani: Part Four (1987), for example).
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When the Doctor starts up the TARDIS to visit Albion Hospital, he plugs the sonic screwdriver into the console. The prop was originally meant to have a pair of "feet" under the black cap that would plug into the console but the idea was ultimately abandoned.
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When the Doctor and Rose are stopped by the soldiers coming out of the Tardis, the Doctor says, "Take me to your leader!" Later on, during the 10th Doctor's Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned", he says the same thing, followed by "Ive always wanted to say that!" But he did already say that exact phrase in this episode.
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The TARDIS was previously defaced with chalk scribblings (The Time Warrior, The Leisure Hive), graffiti (Paradise Towers), and pink paint (The Happiness Patrol)
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This episode had the working title Aliens of London Part One (Doctor Who: World War Three (2005) being Part Two).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The Doctor accidentally returns Rose a year later than he'd intended. This is a nod to the classic series of Doctor Who (1963), in which the navigation of the TARDIS is frequently erratic, and landing in a different time or place than intended was often used as a narrative device to drop the characters into an unexpected adventure.
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