After delivering Margaret the Slitheen to her home planet, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness awaken to find themselves as part of TV reality or game shows. The Doctor is in the Big Brother house; Rose is a contestant on the Weakest Link; and Captain Jack is on What Not to Wear. The only difference is that if you lose on this show, your are evidently eliminated - they take your life. The Doctor manages to escape and quickly realizes where they are: once again on Satellite 5, only this time 100 years beyond their last visit. The Doctor realizes that something has gone very wrong with Earth's development and believes something far more sinister and complex is going on when he learns the satellite is now know as Bad Wolf TV. He and Captain Jack race to find Rose but too late, he realizes that he must once again face his greatest enemy.Written by
Nothing ages faster than a future inspired by the present
As this episode opens we are told it is taking place a century after the events shown in 'The Long Game'. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness find themselves transported to Satellite Five where each of them wakes to discover that they are taking part in one of three gameshows. The Doctor is taking part in 'Big Brother'; Rose is in 'The Weakest Link', hosted by the Ann-Droid; and Jack is in a makeover show. At first it seems harmless but then it becomes apparent that those eliminated from the games are killed. The Doctor and Jack manage to escape from their shows and set about trying to find Rose and discover the sinister truth behind the games.
The opening scenes of this episode, where the protagonists are in the game shows, shows the risk of blatant pop-culture references... it looks horribly dated when the shows referenced have either disappeared from our screens or become far less popular; it also seems rather unlikely that in the distant future the most popular game shows will be ones that aired in the first decade of the 21st Century. It might have seemed clever at the time of first broadcast but it would have been far better to make up some shows. Thankfully things improve greatly when the level of danger becomes apparent and The Doctor escapes and starts uncovering the truth behind the station. The final reveal was pretty good... it might have been great if the trailer at the end of the previous episode hadn't spoilt it! Overall a fairly mixed episode; the start was weak but the rest was really good with a proper sense of danger and some good reveals.
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