Rose takes her first trip back in time and she and the Doctor travel to 1869 Cardiff. They take in a reading from none other than Charles Dickens but in the middle of the performance, a zombie-like creature interrupts the performance and there is a ghostly apparition. Rose is kidnapped and taken to the home of an undertaker where alien creatures are living in the gas lighting system and taken possession of the dead. Rose manages to get information from Gwyneth, the parlor maid, that points to her as the central point of contact for the alien beings.Written by
Mark Gatiss' original script was bleaker and more frightening, including details about the previous death of Gwyneth's younger brother. He was advised by Russell T. Davies to "make it more of a romp." See more »
At the end, The Doctor and Rose treat Charles Dickens by making the TARDIS dematerialise in front of him. The engines begin to grind but the twin engine pumps do not move. See more »
Sneed and Company offer their sincerest condolences, sir, in this most trying hour.
Grandmama had a good innings, Mr. Sneed. She was so full of life. I can't believe she's gone.
Not gone, Mr. Redpath. Merely sleeping.
May I have a moment?
Yes, of course. I shall be in the next room should you require anything.
[after Sneed leaves, the body rises up and strangles Redpath. Sneed rushes back in]
Oh, no. Gwyneth! Get down here now! We've got another one!
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Whilst I would consider this episode marginally superior to the episodes that precede it, it still has that same quality to it. It is slightly more fantastical and scary, although it is still child friendly, and it is a very entertaining episode.
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