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The Sound of Drums 

The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to the 21st Century eighteen months after the Doctor and Martha left. They find they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is someone they've met before by another name.


Colin Teague

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
John Simm ... The Master
Adjoa Andoh ... Francine Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Tish Jones
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Clive Jones
Reggie Yates ... Leo Jones
Alexandra Moen ... Lucy Saxon
Colin Stinton ... President
Nichola McAuliffe Nichola McAuliffe ... Vivien Rook
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Albert Dumfries
Sharon Osbourne ... Sharon Osbourne
McFly ... McFly
Ann Widdecombe Ann Widdecombe ... Ann Widdecombe


With the Master having regenerated himself and taken the TARDIS, the Doctor, Martha and Jack Harkness manage to return to Earth. When they arrive, they see the new British Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, on television and Martha immediately recognizes his voice: it's the regenerated Master. He announces that he has been contacted by alien beings and that they will arrive in two days' time. Despite an attempt by the American President to take over the situation, the Master is very much in charge. The situation is particularly stressful for Martha in particular as the Master has taken her family as prisoners. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


David Tennant's makeup in which The Doctor is aged 100 years was inspired by William Hartnell. See more »


Right after the Doctor, Martha, and Jack time jump back to present-day England, Jack walks down the street with his handgun openly visible on his hip. Considering England's strict gun laws, it's unlikely someone wouldn't have called the police and reported him. See more »


Martha Jones: What's it for? What does a paradox machine do?
Captain Jack Harkness: More important, can you stop it?
The Doctor: Not until I know what it's doing. Touch the wrong bit; blow up our solar system.
Martha Jones: Then we've got to get to the Master.
Captain Jack Harkness: Yeah, how are we going to stop him?
The Doctor: Oh, I've got a way. Sorry, didn't I mention it?
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Heaven Sent (2015) See more »


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Not near as good as last week's "Utopia"
7 January 2018 | by pjgs200See all my reviews

The Sound of Drums isn't a bad episode of Doctor Who, but it's just really disappointing after Utopia, which is arguably one of the best episodes the show has put out so far. The direction isn't very good, the visual effects are not good at all, (and that's saying a lot for RTD era Doctor Who) and the performances are way too hammy for my taste. It's a noticeable step down in quality when compared to the Human Nature two parter, Blink, and Utopia, which have all been consistently great episodes. 6 out of 10

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