The Doctor gets a call from onetime traveling companion Martha Jones with a request that he return to Earth immediately. She and the military have taken over the ATMOS plant and she needs his help after 52 people around the world all died simultaneously. All had the ATMOS anti-pollution device fitted on their cars so the military has raided the factory believing it to be controlled by aliens. The Doctor learns that the Sontarans are planning to take over the Earth. They take Martha prisoner and she is cloned. Donna meanwhile misses her family and decides to pay them a visit.Written by
Initially, cloning was going to be a much more persistent element of the story, with the ATMOS factory workers all being clones. Russell T. Davies felt that the clone idea would be more effective in small doses, however, which led to the introduction of the cloned Martha. See more »
When Donna returns home there are no cars visible as she spots Wilfred but when she runs towards him she passes a car on the left side of the street. See more »
[talking to unidentified being over a comms channel]
Her name is Jo Nakashima. Freelance journalist. Clever by the sound of it; not as clever as me, but that goes without saying. I... recommend... termination.
Remember your status boy. We do not take orders from humans.
I said: recommend.
Then your advice shows military wisdom. She will be terminated.
[short breathy laugh]
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This isn't my favorite episode of season 4 so far. The Sontaran, though being a classic monster of Dr.Who, don't really do much for me. Though being creatures of war and not really having much mercy they don't deliver the same umph that the Daleks and Cybermen do. But the episode wasn't a complete failure! Having two companions in this episode was very interesting and funny at times. It also helped to keep the story along because the Sontarans could not hold my attention for two whole episodes. It's also really suspenseful when you know something that none of the other characters know, but you can't warn them. I won't spoil what it is but it keeps the story moving along. Also this story would've been much better if it woudn't have neen for the American teenager who constantly whined over everything under the sun. Maybe if they would've cut him out and crammed it in to one episode it would've been better!
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