The Sontarans launch the attack with their poison gas slowly encircling the Earth. They've also taken the TARDIS to its headquarters but don't realize that Donna is inside. The Doctor realizes that the Sontarans have cloned Martha. He knows that fighting the Sontarans is of little use as they never surrender and are prepared to fight until they win. He decides to try and burn the poison gas that now encircles the Earth and with the help of the Sontarans teleportation system, send them a little surprise as well. At the end of it all, both Martha and Donna have to decide if they want to stay with the Doctor.Written by
According to Russell T. Davies, the cameo by Rose was not in the original edit of the episode, but was added just before broadcast when Davies learned how successful her unbilled cameo in "Partners in Crime" was. See more »
At the beginning of the episode, Donna's mom smashes the front window of their car. However, car's windows are triplexes: 2 layers of glass, glued to a single layer of plastic, so they don't simply collapse, as shown. (The whole point is to prevent the crash and minimize injury from glass cuts.) See more »
[on the Sontaran ship; talking softly]
There's a door.
[talking just as soft]
There should be a switch on the side.
Yeah, there is. But it's a Sontaran switch; you need three fingers.
You've got three fingers.
[shapes her hand to form 3 fingers; places it in the switch; the door opens]
[talking right into the mouth piece]
you're brilliant you are.
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SPOILER: Billie Piper receives screen credit as Rose Tyler, even though her appearance in the episode lasts less than one second. See more »
Excellent production values and acting terrible script
Like in most television episodes, this one is let down by the abysmal writing. Just before they die, b ad guys have a complete turn of heart, as though the ideas they cling to are able to be flipped thanks to a moment of compassion.
The not-so-subtle anti-technological undertones are apparent in the script as evil capitalist cars are used to kill the planet, with the atypical big bad military taking a nice big hit as well.
Thankfully, the script editor seems to have reoriented Ms. Raynor back towards actually writing a Doctor Who episode and so Tennant and a big crew manage to make some excellent entertainment.
But why, oh why, do the linguists always have to suck...
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