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
Wilf's role in the story was originally intended for Geoffrey Noble. This was amended after Howard Attfield's death. See more »
All through the atmos fog segments outside Donnas house there is a car with its lights on opposite her mothers car but when the fog is clearing it is gone. See more »
[having trouble speaking]
My heart... is getting slower.
There's nothing I can do.
In your mind you've got so many plans. There's so much that you want to do.
And I will. 'Never do tomorrow what you can do today' my mum says cause...
'Cause you never know how long you've got'... Martha Jones... all that life...
[heart finally gives out; head drops as she dies]
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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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