The Ood have given a warning to The Doctor. The Master is returning yet that is not the biggest threat. A darkness is coming which brings with it The End of Time.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... The Doctor
... The Master
... Wilfred Mott
... The Narrator
... Donna Noble
... Sylvia Noble
... The Woman
June Whitfield ... Minnie Hooper
... Joshua Naismith
... Abigail Naismith
... Addams (as Sinêad Keenan)
Lawry Lewin ... Rossiter
... Lucy Saxon
... Shaun Temple
Teresa Banham ... Governor


Forewarned and with a sense of foreboding, The Doctor races to return to Earth fearing that The Master will somehow return. He has good reason to worry since The Masters minions have in fact found a way to reconstitute him. Re-united with Wilfred Mott, The Doctor desperately tries to locate The Master only to find that he is being held by Joshua and Abigail Naismith who are using alien technology to create a new future for Earth. It's too late however, for The Master has now turned everyone on Earth into his own image. Little does he realize the greater danger that awaits them all. Written by garykmcd

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Not enough Timothy Dalton
3 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

"Not if President Obama ends the recession tonight!"

"Here, on Christmas Day, the President has promised an instant and radical solution to the world-wide depression. Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity!"

*gag* Though hilarious in retrospect. But I must ask, was writer Davies subtly critiquing Obama (or his drooling fangirls)? Naismith, a black man, extols Obama's coming White House presser to the Master: "You might want to see this, sir. Proof that the human race can mend its own problems." Risible, considering that these humans are hijacking alien technology only with the secret help of two different alien species.

This show matches the plot holes usual to Doctor Who with superior special effects, but this episode is largely prologue to the superior Part Two.

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