Doctor Who The Stolen Earth S04E12 (BBC)

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Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is one of the best Doctor Who episodes I’ve ever seen. Everything is in there. Torchwood, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, UNIT, the great enemy and the darkness.

This was a great way to start the season finale. Whole planets have gone missing in a mysterious stratagem of stellar engineering. The Doctor has yet to find out who is really responsible for all of this. Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Torchwood, UNIT, Captain Jack Harkness and Sarah Jane Smith are all involved in an effort to fight the Daleks. A great ensemble cast.

The end of the episode actually ends in a giant surprise. I wasn’t prepared for it, but it’s big. I wonder what will happen next. The Daleks are loose all over Earth and the 26 other planets.

Two big surprises in this episode. Davros and the Daleks are back. He was rescued from death by Dalek Caan. He was able to break the timelocks on the timewar. That’s saying a lot. It drove him mad. The other big surprise is that the Doctor dies and needs a regeneration. We all know that David Tennant has signed on to play the Doctor for a few more years and another season, including a few TV movies. This means that he can’t really die or regenerate, or he will regenerate into the same form, which is preposterous. What will happen?

The planets were taken to form a giant generator. Why would so much power be needed? Who would want this? The Daleks? The Daleks aren’t sophisticated enough to do this. It has to be someone else.

I also enjoyed learning more about the Shadow Proclamation and their role in the story. It was really interesting.

By far, this is the best Doctor Who episode that I have seen. I recommend it. It has references to the Remembrance of the Daleks and other old episodes.

Rose Tyler was actually seen at the end of the first episode of this season. Rose was the new Doctor’s first companion back in 2005. She stayed for two seasons before being sucked into another universe. She was seen once again in this episode, on the screen of the TARDIS when Donna was looking at the Doctor’s message to the Sontarans.

There, she finds herself trapped on the parallel Earth albeit reunited with Jackie, Mickey and the alternate Pete Tyler. Later, the Doctor manages to project his image through the last crack between the universes, sharing a tearful farewell with her. He informs Rose that she is presumed dead in the aftermath of the invasion, thus verifying Rose’s soliloquy at the start of the episode “This is the story of how I died”. Rose in turn mentions working with that parallel Earth’s (non secret) version of the Torchwood Institute due to her experience with aliens. Finally, Rose tells him she loves him, even though they denied it many times during the course of their time together. The Doctor begins to reply, getting as far as “If it’s my last chance to say it…Rose Tyler–” before the connection fails.

Rose is back for three episodes this season.

It’s incredible how entertaining these new Doctor Who episodes. Torchwood isn’t anywhere near as entertaining. David Tennant really knows how to portray his character well.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The Doctor and Donna come back to Earth and everything seems normal. However, since the Rose was able to cross the veil between parallel worlds, that means that the barriers are breaking down.

The TARDIS is now in space. The Doctor says that they haven’t moved. The Earth is gone.

Far across the universe, Martha Jones is in New York. The Earth has moved. In Cardiff, the Torchwood team notice the change as well. Sarah Jane also is aware.

On Earth, Rose arrives with a BFG. It looks like other parallel Earths have been moved here as well. Twenty-six planets are in the sky.

Captain Jack discovers that there is a shell around the Earth, keeping in the atmosphere and the heat.

They detect 200 ships in space.

Martha Jones phones Captain Jack. She’s been promoted. She’s the medical director of project Indigo.

Mr. Smith receives a transmission from the ships. It’s the Daleks! Sarah Jane and Captain Jack know of the threat. So does Rose. This is like a multi episode crossover series. Incredible. A giant ship appears in the sky and starts shooting. The Dalek invasion feet is attacking.

The Supreme Dalek says that the crucible is almost complete. That’s what the Daleks were working on in one of the old series from 1988, The Rememberance of the Daleks.

The Doctor transports the TARDIS to the Shadow Proclamation. It’s some kind of outer space police force. The Judoon are manning the Shadow Proclamation.

The head of the Shadow Proclamation says that 24 planets have been disappeared. Donna asks about Pyrovilia. In Rome, Lucius mentioned that it went missing. It disappeared two thousand years ago. The Adipose breeding planet went missing as well. The planets are also missing in time. All of the worlds fit together like an engine. A powerhouse. Someone tried to move the Earth before, a long time ago. The Doctor says that it can’t be.

On Earth, things aren’t going well. Dr. Jones is told that Project Indigo will be activated. The Brigadier authorizes Martha to take Osterhagen Key and to use it for the sake of the human race, if she doesn’t find the Doctor.

Martha Jones uses Indigo and vanishes. It’s a teleportation device based on Sontaran technology.

The Supreme Dalek talks with Davros. Davros is alive. Davros says that without the Dalek Caan, none of this would be possible.

Thanks to Donna, the Doctor knows how to find the planets. He leaves the Shadow Proclamation before they can requisition the TARDIS to lead their assault fleet.

Rose Tyler helps out Donna Noble’s family. She hears Harriet Jones contacts all of the parties. Martha is fine. She teleported back home. Jones says that the subwave network, that is able to contact people who have been in contact with the Doctor. Jack asks about the Osterhagen Key. Jones says that all that they need is the Doctor. Jack says that they need to boost the signal. Mr. Smith can help as well. Yanto says that the network will be visible to the Dalek if they do this. Jones transfers the network to Captain Jack. The Daleks are here for her. They kill her.

The Doctor arrives at the Medusa Cascade. The trail gets cold. The Doctor gets a call. He tries to get a fix from the location.

The Davros knows that this would happen. He had warned the Supreme Dalek, but he was overconfident. The entire Medusa Cascade was put 1s out of phase with the timeline. It was hiding the planets. The Doctor establishes contact with everyone, except Rose because she doesn’t have a webcam.

Davros transmits on the subwave network. The Doctor can’t believe it. The Doctor says that Davros died in the timewar. The Dalek Caan dove back into time to get Davros with an emergency temporal shift. The Doctor says that it’s impossible, the timewar was timelocked. Nevertheless, Davros says that the Dalek Caan succeeded, albeit at the cost of his own sanity. Davros says that each Dalek is grown from a cell from his own body. Davros exposes his chest. Much of the tissue of his chest is missing. We can see the internal organs.

Jack uses Indigo, to activate his teleporter. Sarah Jane heads out to find the Doctor. Rose talks with control. She needs another shift to the TARDIS. The TARDIS lands and the Doctor sees Rose. They run to each other. Daleks are in the vicinity. They fire on the Doctor. He gets hit by a glancing blow. Captain Jack arrives and destroys the Dalek.

The Doctor is regenerating.

Daleks do not accept apologies. Exterminate!
Daleks to Sarah Jane.

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