Aliens of London/World War III

slitheen(Note: Because the story took two episodes, I will review both)

Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: Keith Boak

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 1, episodes 4 and 5

Companions: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke)

Summary: The Doctor and Rose come back to present-time Earth, thinking they’ve only left for 12 hours. In reality, it’s been a year.  After her mother justifiably chews them both out, the Doctor and Rose see a spaceship crash, hitting Big Ben in the process before landing in the Thames.  The Prime Minister is missing, and the Doctor and Rose investigate.  While there, they meet Harriet Jones, MP, from Flydale North.  They discover that the spaceship is really a decoy for the Slitheen, a family of aliens from Raxacallicofallipatorius. They are attempting to create a world war and sell what will remain of Earth as alien real estate.  The Doctor helps Mickey hack into UNIT’s website to redirect the missiles so they can foil the Slitheens’ plans.

Review: When I first saw these two episodes, I actually thought they weren’t too bad.  The Slitheen were great, comical (but still menacing) monsters, even with their weakness to acetic acid. Harriet Jones is a funny supporting cast member. My only real gripe with this story is that thanks to The Sarah Jane Adventures, the Slitheen became a joke. Other than that, the story isn’t too bad.

My Review: 8/10

Continuity: “The Dominators” also has aliens attempting to turn a planet into real estate. The Doctor mentions his job with UNIT that he had during the Pertwee era and Tom Baker’s first season.  A boy is seen spraying “Bad Wolf” on the TARDIS, keeping with the season’s arc.  The Slitheen returned in “Boom Town” before becoming recurring villains in The Sarah Jane Adventures.  Harriet Jones becomes Prime Minister in “The Christmas Invasion.” This is also the first appearance of Dr. Toshiko Sato, who would later join Torchwood. Her presence here was explained in the Torchwood episode “Exit Wounds”.

Trivia: The Slitheen are the first monsters in Doctor Who to be completely CG-rendered, although technically, actors did play the humans they were disguised as.


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