Writer: Russell T. Davies
Director: Dan Zeff
Producer: Phil Collinson
Series: 2, episode 10
Companion: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
Summary: A man named Elton happens on the Doctor and Rose as they are defeating a monster. We discover that Elton has been present at many events that took place during the 9th Doctor’s era. He meets others like him, and they form a group of obsessed fans called LINDA. They don’t realize that one of their members is actually a monster called the Absorbaloff.
Review: Ugh, this episode. When Doctor Who hit 50 years old, my mom was curious as to why the show had been such a long-running hit. To help her get into the show, I started her on the Eccleston era, as I felt it was the easiest and most accessible starting point. This was the one episode I deliberately skipped. I knew one look at it would undo all my efforts to show her how good the show was. It would be like someone watching Star Trek and starting with “Spock’s Brain.” LINDA feels like an insult to Whovians everywhere. The monster was literally designed by a child. The overall story is stupid, especially the ending. The only good thing is that you can completely skip over it and miss nothing. Which I highly recommend.
Overall Review: 1/10
Continuity: Elton shows clips from both “Rose” and “The Christmas Invasion” from his perspective. Victor Kennedy mentions both “Bad Wolf” and “Torchwood”, the arc words for series 1 and 2. The only episode that mentions anything from this episode was “Time Crash”, and that was done for the annual “Children in Need” telecast. Yet another sign it can be skipped.