Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Graeme Harper
Producer: Phil Collinson
Series: 3, episode 7
Companion: Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
Summary: The Doctor and Martha follow a distress signal emanating from a spaceship that his hurtling into the sun. The ship has only 42 minutes before impact, and an evil spirit threatens the crew.
Review: Doctor Who’s shining formula is the “Bottle Episode”, where the cast is trapped and must escape doom. It’s been a staple of the show since the early days with the Hartnell episode “The Edge of Destruction”. This one has the added bonus of happening in “real time”, (as seen on the TV series 24) so much so that even the theme music and commercial breaks take away the minutes everyone has left! It’s an excellent concept, and well-executed.
Martha shines in this episode. She is the Doctor’s anchor and does her best to keep everyone calm in the impending crisis. The episode is a race to the end, and does not slow down except when it needs to. This episode is an underrated gem.
Overall Review: 10/10
Continuity: The Doctor gives Martha a super-phone, just like the one he gave Rose. The episode “The Space Museum” revealed that the Doctor can withstand a temperature of -200°. The Doctor uses the same spacesuit he used in “The Impossible Planet” 2-parter. A Pentalllian drive was part of the transmat beam used on the Nerva Beacon in “Revenge of the Cybermen.”
Trivia: This episode has the shortest title and is the only one so far with a number in the title.