Death Is Only The Answer

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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

Death Is The Only Answer

Series 6

Specials

First Transmitted

1 October 2011

Final ratings

N/A

 

BOX SET RELEASE

Series 6 Set

DVD RELEASE

Series 6 Volume 2 DVD

 

 

 

 

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CAST

Regular Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor)

Guest Cast

Nickolas Grace (Albert Einstein), Paul Kasey (Ood)

CREW

Written by The Children of Oakley Junior School
Directed by Jeremy Webb
Produced by Not credited

 

sypnosis

In the console room of his TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor is celebrating his acquisition of a new fez formerly owned by his old friend Albert Einstein. The Doctor trips near the console, knocking the fez out of his hands and onto a lever on the console. The Doctor accidentally pushes another lever, causing the fez to vanish. A time portal appears and Einstein himself stumbles through it with the fez, bewildered.

 

plot

In the console room of his TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor is celebrating his acquisition of a new fez formerly owned by his old friend Albert Einstein. The Doctor trips near the console, knocking the fez out of his hands and onto a lever on the console. The Doctor accidentally pushes another lever, causing the fez to vanish. A time portal appears and Einstein himself stumbles through it with the fez, bewildered.

Einstein had been working on his own attempt at a time machine, but when he tried to turn it off, he arrived in the TARDIS. Einstein also thought that he’d discovered the vital part of finishing his time machine — a green liquid, which he believed to be bionic fusion liquid. After scanning the liquid, the Doctor informs Einstein that he is wrong. When Einstein walks away from the console to run some tests on the liquid, the flask suddenly bubbles over and the liquid splashes onto his face, turning him into an Ood who repeats the sentence, "Death is the only answer."

The Doctor has the TARDIS generate an energy field which turns Albert back into his normal self. The Doctor recommends that Albert keeps his fried hair, as it looks "more sciencey". The Doctor drops Albert off on 18 September 1945, and leaves for another adventure; unnoticed by the Doctor, a bit of Einstein’s liquid remains on the console room floor, moving on its own.

NOTES

  1. The Doctor mentions that Einstein’s toothbrush was destroyed by the Daleks during a recent encounter, or if his memory is slipping, within the last century.
  2. This special was broadcast on BBC Three as part of the Doctor Who Confidential episode When Time Froze.
  3. Doctor Who Confidential and BBC Learning had teamed up in a competition for UK students aged 9-11 to write a script for a Doctor Who short. The winning script was chosen by Doctor Who producers Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis and Controller of BBC Learning Saul Nassé.
  4. The writers of the winning script were Adam, Daniel, Katie, and Ben, Year Six students at Oakley C.E. Junior School in Basingstoke.
  5. For their on-screen credit, the only credit in the episode, the authors were collectively known as the Children of Oakley Junior School. This form of collective on-screen writing credit is unique in the history of the franchise to this and the other script-to-screen episode, Good as Gold written by the Children of Ashdene School.

 

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