The Stolen Earth
28 June 2008
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones), Julian Bleach (Davros), Michael Brandon (General Sanchez), Andrea Harris (Suzanne), Lachele Carl (Trinity Wells), Richard Dawkins (Himself), Paul O’Grady (Himself), Marcus Cunningham (Drunk Man), Jasorn Mohammad (BBC Newsreade), Paul Kasey (Judoon), Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect), Amy Beth Hayes (Albino Servant), Gary Milner (Scared Man), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek Voices), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith)
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||Graeme Harper|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
Fearing the worst, The Doctor and Donna take the TARDIS back to Earth, and arrive in London to discover that despite their concerns everything seems to be fine. The Time Lord explains that if Rose is able to travel between dimensions then the walls of reality are beginning to crumble everything is in danger but he is not sure how. As he and Donna hurry back inside the ship they are unaware that a tremor is mounting outside. The turbulence increases as the roof tiles of houses begin to shake and fall something is happening
Inside the TARDIS Donna speaks with The Doctor, claiming that whatever threat may be approaching, at least he is about to see Rose again, and for that he should be glad. He agrees but his merriment is short-lived; seconds later the ship rocks violently. The Doctor hurries to the doors but upon opening them finds only space the Earth has gone
Far Across The Universe
At UNIT HQ, Martha Jones has been thrown to the floor by a sudden jolt of turbulence. She gets to her feet and checks that her colleagues are all unharmed, assuming the problem to be an earthquake. One of her friends, Suzanne, tells her to look at the sky, alarmed by what she sees out of the window.
In the Torchwood hub, Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones are also recovering from the shock. Worried about the Rift above the city, Jack hurries outside whilst his colleagues check their computers the quake has impacted far beyond South Wales.
Inside 13 Bannerman Road, Sarah Jane Smith and her adopted son Luke are equally disturbed by the shockwaves, having been thrown to the floor of their attic. After Luke identifies the blast as a cross-dimensional special transference, Sarah glances out of the window and notices that everything has gone dark, despite it being early morning. She calls on her alien computer, Mr Smith, who he tells her to go outside and look up at the sky.
Wilfred Mott and Sylvia Noble step outside of their house and onto the road. Wilf is convinced that aliens are at work once more, and his fears are confirmed when he and his daughter look skywards, amazed by what they see.
On another street, not far away, a piercing screech is heard and in a flash of light Rose Tyler appears, brandishing a large gun. She proclaims that the trouble has only just begun and then looks to the heavens, where a collection of new planets has appeared. The Earth has moved
- These episodes see a crossover between Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. It begins where the previous episode, Turn Left (in which Rose met Donna for the first time), ended.
- From Torchwood, we encounter Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, all last seen in Exit Wounds. Captain Jack last made an appearance in Last of the Time Lords. Former Torchwood colleagues Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper, who left the series in Exit Wounds, are mentioned here. Martha has also worked with Torchwood, in the episodes Reset, Dead Man Walking and A Day In The Death.
- From The Sarah Jane Adventures we are introduced to Luke Smith, the adopted son on Sarah Jane, and Mr Smith, Sarah’s alien computer, who were last seen with her in The Lost Boy. Sarah and Luke’s friends Maria Jackson and Clive Langer are referenced, but not seen. Sarah last met The Doctor in “School Reunion“, as did K-9, who also appears here and who was also last seen in The Lost Boy.
- Francine Jones was last seen in Last of the Time Lords, and her daughter Martha recently encountered The Doctor and Donna in The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky (along with UNIT, and whose titular aliens are responsible for Project Indigo) and The Doctor’s Daughter.
- Jackie and Mickey last met The Doctor in Doomsday, when he was parted from Rose and they were stranded in a parallel universe. Rose appeared fleetingly in Partners In Crime, The Poison Sky and Midnight, returning properly in Turn Left.
- Harriet Jones was last seen in The Christmas Invasion, when The Doctor deposed her. Here she demonstrates that she has been working on the Subwave Network, which was devised by Mr Copper, whom The Doctor left on Earth following their adventure together in Voyage of the Damned.
- Wilfred and Sylvia last saw The Doctor in The Poison Sky, but featured largely in Turn Left. Wilf tells Rose that he last spoke to Donna when she was on the diamond planet Midnight.
- The Shadow Proclamation was first mentioned in Rose, and referenced several times since, notably in The Christmas Invasion and Partners In Crime. The Judoon were last seen in Smith & Jones, and featured in the Quick Reads novel Revenge of the Judoon.
- The themes of lost planets and the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s bees has been mentioned several times throughout the recent run of episodes, namely in Partners In Crime, The Fires of Pompeii, Planet of the Ood and Midnight. Events in this episode were alluded to in Turn Left. The Medusa Cascade has also been mentioned several times, the first time being Last of the Time Lords.
- Davros last met The Doctor on television in Remembrance of the Daleks, although has appeared in several chronologically-consequent spin-off media since, including Terror Firma and War of the Daleks. The evil creator of the Daleks has been mentioned twice since then, but not by name, firstly in Dalek and then again in Evolution of the Daleks. The Daleks were last encountered by The Doctor in The Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks.
- Sarah, Jack and Martha all recognise the Dalek battle cry when it is transmitted to Earth. Sarah last met the creatures in Genesis of the Daleks (when she also encountered Davros), Jack in The Parting of the Ways and Martha in Evolution of the Daleks. Jackie and Mickey also met them in Doomsday, as did Rose.
- The airship Valiant, last seen in The Poison Sky and first introduced in The Sound of Drums, is seen here once again.
- The Doctor’s severed hand was last featured in The Doctor’s Daughter.
- Rose has witnessed The Doctor regenerate before, in The Parting of the Ways. Jack also knows of the process, having commented upon it in Utopia.
- The Doctor recalls that the Earth was almost stolen before – likely a reference to The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The 6th Doctor also encountered a displaced Earth during his trial in The Mysterious Planet.
- The Doctor recalls how the Ood predicted the joining of he and Donna in Planet of the Ood, when they christened the pair ‘DoctorDonna‘.
- As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a “NEXT TIME” trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode.