Doctor Who

Utopia

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 6/16/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: Malcassairo Date: The Year 100 Trillion Enemies: Futurekind, The Master After being brought back to life in The Parting of the Ways, Captain Jack Harkness was just left on the Gamestation by the Doctor and Rose. In this episode, Captain Jack Harkness storms back into the Doctor's life, and the TARDIS is thrown to the end of the universe itself.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Derek Jacobi

    The Professor

  • Chipo Chung

    Chantho

  • Neil Reidman

    Lieutenant Atillo

  • Paul Marc Davis

    Chieftain

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • Utopia

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 11, 2012

  • Who knew the End of the Universe could be so boring and just a prop piece for the return of an old enemy?

    By ronindave, Oct 14, 2008

  • Utterly excellent stuff that only Doctor Who can do.

    By CellBlocknutter, Apr 12, 2008

  • A Brilliant episode in series 3!

    By lovin_torchwood, Jul 27, 2008

  • Captain Jack is back... and it's about time.

    By Scorptilicus, May 06, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Captain Jack: [while running to save a human from the Futurekind] Oh, I've missed this!

    • The Professor: The Doctor? (points to jack) The Doctor: That's me. The Professor: Good, good, good, good good good good good good! The Doctor: It's good apparently.

    • The Doctor: The rift bleeds energy. Every now and then I need to open up the engines and soak up the energy and use it as fuel. Martha: So it's a pit stop! The Doctor: Exactly. It should only take 20 seconds. The rift's been active.

    • The Professor: The call came from across the stars, over and over again. ‘Come to Utopia’. Originating from that point. The Doctor: Where is that? The Professor: Oh, it’s far beyond the condensed wilderness, out towards the wildlands and the dark matter reefs, calling us in. The last of the humans scattered across the night. The Doctor: What do you think’s out there? The Professor: We can’t know. A colony? A city? Some sort of haven? The science foundation created the Utopia project thousands of years ago to preserve mankind, to find a way of surviving beyond the collapse of reality itself. Perhaps they found it. Perhaps not, but it’s worth a look, don’t you think? The Doctor: Oh yes.

    • The Master: (after being mortally wounded by Chantho) Killed by an insect. A girl. How inappropriate. Still, if the Doctor can be young and strong, then so can I. The Master, reborn! (The Master regenerates)

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    Notes (13)

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: January 9, 2011 on CNBC-e

    • Parts of this episode were filmed using the same location (a disused paper mill in Wales) for The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, albeit a different area within that location.

    • The opening scene was filmed in Cardiff Bay by the Wales Millennium Centre and Roald Dahl Plass. This has been shown before in Doctor Who in the episode Boom Town as well as extensively in Torchwood (as the Torchwood Hub is based beneath the Plass).

    • According to the episode commentary, John Barrowman refused to use a stuntman in the scene where he leaps onto the TARDIS before it engaged.

    • Jack says that when he went back in time to search for the Doctor he ended up in 1869. This is ironic because the Doctor (at the time played by Christopher Eccleston) and Rose visited 1869 in episode 3, series 1, "The Unquiet Dead" and they were in Cardiff, the city that Jack later made his home. That's how close Jack came to meeting them.

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    Trivia (13)

    • As can be seen when Captain Jack enters the irradiated chamber, one hundred trillion years into the future, humanity is still using the QWERTY keyboard.

    • The Professor states that he was found as a child on the Silver Devastation. In The End Of The World, this is stated as being the home of the Face of Boe.

    • According to the commentary for this episode, the Professor's attire (white shirt, waistcoat, etc.) was supposed to be an homage to William Hartnell, the original Doctor.

    • The watch that the Professor has is identical to the watch John Smith had in Human Nature and The Family Of Blood.

    • Reference is made to Boom Town, when the Doctor mentions ‘trouble with the Slitheen’ and being ‘a different man’ (he was in his ninth incarnation at that point).

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    Allusions (3)

    • Captain Jack: So what about those things outside, the beastie-boys?
      The Beastie Boys are a musical group from New York, who have enjoyed over 20 years of international critical acclaim and commercial success. The name 'Beastie' originally stood for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence". They are one of the longest-lived hip-hop acts. Their biggest hits include 'Fight For Your Right (To Party)', 'Sabotage'and 'Intergalactic'.

    • The savage look of the Futurekind, combined with the time setting of the story, is an allusion to H. G. Wells's novel The Time Machine. In fact, in Doctor Who Confidential, Russell T. Davies mentions the influence of Mad Max in the look of the Futurekind.

    • The title 'Utopia' refers to the 1516 book written by Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) which describes an imaginary island that holds a perfect social, legal and political system where all evils of society have been removed.

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