Doctor Who

World War Three (2)

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 4/23/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: London, Earth Date: March 2006 Enemy: The Slitheen With the Doctor, Rose, and MP Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street, the Slitheen make their move: Nuclear Warfare. If the human race is obliterated, the Earth can be sold on the Galactic Black Market for a very reasonable price. It's up to the Doctor to defeat the Slitheen before the entire population of the Earth is wiped out. But will he have to make the ultimate sacrifice: Rose Tyler...?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Andrew Marr


  • David Verrey

    Joseph Green

  • Camille Coduri

    Jackie Tyler

  • Penelope Wilton

    Harriet Jones

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • enjoy

    By hellward99, Apr 14, 2015

  • "Harriet Jones, MP for Flightdale "Yes. We know who you are" That. Joke. Never. Gets. Old

    By arkanitoo, Aug 24, 2014

  • World War Three

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 04, 2012

  • Lots of potential, ruined by a pathetic alien making me wonder why 2 parts were truly necessary to tell this medial story.

    By Lord_Fly, Oct 11, 2010

  • Trapped in Downing Street with Harriot Jones and Rose by his side, can the Doctor stop the Slitheen from tricking Earth into Nuking itself into a pile of radioactive fuel for the ruthless criminal family to sell off as starship fuel?

    By 10thdoctorfan, Mar 22, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • The Doctor: You're right I'm dangerous I don't want anyone following me. Mikey: How can you say that and then take her with you? The Doctor: You could look after her. Come with us. Mikey: I can't. This life of yours. It's just too much, I couldn't do it.

    • Rose: Oh, that's me. Harriet Jones: But we're sealed off, how did you get a signal? Rose: He zapped it, super-phone.

    • Rose: My mother's cooking. The Doctor: Good. Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer.

    • The Doctor: There’s a way out. Rose: What? The Doctor: There’s always been a way out. Rose: Why don’t we use it? The Doctor: (into the teleconference set) Because I can’t guarantee your daughter will be safe. Jackie: (on phone) Don’t you dare! Whatever it is, don’t you dare! The Doctor: That’s the thing. If I don’t dare, everyone dies. Rose: Do it. The Doctor: You don’t even know what it is. You’d just let me? Rose: Yeah. Jackie: (on phone) Please, Doctor. Please. She’s my daughter. She’s just a kid. The Doctor: Do you think I don’t know that? Cos this is my life, Jackie. It’s not fun, it’s not smart. It’s just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will. Rose: Then what are you waiting for? The Doctor: I could save the world but lose you. (pause; the Doctor and Rose look at each other; Harriet steps forward) Harriet Jones: Except it’s not your decision, Doctor. It’s mine. Jackie: (on phone) And who the hell are you? Harriet Jones: Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North. The only elected representative in this room, chosen by the people, for the people, and on behalf of the people, I command you. Do it.

    • (The Doctor opens the door to speak to the Slitheen) The Doctor: You get the codes, release the missiles… but not into space, there’s nothing there. You attack every other country on earth. (Margaret Blaine in human form steps forward) They retaliate. Fight back. World War Three. Whole planet gets nuked. Margaret Blaine: And we can sit through it safe in our spaceship waiting in the Thames. Not crashed, just parked. Barely two minutes away. Harriet Jones: But you’ll destroy the planet. This beautiful place. What for? The Doctor: Profit. That’s what the signal is beaming into space. An advert. Margaret Blaine: Sale of the century. We reduce the Earth to molten slag then sell it. Piece by piece. Radioactive chunks, capable of powering every cut-price star-liner and budget cargo ship. There’s a recession up there, Doctor. People are buying cheap. This rock becomes raw fuel. The Doctor: At the cost of five billion lives. Margaret Blaine: Bargain.

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    Notes (6)

    • Original International Air Dates: Turkey: September 27, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • The working titles of this episode were Aliens of London, Part Two and 10 Downing Street.

    • The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 7.98 million.

    • An early working title for this episode was Storm Harvest.

    • The cameraman that filmed the effects shots of Downing Street being destroyed was Peter Tyler. Which just happens to also be the name of Rose's father, introduced a few episodes later in Father's Day.

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    Trivia (15)

    • When Harriet Jones is trying to think of what the Slitheen's flatulence smells like, Rose assists her by saying "bad breath." However, Rose was never in a room with a Slitheen during a "gas exchange."

    • When a Slitheen visits Mickey's flat, the word "Salford" can be seen graffitied on the wall near the elevator. Christopher Eccleston's hometown is Salford.

    • The Slitheen's plan to turn the Earth into a radioactive fuel source for sale is reminiscent of the second Doctor episode The Dominators where the inhabited planet Dulkus was to be turned into radioactive fuel to power the war fleet of the Dominators.

    • This was another of the episodes that underran, which is why the 'domestic' scenes at the end where Rose goes to her Mum and the Doctor calls her from the TARDIS were included.

    • Only three Slitheen suits were actually made. The group scene in this episode is courtesy of the Mill who increased the numbers by digitally duplicating them.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The Doctor: Fascinating history, Downing Street. 1730, it was occupied by a Mr. Chicken. He was a nice man. Mr Chicken was in fact the last private resident of Downing's terrace. Little is known about him except that he moved out in the early 1730s. The remainder of the property that would one day be incorporated into 10 Downing Street was owned by Count Bothmar, who died in 1732. The two properties were then joined and renovated into the building as it exists today.

    • The Doctor: …something of value… Harriet Jones: Gold? Oil? Water?? The Doctor: Now you're thinking. The concept of extraterrestrials wanting to steal water from the Earth was used in the American mini-series V(1983). In V, the aliens came openly, under the guise of peace, only to turn on the humans upon seizing total power.

    • Concept: "Massive weapons of destruction" The idea of "massive weapons of destruction" that can be launched in 45 seconds is a jab at the infamous "September dossier" that "proved" to the British Government that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that could be launched in 45 minutes.

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