Doctor Who (1963)

Scream of the Shalka

Season 27, Ep 9, Aired 12/27/03
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  • Episode Description
  • When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancaster town of Lannet, in the present, he finds that somehing is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking questions. What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth? The Doctor is helped and hindered by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troops. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison. While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up-to-date Doctor Who story takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Cornell

  • Wilson Milam

  • David Tennant


  • Ben Morrison


  • Conor Moloney


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Doctor returns animated and in troble with an alien creature called the Shalka.

    By dannynye1991, Aug 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • The Doctor: A friend of mine, Andy Warhol was his name, said, "They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." Wonderful man. He wanted to paint all nine of me.

    • Alison [ examining the Doctor ]: I can't find a pulse. The Doctor [ wakening ]: And with so many to choose from. That's two-one to me in the game of, "I thought you were dead, Doctor."

    • The Doctor: Why do you only invade a tiny bit of Lancashire? Prime: Our ambition is greater than that. The Doctor: What do you mean? Nottinghamshire?

    • The Doctor: It's been a long time since anyone screamed at me, and then I think they were only waiting for Elvis to come on. My poetry went down tremendously.

    • Joe: Do you know what it's like to be a doctor, and stand by and watch these things and not be able to do anything? The Doctor [ sighing ]: So many answers to that… No, no interest in giving them.

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    Notes (5)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who - Scream of the Shalka by Paul Cornell (ISBN 0 563 48619 8) first published by BBC Books in 2004.

    • David Tennant was not originally cast in the production but happened to be recording a radio play next door and was able to get small part after meeting with the director. Tennant would go on to portray the tenth Doctor in the new Doctor Who.

    • The Master has been resurrected as an android and is now part of the TARDIS.

    • The Doctor implies, but does not explicitly state, that this is his ninth incarnation. At one point he states that a painter wished to paint all nine of him.

    • This was a fully-animated webcast originally made available through the BBC's Doctor Who Homepage. Each episode was approximately 10 minutes long and was first made available at noon (G.M.T.) on successive Thursdays from 13 November 2003.

    Trivia (1)

    • Derek Jacobi would portray the Master again in Utopia in the third series of the new Doctor Who.

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