Doctor Who

Season 2 Episode 12

Army of Ghosts (1)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jul 01, 2006 on BBC America
out of 10
User Rating
530 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Location: London, Torchwood Tower Date: 2007 Enemies: Cybermen, Torchwood

Rose:Planet Earth. This is where I was born, and this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all. Not ever. And then I met a man called "The Doctor". A man that could change his face. He took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end. That's what I though, but then came the Army of Ghosts. And came Torchwood and the war. That's when it all ended. This is a story of how I died.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
  • Army of Ghosts

    Army of Ghosts was a perfect and amazing episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching and was very entertained. The story was well written, the actors were brilliant and the last few scenes were excellent! It was cool to see Jackie along on a travel and it was funny how The Doctor used her to help keep Rose safe inside the TARDIS. It was interesting to see Torchwood and I liked Yvonne Hartman. It was awesome when Rose was in trouble and saw a familiar face who had his wits about him and came prepared! I liked how every thing played out and the ending was suspenseful and awesome! I look forward to watching the season finale!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Just set everything up.

    This was a fairly boring episode even by Dr Who standards. Of course it was the start of a 2-parter but this has got to be the worst one ever. Definately the worst episode of season 2.

    Yes, I admit it had to set things up for the finale but, come on they could have done it a little bit better. The problem with these episodes is, they're like filler episodes but not quite there.

    The only good bit was at the end when the Daleks came out of the void ship. It was a bit of deja vu becaus this seems like such an obvious idea, and they've done an episode similar to this one before. But the finale was truly original.moreless
  • The Doctor and Rose return to Earth to discover that "ghosts" are now walking around the world. The Doctor suspects something sinister, and discovers the source to be Torchwood, who don't realise that they are about to unleash hell on Earth!moreless

    Here we go. The series finale begins with this episode. Torchwood finally reveal themselves and things are about to go horribly wrong. Rose has probably the best lines at the beginning of the episode. And we also discover a lot of alien things hidden underneath Canary Wharf of all places! The ghosts do have a more sinister purpose as we discover when they finally reveal themselves as.....the Cybermen? How? All will be revealed. Also, there is the question of a familiar face. That's right, Mickey is back. How he got back is still a mystery, but that too will be revealed. Also, there is the question of why the Doctor has those 3-D glasses with him. And finally, the Void Ship, which finally opens at the end of the episode. There's only one thing is could have been. The only thing that can upstage the the Daleks! A lot of points unresolved that will be within the final episode!moreless
  • The Doctor and Rose return home to the Powell Estate to find the ghosts of 'loved ones' wandering the streets. But their investigations lead them to the Torchwood Tower, where something very deadly is hiding in the darkness, not far out of sight...moreless

    Army of Ghosts is a fantastic episode to kick off the series finale of the second series. It has comedy, sadness and fantastic acting which is great for the show. David Tennant and Billie Piper's on-screen chemistry is amazing and it is great the way they work together. 10/10 for a cracking and very fantastic episode. Well done!!!
  • "This is a story of how I died." When I heard those words, I was like: No!!!

    Okay, where do I start... Since the Beast or whatever that was in the Pit said that Rose would die in battle, I had this little nagging voice in the back of my head... Then Rose goes and says something about staying with the doctor forever, and he has that look on his face... And that brings us to the opening of this particular ep. The opening lines were not only a heads up, but were really good "drama-wise", hehe. The episode was marvellous, bringing back Mickey and the cybermen from the parallel Earth they visited on "Rise of the Cybermen" and "Age of Steel". Oh, and of course! What's inside the sphere? What else? Daleks!!!

    "Exterminate"! hehemoreless
Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser


Guest Star

Oliver Mellor

Oliver Mellor


Guest Star

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster


Guest Star

Camille Coduri

Camille Coduri

Jackie Tyler

Recurring Role

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke


Recurring Role

Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs

Voice of the Cybermen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Rose presents her mother with the weather-predicting device, she's holding it in her left hand. When the view switches to look at Jackie, it shifts to Rose's right hand and then immediately back to her left when the view restores to the original vantage point.

    • A musical theme played quite frequently throughout this episode was also used as the theme music to the Doctor Who spin-off show, Torchwood.

    • When one of the Cybermen breaks into someone's home it hits the glass pane with both hands. This knocks the door off its hinges but the glass is unbroken.

    • When Rose steps out of the TARDIS inside the Torchwood facility, there's an Egyptian sarcophagus next to her. This is a reference to the Osirians and their advanced technology, seen in the original series' Pyramids of Mars. The sarcophagus there was on the site of what was to become UNIT HQ, and was presumably salvaged from the fire that destroyed the original priory.

    • According to Jack Harkness in Torchwood, this was Torchwood 1. He also mentions that Torchwood 2 was in Glasgow, Torchwood 3 is based in Cardiff and Torchwood 4 is lost somewhere.

    • Why didn't the TARDIS translate the foreign news shows (they were speaking French, Indian and Japanese)? It has translated Earth languages before, most recently in The Girl in The Fireplace.

    • There is difficulty with the plot element of The Beast's prediction (in The Satan Pit) about Rose dying in battle being applicable to these events. It seems incorrect for it to be refering to the events of this episode, since that would suggest knowledge that it was going to fail to escape. This would be because of the fact that Rose couldn't make it back to that time without the TARDIS, and they couldn't get the TARDIS without the Doctor reaching The Beast's body. In addition, the Beast had set it up so that the Doctor would have had to kill Rose (and himself) in order to defeat The Beast.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (The TARDIS is in flight)
      Rose: My Mum is still on board.
      (The Doctor realises Jackie is still on board, sitting on the gantry)
      Jackie: If we end up on Mars, I am going to kill you.

    • The Doctor: (coming up from below the TARDIS console holding a device) Who're ya gonna call?
      Rose: Ghostbusters!
      The Doctor: I ain't afraid of no ghost!

    • (The Doctor sees the large sphere)
      The Doctor: This is a void ship.
      Yvonne Hartman: And what is that?
      The Doctor: Well, it's impossible for starters. I always thought it was just a theory. It's a vessel designed to exist outside time and space. Travelling through the void.
      Dr Singh: What's the void?
      The Doctor: The space between dimensions. There's all sorts of realities around us, different dimensions, billions of parallel universes all stacked up against each other. The void is the space in between. Containing absolutely nothing. Imagine that. Nothing. No light, no dark, no up, no down. No life. No time. Without end. My people call it the void, the Eternals call it the Howling. But some people call it hell.
      Dr Singh: But someone built the sphere. What for? Why go there?
      The Doctor: To explore. To escape. You could sit inside that thing, an eternity could pass you by. The Big Bang, end of the universe, start of the next… wouldn't even touch the sides. You'd exist outside the whole of creation.
      Yvonne Hartman: You see? We were right. There is something inside it.
      The Doctor: Oh yes.
      Dr Singh: So how do we get in there?
      The Doctor: We don't. We send that thing back into hell.

    • The Doctor: All those times I've been on Earth, I've never heard of you.
      Yvonne Hartman: Well, of course not. You're the enemy. You're actually named in the Torchwood Foundation Charter of 1879 as an enemy of the crown.
      The Doctor: 1879? That was called Torchwood. That house in Scotland.
      Yvonne Hartman: That's right. Where you encountered Queen Victoria and the werewolf.
      Jackie: I think he makes half of it up.
      Yvonne Hartman: Her Majesty created the Torchwood Institute with the express intention of keeping Britain great and fighting the alien horde.
      The Doctor: If I'm the enemy, does that mean I'm a prisoner?
      Yvonne Hartman: Oh yes. But we'll make you perfectly comfortable.

    • Yvonne Hartman: The Torchwood Institute has a motto. 'If it's alien, it's ours'. Anything that comes from the sky, we strip it down and we use it, for the good of the British Empire.
      Jackie: For the good of the what?
      Yvonne Hartman: The British Empire.
      Jackie: There isn't a British Empire.
      Yvonne Hartman: Not yet.

    • (The Doctor is about to face armed Torchwood soldiers)
      Rose: Doctor, they've got guns.
      The Doctor: And I haven't. Which makes me the better person, don't you think? (moves Rose away from the TARDIS door) They can shoot me dead, but the moral high-ground is mine.

    • Jackie: What happens when I'm gone?
      Rose: Don't talk like that!
      Jackie: No, but really. When I'm dead and buried, you won't have any reason to come back home. What happens then?
      Rose: I don't know.
      Jackie: Do you think you'll ever settle down?
      Rose: The Doctor never will so I can't. I'll just keep on travelling.
      Jackie: And you'll keep on changing. And in forty years time, fifty, there'll be this woman, this strange woman, walking through the marketplace on some planet a billion miles from Earth. She's not Rose Tyler. Not any more. She's not even human.

    • Jackie: You're always doing this. Reducing it to science. Why can't it be real? Just think of it, though. All the people we've lost. Our families coming back home. Don't you think it's beautiful?
      The Doctor: I think it's horrific.

    • The Doctor: So, you find the breach, probe it, this sphere comes through, six hundred feet above London, bam! It leaves a hole in the fabric of reality. And that hole, you think, 'Oh, shall we leave it alone, shall we back off, shall we play it safe?', Nah, you think, 'Let's make it bigger'!

    • (After pulling Jackie out of the TARDIS in front of Hartman)
      The Doctor: Here she is, Rose Tyler! She's not the best I've ever had... a bit too blonde. Not too steady on her pins, she's like that. Just last week she stared into the heart of the Time Vortex and aged 57 years... but she'll do!
      Jackie: I'm 40!
      The Doctor: Deluded... bless! I'll have to try her in. Do you need anyone? She's very good at tea! Well, I say very good, I mean not bad... well, I say not bad...

    • Rose: (voiceover) Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called 'The Doctor'. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.
      The Doctor: How long are you going to stay with me?
      Rose: Forever.
      Rose: (voiceover) That's what I thought. But then came the army of ghosts, then came Torchwood and the war. That's when it all ended. This is the story of how I died.

    • Jackie: These Cybermen, what have they got to do with the ghosts?
      The Doctor: You never listen! A footprint doesn't look like a boot!

    • Yvonne Hartman: What are they?
      The Doctor: They came through first. The advance guard. Cybermen.

    • Yvonne Hartman: They're invading the whole planet.
      The Doctor: It's not an invasion, it's too late for that. It's a victory.

  • NOTES (7)


    • The Doctor: (coming up from below the TARDIS console holding a device) Who're ya gonna call?
      Rose: Ghostbusters!
      The Doctor: I ain't afraid of no ghost!

      A reference to the 1984 film Ghostbusters.

    • Alistair Appleton presents a show entitled 'Ghostwatch' which provides updates about the ghosts' actions. 'Ghostwatch' was the name of an infamous spoof ghosthunting documentary broadcast by the BBC in 1992. It is also a reference to the UK series 'Crimewatch'.

    • Trisha Goddard: I married a ghost.

      Trisha is a chat show where people talk about problems in their lives, such as husbands leaving their wives, or children walking out on heir parents.

    • Peggy Mitchell: Listen to me, Den Watts. I don't care if you have come back from the grave, get out of my pub! The only spirits I'm serving in this place is gin, whisky and vodka.

      Den Watts was a character on 'Eastenders' and acquired the nickname of Dirty Den because of his antics. Incidentally, his character was killed by Chrissy Watts, played by Tracy-Ann Obermann who plays Yvonne Hartman in this episode.

    • Derek Acorah: I'm not needed anymore.

      Derek Acorah is a spiritulist medium who was a regular star of 'Most Haunted' on LivingTV, where a group of people would go searching for ghosts in various locations across the United Kingdom.

  • 10:00 pm