Doctor Who

Season 2 Episode 1

New Earth

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2006 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

Location: New Earth Date: 5,000,000,023 Enemies: Lady Cassandra, The Flesh, Sisters of Plenitude

The destruction of Earth led to a wave of nostalgia and the creation of 'New Earth', a planet with very similar physical properties to Earth. The Doctor and Rose respond to a call for help and visit a hospital run by a sisterhood of humanoid cat people, the Sisters of Plenitude. They appear to have developed a cure for every disease, but the hospital hides a sinister secret. The Doctor and Rose are reunited with an old enemy, as the Face of Boe prepares to reveal the ultimate secret to the traveller without a home…moreless

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  • wasn't a total bomb. The catnun makeup was pretty awesome...

    So Rose is going to take another trip into the future, this time with her new, new Doctor at the helm. At least she said goodbye to her mother this time, although I'm not sure what to make of the kiss she gives Mickey. I thought they broke up (this time for real) during the Christmas Special. I guess we'll just have to assume that it was a rather lingering peck between friends.

    The destination is New Earth, the planet that humans eventually settled on after the destruction of Old Earth which we saw last series. New Earth lives up to its name futuristic flying cars and all. Rose also takes a moment to indulge in a bit of sappy sentimentality with The Doctor, stating about how travelling with him is the best thing that's ever happened to her. Somehow I don't see her ever saying that to Nine and I don't think it works for her to say to Ten either, especially when he responds. I know that The Doctor is a new man whenever he regenerates, but he's also essentially the same character and - at the very least - his companions' reactions and treatment of him should stay the same for a while as they adjust to his new self. So this is horribly out-of-character for both Rose and The Doctor (maybe it was just a bit of the hormones that we'll hear about later).

    So what do I think of New Earth? It's almost bearable the first watch, but dull and even detrimental to mental health the second. There are really only a few good spots (see videos above) and those can be found on YouTube. The episode had no imagination, no cohesive plot, and was full of Davies Forced Exposition, not to mention in-your-face social commentary. I rate it as a 3/10 the one being for the two decent scenes. If you don't get to watch this episode, you're not missing much.

  • New Earth

    New Earth was a perfect episode and great start to the second season of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was excellent, the actors were phenomenal and there were so many levels of depth and complexity. It was awesome to see New Earth and the hospital run by Cat Nun Nurses. It was also intriguing to see the Face of Bo there as well as an enemy from the past. I liked how every thing played out, the character interactions and the ending was so touching that I cried, yes I admit, and I'm glad this character received such an ending. I like the new Doctor and his chemistry with Rose. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Fun Season Premiere

    New New York. Campy but fun.
  • cassandra is back........ the kiss between doctor n Rose....

    zoe wanamaker is back as Cassandra and she needs a body! she pocesses Rose 4 most of the episode so we dont really get to see the "new Rose" 4 dis episode. we do see the the doctor n rose's 1st kiss lol but it is really cassandra not rose. awww.

    u ave dese cat nurses who are testing on humans ( a play on humans testin on animals perhaps) cassandra lets them out when the cat nurses refuse to give her money and if you touch the diseased people u become infected as well!!!

    dont worry the doctor finds the cure and saves the day!!!

    cassandra dies but i have a feeling she will be back.....

    next week Q. Vic is in it n sumthin about a werewolf???moreless
  • The Tenth Doctor and Rose travel to an alien planet that has a close connection to old Earth. And along the way they are reunited with Lady Cassandra. Oh, and the Face of Boe is back, being one big tease. Damn you Boe!moreless

    Last year I sat back and watched episode one of the new Doctor Who, and sat in awe of Christopher Eccleston. For me he represented everything that the Doctor was, everything that the Doctor is. He was, to be blunt, everything that later 1980's Doctors were not. And we all loved him.

    Sitting watching New Earth is a surreal experience. Not because I find it strange that somebody else is now playing the Doctor, but because somebody else has replaced Eccleston in my heart. David Tennant has already established himself so successfully in "The Christmas Invasion", and so here, we are finally allowed to totally fall in love with him. Within minutes, memories of Eccleston are pushed to the back of the mind. David Tennant really is the Doctor.

    The story here isn't exactly the most exciting (think Russell T Davies meets George A Romero), but it doesn't need to be. Like last year's "Rose" it serves one purpose, to introduce the Doctor and Rose to television audiences again after so long away. Unlike most Russell T Davies from series one, this never once feels like a children's show. Doctor Who 2005 has now safely found its feet. For every childish moment (Tennant's body swap anybody) there's moments of adult horror (zombies...again!). audiences complained last year over RTD's scripts, but with "The Christmas Invasion" and now "New Earth" he's totally redeemed himself. Here is a writer who understands what Doctor Who should be: funny, adventurous, scary. He's latest scripts have given so much enjoyment to my entire family, and for the first time I'm proud to be a Doctor Who fan. Yes, that's right, I love Doctor Who, and after "New Earth" you will too.

    Now, if only I could be proud watching Star Trek...moreless
Zoë Wanamaker

Zoë Wanamaker


Guest Star

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher


Guest Star

Struan Rodger

Struan Rodger

The Face of Boe (Voice)

Guest Star

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke


Recurring Role

Camille Coduri

Camille Coduri

Jackie Tyler

Recurring Role

Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh

Sister Jatt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Frau Clovis' name is misspelled "Fran" in the end credits.

    • The Doctor notes the only thing missing from the hospital is a shop. This is alluded to in the third season premiere when the Doctor notices the hospital he is in actually has a shop.

    • The TARDIS is in a different location at the beginning of this episode compared to the final scene in The Christmas Invasion, implying there may well have been other adventures between these two stories (i.e. Attack of the Graske) but some references to the Doctor being a new Doctor do imply that only a little time has passed since Christmas.

    • The ailment that the Duke of Manhattan is dying from, Petrifold Regression — a disease that turns its victims to stone — is also mentioned in the Tenth Doctor Adventures novel The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner.

    • The bit where Rose (possessed by Cassandra) kisses the Doctor wasn't originally scripted.

    • David Tennant's first scene with his costume, consisting of a coat made of upholstery material, was at Cassandra's party.

    • Cassandra says that being inside a male body is an entirely new experience. But in The End of the World, she said she was born a boy.

    • This is the first episode of the new series that does not take place on, or in orbit above, the original Earth.

    • At the beginning of the episode where Rose is hugging Mickey and Jackie you can see the outline of BAD WOLF written on the ground in chalk from the end of last season.

    • The Face of Boe says that being millions of years old is impossible. However, this conflicts with his appearance in Episode 1-7, The Long Game, which was set in the year 200,000. If it is the same Face of Boe, he wouldn't just be millions of years old, he would be billions of years old, as this episode is set in the year 5 billion and 23.

      (When the Face of Boe says this, he seems to do so with a knowing wink. In other words, it's impossible because everyone KNOWS it's impossible, but he and the Doctor might know better.)

      Also, the Face of Boe does not have to be one being. It may just be a position, as in the head of the solar system Boe

    • This episode is the first time that the Face of Boe is heard. In his other appearances in Series 1 (The End Of The World, The Long Game), he was only seen, and never spoke.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: You're not exactly nun with gun, you're not even armed.
      Matron Casp: Who needs arms when we have claws?

    • The Doctor: Nice place. No shop, downstairs. I'd have a shop. Not a big one - just a shop. So people can shop.

    • The Doctor: Strictly speaking it's the fifteenth New York since the original. So that makes it New, New New New, New New New New New New, New New New, New, New York. (Rose is staring at him) What?
      Rose: You're so different.
      The Doctor: New New Doctor.

    • Cassandra-Possessed Chip: Oh sweet lord, I'm a walking doodle...

    • The Doctor: If they live because of this, then life is worthless.
      Novice Hame: But who are you to decide that?
      The Doctor: I'm The Doctor. And if you don't like it, if you want to take it to a higher authority: there isn't one. It stops with me.

    • (After Cassandra possesses one of the Flesh so that the Doctor and Rose can escape, she jumps back into Rose's body)
      Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Inside her head… they're so alone. They keep reaching out just to hold us. All their lives… and they've never been touched.

    • Matron Casp: Anything we can do to help?
      Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Straight to the point, Whiskers. I want money.
      Matron Casp: The Sisterhood is a charity. We don't give money. We only accept.
      Cassandra-Possessed Rose: The humans across the water pay you a fortune. And that's exactly what I need. A one-off payment, that's all I want. And perhaps a yacht. In return for which, I will tell the city nothing of your institutional murder. Is that a deal?

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: The Sisterhood are up to something. Remember that Old Earth saying? Never trust a nun. Never trust a nurse. And never trust a cat.

    • (About the Duke of Manhattan's miraculous recovery)
      Matron Casp: Primitive species would accuse us of magic. But it's merely the tender application of science.
      The Doctor: How on Earth did you cure him?
      Matron Casp: How on New Earth, you might say.

    • Novice Hame: (about the Face of Boe) I can hear him singing sometimes. In my mind. Such ancient songs.
      The Doctor: Am I the only visitor?
      Novice Hame: The rest of Boe-kind became extinct long ago. He's the only one left. Legend says that the Face of Boe has watched the universe grow old. There's all sorts of superstitions around him. One story says that - just before his death - the Face of Boe will impart his great secret. He will speak those words only to one like himself.

    • (Rose and Cassandra discuss Cassandra's regeneration)
      Rose: What about the skin? I saw it. You got ripped apart.
      Cassandra: That piece of skin was taken from the front of my body. This piece is the back.
      Rose: Right, so you're talking out of your ar...
      Cassandra: ...ask not.

    • Cassandra: Rose Tyler! I knew it! That dirty blonde assassin!
      Chip: She's coming here, mistress.
      Cassandra: This is beyond coincidence. This is destiny. At last I can be revenged on that little-
      (Cut to the Doctor and Rose entering the hospital)
      Rose: Bit rich coming from you.
      The Doctor: I can't help it, I don't like hospitals. They give me the creeps.

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Oh my god! I'm a chav!

    • The Doctor: Hold on, I can understand the bodies, I can understand your vows. One thing I can't understand, what have you done to Rose?
      Novice Hame: I don't know what you mean.
      The Doctor: And I'm being very, very calm. You wanna be aware of that, very very calm. And the only reason I'm being so very, very calm is that the brain is a delicate thing. Whatever you've done to Rose's head, I want it reversed.

    • Novice Hame: It's said he'll talk to a wanderer, to the man without a home.
      (The Doctor realises that he fits this description.)
      Novice Hame: The lonely god.

    • (After being kissed by Cassandra-Possessed Rose)
      The Doctor: (high-pitched voice) Yup...still got it...

    • Cassandra-possessed Doctor: Goodness me, I'm a man... Yum!... So many parts! And hardly used... Ah.. ah! Two hearts! Oh, baby, I'm beating out a samba!
      Rose: Get out of him.
      Cassandra-possessed Doctor: Ooh, he's slim. And a little bit foxy. You've thought so too. I've been inside your head...You've been looking... you like it!

    • Cassandra Possessed Doctor: (pushing Rose aside) Out of the way, blondie!

    • The Doctor: That is enigmatic. That - that is - that is textbook enigmatic.

    • Rose: (Talking about Chip, to Cassandra) What about Gollum?

    • Rose: They are cats!

    • Rose: So where we going?
      The Doctor: Further than we've ever gone before!

    • Cassandra Possessed Rose:'s like living inside a bouncy castle!

    • Rose: Can I just say, travelling with you, I love it.
      The Doctor: Me too!

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Over the years, I thought of a thousand ways to kill you, Doctor. And now that's exactly what I've got. One thousand diseases.

    • The Doctor: When you took your vows, did you agree to this?
      Novice Hame: The Sisterhood had sworn to help.
      The Doctor: What? By killing?
      Novice Hame: They're not real people. They're specially grown. They have no proper existence.
      The Doctor: What's the turnover, hmmm? Thousand a day? Thousand the next? Thousand the next? How many thousand? For how many years? How many?!?

    • Cassandra: Peek-a-boo.
      Rose: Don't you come anywhere near me, Cassandra.

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Although...Nice rear..bumper!

    • The Face of Boe: We shall meet again Doctor, for the third time, and the last time, and the truth shall be told. Until that day...

    • The Doctor: (Pointing to Cassandra-Possessed Rose) You can't deny them, 'cause you helped create them!

    • Rose: What's the city called?
      The Doctor: New New York.

  • NOTES (11)

    • The intensive care unit location was the same place used for the warehouse in the episode Rose, which is an abandoned mill in Cardiff.

    • It took three hours to make up a cat nurse using a veil and mask.

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: July 11, 2010 on CNBC-e

    • The outside curved tower of the hospital looks a lot like the Burj Al Arab hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    • A working title for this episode was Body Swap.

    • Novice Hame and the Face of Boe return in series three's Gridlock.

    • The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 8.62 million.

    • For her scenes playing the Cassandra-possessed Rose, Billie Piper wore a Wonderbra and a slightly different shade of lipstick. She also unbuttoned the top buttons of her shirt.

    • The scene where the Doctor, Rose and Chip leave the TARDIS and arrive at Cassandra's party, was the first scene David Tennant shot in his new costume. He spent most of The Christmas Invasion in an Arthur Dent-type dressing gown.

    • The Gower Peninsula in Swansea was used for the first scene, when Rose and the Doctor appear on New Earth; also, the entrance hall of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff doubles as the entrance hall of the hospital.

    • Russell T Davies got the idea for this story from the material he wrote for the book Monsters and Villains in 2005. He was writing a biography of The Face of Boe's life and came up with the secret that he will tell...


    • Cassandra has set up in her lair an old-fashioned movie projector, and is watching a movie of herself when she was younger and more beautiful (and had an actual body). This may be an allusion to the movie "Sunset Boulevard" (1950, dir. Billy Wilder), in which one-time silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) uses a movie projector to show the films in which she appeared and exults over her own beauty and talent.

    • Cassandra-Possessed Rose: Oh my God, I'm a chav!

      Chav is a mainly derogatory slang term in the United Kingdom for a subcultural stereotype fixated on fashions. The defining features of the stereotype include clothing in the Burberry pattern and from a variety of other casual and sportswear brands. Tracksuits, hoodies, sweatpants, baseball caps and cheap bulky jewellery are particularly associated with this stereotype.

    • Rose: What about Gollum?

      Gollum is the character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy obsessed with the one ring, which he called "My precious."