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Doctor Who

Season 3 Episode 1

Smith and Jones

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2007 on BBC America
8.7
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Location: Earth/Moon
Date: 2008
Enemies: Judoon, Plasmavore, Slabs

Introducing new traveller Martha Jones to the picture as she meets a mysterious John Smith. And before she knows it, the hospital she was working in is on the moon and it's under siege from the Judoon...

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  • Anne Freakin' Reid

    9.0
    A unique plot and terrific performance from Anne Reid--the show's best villain so far--make this episode a classic.
  • Judoon Platoon Upon The Moon

    10
    The chemistry between this pair is exceptional. I find I enjoy Martha more then Rose. This has to be my favorite episode. From the Benjamin Franklin tidbit from the Radiation scene I loved the entire episode. I also enjoyed the fact that it was in a regular old Hospital which wasn't something I have seen before. The best part I believe was the fact that Martha was studying to be a doctor and that she wanted the Doctor to earn his title. Most Companions see an alien and just jump right into the tardis. It was refreshing to have a different aspect to the companion story.moreless
  • Smith and Jones

    9.5
    Smith and Jones was a fantastic episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was out of this world and full of action, adventure, danger and suspense. The Judoon were interesting alien policing creatures. I liked the special effects and space scenes. Martha Jones is an awesome character and definitely a compatible companion for The Doctor. It was interesting to learn what the Judoon were after. I liked how every thing played out. I liked the ending and definitely look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Instead of a scary story, the third season starts with a delightfully comedic aspect to "Smith and Jones." David Tennant's brilliant performance showing the Doctor's zany side.

    10
    Prone to imagining spooks when the lights go out, I usually have to stop myself from watching Doctor Who right before I go to bed, lest I dream of technological aliens sucking my face off or creepy little mask-faced boys looking for their mommy, so this episode was a refreshing change. The Doctor always has a few funny moments, but this episode was geared around them, and they made me laugh, something that always delights me when I watch shows.



    The Doctor's brilliant performance sealed the ten I'm giving this episode. His "cheap trick" with the tie, his radiation dance, bare feet, how he laments the loss of his screwdriver while Martha attempts to explain what Ms. Finnigan did, fooling Ms. Finnigan into thinking he's human, exclaiming over the hospital's shop, and, perhaps my favorite, the Doctor mouthing "it's bigger on the inside" while Martha says it and then sarcastically exclaiming that he'd never noticed - it's so Doctor, and he must get tired of hearing it every time someone meets the TARDIS! That's not to say it was all fun and games. A fan of Rose Tyler, I liked seeing the subtle and not-so-subtle signs that he was still grieving for her. Watching him getting to know Martha, I could imagine him comparing her to Rose, and I suspect that some of their similarities - their openness, their quick thinking and sense of adventure - were why he invited her on a trip in the TARDIS. At the same time, his assurance that it would only be one trip because he wanted to be alone shows that he is not yet ready to replace Rose.



    Being a fan of Rose, I set out to be critical of any future companions, but I'm liking what I'm seeing of Martha Jones. She impresses even the Doctor with her quick mind (rather quicker than Rose, really) and I liked her steadiness and the way that she challenged the Doctor, telling him he needed to earn that title before she used it. She's made a good first impression on me, and I hope it lasts.moreless
  • Okay, I understand the notion of suspension of disbelief when watching a science-fiction show; however, that doesn't mean ignoring inconsistencies and absurdities within the logistics of the created world.

    4.0
    These are just a few questions I noted, and I confess I wasn't paying full attention:



    • How exactly was the hospital transported, apparently instantaneously, to the Moon?

    • What happened to all the electrical devices that would have been cut off from their power supply? How come computers, MRI scanners, etc, were still working?

    • If it was through some kind of space-time portal (yawn), why don't the rhino police use that for their own travel instead of huge and presumably expensive space ships?

    • Why was the hospital taken to the Moon? I know the Doctor said something about Earth being outside a Galactic treaty, but if so why isn't the Moon, too? • If there's a treaty that makes Earth off-limits, how come it's been attacked by other aliens in the past? Why didn't the rhino police deal with them for being in breach of the treaty? • If the rhinos knew their quarry was in the hospital, why didn't they just transport her and not the whole building? i.e. they must have been able to track her, so could have focussed a lot more closely on her than that.

    • How did they track her there anyway, if she's able to disguise her alienness?

    • How did the villain change an MRI scanner into a weapon that can kill everything within 250,000 miles using nothing more than a few twists of some dials? With that kind of power, surely she could have changed a telephone or something into an anti-rhino gun and saved herself?

    • If the rhinos knew who and what they were chasing, surely they'd have known she could assimilate human essence through drinking their blood and therefore evade the scanning process?

    • How did the Doctor come back to life if all his blood had been drained away?



    Some other thoughts:



    The surprise factor for characters discovering the Doctor is an alien is being contradicted by the fact they've all seen tons of aliens by now. Hence, Martha's reactions to him are muddled: part surprised, part old hat.



    Scenes with plastic actors all barking into mobiles, discussing an unfeasibly complicated family situation is no substitute for character depth.



    The banter between the Doctor and Martha is virtually identical to the banter between the Doctor and Rose. Apart from her skin colour and the fact she's a trainee doctor, Martha's character is already in danger of becoming interchangeable with her predecessor's. Again, character depth requires more than an artificially tangled family background - it needs uniqueness, idiosyncrasies, charm, surprise and a lot of qualities that only appear when the writers have bothered to do their job properly. Overall, there was some excitement in this episode and the fun of a new companion being introduced. However, much of the excitement is artificially generated and involves a lot of running down corridors rather than genuine brinkmanship. Which is not very different to the last series, and is why I won't be watching much more of this one. What's needed is a series-long story arc, to hold together and give purpose to all the individual episodes. Without it, we're expected to believe every time that the Doctor or the Tardis just happens to bump into extraordinary events. Davies gets away with this to an extent with Doctor Who because of its rich history to lean on, and the fans' good will. But look what happens when he's given the freedom to create something virtually from scratch? We get the wooden and unwatchable Torchwood. I know he's a fan of Joss Whedon, but that needs to result in more than just copying the surface excitement of Buffy or Angel, or trying to emulate the clever, snappy, dialogue. It means creating a compelling world where every event affects the characters' development, in which something important matters very much to the main leads - because without that, we end up with the hollow knowing winks and smug in-jokiness that the Doctor and Rose descended into.moreless
Anne Reid

Anne Reid

Florence

Guest Star

Roy Marsden

Roy Marsden

Mr. Stoker

Guest Star

Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates

Leo Jones

Guest Star

Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh

Francine Jones

Recurring Role

Paul Kasey

Paul Kasey

Judoon Captain

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Martha and the Doctor leave in the TARDIS, the Doctor makes a point of telling her he's releasing the handbrake. In the previous episode, The Runaway Bride, Donna demanded to know if the TARDIS had a handbrake.

    • The scene where Tish is walking down the street (to meet Martha) and sees the rain was filmed on Queen Street, one of Cardiff's main shopping streets.

    • The hospital used was Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

    • Whilst the Doctor and Martha are watching the cataloguing of the humans the Doctor comments lovingly on the presence of the hospital shop. This refers back to New Earth when the Doctor decided that the only thing missing from the advanced hospital was a little shop.

    • Although Martha is training to be a doctor, she doesn't seem to have a clue how to administer CPR.

      Granted, the Doctor is not human and has two hearts, but when Martha starts, she seems to go into 'autopilot', as can be expected, and does five chest compressions to one rescue breath.

      Current protocol is 30 chest compressions to two rescue breaths.

    • There are continuity references to Aliens Of London, The Christmas Invasion, Army Of Ghosts and Doomsday when Martha is talking to the Doctor about aliens and mentions the plane crashing into Big Ben, Christmas, the Cybermen at Canary Wharf and her cousin Adeola (also played by Freema).

    • There are two mentions of 'Mr. Saxon' in this episode- one comes as Morganstern is talking on the radio towards the end of the episode (apparently, Mr. Saxon believes in extra-terrestrials) and there is a 'Vote Saxon' poster in the alley where Martha sees the TARDIS. A 'Vote Saxon' poster was also shown in the Torchwood episode Captain Jack Harkness. 'Saxon' has been confirmed as the hidden word for series 3, just as 'Bad Wolf' for series 1 and 'Torchwood' for series 2.

    • Stealing a building to get at one alien criminal has been done before, - by Douglas Adams in the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show. Adams was a script editor on the original series of Doctor Who, during Tom Baker's tenure of the role. This is a clear homage to a much loved earlier contributor.

    • When The Doctor and Martha are running away from Stoker's office the Doctor grabs Martha's hand and yells "Run!" in a precise homage to his first encounter with Rose.

    • The title refers to the Doctor's pseudonym of 'John Smith'. This was first used in the Patrick Troughton story The Wheel In Space (1968) but became more known throughout Jon Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor. It is also mentioned in School Reunion when Sarah Jane meets the Doctor again.

    • Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones) also appeared as Sister Jatt in New Earth.

    • Anne Reid appeared in the original series of Doctor Who as Nurse Crane in the Sylvester McCoy story The Curse Of Fenric.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • The Doctor: Judoon platoon upon the Moon.

    • The Doctor: It's raining, Martha! It's raining on the moon!

    • Martha: It's bigger on the inside!
      The Doctor: Is it? I hadn't noticed.

    • (The Doctor pulls his sonic screwdriver out of the X-Ray - it is badly burnt)
      Martha: ...but it was that woman, Miss Finnigan. It was working for her, just like a servant.
      The Doctor: (dejected) My sonic screwdriver...
      Martha: She was one of the patients, but...
      The Doctor: ...no no, my sonic screwdriver...
      Martha: She had this straw, like some sort of vampire!
      The Doctor: I love my sonic screwdriver!
      Martha: Doctor!?!
      (The Doctor chucks the sonic screwdriver over his shoulder)
      The Doctor: Sorry.

    • The following quotes are in chronological order from The Doctor's perspective, not the order they appeared in the show:

      The Doctor: If it helps, I can travel in time as well.
      Martha: Get out of here.
      The Doctor: I can!
      Martha: Come on now, that is going too far.
      The Doctor: I'll prove it...
      (travels back to the morning and bumps into Martha)
      The Doctor: Like so (takes off tie), see?
      (travels back to evening)
      The Doctor: (holding tie up) Told ya.
      Martha: No but, but that was this morning! But...did you...? Oh my god, you can travel in time. But hold on, if you could see me this morning why didn't you tell me not to go into work?
      The Doctor: Crossing into established events is strictly forbidden. Except for cheap tricks.

    • Judoon Leader: (After a patient smashes a vase over another Judoon's head) Witness: the crime. Charge: physical assault. Plea: guilty. Sentence: Execution. (Disintegrates the patient with gun)

    • The Doctor: Have you seen? There are these... things! These, these big space rhino things! I mean, rhinos from space! And we're on the Moon! Great big space rhinos, with guns, on the Moon! And I only came in for my bunions, look! All fixed now, perfectly good treatment, the nurses were lovely, I said to my wife, I said, I'd recommend this place to anyone, but then we end up on the Moon! And... did I mention the rhinos?

    • (The Doctor is scanning a computer with the sonic screwdriver)
      Martha: What's that thing?
      The Doctor: Sonic screwdriver.
      Martha: Well, if you're not going to answer me properly…
      The Doctor: No, really, it is. It's a screwdriver, and it's… sonic. Look.
      Martha: What else have you got? Laser spanner?
      The Doctor: I did, but it was stolen by Emmeline Pankhurst, cheeky woman.

    • The Doctor: (as the TARDIS flies off) Welcome aboard, Miss Jones.
      Martha: It's my pleasure, Mr. Smith.

    • Martha: Is there a crew, like a navigator and stuff? Where is everyone?
      The Doctor: Just me.
      Martha: All on your own?
      The Doctor: Well, sometimes I have guests. I mean, some friends travelling alongside me. I had… it was recently… a friend of mine. Rose, her name was. Rose… and… we were together. Anyway.
      Martha: Where is she now?
      The Doctor: With her family. Happy. She's fine. She… Not that you're replacing her!
      Martha: I never said I was.
      The Doctor: Just one trip to say thanks. You get one trip then back home. I'd rather be on my own.

    • Annalise: I am not staying in there to be insulted!
      Clive Jones: She didn't mean it, sweetheart, she was just saying you look healthy.
      Francine Jones: No, I did not - I said 'orange'.

    • Morganstern: (on radio) I was there. I saw it happen, and I feel uniquely privileged. I looked out at the surface of the Moon. I saw the Earth suspended in space, and it all just proves Mr. Saxon right. We're not alone in the universe. There's life out there, wild and extraordinary life.

    • Florence: (to The Doctor) You're quite the funny man and yet, I think, laughing on purpose at the darkness. I think it's time you found some peace.

    • The Doctor: Isn't that a… magnetic resonance imaging thing? Like a ginormous sort of a magnet? I did Magnetics GCSE. Well, I failed, but all the same.
      Florence: A magnet with its setting now increased to fifty thousand Tesla.
      The Doctor: Ooh, that's a bit strong, isn't it?
      Florence: It'll send out a magnetic pulse that'll fry the brainstems of every living thing within two hundred and fifty thousand miles. Except for me, safe in this room.
      The Doctor: But… hold on, hold on, I did Geography GCSE- I passed that one… doesn't that distance include the Earth?
      Florence: Only the side facing the moon. The other half will survive. Call it ... my little gift!

    • The Doctor: How are you feeling? Are you alright?
      Martha: Running on adrenaline.
      The Doctor: Welcome to my world.

    • Martha: Haven't you got back-up? You must have a partner or something,
      The Doctor: Humans. We're stuck on the Moon running out of air with Judoon and a blood-sucking criminal and you're asking personal questions!

    • Martha: If they're police, are we under arrest? Are we trespassing on the Moon or something?
      The Doctor: No, but I like that. Good thinking. No, I wish it were that simple. They're making a catalogue. That means they're after something non-human. Which is very bad news for me.

    • Martha: What are Judoon?
      The Doctor: They're like police. Well, police for hire. They're more like interplanetary thugs.
      Martha: And they brought us to the moon?
      The Doctor: Neutral territory. According to galactic law, they've got no jurisdiction over the Earth, so they isolated it. That rain, lightning? That was them, using an H2O scoop.

    • (Florence Finnegan, flanked by the two Slabs, enter Mr. Stoker's office)
      Florence: You see, there are great tests to come and terrible deeds, some of them my own, but if I'm to survive this, I need you.
      Mr. Stoker: What are you talking about?
      Florence: Blood. Specifically, yours.
      (Florence snaps her fingers and the Slabs advance on Stoker)
      Mr. Stoker: What are you doing? (The bikers grab him and hold his arms back) What are you doing? Let go of me! What the hell? Let go!
      Florence: You see, I was only salt-deficient because I'm so very good at absorbing it. But now I need fire in my veins, and who better than a consultant? With blood full of salty fats and vintage wines and… all those Michelin-starred sauces. (smacks her lips)
      Mr. Stoker: Who are you?
      Florence: Oh, I'm a survivor, Mr. Stoker. At any cost. (rifles through her handbag and pulls out a drinking straw) Look, I've even brought a straw...

    • Martha: I promise you, Mr. Smith, we will find a way out. If we can travel to the Moon, then we can travel back. There's got to be a way.
      The Doctor: It's not Smith. That's not my real name.
      Martha: Who are you then?
      The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
      Martha: Me too, if I ever pass my exams. What is it then? Dr Smith?
      The Doctor: Just the Doctor
      Martha: How do you mean, 'just the Doctor'?
      The Doctor: Just... the Doctor.
      Martha: What, people call you the Doctor?
      The Doctor: Yeah
      Martha: Well, I'm not. As far as I'm concerned, you've got to earn that title.

    • Martha: How many people want to go to the Moon? And here we are!
      The Doctor: Standing in the earthlight.
      Martha: What do you think happened?
      The Doctor: What do you think?
      Martha: Extraterrestrial. It's got to be. I dunno, a few years ago, that would have sounded mad. But these days? That spaceship flying into Big Ben. Christmas. Those Cybermen things. I had a cousin, Adeola. She worked at Canary Wharf. She never came home.

    • (The Royal Hope Hospital has been transported to the Moon)
      Martha: It's real. It's really real! Hold on… (goes to open the window)
      Julia Swales: Don't! We'll lose all the air!
      Martha: But, they're not exactly airtight. If the air was going to get sucked out, it would have happened straight away, but it didn't. So, how come?
      (The Doctor pulls back the curtain)
      The Doctor: Very good point. Brilliant, in fact. What was your name?
      Martha: Martha
      The Doctor: And it was ... Jones, wasn't it? (Martha nods) Well then, Martha Jones, question is how are we still breathing?
      Julia Swales: Well, we can't be.
      The Doctor: Well, for some reason we are, so don't waste my time. Martha, what have we got? Is there a balcony on this floor or a veranda?
      Martha: By the patients lounge, yeah.
      The Doctor: Fancy going out?
      Martha: OK.
      The Doctor: We might die.
      Martha: We might not.
      The Doctor: (smiling) Good. Come on. (points to Julia) Not her, she'd hold us up.

    • Julia Swales: The rain...
      Martha: It's only rain!
      Tish Jones: (on phone) Martha, have you seen the rain?
      Martha: Why is everyone fussing about rain?
      Julia Swales: It's going up.
      Tish Jones: (on phone) The rain is going up!

    • Martha: You never even told me who you are.
      The Doctor: The Doctor.
      Martha: But what sort of species? It's not every day I get to ask that!
      The Doctor: I'm a Timelord.
      Martha: Right. Not pompous at all then!

    • Martha: You're completely mad!
      The Doctor: You're right. I look daft in one shoe.

    • Doctor: Wow! I'm talking to an alien.

    • The Doctor: Ready?
      Martha: No!
      The Doctor: Off we go.

    • Francine: (to Analise) Since when did you watch the news? You can't handle Quizmania!

    • The Doctor: You're joshing me?
      Florence: Afraid not!
      The Doctor: I'm talking to an alien?

    • The Doctor: Something that looks human but isn't.
      Martha: Like you apparently.

    • Doctor: She's as clever as me. Almost!

  • NOTES (10)

    • The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is destroyed after interfacing with an X-ray machine, after which, the Doctor either builds or finds a new one. The new version is similar to it's predecessor, but with an all-silver finish.

    • International Air Dates:

      Australia: 30 June 2007
      Canada: 18 June 2007
      New Zealand: 26 August 2007 on Prime
      United States: 6 July 2007
      Thailand: 14 October 2008 on BBC Entertainment
      Turkey: 17 October, 2010 on CNBC-e

    • Trevor Laird (Clive Jones) previously appeared as Frax in the 1986 Doctor Who episode Mindwarp.

    • Overnight viewing figures for this episode were 8.2 million, with the final viewing figure at 8.71 million.

    • In an unusual move, the full shooting script for this episode has been officially made available online, and can be downloaded from the BBC Writers Room.

    • The music at the start of the episode, when Martha is talking on the phone to her family, is Sunshine by Arrested Development.

    • Martha asks the Doctor if he has a brother and he replies, "Not any more". A brother to the Doctor was previously mentioned in the spin-off New Adventure novel Tears of the Oracle, which was edited by Simon Winstone, script editor for this episode.

      It should be noted, however, that the books aren't considered canon.

    • Martha tells the Doctor while on the moon that Adeola from Army Of Ghosts was her cousin. This was already confirmed in the book Made Of Steel but The Doctor's reaction in this episode is different from the book.

      This explains why both characters look identical (the real reason being that both are played by Freema Agyeman).

      This also makes Martha the second companion to "resemble" someone the Doctor has previously met - with an explanation being given in the series. The other was the second Romana - who's appearance was taken from a pricess previously encountered. (Lalla Ward/Princess Astra)

    • In this episode Anne Reid plays a 'Plasmavore', a type of blood sucking monster. Her previous appearance in the original Doctor Who was in Curse of Fenric, which featured 'Haemovores', also a type of blood sucking monster.

    • When Martha asks the Doctor if he has a brother, he replies "Not any more".

      This is the first mention of the Doctor having any siblings. Fear Her implied the Doctor was a father.

      In the original series, the Doctor first travelled with his granddaughter Susan, so presumably he did have a family.

      In a later episode, "The Doctor's Daughter", the Doctor becomes a father through progeneration, although this is clearly a different child to the ones referenced before.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Martha: What else have you got? Laser spanner?

      Spanner is called a wrench in North America.

    • Martha: I had a cousin. Adeola. She worked at Canary Wharf. Never came home.

      Martha references the events at the end of series two, at the Torchwood installation. The character of Adeola, killed and supplanted as a drone of the Cybermen, she was played by Freema Agyeman, herself.

    • The Doctor: She's hiding, she's on the run. Like Ronald Biggs in Rio de Janeiro.

      Ronald Biggs was a participant in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. He escaped from prison and after several years, was discovered living in Rio de Janeiro, but he could not be extradited back to the U.K., partly because his Brazilian girlfriend was pregnant and the Brazilian government refused to deport the father of one of their citizens. He has enjoyed a cult status as an outlaw ever since.

    • Francine: You can't handle Quizmania!

      Quizmania was a popular British television interactive gameshow which showed on ITV Play. Viewers were encouraged to phone a premium-rate number in order to provide an answer to a quiz question and win a cash prize.

    • Martha's supervisory surgeon was Mr B. Stoker, and was killed by having his blood drained. This may be an allusion to Bram Stoker, the author of the seminal vampire novel - 'Dracula'.

    • The Doctor: My mate Ben, that was a day and a half. I got rope burns off that kite.

      Benjamin Franklin was one of the best-known of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist he was known for many things, including his discoveries and theories regarding electricity, illustrated by his famous (and, as we now know, foolish) experiment of flying a kite in a lightning storm.

    • The Doctor: I did, but it was stolen by Emmeline Pankhurst, cheeky woman.

      Emmeline Pankhurst was one of the founders of the British suffragette movement. It is the name of "Mrs Pankhurst", more than any other, which is associated in the U.K., with the struggle for the enfranchisement of women in the period immediately preceding World War I.

    • Sucking out a person's fluids with a drinking straw has been done before, on 'The Fairly Odd Parents' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'.

    • Martha: So what's that thing, and where's it from, the planet Zovirax?

      After the Doctor has killed one of Miss. Finnegan's helpers, Martha asks if they come from the planet Zovirax. This is an allusion to a television advert for Zovirax cold sore cream, where a girl hides her cold sores by donning a black biker's helmet.

    • The title of the episode refers to a 1980s comedy sketch show called 'Alas Smith and Jones'. The title was itself based on an American cowboy show titled 'Alias Smith and Jones'.

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