Doctor Who

Episode Online Special

The Attack of the Graske

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2005 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

The Attack of the Graske

Viewers have the chance to help the Doctor fight off the threat of the Graske in this special interactive episode.

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  • Something different!

    This is defiantely a treat for loyal viewers who have the internet and go on the Dr Who website.

    You play in 1st person and there is a race against time to save all of the captured people and aliens.

    You must choose quickly and on impulse. Make one wrong decision, and you'll lose everything. Unfortunetly you don't get to go to the ABBA concert...

    Even in you perform perfectly, the Doctor doesn't want unlucky if you get you're hopes up.

    Probably could have done a bit more because it is a bit short but it still is fantastic to play for the expeirience.moreless
  • Yay!

    Wicked ep where you got to be the Doctors companion and help to defeat the graske on christmas day. There are some puzzles and things you have to watch carefully (example: find out whos the alien at the christmas party). Its good but you can't get it on DVD, but you can play it on the doctor who website. Even know it didn't have alot of story to it, it was just fun. It would be good if they brought it on DVD so you could play it as a interactive DVD game but it might be a bit hard for the BBC to do that...moreless
  • That one on the internet

    Basically, by helping out the doctor, i had to stop the changelling race called the graske with the doctors help. I I liked it when the Slitheen breaks free from his pod and chases the Graske all over the place. This was a great adventure where i helped the Doctor online. I hope they make more adventures like this. I would definately play on them.My guess is that it took place somewhere between The Christmas Invasion and New Earth because David Tennant was the Doctor, it was Christmas, it still had Rose in even though she was at an Abba concert and the Doctor said "Happy Christmas" at the end.moreless
  • A great and interesting interactive game to play

    When I first played this game I was a bit uninterested but it was quite fun this was a good introduction to the new series. I was just intgued as in Tooth and claw wer\\\'nt they going to visit 1979 anyway? anyhow the game is a good game to play and the Graske are a more funny type of alien I especially like the moment where the Graske alien gets chased by the Slitheen. Also in this mini adventure you get to know the doctors actual character without that many distractions. Also and I\\\'m not entirely sure about this but you find that the TARDIS can tap into TVs and videocamreas and that is all I shall saymoreless
  • YOU the television audience play the Doctor's companion...but do you have what it takes?

    As if David Tennant hadn't proved himself enough in the Christmas Invasion, here he is again for fifteen full minutes, of which I loved every second. I might be (near-enough)an adult now, biut I still love Doctor Who like I did when I was a child. That's why I bought the Radio Controlled Dalek, and why the action figures of the Sycorax and Lady Cassandra sit snuggly on my shelves. So, when this beauty of an 'episode' first aired I was in amazement. The child in side of me loved every single moment whilst the adult screamed out for me to love it too. Proving exactly why the news series worked the adventure works on multiple levels, and is a payoff for both adult and child. Now, about series two...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the player is looking for the Graske in London, a boy asks for money saying he is saving up for a satsuma. This is a reference to The Christmas Invasion when The Doctor found a satsuma in his dressing gown.

    • This episode only goes for 15 mins instead of its usual 50-60mins.

    • When the TARDIS travels forwards in time the Vortex is normally Red (see End of the World), when it travels backwards in time the vortex is normally Blue (see The Unquiet Dead and Tooth and Claw). This fact is also stated on the Confidential page for Tooth and Claw on the BBC website (mouse over top left corner).

      Yet in this episode, when you travel back in time, the vortex is red.

    • The Doctor visits London in Christmas 1883.

    • This episode names some of the controls on the TARDIS console.

      The Dimensional Stabilizer is a large lever with a perpendicular handle.

      The Vector tracker is a pair of interconnected dials, one annotated with numbers the other with a large arrow.

      The Vortex loop looks like a bicycle pump sticking out of the console.

    • This episode features the new series first visit to an alien world, as the TARDIS lands on the planet Griffoth.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (5)

    • David Tennant was not listed in the end credits for this episode.

    • According to Doctor Who Magazine #366, this episode had the working title 'Changeling World'.

    • The entire episode is premised on breaking the fourth wall by directly addressing the television audience, the first time this has been explicitly done on Doctor Who since episode seven of The Daleks' Master Plan, where the First Doctor wished viewers at home a Happy Christmas. The Tenth Doctor also wishes the viewer a Merry Christmas in this episode.

    • This mini adventure was made playable on the BBC Doctor Who website a couple of months after it aired.

    • A special interactive adventure that digital BBC viewers were able to access by pressing their red button on the remote control.


    • The Doctor: Got as many doors as Jim Morrison.

      Jim Morrison, Born December 8, 1943 - Died July 3, 1971, was the lead singer of a band from the late sixties called The Doors. Who had hits with Break on through (to the other side), Light My Fire and People Are Strange.

    • The Doctor: Down, down deeper and Down.

      The Doctor says this when trying to find the Graske in London, on the third level of scanning. It is the chorus of a song released by Status Quo, from the album On The Level, released in 1975.

    • Rose does not appear in this Interactive Special. And the Doctor mentioned that he dropped off Rose in 1979 at London's Wembley Stadium for a ABBA concert.

      ABBA was a Swedish pop music group, who had many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s. The name "ABBA" is made from the first letter of each member's first name:

      * Agnetha Fältskog
      * Björn Ulvaeus
      * Benny Andersson, and
      * Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

      ABBA became very popular after they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They had many hits. These included "Dancing Queen", "SOS", "Mamma Mia", and "Waterloo". Most of their songs were written by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

      They broke up in 1982, but their music is still popular. It has appeared in movies (including the Australian films The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel's Wedding) and the musical Mamma Mia.

      The 1979 Concert at London's Wembley Stadium turned out to be one of the last important concert of their careers.

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