Doctor Who

Episode Christmas Special

The Christmas Invasion

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2005 on BBC America
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Location: London, England, Earth Date: December 2006
Enemy: The Sycorax
Rose and the newly-regenerated Doctor continue their adventures together in this Christmas Special episode. Christmas becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor's help, but can she trust a man with a new face?

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  • The Tenth Doctor appears to be as zany as the Fourth One!

    9.5
    It's still too early to tell for certain, however. I mean; for those of us old enough to remember, Peter Davison portrayed a similarly-disoriented Doctor in his debut serial "Castrovalva." And, he bowed out of the original series within two years! The shortest duration of any Doctor, prior to Eccleston. Speaking of whom: there appears to be a continuity glitch, already. The Ninth Doctor told Rose that M.P. Jones would become a three-term Prime Minister. But, now, it appears she's getting ousted on the grounds of physical and mental exhaustion! Has this latest regeneration affected his memory, causing him to inadvertently change history? Or, was Eccleston's prediction another false memory, like the Second Golden Age that Space Station 5 was supposed to be part of. I guess we'll all have to keep watching to find out.moreless
  • There's a new Doctor--whenever he wakes up--and a handful of monsters to mount the suspense of his introduction. Rose struggles with the change just as we lesser mortals do.

    9.0
    Well, I liked this episode in the way that it set up David Tennant. His twenty-second introduction in The Parting of the Ways made me ready to cry, although that was partially because Christopher was "my" doctor, and after such an intense episode I needed to see more of the man... Well, I give my approval. It's as Rose figured out by the end: different, really, (probably) not an improvement or a worsening, just different. "Rude and not ginger." That scene, the great wardrobe selection (this made his entrance seem very official and lent legitimacy to his own struggles as this new man), his respectful hesitancy and yearning towards Rose, and his narrated discovery of himself ("No second chances. I'm not that kind of man.") were the best parts of this episode. In short, it exceeded my expectations and introduced a great new doctor.



    Not to end on a sour note--I know, against all reviewers' wisdom--but there were a good deal of follies in this episode as well. Like the santas and christmas trees--basically everything was unexplained about them. And the fight scene was rather cliché--to be honest, I got excited at the idea of Tennant's hand being lost for the rest of his run. What a great challenge that would have been, what an addition to the character and a twist in the story! But no, it was not to be. Also, I wonder how the word got out about Harriet's "illness," since her right-hand man didn't seem too talkative or even like he understood.



    I would also like to know what part of the Lion King he quoted... but all in all, a great premiere.moreless
  • Tennet has became the definitive Doctor... and this is where he starts it.

    10
    I usually show this episode to introduce the uninitiated to the Whoniverse... Its got everything: robots, aliens, spaceships made out of asteroids, fightin' hands... who could ask for more? While I was initially upset over the 9th Doctor leaving... Tennet has quick became the most favored Doctor (surpassing even the King, tom Baker).. and this episode epitomizes what this new Doctor is all about...



    On first viewing, I didn't like the plot-hole left by the "pilot-fish" but that was wrapped up later in the series (the next x-mas episode), so on rewatch it doesn't bother me any more... also, the Sycorax ROCK!!!moreless
  • very good

    8.0
    I watched series one. I even enjoyed quite a bit of it. But there was one thing increasingly disturbed me on the way to episode thirteen.



    I really didn't like what the Doctor had become.



    It's not Christopher Eccleston's fault, although he never seemed to catch the inherent oddities of the character to me. He was given a set of scripts that turned a hero into a time-travelling chauffeur, carrying the real star of the show to whatever time and place her greater common sense and interpersonal skill could be best used to save humanity.



    Billie Piper was outstanding, and that's not something I expected to find myself saying when her casting was announced. But what the Hell had Mr Davies, that self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan, actually done to the Doctor?



    Maybe my lowered expectations for The Christmas Invasion worked in my favour. The first forty minutes may have dragged at times (especially with Rose was wailing on her mother's shoulder about the Doctor abandoning her) but boy, did it pick up when the Doctor got going!



    I had my doubts when David Tennant's casting was announced. I knew very little of him as an actor, but I knew his age, and I knew what he looked like; and in neither respect did he fit my mental picture of the Doctor. That's as good a call on my part as doubting Ms Piper proved to be.



    From the moment he pulls the electrocuting whip thing out of the Sycorax's hand with an indignant line about its more trivial danger, the Tenth Doctor absolutely owns The Christmas Invasion, amply atoning for the length of time we're made to wait to see him. Darting around the highly impressive interior of the spaceship, talking at a million miles an hour, attention flitting between Rose, the Sycorax and Harriet Jones, he's instantly the Doctor, and immediately in charge. It's a joyous performance, infecting even the lines which ought to make you groan. "Can't get the staff," he says, deadpan, before debunking the blood control threat in the last way you could be expecting. Wonderful.



    I loved the Lion King speech, with its emphasis on admiration for humanity. I loved the Doctor suddenly pulling himself up on being rude, something his last incarnation appeared to take pleasure in. Most of all, I loved the payoff to Rose's sulk about tea. "The solution to everything" indeed.



    Tennant is obviously at home in the role, more so in twenty minutes than Eccleston appeared in a whole series. The Doctor has his old love of being the Doctor back, and that is the best piece of news since it was first announced he was returning to our screens.



    It's just as well Tennant is so good, since the first two-thirds of the episode are spent showing how much the Doctor is actually needed. So much for Rose, the equal companion. Full marks to Billie, she gives it plenty of lip-tremble, but the character has guts, and the actress is at her best when showing them. Her scared, defiant little speech to the invading hordes was her best moment of the episode, but it all pointed up the same thing. Someone's gotta be the Doctor, as she said; pity only the Doctor can be.



    Much has been made of the Doctor's power, bringing down a Prime Minister with six words, but really, didn't Harriet Jones destroy herself? What hope for a national leader who appears live on television admitting she can't cope with a crisis? It doesn't take a political correspondent to estimate the life expectancy of that kind of creature, even if she did hint at the kind of masculine genitalia her factual equivalent could do with displaying to his fellow "statesmen". The suspension of disbelief has its place in Doctor Who, but it works better for me with images of great big alien spaceships casting shadows over two great British fighting men than with an implausible PM pressing the self-destruct button on her career.



    Still, Penelope Wilton is an actress who doesn't know how to give a bad performance, and just when the incessant introduction was beginning to grate came the payoff. The translated "Yes, we know who you are" was one more clever Russell T Davies touch. Like the Sycorax leader (a bravura turn from Sean Gilder) suddenly spouting English, making Rose and everyone else turn to the TARDIS. Like the revelation of the Sycorax on Jackie's television screen. He may have difficulty constructing a coherent plot at times, but the Head Writer certainly knows how to grab his audience.



    Speaking of plot, I thought The Christmas Invasion RTD's best to date. I don't pick through every episode; if it's entertaining and it hangs reasonably, I won't mind the odd unanswered question (such as, what was the point of the pilot fish, except to add a bit of festive colour?). I could do without his obsessive interest in the Tyler domestic angle; Jackie still irritates, despite Camille Coduri getting one perfect moment in the kitchen. Just watch her look of hurt when Rose snaps at the inevitable "is he a different man?" question. I've seen that look on my own mother's face, more often than I care to remember. A few seconds of real relationship adds immeasurably to any programme. More, and you're watching Eastenders.



    I'm no expert on special effects, but bashing up the Gherkin raised a cheer, and the Sycorax ship, like the Sycorax themselves, impressed. The image of still, silent figures ready to jump from great landmarks like the Coliseum was a bit grim (especially for a Christmas broadcast) but admirably effective in conveying the scale of the Sycorax threat. I could've done without Murray Gold's crescendo of music as the TARDIS doors opened up, but that's a nitpick. Otherwise, I barely noticed his work, which I mean as a compliment. Background music should remain that; it's only noticeable to me if it jars.



    I haven't mentioned Mickey. Which means he didn't make me want to put a foot through the screen. That's an improvement on last year. Thanks, Noel Clarke.



    And thank you, Russell T Davies for restoring the natural order of Doctor Who (with a bit of help from David Tennant). For the first time, I felt like I was watching my old favourite again. 8 out of 10!moreless
  • A new Doctor

    9.0
    It was a very strange moment seeing the ninth Doctor regenerating in "The Parting of the Ways", because he was my first Doctor, since I am too young to have seen the old episodes. And I really liked Christopher Eccelston and I wasn't sure of what to expect from David Tennant. And the good thing about this episode is that it struggles with the same problems. Rose isn't sure what to think of this new guy, especially since he is sleeping for the first half.

    But when the moment finally arrived and the tenth Doctor started to save the world every doubt was forgotten. He is just great, very different from the last one, but also very unique.

    In this first Christmas Special we are coming back to Rose's family and we also meet Harriet Smith, now Prime Minister, again, when a huge spaceship arrives over London and the Sycorax force mankind to choose between slavery and the death of a third of the world's population. And there are also strange Santas and Christmas trees. When the Doctor is ready to fight, we see that he has changed. But it's a good change. Not just the outfit is different, but he also starts to recite "The Lion King" in the absolute wrong moments.

    But at the end, he and Rose get together again and she likes her new Doctor and so do we.moreless
Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton

Harriet Jones

Guest Star

Adam Garcia

Adam Garcia

Alex Klein

Guest Star

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans

Danny Llewellyn

Guest Star

Camille Coduri

Camille Coduri

Jackie Tyler

Recurring Role

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke

Mickey Smith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • To answer fly the Tardis was flying so eradically, on the mini episode, the Tenth Doctor switched their destenation from barcelona to Christmas 2006 as a mercy in case Rose wanted to leave now that he's changed his looks and personality. As they were conversing about the nature of his transformation/ regeneration, he began experiancing regeration spasms and lost rational thought. This lead to him firing up the egines at a high speed and laughing happy as they zoomed through the vortex.

    • It's never explained who delivered the lethal Christmas Tree. The Sycorax aren't on Earth yet and don't know about the Doctor. If it's the "pilot fishes," Jackie makes no comment about how they looked like Santas. And if it were the pilot fishes, why would they drop off a tree and leave, instead of going inside and capturing the Doctor with minimal resistance? Plus... the tree is a killing machine. It's established that the pilot fishes want the Doctor alive as a power source. However, the tree is trying to kill him.

    • The Doctor: Cos' quite by chance, I'm still within the first 15 hours of my regeneration cycle. Which means I've got just enough residual cellular energy to do this. [holds out arm and hand regrows].


      Though the "15 hours" revelation was a new piece of the Doctor Who legend, this is not the first time we have seen evidence that a Time Lord body does not "Set" immediately after a regeneration. In the original series "Destiny of the Daleks" Romana is seen regenerating, changing her looks several times before settling on the appearance of Princess Astra.

    • As mentioned by Rose, the TARDIS telepathically translates alien languages into English for her and the other humans present, but how did it manage to make the mouth movements of the Sycorax leader fit the English translation as well?

      The answer could be that it is to aid lip-readers. Not all communication is verbal. Shrugs, nods, shakes of the head - surely all these are not a universal standard - so it makes sense that the translation would include them.

    • A deleted scene for this episode shows the Doctor congratulating Harriet Jones for her victory in the election, attempting to say "Fantastic", a word commonly said by the 9th Doctor, from whom he had just regenerated, but failing, apparently due to the shape of his new teeth, as stated at the end of "The Parting of the Ways". However, since this scene was deleted, he ends up saying it at the end of this episode, and in "The Girl in the Fireplace", both times as a reference to the 9th Doctor.

    • The opening cut in the wall of Jackie's apartment by the tree appears to be far too smooth, and looks more like it was made by a cookie cutter mould than by a rough edged Christmas tree.

    • In the opening teaser the TARDIS appears, slams into and damages two buildings, then hits the front of a moving red van before skidding into some trash cans and stopping. Oddly, after this has happened, people are seen in the background calmly standing around and nobody gets out of the van nor does anyone attempt to see if the person in the van is alright.

      An explanation for this COULD be linked to something the Doctor has maintained on several occasions - that the human race delude themselves when it comes to what they view as impossible. The Doctor, after all, selects only the more aware people as companions. It may be the people in the street were trying their best to ignore this unlikely even, each assuming that they were the only one to see it...

    • There is an interesting confluence of "fact" and "fiction" in this episode. The Doctor makes a reference to himself in a dressing gown as very much like Arthur Dent, the lead character of Douglas Adams's The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Adams served as a writer and script editor on the original Doctor Who series where he inserted a side joke into the script for the first episode of Destiny Of The Daleks involving Oolon Caluphid, a character from the Guide. The Doctor is reading Caluphid's Origins Of The Universe.

    • This Christmas episode was filmed in July and 500 supporting artists were hired to play the British public.

    • When the Doctor is trying to figure out what to wear, he holds up against himself David Tennant's costume from Casanova.

    • At the end of this episode it is implied that Harriet Jones is finished as Prime Minister. This is despite the fact that the Ninth Doctor told Rose in World War Three that Harriet served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister. That would mean she would have been in office for up to fifteen years. Yet in this episode it is apparent that not a lot of time have passed since Jackie and Mickey last saw Rose in Parting of the Ways. Has the Doctor altered history?

      Another thing is that Harriet told the Doctor that she won in a landslide yet she seems in danger of losing a no confidence vote mentioned in the news bulletin. If Harriet has such a big majority in Parliament this would mean for her to lose the vote, a mass defection from her own ranks would have to vote against her. In reality a mass defection of Government MPs bringing down their own government is very unlikely.

      The commentary for the episode on the BBC website, however, gives the impression that her career does not survive.

    • This is the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who to show any part of the TARDIS other than the central control chamber.

    • The wardrobe room where the Doctor chooses his outfit includes every previous Doctor's' outfit in it, according to the commentary track on the BBC website.

    • Several scenes were filmed in Cardiff city centre during summer 2005. These include scenes of people standing on the rooftops under the Sycorax control and the scene where Mickey and Rose are attacked by the robotic Santas.

    • When Rose addresses the Sycorax and tells them to leave, she mentions several adversaries that she and the Ninth Doctor faced: the Slitheen (seen in Aliens Of London, World War Three and Boom Town), the Gelth (in The Unquiet Dead), the Jagrafess (in The Long Game) and the Daleks (in Dalek, Bad Wolf and The Parting Of The Ways).

    • A teaser trailer aired on the BBC website from December 2nd 2005.

    • A special preview of this episode was available to watch on the Doctor Who Season One boxset in the form of "Backstage at Christmas"

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Sycorax Leader: You stand as this world's champion?
      The Doctor: Thank you. I've no idea who I am, but you've just summed me up.

    • The Doctor: That was murder!
      Harriet Jones: That was defense.

    • Sycorax Leader: (via translator) "The yellow girl, she has the clever blue box. Therefore she speaks for your planet."
      Harriet Jones: But, she can't!
      Rose: Yeah, I can.
      Mickey: Don't you dare.
      Rose: Someone's got to be the Doctor.
      Harriet Jones: They'll kill you!
      Rose: It never stopped him. (Rose very nervously addresses the assembled Sycorax) I, um...I address the Sycorax... according to... article fifteen of the Shadow Proclamation. I command you to leave this world with all the authority of... the Slitheen Parliament of Raxicoricofallapatorius and, um... the Gelth Confederacy... as, uh, sanctioned... by the Mighty Jagrafess and... ooh, the Daleks! Now, leave this planet in peace!

    • The Doctor: My head, argh, I'm having a neuron implosion. I need...
      Jackie: What do you need?
      The Doctor: I need...
      Jackie: Just say! Tell me, tell me, tell me.
      The Doctor: I need..
      Jackie: Painkillers? Aspirin?
      The Doctor: I need...
      Jackie: Codeine, paracetamol? Oh, I don't know, Pepto-Bismol?
      The Doctor: I need...
      Jackie: Liquid paraffin? Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E!
      The Doctor: I need...
      Jackie: Is it food? Something simple. Bowl of soup? Nice bowl of soup? Soup and a sandwich? Oh, soup and a little ham sandwich?
      The Doctor: I need you to shut up.
      Jackie: Oh, he hasn't changed that much, has he!?!

    • Jackie: I'm gonna be killed by a Christmas tree!!!

    • The Doctor: (in pain) We haven't got much time. If there's pilot fish then... why is there an apple in my dressing gown?
      Jackie: Oh, that's Howard's, sorry.
      The Doctor: He keeps apples in his dressing gown?
      Jackie: He gets hungry...
      The Doctor: What, he gets hungry in his sleep?
      Jackie: Sometimes.
      (The Doctor groans and doubles over in pain)

    • The Doctor: How am I gonna react when I see this... A great big threatening button. A great big threatening button which must not be pressed under any circumstances. Am I right?

    • The Doctor: This new hand, it's a fightin' hand!

    • The Doctor: See, that's the thing, I'm the Doctor, but beyond that, I... I just don't know. I literally do not know who I am. So I'm testing. Am I funny? Am I sarcastic? Sexy? (winks at Rose) A right old misery? Life and soul? Right-handed, left-handed, a gambler, a fighter, a coward, a traitor, a liar, a nervous wreck? I mean, judging by the evidence, I've certainly got a gob!

    • The Doctor: Now, first things first. Be honest. How do I look?
      Rose: Umm... different.
      The Doctor: Good different or bad different?
      Rose: Just... different.
      The Doctor: Am I... ginger?
      Rose: No, you're just sort of brown.
      The Doctor: Oh, I wanted to be ginger. I've never been ginger! And you, Rose Tyler, fat lot of good you were. You gave up on me. Oh, that's rude. Is that the sort of man I am now? Am I rude? Rude and not ginger.

    • Doctor: Ah! Blood control! I haven't seen blood control for years!

    • Danny Llewellyn: But if they're not from the surface, then they might not be from Mars itself. Maybe they're not actual Martians.
      Major Blake: Of course not. Martians look completely different.

    • The Doctor: By the ancient rites of combat I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet... When you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential... When you talk of Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... It is defended!

    • The Doctor: From the day they arrive on this planet ... blinking step into the sun, there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than, no hold on... (Pause) ... Sorry, that's The Lion King...

    • Major Blake: I'm getting demands from Washington, ma'am. The President's insisting that he takes control of the situation.
      Harriet Jones: You can tell the President- and please use these exact words- he's not my boss and he's certainly not turning this into a war.

    • Harriet Jones: Tell them to fire!

    • Harriet Jones: (in a live television broadcast) Did we ask about the Royal Family? (After listening to someone) ...oh. They are on the roof.

    • Newsreader: Off the record, government sources are calling this, our longest night.

    • Mickey: Tea. Like we're having a picnic while the world comes to an end. It's very British!

    • The Doctor: Don't you think she looks tired?

    • The Doctor: (opens the door of the TARDIS) Did you miss me?

    • Rose: Both working.
      Jackie: What do you mean, both?
      Rose: Well, he's got two hearts.
      Jackie: Oh, don't be stupid.
      Rose: He has.
      Jackie: Anything else he's got two of?

    • Harriet Jones: And then tell them; this planet is armed and we do not surrender.

    • Rose: Mum, look in the sky. There is a great big alien invasion and I don't know what to do, alright?

    • The Doctor: No second chances. I'm that sort of man.

    • Harriet Jones: What about Torchwood?
      Major Blake: Still working on it. Bear in mind they just lost a third of their staff.
      Harriet Jones: But do they have what we need?
      Major Blake: Yes, ma'am.
      Harriet Jones: Well, tell them to hurry up.

    • Jackie: What do you mean that's the Doctor? Doctor Who?

    • Harriet Jones: Doctor? Are you out there? We need you. I don't know what to do ... Help us, Doctor, please, help us.

  • NOTES (18)

    • Featured Music: Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade)

    • With the filming of this episode Doctor Who became the first television drama to be granted permission to film atop the Tower of London.

    • Whilst the Ninth Doctor spoke with a Northern accent, the Tenth Doctor's is distinctly an Estuary English one. In an interview on BBC Radio One in December 2005, David Tennant said that a line had been scripted for The Christmas Invasion explaining that the newly regenerated Doctor had imprinted on Rose's accent, "like a chick hatching from an egg," but that it was cut from the final programme.

    • The Doctor's hand that the Sycorax leader cuts off is featured frequently in the Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood. The hand also has importance in the final episodes of series three and four.

    • The prototype of the Sycorax swords was auctioned on eBay to raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. It raised £920.51

    • The Clearwell caves played the inside of the Sycorax spaceship, while the outside was played by a slag heap in Barry Island.

    • It took 22 days to film this episode with 28 cameras and soundtapes.

    • When the Sycorax ship was flying over London, a shot of the Houses of Parliament is seen and Big Ben has a construction tower on it. This shows the re-building of Big Ben, after the events of Aliens of London, where the clock was destroyed.

      In the Doctor Who Magazine Series Two Companion, Russell T Davies said that he originally planned for Harriet Jones to re-open Big Ben, only for it to be destroyed again! However, this never materialised in the script due to budget issues.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: July 8, 2006 on ABC
      US: September 29, 2006, on SciFi
      Turkey: July 18, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • The opening of this episode - where we see the Moon and then zoom into a suburban area outside London - is the exact same opening shot of the first episode in the new series, Rose, and in Army of Ghosts.

    • The name "Torchwood" is a reference to an event that occurred during filming of the first season. In order to prevent theft of the tapes by fans, during the shipping and editing process the series was codenamed "Torchwood", an anagram of "Doctor Who". This is also the name of an upcoming spinoff featuring the character Captain Jack

    • During transmission, the official BBC Doctor Who website carried a message from Prime Minister Harriet Jones reading: "Switch this website off for Britain."

    • The Doctor now calls Mickey by his correct name, unlike his ninth incarnation, where he repeatedly called Mickey 'Ricky'.

    • An average of 9.4 million viewers watched this episode on its original Christmas Day broadcast.

    • The Welsh newsreader (Jason Mohammed) is actually a regular newsreader on BBC Wales news.

    • Torchwood is the codename for a Top Secret Organisation that has access to alien weapons and technology for the use of the British empire.

    • At the end of this episode, BBC show a montage of short clips for Season 2 of the new Doctor Who.

    • The first full trailer of this episode aired on BBC television from Sunday 11th December 2005 - although the Doctor was not featured at all!

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • The Doctor: And Harriet Jones MP for Flydale North! Blimey, it's like 'This Is Your Life'!

      This Is Your Life was a television series originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again in 1972 on NBC. A version of it continued to air in the United Kingdom on BBC1 from 1955 to 2003, and another version is still running in Australia. The format of the show was simple: the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity or public figure, occasionally an ordinary citizen) and, consulting his "red book," conduct a biography of the subject in a television studio. The subject would be presented with family members and old friends, reunited with old acquaintances, and often shed a tear when a personal tragedy was recounted.

    • Newsreader: Off the record, Government sources are calling this, our longest night.

      This is a play on the term The Longest Day, which has become synonymous with the D-Day landings at Normandy in June 1944. The origin of the term comes from a quote by Erwin Rommel: "...the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive...the fate of Germany depends on the outcome...for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day."

    • The Doctor: Sorry, that's The Lion King.


      The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Considered to many as the best Disney film of all time, it is the 32nd animated feature in the Disney animated feature series, and the third highest-grossing animated feature film ever released in the United States. The lyrics The Doctor quoted are from the theme song 'Circle of Life'.

    • Independence Day
      The Torchwood weapon that destroys the Sycorax ship as it leaves behaves very much like the concussion wave weapons used by the invading aliens in the movie Independence Day. It is first composed of multiple beams that form the main blast whose destructive effects on the ship are like the cities' attacks seen in the film. Harriet even says that the technology came from an alien craft that crash landed on Earth "10 years ago." 10 years before this episode first aired was just 6 months before the release of the movie.

    • AMNN Logo

      When news of the Sycorax invasion spreads across the world, we are shown a portion of an AMNN news broadcast. In the background one sees the AMNN logo, which bears a passing resemblance to the logo for CNN, an American-based 24-hour news network.

    • Major Blake: Martians look completely different.

      In the "Doctor Who" universe Martians have been seen on several occasions and were even part of an invasion of Earth in the 60's. Better known as the Ice Warriors, they were major opponents of the Second Doctor. And, yes, they look quite different than the Sycorax.

    • Sycorax
      The alien villains of this episode are named after the much talked about (but never seen) witch from Shakespeare's "The Tempest".

    • The Doctor: Ahh, not bad for a man in his Jim-Jams. Very Arthur Dent, now there was a nice man.
      A reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's universe trekking Arthur Dent, written by former Doctor Who writer and script editor Douglas Adams. In which Arthur was awoken by bulldozers attempting to demolish his house and as a consequence ends up hitchhiking around the universe in his dressing gown and pyjamas.

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