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Doctor Who: World War Three (2)

As an interplanetary war threatens to engulf the world, the Doctor, Rose and Harriet find themselves trapped in Downing Street, unable to thwart the Slitheen - but it seems Jackie and Mickey could hold the key to Earth's salvation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 105
Airdate: Saturday April 23rd, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Apr 23, 2005
AU (ABC) Jun 18, 2005
US (BBC America) Apr 07, 2006
Germany Feb 09, 2008


Guest Stars
David VerreyDavid Verrey
As Joseph Green
Camille CoduriCamille Coduri
As Jackie Tyler
Penelope WiltonPenelope Wilton
As Harriet Jones
Noel ClarkeNoel Clarke
As Mickey Smith
Rupert VansittartRupert Vansittart
As General Asquith
Andrew MarrAndrew Marr
As Himself
Annette BadlandAnnette Badland
As Margaret Blaine
Steve SpeirsSteve Speirs
As Strickland
Jack TarltonJack Tarlton
As Reporter
LaChele CarlLaChele Carl
As Reporter
Corey DoabeCorey Doabe
As Spray Painter
Elizabeth FostElizabeth Fost
As Slitheen
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Slitheen
Alan RuscoeAlan Ruscoe
As Slitheen
Morgan HopkinsMorgan Hopkins
As Sergeant Price
Main Cast
Christopher EcclestonChristopher Eccleston
As The Ninth Doctor
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler


The Doctor manages to remove his electrified sabotage badge, explaining that it's deadly to humans but he isn't human. He pushes it into the General Asquith Slitheen, electrifying him and the Joseph Green Slitheen in his human skin suit. The backlash also affects the Strickland Slitheen attacking Jackie, and the Margaret Blaine Slitheen advancing on Rose and Harriet Jones. The Doctor runs out of the conference room, while Rose and Harriet slip past their Slitheen...

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Episode Notes
Date: March 2006
Location: London

The BBC insisted that an anti-social act (graffiti) couldn't be depicted as being without consequences, so the production team added a scene with the Doctor making the kid clean it off.

The Bad Wolf reference in this episode is: A kid sprays BAD WOLF on the side of the TARDIS.

This episode originally aired on April 23, 2005, the thirtieth anniversary of William Hartnell's death. Hartnell played the First Doctor in Doctor Who from 1963 to 1966 and later reprised his role in "The Three Doctors".

This episode (along with "Aliens of London" and "Dalek") was the first to be released onto the PSP's UMD format.

Episode Quotes
The Doctor: I think you'll find the Prime Minister is an alien in disguise, and... that’s never gonna work, is it?
Military Police Leader: (shakes his head) No

General Asquith: Under the jurisdiction of the Emergency Protocols, I authorize you to execute this man!
The Doctor: Uh well, now, yes, you see, ah, the thing is, if I was you, if I was going to, ah, execute someone by backing them against the wall, between you and me, little word of advice... don't stand them against the lift!

Joseph Green: Excuse me. Your device will do what? Triplicate the flammability?
The Doctor: That’s what I said.
Joseph Green: You’re making it up.
The Doctor: Oh, well, nice try. (offers the decanter to Harriet) Harriet, have a drink. I think you’re gonna need it.
Harriet Jones: You pass it to the left first.
The Doctor: Sorry.

Jackie Tyler: Got anything stronger?
Mickey Smith: No chance. I've seen you when you've had a few. This ain't time for a conga.
Jackie Tyler: We've gotta tell someone.
Mickey Smith: Who do we trust? For all we know, they've all got big bog monsters inside of 'em. I mean this is what he does, Jacks, that Doctor bloke. Everywhere he goes, death and destruction, and he's got Rose in the middle of it.
Jackie Tyler: Has he got a great big green thing inside of him then?
Mickey Smith: I wouldn't put it past him. But like it or not, he's the only person who knows how to fight these things.

Mickey Smith: You’re safe in my flat, Jacks. No-one’s gonna look for you here, especially since you hate me so much.
Jackie Tyler: You saved my life. God, that’s embarrassing.

Rose: Can we just launch a nuclear bomb at them?
Harriet Jones: You’re a very violent young woman.

Harriet Jones: Well, the British Isles can’t gain access to atomic weapons without a special resolution from the UN.
Rose: Like that’s ever stopped ‘em.
Harriet Jones: Exactly, given our past record. And I voted against that, thank you very much. The codes have been taken out of the government’s hands and given to the UN. Is it important?
The Doctor: Everything’s important.
Harriet Jones: If we only knew what the Slitheen wanted. Listen to me, I’m saying "Slitheen" like it’s normal.

Jackie Tyler: So what's that website then?
Mickey Smith: All the secret information known to mankind, you see they've know about aliens for years, they just kept us in the dark.
The Doctor: Mickey, you were born in the dark!

Jackie Tyler: Well, I’ve got a question, if you don’t mind. Cos since that man walked into our lives, I have been attacked in the streets. I have had creatures from the pits of Hell in my own living room and my daughter disappear off the face of the earth.
Rose: I told you what happened.
Jackie Tyler: I’m talking to him! Cos I’ve seen this life of yours, Doctor, and maybe you get off on it and maybe you think it’s all clever and smart, but you tell me... just answer me this... is my daughter safe?
Rose: I’m fine.
Jackie Tyler: Is she safe? Will she always be safe? Can you promise me that?

The Doctor: You get the codes, release the missiles… but not into space, there’s nothing there. You attack every other country on earth. They retaliate. Fight back. World War Three. Whole planet gets nuked.
Margaret Blaine: And we can sit through it safe in our spaceship waiting in the Thames. Not crashed, just parked. Barely two minutes away.
Harriet Jones: But you’ll destroy the planet. This beautiful place. What for?
The Doctor: Profit. That’s what the signal is beaming into space. An advert.
Margaret Blaine: Sale of the century. We reduce the Earth to molten slag then sell it. Piece by piece. Radioactive chunks, capable of powering every cut-price star-liner and budget cargo ship. There’s a recession up there, Doctor. People are buying cheap. This rock becomes raw fuel.
The Doctor: At the cost of five billion lives.
Margaret Blaine: Bargain.

Joseph Green: Victory...should be naked!

The Doctor: Mickey the Idiot, the world is in your hands.

Rose: My mother's cooking.
The Doctor: Good. Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer.

Episode Goofs
Harpoon missiles would not be used against a land target, they are anti-ship missiles.

Cultural References
Joseph Green: Our inspectors have searched the sky above our heads and they have found massive weapons of destruction, capable of being deployed within 45 seconds.

This is a parody of Tony Blair's infamous "Weapons of mass destruction that could be deployed in 45 minutes".

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Mal Young  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorMike Jones (4)
First Assistant DirectorGeorge Gerwitz
Second Assistant DirectorSteff Morris
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLucinda Wright
Make-upSarah Wilson (2)
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorMichael Costelloe  |  Martin Stephens
Set DecoratorPeter Walpole
Location ManagerLowri Thomas  |  Clive Evans
Property MasterPatrick Begley
Production CoordinatorDathyl Evans
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorMarie Brown (2)
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyErnie Vincze
Stunt CoordinatorRod Woodruff
Production ManagementTracie Simpson
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)
Script EditorElwen Rowlands
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistIan Richardson (3)
Third Assistant DirectorDafydd Parry
Boom OperatorDamian Richardson
Art Department CoordinatorGwenllian Llwyd
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantEndaf Emyr Williams
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateKirsty Robertson
ColoristKai Van Beers
ContinuitySian Prosser
Focus PullerSteve Lawes  |  Mark Isaac
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Graphic ArtistJenny Bowers
Dialogue EditorPaul McFadden
A/production AccountantDebi Griffiths  |  Kath Blackman
Concept ArtistBryan Hitch
Production BuyerCatherine Samuel
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorJulian Luxton
Construction ManagerAndrew Smith (3)
Standby PropsAdrian Anscombe  |  Phill Shellard
Wardrobe SupervisorYolanda Peart-Smith
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerDavy Jones (2)
Make-up SupervisorLinda Davie
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