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Doctor Who: The Sound of Drums (2)

Stranded at the far ends of the universe, The Doctor and his friends face overwhelming odds. Meanwhile, Mr. Saxon begins a vast political campaign that brings him to the doors of Downing Street. In complete control, Saxon springs a final surprise that brings the world both new wonders, and new terrors...

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x12
Airdate: Saturday June 23rd, 2007
Special Airtime: 07:15 pm

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Sep 28, 2007
NL (Sci-Fi) May 27, 2009


Guest Stars
John SimmJohn Simm
As The Master
Adjoa AndohAdjoa Andoh
As Francine Jones
Trevor LairdTrevor Laird
As Clive Jones
Gugu Mbatha-RawGugu Mbatha-Raw
As Tish Jones
Reggie YatesReggie Yates
As Leo Jones
Alexandra MoenAlexandra Moen
As Lucy Saxon
Elize du ToitElize du Toit
As Sinister Woman
Olivia HillOlivia Hill
As BBC Newsreader
LaChele CarlLaChele Carl
As US Newsreader
Zoe ThorneZoe Thorne
voiced Sphere Voice
John PirkisJohn Pirkis
voiced Sphere Voice
Penelope WiltonPenelope Wilton
As Harriet Jones
Nichola McAuliffeNichola McAuliffe
As Vivien Rook
Nicholas GecksNicholas Gecks
As Albert Dumfries
Colin StintonColin Stinton
As President Arthur Winters
Daniel MingDaniel Ming
As Chinese Newsreader
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
As Herself
As Themselves
Ann WiddecombeAnn Widdecombe
As Herself
Gerald Logan (1)Gerald Logan (1)
voiced Sphere Voice
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Freema AgyemanFreema Agyeman
As Martha Jones
John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness


The Doctor, Jack, and Martha arrive in 21st century London. The Doctor was able to repair Jack’s time manipulator and get them out just as the Futurekind overran the Utopia base. Martha realizes they’ve missed the election, and then recognizes the voice of England’s new prime minister Howard Saxon as he’s broadcast nationwide: it’s the Master...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance and visual description of Gallifrey in the new series. Time Lords are seen in their most memorable series attire (from the Tom Baker period onwards), as well as the domed city, often seen in the Big Finish Audios, and the Wilderness from "The Invasion of Time."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Rouge TradersVoodoo Child 

Episode Quotes
The Doctor: That's him...he's Prime Minister. The Master is Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Sharon Osbourne: I'm voting Saxon; he can tick my box any day.
McFly: We're voting Saxon. Come on, Harry!
Ann Widdecombe: Mr Saxon is just what this country needs. And he's handsome, too.

The Master: Doctor.
The Doctor: Master.
The Master: I like it when you use my name.
The Doctor: You chose it. Psychiatrist's field day.
The Master: As you chose yours. The man who makes people better; how sanctimonious is that?

The Master: (to President Winters) Anything I can do? I could make the tea or isn't that American enough? I dunno, I could make grits. What are grits anyway?

Jack: What do you say I use this perception filter to sneak up behind him and just break his neck?
The Doctor: Now that sounds like Torchwood.
Jack: Still a good plan.
The Doctor: He's a Time Lord, which makes him my responsibility. I'm not here to kill him. I'm here to save him.

The Master: So, Earthlings. Basically, erm, end of the world!...Here. Come. The Drums!

The Doctor: The Toclafane...what are they?
(The Master bends closer)
The Doctor: Who are they?
The Master: Doctor, if I told you the truth, your hearts would break.

The Master: Shall we decimate them? That sounds good, nice word, decimate. (to the Toclafane) Remove one tenth of the population!

The Master: And so it came to pass that the human race fell and the Earth was no more. And I looked down upon my new dominion. As Master of all. And I thought it...good.

Episode Goofs
The Doctor refers to Mr Saxon/The Master as "Prime Minister of Great Britain." The offical title of the PM is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).

President Arthur Winters refers to himself as "President Elect of the United States of America". This title would indicate that he had been elected President but had not yet been sworn in or taken office. In that case there would still be the outgoing President serving out the remainer of his term and he would be the one who would have made first contact.

Cultural References
The Valiant skyship bears more than a blatant resemblance to Cloudbase, the aerial fortress of SPECTRUM from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Episode References
Harold Saxon wears a red-silk lined cloak when he meets the President. In Doctor Who (1963) the Master often wore such a cloak.

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