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Doctor Who Series 4 Episodes 1-3

The first episode is “Partners in Crime”. So once again we are back on Earth. Donna, who we met in “Runaway Bride”, now wishes she had taken up the Doctor on his offer to go traveling with him. She has spent the time since hopping from job to job and investigating strange occurrences in the hopes of finding him. Her mother doesn’t understand. Her grandfather, Wilfred who we saw in “Voyage of the Damned”, does. Little does Donna know that she and the Doctor are investigating the same company who is promoting a weight-loss pill where the fat literally walks away, as Donna sees when she talks to a friend about it. The “fat” is really tiny aliens. Unfortunately, in an emergency the owner of the company (who is also an alien) can cause the process to kick into overdrive and the little critters use up all the host’s body. The Doctor and Donna finally meet at the company – where they are promptly discovered because it is after hours and they shouldn’t be there, even though the head alien is interrogating a reporter she also caught. It turns out that the head alien is acting as a nanny. The species the little critters belong to lost their breeding planet. She chose Earth as a replacement, knowing it is illegal. So after much chasing, the Doctor manages to stop the process with Donna’s help. As for the baby aliens who are already there, the parents have arrived to pick them up. Of course the parents know what the nanny did was illegal too, so they end up killing her. The Doctor did offer to help – she refused. The Doctor agrees to take Donna on as his companion. She asks a lady they pass to give her car keys to her mother when she comes. After they leave we see the lady is Rose, and she disappears . . . The Doctor and Donna fly pass where Wilfred is stargazing^^;

The second episode is “The Fires of Pompeii”.

The Doctor’s first stop with Donna is ancient Rome. Well, actually it is Pompeii. And it happens to be right before destruction day. The only problem is none of the oracles or spiritual leaders are predicting disaster. Donna makes waves trying to warn people. They meet a nice family. The daughter is to become a priestess. They learn her arm is turning to stone. All the priestesses have the sight. So does the town leader, who is also stone. Donna gets captured by the priestesses and is almost sacrificed, but the Doctor rescues her. They escape and make it to Mt. Vesuvius. There they find aliens whose planet has also been destroyed preparing to change all of humanity into themselves. The Doctor realizes that Vesuvius won’t erupt as long as the alien machine is going. To save humanity he destroys the machine, triggering the destruction of Pompeii. The Doctor and Donna escape. He tells her they can’t do anything to change things since this is a fixed point in time, but she convinces him to go back and at least save the one family. After watching the destruction of the city, the family makes their way to Rome, where they worship the Doctor and Donna as their household gods.

The third episode is “Planet of the Ood”.

The Doctor and Donna go to visit the homeworld of the Ood, who we have met before. The Ood are still quite passive. Donna doesn’t like the way the Ood are treated and the Doctor does agree they are unusual enough to warrant more investigation. The Ood are almost slaves on their own planet, sold off by a corporation. Some Ood unexpectedly turn violent and rabid. After some poking around, the Doctor discovers that the Ood have an exterior brain which the corporation cuts off and replaces with a speech instrument which destroys the Ood individuality and makes them subserviant. But there is another part missing. The Doctor and Donna are captured, but then the Ood rebel. The compound is evacuated, but the Doctor and Donna follow the leader to a building where they discover a huge brain – the final link in the Ood collective consciousness. A circle of power encircles the brain – this is how they have been controlling the Ood as well. A scientist there is secretly pro-Ood and infiltrated the place and has been lowering the power. He is killed. It also turns out Ood Sigma has been altering the leader’s hair tonic turning him into an Ood. The Doctor and Donna undo the power circle freeing the Ood. The Ood are forever grateful and will sing of the Doctor-Donna, but Ood Sigma also tells the Doctor his song may be ending soon.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special (2007) Voyage of the Damned

After running into the Titanic, the Tardis is able to repair itself. The Doctor then goes to look around. It turns out that this Titanic is the space version of a luxury cruise. The ship is there above Earth of the modern day to see our primitive culture, especially the holiday of Christmas. The historian guide has lots of mistaken but interesting ideas about what Christmas is really about^^; It doesn’t help that so much has happened on Christmas in London that the only two people left is the Queen and Wilfred who we later learn is Dona’s grandfather. The Doctor decides to stay on the ship and makes friends with a waitress named Astrid and a very cute couple who are very out of place – they one the lottery for passage on this ship. We also meet a small alien with red skin and spikes and a man who is clearly of the elite. But not all is well on the ship. The captain drops the ships shields and three meteors hit the ship, killing most of the people on board. He shoots a midshipman named Alonzo before doing so. The Doctor gets Alonzo to stabilize the ship at least for the moment, which is good because if the ship hit the earth with its nuclear engines that would be very bad. Meanwhile, his group is being attacked by angels which are supposed to serve the guests. The cute couple and another guy fall into a pit. The red spiky short guy sacrifices himself to protect them from the angels, even though he has fallen in love with Astrid and they are now engaged. The Doctor gets the angels to take them to whoever is ordering them – the owner of the ship, who it turns out has little less left than his head and torso, the torso which is in a box. He has worked very hard to hide this, but is being pushed out by the equivalent of the board of directors, so he wants to crash the ship and have the board take the blame. He, of course, would be safe in a crash-proof box. Astrid sacrifices herself by pushing the owner into the pit. The angels no longer being hostile, the Doctor uses them to get to the bridge and help fly the ship out of the atmosphere, saving the Earth. A bit of Astrid is left thanks to the telaport device they used earlier, but the ship is too damaged to pull her all the way back so the Doctor changes her into semi-sentient particles. So Alonzo, the historian, and the rich guy are the only ones who survive. The Doctor allows the historian to get lost in present day Earth. The Doctor finds the Tardis, which had fallen out of the ship when the meteors hit.

Doctor Who Series 3 Episodes 11-13

The first episode is “Utopia”. Remember that rift in modern-day London? The Doctor and Martha stop there to refuel the Tardis. Remember Captain Jack? He’s back, and before the Tardis can disappear again he grabs onto the outside. The Tardis doesn’t like this, and goes beyond even what the Time Lords know. Jack isn’t happy about being stranded. He does have a temporal vortex, but this stuck him in the 19th century. He’s been waiting by the rift ever since. It turns out this is the very distant future on a distant planet. Canibalistic humans called Futurekind hunt the remaining true humans. The true humans are trying to escape the planet to go to a place called Utopia. In charge of this is Doctor Yana, who is trying to build a spaceship out of scraps. The Doctor helps Doctor Yana. As part of this, Jack does some final work in a room full of radiation. The Doctor reveals what happened to Rose and he also reveals that he knows Jack can’t die now – hence the reason the Tardis ran so far, and the reason the Doctor left him behind. Just as preparations are complete, certain phrases trigger memories in Doctor Yana – he is also a Time Lord. He activates his watch and reveals he is the Master, an enemy of the Doctor. He manages to steal the Tardis, but not before the Doctor time-locks the Tardis. Shot by his assistant, the Master regenerates. It can only travel to the present day and to that future point. They also manage to get the space ship off, but the Master undid the security so the base is being overrun by Futurekind . . .

The second episode is “The Sound of Drums”.

Fortunately Jack still has his vortex manipulator. He gets them back to Earth in one piece – where they find for the past year or two the Master has been living as Harry Seldon who is now England’s Prime Minister. He used a new network to subliminally get people to trust him and vote for him. He also is married to a woman named Lucy. He of course knows when the Doctor and his party arrives and they barely escape a bomb. He has Martha’s parent’s and sister kidnapped. She manages to warn her brother and his family. It turns out that the Time Lords brought the Master back to fight in the Time War, but as they were loosing he ran away to the end of the universe and time and became human. And now the Doctor, Martha, and Jack are the most wanted criminals in England. While in hiding, the Doctor works on the Tardis keys so they are now perception filters – people ignore them. They also discover that the next day the Master plans on humanity meeting their first aliens. Things don’t go well. These aliens are crazy and the Master orders them to kill the President of the United States. Our heroes are caught by the Master. He keeps killing Jack, and as for the Doctor, the Master has his extra hand. He uses the Lazarus box to age him. The Doctor manages to whisper something to Martha and give the vortex manipulator. She escapes as the Master orders the aliens to kill ten percent of humanity.

The third episode is “Last of the Time Lords”. So Martha has spent the last year running from one place to another one step ahead of the Master. A legend has grown around her exploits. Meanwhile, humanity is not in a very good position. They are forced to live in poor conditions and work on armaments for the Master’s conquest of the rest of the universe. Those who have resisted like Japan have been destroyed. Yeah, the aliens are still around. The Doctor, Jack, Martha’s parents and sister try to take down the Master (you get the feeling this isn’t the first time they have tried) but fail. This time the Master makes the Doctor even older. The Doctor doesn’t say much – there is just one thing he does have to say to the Master, but the Master doesn’t want to hear it. Martha is finally back in England. A man takes her to a scientist. She says she is gathering elements which were widely scattered on Earth to form the one weapon that can destroy a Time Lord. They also manage to capture one of the aliens – what is left of the last of humanity far in the future who were looking for Utopia. They found nothing and it drove them mad. After she leaves, the scientist informs on her, fearing for her own son. Later Martha tells people about the Doctor. The Master finds her and captures her. He brings her back, knowing that seeing her death will make the Doctor despair even more. However, when the Master is ready to give the fatal order, Martha laughs. It turns out that there was never any weapon. Instead she was telling everyone about the Doctor so at a prearranged time they could use the Master’s network (to which they are still linked) to restore the Doctor. That is exactly what happens, at which point the Doctor forgives the Master for what he did. The Master gets to the surface where he and the Doctor fight where he threatens to destroy the Earth with his weapons, but the Doctor knows the Master would never kill himself. They go back to the ship where the Doctor rewinds the last year – only those on the ship know what happened. It also gets rid of the aliens. Martha’s parents and sister want to kill the Master, but the Doctor won’t let them. However, Lucy kills him. He refuses to generate. The Doctor burns his body, but someone picks up a ring that fell . . . The Doctor drops Jack off so he can rejoin his Torchwood team (yes, he did join). Turns out his nickname is the Face of Boe . . . The Doctor then takes Martha home. She loves him, but knows he doesn’t feel the same, and her family need her. She also wants to finish her medical degree. However, she leaves her cell phone with him so they can keep in touch. The Doctor leaves and runs into a ship called the Titanic . . .

Special bonus “Time Crash”! This is rather hilarious. The tenth Doctor has his Tardis shields down and accidentally joins with the Tardis of the fifth Doctor. The fifth Doctor doesn’t recognize his future self at first – until the tenth Doctor solves the problem of two Tardises in one space way to easily because as the fifth Doctor he saw what he would do. Very cool to see two Doctors together.