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The Doctor (Christopher Ecclestone) with his companions Rose (Billy
Piper) & Captain Jack (John Barrowman), usies his timemachine TARDIS
revisit Satellite 4, a news staellite he & Rose have freed from alien
invaders in the year 200.000 (see episode The
Long Game). Now it's 200.100, & the satellite has turned into
an almighty TV-land, where any number of reality soaps & gameshows are
produced, & each of our trioget sucked into a different kind of show:
the Doctor into Big Brother, Rose into The Weakest
Link (complete with a mean Anne-Droid as host, voiced by the
real-life mean host of the show, Anne Robinson), & Captain Jack into a
makeover show. Soon though, all three of them realize they have to play for
their lives ... & while the Doctor gets out of his program with his
ingenuity, & Captain Jack because he always carries a lasergun around
in his arse (really), Rose is vaporized, only minutes before the Doctor
can save her.
The Doctor & Jack figure that the case for all the terror (&
therefore the head villain) must be the Controller (Martha Cope) who
rsides in the nerve centeer of the satellite, floor 500. But once they
arrive on floor 500, they realize that the Controller is actually a slave
of a much greater force, who was luring the Doctor & his companions
here merely for help.
& this greater force ... are the Daleks, the
Doctor's all-time chief nemesis, who were actually thought extinct after
they fought a war against the Timelords (the Doctor's race, which was
annihilated in the war as well), but obviously, the Dalek emperor survived
& built himself a new army of Daleks out of the corpses of his
... & thank god the Daleks haven't actually killed Rose but
merely teleported her to their mothership.
Of course it's an easy task for the Doctor to save Rose, but it's much
harder to keep the Daleks from invading earth, & he figures he can do
so only by using the satellite as some sort of doomsday device, which will
effectively destroy the Daleks - but also planet earth (which is still
better than having planet earth - & who knows what other planets - destroyed by the
Daleks). & very possibly, noone on the satellite will
survive either ... so he uses some pretense to lure Rose into the TARDIS
& sends her home to her time.
Even though she knows the Doctor only tried to save her life, Rose
tries everything to go back to 200.100 to save the Doctor, while he is
still building his doomsday device, & is quickly running out of
defenses as the Daleks kill their way through the people the Doctor has
recuited for guarding his back (including Captain Jack). & then they
make it to the Doctor, just when he has finished his device ... but he
just can't evaporate planet earth ... & it seems all is lost.
But meanwhile, with the help of her mother (Camille Coduri) & her
boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clark), who has somehow found back to her, Rose is
able to open the door to the heart of the TARDIS, where she can stare
directly into the Time Vortex, become an all powerful being, take the
TARDIS back to 200.100, evaporate the Daleks merely by the power of
thought, & save the Doctor & earth alike.
But the Doctor knows a human can't stand having stared into the Vortex
of Time for very long, so he absorbs all her time energy from Rose to save
her life ... even if that kills him.
But wait, aren't Timelords always reborn as a different person with a different appearence & different personality ? Yes, & so is he,
returning before long played by actor David Tennant.
Ah yeah, Captain Jack, even though he was killed, does somehow survive,
too, but misses the leaving TARDIS only by seconds.
The Daleks are voiced by veteran Dalek voice-artist Nicholas Briggs.
Fun blend of media satire (which is too topical & will probably not
stand the test of time) & alien invasion story, with some impressive
scenes of Dalek ships & Daleks flying around like nobody's business.
Only the esoteric ending is less than convincing.