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Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston) & the extended crew of his time
machine TARDIS - Rose (Billie Piper) & Captain Jack (John Barrowman) -
come to present day Cardiff to have a day off ... & give Rose a chance
to meet up with her boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clark) again (who in the course
of this episode will break up with her). But the holidays have soon come
to an end when the Doctor discovers that Margaret Blaine (Annette
Badland), last of the Slitheens (see episodes Alien
of London & World War Three) has since her famiy's
defeat become mayor of Cardiff ... & is in the process of building
atomic powerplants in the center of the city, which, when blown up, will
supply her teleporting unit with enough power to teleport her awa from
planet earth. Of course, Cardiff wil be gone as well, but for good ...
It doesn't take the Doctor & friends long to capture Margaret
though, & stop her evil schemes ... but how to deal with her ?
The Doctor is in favour of sending her back to her home planet - where
she is convicted to death, so while Captain Jack is trying to fix the
teleporting unit, Margaret tries pretty much everything - from sobbing to
attempts on his life - to dissuade him from sending ehr to her death -
nothing works. But what the Doctor hadn't acconted for was that Margaret
actually did lure the Doctor to Cardiff, to use his timemachine & a
dimensional rift that happens to just lie in the center of the city, as a
powersource for her teleporting device. If she succeeds, she'll be gone to
wherever she wants to, but planet earth & the TARDIS will be gone for
good ... The only thing she didnn't account for is that the TARDIS is a
living machine, & suddenly opens up her heart to Margaret ... &
the heart turns Margaret back into egg-form, to hatch anew, & probably
start a better life.
Though some of the dialogue is quite clever & funny, there's just
too much talking & too little story in this episode. While the
breaking up of Rose & Mickey is dragged out almost endlessly, &
Margaret's attempts to dissuade the Doctor from sending her to her death
also take up much screen time, the finale is (almost literally) of the deus
ex machina-variety & fails to impress.