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When he was still a kid, Elton (Marc Warren) saw the Doctor (David
Tennant) for the first time - leaning over the dead body of Elton's mother
as we shall later find out. Years later, with all the alien invasion stuff
happening lately, Elton finds a group determined to track down the Doctor,
whoever it is, a group that seems to consist of a bunch of low level
conspiracy theorists. However, the group soon grows tired of conspiracy
theories, and before long they turn their attentions to other things like
forming a band and stuff.
Enter Victor Kennedy (Peter Kay), a very weird man who doesn't want to
be touched because of a rare skin disease, a man most determined to track
down the Doctor, and he has the equipment and even the skills to do so -
all he lacks is a team he has found now in our motley crew of conspiracy
theorists. Soon, the group makes real progress in identifying the Doctor's
companion Rose (Billie Piper) and her mother Jackie (Camille Coduri), and
before you know it, Elton has met her and gained her trust ...
Meanwhile, members of the little group start disappearing, and somehow
Victor Kennedy is behind it all, but nobody realizes this ... yet.
Eventually, Elton grows to really like Jackie, but the more he likes
her, the more he feels like a traitor, and he realizes he doesn't need his
conspiracy theorists but is in love with one of them, Ursula (Shirley
Henderson), and thus he wants to turn his whole life around ... when
Jackie finds out what he's really after and breaks off their friendship.
Back at the conspiracy theorists' headquarters, Elton wants to
leave with a bang and take Ursula with him ... but then it's found out
that Victor Kennedy is a human-absorbing alien, who absorbs simply by
touch (that's why he didn't want to be touched), and before you know it he
absorbs Ursula, then chases Elton down some streets ... until all of a
sudden, the Doctor and Rose arrive in their time machine - to give Elton a
proper scolding for tricking Rose's mum. Oh, and since they are here, they
might as well destroy the all-absorbing alien (by having it absorbed into
the earth in a consciously anti-climactic climax).
In the end though, the Doctor shows pity with Elton and saves Ursula
from certain death. Thing is, he is not able to fully restore her, only to
capture her face, mind and soul in a paving slab. She is not the real
thing maybe, but Elton loves her just they way she is ... and at least
they can have some sort of sex life (not my joke, this one's really in
this episode) ...
One of the best episodes of the new Doctor Who series -
which is kind of ironic since the series' leads only have cameos in this
one. That aside the episode features well etched out characters, solid
storytelling, some interesting concepts and plenty of consciously silly
humour (like a Scooby Doo-like chase scene and a really
stupid looking monster called the Abzorbaloff).