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Doctor Who - School Reunion

episode 2.4

UK 2006
produced by
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by James Hawes
starring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Anthony Stewart Head, Elisabeth Sladen, Noel Clarke, John Leeson (voice), Rod Arthur, Eugene Washington, Heather Cameron, Joe Pickley, Benjamin Smith, Clem Tibber, Lucinda Dryzek, Caroline Berry
written by Toby Whithouse, music by Murray Gold

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith, K9

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Rose's (Billie Piper) boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clarke) has asked time traveller Doctor Who (David Tennant) and his companion Rose back to earth, because there are some very weird goings-on in some highschool and Mickey can't make heads nor tails of it. So the Doctor enters the school as the new physics teacher and Rose as a dinnerlady ... but it isn't long before the Doctor, Rose and Mickey do what you are supposed to do is a situation like this - break into the school at night. And there they stumble over ... Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), the Doctor's companion from some 30 years back - and Sarah Jane also brings along a present the Doctor once gave her ... K9 (voiced once again by John Leeson), the computer dog.

Soon enough the Doctor finds out that the school is undermined by a race of shapeshifting aliens who prefer to appear as gargoyle-like flying creatures, and the school's principal (Anthony Stewart Head), incidently the leader of the aliens, has some evil ideas of his own: He wants to turn the schoolkids into components of his all powerful godmaking computer - and he even offers the Doctor to join him.

Of course in the end the Doctor refuses, gets all the children out of school and uses some special oil - which reacts like acid witht he aliens' skin - to hold the aliens at bay, then withthe help of K9, he blows up the school - at the cost of the metal dog.

Ultimately, the Doctor bids farewell to Sarah Jane once again (but gives her a new K9), while Mickey asks if he can travel withhim and Rose ...

 

Some good ideas in this one, and Anthony Stewart Head makes a good, hammy villain, but ultimately the mystery of the story is downplayed in favour of special effects on one hand, and totally unnecessary (and overly clichéd) character scenes - like the conflict between Sarah Jane and Rose and their ultimate reconciliation, or Mickey realizing he wants to be more than just Rose's present day earth boyfriend - on the other. This could have been so much better would they have written Mickey and Sarah Jane out of the script ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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