- Elf 2017
Doctor Who - School Reunion
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
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler, Sarah Jane Smith, K9
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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 ...