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Doctor Who (David Tennant) and companions Donna (Catherine Tate) and
Martha (Freema Agyeman) land on planet Messaline, where Martha pretty much
immediately falls into the hands of the Hath, an alien race, while the
Doctor is cloned by the militaristic humans on the planet, and his female
clone Jenny (Georgia Moffett), who comes out of the cloning apparatus a
fully developed woman, and a perfect soldier. Because you know, the humans
and the Hath have been at war for God-knows-how-long, fighting over the
source of life, though nobody seems to really know what it is.
while Martha makes friends witht he Hath, and even gets one to help her
find the Doctor and friends, the Doctor, Donna and Jenny - who finds her dad
a tad too interesting - are imprisoned by human commander Cobb (Nigel
Terry) ... but of course manage to break out and try to make it to the
source before anyone else.
After much running from here to there and
your typical sci-fi-perils, the Doctor and company reunite with Martha and
make it to the source, which is nothing but a terraforming machine, and it
turns out, the war between humans and Hath hasn't been going on forever
but just for days, but since both races have been cloned several times
since then, nobody knows the truth anymore. The Doctor though can make
peace between the factions, but not before commander Cobb tries to shoot
him and kills his daughter instead. The Doctor leaves Messaline
Of course, eventually young Jenny is revived, steals a
shuttle and plans to go to other worlds to save civilisations on her own,
just like dad does.
A rather weak episode of Doctor Who, at
times very clumsily and unimaginatively directed, and based on a
screenplay that is highly reminiscent of the classic series episode Face
of Evil starring Tom Baker, but without that story's insight and
hindsight. Several aspects not lifted from the old show make little sense
though, and the whole subplot about the Doctor learning a lesson or two
about parenting is annoying rather than anything else. Not really worth
By the way, Georgia Moffett, who plays the Doctor's daughter
(rather, his clone) in this one, is actually the daughter of former Doctor
Who-actor Peter Davison.