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    Visit the Episode GuideDOCTOR WHO SERIES 29
    GRIDLOCK
    EPISODE NUMBER - 2903

    The Doctor introduces Martha to New Earth 5 billion years in the future -- but after she is kidnapped, he must make his way through an underground highway of travelers who spend decades on the road, not knowing that the world above them is dead.

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    wow

    lol my dog wouldn't stop playing through out the entire episode but the Face of Boe's secret was nice. 'You are not alone...' and CJ was right that he would die in the episode. The whole infinite motorway thing was a tad rediculous but incredibly well done. I liked the fact that the New New Yorkians in the city above hadn't abandoned them - they were all dead. Creepy but excellent way to deliver a sequel to the New New York storyline. I wonder if this is the last we'll see of that planet?

    Anywho I liked the return of the cat sister from New Earth, continuence in Doctor Who is brilliant. Have the crab like creatures been in it before? And what were they doing under the planet anyways? I miss the face of boe lol

    My favourite line was the doctor saying 'Wait a minute *stops hugging cat sister* last time we met you were killing semi-human hybrids!!'

    lol cant wait for next weeks - Daleks in Manhatten here we come!!!
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    DT really has mastered the "melancholic yet still thoughtful and insightful" look. After the Face Of Boe spoke... Awesome. Equally amazing was the expression as The Doctor was describing his home planet (Gallifrey, I assume?) for the second time at the end.
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    It was a great ending to the episode. Showing some good acting and seeing the Doctor opening up is something I always like to see.

    Rest of the episode was ok but not brilliant.

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    The Doctor has started to unravel himself to Martha which is great. He realised that has to move on from Rose although he did take her to New New Earth where he and Rose went last year.

    One thing that slightly confuses me is that if on the world above everyone had died, where the footage was coming from when the Doctor used the sonic screwdriver on the screen at the beginning of the episode.

    I wanted the Doctor to jump in the TARDIS and fly after Martha but if he had done that, then we wouldn't have met some of the more colourful characters of New New York. The want to leave for a better life drove these people to kidnap Martha and is the ambition of them all. The fact that no-one realised that they weren't going anywhere was bizarre, how can there be space for them to move if they are going round in a circuit?

    I wished that what happened was the result of the Doctor’s action from last year, and that the entire population had died as a result of a disease that they couldn’t cure but the patches worked just as well I guess.

    Something in me told me that the face of Boe's words would be "You are not alone" mainly because of the name of the episode at the end of the series.
    Whilst the Doctor seems sure that Boe was wrong I doubt he his. The Face of Boe has seen a lot and knows a lot, he may have seen things that the Doctor hasn't seen another TimeLord....

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    That reminds me. Are we supposed to assume that the rain at the beginning was artificial considering that nobody under the city had seen the sky.

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    I cried at the end. Not only because of Tennant's amazing portrayal of the pain and loss the Dr feels when he finally talks about his people and his past.. but also because the hymn they played in the background in Abide With Me and that damn song just hits me every time... it was played at my grandad's funeral when I was 11.

    Anyway. Damn good episode.. possibly my least favourite of the three so far but still damn good. Felt a bit slower; definitely less action-packed and the bottle-effect of filming most of it in the small confines of the car set made it drag just a little for me. Adored the set piece of the Dr jumping from car to car - wonderful sequence.

    Tennant, once again, was fabulous and I thought the Dr's anguish at losing Martha and feeling resposible for her was wonderful. The Face of Bo was great and his secret... wow. Am guessing that's something that's going to be followed up on this season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mappalazarou View Post
    Have the crab like creatures been in it before?
    I assume they have because in the end credits there was a line referncing who they were created by... I assumed that meant they had been created/mentioned/shown in a previous Dr Who ep and they were giving credit to the creator (as in eps of SGA etc where there are clips from previous eps, they credit the writers of those clips in the end credits).

    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis69 View Post
    DT really has mastered the "melancholic yet still thoughtful and insightful" look. After the Face Of Boe spoke... Awesome. Equally amazing was the expression as The Doctor was describing his home planet (Gallifrey, I assume?) for the second time at the end.
    Word. He blows me away.

    One last thought - what was the idiot BBC1 announcer thinking? The way he introduced the show, saying "don't miss a minute of it, make sure you record Dr Who coming right after the traffic report from [whateverhernamewas]" really threw me. I *do* record the show so I can rewatch it and I missed hitting record straight away because I thought the Beeb were showing a traffic report first and then Dr Who. Pillock!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alipeeps View Post
    I cried at the end. Not only because of Tennant's amazing portrayal of the pain and loss the Dr feels when he finally talks about his people and his past.. but also because the hymn they played in the background in Abide With Me and that damn song just hits me every time... it was played at my grandad's funeral when I was 11.
    I know what you mean. It was played at my granddad's funeral when I was 14. To this day it gets me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alipeeps View Post
    Anyway. Damn good episode.. possibly my least favourite of the three so far but still damn good. Felt a bit slower; definitely less action-packed and the bottle-effect of filming most of it in the small confines of the car set made it drag just a little for me. Adored the set piece of the Dr jumping from car to car - wonderful sequence.

    Tennant, once again, was fabulous and I thought the Dr's anguish at losing Martha and feeling resposible for her was wonderful. The Face of Bo was great and his secret... wow. Am guessing that's something that's going to be followed up on this season?
    It was nice to see the Doctor messing up, too. As he admitted, he was simply showing off to Martha, and ended up putting her at risk as a result. Of course, the majority of his adventures come about because of stuff-ups with the TARDIS - but this time it was entirely down to him.

    'You are not alone...'. Hmm. What does this suggest? Presumably there's another timelord out there - but who? Could it be (dot, dot, dot) the Master.

    Ooh, yes please. Not that I think we'd be that lucky. Aww. Go on.

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    The creatures are from an old school episode which according to RTD has been lost. I got the feeling the Doctor had seen them before..

    And apparently its forty years since they were last seen


    EDIT: The Macra from the Second Doctor Episode The Macra Terror
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    The Macra race first appeared in 1967 Second Doctor story The Macra Terror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaka's_Mum View Post
    I know what you mean. It was played at my granddad's funeral when I was 14. To this day it gets me.
    Really? Was your grandad in the navy? I remember my grandma asking the vicar for it specifically for that reason...

    Did anyone watch Dr Who Confidential? How sweet was David Tennant with that little kitten walking on his shoulder?! Awwwwwwww.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alipeeps View Post
    Did anyone watch Dr Who Confidential? How sweet was David Tennant with that little kitten walking on his shoulder?! Awwwwwwww.....

    I loved that, he wanted to be familar with the kitten before working with it

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    Right then you lot - the campaign to give Brannigan and his family their own series starts here! Who's with me?

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    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stricken View Post
    I loved that, he wanted to be familar with the kitten before working with it
    Cute guy trying to bond with sweet, fluffy kitten? *dies from the adorkableness*

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    Definately the weakest of the three episodes in this season so far, and yet, it had the three best scenes in there as well. The Doctor lying about Gallifrey and the Time Lords, the Face of Bo's last moments, and The Doctor finally talking about what happened. The main plot didn't grab me quite so much, though the writing, acting and directing were great, can't argue with that, but the story, not so much.

    I'm loving Martha more and more every week, they've done no wrong with her so far Freema is doing a great job. The Macra, I thought they'd be the long rumoured "Troughton era monster" to appear this year, but wasn't expecting them to be around until much later in the year.

    As for David's performance in this episode, there's nothing to really say, all I can say is I was genuinely choked up with his performance in the opening and closing scenes in this one. Amazing.

    Were it not for the story not clicking with me, this'd be a 10, but as it stands, it's a 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Signal View Post
    Definately the weakest of the three episodes in this season so far, and yet, it had the three best scenes in there as well. The Doctor lying about Gallifrey and the Time Lords, the Face of Bo's last moments, and The Doctor finally talking about what happened. The main plot didn't grab me quite so much, though the writing, acting and directing were great, can't argue with that, but the story, not so much.

    I'm loving Martha more and more every week, they've done no wrong with her so far Freema is doing a great job. The Macra, I thought they'd be the long rumoured "Troughton era monster" to appear this year, but wasn't expecting them to be around until much later in the year.

    As for David's performance in this episode, there's nothing to really say, all I can say is I was genuinely choked up with his performance in the opening and closing scenes in this one. Amazing.

    Were it not for the story not clicking with me, this'd be a 10, but as it stands, it's a 7
    My opinion exactly but much better expressed than I managed! Definitely the weakest ep in terms of the overall plot but with some fantastic scenes. David's face and body language were amazing in the scene where he lied about Gallifrey.. knowing the truth as we do, it was painful to watch.

    Awesome.

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    I loved this ep, weak on plot I agree but the acting from DT was excellent, the man can do angst so well.

    I agree with whoever said give Brannigan his own show, but then I love Ardal O'Hanlon anyway.

    I shed a few tears when they played the hymns, but for me it was The Old Rugged Cross, which was played at my Dad's funeral, I wonder why everyone wept as it was played?

    I really enjoyed this episode and it was great to see Novice Haim again, I loved her to bits in New Earth and as for Boe's final words
    Spoiler:
    looks like the rumours about the Master's return may be true after all


    All in all a good episode, next weeks is looking good too

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    I guess I'm the only one who thought it was a bit rubbish. Giant crab monsters for no apparent reason and the whole city dying and trapping people on the motorway seemed to be from a totally different story.
    I spent most of the episode trying to process the thought of a woman giving birth to kittens and the rest imagining the Doctor explain to Branningan the difference between small sheep and ones that were far away.

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    So that was Boe's final four words? It wasn't the big revelation I thought it was going to be. I should've kept out of that speculation thread. Oh well. I wonder if Boe's words were more of a warning for the Doctor to watch his back. I've a feeling the Master will be making an appearance this series.

    Anyway. I really enjoyed this week's episode. I felt the scene where the Doctor sat down and opened up to Martha was even more poignant because Abide With Me was playing in the background. Now if it were The Lord's My shepherd playing, I really would've cracked...

    Thank you, Reefgirl. I was going to ask what the name of that hymn was. I think in Martha's case it was the effect of everyone singing in unison that reduced her to tears.
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