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World War Three 

The Slitheen have infiltrated Parliament and have the Doctor and his friends trapped as the Doctor works to prevent them from starting World War Three.


Keith Boak




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
David Verrey David Verrey ... Joseph Green
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Penelope Wilton ... Harriet Jones
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Rupert Vansittart ... General Asquith
Morgan Hopkins Morgan Hopkins ... Sergeant Price
Andrew Marr Andrew Marr ... Andrew Marr
Annette Badland ... Margaret Blaine
Steve Speirs ... Strickland (as Steve Spiers)
Jack Tarlton ... Reporter Tom Hitchingson
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Reporter
Corey Doabe Corey Doabe ... Spray Painter
Elizabeth Fost Elizabeth Fost ... Slitheen


Now locked in the reinforced Cabinet Room, the Doctor and Rose finally learn of the Slitheen's intentions. Having locked themselves in however, how they will manage to stop them becomes a major issue. While trying to keep the aliens at bay, the Doctor works against the clock to destroy them the only way he knows how - to blow up 10 Downing Street. To so however, Rose's boyfriend Mickey will have to hack into a submarine's computer and launch a missile. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Continuing the "Bad Wolf" theme, the American newsreader announcing the UN's decision is named "Mal Loup", French for "Bad Wolf". The name does not appear in the televised clip, but is present on the version on Mickey's website. See more »


When Harriet Jones brings up that the Slitheen 'fart' doesn't smell like a fart, Rose assists her by saying "bad breath". Rose was never in the same room with a Slitheen when there was a 'gas exchange'. See more »


[to Mickey]
Jackie Tyler: You saved my life. God, that's embarrassing.
Mickey Smith: You're telling me!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Why on Earth? (2005) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Tonally Messy Two Parter
14 November 2019 | by maxglenSee all my reviews

I'm actually part of the small group of people who actually has a bit of a soft spot for this story but at the same time I fully understand any critiques. This is a very all over the place serial. All the crash landing stuff and news coverage make it feel gritty and "down to Earth" ironically, but on the other hand and at the same time the Slitheen themselves are portrayed in a very silly and slapstick manor and it just ends up... strange. That being said I think both parts still retain that mid 2000s charm that Ecclestone and most of Tennant's tenure brought with them. I'm going to give "Aliens of London/World War Three" a 7.2 to a 7.3

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