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Love & Monsters 

Elton Pope is an ordinary man intrigued by the world of the Doctor. When he and fellow enthusiasts - L.I.N.D.A. - meet the mysterious Victor Kennedy, their lives will never be the same again.

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Dan Zeff
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Peter Kay ... Victor Kennedy
Marc Warren ... Elton Pope
Shirley Henderson ... Ursula Blake
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Mr. Skinner
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Bridget
Kathryn Drysdale ... Bliss
Paul Kasey ... The Hoix
Bella Emberg ... Mrs. Croot
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A run in with the Doctor at a young age leads Elton to a group who's studying him, they become friends and have a laugh until Victor Kennedy arrives. Suddenly everything becomes more serious then people start disappearing from the group. Written by Time-witch

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Official Sites:

Official BBC website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color
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Trivia

The Hoix proved so popular that it would later be reused in Torchwood: Exit Wounds (2008) as one of the Alien Incursions caused by the Torchwoood Team opening 'The Rift.' It was also featured in the Torchwood (2006) Action Figure line See more »

Quotes

[after presenting a photo of Jackie in his cell phone]
Elton Pope: I had to work very hard. She keeps everything very close to her chest.
Ursula Blake: That's a hell of a chest.
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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Divisive Gem
29 June 2006 | by lynchnut-2See all my reviews

Clearly, based on the comments left here, "Love & Monsters" is a love it or hate it affair. And probably all you need to know going into it is that after 45 minutes you'll likely fall into one camp or the other. I can certainly see why it would rub someone the wrong way, and yet I feel for the DW fan who doesn't embrace this episode for the wonderful stretching of the show's format that it is.

The episode, written by show runner Russell T Davies, is a great example of why he's in charge of the new series: He's an idea man, and unafraid to try new things, rather than simply fall back on the tried and true. Maybe some of his more radical ideas don't work for everyone? Even with the most mainstream episodes, Davies & Co. don't please everyone, all the time. After watching "Love & Monsters", my 13-year old son was so into it he immediately said, "I didn't even notice the Doctor and Rose were hardly in it."

In Season One Davies took some baby steps (the highly underrated "Boom Town" springs to mind); in Season Two he's confident and willing to go even further. "Love & Monsters" is a bright, shiny example of DW for the new millennium. While many have concentrated on its humorous aspects, few mention the episode's melancholy, which for me, was the core sell.

And on top of everything else, it's got ELO tunes. This fan was in heaven.


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