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The Sound of Drums 

The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to the 21st Century eighteen months after the Doctor and Martha left. They find they've missed the election, and the new Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is someone they've met before by another name.


Colin Teague




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
John Simm ... The Master
Adjoa Andoh ... Francine Jones
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Tish Jones
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Clive Jones
Reggie Yates ... Leo Jones
Alexandra Moen ... Lucy Saxon
Colin Stinton ... President
Nichola McAuliffe Nichola McAuliffe ... Vivien Rook
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Albert Dumfries
Sharon Osbourne ... Sharon Osbourne
McFly ... McFly
Ann Widdecombe Ann Widdecombe ... Ann Widdecombe


With the Master having regenerated himself and taken the TARDIS, the Doctor, Martha and Jack Harkness manage to return to Earth. When they arrive, they see the new British Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, on television and Martha immediately recognizes his voice: it's the regenerated Master. He announces that he has been contacted by alien beings and that they will arrive in two days' time. Despite an attempt by the American President to take over the situation, the Master is very much in charge. The situation is particularly stressful for Martha in particular as the Master has taken her family as prisoners. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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The car chase was originally much more elaborate. It was scaled down due to budget concerns. See more »


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Martha Jones: But this Master bloke, he's got the TARDIS. He could be anywhere in time and space.
The Doctor: No, he's here. Trust me.
Martha Jones: Who is he anyway? That voice at the end, that wasn't the Professor.
Captain Jack Harkness: The Master's a Time Lord. Then he must have regenerated.
Martha Jones: What does that mean?
Captain Jack Harkness: It means he's changed his face, voice, body, everything. New man.
[the Doctor is distracted by a beggar tapping out a repeating rhythm on an enamel mug - ~tum tum te tum, tum tum te tum, tum tum te tum~]
Martha Jones: Then how are we going to find him?
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Absolute Brilliance
16 September 2007 | by queen_of_anarchySee all my reviews

I have watched Doctor Who beginning in the 70's. I always loved the Master and was worried how they would bring him back. But, my apprehensions were put to rest with this episode. This Doctor Who series (all 3 of them) have been updated for a new audience. I had watched John Simm in "Life on Mars" and was a little tentative of his being cast as the Master. Stupid me - he is FANTASTIC! Finally a match for the Doctor of this series - witty, cocky ... and his opposite - totally lacking in sympathy & insane. Oh, and I got the pleasure of seeing the US President being disintegrated - just what the present incumbent, George Dubbya, deserves for what he has wrought on this earth. This is my favourite episode of the new incarnation of Doctor Who. Absolutely fabulous!!

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