New earth (2006)
About this episode
This episode was broadcast on 15 April 2006. It was written by Russell T Davies and directed by James Hawes. The showrunner was Russell T Davies.
The Doctor and Rose travel to New New (New... New... New...) York and end up healing the sick.
With this episode we're back in the year five-billion-and-change, and we encounter some of the familiar faces that we first met in the previous year's 'The end of the world'.
Some good things about this episode:
- It's well-paced and well-acted. Also, production values... episode looks like serious money was spent on it... yadda, yadda, yadda.
- There are two memorable scenes in this episode: the disinfections in the elevators, which I still find very funny, and the 'what did you do with Rose' exchange between the Doctor and the episode's villain, which gives David Tennant some of the Doctor's intelligence and intensity to work with.
That's it, really. Some less good things about this episode:
- The story makes no sense whatsoever. There are so many plot holes that I don't know where to start.
- The episode has three very different 'moods' - the broad body-swapping comedy, the moral indignation over the treatment of the sick, and the plot resolution which is clearly meant to be touching but doesn't quite succeed - and they simply don't mix well.
- I realise the idyllic relationship between the Doctor and Rose is meant to maximise the impact of the series finale, but that doesn't make it less irritating.
The bottom line
Utterly forgettable eye-candy.