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The Sontaran Stratagem

The episode begins with the Doctor showing Donna how to steer the TARDIS, when a mobile phone begin to ring. The Doctor answers it. It's Martha Jones and she's bringing the Doctor back to Earth.

A teenage American genius Luke Rattigan runs the Raatigan Academy - a place for fellow teenage geniuses. His car navigation and emissions product ATMOS reduces emissions to zero. But people with ATMOS cars are dying and UNIT is investigating the deaths, concerned the technology may be alien. Martha, now working for UNIT, decides it's time to bring in the Doctor to help.

Planet Of The Ood

In this episode the Doctor and Donna travel to the Ood Sphere - the home planet of the Ood - last seen in The Satan Pit. The Doctor hears singing, but Donna can't, and they find a dying Ood. The Doctor feels he owes them one, so they investigate. And we discover the horrible secret behind why they are a slave race.

The Fires Of Pompeii

The Doctor takes Donna to Ancient Rome. She is delighted as she wanders around. Eventually they realise it's not Rome, it's Pompeii, and as the Doctor so eloquently puts it, "It's Volcano Day!".

As the story unfolds, we meet the Sibylline Sisterhood and Lucius, all of whom not only claim to be able to tell the future, but are actually remarkably good at it. They know the Doctor's name, they know it's not his real name (which is hidden in the Cascade of Medusa?) and they call him a Lord of Time.

Partners In Crime

This episode begins with the Doctor and Donna Noble (last seen in The Runaway Bride) investigating Adipose Industries - a very successful fat-loss company. At first, it appears they're together, but we soon realise neither is aware the other is there.

Eventually there's a comical re-union across a room, conducted in silence with actions. We discover that Donna's plan was to follow trouble in the hope of re-uniting with the Doctor - reasoning that he'd be there too.

Voyage of the Damned

It seems much later than last year, but it's actually a year to the day since the last Christmas special. We quickly find out that the TARDIS hasn't crashed into The Titanic as implied, but rather a spaceship of the same name orbiting the Earth. The Doctor and Astrid1 Peth (played by Kylie Minogue) then battle the corrupt owner of the spaceship and the murderous, robotic host to save the Earth from annihilation.

Fahrenheit 451

So I finally got around to reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I say finally because it's been in print for over 50 years. It's well worth a read. As many have noted before me, it's remarkably prescient, both in the technology it depicts and of a society intensely and increasingly focused on often trivial media.

Last of the Time Lords

Set a year after The Sound of Drums, this is a ripping final episode with the Doctor's year long plan eventually playing out to defeat the Master. The Master is shot and refuses to regenerate to spite the Doctor. The Paradox Machine is destroyed and the last year is undone. We discover the true identities of the Toclafane and (in a big surprise) the Face of Boe. At the very end, Martha decides not to travel with the Doctor any longer. So he is now truly the last of the Time Lords and alone again.

The Sound Of Drums

A fair episode that covers a lot of ground. The Doctor, Martha and Jack escape back to Earth after the Doctor fixes Jack's Time Vortex Manipulator. They find that the newly elected Prime Minister Harold Saxon and the Master are one and the same. The figure out how the Master is controlling everyone and follow him to the Valiant where they find the TARDIS. But the Master is triumphant. His paradox machine tears open space and time. Six billion Toclafane invade the Earth. The Master kills Jack and ages the Doctor 100 years. Martha escapes.

Utopia

An absolute cracker of an episode that sees the return of two characters: Captain Jack Harkness and The Master. This is the first part of a trilogy to end Series III and it is brilliant. So much good stuff: why the Doctor never returned for Jack; tie-ins with Torchwood; the end of the Universe; the meaning of the Face of Boe's final words; and the return of the Doctor's nemesis.

Blink

A clever, innovative story that involves a young woman following clues left for her by the Doctor in the past, in order to rescue the Doctor and Martha, who have been trapped in 1969 by Weeping Angels. Well paced, good characters and plenty of tension - a fine episode, even though the Doctor, and especially Martha, hardly feature.

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