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The Doctor and Martha materialise on a spaceship in trouble. It's orbiting a sun, unable to escape its pull and there's 42 minutes left until it crashes. The Doctor and Martha save the day in a thrilling story, involving a living sun, with just seconds to spare.

This episode features a couple of firsts. I'm sure this is the only episode title that is a simple number. (And 42 is surely a hat-tip to Douglas Adams.) It's also the first episode I can recall being told in real time, 42 minutes being the approximate length of an episode.

The Lazarus Experiment

The Doctor drops Martha off at home, her stay in the TARDIS apparently over. He leaves, but promptly returns, wondering what some guy on the TV meant by changing what it means to be human. Martha and the Doctor attend a party, along with most of Martha's family. The host is the guy who turns out to be Professor Richard Lazarus and uses a machine to turn back the clock. He steps out of it looking 40 years younger.

Evolution of the Daleks

A satisfactory, but not outstanding, conclusion to the two-part dalek story. It was not quite as good as Daleks in Manhattan but it did explore new and very interesting territory.

Daleks in Manhattan

After a slightly dull episode, Daleks in Manhattan was a magnificent return to form. The four daleks of the Cult of Skaro have survived Doomsday and escaped via their emergency temporal shift to 1930's New York. They ponder why humans always survive, their city of New York is replicated across the Universe, while Skaro is destroyed and they are all that is left.

In a similar fashion, when the Doctor first sees a dalek during this episode, he laments that they always survive and he always loses everything.

Gridlock

The Doctor extends Martha's "one trip" to one trip to the past and one to the future. They travel to New New York (the second time we see this city). A rather unsatisfactory story based around an apocalyptic view of gridlock (taken to the nth degree) evolves to a rather dull ending. This is offset by some interesting bits: spotting a few guest stars, the Doctor reminiscing about Gallifrey and the final meeting with the Face of Boe that climaxes with his mysterious final words to the Doctor: "Know this Time Lord. You are not alone."

The Shakespeare Code

The Doctor and Martha travel back to London in 1599 and land near the Globe Theatre. A rollicking adventure with three witches, William Shakespeare himself, many, many references to literature (past and present) and lots of humour ensues. An excellent episode even if the primary storyline (prominent literary figure) bears a strong resemblance to The Unquiet Dead.

Smith and Jones

Just two days after The Runaway Bride we get another episode. It's a more proper start to the series, reflecting the fact than in England several months (not two days) elapsed between the corresponding initial screenings, with Martha Jones, the new companion, joining in this episode.

The Runaway Bride

The Doctor finally returns in Series III. The new episode follows on immediately where the last episode left off. It was played as the Christmas Special in England, but we had to wait until the end of June. As befits a Christmas Special, it's big, loud and funny. Catherine Tate as the Doctor's companion (of sorts) is hilarious.

The Chaser Tribute To Doctor Who

Andrew Hansen (who is a fan apparently) from The Chaser has done a wicked send-up of Doctor Who fans (shown on the ABC last night). I thought it was hilarious. However I do feel that Jamie laughed just a little too hard.

Naturally there's a Wikipedia entry on Doctor Who spoofs.

The Christmas Invasion

I'm not happy about having to wait until July to see the Christmas special, but it was worth the wait, just. David Tennant looks promising and we see the continuing mix of action and its impact, eg. The Doctor is wondering what sort of man he is, while Rose is freaked out about the whole regeneration thing.

Rose and the Doctor return to Earth, with the Doctor promptly fainting upon exiting the TARDIS. Jackie and Mickey wonder who he is. They take the Doctor to Jackie's flat where he rests. He emits some golden light from his mouth and it floats off.

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