- Broadcast: 16/23 April 2005
- Viewers: 7.63m/7.98m
- Availability: DVD Series 1: Volume 2
The Doctor takes Rose home. But when a spaceship crash-lands in the Thames, London is closed off, and the whole world goes on Red Alert. While the Doctor investigates the alien survivor, Rose discovers that her home is no longer a safe haven. Who are the Slitheen?
With the Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street, the world edges towards mankind’s first Interplanetary War. But the real danger is much closer to home.The Doctor, Rose and Harriet race against time to unmask the villainous Slitheen – but only Rose’s mum, Jackie, and boyfriend, Mickey, hold the key to salvation. Can the missiles be stopped?
Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by Keith Boak
The Doctor – CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
Rose Tyler – BILLIE PIPER
Jackie Tyler – CAMILLE CODURI
Spray Painter – COREY DOABE
Policeman – CERIS JONES
Reporter – JACK TARLTON
Reporter – LACHELE CARL
Ru – FIESTA MEI LING
Bau – BASIL CHUNG
Matt Baker – As himself
Andrew Marr – As himself
General Asquith – RUPERT VANSITTART
Joseph Green – DAVID VERREY
Indra Ganesh – NAVIN CHOWDRY
Harriet Jones – PENELOPE WILTON
Margaret Blaine – ANNETTE BADLAND
Doctor Sato – NAOKO MORI
Oliver Charles – ERIC POTTS
Mickey Smith – NOEL CLARKE
Alien – JIMMY VEE
Strickland – STEVE SPEIRS
Slitheen – ELIZABETH FOST, PAUL KASEY, ALAN RUSCOE
Doctor : "900 years of time and space, and i’ve never been slapped by someone’s mother."
Rose : "Your face! "
Doctor : "It hurt!"
Rose : "Your soo gay"
Doctor: "That’s my fault, I sort of employed Rose as my companion."
Policeman: "When you say companion, was this a sexual relationship?"
Doctor and Rose: "No!"
Rose: "My mother’s cooking."
The Doctor: "Good. Put her on a slow heat and let her simmer."
"I bet you don’t even remember my name."
Doctor: "It’s Ricky."
Mickey: "It’s Mickey ."
Doctor: "No, it’s Ricky ."
Mickey: "I think I know my own name."
Doctor: "You think you know your own name? How stupid are you?"
Slitheen: [about to be blown up] "Oh Bol…."
These episodes take place a year after the episode ‘Rose’ meaning it must be March 2006.
Matt Baker, the ‘Blue Peter’ presenter plays himself.
Andrew Marr, the TV journalist plays himself.
Penelope Wilton makes her first appearance as Harriet Jones in these episodes. She will reprise the role in ‘The Christmas Invasion’.
UNIT are seen briefly in these episodes. UNIT featured heavily in the classic Doctor Who series.
UNIT’s website, www.unit.org.uk actually exists. This is the second mock site the BBC launched to coincide with this series.
"Massive weapons of destruction" and "45 seconds to launch" is actually a dig at the events leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A dossier apparently proved that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that could be launched in 45 minutes.
The Doctor tells Rose he is 900 years old.
A young boy spray-paints the graffiti ‘BAD WOLF’ on the side of the TARDIS.
The Cardiff Royal Infirmary was used as the London Albion Hospital. Albion hospital is seen again in ‘The Empty Child’ and ‘The Doctor Dances’.
‘Aliens of London features the first cliffhanger of the series, of which the classic Doctor Who series was well known for.
The BBC received several complaints regarding the cliffhanger as it lead straight into a ‘next week’ preview instantly revealing the characters’ fate. As a result the BBC wisely placed the ‘next week’ preview after the end credits in the next cliffhanger episode, ‘The Empty Child.’