The TARDIS arrives in the year 200,000 on a space station responsible for
gathering and distributing all the news in the fourth great and bountiful
human empire. But is it transmitting the truth?

Cast

Christopher Ecclestone as the Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Bruno Langley as Adam
Colin Proctor as Grimy Man
Christine Adams as Cathica
Anna Maxwell-Martin as Suki
Simon Pegg as the Editor
Tamsin Greig as the Nurse
Judy Holt as Adam’s Mum

Written by Russell T. Davies

Directed by Brian Grant

Original Airdate

Originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on the 7th
of May 2005

Synopsis

The TARDIS arrives in the year 200,000 on a space station which is
responsible for gathering and disseminating all news in the human
empire. But are they broadcasting the truth?

High Point

  1. ‘Special offer. We installed the vomit-o-matic at the same time.’
  2. All the scenes with Simon Pegg in

Low Point

The Editor-in-Chief didn’t really live up to its reputation.

The Review

The manipulation of the media is not the most original
story in the world, but this is a nice treatment of it and a different way
to approach it. Four out of six.

Once more the effects were almost flawless in design,
although not perfect in execution. How good one can expect giant
slavering aliens and portholes in people’s foreheads to look on a
television budget? About this good, probably. Five out of six.

The story can only be described as ‘good’. Some parts of
it were predictable. Others were not, but all of it was entertaining and
engaging. Five out of six.

Can I complain about the acting this week? No, I can’t. I
particularly enjoyed the performance by Anna Maxwell-Martin as Suki.
Simon Pegg, of course, is excellent. Five out of six.

The emotional response was a little weak. While the story
is entertaining and interesting, it doesn’t particularly tug at the
heartstrings or make the pulse pound. There was only one scene which
particularly made me feel any empathy for one of the characters, and
that was quite strong, but the rest fell a little flat. This is, to be said,
probably Simon Pegg’s fault because he’s obviously enjoying himself
immensely. Three out of six.

The production was up to the high standards we have
come to expect from this series. Five out of six.

Overall, I give this episode four out of six.

Which gives us a grand total of thirty-one out of forty-two.