Mickey calls the Doctor and Rose back to Earth to investigate strange happenings at a school, which have also caught the attention of an old companion.

A review of the latest episode to air in the UK.

Cast and Crew

David Tennant as the Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith
Anthony Head as Mr. Finch
Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith
Rod Arthur as Mr. Parsons
Eugene Washington as Mr. Wagner
Heather Cameron as Nina
Joe Pickley as Kenny
Benjamin Smith as Luke
Clem Tibber as Milo
Lucinda Dryzek as Melissa
Caroline Berry as Dinner Lady
John Leeson was the voice of K9

Written by Toby Whithouse

Directed by James Hawes

Originally aired on the 29th of April 2006 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.

Synopsis

Mickey calls the Doctor and Rose back to Earth to investigate a school where strange things are happening. While there they discover that an old companion of the Doctor’s has also noticed something unusual.

High Points

  • Sarah Jane finding the TARDIS. Although really Doctor, parking it in the school was a bit shoddy.
  • K9’s very simple solution
  • The meeting at the swimming pool
  • ‘Correctimundo! A word I have never used before and hopefully never will again.’

Low Point

So exactly how did Mickey call them? Does he have a super-duper phone as well now?

The Scores

Aliens take over a school. Well, it’s been done, although the reasons are unusual. And a bonus point for meeting an old companion like this. Five of out of six for originality.

The effects were much as we’ve come to expect from the new episodes. Nothing special, but nothing wrong either. Four out of six.

Another good story. I hesitate slightly to say this, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Russell T. Davies didn’t write this episode. Sure he did a good job bringing Doctor Who back, but so far other people have consistently produced the best episodes. Five out of six.

The acting was only let down a little by the kids. Elisabeth Sladen slips into the role like a comfortable pair of shoes, and the regular cast do their usual jobs. Anthony Head is of course wonderful, but I expected nothing less. Five out of six.

Emotional response is stronger than usual. Not because it’s scary, but because it’s funny and it’s also sad and sometimes regretful. Five out of six.

The production was okay, but nothing really special. Four out of six.

Overall I liked this episode and feel it deserves five out of six.

And the grand total for School Reunion is thirty-three out of forty-two.