With apologies for the delay, last week’s Doctor Who episode.

Cast and Crew

David Tennant as the Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler
Marc Warren as Elton Pope
Shirley Henderson as Ursula Blake
Peter Kay as Victor Kennedy/Absorbaloff
Moya Brady as Bridget
Simon Greenall as Mr. Skinner
Kathryn Drysdale as Bliss
Bella Emberg as Old Woman

Written by Russell T. Davies

Directed by Dan Zeff

Originally aired on the 17th of June 2006 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.

Synopsis

Elton Pope, a young man determined to find the truth about the Doctor, narrates an account of his encounters with the Time Lord.

High Point

  • ‘You upset my mum!’

Low Point

  • I felt that the Doctor’s explanation and the recovery of Ursula were the wrong way round. One can’t help but thinking that more success could have been had that way.

The Scores

It’s an original touch for Doctor Who to tell an episode entirely from somebody else’s perspective, although other series have done it. Five out of six.

The effects were quite sufficient. Tricky to handle the Abzorbaloff of course. Four out of six.

I liked the story. It’s unusual in that we really have no idea what the Doctor and Rose were doing at the start of the episode, but it doesn’t matter because we were more interested in Elton anyway. I felt that Jackie’s character came through particularly strongly in her defence of Rose. Five out of six.

The acting was superb. Six out of six.

Emotional response comes through well despite largely dealing with the feelings of unknown characters with our major cast on the periphery. Five out of six.

I don’t think the production team had anything enormously challenging this week outside the special effects, but it was done very well, particularly Victor’s first appearance. Five out of six.

Overall a very good episode. Five out of six.

Love and Monsters receives a total of thirty-five out of forty-two. One of the best of Russell T. Davies’ episodes.