Recap / Big Finish Doctor Who DOTD 8 Enemy Aliens

In 1935, the Eighth Doctor and Charley have just finished defeating an insane sculptor and his living artworks, when they get a message on the TARDIS internal communicator. It's the Eleventh Doctor, of course, who says the Doctor has to stop the enemy aliens and that William Tell is the key. While Charley thinks this is a reference to The William Tell Overture, the Doctor discovers a music hall memory man called William Tell, who leads him to a German spy ring in Scotland.

And then it turns out the message was about The William Tell Overture after all, and the Doctor and Charley have been following the wrong plot. Now they have to stop the Germans and the aliens.


  • All Men Are Perverts: When confronted by a walking encyclopaedia act, most of the crowd start out with base things such as Mae West's measurements.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Hammond pulls one when the crowd of a theatre goes into panic after an assassination.
  • Buffy Speak: Charley has a special dictionary for the Doctor's gadgets, ie, wotsits, thingymidooda, and once Oojamaflip.
  • Call-Back: The title refers to both space aliens and agents of foreign powers; the same confusion that was central to the first release in the series.
    • Charley describes the TARDIS console as mahogany.
    • Charley mentions to Hillary that she dressed up as a boy before.
  • Double Agent: Hillary offers to be one when the British capture him.
  • Fainting: Several members of the BBC faint when the Doctor, Charley and eight foot tall glowing green alien enter the premises.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Hillary offers this when several army men get on the train looking for Charley while she's suspected as a murderer. Charley has to remind him that she's dressed as a male sailor, which, for the time period, wouldn't have been any better than him being caught assisting a wanted murderer.
  • Go-to Alias: A taxi carriage under the name "John Smith" gets arranged.
  • Homage: To The 39 Steps - Charley visits a memory act at the music hall, is framed for a murder she didn't commit, then flees Portland Place to Scotland in the company of a stouthearted Englishman very like Richard Hannay to investigate a spy ring. And then things start to go (metaphorically) off the rails.
  • I Knew It!: The Doctor in regards to the prerecorded message, he knows the contents beforehand.
  • Just in Time: The Doctor and Charley stop the William Tell overture as it starts. Then subverted when it turns out those few notes were enough.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Mr. Tell.
  • Lost in Transmission: For the first time in Destiny of the Doctor, the Doctor only gets half Eleventh's message. It's implied that this is why the other messages have been left in more obscure places.
  • Mad Artist: In the adventure the Doctor and Charley have just completed at the start of the story.
  • Manchurian Agent: Triggered by the William Tell overture.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The two elderly Scottish ladies Charley and Hillary meet on the train. Then it turns out they're part of his spy ring. And then it turns out that they're not, they're Special Branch infiltrators who call in The Cavalry!
  • Noodle Incident: The battle against the mad artist. Involving a lot of Noodle Implements.
  • Pun: When the Doctor unleashes a sonic barrage on the electronic fog.
    Charley: Doctor that hurts!
    The Doctor: Not hertz! TERRAHERTZ!
  • Retcon: The reason why the 11th Doctor has been leaving messages in esoteric places for his previous incarnations is because of the fog in the current story.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Doctor describes as the only person that can leave a message on the internal TARDIS message circuit is a smug, superior bossy booted idiot, with a pretence of being an enigma hoping to trick the Doctor into helping him. Ergo, himself.
  • Smug Snake Hillary has traits of this.
  • Standard Snippet: The William Tell overture.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Charley dresses as a young boy.
  • The Thirties
  • Title Drop: "And watch out for those Enemy Aliens!"
  • Trigger Phrase: The William Tell Overture.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: This is the phase where Charley still harbours feelings for the Doctor, whilst the Doctor is his naive Cuddle Bug self.
  • Wrongly Accused: Charley picks up a smoking gun after an assassination, which leads to this.