The Doctor: It's happening again. I've seen them before.
Written by Tom MacRae, this episode was adapted in part from Marc Platt's Big Finish Doctor Who
episode "Spare Parts"
Past, future... where HAVEN'T we been yet, in the new series? How about... ANOTHER DIMENSION!
The TARDIS falls into a parallel universe where Rose's dad isn't dead, Rose was never born, Mickey's grandmother never died, everybody wears earpods and there are, for some undetermined reason, zeppelins everywhere.
And they have a power problem. The TARDIS will only run off power from its home universe, which they are not in. So it's a good thing the Doctor finds a little power crystal that can recharge itself with the right kind of energy (don't ask
); now all they have to do is relax for 24 hours while it does its thing. Surely they can stay out of trouble for a one day, right?
Like THAT would ever happen. Despite the Doctor warning about not interfering with anything, Mickey and Rose run off to find out what's different about where they are, besides the earpods and the zeppelins and the President of Britain and everything.
Rose and the Doctor crash Rose's mum's birthday party. Mickey runs into Ricky, his parallel self, and Ricky is not very happy about it. Newly-created Cybermen, show up at the party and kill several people before surrounding the Doctor and Rose. The Doctor tries to surrender, but the Cybermen will not back down. Cliffhanger ending.
- Agony of the Feet: The Doctor kick his precious TARDIS. He promptly sits down in the command chair to massage his foot.
- Alternate Universe
- Catch Phrase: "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry" makes its first appearance. Interestingly, in this episode it's said by the President, but the Doctor seems to have decided he likes it.
- Cast from Lifespan: The TARDIS needs energy from its home universe to start working again. The Doctor finds a component with some remaining power and breathes on it. "I just gave away ten years of my life. Worth every second!"
- Casting Gag: Roger Lloyd-Pack as John Lumic provides an interesting example. He played Barty Crouch Sr in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and David Tennant played Barty Crouch Jr in the same film.
- Chewing the Scenery: John Lumic.
- Creepy Monotone: Take a wild guess.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: How long has it been since Mickey could've let go of that button, Doctor?
- Disposable Vagrant
- Evil Counterpart: Ricky, Mickey's alternate self. Subverted in the next episode.
- A better example would be this universe's Jackie, who's a snotty, elitist Rich Bitch.
- Evil Cripple: John Lumic, who gives off a whole bunch of Davros vibes.
- Gilligan Cut: When the Doctor and Rose are trying to find a way into parallel universe Jackie's birthday party:
Rose Tyler: February the 1st. Mum's birthday. Even in a parallel universe, she still loves a party.
The Doctor: Well, given Pete Tyler's guest list, I wouldn't mind a look. And there is one guaranteed way of getting inside. [flips his psychic paper]
Rose Tyler: Psychic paper!
The Doctor: Who do you want to be?
[Cuts to the Doctor and Rose dressed as waiters, and carrying trays out of the kitchen with the rest of the wait staff]
Rose Tyler: [annoyed] We could have been anyone.
The Doctor: [looking at her] It got us in, didn't it?
Rose Tyler: You're in charge of the psychic paper. We could have been guests, celebrities, Sir Doctor, Dame Rose. We end up serving. I had enough of this back home.
The Doctor: If you want to know what's going on, work in the kitchen.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "A remark about crashing the party would be appropriate."
- In Spite of a Nail: The normal-universe Cybermen are alien, from a planet called Mondas. In this Universe they're invented by a guy on Earth, somehow looking and being mostly the same.
- Interdimensional Travel Device: The TARDIS acts as one.
- Meido: Rose.
- Never Be Hurt Again: John Lumic, who has some undisclosed and presumably painful terminal illness, decides to enforce Unwilling Roboticisation upon himself and humanity in order to eradicate death and emotion.
- Newspaper Dating: Mickey, when he thinks they've just landed back in London.
- Oh Crap: "Cyber!"
- Percussive Maintenance:
"Did that help?"
"Did it hurt?"
- La Résistance: Run by Mickey's alternate-universe self.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: John Lumic to a dissenter.
And how do you expect to do that from beyond the grave?
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Deliberate. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Tight Fit plays over the agonised screams of the converted. While Crane is dancing.
- Spoiler Title/Trailers Always Spoil: For all that it makes an effort to avoid showing the Cybermen clearly up until The Reveal, the episode preview made it pretty clear who the villains are and the title said it outright.
- This Is Reality: Mickey mentions how characters can dimension-hop a lot more easily in comic books. The Doctor says that it was easier before the Time War.
- Visible Boom Mic: When Mickey visits his blind grandmother, the entire crew (including the man holding the boom mic) can be seen in the reflection of her sunglasses.
- Wait Staff Impersonation Infiltration: The Doctor and Rose pose as members of Pete's waiting staff to sneak into the Tyler estate. Rose is very annoyed that the Doctor couldn't have used his psychic paper to pass themselves off as invited socialites like "Sir Doctor and Dame Rose".
- Was Once a Man: The Cybermen, who are stripped of their humanity.
- We Named the Monkey Jack: In this dimension, "Rose" is the name of Jackie's Yorkshire terrier.
- The X of Y
- You Sound Familiar: The President of Great Britain is Don Warrington, who plays Rassilon in Big Finish Doctor Who.
- Zeppelins from Another World