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Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name explains to present company that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... a point that the Doctor acknowledges is very valid. The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off... but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path, and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover another interesting detail: the ship launched from elsewhere on Earth, made a slingshot, then crashed in the Thames. It too was faked by the aliens, who have obviously been here for a while... but what they're up to is still a mystery.

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Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name explains to his present company that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... a point that the Doctor acknowledges is very valid. The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off... but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path, and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover another interesting detail: the ship launched from elsewhere on Earth, made a slingshot, then crashed in the Thames. It too was faked by the aliens, who have obviously been here for a while... but what they're up to is still a mystery.



* BavarianFireDrill: The Doctor manages to get out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of soldiers by shouting "[[AttackPatternAlpha Defense Plan Delta]]! Come on!" after a scream is heard. He didn't even flash his psychic paper! Then again they are UNIT soldiers, so the Doctor might be using an actual command from when he worked with them.

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* BavarianFireDrill: The Doctor manages to get out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of soldiers by shouting "[[AttackPatternAlpha Defense Plan Delta]]! Come on!" after a scream is heard. He didn't doesn't even flash his psychic paper! Then again they are UNIT soldiers, so the Doctor might be using an actual command from when he worked with them.



* DramaticDrop: The Doctor brings Rose back to London after her first journey in the TARDIS. Problem is, he overshot the return date. He intended to drop her off only twelve hours after they left, but they arrive twelve ''months'' into the future. Jackie thought her daughter was missing all this time, and she's so stunned at her daughter's sudden return (while Rose has no idea of how much time really passed), she drops her coffee mug and it smashes into pieces... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking what a waste of good Joe.]] And then she furiously [[MamaBear bitch-slaps]] [[YouBastard the Doctor]] when she hears he's responsible for whisking away her beloved child for a year.

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* DramaticDrop: The Doctor brings Rose back to London after her first journey in the TARDIS. Problem is, he overshot the return date. He intended to drop her off only twelve hours after they left, but they arrive twelve ''months'' into the future. Jackie thought her daughter was missing all this time, and she's so stunned at her daughter's sudden return (while Rose has no idea of how much time really passed), she drops her coffee mug and it smashes into pieces... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking what a waste of good Joe.]] Joe]]. And then she furiously [[MamaBear bitch-slaps]] [[YouBastard the Doctor]] when she hears he's responsible for whisking away her beloved child for a year.



* InvisiblePresident: Well, Invisible Prime Minister. The episode was broadcast close to the General Election when the Doctor asks Rose who the PM is, she points out that she missed a year. When they find the PM's corpse, we never see his face in detail.[[note]]WordOfGod states that the actor playing the PM was chosen because of his resemblance to Tony Blair, but his face is obscured because it turned out he didn't look that much like Blair after all.[[/note]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Jackie waves off her persecution of Mickey with "Well what was I supposed to think?" She has a valid point, as Mickey ''was'' the last person to see Rose before she disappeared and obviously can't explain what happened.

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* InvisiblePresident: Well, Invisible Prime Minister. The episode was broadcast close to the a General Election when the Doctor asks Rose who the PM is, she points out that she missed a year. When they find the PM's corpse, we never see his face in detail.[[note]]WordOfGod states that the actor playing the PM was chosen because of his resemblance to Tony Blair, but his face is obscured because it turned out he didn't look that much like Blair after all.[[/note]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Jackie waves off her persecution of Mickey with "Well what was I supposed to think?" She has a valid point, as Mickey ''was'' the last person to see Rose before she disappeared and obviously can't explain what really happened.



* PreemptiveDeclaration: "Thank you all for wearing your id cards. They'll help to identify the bodies."

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* PreemptiveDeclaration: "Thank "And thank you all for wearing your id ID cards. They'll help to identify the bodies."


Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the briefcase, and he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, reveling in it having taken so long for Asquith to figure out it was all a hoax. A fed-up Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green takes seriously, saying it's quite hair-raising... literally! As Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.

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Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the briefcase, and he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, reveling revelling in it having taken so long for Asquith to figure out it was all a hoax. A fed-up Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green takes seriously, saying it's quite hair-raising... literally! As Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.


* PreemptiveDeclaration: "Thank you

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* PreemptiveDeclaration: "Thank you all for wearing your id cards. They'll help to identify the bodies."


The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and emerges cautiously only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. The alien has come back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr. Sato behind.

Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London, and he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the briefcase. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, and finally Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green says is quite hair-raising... literally, and as Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.

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The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and emerges cautiously only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. The alien has come back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature findings. It is in fact indeed just a an ordinary pig, but yet it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr. Sato behind.

Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the briefcase, and he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London, and he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the briefcase. London. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, and finally reveling in it having taken so long for Asquith to figure out it was all a hoax. A fed-up Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green says is takes seriously, saying it's quite hair-raising... literally, and as literally! As Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.



The Doctor is irritated when Jackie and Mickey walk into the TARDIS behind Rose, and as Mickey angrily accuses the Doctor of ruining his life, Jackie stares about in shock and bolts out of the ship in terror. Rose follows, trying to assure her mother that everything's all right, but Jackie runs back to the flat, and the frustrated Rose returns to the TARDIS to find out what the Doctor has to say. Jackie huddles up in her flat, trying to cope with what she's seen and when the emergency alien hotline number reappears on the TV, she calls it up and blurts out her story, claiming that her daughter is in danger because of an alien called the Doctor who travels in a blue box called the TARDIS. These key words trigger an automated alert which Ganesh receives at 10 Downing Street.

Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens' real agenda? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's. Like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently due to the gas exchange that comes with the compressing disguises. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, regretting that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor", who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.

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The Doctor is irritated when Jackie and Mickey walk into the TARDIS behind Rose, and as Mickey angrily accuses the Doctor of ruining his life, Jackie stares about in shock and bolts out of the ship in terror. Rose follows, trying to assure her mother that everything's all right, but Jackie runs back to the flat, and the frustrated Rose returns to the TARDIS to find out what the Doctor has to say. Jackie huddles up in her flat, trying to cope with what she's seen and when the emergency alien hotline number reappears on the TV, she calls it up and blurts out her story, claiming that her daughter is in danger because of an alien called the Doctor ''the Doctor'', who travels in a blue box called the TARDIS.''TARDIS''. These key words trigger an automated alert which Ganesh receives at 10 Downing Street.

Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name explains to present company that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are a point that the aliens' real agenda? Doctor acknowledges is very valid. The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off off... but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path path, and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that another interesting detail: the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens elsewhere on Earth, made a slingshot, then crashed in the Thames. It too was faked by the aliens, who have obviously been here for a while... and but what have they been doing for all that time?

they're up to is still a mystery.

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's. Like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently due to the gas exchange that comes with the compressing disguises. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, regretting that he'll now have to give up [[ReallyGetsAround Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. side]]. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform intercepts them and tells them that their the government's automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor", who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.



**Also the fate of the alien experts, once the Slitheen have them all together in the briefing room.



* NotSoDire: It looks like the Doctor is being arrested in the belief that he's an alien from the crashed spaceship. Turns out the government knows exactly who he is, and are bringing him in as a consultant.

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* NotSoDire: It looks like the Doctor is being arrested in response to Jackie's tip to the belief that he's an emergency alien from the crashed spaceship.hotline. Turns out the government knows exactly who he is, and are bringing him in as a consultant.



* PigMan: The pilot of the crashed ship, actually an Earth pig altered to look like an alien.

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* PigMan: The pilot of the crashed ship, actually just an Earth ordinary pig altered that's been put in a spacesuit and wired with alien technology to look and act like an alien.



* PreemptiveDeclaration: "Thank you



* ReallyGetsAround: One of the Slitheen mentions that he's going to miss his human disguise. "He had a wife, a mistress and a young farmer. God, I was busy."

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* ReallyGetsAround: One of the The Slitheen mentions who takes up Asquith's identity bemoans that he's going to miss his human disguise. "He this was why he enjoyed posing as Oliver.
-->'''"Asquith":''' A shame. I quite enjoyed being Oliver. He
had a wife, a mistress and a young farmer. ''[laughs as he tosses his old skinsuit into the closet]'' God, I was busy."busy...''[laughs]''


The Doctor takes Rose back home to visit her mother, materialising outside her flats seemingly twelve hours after she left. Or so he believes. However, while waiting for Rose to return, a flyer on a nearby telephone pole catches his eye -- a missing-persons flyer with Rose's picture on it. When Rose enters her flat and casually greets her mother, claiming to have spent the night with a friend, the stunned Jackie sweeps her daughter up in a desperate, unbelieving hug -- and, over her shoulder, Rose sees a table covered with missing-persons flyers and posters, all with her name and picture on them. The Doctor bursts into the flat, takes in the situation, and apologetically tells Rose that she hasn't been gone for twelve hours, but for twelve ''months''...

Some time later, outside Jackie's flat, a young boy spray-paints the words "BAD WOLF" on the TARDIS and cycles off. Meanwhile, a police constable sits and listens patiently as Jackie lashes out at Rose for her thoughtlessness in vanishing for over a year without so much as a phone call. Rose claims that she's been traveling, but Jackie angrily points out that she left her passport behind. The Doctor tries to step in and explains that he's employed Rose as his companion (in a non-sexual sense, of course) but Jackie turns her anger on him, slaps him and accuses him of luring away her daughter for immoral purposes. Rose is embarrassed and remorseful, but despite Jackie's pleas, Rose can't even begin to explain where she's been for the past year.

Later, the Doctor sits with Rose on the roof as she ponders how to deal with having unwittingly traumatized her mother. The Doctor firmly states that Jackie's not coming with them if Rose decides to keep traveling. In passing, he reveals that he's 900 years old, and Rose realises that this is just another of the many things she can't discuss with anyone. [[TemptingFate She muses that it's frustrating being the only person who knows that aliens really are out there]].

No sooner does Rose say that when an alien spacecraft sputters overhead, and careens wildly across the London skyline, belching smoke. As they watch, the ship clips Big Ben and crashes into the River Thames. Delighted, the Doctor rushes off to investigate, but the police and military have cordoned off the crash site and the streets are gridlocked. The Doctor wants to find out what's happening, but he can't get close to the crash site, and he doesn't want to attract the wrong sort of attention by materialising the TARDIS nearby. Rose thus suggests that he watch the news on TV like everyone else.

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The Doctor takes Rose back home to visit her mother, materialising outside her flats seemingly twelve hours after she left. Or so he believes. However, while waiting for Rose to return, a flyer on a nearby telephone pole catches his eye -- a missing-persons flyer with Rose's picture on it. When Rose enters her flat and casually greets her mother, claiming to have spent the night with a friend, the stunned Jackie sweeps her daughter up in a desperate, unbelieving hug -- and, over her shoulder, Rose sees a table covered with missing-persons flyers and posters, all with her name and picture on them. The Doctor bursts into the flat, takes in the situation, and apologetically tells Rose that she hasn't been gone for twelve hours, but for twelve ''months''...

Some time later, outside Jackie's flat, a young boy spray-paints the words "BAD WOLF" on the TARDIS and cycles off. Meanwhile, a police constable sits and listens patiently as Jackie lashes out at Rose for her thoughtlessness in vanishing for over a year without so much as a phone call. Rose claims that she's been traveling, travelling, but Jackie angrily points out that she left her passport behind. The Doctor tries to step in and explains that he's employed Rose as his companion (in a non-sexual sense, of course) but Jackie turns her anger on him, slaps him and accuses him of luring away her daughter for immoral purposes. Rose is embarrassed and remorseful, but despite Jackie's pleas, Rose can't even begin to explain where she's been for the past year.

Later, the Doctor sits with Rose on the roof as she ponders how to deal with having unwittingly traumatized her mother. The Doctor firmly states that Jackie's not coming with them if Rose decides to keep traveling.travelling. In passing, he reveals that he's 900 years old, and Rose realises that this is just another of the many things she can't discuss with anyone. [[TemptingFate She muses that it's frustrating being the only person who knows that aliens really are out there]].

there.]]

No sooner does Rose say that this when an alien spacecraft sputters overhead, overhead and careens wildly across the London skyline, belching smoke. As they watch, the ship clips Big Ben and crashes into the River Thames. Delighted, the Doctor rushes off to investigate, but the police and military have cordoned off the crash site and the streets are gridlocked. The Doctor wants to find out what's happening, but he can't get close to the crash site, and he doesn't want to attract the wrong sort of attention by materialising the TARDIS nearby. Rose thus suggests that he watch the news on TV like everyone else.



There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unusual turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, has ended up being declared the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their evil plan is working. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.

Night falls over London, and the Doctor, frustrated by the mundane conversation between Jackie and her neighbors, tells Rose that he's going out for a walk. He assures her that first contact with alien life is something the human race can and must be left to handle on its own, and when she shows concern that the Doctor will leave her behind, he hands her a key to the TARDIS. Mollified, she returns to the flat -- but despite his assurances, the Doctor heads straight to the TARDIS. Upstairs, Mickey Smith emerges from his flat, catches sight of the Doctor, and bolts downstairs to confront him, but arrives just as the TARDIS fades away. Inside, the Doctor struggles to control the TARDIS' flight, even whacking the controls with a small sledgehammer in order to make his ship do what he wants.

Meanwhile, at 10 Downing Street, Harriet tries to convince Ganesh to let her speak with Green, but he refuses to interrupt Green's important meeting for her minor concerns. When Green, Margaret and Oliver emerge from the Cabinet office, Harriet tries to speak with Green, explaining that she's come up with a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence. Green laughs in her face and walks off with the others. Nettled, Harriet slips into the deserted Cabinet office and drops the report she's prepared in Green's briefcase... but she then notices that he's left the emergency protocols booklet behind, and, curious, she begins to leaf through it.

The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. The alien has come back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.

Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London, and he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the booklet. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, and finally Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green says is quite hair-raising...literally, and as Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.

Mickey enters the Tylers' flat, and is furious to see Rose sitting with the rest of his neighbors. Rose apologizes for not visiting him, but that's not nearly good enough; when she disappeared with no explanation, Mickey was nearly charged with her murder. He's been questioned five times in the past year, and even when Jackie blamed him, Mickey couldn't tell her the truth, as he knew she'd never believe him. He now demands that Rose admit the truth; she might as well, because the Doctor's gone without her. Rose refuses to believe this, but when she goes out to see for herself, there is indeed no sign of the TARDIS. She insists that the Doctor wouldn't have left her behind -- and as she speaks, the TARDIS key begins to glow in her hand. Jackie has followed Mickey and her daughter, and although Rose tries to bundle her back to the flat, it's too late. To Jackie's shock, the TARDIS materialises before her eyes.

The Doctor is irritated when Jackie and Mickey walk into the TARDIS behind Rose, and as Mickey angrily accuses the Doctor of ruining his life, Jackie stares about in shock and bolts out of the ship in terror. Rose follows, trying to assure her mother that everything's all right, but Jackie runs back to the flat, and the frustrated Rose returns to the TARDIS to find out what the Doctor has to say. Jackie huddles up in her flat, trying to cope with what she's seen -- and when the emergency alien hotline number reappears on the TV, she calls it up and blurts out her story, claiming that her daughter is in danger because of an alien called the Doctor who travels in a blue box called the TARDIS. These key words trigger an automated alert which Ganesh receives at 10 Downing Street.

Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens' real agenda? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's. Like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently in order to squeeze himself into the tight disguise. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, regretting that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor," who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.

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There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unusual turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, has ended up being declared the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 [=MI5=] and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing briefcase containing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office room to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet briefcase on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their evil plan is working. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.

Night falls over London, and the Doctor, frustrated by the mundane conversation between Jackie and her neighbors, neighbours, tells Rose that he's going out for a walk. He assures her that first contact with alien life is something the human race can and must be left to handle on its own, and when she shows concern that the Doctor will leave her behind, he hands her a key to the TARDIS. Mollified, she returns to the flat -- but despite his assurances, the Doctor heads straight to the TARDIS. Upstairs, Mickey Smith emerges from his flat, catches sight of the Doctor, and bolts downstairs to confront him, but arrives just as the TARDIS fades away. Inside, the Doctor struggles to control the TARDIS' flight, even whacking the controls with a small sledgehammer hammer in order to make his ship do what he wants.

Meanwhile, at 10 Downing Street, Harriet tries to convince Ganesh to let her speak with Green, but he refuses to interrupt Green's important meeting for her minor concerns. When Green, Margaret and Oliver emerge from the Cabinet office, room, Harriet tries to speak with Green, explaining that she's come up with a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence. Green laughs in her face and walks off with the others. Nettled, Harriet slips into the deserted Cabinet office and drops the report she's prepared in Green's briefcase... but she then notices that he's left the case contains the emergency protocols booklet behind, protocol and, curious, she begins to leaf through it.

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The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. The alien has come back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Dr. Sato behind.

Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced to hide in a nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London, and he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the booklet.briefcase. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, and finally Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green says is quite hair-raising... literally, and as Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.

Mickey enters the Tylers' flat, and is furious to see Rose sitting with the rest of his neighbors.neighbours. Rose apologizes for not visiting him, but that's not nearly good enough; when she disappeared with no explanation, Mickey was nearly charged with her murder. He's been questioned five times in the past year, and even when Jackie blamed him, Mickey couldn't tell her the truth, as he knew she'd never believe him. He now demands that Rose admit the truth; she might as well, because the Doctor's gone without her. Rose refuses to believe this, but when she goes out to see for herself, there is indeed no sign of the TARDIS. She insists that the Doctor wouldn't have left her behind -- and as she speaks, the TARDIS key begins to glow in her hand. Jackie has followed Mickey and her daughter, and although Rose tries to bundle her back to the flat, it's too late. To Jackie's shock, the TARDIS materialises before her eyes.

The Doctor is irritated when Jackie and Mickey walk into the TARDIS behind Rose, and as Mickey angrily accuses the Doctor of ruining his life, Jackie stares about in shock and bolts out of the ship in terror. Rose follows, trying to assure her mother that everything's all right, but Jackie runs back to the flat, and the frustrated Rose returns to the TARDIS to find out what the Doctor has to say. Jackie huddles up in her flat, trying to cope with what she's seen -- and when the emergency alien hotline number reappears on the TV, she calls it up and blurts out her story, claiming that her daughter is in danger because of an alien called the Doctor who travels in a blue box called the TARDIS. These key words trigger an automated alert which Ganesh receives at 10 Downing Street.

Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens' real agenda? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's. Like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently in order due to squeeze himself into the tight disguise.gas exchange that comes with the compressing disguises. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, regretting that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor," Doctor", who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.



[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace The Doctor admits to Rose that he's visited this planet a lot, and these days, his arrival tends to be noticed]]. He and Rose arrive at 10 Downing Street, where they wave to the paparazzi and enter the seat of government. Inside, Harriet Jones is trying to mingle with the visiting experts, but before she can speak to any of them, Ganesh arrives and ushers them all out to the briefing room. He gives the Doctor an ID card, but refuses to give one to Rose, who doesn't have sufficient security clearance. Harriet offers to take care of Rose while the Doctor is busy, and escorts Rose out into the hall -- where she breaks down in tears and tells Rose about what happened to the real Asquith. Rose accompanies Harriet to the Cabinet office, where they study the abandoned skin suit and try to decide what to do about it. Hoping to find some evidence of alien technology, Rose opens up a nearby closet -- and a body tumbles out. When Ganesh storms in to take Harriet to task for continually getting in the way, he finds Rose and Harriet staring, appalled, at the body of the Prime Minister. Margaret Blaine then strolls into the office behind them and admits to the bewildered Ganesh that she lied about escorting the PM to his car that morning. She then closes the door, unzips her forehead and removes her skin-suit...

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[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace The Doctor admits to Rose that he's visited this planet a lot, and these days, his arrival tends to be noticed]]. noticed.]] He and Rose arrive at 10 Downing Street, where they wave to the paparazzi and enter the seat of government. Inside, Harriet Jones is trying to mingle with the visiting experts, but before she can speak to any of them, Ganesh arrives and ushers them all out to the briefing room. He gives the Doctor an ID card, but refuses to give one to Rose, who doesn't have sufficient security clearance. Harriet offers to take care of Rose while the Doctor is busy, and escorts Rose out into the hall -- where she breaks down in tears and tells Rose about what happened to the real Asquith. Rose accompanies Harriet to the Cabinet office, where they study the abandoned skin suit skin-suit and try to decide what to do about it. Hoping to find some evidence of alien technology, Rose opens up a nearby closet -- and a body tumbles out. When Ganesh storms in to take Harriet to task for continually getting in the way, he finds Rose and Harriet staring, appalled, at the body of the Prime Minister. Margaret Blaine then strolls into the office behind them and admits to the bewildered Ganesh that she lied about escorting the PM to his car that morning. She then closes the door, unzips her forehead and removes her skin-suit...



The aliens' true forms are now revealed: gigantic, corpulent, baby-faced aliens with extended necks, claws, and elongated arms, who call themselves the Slitheen. In the council estate, the Slitheen that was Strickland advances on the terrified Jackie. In the Cabinet office, the Slitheen that was Margaret Blaine grabs Ganesh by the throat and lifts him up to the ceiling, killing him, as the horrified Harriet and Rose watch. And in the briefing room, Green activates the charges in the delegates' ID cards, electrocuting every one of the gathered alien experts. The Doctor drops to the ground in agony as the Slitheen burst out laughing...


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The aliens' true forms are now revealed: gigantic, corpulent, baby-faced aliens with extended necks, claws, and elongated arms, who call themselves the Slitheen. In the council estate, the Slitheen that was Strickland advances on the terrified Jackie. In the Cabinet office, the Slitheen that was Margaret Blaine grabs Ganesh by the throat and lifts him up to the ceiling, killing him, as the horrified Harriet and Rose watch. And in the briefing room, Green activates the charges in the delegates' ID cards, electrocuting every one of the gathered alien experts. The Doctor drops to the ground seizes up in agony as the Slitheen burst out laughing...

laughing...



* HollywoodLaw: There is no official line of succession to the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, so even in the situation that the ''entire'' cabinet was unable to be contacted, an obscure backbench MP like Joseph Green would not become Acting Prime Minister.



-->'''Jackie Tyler:''' The hours I've sat here, days and weeks and months, all on my own! I thought you were dead! And where were you ''travelling''?! What the hell does that mean, travelling?! That's no sort of answer! ''[turns to the police officer in the room with them]'' You ask her! She won't tell me. That's all she says, "Travelling!"\\
'''Rose Tyler:''' That's what I was doing! \\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' When your passport's still in the drawer! It's just one lie after another!\\
'''Rose Tyler:''' I meant to phone. I really did, I just... I forgot.\\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' What, for a year? You forgot for a year?! And I'm left sitting here! I just don't believe you! Why won't you tell me where you've ''been''?\\

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-->'''Jackie Tyler:''' -->'''Jackie:''' The hours I've sat here, days and weeks and months, all on my own! I thought you were dead! And where were you ''travelling''?! What the hell does that mean, travelling?! That's no sort of answer! ''[turns to the police officer in the room with them]'' You ask her! She won't tell me. That's all she says, "Travelling!"\\
'''Rose Tyler:''' '''Rose:''' That's what I was doing! \\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' '''Jackie:''' When your passport's still in the drawer! It's just one lie after another!\\
'''Rose Tyler:''' '''Rose:''' I meant to phone. I really did, I just... I forgot.\\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' '''Jackie:''' What, for a year? You forgot for a year?! And I'm left sitting here! I just don't believe you! Why won't you tell me where you've ''been''?\\



'''The Doctor & Rose Tyler:''' ''[look at each other]'' [[NotWhatItLooksLike No!]]\\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' ''[gets in the Doctor's face]'' Then what is it?! Because you, you ''waltz'' in here all charm and smiles, and the next thing I know, she vanishes off the face of the Earth! How old are you then? Forty? Forty-five? What, did you find her on the Internet? Did you go online and ''pretend'' you're a doctor?\\

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'''The Doctor & Rose Tyler:''' Rose:''' ''[look at each other]'' [[NotWhatItLooksLike No!]]\\
'''Jackie Tyler:''' '''Jackie:''' ''[gets in the Doctor's face]'' Then what is it?! Because you, you ''waltz'' in here all charm and smiles, and the next thing I know, she vanishes off the face of the Earth! How old are you then? Forty? Forty-five? What, did you find her on the Internet? Did you go online and ''pretend'' you're a doctor?\\



'''Jackie Tyler:''' Prove it! Stitch this, mate! ''[slaps him hard across the face]''

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'''Jackie Tyler:''' '''Jackie:''' Prove it! Stitch this, mate! ''[slaps him hard across the face]''



* FirstContact [=/=] FalseFlagOperation: The Slitheen stage a "first contact" situation using a hot-wired pig as part of a plan to destroy the planet.

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* FirstContact [=/=] FalseFlagOperation: FirstContact[=/=]FalseFlagOperation: The Slitheen stage a "first contact" situation using a hot-wired pig as part of a plan to destroy the planet.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles, when donning Asquith's skin, bemoans he's going to miss Oliver's wife, mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. "[[ReallyGetsAround God I was busy.]]"

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles, when donning Asquith's skin, bemoans he's going to miss Oliver's wife, mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. "[[ReallyGetsAround God God, I was busy.]]"]]"
* HollywoodLaw: There is no official line of succession to the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, so even in the situation that the ''entire'' cabinet was unable to be contacted, an obscure backbench MP like Joseph Green would not become Acting Prime Minister.



* MonumentalDamage: An invoked trope on the Slitheen's part. They deliberately crashed the ship into Big Ben to draw attention and make sure everyone saw it.

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* MonumentalDamage: An invoked trope on the Slitheen's part. They deliberately crashed crash the ship into Big Ben to draw attention and make sure everyone saw sees it.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Doctor casually reveals that he's around nine hundred years old. A bemused Rose can only say that it's one hell of a generation gap.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Doctor casually reveals that he's around nine hundred years old. A bemused Rose can only say that it's one hell of a generation an age gap.



* {{Retcon}}: Toshiko Sato is called "Dr. Sato" in the script, although she's not a doctor. ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' was able to effortlessly retcon it into "Tosh covering for Owen that day".

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* {{Retcon}}: Toshiko Sato is called "Dr. Sato" in the script, although she's not a doctor. ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' eventually reveals she's not a doctor. The {{spinoff}} was able to effortlessly retcon it into "Tosh covering for Owen that day".



* SkewedPriorities: Everyone has to point out to Harriet Jones that her minor issue at hand has to be put on the backburner due to the emergency.

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* SkewedPriorities: Everyone has to point out to Harriet Jones that her minor issue at hand has to be put on the backburner due to the emergency. At the same time, her skewed priorities lead her to discover who the villains are.



* TakeMeToYourLeader: The Doctor is rather excited about being taken to 10 Downing Street. So is Rose for that matter.

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* TakeMeToYourLeader: The Doctor is rather excited about being taken to 10 Downing Street. So is Rose Rose, for that matter.


The Doctor returns to Rose's flat, where Jackie reluctantly lets him in for fear of alienating her daughter further. Jackie's friends and neighbours have joined her to discuss the UFO crash and Rose's return, and the Doctor is having difficulty hearing the television; at one point, he even finds himself fighting for the TV remote with a young boy who wants to watch Blue Peter. The world is on red alert, flights have been cancelled over North American airspace, and the Secretary-General of the UN has advised people to watch the skies. Divers remove a body from the wreck and take it to Albion Hospital for examination by Dr. Sato; there, she reveals her findings to General Asquith, who is startled by the alien pilot's appearance and orders Sato to keep it out of sight until the experts arrive. (Tosh is covering for Owen, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds who was hung over that day]].)

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The Doctor returns to Rose's flat, where Jackie reluctantly lets him in for fear of alienating her daughter further. Jackie's friends and neighbours have joined her to discuss the UFO crash and Rose's return, and the Doctor is having difficulty hearing the television; at one point, he even finds himself fighting for the TV remote with a young boy who wants to watch Blue Peter.''Series/BluePeter''. The world is on red alert, flights have been cancelled over North American airspace, and the Secretary-General of the UN has advised people to watch the skies. Divers remove a body from the wreck and take it to Albion Hospital for examination by Dr. Sato; there, she reveals her findings to General Asquith, who is startled by the alien pilot's appearance and orders Sato to keep it out of sight until the experts arrive. (Tosh is covering for Owen, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds who was hung over that day]].)


Some time later, outside Jackie's flat, a young boy spray-paints the words "BAD WOLF" on the TARDIS and cycles off. Meanwhile, a policeman sits and listens patiently as Jackie lashes out at Rose for her thoughtlessness in vanishing for over a year without so much as a phone call. Rose claims that she's been travelling, but Jackie angrily points out that she left her passport behind. The Doctor explains that he's employed Rose as his companion (in a non-sexual sense, of course) but Jackie turns her anger on him, slaps him and accuses him of luring away her daughter for immoral purposes. Rose is embarrassed and remorseful, but despite Jackie's pleas, Rose can't even begin to explain where she's been for the past year.

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Some time later, outside Jackie's flat, a young boy spray-paints the words "BAD WOLF" on the TARDIS and cycles off. Meanwhile, a policeman police constable sits and listens patiently as Jackie lashes out at Rose for her thoughtlessness in vanishing for over a year without so much as a phone call. Rose claims that she's been travelling, traveling, but Jackie angrily points out that she left her passport behind. The Doctor tries to step in and explains that he's employed Rose as his companion (in a non-sexual sense, of course) but Jackie turns her anger on him, slaps him and accuses him of luring away her daughter for immoral purposes. Rose is embarrassed and remorseful, but despite Jackie's pleas, Rose can't even begin to explain where she's been for the past year.



No sooner does Rose say that when an alien spacecraft sputters overhead and careens wildly across the London skyline, belching smoke. As they watch, the ship clips Big Ben and crashes into the River Thames. Delighted, the Doctor rushes off to investigate, but the army has cordoned off the crash site and the streets are gridlocked. The Doctor wants to find out what's happening, but he can't get close to the crash site, and he doesn't want to attract the wrong sort of attention by materialising the TARDIS nearby. Rose thus suggests that he watch the news on TV like everyone else.

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No sooner does Rose say that when an alien spacecraft sputters overhead overhead, and careens wildly across the London skyline, belching smoke. As they watch, the ship clips Big Ben and crashes into the River Thames. Delighted, the Doctor rushes off to investigate, but the army has police and military have cordoned off the crash site and the streets are gridlocked. The Doctor wants to find out what's happening, but he can't get close to the crash site, and he doesn't want to attract the wrong sort of attention by materialising the TARDIS nearby. Rose thus suggests that he watch the news on TV like everyone else.



There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unexpected turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, ends up becoming the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their evil plan is working. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.

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There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unexpected unusual turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, ends has ended up becoming being declared the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their evil plan is working. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.



The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. There, the terrified Sato reveals that the alien came back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.

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The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. There, the terrified Sato reveals that the The alien came has come back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and sweep the building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.



Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens really up to? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, admittedly, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

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Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admit he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens really up to? aliens' real agenda? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, admittedly, to be fair, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?



[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace The Doctor admits to Rose that he's visited this planet a lot, and these days, his arrival tends to be noticed]]. He and Rose arrive at 10 Downing Street, where they wave to the paparazzi and enter the seat of government. Inside, Harriet Jones is trying to mingle with the visiting experts, but before she can speak to any of them, Ganesh arrives and ushers them all out to the briefing room. He gives the Doctor an ID card, but refuses to give one to Rose, who doesn't have sufficient security clearance. Harriet offers to take care of Rose while the Doctor is busy, and escorts Rose out into the hall -- where she breaks down in tears and tells Rose everything that she's seen. Rose accompanies Harriet to the Cabinet office, where they study the abandoned skin suit and try to decide what to do about it. Hoping to find some evidence of alien technology, Rose opens up a nearby closet -- and a body tumbles out. When Ganesh storms in to take Harriet to task for continually getting in the way, he finds Rose and Harriet staring, appalled, at the body of the Prime Minister. Margaret Blaine then strolls into the office behind them and admits to the bewildered Ganesh that she lied about escorting the PM to his car that morning. She then closes the door, unzips her forehead and removes her skin-suit...

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[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace The Doctor admits to Rose that he's visited this planet a lot, and these days, his arrival tends to be noticed]]. He and Rose arrive at 10 Downing Street, where they wave to the paparazzi and enter the seat of government. Inside, Harriet Jones is trying to mingle with the visiting experts, but before she can speak to any of them, Ganesh arrives and ushers them all out to the briefing room. He gives the Doctor an ID card, but refuses to give one to Rose, who doesn't have sufficient security clearance. Harriet offers to take care of Rose while the Doctor is busy, and escorts Rose out into the hall -- where she breaks down in tears and tells Rose everything that she's seen.about what happened to the real Asquith. Rose accompanies Harriet to the Cabinet office, where they study the abandoned skin suit and try to decide what to do about it. Hoping to find some evidence of alien technology, Rose opens up a nearby closet -- and a body tumbles out. When Ganesh storms in to take Harriet to task for continually getting in the way, he finds Rose and Harriet staring, appalled, at the body of the Prime Minister. Margaret Blaine then strolls into the office behind them and admits to the bewildered Ganesh that she lied about escorting the PM to his car that morning. She then closes the door, unzips her forehead and removes her skin-suit...



* ArmorPiercingSlap: Being slapped by an irate companion's mum is one experience that's new to the Doctor.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: There is no official line of succession to the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, so even in the situation that the ''entire'' cabinet was unable to be contacted an obscure backbench MP like Joseph Green would not become Acting Prime Minister.

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: Being slapped by an irate companion's mum mother is one experience that's new to the Doctor.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: HollywoodLaw: There is no official line of succession to the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, so even in the situation that the ''entire'' cabinet was unable to be contacted contacted, an obscure backbench MP like Joseph Green would not become Acting Prime Minister.



-->'''Jackie:''' The hours I've sat here, days and weeks and months, all on my own! I thought you were dead! And where were you ''travelling''?! What the hell does that mean, travelling?! That's no sort of answer! ''[turns to the police officer in the room with them]'' You ask her! She won't tell me. That's all she says, "Travelling!"\\
'''Rose:''' That's what I was doing! \\
'''Jackie:''' When your passport's still in the drawer! It's just one lie after another!\\
'''Rose:''' I meant to phone. I really did, I just... I forgot.\\
'''Jackie:''' What, for a year? You forgot for a year?! And I'm left sitting here! I just don't believe you! Why won't you tell me where you've ''been''?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Actually, it's my fault. I sort of, er, employed Rose as my companion.\\

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-->'''Jackie:''' -->'''Jackie Tyler:''' The hours I've sat here, days and weeks and months, all on my own! I thought you were dead! And where were you ''travelling''?! What the hell does that mean, travelling?! That's no sort of answer! ''[turns to the police officer in the room with them]'' You ask her! She won't tell me. That's all she says, "Travelling!"\\
'''Rose:''' '''Rose Tyler:''' That's what I was doing! \\
'''Jackie:''' '''Jackie Tyler:''' When your passport's still in the drawer! It's just one lie after another!\\
'''Rose:''' '''Rose Tyler:''' I meant to phone. I really did, I just... I forgot.\\
'''Jackie:''' '''Jackie Tyler:''' What, for a year? You forgot for a year?! And I'm left sitting here! I just don't believe you! Why won't you tell me where you've ''been''?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Actually, it's my fault. [[DoubleEntendre I sort of, er, employed Rose as my companion.\\]]\\



'''The Doctor & Rose:''' ''[look at each other]'' [[NotWhatItLooksLike No!]]\\
'''Jackie:''' ''[gets in the Doctor's face]'' Then what is it?! Because you, you ''waltz'' in here all charm and smiles, and the next thing I know, she vanishes off the face of the Earth! How old are you then? Forty? Forty-five? What, did you find her on the Internet? Did you go online and ''pretend'' you're a doctor?\\

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'''The Doctor & Rose:''' Rose Tyler:''' ''[look at each other]'' [[NotWhatItLooksLike No!]]\\
'''Jackie:''' '''Jackie Tyler:''' ''[gets in the Doctor's face]'' Then what is it?! Because you, you ''waltz'' in here all charm and smiles, and the next thing I know, she vanishes off the face of the Earth! How old are you then? Forty? Forty-five? What, did you find her on the Internet? Did you go online and ''pretend'' you're a doctor?\\



'''Jackie:''' Prove it! Stitch this, mate! ''[slaps him hard across the face]''

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'''Jackie:''' '''Jackie Tyler:''' Prove it! Stitch this, mate! ''[slaps him hard across the face]''



* RevealingCoverup: The faked spaceship crash is organized by the Slitheen to cause worldwide panic and distract from events, such as the "disappearance" of the Prime Minister, that would be topping the headlines at any other time. While this ''does'' get them into power and allow them to wipe out the country's alien-invasion experts, it also alerts the Doctor and company to their presence.

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* RevealingCoverup: The faked spaceship crash is organized by the Slitheen to cause worldwide panic and distract from events, such as the "disappearance" of the Prime Minister, that would be topping the headlines at any other time. While this ''does'' get them into power and allow them to wipe out the country's alien-invasion experts, experts without arousing suspicion from the general public, it also alerts the Doctor and company Rose to their presence.


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* SkewedPriorities: Everyone has to point out to Harriet Jones that her minor issue at hand has to be put on the backburner due to the emergency.


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-->'''Rose Tyler:''' ...Oh that's just not fair.


There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unexpected turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, ends up becoming the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their plan is moving forward. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment to advance her pet project (a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence, in case you're wondering) has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.

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There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unexpected turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, ends up becoming the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their evil plan is moving forward. working. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment to advance her pet project (a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence, in case you're wondering) has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.



The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. There, the terrified Sato reveals that the alien came back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and search for the missing alien. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and reveals that the creature is in fact just a pig -- albeit a pig augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.

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The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. There, the terrified Sato reveals that the alien came back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and search for sweep the missing alien.building. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and reveals realizes that the creature is in fact just a pig -- albeit a pig pig, but it's been augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.



Mickey enters the Tylers' flat, and is furious to see Rose sitting with the rest of his neighbours. Rose apologises for not visiting him, but that's not nearly good enough; when she disappeared with no explanation, Mickey was nearly charged with her murder. He's been questioned five times in the past year, and even when Jackie blamed him, Mickey couldn't tell her the truth, as he knew she'd never believe him. He now demands that Rose admit the truth; she might as well, because the Doctor's gone without her. Rose refuses to believe this, but when she goes out to see for herself, there is indeed no sign of the TARDIS. She insists that the Doctor wouldn't have left her behind -- and as she speaks, the TARDIS key begins to glow in her hand. Jackie has followed Mickey and her daughter, and although Rose tries to bundle her back to the flat, it's too late. To Jackie's shock, the TARDIS materialises before her eyes.

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Mickey enters the Tylers' flat, and is furious to see Rose sitting with the rest of his neighbours. neighbors. Rose apologises apologizes for not visiting him, but that's not nearly good enough; when she disappeared with no explanation, Mickey was nearly charged with her murder. He's been questioned five times in the past year, and even when Jackie blamed him, Mickey couldn't tell her the truth, as he knew she'd never believe him. He now demands that Rose admit the truth; she might as well, because the Doctor's gone without her. Rose refuses to believe this, but when she goes out to see for herself, there is indeed no sign of the TARDIS. She insists that the Doctor wouldn't have left her behind -- and as she speaks, the TARDIS key begins to glow in her hand. Jackie has followed Mickey and her daughter, and although Rose tries to bundle her back to the flat, it's too late. To Jackie's shock, the TARDIS materialises before her eyes.



Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admitting he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens really up to? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, admittedly, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's; however, like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently in order to squeeze himself into the tight disguise. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, complaining that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor," who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.

The Doctor, Rose and Mickey watch more news footage from inside the TARDIS, and see a group of experts from UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, being escorted into 10 Downing Street. Mickey, who's spent the last year researching the Doctor's past appearances, reveals that the Doctor once worked for UNIT; however, the Doctor decides not to offer his help, as he's changed a lot since the old days and his arrival would just confuse matters. He decides to check out the wreck of the ship instead. However, as soon as he, Rose and Mickey step out of the TARDIS, they find themselves surrounded by police, soldiers and helicopters. Mickey bolts in panic and hides behind the dustbins as the army close in on them, and Jackie protests in vain when her daughter is apparently taken into custody alongside the Doctor. However, they're not being arrested; they're being escorted to 10 Downing Street.

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Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admitting admit he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way to start an invasion... so what are the aliens really up to? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, admittedly, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's; however, like Asquith's. Like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently in order to squeeze himself into the tight disguise. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, complaining regretting that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor," who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.

The Doctor, Rose and Mickey watch more news footage from inside the TARDIS, and see a group of experts from UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, being escorted into 10 Downing Street. Mickey, who's spent the last year researching the Doctor's past appearances, reveals that the Doctor once worked for UNIT; however, the Doctor decides not to offer his help, as he's changed a lot since the old days and his arrival would just confuse matters. He decides to check out the wreck of the ship instead. However, as soon as he, Rose and Mickey step out of the TARDIS, they find themselves surrounded by police, soldiers and helicopters. Mickey bolts in panic and hides behind the dustbins as the army police close in on them, and Jackie protests in vain when her daughter is apparently taken into custody alongside the Doctor. However, they're not being arrested; they're being escorted to 10 Downing Street.



The aliens' true forms are now revealed; they are the Slitheen, gigantic, corpulent, baby-faced aliens with extended necks, claws, and elongated arms. In the council estate, the alien that was Strickland advances on the terrified Jackie. In the Cabinet office, the alien that was Margaret Blaine grabs Ganesh by the throat and lifts him up to the ceiling as the horrified Harriet and Rose watch. And in the briefing room, Green activates the charges in the delegates' ID cards, electrocuting every one of the gathered alien experts. The Doctor drops to the ground in agony as the Slitheen burst out laughing...


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The aliens' true forms are now revealed; they are the Slitheen, revealed: gigantic, corpulent, baby-faced aliens with extended necks, claws, and elongated arms. arms, who call themselves the Slitheen. In the council estate, the alien Slitheen that was Strickland advances on the terrified Jackie. In the Cabinet office, the alien Slitheen that was Margaret Blaine grabs Ganesh by the throat and lifts him up to the ceiling ceiling, killing him, as the horrified Harriet and Rose watch. And in the briefing room, Green activates the charges in the delegates' ID cards, electrocuting every one of the gathered alien experts. The Doctor drops to the ground in agony as the Slitheen burst out laughing...



One trip to the past, one trip to the future, and now the Doctor brings Rose home, safe and sound, twelve hours after she left...

But then the Doctor spies a peculiar missing person bulletin on a pillar and turns aghast. He walks up to it, and discovers the person in the photograph... is ''Rose''. Meanwhile, Rose runs in to her mum's flat, thinking she hasn't been missed, only to watch Jackie drop a coffee mug in shock at the return of her daughter and fall apart in her arms. Rose then spots an enormous pile of posters in the flat, all saying Rose has been gone since 2005...

Make that twelve ''months'' after she left. Oops. Jackie's life has been hell, [[{{Deconstruction}} Mickey has been under police investigation for Rose's "murder" and is severely traumatized]], the police question the Doctor on whether his relationship with Rose is sexual, and Rose now has to cope with everyone thinking she went mad and ran off with a random middle-aged northern bloke in a leather jacket.

Jackie goes all MamaBear on the Doctor, Mickey sulks in the background, and Rose comes to grips with the fact that no one will ever believe the real story. There's no one out there she can tell about aliens or time travellers.

Not until an enormous spaceship clips Big Ben and crashes into the Thames, anyway.

The Doctor, hearing that the spaceship's pilot has been taken to Albion Hospital, sneaks off to investigate. But the only strange life form he encounters there is [[Characters/{{Torchwood}} Tosh]], working for Torchwood. (Also, covering for Owen, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds who was hung over that day]].)

The British government is in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Harriet Jones (MP, Flydale North) displays a crackerjack sense of timing as she decides that the middle of an alien invasion is the perfect time to advance her pet project (a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence, in case you're wondering). Everyone fends her off, on the grounds that there's an ''alien invasion'' on, so she sneaks into the Secret Meeting Room and puts her project briefing folder inside the official alien invasion briefcase. Approaching footsteps warn her to hide in a convenient cupboard, so she's the first to discover that the acting heads of the British government have been taken over by aliens! Dun duh DUUUUN!

The Doctor goes back to pick up Rose, freaking out Jackie but acquiring the invaluable help of Mickey who's kept himself busy with research in the past year and knows that the Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace was officially a UNIT employee a few decades back]]. Jackie gets on the phone and reports an alien sighting of a ''specific'' alien, namely the Doctor, which makes the British government go even ''more'' apeshit. UNIT immediately sends their black helicopters after the Doctor and Rose, and pretty soon they're on their way to 10 Downing Street for a conference on aliens. The Doctor is able to join in as the UK's resident alien expert.

Rose isn't allowed in, so Harriet Jones (MP, Flydale North) takes her aside and confides to her about the alien thing. The Doctor comes to roughly the same conclusion a few minutes later, when he realizes that the conference on aliens is an excuse to gather all the people most knowledgeable about aliens in one room, and then kill them.

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One trip to the past, one trip to the future, and now the The Doctor brings takes Rose home, safe and sound, back home to visit her mother, materialising outside her flats seemingly twelve hours after she left...

But then
left. Or so he believes. However, while waiting for Rose to return, a flyer on a nearby telephone pole catches his eye -- a missing-persons flyer with Rose's picture on it. When Rose enters her flat and casually greets her mother, claiming to have spent the night with a friend, the stunned Jackie sweeps her daughter up in a desperate, unbelieving hug -- and, over her shoulder, Rose sees a table covered with missing-persons flyers and posters, all with her name and picture on them. The Doctor spies a peculiar missing person bulletin on a pillar and turns aghast. He walks up to it, and discovers bursts into the person flat, takes in the photograph... is ''Rose''. Meanwhile, situation, and apologetically tells Rose runs in to her mum's flat, thinking that she hasn't been missed, only to watch Jackie drop a coffee mug in shock at the return of her daughter and fall apart in her arms. Rose then spots an enormous pile of posters in the flat, all saying Rose has been gone since 2005...

Make that
for twelve ''months'' after she left. Oops. hours, but for twelve ''months''...

Some time later, outside
Jackie's life has flat, a young boy spray-paints the words "BAD WOLF" on the TARDIS and cycles off. Meanwhile, a policeman sits and listens patiently as Jackie lashes out at Rose for her thoughtlessness in vanishing for over a year without so much as a phone call. Rose claims that she's been hell, [[{{Deconstruction}} Mickey has travelling, but Jackie angrily points out that she left her passport behind. The Doctor explains that he's employed Rose as his companion (in a non-sexual sense, of course) but Jackie turns her anger on him, slaps him and accuses him of luring away her daughter for immoral purposes. Rose is embarrassed and remorseful, but despite Jackie's pleas, Rose can't even begin to explain where she's been under police investigation for Rose's "murder" and is severely traumatized]], the police question past year.

Later,
the Doctor on whether his relationship sits with Rose is sexual, on the roof as she ponders how to deal with having unwittingly traumatized her mother. The Doctor firmly states that Jackie's not coming with them if Rose decides to keep traveling. In passing, he reveals that he's 900 years old, and Rose now has to cope realises that this is just another of the many things she can't discuss with everyone thinking she went mad and ran off with a random middle-aged northern bloke in a leather jacket.anyone. [[TemptingFate She muses that it's frustrating being the only person who knows that aliens really are out there]].

Jackie goes all MamaBear on the Doctor, Mickey sulks in the background, and No sooner does Rose comes to grips with the fact say that no one will ever believe when an alien spacecraft sputters overhead and careens wildly across the real story. There's no one out there she can tell about aliens or time travellers.

Not until an enormous spaceship
London skyline, belching smoke. As they watch, the ship clips Big Ben and crashes into the Thames, anyway.River Thames. Delighted, the Doctor rushes off to investigate, but the army has cordoned off the crash site and the streets are gridlocked. The Doctor wants to find out what's happening, but he can't get close to the crash site, and he doesn't want to attract the wrong sort of attention by materialising the TARDIS nearby. Rose thus suggests that he watch the news on TV like everyone else.

The Doctor returns to Rose's flat, where Jackie reluctantly lets him in for fear of alienating her daughter further. Jackie's friends and neighbours have joined her to discuss the UFO crash and Rose's return, and the Doctor is having difficulty hearing the television; at one point, he even finds himself fighting for the TV remote with a young boy who wants to watch Blue Peter. The world is on red alert, flights have been cancelled over North American airspace, and the Secretary-General of the UN has advised people to watch the skies. Divers remove a body from the wreck and take it to Albion Hospital for examination by Dr. Sato; there, she reveals her findings to General Asquith, who is startled by the alien pilot's appearance and orders Sato to keep it out of sight until the experts arrive. (Tosh is covering for Owen, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds who was hung over that day]].)

There has been no sign of the Prime Minister since the state of emergency was declared, and due to the gridlock and the grounding of flights, most of the Cabinet has been stranded outside central London, leaving the central government in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure what to do". Thus, in a most unexpected turn of events, Joseph Green, the rotund MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary, ends up becoming the acting Prime Minister. He seems to be having difficulty handling the pressure, and while junior secretary Indra Ganesh tries to brief him, Green breaks wind, complaining that the nerves are giving him an upset stomach. The equally rotund Margaret Blaine of MI5 and Oliver Charles, Transport Liaison, report that the PM boarded his car that morning, before the emergency, and has since disappeared. Ganesh gives Green a booklet detailing the emergency protocols to be followed in case of alien incursion, and Green takes Margaret and Oliver into the Cabinet office to discuss the situation... but once there, he drops the booklet on the table, and all three begin to laugh like naughty schoolchildren, knowing their plan is moving forward. In all of the confusion, nobody pays any attention to backbencher Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, whose afternoon appointment to advance her pet project (a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence, in case you're wondering) has been cancelled as a result of the emergency.


The Night falls over London, and the Doctor, hearing frustrated by the mundane conversation between Jackie and her neighbors, tells Rose that he's going out for a walk. He assures her that first contact with alien life is something the human race can and must be left to handle on its own, and when she shows concern that the spaceship's pilot has been taken Doctor will leave her behind, he hands her a key to Albion Hospital, sneaks off to investigate. But the only strange life form he encounters there is [[Characters/{{Torchwood}} Tosh]], working for Torchwood. (Also, covering for Owen, [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds who was hung over that day]].)

The British government is
TARDIS. Mollified, she returns to the flat -- but despite his assurances, the Doctor heads straight to the TARDIS. Upstairs, Mickey Smith emerges from his flat, catches sight of the Doctor, and bolts downstairs to confront him, but arrives just as the TARDIS fades away. Inside, the Doctor struggles to control the TARDIS' flight, even whacking the controls with a small sledgehammer in full crisis mode, here defined as "a bunch of people running around, not sure order to make his ship do what to do". he wants.

Meanwhile, at 10 Downing Street,
Harriet Jones (MP, Flydale North) displays a crackerjack sense of timing as she decides tries to convince Ganesh to let her speak with Green, but he refuses to interrupt Green's important meeting for her minor concerns. When Green, Margaret and Oliver emerge from the Cabinet office, Harriet tries to speak with Green, explaining that the middle of an alien invasion is the perfect time to advance her pet project (a she's come up with a scheme by which cottage hospitals don't have to be excluded from centres of excellence, excellence. Green laughs in case you're wondering). Everyone fends her off, on face and walks off with the grounds that there's an ''alien invasion'' on, so she sneaks others. Nettled, Harriet slips into the Secret Meeting Room deserted Cabinet office and puts her project briefing folder inside drops the official report she's prepared in Green's briefcase... but she then notices that he's left the emergency protocols booklet behind, and, curious, she begins to leaf through it.

The Doctor takes the TARDIS to a storeroom in Albion Hospital, and the Doctor emerges cautiously -- only to walk straight into a group of soldiers on tea break. The moment of mutual surprise is broken when they hear Dr Sato screaming, and the Doctor instantly takes charge of the situation, leading the soldiers to the morgue to investigate. There, the terrified Sato reveals that the
alien invasion briefcase. Approaching footsteps warn her came back to life and burst out of its drawer, and the Doctor orders the soldiers to lock down the perimeter and search for the missing alien. However, he then hears movement in the morgue, and investigates to find the alien hiding behind a counter: a pig, in a spacesuit, walking on its hind legs. The Doctor tries to approach it, but it bolts, squealing in terror -- and runs straight into a bewildered soldier, who shoots it in the head before the Doctor can stop him. The enraged Doctor insists that the creature was just scared, and watches, mourning, as it dies in front of him. He returns the body to the morgue, where he studies Sato's findings and reveals that the creature is in fact just a pig -- albeit a pig augmented with technology in order to make it look and act more alien. However, Sato points out that the technology used to augment the pig is itself alien, which means that real aliens are responsible for faking a false UFO scare. The Doctor returns to his TARDIS and dematerialises, leaving the confused Dr Sato behind.

Back in 10 Downing Street, Harriet hears voices approaching the Cabinet office and is forced
to hide in a convenient cupboard, so nearby closet. General Asquith enters with Green, Margaret and Oliver, berating Green for his appalling lack of leadership; Green isn't returning the White House's calls, he's cancelled the airlift that would have brought senior Cabinet ministers into London, and he hasn't started any of the emergency procedures outlined in the booklet. To Asquith's fury, Green, Margaret and Oliver begin giggling and farting like naughty schoolchildren, and finally Asquith declares that he's using his emergency powers to remove Green from power and place London under martial law. This is a threat that Green says is quite hair-raising...literally, and as Harriet watches in horror from hiding, Green, Margaret and Oliver unzip their foreheads to reveal their true alien forms, and advance on the startled General Asquith.

Mickey enters the Tylers' flat, and is furious to see Rose sitting with the rest of his neighbours. Rose apologises for not visiting him, but that's not nearly good enough; when she disappeared with no explanation, Mickey was nearly charged with her murder. He's been questioned five times in the past year, and even when Jackie blamed him, Mickey couldn't tell her the truth, as he knew she'd never believe him. He now demands that Rose admit the truth; she might as well, because the Doctor's gone without her. Rose refuses to believe this, but when she goes out to see for herself, there is indeed no sign of the TARDIS. She insists that the Doctor wouldn't have left her behind -- and as she speaks, the TARDIS key begins to glow in her hand. Jackie has followed Mickey and her daughter, and although Rose tries to bundle her back to the flat, it's too late. To Jackie's shock, the TARDIS materialises before her eyes.

The Doctor is irritated when Jackie and Mickey walk into the TARDIS behind Rose, and as Mickey angrily accuses the Doctor of ruining his life, Jackie stares about in shock and bolts out of the ship in terror. Rose follows, trying to assure her mother that everything's all right, but Jackie runs back to the flat, and the frustrated Rose returns to the TARDIS to find out what the Doctor has to say. Jackie huddles up in her flat, trying to cope with what
she's seen -- and when the first emergency alien hotline number reappears on the TV, she calls it up and blurts out her story, claiming that her daughter is in danger because of an alien called the Doctor who travels in a blue box called the TARDIS. These key words trigger an automated alert which Ganesh receives at 10 Downing Street.

Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor -- who insists on calling Mickey "Ricky" rather than admitting he can't remember his name -- explains that the crash landing was faked, but by other aliens. Mickey points out that putting the world on red alert is an odd way
to start an invasion... so what are the aliens really up to? The Doctor starts fiddling about with the circuitry beneath the console, but refuses to explain what he's doing, pointing out rather rudely that Mickey doesn't have a hope of understanding it anyway. Rose apologises for the Doctor's behaviour, and assures Mickey that she did miss him, even though she's only been gone for a few days from her perspective. He tells her that he spent the whole year looking for her, and that he never dated anyone else (though, admittedly, most people think he murdered Rose and hid her body somewhere). Now that she's back, she realises that Mickey wants to pick up where they left off -- but before she can decide, the Doctor announces that he's finished his work. He's looped back the TARDIS radar 12 hours to follow the ship's flight path -- and he, Rose and Mickey thus discover that the acting heads of the British government ship was launched from Earth before crashing back down. The aliens have obviously been taken over by aliens! Dun duh DUUUUN!

here for a while... and what have they been doing for all that time?

Back at 10 Downing Street, the alien pretending to be "Oliver Charles" has now shed his skin and clothed himself in General Asquith's; however, like the other aliens, he must break wind frequently in order to squeeze himself into the tight disguise. Harriet cowers in the closet as "Asquith" tosses his former skin inside, complaining that he'll now have to give up Oliver's wife, his mistress, and the young farmer he was seeing on the side. As Green, Asquith and Margaret leave, Ganesh rushes up to inform them that their automated surveillance software has detected someone speaking about "the Doctor," who is apparently the ultimate expert in extra-terrestrial affairs. Harriet listens from hiding as Ganesh tells the others that they'll have to enlist the Doctor's help.

The Doctor goes back to pick up Rose, freaking out Jackie but acquiring the invaluable help of Doctor, Rose and Mickey watch more news footage from inside the TARDIS, and see a group of experts from UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, being escorted into 10 Downing Street. Mickey, who's kept himself busy with research in spent the last year researching the Doctor's past year and knows appearances, reveals that the Doctor once worked for UNIT; however, the Doctor decides not to offer his help, as he's changed a lot since the old days and his arrival would just confuse matters. He decides to check out the wreck of the ship instead. However, as soon as he, Rose and Mickey step out of the TARDIS, they find themselves surrounded by police, soldiers and helicopters. Mickey bolts in panic and hides behind the dustbins as the army close in on them, and Jackie protests in vain when her daughter is apparently taken into custody alongside the Doctor. However, they're not being arrested; they're being escorted to 10 Downing Street.

[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace was officially a UNIT employee a few decades back]]. Jackie gets on the phone and reports an alien sighting of a ''specific'' alien, namely the Doctor, which makes the British government go even ''more'' apeshit. UNIT immediately sends their black helicopters after the The Doctor admits to Rose that he's visited this planet a lot, and Rose, these days, his arrival tends to be noticed]]. He and pretty soon they're on their way to Rose arrive at 10 Downing Street for a conference on aliens. The Doctor is able Street, where they wave to join in as the UK's resident alien expert.

Rose isn't allowed in, so
paparazzi and enter the seat of government. Inside, Harriet Jones (MP, Flydale North) takes is trying to mingle with the visiting experts, but before she can speak to any of them, Ganesh arrives and ushers them all out to the briefing room. He gives the Doctor an ID card, but refuses to give one to Rose, who doesn't have sufficient security clearance. Harriet offers to take care of Rose while the Doctor is busy, and escorts Rose out into the hall -- where she breaks down in tears and tells Rose everything that she's seen. Rose accompanies Harriet to the Cabinet office, where they study the abandoned skin suit and try to decide what to do about it. Hoping to find some evidence of alien technology, Rose opens up a nearby closet -- and a body tumbles out. When Ganesh storms in to take Harriet to task for continually getting in the way, he finds Rose and Harriet staring, appalled, at the body of the Prime Minister. Margaret Blaine then strolls into the office behind them and admits to the bewildered Ganesh that she lied about escorting the PM to his car that morning. She then closes the door, unzips her aside forehead and confides to removes her skin-suit...

Back in her flat, Jackie is being questioned by police commissioner Strickland, a rather rotund and gassy man who seems uncomfortable inside his own skin. Strickland sends the other police away so he can question Jackie alone
about the alien thing. Doctor, and although Jackie insists that she knows nothing about the man, that isn't good enough for Strickland. This Doctor means trouble, and that means anyone associated with him is trouble. And Strickland's job is to eliminate trouble. He unzips his forehead and removes his skin-suit...

The Doctor comes to roughly walks into the same conclusion briefing room, flips through the agenda within seconds and immediately picks out the most important point. Before Asquith can begin the briefing properly, the Doctor speaks up, pointing out that a few minutes later, when he realizes satellite detected an anomalous blip of radiation beneath the North Sea three days ago, but that the conference faked crash-landing has distracted attention from it. Worse, it suddenly occurs to the Doctor that everyone who could have investigated the radiation blip is currently in this room. The crash wasn't just a distraction; it was a trap. As he speaks, Green passes wind loudly, and when the Doctor turns on him for the interruption, Asquith unzips his forehead and removes his skin-suit...

The aliens' true forms are now revealed; they are the Slitheen, gigantic, corpulent, baby-faced
aliens is an excuse to gather all with extended necks, claws, and elongated arms. In the people most knowledgeable about aliens council estate, the alien that was Strickland advances on the terrified Jackie. In the Cabinet office, the alien that was Margaret Blaine grabs Ganesh by the throat and lifts him up to the ceiling as the horrified Harriet and Rose watch. And in one the briefing room, and then kill them.
Green activates the charges in the delegates' ID cards, electrocuting every one of the gathered alien experts. The Doctor drops to the ground in agony as the Slitheen burst out laughing...




* AnnoyingLaugh: In the finale of the episode, Joe's "evil" laughter continues all while the Slitheen disguised as General Asquith unmasks itself. In fact, Joe can't seem to shut the hell up in this sequence, so his laugh is anything ''but'' evil.

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* AnnoyingLaugh: In the finale of the episode, Joe's Joseph Green's "evil" laughter continues all while the Slitheen disguised as General Asquith unmasks itself. In fact, Joe can't seem to shut the hell up in this sequence, so his laugh is anything ''but'' evil.


* BavarianFireDrill: The Doctor manages to get out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of soldiers by shouting "[[AttackPatternAlpha Defence Plan Delta]]! Come on!" after a scream is heard. He didn't even flash his psychic paper! Then again they are UNIT soldiers, so the Doctor might be using an actual command from when he worked with them.

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* BavarianFireDrill: The Doctor manages to get out of being held at gunpoint by a room full of soldiers by shouting "[[AttackPatternAlpha Defence Defense Plan Delta]]! Come on!" after a scream is heard. He didn't even flash his psychic paper! Then again they are UNIT soldiers, so the Doctor might be using an actual command from when he worked with them.



* EiffelTowerEffect: An alien ship crashing through Big Ben before landing in the Thames. The Doctor then deduces that this is a staged event just by the fact that this is too perfect a crash landing in terms of cinematography for just this reason.
* FirstContact: The Slitheen make up a "first contact" situation as part of a plan to destroy the planet.

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* EiffelTowerEffect: An alien ship crashing through Big Ben before landing in the Thames. The Doctor then deduces that this is a staged event just by the fact that this is too perfect a crash landing in terms of cinematography for just this reason.
reason. Deliberately hitting Big Ben draws the public attention the Slitheen want.
* FirstContact: FirstContact [=/=] FalseFlagOperation: The Slitheen make up stage a "first contact" situation using a hot-wired pig as part of a plan to destroy the planet.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles, when donning Asquith's skin, bemoans he's going to miss pretending to be Oliver. "He had a wife, a mistress and a young farmer. God, I was busy."
* HumanDisguise: The Slitheen kill people and use compression technology to fit inside their skins. Due to their size, the Slitheen have to use large humans because their compression fields only shrink them down so much, limiting their plans as they can't, for example, simply impersonate the incumbent Prime Minister. The main Slitheen are disguised as Margaret Blaine of MI5, Oliver Charles (transport liaison), Joseph Green (MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary), and General Asquith (for the Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles).

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles, when donning Asquith's skin, bemoans he's going to miss pretending to be Oliver. "He had a Oliver's wife, a mistress mistress, and a the young farmer. God, farmer he was seeing on the side. "[[ReallyGetsAround God I was busy."
]]"
* HumanDisguise: The Slitheen kill people and use compression technology to fit inside their skins. Due to their size, the Slitheen have to use large humans because their compression fields only shrink them down so much, limiting their plans as they can't, for example, simply impersonate the incumbent Prime Minister. The main Slitheen are disguised as Margaret Blaine of MI5, Oliver Charles (transport liaison), Joseph Green (MP for Hartley Dale, and [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary), Confectionery]]), and General Asquith (for the Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles).Charles).
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: One of the Slitheen is pretending to be Commissioner Strickland.



* RealityEnsues: The consequences of the TARDIS' notoriously dodgy choices of "time and place" are in full force, and definitely not played for laughs. Jackie has had to spend a year living with the fact that her daughter vanished without a trace, assuming that Rose was quite possibly dead or worse. Mickey, meanwhile, was hauled in by the police ''five times'' for questioning and has become a social pariah on the estate as everyone believed he killed Rose particularly Jackie, who turned people against him even further. Both of them are ''furious'' at the Doctor when he and Rose finally get back, and Mickey in particular finds it hard to forgive Rose.

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* RealityEnsues: The consequences of the TARDIS' notoriously dodgy choices of "time and place" are in full force, and definitely not played for laughs. Jackie has had to spend a year living with the fact that her daughter vanished without a trace, assuming that Rose was quite possibly dead or worse. Mickey, meanwhile, was hauled in by the police ''five times'' for questioning and has become a social pariah on the estate as everyone believed he killed Rose and hid her body somewhere particularly Jackie, who turned people against him even further. Both of them are ''furious'' at the Doctor when he and Rose finally get back, and Mickey in particular finds it hard to forgive Rose.



* TakeMeToYourLeader: The Doctor is rather excited about being taken to 10 Downing Street.
* TemptingFate: Rose admits to the Doctor that it's pretty cool being the only human on the planet who knows aliens really do exist. A moment later an alien spaceship flies overhead and crashes in the Thames.

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* TakeMeToYourLeader: The Doctor is rather excited about being taken to 10 Downing Street.
Street. So is Rose for that matter.
* TemptingFate: Rose admits to the Doctor that it's pretty cool being the only human on the planet who knows aliens really do exist. A moment later Cue an alien spaceship flies flying overhead and crashes in the Thames.



* YearInsideHourOutside: The episode opens with the characters expecting this trope, only to discover that it's been subverted and Rose has been missing for a year, complete with missing person posters and a police investigation, meaning it's actually...
* YearOutsideHourInside: As Rose tells Jackie, "It's only been a couple days for me."

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* YearInsideHourOutside: The episode opens with the characters Doctor and Rose returning expecting this trope, only to discover that it's been subverted and Rose has been missing for a year, complete with missing person posters and a police investigation, meaning it's actually...
* YearOutsideHourInside: As Rose tells Jackie, Jackie and Mickey, "It's only been a couple days for me."


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the Slitheen mentions that he's going to miss his human disguise. "He had a wife, a mistress and a young farmer. God, I was busy."

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the The Slitheen mentions that posing as Oliver Charles, when donning Asquith's skin, bemoans he's going to miss his human disguise.pretending to be Oliver. "He had a wife, a mistress and a young farmer. God, I was busy."

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* KilledOffscreen: The real Joseph Green, Margaret Blaine, Commissioner Strickland and Oliver Charles have all already been killed some time before the story starts, as has the Prime Minister.


* {{Gasshole}}: The whole Slitheen family, due to how they compress themselves to fit into their meat suits. (In this episode "Margaret" implies this is actually an unintentional side-effect or result of equipment malfunction, saying they've "got to fix it", although it doesn't come up again.)

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* {{Gasshole}}: The whole Slitheen family, due to how they compress themselves to fit into their meat suits. (In this episode "Margaret" implies this is actually an unintentional side-effect or result of an equipment malfunction, saying they've "got to fix it", although it doesn't come up again.)


* {{Gasshole}}: The whole Slitheen family, due to how they compress themselves to fit into their meat suits.

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* {{Gasshole}}: The whole Slitheen family, due to how they compress themselves to fit into their meat suits. (In this episode "Margaret" implies this is actually an unintentional side-effect or result of equipment malfunction, saying they've "got to fix it", although it doesn't come up again.)



* HumanDisguise: The Slitheen kill people and use compression technology to fit inside their skins. Due to their size, the Slitheen have to use large humans because their compression fields only shrink them down so much. The main Slitheen are disguised as Margaret Blaine of MI5, Oliver Charles (transport liaison), Joseph Green (MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary), and General Asquith (for the Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles).

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* HumanDisguise: The Slitheen kill people and use compression technology to fit inside their skins. Due to their size, the Slitheen have to use large humans because their compression fields only shrink them down so much.much, limiting their plans as they can't, for example, simply impersonate the incumbent Prime Minister. The main Slitheen are disguised as Margaret Blaine of MI5, Oliver Charles (transport liaison), Joseph Green (MP for Hartley Dale, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionary), and General Asquith (for the Slitheen posing as Oliver Charles).


* JerkassHasAPoint: Jackie waves off her persecution of Mickey with 'What else was I supposed to think?' She has a valid point, as Mickey ''was'' the last person to see Rose before she disappeared and obviously can't explain what happened.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Jackie waves off her persecution of Mickey with 'What else "Well what was I supposed to think?' think?" She has a valid point, as Mickey ''was'' the last person to see Rose before she disappeared and obviously can't explain what happened.

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