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New Earth 

The Doctor and Rose arrive on New Earth and meet old friends and enemies in a hospital which can cure every disease. But the cures come at a terrible cost.


James Hawes




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Zoë Wanamaker ... Cassandra
Sean Gallagher ... Chip
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Matron Casp (as Dona Croll)
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ... Duke of Manhattan
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Frau Clovis
Adjoa Andoh ... Sister Jatt
Anna Hope Anna Hope ... Novice Hame
Simon Ludders ... Patient
Struan Rodger ... Face of Boe (voice)


The Doctor and Rose set out on their first adventure together since the Doctor regenerated. The Doctor takes Rose to see the Planet New Earth, colonized by the human race since the destruction of the original planet Earth. On arriving the Doctor receives an invitation to visit a hospital run by the sisters of plenitude. A sisterhood of cat-women nuns who have the uncanny ability to cure so many long thought incurable diseases. But as the Doctor and Rose discover there is a sinister method as to how the Sisterhood manage to develop such cures. While unknown to them both an old enemy thought to be deceased, awaits the Time lord and his companion. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The TARDIS is in a different location at the beginning compared to the final scene in The Christmas Invasion, implying there may well have been other adventures between these two stories (i.e. Attack of the Graske) but some references to the Doctor being a new Doctor do imply that only a little time has passed since Christmas. See more »


It's never explained how the Doctor managed to cure all the test subjects by simply spraying them with the cures, which were shown being used intravenously on the real patients. See more »


Cassandra: Rose Tyler, I knew it! That dirty-blonde assassin!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Myths and Legends (2006) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A bold and fun start to the new series
13 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I have a huge fondness for New Earth, it's the first full outing for Tennant and Piper, and it's a very good one.

The Doctor and Rose travel further then they've ever gone, The Doctor explains what happened to Earth after its destruction in Episode 'The End of the world,' hence 'New Earth,' and it's not long before we're met with a friend and a foe from that episode, The Lady Cassandra and the face of Boe are both patients at a hospital run by cats. They have the ability to cure impossible diseases, but how? Intensive care is a particularly unpalatable place, so the Doctor is dealing with two enemies, Cassandra and the Nurses.

The cast is outstanding, each of the cats, Dona Croll, Adjoa Andoh and Anna Hope are so good, those costumes must have been tough to wear. Billie Piper is excellent, Cassandra's transformation into Rose is hilariously done, from class to brass. Sean Gallagher is fun as Chip, but my favourite performance comes Cassandra's character through the different actors, her death scene is stunningly done, so moving.

It's not an epic story by any means, and the ending is a little light, but overall it's just real good fun and utterly original.

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