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World War Three 

The Slitheen have infiltrated Parliament and have the Doctor and his friends trapped as the Doctor works to prevent them from starting World War Three.


Keith Boak




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
David Verrey David Verrey ... Joseph Green
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Penelope Wilton ... Harriet Jones
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Rupert Vansittart ... General Asquith
Morgan Hopkins Morgan Hopkins ... Sergeant Price
Andrew Marr Andrew Marr ... Andrew Marr
Annette Badland ... Margaret Blaine
Steve Speirs ... Strickland (as Steve Spiers)
Jack Tarlton ... Reporter Tom Hitchingson
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Reporter
Corey Doabe Corey Doabe ... Spray Painter
Elizabeth Fost Elizabeth Fost ... Slitheen


Now locked in the reinforced Cabinet Room, the Doctor and Rose finally learn of the Slitheen's intentions. Having locked themselves in however, how they will manage to stop them becomes a major issue. While trying to keep the aliens at bay, the Doctor works against the clock to destroy them the only way he knows how - to blow up 10 Downing Street. To so however, Rose's boyfriend Mickey will have to hack into a submarine's computer and launch a missile. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Russell T. Davies was inspired to have a family of villains by the Virgin New Adventures novel "Human Nature" by Paul Cornell. See more »


Mickey fires a UGM-84 missile at 10 Downing Street at the Doctor's instructions. The UGM-84 Harpoon is an anti-ship missile and not a land-attack missile. A variant of the Harpoon has been designed as a Land Attack Missile (SLAM) but is not in service with the Royal Navy. See more »


The Doctor: [Looking at the huge back-pack Rose is carrying] Got enough stuff?
Rose Tyler: The first time I stepped in there it was spur of the moment.
[tosses the back-pack at the Doctor, which he's forced to catch]
Rose Tyler: Now I'm signing up.
[pointing at him]
Rose Tyler: You're stuck with me. Hah!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Monsters Inc. (2007) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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18 December 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

World War Three is a satisfying, but not perfect conclusion to the story that began in Aliens of London. Not that there are any major defects; just some dodgy FX work when the actual aliens are revealed.

The green men in question - twist: they're big, despite what has been said in The X-Files - call themselves the Slitheen, and they are posing as the Prime Minister and his aides in order to declare a new war, which will end with Earth's destruction. The only person who can stop them is the Doctor, but since he is "trapped" in an emergency room with Rose and one Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton), he's gonna need some help from Rose's boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), who doesn't really get along with the Time Lord to begin with.

This story has it all (minus the aforementioned perfection required from the special effects): suspense, action, great dialogue and interesting characters. Mickey gets to evolve significantly after being reduced to little more than an extra in earlier episodes, and Wilton's contribution leaves the door open for further developments later on. More than anything, though, the episode's real triumph is Eccleston, who has his go at another Doctor Who tradition: saying ridiculous names with rock-hard conviction. In this case, he adds his typical grin when he identifies the Slitheen's home planet, Raxacoricofallapatorious (a sci-fi tongue-twister), a rare case in which something that stupid ends up adding to the protagonist's charisma.

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