Doctor Who: New Earth   Books Included 
October 1, 2014 1:33 PM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

A sequel of sorts to The End Of The World featuring the return of Cassandra. The Doctor and Rose travel to New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York in the year 5,000,000,023 and enter a hospital run by CatNuns! But the catnuns are hiding a terrible secret. But First.... {we're a bit out of sync cos I called the Christmas special episode 1 and fanfare doesn't like there being two threads numbered that.. unless maybe I can cheat and make it a different category, sorry for all the trouble}

Preceded (if you want to be a completist about these things) by the interactive episode Attack of the Graske.
A Graske is loose capturing humans and replacing them with duplicates, and despite his incredibly slow, one at a time approach the whole human race will be wiped out unless YOU can stop him! (Rose is busy watching ABBA in 1979).
    Bonus Graske Trivia
  • Technically, David Tennant is not credited in this episode as "the Doctor". He receives only pre-title billing. This makes this the only bit of Doctor Who to ever appear on television which does not credit the role of "the Doctor" or "Doctor Who". Remarkably, this bit of trivia includes The 1965 episode Mission to the Unknown in which the Doctor doesn't appear.
  • This episode is officially cannon, being mentioned in SJA and Harkness monster Files
Right, now we've saved the world from the Graske, back to the episode proper.

Wellll.... Not quite!
Before the episode we have a Mini Episode Tardisode 1

Are we all set now? Okay!

Whilst the Doctor goes to visit the Face of Boe, Rose is led to the basement where her body is hijacked by Lady Cassandra.
The Doctor and Rose/Cassandra unearth the terrible secret which is that thousands of artificailly grown humans are forcibly infected with every disease in the galaxy which somehow helps the cat nuns to cure the other people. (No, I don't quite understand that either).
The infected artificial humans escape and go on a zombie rampage. Using THE MEDICINES the doctor cures the zombie humans and EVERYONE LIVES!
    Unbonus Regular Episode Trivia
  • The Doctor has met Cat People before, once on screen in Survival (1989) (Cheetah People) and once in the novel Invasion of The Cat People (1995) (Cat People) These cats are howver known as Catkind
  • This episode marks the first appearance of a running joke about the Tenth Doctor's love of the "little shops" found in hospitals and museums.
posted by Just this guy, y'know (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Cat Nun, fetch me THE MEDICINE
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:43 PM on October 1, 2014

Books included?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:44 PM on October 1, 2014

I called the Christmas special episode 1 (because it feels way more like part of series 2 than the end of series 1, mainly due to the regeneration. Probably won't have this problem with the next few specials) and fanfare doesn't like there being two threads numbered that, so I cheated a bit. You can have two threads for the same episode if it's a different category.
Thanks mods for letting me mess about with episode numbering.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:46 PM on October 1, 2014

If Just this guy, y'know's answer wasn't clear, the "Books Included" tag is a kludge to allow two Doctor Who Season 2 Episode 1s (the first being the Christmas Invasion).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:55 PM on October 1, 2014

That is a much better explanation, thanks filthy light thief.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:58 PM on October 1, 2014

I'm not all caught up yet on Debating Doctor Who yet, but apparently their most recent episode (as of typing) compares Time Heist with New Earth and Partners in Crime.
posted by bettafish at 1:39 PM on October 3, 2014

Strictly speaking it's the fifteenth New York since the original. That makes it New New New New, New New New New New, New New New New New New New York.

The cat make-up effect is really outstanding. I know some LARPers that would pay a lot to have something that looked that good. (And I know at least two who had prosthetics.)

I was very surprised that they chose to come right out and say that Rose is a "chav." I thought that word was rather controversial . Piper really did a great job with the change in character.

Cassandra's fate is quite interesting. She's such a narcissist it's fitting that when she meets her demise the one one to comfort her is her past self.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this episode. It felt a lot like old-time Who.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:06 AM on October 20, 2014

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