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Boom Town
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Synopsis


A Slitheen
A Slitheen
 The TARDIS crew take a holiday, but The Doctor encounters an enemy he thought long since dead. A plan to build a nuclear power station in Cardiff City disguises an alien plot to rip the world apart.

 And when The Doctor dines with monsters, he discovers traps within traps.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Seven (New Series 1)
Production Code: 1-11
Story Number: 165 (New Series: 9)
Episode Number:707 (New Series: 11)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Dining with Monsters"
Production Dates: January - February 2005
Broadcast Date: 04 June 2005
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport)
Location: Mermaid Quay and Glamorgan House and Cardiff Railway Station (Cardiff).
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Joe Ahearne
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Mal Young and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editor:Elwen Rowlands
Editor:Graham Walker
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Lucinda Wright
Make-Up Designer:Davy Jones
Cameraman:Martin Stephens (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Ian Richardson
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects
Stunt Co-ordinator:Lee Sheward
Stunt Performers:George Cottle, Kim McGarrity and Tina Maskell
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 2The Companions: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) Number of Acquaintances: 1The Acquaintance: Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) Additional Cast: William Thomas (Mr Cleaver), Annette Badland (Margaret), Mali Harries (Cathy), Aled Pedick (Idris Hopper) and Alan Ruscoe (Slitheen)Setting: Cardiff (2006) Villain: A Slitheen

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
707Boom Town04 June 200543'17"7.7Yes

Total Duration 43 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.7
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2005)67.56%  (Position = 9 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)63.41% Lower (Position = 141 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)62.33% Lower (Position = 179 out of 241)


Archives


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


After the success of the fourth story of the revived show, "Aliens of London/World War Three", a Slitheen make a return as it appears that one of them survived the missile attack on London. Margaret Blaine, again played by Annette Badland, is now the Mayor of Cardiff.

Also making a return in this story is Rose Tyler's boyfriend Mickey Smith, played by Noel Clarke.

"Boom Town" is the first story in the current run off Doctor Who to feature an actor from the original run of the show. William Thomas, who plays Mr Cleaver, also played Martin in the Seventh Doctor story "Remembrance of the Daleks". He went on to He later went on to play Geraint Cooper, the father of Gwen Cooper, in Torchwood.

Margaret is heard to say that she was threatened with being fed to the Venom Grubs as a child. Venum Grubs are inhabitants of the planet Vortis, and were seen in the 1965 First Doctor story "The Web Planet".

Since the events of "The Unquiet Dead", the area around Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff has become a handy refuelling point for the TARDIS, because of its leakage of Rift Energy. The Doctor returns to the same spot in "Utopia", two years later.

Rose describes the TARDIS's camouflage as a cloaking device, mirroring the Eighth Doctor's comments in the 1996 television movie "Doctor Who: The Movie". The Ninth Doctor correctly notes that it is called the ‘Chameleon Circuit’.

The reference to the Power Station being called "Blaidd Drwg" (Welsh for Bad Wolf) is the first direct reference to the running theme that the characters pick up on.

The ‘Tribophysical Waveform Macro-kinetic Extrapolator’ referred to in the story is a reference to tribophysics, featured in the Virgin Books' The New Adventures novel "Damaged Goods", as well as the 1975 Fourth Doctor story "Pyramids of Mars".

Like the previous stories the ending contains a trailer for the next story. In this case "Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the eleventh chapter of Doctor Who Confidential "Unsung Heroes and Violent Death" looking the importance of death to Doctor Who.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first trip in the TARDIS for new companion Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman.

 The first story in the revamped series to feature an actor from the original series. William Thomas, who plays Mr Cleaver, also played Martin in the Seventh Doctor story "Remembrance of the Daleks".


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Elwen Rowlands' last involvement in the show as Script Editor.


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The Plot

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A Slitheen
A Slitheen

The Doctor has landed the TARDIS in Cardiff to use a rift in time to recharge the TARDIS. As the process will take a whole day The Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness take the opportunity to explore the area. They are also joined by Rose’s boyfriend Mickey. But while having a meal in a restaurant The Doctor recognises a photo in a local newspaper of an enemy he thought long since dead – Margaret Blaine who is really a Slitheen in a human disguise.

Realising that the Slitheen must be up to no good - especially as she is posing as the Mayor of Cardiff - she must be stopped. The Doctor finds Margaret Blaine at the City Hall. On being discovered by The Doctor she tries to escape but after chasing her through repeated uses of a teleporter the Slitheen realises that it is not going to get away.

The Doctor then learns of the Slitheen‘s plan to build a nuclear power station in Cardiff City as a disguise for an alien plot to rip the world apart. She hopes that the meltdown of the plant would open the Rift and so destroy the planet. The Slitheen then plans to use a tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator - a pan-dimensional surfboard - to escape the explosion.

Trusty Sonic Screwdriver
Trusty Sonic Screwdriver

The Slitheen is forced to come quietly as The Doctor plans to take her back to her home planet of Raxacoricofallapatorius. But first they have to wait for the TARDIS to recharge its power supply and so while they wait The Doctor takes the Slitheen for a last meal. Despite several attempts by the Slitheen to kill The Doctor, through various means, The Doctor starts to sympathise with the Slitheen as it is revealed that by returning her to Raxacoricofallapatorius will mean instant death as the Slitheen family are convicted criminals. The Slitheen requests that The Doctor takes her to a different planet instead. However, before The Doctor makes his decision, a large earthquake shakes the area.

The Doctor discovers that not everything is as it seems and that the Slitheen may be able to escape. When he returns to the TARDIS he discovers a bright column of light is shooting up overhead. Captain Jack Harkness tells The Doctor that it is the power from the Rift, brought upon by trying to use the extrapolator to speed up the recharging of the TARDIS.

Margaret
Margaret

As the rift in time starts to break open The Doctor realises that this was the Slitheen’s plan all along - that someone of advanced enough technology who would recognise the Slitheen, who would hopefully activate the device, causing it to lock onto the nearest alien power source thereby tearing open the Rift and eventually the Earth.

As the Slitheen attempts her escape the heart of TARDIS opens and she is consumed by the full force of the Rift. After The Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness manage to close the TARDIS console and so reseal the Rift once more they discover that the Slitheen has reverted back to an egg. The Doctor surmises as the TARDIS is telepathic, it may have sensed that the Slitheen wanted a second chance and so gave that to her. And so The Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack Harkness prepare to travel to Raxacoricofallapatorius, leaving Mickey behind, so as to deliver the egg.

 
Rose and Mickey
Rose and Mickey
Bad Wolf Power Station
Bad Wolf Power Station
The Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness
The Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness
Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
 
Captain Jack Harkness
Captain Jack Harkness
Margaret Becoming a Slitheen
Margaret Becoming a Slitheen
A Slitheen
A Slitheen
The Doctor
The Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'It’s the rift! Time and space are ripping apart, the whole city’s gonna disappear!'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Boom Town - Bad Wolf - The Parting of the WaysSeptember 2005BBCDVD 1758Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete First SeriesNovember 2005BBCDVD 1770Photo-montageTARDIS Boxed Set containing all 10 stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3965Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0261Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 357 (Released: June 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 360 (Released: September 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 439 (Released: October 2011)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 6 (Released: March 2009)

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The Doctor and Companions/Acquaintance

 
Christopher Eccleston
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Billie Piper
Rose Tyler
Noel Clarke
Mickey Smith
John Barrowman
Captain Jack Harkness
   




On Release

DVD Cover
DVD Cover

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series DVD Box Set
Complete Series DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
   
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
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Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 357
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 357

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 360
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 360

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 439
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 439

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 6
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 6

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