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Synopsis


Cassandra
Cassandra
 In the far distant future, an order of cat-nuns cure all illnesses, but The Doctor is suspicious of their methods.

 He must uncover the truth and save Rose from the revenge of his old enemy, the Lady Cassandra.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Eight (New Series 2)
Production Code: 2-1
Story Number: 168 (New Series: 12)
Episode Number:711 (New Series: 15)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:“Body Swap”
Production Dates: August - October 2005
Broadcast Date: 15 April 2006
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport) and Enfys Television Studios (Cardiff)
Location: Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Ely Paper Mill (Cardiff), Tredegar House (Newport) and Worm's Head (The Gower Peninsula).
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:James Hawes
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editor:Helen Raynor
Editor:Liana Del Giudice
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Sheelagh Wells
Cameraman:Julian Barber (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Simon Fraser
Sound Editors:Doug Sinclair and Paul McFadden
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects and Neill Gorton
Stunt Co-ordinator:Peter Brayham
Stunt Performers:Dean Foster, Kim McGarrity and Maurice Lee
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) Number of Acquaintances: 2The Acquaintances: Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) and Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) Guest Cast: Zoe Wanamaker (Cassandra) Additional Cast: Sean Gallagher (Chip), Dona Croll (Matron Casp), Michael Fitzgerald (Duke of Manhattan), Lucy Robinson (Frau Clovis), Adjoa Andoh (Sister Jatt), Anna Hope (Novice Hame), Simon Ludders (Patient), Struan Rodger (Face of Boe)Setting: Powell Estate, London (2007) and planet New Earth, M87 Galaxy (5,000,000,023). Villains: Cassandra and Sisters of Plenitude

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
711New Earth15 April 200644'01"8.6Yes

Total Duration 44 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 8.6
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2006)64.34%  (Position = 9 out of 11)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)63.39% Lower (Position = 143 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)62.07% Lower (Position = 182 out of 241)


Archives


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



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Notes


This story is technically the first of Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2). However it is not the first for the Tenth Doctor's tenure. This belongs to "The Christmas Invasion" that was broadcast in December 2005.

As with all the other stories in this season (except for The Christmas Invasion"), "New Earth" was trailed by a one-minute prologue which could be downloaded from the BBC Doctor Who website or via a mobile phone. These teasers - all of which were written by Gareth Roberts - initially went under the banner “Vortext” (after names such as “Whosode”, “Epi-mobe” and “Who Alert” were rejected) but were rechristened to TARDISode. The 46 second TARDISode for "New Earth" took the form of an advertisement for the hospital and featured Anna Hope reprising her role as Novice Hame. It was recorded on 26th January 2006 at Enfys Television Studios in Cardiff. This TARDISode became available on March 31st - so making this story the first Doctor Who story to have an accompanying TARDISode.

Former Casualty actress Adjoa Andoh went from playing a Cat Nun in this story to Martha Jones's mum, Francine Jones, in Season Twenty Nine (New Series 3).

This story features the return of Zoe Wanamaker as Cassandra and the Face of Boe. Both were last seen in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "The End of the World". This is Zoe Wanamaker' actual first on-screen appearance, having only featured as Cassandra's voice in "The End of the World".

Cassandra is heard to use slang term 'chav', although she is unable to mimic Rose Tyler's accent properly, instead making attempts at Cockney rhyming slang.

Rose is also heard to refer to Cassandra as 'Michael Jackson' as she did in "The End of the World". She also refers to Chip as 'Gollum'.

Excluding the special interactive story "Attack of the Graske", "New Earth" is the first story, since the revival of the show to be set on a planet other than Earth (although references to adventures on other planets had been made previously).

The Sisters of Plenitude are not the first feline aliens to feature in the show. Feline aliens were seen in the 1981 Fourth Doctor story "Warrior's Gate" and the 1989 Seventh Doctor story "Survival".

There have been several planets called "New Earth" in Doctor Who: the planet where Sarah Jane Smith was told she was being taken to in a spaceship in the 1974 Third Doctor story "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"; a planet from the Fourth Doctor comic strip story "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion" (Doctor Who Weekly - Issues 1 to 8); a planet in the New Earth system colonised by humans in the year 2380 in the comic strip story "Doctor Who and the Dogs of Doom" (Doctor Who Weekly - Issues 27 to 34); the homeworld of the Sixth Doctor novel companion Grant Markham and the setting of the Virgin Books' The Missing Adventures novel "Time of Your Life" by Steve Lyons; and the "New Earth Republic", a future Earth colony and the setting of The Past Doctors Stories "Synthespians™" by Craig Hinton.

'New New York' is also the name of the city in the animated series Futurama. This is one of the two Futurama 'similarities' in Doctor Who, the other being the space replica of the Titanic, which appeared in the 2007 Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned".

The ailment that the Duke of Manhattan is dying from, Petrifold Regression - a disease that turns its victims to stone - is also mentioned in the BBC Books The Tenth Doctor Stories novel "The Stone Rose" by Jacqueline Rayner.

The exterior scenes on New Earth were shot on the Gower peninsula. The hospital basement scenes were recorded at Tredegar House in Newport. The location for the pods containing the human specimens was a disused paper mill previously used as the base of the Nestene Consciousness in the 2005 Ninth Doctor story "Rose".

The hospital scenes were filmed inside the Wales Millennium Centre, which appeared in the previous season's story "Boom Town". This has become a common fixture in the spin-off series Torchwood.

The ending of this story contains a trailer for the next story - "Tooth and Claw".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the first chapter of the second series of Doctor Who Confidential, "New New Doctor" presented by Mark Gatiss.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first true story of Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2).

 The first story, since the revival of the show, to be set on a planet other than Earth.

 Zoe Wanamaker' actual first on-screen appearance, having only featured as Cassandra's voice in "The End of the World".

 The first appearance of Adjoa Andoh, in the role of Cat Nun Sister Jatt, before she played regular supporting character Francine Jones.

 The first time The Doctor is kissed by a companion (albeit it was Cassandra in the body of Rose Tyler).

 The first story to have a one-minute prologue (known as TARDISodes) which could be downloaded from the BBC Doctor Who website or via a mobile phone.


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The Plot

WARNING: May Contain SpoilersHide Text
New Earth hospital
New Earth hospital

Rose Tyler, after saying goodbye to her mother and boyfriend Mickey, enters the TARDIS for a new trip with the newly regenerated Doctor.

The TARDIS arrives five billion years in the future, after the death of the Earth where, as explained by The Doctor, humanity's remnants have become scattered across the stars and some have settled on a new planet called "New Earth," complete with a sprawling city called New New York.

The reason for their visit is because of a cryptic message received on The Doctor's psychic paper. This message takes The Doctor and Rose to a huge medical hospital.

Rose Leaving the TARDIS
Rose Leaving the TARDIS

Unbeknown to them they are being monitored by an old enemy and so it is not surprising that shortly after entering the hospital The Doctor and Rose become separated.

While The Doctor discovers that the mysterious message he received is from none other than The Face of Boe, who it seems is dying, Rose on the other hand comes face-to-face with a more deadly foe – Lady Cassandra – whose brain lives on beyond the death of her skin-sheet in her last encounter with Rose and The Doctor.

A Sister of Plenitude
A Sister of Plenitude

Shocked to find Cassandra still alive Rose finds herself helpless as bioengineered protégé Chip sets up a device which releases Cassandra's energy from the brain-tank... right into Rose's body.

Unbeknown to both The Doctor and Rose there are other sinister goings on in the hospital. It seems that The Sisters of Plenitude - the caretakers of the hospital - have managed the impossible - to cure the incurable for this time zone.

Intrigued The Doctor, now reunited with who he thinks is Rose, decides to investigate further and so uncovers a huge cavernous area of the hospital where they discover the Sisters have been breeding humanoid stock in order to inflict them with every disease known to science so as to find cures for them.

The Face of Boe
The Face of Boe

Horrified The Doctor confronts the Sisters not only about their experiments but also, because he has become aware of Rose's strange behaviour, to discover what they have done to his companion.

Cassandra reveals herself, traps The Doctor in one of the disease vats and then releases all of the other patients, who start a rampage throughout the hospital infecting all they come into contact with.

It is now a race against time for The Doctor to discover a cure, to free Rose from Cassandra’s influence and to bring The Sisters of Plenitude to justice.

 
Cassandra
Cassandra
Transformation
Transformation
Cassandra as Rose
Cassandra as Rose
Snogging The Doctor
Snogging The Doctor
 
Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
Diseased Rats
Diseased Rats
Doctor to the Rescue
Doctor to the Rescue
A Younger Cassandra
A Younger Cassandra




Quote of the Story


 'Strictly speaking, it's the fifteenth New York, which makes it New New New New New New...New New New New New New...New New New York.'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
The Christmas Invasion - New EarthMay 2006BBCDVD 1960Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete Second SeriesNovember 2006BBCDVD 2122Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Second Series (Amazon Version)November 2006BBCDVD 2122Photo-montageLimited Edition 'Cyberman Head' box set containing all 11 stories
Audio
CD
Original Television SoundtrackDecember 2006SILCD1224Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
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 Second Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3966Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete David Tennant Years Box SetNovember 2014BBCDVD 4000Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 37 stories on 26 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Second Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0262Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Second Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)July 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Second Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)July 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 368 (Released: April 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 369 (Released: May 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 370 (Released: June 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 443 (Released: February 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 522 (Released: March 2018)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 8 (Released: April 2009)

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On Release

DVD Cover
DVD Cover

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

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Amazon Version)
DVD Box Set
(Amazon Version)

BBC
VIDEO
Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

BBC
AUDIO
   
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 David Tennant Years DVD Box Set
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set

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
VIDEO



Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 368
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 368

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 369
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 369

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 370
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 370

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 443
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 443

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 522
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 522

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 8
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 8

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