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Synopsis


The Abzorbaloff
The Abzorbaloff
 An ordinary man becomes obsessed with The Doctor and Rose, and uncovers a world of living nightmares.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Eight (New Series 2)
Production Code: 2-10
Story Number: 175 (New Series: 19)
Episode Number:720 (New Series: 24)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"I Love The Doctor"
Production Dates: March 2006
Broadcast Date: 17 June 2006
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport)
Location: Corona Pop Factory (Porth), Heol Pentwyn Road (Whitchurch), Splott, Maelfa Shopping Square (Llanederyn), Newport Docks and Cardiff.
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Dan Zeff
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Simon Winstone
Editor:Alan Levy
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Rory Taylor
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Sheelagh Wells
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Jeff Matthews
Sound Editors:Doug Sinclair and Paul McFadden
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects and Neill Gorton
Stunt Co-ordinator:Bill Davey
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Abzorbaloff Created By: William Grantham
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) Number of Acquaintances: 1The Acquaintance: Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) Guest Cast: Peter Kay (Victor Kennedy) Additional Cast: Marc Warren (Elton Pope), Shirley Henderson (Ursula Blake), Simon Greenall (Mr Skinner), Moya Brady (Bridget), Kathryn Drysdale (Bliss), Paul Kasey (The Hoix), Bella Emberg (Mrs Croot)Setting: London (2007) Villain: Abzorbaloff

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
720Love & Monsters17 June 200645'05"6.7Yes

Total Duration 45 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.7
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2006)61.35%  (Position = 10 out of 11)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)61.21% Lower (Position = 153 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)56.23% Lower (Position = 220 out of 241)


Archives


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



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Notes


The title for this story contains the first use of an ampersand in a story title for Doctor Who.

This story is the first of what has come to be known as 'Doctor-lite' stories, "Love & Monsters" was filmed at the same time as "The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit" a process known as 'double banking'. Other 'Doctor-lite' stories from the revived show include "Blink" and "Turn Left".

This story was the last to be recorded for this season and also Camille Coduri's contribution to the programme as Jackie Tyler - until her brief return in Season Thirty (New Series 4).

Shirley Henderson, who plays the part of Ursula, is more famous for her part as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films.

Comedian Peter Kay plays the part of both Victor Kennedy and the Abzorbaloff.

The Abzorbaloff was designed by nine-year-old William Grantham for a "Design a Doctor Who Monster" competition held by the BBC childrens show Blue Peter. Apparently, he'd intended it should be the size of a bus!

Clom is the sister planet of the Slitheen's homeworld Raxacoricofallapatorius.

The Hoix, the alien creature seen at the start of the story, was allegedly thrown together at the last minute by the Millennium FX Team. It is later seen briefly in the Torchwood story "Exit Wounds".

As well as a small amount of reused footage, scenes from "Rose", "Aliens of London/World War Three" and "The Christmas Invasion" were restaged to include Elton Pope.

Look out for the copy of The Daily Telegraph that the Abzorbaloff is reading - it has the headline "Saxon leads polls with 64 per cent" - the first mention of The Master's new alter-ego.

As well as L.I.N.D.A., Clive Finch ran a one-man quest to find out more about The Doctor from his shed in the Season Twenty Seven (New Series 1) opening story "Rose".

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) tracks featured in this story are: "Mr. Blue Sky", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Turn to Stone".

The 58 second TARDISode for this story featured Victor Kennedy (out of sight, as Peter Kay was not available for the recording) browsing the LINDA website and using it to locate the group's meeting place, before “abzorbing” his secretary. This was filmed on the 8th April 2006 at Insole Court in Cardiff. As with all the other TARDISode's - all of which were written by Gareth Roberts - it could be downloaded from the BBC Doctor Who website or via a mobile phone a week before the broadcast of the main story.

The ending of this story contains a trailer for the next story - "Fear Her".

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



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first use of an ampersand in a Doctor Who story title.

 The first of what has come to be known as a 'Doctor-lite' story.

 Camille Coduri's final contribution to the programme as Jackie Tyler - until her brief return at the of Season Thirty (New Series 4).

 The Abzorbaloff (played by comedian Peter Kay) is the first monster to appear, in the revised show, that was designed by the winner of a competition held by the BBC children's show Blue Peter.

 The first mention of The Master's new alter-ego; "Saxon".

 The first time music from The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is heard in the show.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Dan Zeff.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last story to be recorded for Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2).


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The Plot

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Elton Pope
Elton Pope

When a man called Elton Pope finds a strange blue police box in a deserted industrial area, and then comes face-to-face with an alien that lunges towards him, he finds himself in the presence of The Doctor and Rose Tyler. The Doctor recognises Elton, who runs out of the factory in a panic. It would seem that this was not the first time Elton has met The Doctor and it would not be the last.

So fascinated with the exploits of The Doctor and his companion Elton decides to create a video diary about how his ordinary life was transformed, starting with the night he first met The Doctor in his old family home when he was a young child, and continuing with his experiences with the recent various invasions of Earth by the Autons, the Slitheen and the Sycorax.

It was during the Sycorax invasion that led him to meet his friend Ursula who then took him to meet a group of her friends who were also studying The Doctor. As time goes by, the meetings of LINDA (London Investigation 'N' Detective Agency) become less and less about The Doctor, and more of a social gathering.

Elton Discovers the TARDIS
Elton Discovers the TARDIS

However, all this changes when during the middle of a meeting, where they are in the process of forming their own band, Victor Kennedy turns up and takes command and gets the group to take a much more logical and active approach to finding The Doctor.

Victor’s investigation techniques prove successful as it is not long before and they track down the TARDIS but of The Doctor there is no sign. The group is therefore tasked with locating Rose, and so they are deployed around London to find her. By more luck then judgement Elton almost immediately finds Jackie and becomes acquainted with her easily, regularly paying visits to fix things she supposedly has broken in her flat. However, all of Elton’s hard work to locate Rose comes to an abrupt end when Jackie realises that Elton is more interested in her daughter than herself – and that Elton’s interest involves in him having a photo of Rose.

Chasing Aliens
Chasing Aliens

But strange things are happening within LINDA as members of the group are disappearing. When questioned Victor is able to fob them off. But it is clear that Victor is responsible. But why is he apparently killing members of the group one-by-one, who is he anyway and why is he so interested in locating The Doctor.

Having failed in his task to locate Rose Elton storms back to LINDA HQ and tells Victor he has had enough and that he has ruined his enjoyment of being part of LINDA. As he walks out with Ursula, she realises that she has left her phone behind and so returns to the hall and it is then that the truth behind Victor is revealed – he is in fact a bloated green alien creature, which Elton dubs as an "Abzorbaloff". They also realise that Victor has not just killed the missing members of LINDA but has in fact absorbed them as their faces can be seen all over his body.

Victor tells them he wants to absorb The Doctor which is why he has enlisted their services to find him, which ultimately failed. Horrified at the fate of her friends Ursula demands that Victor returns his victims, but in doing so he absorbs her instead.

Members of L.I.N.D.A.
Members of L.I.N.D.A.

Sickened by what has happened to Ursula, who Elton has come to feel is more than just a friend, he finds himself chased by the Abzorbaloff and cornered in an alley. Realising that there is no escape and that he is about to join Ursula, and the rest of the group, Elton is about to surrender when the TARDIS appears nearby and The Doctor and Rose step out.

Will the Abzorbaloff be defeated or will he be able to absorb The Doctor? And what of Elton’s beloved Ursula? Elton’s is about to find out what happens when you come into contact with The Doctor and that life is so much different from the way you think it's going to be…

 
Ursula
Ursula
Victor Kennedy Arrives
Victor Kennedy Arrives
Victor Kennedy
Victor Kennedy
Jackie Tyler
Jackie Tyler
 
The Abzorbaloff
The Abzorbaloff
Mr Skinner Absorbed
Mr Skinner Absorbed
Ursula Absorbed
Ursula Absorbed
The Doctor
The Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'When you're a kid, they tell you it's all ... grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid, and that's it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It's so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.'

Elton Pope



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
The Impossible Planet - The Satan Pit - Love & MonstersAugust 2006BBCDVD 1963Photo-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 2017BBCDVD 2317Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Second Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)July 2017BBCBD 0393Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 370 (Released: June 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 371 (Released: July 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 373 (Released: September 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 443 (Released: February 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 450 (Released: September 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 535 (Released: March 2019)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 12 (Released: June 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 370
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 370

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 371
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 371

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 373
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 373

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 443
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 443

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 450
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 450

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 535
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 535

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 12
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 12

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