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Synopsis


Just Any Normal Street?
Just Any Normal Street?
 London 2012, and The Doctor and Rose set off to see the Olympics, only to find terror in the most ordinary place.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Eight (New Series 2)
Production Code: 2-11
Story Number: 176 (New Series: 20)
Episode Number:721 (New Series: 25)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Chloe Webber Destroys The Earth" and "You're a Bad Girl, Chloe Webber"
Production Dates: January - February 2006
Broadcast Date: 24 June 2006
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport)
Location: Page Drive (Tremorfa, Cardiff) and Cardiff Millennium Stadium.
Writer:Matthew Graham
Director:Euros Lyn
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Simon Winstone
Editor:Crispin Green
Production Manager:Marcus Prince
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Rory Taylor
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Sheelagh Wells
Cameraman:Penny Shipton (Assistant)
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
Stunt Co-ordinator:Dave Forman
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) Additional Cast: Nina Sosanya (Trish), Abisola Agbaje (Chloe), Edna Dore (Maeve), Tim Faraday (Tom's Dad), Abdul Salis (Kel), Richard Nichols (Driver), Erica Eirian (Neighbour), Stephen Marzella (Police Officer), Huw Edwards (Commentator)Setting: Stratford (2012) Villain:The Isolus

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
721Fear Her24 June 200643'51"7.1Yes

Total Duration 44 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.1
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2006)60.96%  (Position = 11 out of 11)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)48.90% Lower (Position = 192 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)42.68% Lower (Position = 240 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 was written by Matthew Graham, co-creator of Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Bonekickers.

Originally this slot was to be filled by a story by actor/writer Stephen Fry, Matthew Graham stepped in and wrote this story at short notice.

Nina Sosanya (who plays Trish) starred alongside David Tennant in the 2005 BBC production of Casanova, produced by Russell T Davies.

Edna Doré (who plays Maeve) is probably best known for playing Frank Butcher's mother Mo in EastEnders.

Huw Edwards joined a long list of BBC newsreaders to feature in the show, playing himself commentating on the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Prior to the graphite scribble monster, The Doctor encountered other mineral-based lifeforms, such as the crystalline Krotons in the 1968 story "The Krotons", the Kastrians in the 1976 story "The Hand of Fear" and the Ogri in the 1978 story "The Stones of Blood".

The addition of the 2012 London Olympics was added when the opportunity arose due to London's successful bid.

"The Kookaburra Song", featured in this story, was written by Marion Sinclair in 1932 for a contest being held by the Victorian Guides.

The 54 second TARDISode for this story was in a Crimewatch-style report (called CrimeCrackers) on the children's disappearances -- but done in a more sensationalistic, American style, to connote the story's 2012 setting. This was filmed on the 31st January 2006 at Page Drive, Cardif. 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 first episode of the next story - "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the eleventh chapter of the second series of Doctor Who Confidential, "The Fright Stuff" presented by Mark Gatiss.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first appearance of reporter/newsreader Huw Edwards - joining a long list of BBC newsreaders and real-life actors to feature in the show as themselves.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Matthew Graham.


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The Plot

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London 2012
London 2012

The Doctor and Rose Tyler arrive in a suburban neighbourhood as preparations are being made for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which are soon to be held in London.

As they walk down the street Rose becomes concerned about the number of posters about missing children in the neighbourhood, which leads them to start asking questions. With cars mysteriously stopping in a part of the street, and The Doctor feeling an uncertain amount of energy in the places where the children disappeared it seems that there is something strange happening in this street.

Listening to the concerns of residents The Doctor believes the theory of an old woman that there are connections between the rash recent disappearances and so continues his pursuit of the truth. Rose becomes aware that a little girl, called Chloe, is watching the goings on in the street from her bedroom window. As The Doctor continues his investigation Rose is surprised when a cat disappears right from under her nose and so goes off to investigate on her own and is shocked when she is then attacked by a strange creature in a garage.

Just Any Normal Street?
Just Any Normal Street?

The Doctor comes to her rescue and uses his sonic screwdriver to neutralise it. Back in the TARDIS The Doctor deduces that the creature that attacked Rose was made of graphite. It is then they realise that it whatever created the "squiggle creature" as he calls it just drew it into existence... like some sort of child's drawing - like the child Rose spotted watching them earlier.

The two therefore visit Chloe's house and are invited in by Chloe's mother who tells them about her daughter, who it seems sits in her bedroom all day and draws. The Doctor detects something unusual coming from Chloe, while Rose snoops around and discovers drawings all over Chloe's bedroom while in her wardrobe Rose finds an even more scary drawing. The Doctor puts the pieces together - Chloe can manipulate reality by drawing, trapping people in her sketches or, in the case of the drawing in the closet, recreate things from fantasy.

Not the Best Place to Land
Not the Best Place to Land

The Doctor makes contact with a being inside Chloe – and discovers that she is possessed by a wayward Isolus, part of a gestalt mind that was accidentally left behind on Earth. The Doctor learns that the Isolus doesn't mean any harm, and that like Chloe it is lonely and believes the drawings of the trapped children are bringing new friends for it to play with.

On returning to the TARDIS The Doctor creates a device that will allow the Isolus to free itself and be reunited with its travelling pod. Unfortunately, the Isolus believes The Doctor has hostile intentions, and so gets Chloe to trap him and the TARDIS inside a drawing. Chloe then prepares one last drawing - a picture of the Earth, which will trap the entirety of humanity within it. While outside the Olympic torch starts to come down Chloe's street.

Rose meanwhile goes in search for the Isolus’ travelling pod and deduces that it must be in the asphalt on the street - hence the cars coming to a standstill – and so digs it up in one of the newly filled potholes. Realising that the pod needs a heat source, she throws it at the torch. Ignited by the torch's heat the pod is reactivated and summons the Isolus who leaves Chloe and the Earth. But in doing so the terrible image in Chloe's cupboard is set free.

Will Chloe’s mother be able to defeat the horror inside her daughter’s wardrobe and will Rose be reunited with The Doctor and his TARDIS? And what of the Olympics – who will get the torch to the stadium in time to light the Olympic flame?

 
Chloe Webber
Chloe Webber
Chloe's Mum, Trish
Chloe's Mum, Trish
Chloe's Drawing
Chloe's Drawing
Attacked by the scribble monster
Attacked by the scribble monster
 
The Doctor Helps Chloe
The Doctor Helps Chloe
Drawing the World
Drawing the World
Rose Discovers What's in the Cupboard
Rose Discovers What's in the Cupboard
Rose and Chloe's Illustrated Dad
Rose and Chloe's Illustrated Dad




Quote of the Story


 'Something in the air. Something's coming. A storm's approaching…'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Fear Her - Army of Ghosts - DoomsdaySeptember 2006BBCDVD 1964Photo-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 371 (Released: July 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 372 (Released: August 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 374 (Released: October 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 451 (Released: October 2012)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 13 (Released: July 2009)

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On Release

DVD Cover
DVD Cover

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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
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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 371
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 371

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 372
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 372

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 374
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 374

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 451
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 451

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 13
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 13

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