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Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
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Synopsis


The Cybermen
The Cybermen
 The Doctor and Rose are drawn to the Torchwood Tower, but a mighty invasion force is ready to march.

 As two mighty armies clash, The Doctor realises that saving the Earth might mean the death of Rose Tyler.

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General Information

Season: Twenty Eight (New Series 2)
Production Code: 2-12/2-13
Story Number: 177 (New Series: 21)
Episode Numbers:722 - 723 (New Series: 26 - 27)
Number of Episodes: 2
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Torchwood Rises" (episode 1) and "Torchwood Falls" (episode 2)
Production Dates: November 2005 - January 2006
Broadcast Started: 01 July 2006
Broadcast Finished: 08 July 2006
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport) and Enfys Television Studios (Cardiff)
Location: Brandon Estate (Kennington, London), Westminster Bridge (London), Hoel Spencer (Brynceithyn, Bridgend), RAF St Athan (Barry), Southerndown and Cardiff.
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Graeme Harper
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Helen Raynor
Editor:David Cresswell
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:Roger Pearce (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:Abbi Collins
Stunt Performers:James O'Dee and Paul Kennington
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Cybermen Originally Created By: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
Daleks Originally Created By: Terry Nation
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) (Rejoins and Departs) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) (Joins) Number of Acquaintances: 1The Acquaintance: Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) (Departs) Guest Cast: Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Raji James (Dr. Rajesh Singh), Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell), Trisha Goddard (Herself) and Catherine Tate (The Bride), Freema Agyeman (Adeola) Additional Cast: Hadley Fraser (Gareth), Oliver Mellor (Matt), Hajaz Akram (Indian Newsreader), Anthony Debaeck (French Newsreader), Takako Akashi (Japanese Newsreader), Paul Fields (Weatherman), David Warwick (Police Commissioner), Rachel Webster (Eileen), Kyoko Morita (Japanese Girl), Maddi Cryer (Housewife), Derek Acorah (Himself), Alistair Appleton (Himself), Paul Kasey (Cyber Leader), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek / Cyberman Voices), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek Operator), Stuart Crossman (Dalek Operator), Anthony Spargo (Dalek Operator), Dan Barratt (Dalek Operator), David Hankinson (Dalek Operator), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds)Setting: London (2007) Villains: Cybermen and Daleks

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
722Army of Ghosts01 July 200643'18"8.2Yes
723Doomsday08 July 200646'23"8.2Yes

Total Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 8.2
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2006)91.36%  (Position = 1 out of 11)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)83.38% Lower (Position = 22 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)80.67% Lower (Position = 45 out of 241)


Archives


 Both episodes exist and are held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


This story features the return of the Cybermen and the Daleks and is the first ever television confrontation between these two great foes. Although they both briefly appeared together during The Doctor's trial in the final episode of the 1969 Second Doctor story "The War Games" and in separate scenes during the 1983 Twentieth Anniversary Special "The Five Doctors".

This story features the return of Noel Clarke (as Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (as Jackie Tyler) and Shaun Dingwall (as Pete Tyler). For Noel Clarke and Shaun Dingwall this story would be there last for the show. Noel Clarke, however, maintained his association with Doctor Who, by appearing in some of the TARDISodes remaining to be recorded for the season, through writing the Torchwood story "Combat" and by presenting the Doctor Who Confidential chapter that accompanied the 2009 story "Planet of the Dead".

Tracy-Ann Oberman, who plays the part of Yvonne Hartman, is more famous for her role, in EastEnders, as Chrissie Watts - the wife of Den Watts who she murdered. Another ex-EastEnders star Raji James, who played the part of Ash Ferreira, is another guest star in this story - playing the part of Dr. Rajesh Singh. Even Barbara Windsor, playing the part of Peggy Mitchell - the Landlady of the Queen Vic, makes an appearance.

Freema Agyeman had enjoyed a regular role in the soap opera Crossroads, and subsequently had appearances in Casualty, Holby City and The Bill. She impressed the production team as Adeola and so was offered the chance to take over from Billie Piper (who plays Rose Tyler) as the Tenth Doctor's new companion - Martha Jones - at the start of Season Twenty Nine (New Series 3). It was later revealed in "Smith and Jones" that doomed Adeola was the cousin of future companion Martha Jones. Freema Agyeman is the second companion to be cast as such following a guest role in the show. Lalla Ward got the job of Romana after playing Princess Astra in the 1979 Fourth Doctor story "Armageddon Factor".

This story is the actual introduction of Torchwood.

This story was originally going to be set in Cardiff, near the Time Rift on which the Torchwood Hub is now built.

The aerial shot of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf is taken from the opening credits of The Apprentice.

Although seen as part of a fictional television show in this story, the world of EastEnders has appeared as part of the Doctor Who universe. Characters from both shows appeared alongside each other in the Thirtieth-Anniversary Children In Need special "Dimensions in Time", in 1993.

Fake ghosts have featured in previous adventures, including a device used to frighten people away from Magnus Greel's hidden sewer lair in the 1977 Fourth Doctor story "The Talons of Weng-Chiang".

The Cult of Skaro are: Sec, Caan, Jast and Thay. Jast was originally called Rabe, but the production team changed their minds and renamed him during sound dubbing for the episode.

This story sees the first instance of a Dalek's ability to escape from a dangerous situation by using an Emergency Temporal Shift.

The final Bad Wolf Bay scenes were secretly filmed at a place called Southerndown, on the Welsh coast just west of Cardiff.

The term 'Rel', as a measure of time, was first heard in the Peter Cushing Doctor Who films in the 1960s. It was not until this story that the Daleks are heard to use Rels in the television show. One Rel appears to last just over a second.

Catherine Tate's appearance, one of the best kept secrets in Doctor Who, was secretly filmed during the Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2) wrap party.

The 58 second TARDISode for the first episode of this story featured a reporter delving into the history of Torchwood, only to be betrayed by his editor and committed to an asylum. The TARDISode for the second episode (also 58 seconds long) showed a news anchor reporting on the Cyberman invasion, whereupon her studio is attacked by the Daleks. As with all the other TARDISode's - all of which were written by Gareth Roberts - they could be downloaded from the BBC Doctor Who website or via a mobile phone a week before the broadcast of each episode.

Before the title sequence in episode two there is a brief recap of the main events that took place in the first episode.

At the very end of this story comedy actress Catherine Taite appears briefly inside the TARDIS wearing a wedding dress - as a trailer for the 2006 Christmas Special "The Runaway Bride".

Like the previous double episode story in this season ("The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit"), the first episode of this story includes a trailer for the next episode - this follows immediately after the end credits. The end credits also include a title card reading "To be continued...". The second episode of this story, being the last episide of the season does not include a trailer for the next story. It does though have a title card, at the beginning of the end the credits, that reads "Doctor Who will return at Christmas in THE RUNAWAY BRIDE".

Following on immediately after each episode of this story, on BBC3, were the twelth and thirteenth chapters of the second series of Doctor Who Confidential. These being "Welcome to Torchwood" and "Finale". Both were presented by Mark Gatiss.

This story was voted, by readers of the Doctor Who Magazine as the best television story broadcast in 2006.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The introduction (at the very end of episode two) of Donna Noble played by Catherine Tate - even though she would not be officially classed as a companion until the beginning of Season Thirty (New Series 4).

 The first appearance of Freema Agyeman, in the role of Adeola, before she played regular companion Martha Jones.

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

 The first ever television confrontation between the Cybermen and the Daleks.

 The introduction of the 'The Cult of Skaro' - a group of four super-daleks.

 The first instance of a Dalek's ability to escape from a dangerous situation by using an Emergency Temporal Shift.

 The first time the Daleks are heard to use Rels (as a measure of time) in the television series.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

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

 Billie Piper's last story as regular companion Rose Tyler.

 Noel Clarke's last story as regular companion Mickey Smith.

 The last story for regular supporting characters Jackie Tyler (played by Camille Coduri) and Pete Tyler (played by Shaun Dingwall).

 Sheelagh Wells' last involvement in the show as Makeup Artist.

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


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The Plot

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Jackie's Ghost
Jackie's Ghost

The TARDIS materialises back at the Powell Estate, London to visit Rose Tyler’s mother, Jackie. She is overjoyed to see both Rose and The Doctor especially as Rose's grandfather is due to come by any minute. This causes them both concern as Rose explains to The Doctor that her grandfather has been dead for ten years.

However, true to Jackie’s word a blurred, ghost-like figure appears in the kitchen. Stunned, Rose and The Doctor run outside and see more ghosts all around the estate. Jackie follows and tells them that they won't be around for long as the visits only lasts a couple of minutes. Elsewhere in London, a technician pulls a huge lever and the ghosts fade away. A woman called Yvonne Hartman steps out of her office and informs her staff that they've just had an excellent ghost shift.

By the TARDIS The Doctor sets up some equipment which he hopes will help him to locate the origin of the ghosts by triangulation. It works as a ghost appears in the centre before disappearing. However, unbeknown to The Doctor the interruption in the ghost shift has been detected, and Yvonne has a worker tap the CCTV network to get a visual which shows them the TARDIS, which they both recognise. As The Doctor and Rose go off in the TARDIS, headed for the source of the ghosts, they realise that Jackie is with them.

Ghost Hunting
Ghost Hunting

And so the TARDIS lands inside Torchwood. Rose stays inside as The Doctor and Jackie exit the TARDIS to be greeted by armed guards. They soon find out that Torchwood's motto is "If it's alien, it's ours" and so the TARDIS is seen being taken away to storage. They also discover that Yvonne wants The Doctor to help them to identify a large Sphere that is in one of the Torchwood labs.

The Doctor immediately identifies the Sphere as a Void Ship, a ship capable of travelling through the nothingness between dimensions. He is told that it came through a breach in time and space that is in the office upstairs, and the ghosts followed it. The Doctor tells them that they must send the Void Ship back to the Void, and demands to see the breach. Unable to prevent another ghost shift The Doctor is horrified to discover that the ghosts are in fact Cybermen from an alternative universe and that millions of them are coming through, all over the world, and one by one, they lose their disguise as ghosts and become Cybermen.

A Cyberman
A Cyberman

Meanwhile, Rose leaves the TARDIS and does some investigation of her own. She also discovers the Void Ship and also discovers that one of the lab technicians is in fact Mickey - who she, and The Doctor, left in an alternative dimension. It is then that the readings suddenly go wild and Mickey tells Rose that the Void Ship has some kind of super-Cyberman in it.

But Mickey could not be further from the truth – it seems the Void Ship does not belong to the Cybermen but they simply followed it through the breach it made. As they gather in front of the opening Sphere Rose is astonished by the sight of what's really inside - A black Dalek, followed by three gold ones and a strange device, flying towards them.

And then the Black Dalek orders the awakening of the contents of the Genesis Ark. A battle then takes place between the Cybermen, Daleks, Torchwood personnel, Mickey and his fellow alternative freedom fighters including Pete Tyler – Rose’s alternative universe father. The Doctor and Jackie watch on in horror, via CCTV, and he promises to get her and Rose out of Torchwood alive. But none of them are prepared for what happens when it is revealed that the Genesis Ark is in fact a piece of Time Lord technology and that once opened it is a portal that will allow millions of Daleks to invade the Earth and counter any resistance from both the Cybermen and humans.

The Cybermen
The Cybermen

Torchwood and the surrounding area soon becomes one huge battleground and it is up to The Doctor to find away of saving the humans from being converted by the Cybermen, to increase their ranks, or exterminated by the Daleks.

The Doctor’s solution is to reverse the ghost shift so that anything that has travelled from one universe to another will be sucked back to their point of origin before closing the breach. The Doctor tells Rose to go with Pete and the others back to the parallel universe, even though it means she'll never see him again. She refuses and stays to help him. But because Rose has travelled with The Doctor to the alternative universe she herself is just as vulnerable as the Cybermen and Daleks.

Will The Doctor’s plan work? Will all The Daleks and Cybermen be sucked into the Void? And will Rose survive the huge forces that The Doctor has unleashed or will this be her last battlefield – as predicted by The Beast when they visited The Impossible Planet?

Life for Rose, her family and The Doctor will never be the same again because this is the story of how Rose died…

 
The Daleks
The Daleks
A Dalek
A Dalek
The Cybermen Attack
The Cybermen Attack
The Void Opens
The Void Opens
 
Rose Lets Go
Rose Lets Go
The Doctor - Alone
The Doctor - Alone
Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye
Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler




Quote of the Story


 'Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called The Doctor. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.'

Rose



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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
The Cybermen CollectionApril 2009BBCDVD 2905Photo-montageBoxed set also containing "Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel"
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
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks
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 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 452 (Released: November 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 453 (Released: Decmber 2012)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 13 (Released: July 2009)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 14 (Released: July 2009)

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Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 374

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 452

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 453
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 453

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 13

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