|“||I don't like sand. It's course... rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere.||”|
— James Strong. He hasn't directed DW since.
Introduces Lady Christina.
Some jewel thief with a long ass name steals shit. Meets up with the Doctor and then they go on a bus into the desert through a wormhole or something and then there's monsters that look like flies or something in cheaply-made costumes.
Novel Connections Edit
RTD really wanted Gareth Roberts to adapt his VNA The Highest Science, because he thought the Chelonians were the coolest race invented for Doctor Who since the Daleks. See, they're one of those honorable warrior races, but they're matriarchal. Also, they look like turtles.
So, Gareth turned in his script, and RTD immediately rewrote it to remove the entire plot, the main themes, the unique ending, and the cool background story, and accidentally forgot to replace them with anything else. But at least it still had the Chelonians, and that was the whole point, right?
Then RTD removed the Chelonians too.
The bus accidentally traveling to the planet is sort of left over from the novel. And that brief bit of technobabble that sounds kind of Douglas Adams, that's also from the novel. That, and the sand.
- First episode shot in HD.
- The origin of the "He will knock four times" prophecy.
- Incredibly boring.
It's a really shitty episode (still the best 2009 special). Avoid.