The Doctor takes Rose to the year 5.5/apple/26, five billion years into her future. The wealthy and elite have gathered to watch the sun expand and finally, with hate in its teeth and fire in its eyes (well, it always has fire in its eyes) get to destroy the Earth. Unfortunately, one of the guests is planning to kill everyone. Oh noes!
The guests include the Face of Boe, the Moff of Balhoon, the Adherents of the Repeated Epic Meme, sexy dirty nasty trees from the Forest of Cheem, the monument of GOATness that are Mr and Mrs Pakoo and Lady Cassandra, the last human.
We meet Mark Raffalo, a
cutie blue plumber who has a chat to Rose before she is slaughtered.
A talking tree figures out the Doctor is a Time Lord before she is shockingly and horribly incinerated. In fact, given how hard up she was for the Doctor's carbon dioxide (if you know what I mean) she might even qualify as a Potential Companion.
We get to hear Soft Cell's Tainted Love and Britney Spears' Toxic. In what may be a career high for Murray Gold, he has to musically foreshadow Toxic at one point.
Rose experiences a bit of "culture shock" so the Doctor performs some jiggery-pokery on her
arse mobile phone so she can talk to Jackie.
RTD says that Cassandra was inspired by the appearance of various female celebrities at the Oscars. "It was horrific seeing those beautiful women reduced to sticks. Nicole Kidman struck me in particular."
Plenty comfy. Eccleston is in top form.