World War III
With the Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street, the world edges towards Interplanetary War.
Caught by the Slitheen at 10 Downing Street, the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) manages to break free from the electrocution
trap, using his ID card against his Slitheen captors by sabotaging their compression mechanisms. The feedback also allows
Jackie (Camille Coduri) to escape as Mickey (Noel Clarke) breaks into her flat to save her, while Rose (Billie Piper) grabs
Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) and escapes the Cabinet chambers, leaving Indra’s dead body behind. The Doctor brings
the Prime Minister’s soldiers into the audience room, but the Slitheen has managed to climb back into the body suit
of General Asquith (Rupert Vansittart) and he and Green (David Verrey) turn the tables on the Doctor.
pursue Rose and Harriet through the halls of 10 Downing, while the Doctor narrowly escapes while backing into a lift. On the
upper floors, Rose, Harriet and the Doctor are reunited, escaping their pursuers to the Cabinet room, which is protected with
a reinforced steel frame designed to withstand bombardment. They lock themselves in the Cabinet room, after discovering that
the Slitheen – their family name, not their race – are scavengers, come to Earth to blow it up and sell off the
radioactive debris to high bidders for fuel.
More members of the government arrive – all Slitheen, the rest of
the family, save one… the one occupying Strickland’s (Steve Spiers) body suit, pursuing Jackie and Mickey. They
contact the Doctor on Rose’s altered mobile phone, but are attacked by Strickland. Harriet helps the Doctor pinpoint
the homeworld of the Slitheen through the calcium gas emissions they exude, allowing Jackie and Mickey to escape into his
kitchen and throw vinegar at Strickland, which causes the Slitheen to explode.
Joseph Green calls a press conference
to request that the United Nations release launch codes to the UK for weapons of mass destruction to launch at the ‘alien
threat.’ While the UN considers the situation, Green, Asquith and Margaret Blaine (Annette Badland) call their brethren
together to escape to their private ship – the weapons will be turned back on the planet to destroy it. The Doctor realizes
there is only one way out of this, but it will endanger Rose’s life, something Jackie protests until Harriet, realising
she is the sole ranking member of the British government, makes the decision for him to act. The Doctor has Mickey use his
secret connections into the UNIT website to activate a defensive missile, aiming it toward 10 Downing. The soldiers escape,
while the Slitheen, awaiting their departure in the Prime Minister’s office, are hit with the missile, which destroys
10 Downing… however, the Doctor, Rose and Harriet, deep within the reinforced Cabinet bunker, escape unharmed. As Harriet
goes off to calm the press, the Doctor finally remembers why he knows her name: she will later become a three-term Prime Minister
and the architect of Britain’s golden age.
Jackie begins to accept that Rose is going to leave again, so she
invites the Doctor over for dinner, but the Doctor refuses… he doesn’t want to establish ties here. He returns
to their neighborhood, where he gives Mickey a CD which will launch a virus to destroy any trace of the Doctor’s existence
remaining from Clive’s website and other sources; he also offers him a place in the TARDIS, realizing Mickey’s
not the idiot he’d thought he was. While Mickey refuses politely, needing to stay behind and look after Jackie –
and unable to cope with the danger – Rose returns to the TARDIS with her belongings, this time not for just temporary
passage, but as a permanent addition to the crew.
Thanks to Outpost Gallifrey for the story synopsis.