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Doctor Who - 'New Earth' (2006)

A fantasy and science-fiction drama by Russell T. Davies, first broadcast on 15 April 2006 (BBC1).

Running time: 45 minutes


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The time-travelling Doctor promises to take his companion, Rose Tyler, 'further than we've ever gone before'.  Together they visit New Earth, a planet colonised by nostalgic humans after the destruction of their original home, in the year five-billion-and-twenty-three. 

Across the bay from 'New' New York lies a state-of-the-art hospital, run by highly-evolved cat-women, the Sisters of Plenitude.  Remarkably, the treatments they provide can cure all known diseases.  But is there a dark secret behind their skills?

Separated from the Doctor, Rose encounters an old adversary, hidden in the depths of the hospital.  Lady Cassandra, little more than a piece of skin after countless cosmetic surgery procedures, remembers their former conflict (the subject of another Doctor Who episode, 'The End of the World'), and now seeks revenge.  Using a 'psycho-graft', operated by her faithful servant, Chip, Cassandra claims Rose's body as her own - 'it's goodbye trampoline and hello blondie!'


The Doctor ... David Tennant
Rose Tyler ... Billie Piper
Matron Clasp ... Doa Croll
Sister Jatt ... Adjoa Andoh
Novice Hame ... Anna Hope
Lady Cassandra O'Brien ... Zoe Wanamaker
Chip ... Sean Gallagher
Duke of Manhattan ... Michael Fitzgerald
Face of Boe ... Struan Rodger (voice)
Mickey Smith ... Noel Clarke
Jackie Tyler ... Camille Coduri
Frau Clovis ... Lucy Robinson
Patient ... Simon Ludders


Director: James Hawes
Assistant Directors: Jon Older, Steffan Morris, and Lynsey Muir
Producer: Phil Collinson
Executive Producers: Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner
Associate Producer: Helen Vallis
Cinematography: Ernest Vincze
Production Designer: Edward Thomas
Costume Designer: Louise Page
Make-up Designer: Sheelagh Wells
Stunt Co-Ordinator: Peter Brayham
Original Music: Murray Gold and Ron Grainer


Doctor Who: Series 2 (Volume 1) Region 2 DVD (includes 'New Earth')

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide by Justin Richards (includes a section about Lady Cassandra).

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