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We pick up where we left off in Aliens of London. The Doctor overpowers the Slitheen attempt to electrocute him, manages to somehow transfer the electric current into the Slitheen and then escapes.
What follows is an episode that can be summarised in three steps:
- The Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones lock themselves in a conference room at 10 Downing Street, where they act out a little chamber drama, and whence they orchestrate the salvation of humanity.
- The Slitheen reveal their plan and prepare to act it out, namely, the nuclear destruction of Earth in order to sell of chunks of its irradiated remains as rocket fuel for alien spaceships… which they intend to achieve by attaining the nuclear launch codes to all atomic weapons from the UN… which they intend to receive not by contacting the UN, but by pleading for them on BBC News… Ok.
- Mickey Smith saving Rose’s mum and, oddly, being placed in an integral position that effectively means that he is saving the world, even though it is by no means his initiative or idea.
Oh, and there are farting aliens and lazy UNIT soldiers in this one, too.