The Sound of Drums (Part II)
Series 3 Episode 12
Harry Saxon becomes Prime Minister, and his reign of terror begins. But this is only the start of his ambitions, as he announces mankind's first contact with an alien race, the Toclafane. An audacious plan, spanning the whole of time and space, begins to close around Planet Earth.
  • Part two of a three-part story.
  • The Doctor's planet, Gallifrey, is shown in this episode in a flashback, the first time in the revived series we've seen the planet, and the first time since 1983's 'The Five Doctors'.
  • During the week of this episode's broadcast, the BBC aired parody 'Vote Saxon!' trailers featuring testimonials from celebrities such as Sharon Osbourne and McFly. Cut-down versions of these trailers are also shown in the episode.
  • The song playing at the end of the episode is 'Voodoo Child' by Rogue Traders. One of the lyrics in the song is 'Here come the drums, here come the drums!', which is appropriate for this episode for... well, obvious reasons!
Memorable Quotes
  • The Master: This country has been sick. This country needs healing. This country needs medicine - in fact, I'd go so far as to say that, what this country really needs, right now, is a Doctor.
  • The Master: Laser screwdriver! Who'd have sonic!?
  • The Master: Here come the drums!
  • Jack: What d'you say I use this perception filter to sneak up behind him and break his neck?
    The Doctor: Now that sounds like Torchwood!
    Jack: Still, a good plan.
    The Doctor: He's a Time Lord, which makes him my responsibility. I'm not here to kill him, I'm here to save him.
  • The Master: Before we start all that, I just wanted to say... thank you. Thank you, one and all, you ugly, fat-faced bunch of wet, snivelling traitors!
  • The Master: Shall we decimate them? That sounds good - nice word: 'decimate'.
  • Jack: So Doctor, who is he? How come the ancient society of Time Lords created a psychopath?
    Martha: And what is he to you? Like some sort of colleague or...?
    The Doctor: Friend at first.
    Martha: Thought you were going to say he was your long-lost brother or something!
    The Doctor: You've been watching too much TV.
Series 3 Volume 5 DVD DVD
Doctor Who Series 3, Volume 5

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