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Series 3 Episode 3
The Doctor takes Martha to the planet New Earth, in the far future, but when they find the streets being ruled by the sinister Pharamacists, they must brave the ordeal of the mysterious Motorway in order to discover the terrible secret at the heart of the city.
Trivia
  • This episode holds particular significance in Doctor Who mythology as it's the 727th story, making the show the official longest-running sci-fi series in the world, beating Star Trek which had 726 episodes.
  • This episode marks the third time the Doctor and his companion have visited New Earth, and Russell T Davies has confirmed it's the last time we'll be taken to the planet
  • The hymn the people on the motorway sing is 'The Old Rugged Cross', and at the end of the episode, 'Abide With Me' can be heard in the background as the Doctor tells Martha about Gallifrey.
  • This episode marks the return of the Face of Boe - the third time he's appeared in the series (the first being The End of the World and the second New Earth). In this episode, he finally reveals his great secret to the Doctor, telling him that he isn't alone.
  • The Macra first appeared in the 1967 episode 'The Macra Terror'.
Memorable Quotes
  • The Face of Boe: He has arrived. Find him, before it's too late...
  • The Doctor: You've been driving for two months!?
    Thomas Kincade Brannigan: Do I look like a teenager? We've been driving for 12 years now.
  • Alice: We're not sisters; we're married!
    Thomas Kincade Brannigan: Oooh, none of that modern talk! I'm an old fashioned cat.
Series 3 Volume 2 DVD DVD
Doctor Who Series 3, Volume 2

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