World War Three

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Time is running out for the Doctor as Downing Street announces mankind’s first Interplanetary War.


“World War Three” is the fifth episode of the first series in the British science fiction television program Doctor Who which was first broadcast on 23 April 2005. It is the second of a two-part story which began with “Aliens of London”, on 16 April.

In the episode, alien time traveler the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) team up with Rose’s boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), her mother Jackie (Camille Coduri), and Member of Parliament Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton) to foil the plan of the alien Slitheen family from selling the Earth for commercial purposes. The Slitheen, who have invaded 10 Downing Street, plan to get the United Nations to release nuclear activation codes so they can trigger World War III on Earth and sell the remains.

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Originally Aired: 04-23-2005
Director: Keith Boak
Writers: Russell T. Davies
Starring: Christopher Eccleston
Billie Piper
David Verrey
Camille Coduri
Penelope Wilton
Noel Clarke
Rupert Vansittart
Morgan Hopkins
Andrew Marr
Annette Badland