Just when you think Doctor Who can’t get any better, it does. Here we are with the penultimate episode of the new series, and things are building up to a seriously big climax.
The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack have been transported to a bizarre TV studio, where they find themselves having to take part in deadly versions of reality TV shows. The Doctor has to force himself out of a Big Brother house, where eviction is a little more final than in current versions. Meanwhile, Rose is faced with the rather aggressive Anne Droid on The Weakest Link and Captain Jack narrowly avoids an extreme makeover from a pair of fashion guru robots.
After only a little mayhem, the Tardis crew stop the TV shows, and discover some disturbing information:
- The TV studios are on the same space station the Doctor visited in The Long Game earlier in the series. A century has passed, and something has gone wrong. The Doctor thought he’d set history back on its proper path, but it seems his actions created the present situation. He realises that someone or something has been manipulating human history, and his life.
- It turns out that the people apparently being killed in the reality TV shows are in fact being sent somewhere by matter transmitter. This is good news for the Doctor, because it means Rose has not, after all, been killed by Anne Droid.
- And finally, after blocking the cloaking transmission that was the real purpose of the space station, the Doctor discovers what’s really been going on. Out at the edge of the Solar System are two hundred spaceships. Dalek spaceships, each with over 2,000 Daleks aboard. And no prizes for guessing where Rose has ended up.
The Daleks tell the Doctor to surrender, or they will kill Rose. He refuses, and tells them that he’s coming to rescue Rose, save the Earth from their invasion, and finally destroy them all.
Next week’s series closer looks like being a lot of fun indeed. Thousands of Daleks, loads of mayhem, and we’ll find out just how the Daleks survived the Time War. The trailer gave a bit of a hint, and we’ve been warned that an old adversary would be returning. So who is the Bad Wolf? As far as I can see, it’s one of two possibilities: Davros or The Master. As the Master was supposedly killed off in the TV movie, I’m betting on Davros…
 Voiced by the actual Anne Robinson
 Voiced by some people known as Trinny and Susannah, who I’ve managed to avoid so far
 Creator of the Daleks, barking mad, really doesn’t like the Doctor very much
 Renegade Time Lord, barking mad, really doesn’t like the Doctor very much