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Published on April 11th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Gridlock Preview & Time Change

Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 3 sees the Time Lord and Martha visiting New New York on the planet of New Earth…

The BBC’s Programme Information copy describes the adventure below:

Doctor Who – Gridlock Ep 3/13

Saturday 14 April

7.40-8.25pm BBC ONE

The Doctor takes Martha to the planet New Earth, in the far future, as the third series of Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who continues. 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.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his new companion, Martha Jones.

You’ll notice the time change – 7.40pm?!?! Naturally, this is due to sport, in this case the Grand National and the FA Cup semi-final to be televised on BBC One between Manchester United and Watford. As the Newsround website explains:

If there’s a winner after 90 minutes of normal time, then the third episode will go ahead as planned at 7.40pm.

But if the teams are drawing, and extra time has to be played, then the showing of episode three – Gridlock – will be delayed for a week.

It will also mean that behind the scenes show Doctor Who Confidential which usually goes out on BBC Three straight after each episode will go out a week later.

Well isn’t that reassuring…?

Meanwhile CBBC Newsround’s Lizo has been given a preview of Gridlock

The Doctor trusts a cat driver he’s never met before to help him find Martha. And the Timelord is ready to be told an important message from The Face of Boe – someone he’s only briefly met twice before.

Because this is the episode where the Doctor is told a secret that will overshadow the rest of the series. Four words long, it will send shivers up your spine.

But don’t think that this is just a story setting up events in later episodes. It’s pretty action packed featuring more than one creature from The Doctor’s past.

But who…? Ooh I’ve got an itch.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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