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Published on June 21st, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

The Sound of Drums Preview

Things are hotting up in Doctor Who land – have you voted for Mr Saxon yet?

We’ll start with the BBC Programme Information synopsis – not really anything spoilerish here:

Doctor Who – The Sound Of Drums Ep 12/13

Saturday 23 June

7.15-8.00pm BBC ONE

www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

Harry Saxon becomes Prime Minister, and his reign of terror begins, in the penultimate episode of Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who. This is only the start of his ambitions, however, 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 the Earth.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. John Barrowman and John Simm guest star.

Meanwhile at FreemaAgyeman.com, there’s a short trailer to watch – but what does it all mean, and just what is going on in the photos?

Freema meanwhile has spoken to Metro for their 60 Seconds interview – of interest is the following:

- Does your character fancy the Doctor?

Yes, but it changes throughout the series. Early on, it was blatant that she fancied him and, by the end of the series, she has to address it. She has to engage her brain as well as her heart.

- Are you really getting killed off in the next series?

No, I’m not allowed to discuss series four but they have let me defend myself regarding that story – it’s totally untrue. I don’t know where it came from but I’m not getting axed. It was quite horrible to read it. I’m not going. I’m just focusing on the fact the fans are still really enjoying it.

The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has of course been updated with a election of images, the three trailers, while young Lizo has already seen The Sound of Drums

The story provides lots of answers that have come up throughout the series – how The Master ended up trillions of years in the future, the origins of Mr Saxon, even what The Doctor’s home planet actually looks like. But it also ends up asking even more questions – what does the mysterious drumming mean, and what’s The Master really up to?

What The Sound of Drums does beautifully is to draw together so many unexpected threads from earlier in the series. And it shows how cleverly chief writer Russell T. Davies has woven together the different strands to reward viewers who’ve followed the series faithfully.

Anwsers… and it’s about time!

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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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