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Published on June 12th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Despite the high quality of Human Nature and Blink, this is the one I’ve really been looking forward to – Sir Derek Jacobi finally in Doctor Who without a webcast or audio spinoff adventure in sight!

So let’s start with familiarising ourselves with the programme synopsis and start time…

Doctor Who – Utopia Ep 11/13

Saturday 16 June

7.15-8.00pm BBC ONE

Jack’s back! As Captain Jack storms back into the Doctor’s life, the Tardis is thrown out of control, to the end of the universe, in tonight’s episode of Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who. There, they find the savage Futurekind ruling the wilderness, while a lonely Professor tries in vain to save the last of the human race.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. John Barrowman, Rene Zagger and Sir Derek Jacobi guest star.

There is a fantastic selection of pictures (including the one accompanying this item) from Utopia available at FreemaAgyeman.com, as well as an alternate version of the episode trailer.

Now then, what’s next? Ah yes; Lizo! What did you think of Utopia?

I started the episode in my usual position – sitting in front of the TV, notebook and pen in hand. By the last few minutes I was up and hopping from foot to foot with sheer excitement.

And by the time the end credits rolled past I was simply staring at the screen, jaw hanging open in utter admiration at both the writing and the acting performances.

Final verdict – a mind-blowing watch.

Five out of five.

THAT GOOD?! While we’re mining Children’s BBC for material for this article, let’s not forget young nine-year-old John Bell who won a competition on Blue Peter to appear in Utopia, and his experience was broadcast on this evening’s Blue Peter.

Torchwood.TV meanwhile have reported on Utopia director Graeme Harper’s interview with TV Zone magazine, also noting that Sir Derek Jacobi will be appearing at length in Doctor Who Confidential this week.

Finally, what does it mean to Doctor Who – and the Doctor himself – that Jack is returning? Total SciFi – the new online incarnation of Dreamwatch – spoke to John Barrowman recently, in which he revealed a couple of interesting developments…

Jack does get to resolve a lot of his issues in these three episodes. You find out a huge amount about him, including a huge secret that you could never ever possibly imagine. When you discover what it is, your jaw will actually hit the floor! I jumped around the room when I read the script. Then I ran into David’s trailer screaming, “Oh my God!” He’d been teasing me for days because he’d already seen it, and he just said, “It’s really cool, isn’t it?”

Very interesting indeed… Utopia is shaping up, the last three episodes as a whole are shaping up – indeed, Series 3 itself is shaping up to be the best series of Doctor Who yet!

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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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