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Unsung Heroes and Violent Death was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with the Series 1 episode Boom Town.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • The moral complexities of the plot of Boom Town.
  • The decision to return Margaret the Slitheen.
  • The presence of death within Doctor Who, and how that has played into emotional development of characters.
  • The impact of Rose's frequent disappearing to travel in time and space upon Mickey.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

  • The history of violent death within the programme's history and a discussion of whether screen violence is to blame for real violence. Mary Whitehouse appears in an archive interview.

2005 promo image.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "To The End" by Blur, Album: Blur: The Best Of[1]
  • "Blaze Of Glory" by Bon Jovi, Album: Cross Road
  • "Everybody's Changing" by Keane, Album: Hopes And Fears
  • "Mass Destruction" by Faithless, Album: No Roots
  • "Mas Que Nada" by Sergio Mendes, Album: Brasil '66

Crew[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

  • The decision to return Margaret the Slitheen.
  • The presence of death within Doctor Who, and how that has played into emotional development of characters. (significantly condensed, with all classic series material removed)
  • The impact of Rose's frequent disappearing to travel in time and space upon Mickey. (condensed just to RTD and Noel's remarks on the matter.)
  • The montage which featured violent deaths with the music of "Blaze of Glory" as sung by Jon Bon Jovi in the background was kept in the cut down.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

The "Cut Down" version of the episode is available on the Doctor Who: The Complete First Series DVD box set.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Episode 11 : Unsung Heroes And Violent Death. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 5 January 2019.
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30 minutes (full length)
15 minutes (Cut Down) +