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Why on Earth? was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with Series 1 episode World War Three. The working title for this episode was Life on Earth.[1]

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • The notion of the cliffhanger and how it has been used in Doctor Who. Also, how the cliffhangers have had to change to fit with modern viewing habits.
  • The prosthetics work on the Slitheen.
  • How the skin unzipping sequences were realised using prosthetics, greenscreen and CGI.
  • Alan Ruscoe discusses the physicality of being a Slitheen, and the challenges of wearing the suit.
  • The VFX work for the Slitheen spaceship crash.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

  • The decision of returning to modern-day Earth, and how travelling through time and space would have an impact on Rose's family and friends.
  • Past Doctor and companion actors discuss the Doctor's affection for humanity.
  • The Third Doctor's exile to Earth and his relationship to UNIT.
  • The return of the Brigadier in Battlefield.

2005 promo image.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" by Jet, Album: Get Born[2]

Crew[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

The actors stumbling over how to pronounce "Raxacoricofallapatorius".

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. Doctor Who Confidential. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 6 January 2019.
  2. Episode 5 : Why on Earth?. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 5 January 2019.
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30 minutes (full length)
15 minutes (Cut Down) +