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Lizo reviews the next Doctor Who

Doctor Who: New Earth
Every week our biggest Doctor Who Fan Lizo will be bringing you his verdict on the week's episode of Doctor Who before it's even hit your screens!

Here's what he thought of the first episode from the second series: New Earth

A new series, a new Doctor. And a New Earth, in fact.

I actually interrupted my summer holiday to fly up from Cornwall to

interview David and Billie on the set of this episode at the very start of August last year. And after watching a few hours of Zoe Wanamaker performing on set, I spent 8 months wondering how on (New) earth Cassandra ended up back in human form. Well, now I know the answer. But it's certainly a weird thing watching a scene on TV and thinking that you're lurking in a corner just out of shot.

That makes you enjoy the story even more, in a series that's expected to get better episode by episode. This was a solid start to the series, with the Doctor managing to be by turns heroic and vulnerable. Russell T. Davies's witty dialogue is as good as ever, although you do wonder if the word 'chav' would survive so far into the future! No matter, it's still a funny monent.

High points for me were the performances by Billie and David. Low points were a couple of the special effects shots of space ships shooting towards the hospital. They weren't quite up to Star Wars standards, and sadly spoil the moment a bit.

But for fans there was lot to get their teeth into - the promise of the final message of the Face of Boe was especially tantalising. Russell T. Davies told me a few weeks back that it the message would be delivered in Series 3 and that it was four words long. In typical Russell style he described it as 'fairly marvellous'.

Like the episode Rose last year, this story won't end up as my favourite in the series - but it's still an entertaining enough way to kick off the series.

Lizo's star rating for new earth: 3 out of 5

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