“Rose, driven to despair by the Doctor’s comatose state and not knowing what else to do, asks Mickey and Jackie to help move the Doctor to the safety of the TARDIS. Jackie gathers various supplies, including a thermos flask of tea.
The Sycorax transmat Jones, Alex, Blake and Llewellyn up to their ship. The leader removes his helmet, revealing a skinless face surrounded by a mantle of bone. His hand hovering over a large glowing button, he demands immediate surrender, or he will order the controlled humans to jump. Llewellyn tries to reason with the Sycorax, but is reduced to a pile of bones by the leader’s energy whip, as is Blake when he protests. Half of the world will be sold into slavery or a third will die; it is Jones’s choice.
As Rose and Mickey move the Doctor into the console room, Jackie goes back to get more supplies. Rose, having apparently given up, broods by the console as Mickey tries to use the TARDIS scanner to tune into what is happening, but the time machine’s advanced technology is detected by the Sycorax. Outside, Jackie watches helplessly as the TARDIS is transmatted up. Rose steps out of the TARDIS, not realising that they are aboard the Sycorax ship and screams when she sees the aliens. Mickey rushes out after her, dropping the flask of tea, which spills and starts dripping through the grilles at the base of the console next to the Doctor’s unconscious form. He breathes in the fumes created as the tea sparks against various components.
Rose tries to bluff the Sycorax by quoting various things and races she has encountered on her travels, commanding them to leave, but is answered with laughter. The Sycorax leader taunts her attempts to pass off second-hand knowledge as authority, but as he gloats, his alien words start turning into English. Rose realises that the TARDIS translation is working again, and that can mean only one thing. On cue, the doors of the police box open and the Doctor stands there, smiling as he says, “Did you miss me?”
Easily deactivating the Sycorax leader’s energy whip and breaking his staff, the Doctor bluntly tells the alien to wait while he gets more important things out of the way; namely, getting reacquainted with his friends. Disappointed at not being ginger haired, and somewhat annoyed at Rose’s speed in giving up on him, he tells them that all he needed was a “good cup of tea; a superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses.”
i’m in heaven…