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When the Earth is stolen from its orbit and placed in another galaxy with 26 other stolen planets, the Doctor's secret army of allies comes together to defend the Earth from the New Dalek Empire. With battles raging on the streets and in the sky, the Doctor and Donna confront the Shadow Proclamation to find the truth; however, a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows
Having seen the signs, the Doctor and Donna returned to Earth to find everything in order. Donna pressed the Doctor for an explanation of Rose's unexpected reappearance; the Doctor says that, if Rose can cross from her parallel world to Donna's parallel world, then the walls of reality are breaking down. But, with Earth
apparently safe for now, they return to the TARDIS and prepare to stop
the walls breaking. The TARDIS rumbles with an apparent earthquake. The
Doctor and Donna rush to the doors and fling them open--to find that
they are hanging in space. The Doctor checks the readings and realizes
they have not moved, but the Earth has gone missing. It has been
At the UNIT New York Base, Dr Martha Jones,
regains consciousness after an earthquake to find UNIT in chaos and its
personnel panicking. One hysterical colleague screams at Martha to look
at at the sky. In Torchwood Three, Captain Jack Harkness blames the Rift for the brief but violent earthquake that has just devastated the Hub. After making sure that the other members of Torchwood Three -Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones
- are all right, Jack heads outside to survey the damage. Ianto and
Gwen look at the computers and Ianto realizes that, whatever the
problem is, "it's a bit bigger than South Wales".
At 13 Bannerman Road, Ealing, London, Sarah Jane Smith and her son Luke
comment on the earthquake - and wonder why, if it was only 8 a.m., when
the quake struck, it is now dark outside. They approach the nearest
window and look outside. In Chiswick, London, Donna's mother Sylvia and grandfather Wilfred aren't sure what has caused the earthquake. As they step outside their home, Sylvia looks at the sky. On the street in London where the TARDIS was parked, Rose Tyler
materializes. She is carrying a large gun. She looks up and, alone of
the Doctor's friends, does not seem surprised. She declares that "it's
only just beginning..."
The familiar Earth sky is gone. The sun is gone. The
constellations have been replaced with strange new ones. And twenty-six
new planets have appeared in the sky.
Aboard the TARDIS, Donna demands to know if her family are
dead. The Doctor does not know, and decides they have to get help. They
set a course for the Shadow Proclamation.
At Sarah Jane's house, alien supercomputer Mr Smith picks up readings of a fleet of 200 spaceships apparently headed towards Earth. At UNIT, American UNIT leader General Sanchez
enters tells all soldiers and staff that UNIT commander Geneva has
declared a Code Red Emergency. Martha tells him that she has tried to
phone the Doctor, but the signal is dead. The number calls anywhere in
the Universe, but the signal is being blocked by some unknown force.
Sanchez notes that they will likely find out soon because the fleet is
coming into orbit.
Martha manages to call Jack, who says that he has not heard anything from the Doctor either. Gwen calls her husband, Rhys, and tells him to stay indoors and call her mother.
Meanwhile, Rose is walking along the streets of London. She threatens a
pair of looters with her gun and looks at the computer screen in the
bank they were robbing. She then looks at the readings.
At Torchwood Three, the team see the spaceships. Mr Smith
tells Sarah Jane that the ships have a message for the human race. He
puts it through. It consists of a single repeated word: 'EXTERMINATE!'
The message is heard on all frequencies, including in UNIT and the
speakers at Torchwood Three. The enemy are the Daleks. Upon hearing the
message, both Jack and Sarah become very emotional and Jack says "I'm
sorry. We're dead."
Rose hears the message and heads outside to see a massive
Dalek spaceship flying over London, destroying everything in its path.
Martha looks outside to see Dalek spaceships flying everywhere,
destroying New York. Aboard a massive spaceship at the heart of the
cluster of planets, the Daleks finalize their plans. The Supreme Dalek,
a red Dalek with extra paneling, declares that the Crucible will soon
be complete, and that the Daleks are the masters of Earth.
Far back across the Universe, on board the TARDIS and unaware
of the unfolding destruction on Earth, the Doctor and Donna arrive at
the Shadow Proclamation and are greeted at gunpoint by its rhino-headed guards, the Judoon. The Doctor manages to convince them they mean no harm and need help. A female member
of the Proclamation tells the Doctor that the situation is worse than
he suspects--not one but 24 planets have been stolen. Donna asks about
Pyrovillia, but the Judoon captain tells her that Pyrovillia is a cold case, and it disappeared over 2000 years ago. Donna asks about the Adipose Breeding Planet
and the Doctor realizes that planets are being snatched out of time as
well as space. The Doctor heads over to the computer and shifts the
display of the missing planets into 3D. He adds Adipose 3, Pyrovillia, and the Lost Moon of Poosh. The model rearranges itself into a perfect balance. They fit together 'like pieces of an engine'.
Back on Earth, the Daleks attack and bring down the Valiant.
Jack, Gwen and Ianto try to find a way to stop them. But their efforts
are futile. Daleks land in Japan and Africa as well as other countries
across the world. On board the station, the Supreme Dalek orders the
Daleks to prepare landings and bring the humans to the Crucible. Then
he recieves a call from the control room, asking about news. The
Supreme Dalek declares Earth has been subjugated. The speaker is a
sinister figure in the control, with the bottom half of a Dalek but his
top half hidden in shadow. He is really asking for news of the Doctor,
and the Supreme Dalek replies that there are no reports of the Doctor,
and that they are beyond his reach. The figure is fascinated by the
Dalek's tone of what seems to be triumph, and warns him about his
pride. The Supreme Dalek believes the Doctor cannot stop them. The
figure replies "And yet, Dalek Caan is anxious." A light switches on to
show a Dalek with its mid-section opened to reveal the creature inside,
and its top half destroyed, evidently Caan. The Supreme Dalek protests
"The abomination is insane!" The figure demands that the Dalek shows
respect, as without Dalek Caan Earth could never be conquered. Also,
everything Caan says comes true. Caan says "He is coming, the
three-fold man, he dances in the universe...oh, creator of us all...THE
DOCTOR IS COMING!" Then he makes a noise that sounds like laughter.
Back at the Shadow Proclamation's space station, Donna is
sitting on the stairs waiting for the Doctor to work out what has
happened. A Shadow Architect comes over and gives Donna some water. She
then tells her that there was something on her back. The Doctor asks
Donna if anything strange was happening on Earth. Donna reminds him
about the bees disappearing. The Doctor realizes that this is a clue.
Donna tells him some people thought it was pollution, or global
warming. The Doctor tells her that in fact the bees were returning
home, to the planet Melissa Majoria: The Tandoka Trail. They realize
that if they follow the trail they can find the Earth. The Shadow
Architect stops them, however, telling them "The planets were taken
with hostile intent. We are declaring war, Doctor, right across the
Universe and You will lead us into battle!" The Doctor tells her to 'Go
get your key.' The TARDIS then vanishes, despite the Architect's demand
that they stop.
Back on Earth, the Daleks have enslaved London are ordering
that all humans leave their homes. Wilf and Sylvia are watching this
happening. When a man and his children defy them and stay at home, the
Daleks brutally incinerate the house, leaving no survivors. Wilf and
Sylvia run out onto the street and are confronted by a Dalek. Wilf
grabs a paint gun a shoots the Dalek in the eye. The paint melts away.
The Dalek then prepares to exterminate them, but then, suddenly, it
explodes. Behind stands Rose, who has shot it with her gun. She asks if
they are Donna's family, and when they reply yes, she tells them she
needs them. Wilf reveals he has tried calling her, but there is no
reply. The last time Donna had phoned was from the planet Midnight,
made of diamonds. Sylvia believes this is ridiculous, but Wilf tells
her she cannot start denying things now. Rose tells them that they are
her last hope of finding the Doctor.
Meanwhile, the TARDIS stops in the Medusa Cascade. The Doctor
tells Donna he came here when he was just 30 years old, and that it was
the centre of a rift in time and space. Donna asks about the 27
planets, and the Doctor tells her that they are nowhere. Donna asks
what they do, but the Doctor does not reply. It becomes apparent that
he has given up.
On Earth, Sarah Jane and Captain Jack have given up. At the
Nobles' house, the laptop suddenly switches itself on, with a voice
coming through. Sarah and Torchwood hear it too. Jack tells Gwen to
leave it, but suddenly the woman who is speaking shames him, and
demands that he stands to attention. She then identifies herself as
Harriet Jones, former prime minister. Rose tries to talk to Harriet,
but she can't hear her. Also, Wilf and Sylvia do not have a webcam.
Harriet makes contact with Sarah, and then decides they should be able
to talk to each other. There are four contacts: Harriet, Sarah and
Torchwood. The fourth contact is having trouble getting in contact.
Rose thinks this is her, but is surprised when Martha appears on
screen. Martha reveals that Project Indigo brought her home, to her
mother. Harriet then introduces Torchwood to Sarah. Jack has been
following Sarah's work, and tells her "Nice job with the Slitheen."
Sarah has been staying away from Torchwood- too many guns. Jack tells
her "Looking good, ma'am." Harriet tells them that this is the Subwave
Network- it contacts anyone and everyone who can contact the Doctor.
Harriet wants them to form The Doctor's Secret Army. Sarah reminds
Harriet that the Doctor deposed her. Harriet tells her that she has
wondered ever since then if she was wrong. She has, however, stood by
what she said: There would be one day when Earth would be threatened,
and the Doctor would not appear. She told him so and he did not listen.
Now it has happened. Torchwood realize that they can transmit using all
the power of the Rift, and Luke and Sarah have Mr Smith: phones, all
calling out the same number at the same time. Ianto appears beside Jack
and theorizes that if transmitting slows or stops, the Subwave Network
will become visible to the Daleks. Harriet understands this, but
declares her life does not matter- not if it saves the world. she then
tells Jack to tell the Doctor from her "He chose his companions well."
Martha sends them all the number. Rose decides to call the Doctor
herself. The transmitting starts. Rose, Sylvia and Wilf start to call
the Doctor. Suddenly, transmitting slows, and the Daleks detect the
Subwave Network. The Supreme Dalek orders that the culprit be
exterminated. The figure in the control room contacts him again,
telling him "I warned you, Supreme One. Just as Dalek Caan foretold,
the Children of Time are moving against us. But everything is falling
into place..." Gwen tells Harriet they have found her, but Harriet
keeps working. She sends control to Torchwood, just as the Daleks
arrive in her home. The Daleks tell her they know her. Harriet says
"Oh, you know nothing of any human. And that will be your downfall."
Then they exterminate her.
On board the TARDIS, the Doctor and Donna suddenly pick up
signals from the Doctor's companions. The Doctor introduces Donna to
all of them.
On board the Crucible, Caan says "He is here...the Dark Lord
is coming..." Then, the figure says "Supreme One, I will make contact
on the Subwave Network. Give me access."
Suddenly, all the contacts vanish off-screen. Donna thinks
they are losing contact, but the Doctor realizes there is another
contact coming through. He thinks it is Rose, but when he speaks a
familiar voice says "Your voice is different, but its arrogance is
unmistakable..." Suddenly, the figure glides onto the screen, and is
revealed as Davros. He says "Welcome to my new empire, Doctor. It is
only fitting that you should witness the resurrection and the triumph
of Davros, lord and creator the Dalek race." The Doctor protests that
Davros was destroyed in the very fist year of the Time War. His command
ship flew into the jaws of the Nightmare Child at the Gates of Elysium.
He even attempted to save Davros. Davros says "But it took one stronger
than you- Dalek Caan himself." Caan says "I flew into the wild, and the
fire. I danced and I died a thousand times" Davros tells the Doctor
that his Emergency Temporal Shift from 1930 had taken him back into the
Time War itself. The Doctor protests that the War is timelocked. But
Caan had broken down the barriers and rescued Davros, albeit at the
cost of his own mind. The Doctor realizes that now Davros has created a
new race of Daleks. Davros says "I gave myself to them- quite
literally: each one grown from a cell of my own body." He reveals that
parts of his torso have been replaced by metal. His hand is also metal,
but this is to replace the one blown off on Necros. As Davros says:
"New Daleks...TRUE Daleks. I have my children, Doctor. What do you
have, now?" Then, the Doctor says one thing: "BYE!" He then cuts
transmission with Davros, and sets the TARDIS for Earth. The Supreme
Dalek orders that the Daleks locate the TARDIS and find the Doctor.
Davros orders the other Daleks to go to the Earth and exterminate or
capture the Doctor's companions. Caan says "Death is coming. I can see
it! Everlasting death for the most faithful companion..." Suddenly, the
Daleks detect that the Subwave Network has been rebooted, and the new
location is Torchwood. The Supreme Dalek orders that Torchwood be
On Earth, Jack contacts Martha via phone and asks for the
digits on the Project Indigo transporter. They are wavering between a 4
and a 9. These are the two digits Jack needs to reactivate his Vortex
Manipulator. He grabs the re-powered defabricator, and tells Gwen and
Ianto that he will come back. Then he vanishes. Sarah then heads off to
find the Doctor in her car. Mr Smith protects Luke. Rose contacts the
paralel Torchwood and asks them to lock her onto the TARDIS, after she
sais goodbye to Sylvia and Wilf she teleports away. The TARDIS lands in
a street that is deserted and trashed. The Doctor asks Donna what Rose
said in the parallel earth and Donna replies by saying "Why don't you
ask her yourself". The Doctor turns around and see's Rose standing down
the street then they both run towards each other. As they get closer a
stray Dalek apears from behind a van and spots The Doctor. The Doctor
sees the Dalek but is too slow and the Dalek shoots the Doctor in the
arm, sending him to the ground. However the beam only partialy hits The
Doctor and doesn't kill him straight away. Captain Jack teleports into
the street and shoots the Dalek to bits with his gun. Rose kneels over
The Doctor as he lies on the floor diying and Jack and Donna gather
around and prepare to move him into the TARDIS. Back in Torchwood Gwen
and Ianto pick up guns and get ready for battle. A Dalek enters
Torchwood and Gwen and Ianto open fire. Back in the Tardis The Doctor
is in terrible pain. Donna asks if theres anything they can do to help
him but Jack tells them to just stay away. Rose and Jack knows what
will happen next but Donna is oblivious. The Doctorr lifts up his hand
and it begins to glow. Sarah jane is still in her car and is driving
down a street untill she nearly hits two Daleks that are on the road.
The Daleks turn around and Sarah jane tries to apoligise but the Daleks
do not accept it and prepares to exterminate her. Back in the TARDIS
The Doctor is still in pain and Jack makes the others back away. Donna
asks whats going on and Rose explains that when The Doctor is diying he
can heal himself but he changes in the process. Rose doesn't want The
Doctor to change as she has come a long way to find him however the
process has already started so he can't stop it. As The Doctor stumbles
to his feet he stands up right and bursts with a huge yellow and white
energy. His hands and head explode with energy and starts to regenerate
in front of Rose, Jack and Donna.
General Sanchez is heard saying "Ladies and gentlemen, we are
at war." The same phrase was spoken by Jack Harkness when facing the
Daleks on the Gamestation.
Harriet Jones has yet again introduce herself by flashing her
identity card earning her the response of "Yes, I/We know who you are",
even from the Daleks dispatched to her location to exterminate her.
Wilf uses a paintball gun as a weapon against the Daleks by
shooting paintballs at their eye stalks, referencing the popular method
of incapacitating a Dalek: blinding them. However, it seems that the
Daleks have been redesigned with this weakness in mind as the paint
simply melts off the eye stalk after coming into contact with it (and
at the same time replying "My vision is NOT impaired").
Dalek Caan predicts the most "faithful" companion will die.
Caan referred the Doctor as "Dark Lord". (The Doctor is
probably referred to in this way due to being the cause of death and
destruction, from the point of view of the Daleks. ) He has also been
known by the Daleks as the Ka Faraq Gatri or the 'destroyer of worlds' and also "The Oncoming Storm".
The new Daleks are said to be Davros's "children" as they have been grown from his own cells.
Doctor says that Davros died in the very first years of the Time War, when Davros's ship flew into the "jaws of the nightmare child", suggesting that Time War lasted several years.
An ongoing question relating to why the Doctor can't or won't
go back to the era of the Time War to make things turn out differently
is addressed by the Doctor indicating that the war is time-locked;
Dalek Caan, having circumvented this barrier, paid for the experience
with his sanity.
It's revealed that Davros fought in the Time War, and the
Doctor tried to save his life. This means at least two of the Doctor's
mortal enemies were involved in the conflict, although the Doctor
wasn't aware of The Master's involvement until much later.
There is reference to an object called an "Osterhagen key",
but no explanation is given as to its function, origin or purpose.
Significantly, while Harriet Jones is aware of its function and forbids
its use, and Martha is also aware of what it can do, Jack Harkness and
Torchwood have no idea what it is, even though they know about the
other top-secret Indigo project, though Jack does mention this was
because he 'met a soldier in a bar'. He is also from the future and
seems to know the project is not fully operational, though Martha
Davros refers to the Doctor's allies as the Children of Time. Or,
he might be referring to the Time Lords themselves, since he does not
yet know who is operating such a powerful sub-wave transmission.
The Doctor starts to regenerate yet again, acting as a cliff hanger.
The Doctor's severed hand is seen bubbling at the end of Turn
Left and during this episode as well. When in Jack Harkness's
possession, the bubbling signaled the Doctor's presence, but in the
Doctor's possession the bubbling has signaled the presence of other
Time Lords. Could the Doctor's severed hand have a sentient mind?
Davros and his command ship were lost in the first year of the
Time War. Dalek Caan managed to save Davros, at the cost of his own
The Doctor states he tried to save Davros before his ship was lost in the first year of the Time War.
The "To Be Continued" before the end credits is different from the others previously used. There is also no sneak peek of the next episode.
When Harriet Jones contacts Captain Jack, Martha Jones and
Sarah Jane Smith, the contact tone is the same tone used by The Master
to control the populace under the Archangel network.
For the first time, the opening credits incorporate not two
or three names, but six, adding Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman and
Elisabeth Sladen to the Tennant, Tate and Piper credits of the previous
week. The typeface used for these credits is slightly different than
that usually used. In addition, several "overflow" cast credits are
featured over the first scene after the opening sequence, a first for
the series (Penelope Wilton, Adjoa Andoh, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd).
Incidentally this is the first time Elizabeth Sladen's name has
appeared in the opening credits. This is the first time all of the
Doctor's "main" companions since the revival of the series began (the
female leads) have all been credited at the same time; it is not,
however, a complete listing of all the revival-series companions as Noel Clarke, Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth) and Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell) are not included.
Russell T Davies' pattern of using the same surnames is the
most notable in this episode with Martha Jones, Francine Jones, Harriet
Jones and Ianto Jones. Francine and Martha are related (mother and
Scientist and author Richard Dawkins has a cameo as himself. Dawkins is married to Lalla Ward, the actress who portrayed Romana II. The two were introduced by Douglas Adams, who met Ward in his capacity as the show's script editor.
The claws of the Daleks in Crucible is very similar to ones in Doctor Who And The Daleks- Movie, but with eight fingers instead of two.
Dalek Caan predicts the most "faithful" companion will die.
The clicking sound when the Time Beetle from Turn Left was mentioned occurred when Donna was offered water at the Shadow Proclamation, accompanied by the same words used when the Time Beetle was "seen" by somebody else, "There's something on your back!"
The story is very similar to that of previous Doctor Who writer, Douglas Adams' story Life, The Universe and Everything, which was in itself based on an abandoned Doctor Who story Adams had written.
According to The Daily Mail, more than 2,500 people tried to call the Doctor's mobile phone number, despite it being a non-functioning number.
The presence of Davros in this episode had been rumoured for a
long time before broadcast. An associated rumour suggested that the
episode would reveal that Donna was actually Davros in disguise or Caan
mutating himself into Davros. See this section in Journey's End for additional rumors related to Donna.
It was also rumoured on the fan boards that Patrick Stewart or Ben Kingsley might have been cast as Davros, given media reports of his interest in appearing in Doctor Who after it was announced that he and Tennant would perform a season of Shakespeare together in 2008. Ultimately, Julian Bleach was revealed to be playing the character.
It is not explained how the Daleks know of Harriet Jones. Presumably
this is for comedic effect, serving only to continue the running gag.
During the doomsday episode the Dr Singh character had his memory taken
and he would have known about Harriet Jones and even though Dalek Caan
is insane Davros is aware of current events.
After Dalek Caan says 'Death for the most faithful companions'
one of the Dalek's eye piece light is not working, but then suddenly
Normally when a Dalek
exterminates someone the beam normally hits them and disappears but
when the Doctor gets exterminated you can clearly see the ray go
through him and come out the other side. (The beam did not go
through him: it went past him, only touching him slightly. Also, his
entire body did not glow; only a portion did, which suggests that the
beam did not do full damage (though still enough to cause a
At the end of Turn Left Bad Wolf was on the TARDIS. It's not there now. (They've traveled to Earth, as per Rose's request. Having arrived, there's no further need for the Bad Wolf message.)
When Harriet Jones transfers control of the sub-wave network to Torchwood, the map circles an area in Swansea, not Cardiff. Russell T. Davies was born in Swansea, this may be an intentional error.
When Jones' sub-wave system seeks out those who have worked
with the Doctor, only the companions of the Tenth Doctor are singled
out, not other past companions and/or acquaintances who might have
worked with previous incarnations.Harriet Jones states the sub wave
only finds people with the capacity to contact the Doctor. Presumably
this refers to the current incarnation of the Doctor (as opposed to
someone trying to contact, say, the Sixth Doctor), thereby disqualifying companions such as Ian Chesterton or Tegan Jovanka, who presumably have no access to things like "superphones".
Donna indicates she has no idea what regeneration is, even though she was present when Martha referenced it in The Doctor's Daughter (She might not have understood what was meant at the time).
Why did Harriet's computer screen turn off just because she died? Presumably the computer was destroyed as well as Harriet, perhaps by the Daleks' extermination rays.They
might not have 'exterminated' her, but her computer in an attempt to
stop the signal. Also, if the subwave finds the people who can contact
the Doctor, then it must somehow link with the people themselves. This
is demonstrated by the sub-wave finding Rose, even though the nearest
computer is not her own. Harriet's death would therefore have severed
How did Captain Jack know exactly where to teleport to shoot the Dalek that had shot the Doctor? He
probably tracked the TARDIS location. The numbers 4 and 9 were to
reactivate his vortex manipulator. He also appears to have arrived
facing the Dalek, so his reflexes would have come into play.
If Rose asked her "Control" to lock on to the TARDIS and transport, why did she end up at the other end of the street? (Even
a machine as good as the TARDIS can make slight errors. The control did
reasonably well to land her quite near to the TARDIS, especially since
we don't yet know where "Control" is located; if it's on Pete's World or Donna's World, accuracy may have been difficult.)
Dalek Caan didn't have emotions, so how can he laugh or go insane in the first place? Caan
was a member of the Cult of Skaro, who were made to think like the
enemy, i.e. having names and some emotions. As indicated in dialogue in
this episode, emotions are discouraged, but still exist. There are also
other examples of Daleks displaying anger, pride, and even a sense of
humor (albeit sarcastic and dry) in past episodes (for an example of
the last, reference the "pest control" comment directed at the Cybermen
Not only that, but Davros, when he created the Daleks, didn't remove
all emotions: just those which he considered a weakness, such as mercy,
compassion and forgiveness. Not to mention the fact that emotions are
not a necessary component of insanity.
Ianto is seen watching Paul O'Grady, but it was said earlier
in the episode that it was a Saturday. Paul O'Grady is not aired on a
Saturday. A possibility is that the move of Earth has taken time or
time has skipped forward since the mention of the date was prior to the
move. There is clear indication that, on Earth at least, at least a few
hours might have elapsed. (As this episode is set in 2009 (our
future) it is possible that the Paul O'Grady show is moved at some
point to Saturday evenings.)
When a Dalek turns around and implies, "New location,
Torchwood", the blue light in it's eye is switched off as if it has
been blinded and does not come on until a few seconds later.
The apparent death of Harriet Jones puts paid to the Ninth
Doctor stating that she was destined to serve three terms as PM and
lead Britain into a new golden age (DW: World War Three). In
several episodes, the Doctor has stated that history can be rewritten
and only certain fixed points remain unchangeable. Presumably Jones is
one of those changeable points. Also, Turn Left
addressed the notion of alternate timelines stemming from choices;
perhaps the Ninth Doctor was referencing what turned out to be an
alternate timeline created when his next incarnation set in motion the
events that would end her career (DW: The Christmas Invasion). Also, it should be noted that until the events of Journey's End play out, it remains to be seen if Jones has actually been killed.
Television, cellphone and satellite communications continue to
work, even though by rights when the planet moved anything in orbit
should have been lost. Evidently when the Earth was moved whoever did it decided to include its satellites as well. One does not need satellites for ground-based television or cellphone broadcasts.
What about the Moon? There's no indication it was moved with the Earth, so is it going to drift away? Objects
in space often move slowly relative to the Earth, so even if the moon
were suddenly cut free (a la Moonbase Alpha in Space: 1999) it would
The entire universe is in danger as the Daleks activate their master plan, and enslave 21st century Earth. The Doctor is helpless, and even the TARDIS faces destruction. The only hope lies with the Doctor's secret army of companions– but as they join forces to battle Davros himself, the prophecy declares that one of them will die.
Following on immediately from the end of "The Stolen Earth", The Doctor is regenerating inside the TARDIS while Donna Noble, Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler watch in horror. However, the Doctor transfers his regenerative energy into the container which carries his severed hand. He has healed himself, but chosen not to change his appearance. The TARDIS is transported by the Daleks to the Crucible
and rendered powerless. The Doctor, Jack, and Rose leave it, but Donna
is distracted because she is hearing the sound of a heartbeat and while
looking back, the TARDIS door slams closed. Before the Doctor can free
her, the Daleks dump the TARDIS into a waste chute where it will be
destroyed in the centre-core of the Crucible.
As the TARDIS interior explodes around her, Donna collapses near the
severed hand, she hears the heartbeat again and while touching the
container energy flows between it and her. The hand bursts out of the
container, and forms as a new Doctor,
although this Doctor has only one heart and has picked up some of
Donna's mannerisms. With his help, the TARDIS escapes destruction and
gives the new Doctor and Donna time to come with a plan.
Aboard the Crucible, Jack creates a distraction by shooting the Supreme Dalek (Red Dalek)
with his revolver, but is shot by the Daleks; as the Doctor and Rose
are taken to the Vault where Davros is held, Jack's immortality allows
him to escape. With the Doctor and Rose contained, Davros explains that
the 27 planets form an energy pattern that is then amplified into a "reality bomb",
able to break apart the forces holding everything together. Mickey,
Jackie, and Sarah Jane escape a test chamber where this effect is shown
to the Doctor just in time. Jack finds his way to the three, and with a
from Sarah Jane, creates a device that will implode the Crucible.
Meanwhile, Martha makes contact with two other bases in China and
Liberia. The Chinese counterpart wants to get it over and done with,
but Martha, knowing the Doctor, first broadcasts a signal to the
Crucible to give them (probably both Earth and the Daleks) a second
chance, promising to use the Ostenhagen key to detonate 25 nuclear
warheads under the Earth's
crust to destroy it and disable the reality bomb. However, the Daleks
manage to lock onto their positions and beam Martha, Jack, Mickey,
Jackie, and Sarah Jane, with the Transmat to the Vault where the Doctor and Rose are too being held captive.
The Daleks prepare to activate the reality bomb that will wipe out
all matter in this and every parallel universe through the rifts in the
but the new Doctor and Donna arrive in the TARDIS. Both, however, are
stunned by shots from Davros. The reality bomb countdown reaches zero,
but nothing happens; Donna has manipulated the controls to disable it.
The Doctor recognises that the creation of the new Doctor has had an
unintended side effect: Donna is now half Time Lord herself, sharing
the Doctor's intellect. Donna and the new Doctor free the others, and
with the help of the original Doctor, disable the Daleks and start to
send the planets back to their proper time and space. Before Earth can
be sent, the machinery is destroyed by the Supreme Dalek, who is then
destroyed by Captain Jack. The original Doctor races into the TARDIS to
replace the functionality of the broken machine. Realising that Dalek Caan
has seen the end of the Dalek race and has been manipulating time to
achieve this, the new Doctor (probably not kept back by guilt due to
the influence of Donna's personality) uses the remaining machinery to
destroy all of the Daleks and their fleet. The rest of the companions
flee to the TARDIS, and while the Doctor offers to save Davros, but he refuses, calling the Doctor the "Destroyer of Worlds". The Crucible is destroyed.
The Doctor enlists the help of the other companions, making contact with the base Torchwood and with Luke Smith, Mr. Smith and K-9,
to help use the TARDIS return the Earth to its proper place. Sarah Jane
says her goodbyes, as well as Jack, Martha, and Mickey, who has decided
to stay in this universe. Using a retroactively closing rift, the
Doctor returns Rose and Jackie to the alternate dimension
and leaves the new Doctor with her, as he will now grow old with Rose,
no longer able to regenerate due to the human influence. The human
doctor, having the same memories and feeling as the proper Doctor,
whispers into Rose's ear (most likely telling her that he loves her),
and they kiss.
Returning to their universe, Donna finds she begins to have
trouble thinking; the Doctor explains that the human mind cannot take
in the Time Lord mental abilities. To save her, he wipes her mind of
all her encounters with the Doctor, returning her home and explaining
to her family, Sylvia Noble and Wilfred Mott,
that she must never be reminded of her time with the Doctor or else she
will die. As Donna recovers consciousness, she shows no interest in the
Doctor; he leaves, though Wilfred promises he will look out for the
Doctor every night while he looks at the sky. The Doctor then returns
to the TARDIS, alone once again. Waiting for his next adventure........
Rose and Mickey, who previously had an on again, off again
relationship, appear to have drifted apart. They do not look at each
other, speak to each other, or interact at all, even when they are in
the TARDIS together. Mickey does not say goodbye to her (though he does
say goodbye to Jackie saying he'll miss her "more than anyone") and he
tells the Doctor there's nothing for him in the parallel world,
"certainly not Rose".
Just before the Doctor is forced to erase her memory, Donna expresses a desire to meet Charlie Chaplin.
This is the second finale in a row to have a character state a desire
to meet a famous 20th century personality; previously the Doctor told
Martha he wanted to meet Agatha Christie (DW: Last of the Time Lords); Christie subsequently appeared in The Unicorn and the Wasp; it remains to be seen if Donna's reference also serves a foreshadowing.
This is the first episode where the TARDIS is fully-staffed
with six pilots, and the first time it is noted definitively that it
was designed for six, after various mentions about it being made for
more than a single Time Lord.
The purpose of the Osterhagen key
is revealed in this episode. Martha's key is one of several required to
set off a network of nuclear weapons buried deep beneath the Earth's
surface. If detonated, these weapons would trigger the explosion of the
Earth. Each key must be inserted into a control panel at an "Osterhagen
station". There are apparently five around the world, but only three
need to be manned with a key to initiate the detonation. Locations seen
on screen are Germany, Liberia and China. The "Oserhagen Project" appears to have been in place for decades, according to the German woman
who supplied food to the guards at the German station. Given the age of
the German woman, and her claim that she knew of the Osterhagen key
when she was in London during her youth, the "Osterhagen Project"
likely dates to the days when the Brigadier was in charge of the British arm of UNIT.
The technology used to emplace the nuclear weapons at the
Earth's crust could therefore be linked to the drilling project
featured in DW: Inferno.
The "three Doctors" send the planets back to their original
position through the use of a "magnetron". It is unclear if this is an
intentional reference to the magnetrons seen previously in the original series (DW: Day of the Daleks, The Mysterious Planet), or just a general reference to real life magnetrons, used to power microwaves, radar screens and televisions.
This was the longest series finale at 65 minutes long, longer even than most of the Christmas specials, except for Voyage of the Damned, which was 71 minutes.
Dalek Caan refers to the Doctor as a 'threefold man'. The
meaning becomes clear in this episode with both the copy of the Doctor
This episode marks the first series finale to show a preview of the upcoming Christmas Special (2008). After the credits the Cybermen
are said to return in the episode. However the episode is unique for
being the only series finale in the Russell T Davies era which doesn't
end on a cliffhanger. It also breaks the pattern set by the previous
two series by not having the Doctor exclaiming "What? What? What?" at
the end. In fact it is the only finale scene of the Davies era in which
no dialogue is spoken at all.
Mickey, Jackie and Sarah hide from the Daleks in a shot that demonstrates an effect nicknamed the "Harper treatment".
penchant for including a distorted image of a main character is present
in this story. Though not included in every single story he's directed
for BBC Wales,
it's seen often enough to be considered something of a directorial
"signature". Similar distortion is achieved through the use of
magnifying glasses in Army of Ghosts, The Unicorn and the Wasp, and Utopia, and with mirrors in Turn Left. This time, it's Mickey, Jackie and Sarah Jane that get "the Harper treatment" under a curved window.
This episode tells us that Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister, actually died in the previous episode.
Davros named the Doctor 'The Destroyer of Worlds' and maybe a
reference to Fires of Pompeii when it was said the Doctors name was
sealed in the Cascade of Medusa herself or to the Doctor being the Ka Faraq Gatri.
The Osterhagen key would destroy the Earth. The word, Osterhagen, is an anagram of the phrase, Earth's gone.
This story augments the notion that Time Lords have some measure of control over the regenerative process. as seen in Last of the Time Lords.
In truth, most regenerations have added at least a little to the
general mythos about the process. From the notion that a particular
physiognomy could be imposed upon the Second Doctor in The War Games,
details have been added about how the process works almost every time
one has been depicted. In this case, writer Russell T Davies builds
upon his earlier idea that a Time Lord can re-grow whole body parts
during "the first 15 hours" following a regeneration (The Christmas Invasion)
Here he suggests that a Time Lord can stop the process prior to
entering the final stage, provided that he has a matching genetic
receptacle into which he can store the energy.
When the newly created Doctor discovers he's "part Time
Lord, part human" he is shocked and refuses to admit it. This is likely
a reference to the 1996 movie and fan outrage at it. It might also
suggest that the Doctor was never half-human due "Human-Time Lord
The scene where the Daleks are speaking German is possibly a
tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Terry Nation based the
Daleks on the Nazis.
The story elements surrounding the destruction of the universe have some casual similarity to ideas found in Life, the Universe and Everything, a Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Universe sequel penned by former Doctor Whoscript editor, Douglas Adams. Everything was in turn based on an abandoned Fourth Doctor television serial had written, called Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen.
The recap of the previous episode uses different footage of
Jack stating "you know what happens next" in the leadup to the
regeneration. In The Stolen Earth he utters the line off-camera, but in the recap he is seen saying it.
The Doctor and Mickey perform a "fist bump" in lieu of a
handshake when Mickey departs. This mirrors the way they greeted each
other in Doomsday.
The week between the cliffhanger ending of The Stolen Earth and the broadcast of Journey's End
included some of the most intense fan speculation and media attention
in franchise history. The significance of the cliffhanger, which
appeared to show the Doctor regenerating, along with previously
reported speculation regarding Donna and other characters led to many
speculations being circulated on fan discussion boards and the media.
Among some of the most notable:
That David Tennant was in fact leaving the series, and
that leaked photos and other information regarding him being in the
2008 Christmas special (as well as media reports the preceding week
that he was negotiating to return in 2010) were either a "red herring"
or that the Christmas special was to include a flashback.
The true nature of Donna was the subject of much speculation, with some fans suggesting her to actually be The Rani or Romana living under the influence of a Chameleon Arch, or a manifestation of the Master.
Concerning Donna's ring, at the end of the season 4 finale,
when the Doctor says good-bye to her it glimmers briefly into the
camera. Some fans theorise that the ring is a possible Chamelon Arch
containing Donna's memories of her time with the Doctor. It has also
been suggested that the ring resembles a ring worn by The Master in a
previous episode. Others theorise that the ring is just large, black,
and very shiny.
And the prediction that a companion would die led some to
believe Donna, Martha or Rose would be the ones destined to die (since
it had already been reported that John Barrowman would be returning to Torchwood and Elisabeth Sladen to The Sarah Jane Adventures, ruling out their characters' demise.)
The appearance of K-9
was a surprise to many as it had been previously reported that the
character would not be appearing in the episode, given the fact the
rights to the character are currently held by another party for the
planned K-9 television series.
There is a possibility that either The Doctor or his twin left behind on Pete's World will eventually manfiest into The Valeyard due to the escalation of pain and abandoment felt each by the other for different reasons
If the TARDIS's power has gone, how does the monitor screen work? Strictly speaking, its power wasn't "gone"; the TARDIS was merely in a temporal prison. While this shut down most power, it clearly didn't cut everything
Wouldn't the nuclear warheads placed under the crust have melted? UNIT would most likely have thought about this, and provided some sort of way to protect them.
Why did Martha have to travel to Germany to activate the
Osterhagen key when the other soldiers were in pods in their home
countries? The main pod was in Germany - Martha states that she is in Osterhagen 1.
The moon remained in position when the Earth had moved. The
moon should have locked onto the strongest gravitational force (the
Sun) and been pulled towards it. There is no indication one way or the other as to the moon's position.
If the act of temporal shifting back to the Time War showed
Dalek Caan the entire history of the Dalek race and led him to conclude
the Daleks should be destroyed, why didn't he just let Davros die in
the war and then kill himself? Caan was driven insane after saving
Davros, therefore he had only seen the whole of time after Davros was
already safe. He then began setting the course of events that would
lead to the fall of the New Dalek Empire.
If any mention of the Doctor or the TARDIS would cause the
Time Lord consciousness within Donna to reawaken and burn up her mind,
isn't the Doctor taking a tremendous risk by letting Donna see him in
the Nobles' house? The Doctor wishes to test the effectiveness of
the memory wipe and also determine whether there are any negative
effects on her.
Why were the controls put in the Vault where Davros could access them and destroy the Daleks as the Doctor-Donna did? It was Donna's skill that allowed this.
The second humanoid woman aboard the Shadow Proclamation
ship/station told Donna there was "something on your back". There was
no explanation concerning the cryptic phrase by the climax of Journey's
End. The albino woman spoke in the past tense saying there "was something on your back"
If Mickey Smith was allowed to stay on the normal Earth, why
did Rose and Jackie have to go back? After all, the Doctor could have
brought Pete back as well, and their child. The Doctor wanted to
keep the second Doctor sealed off in the parallel world where he
couldn't cause any trouble, and wanted Rose to look after him.
With all of her memories since The Runaway Bride erased,
wouldn't Donna realise that she has lost about a year and a half of of
her life, and shouldn't she think it's her wedding day? The exact nature of the mind wipe is never specified.
Why do some Daleks have special 'cogs' instead of suckers on their right arms? The "sucker" may well be the standard right limb for a Dalek, but it has never been the only possible limb. At least as far back as DW: The Daleks' Master Plan, other appendages, like flame-throwers, have been seen.
When Jack got Gwen's name wrong — he said her surname was Cooper rather than Williams — why didn't she correct him? There is no definitive indication in Torchwood that Gwen took Rhys' surname after marriage.
If the Osterhagen key and its associated doomsday device had been around for years, why wasn't it activated during the events of Doomsday or, more to the point, The Year That Never Was (DW: Last of the Time Lords)? The
Master used the anrchangel network to crush resistance. It's also
probable that as the Master not only became Prime Minister, but also
was involved with the top-secret weapon deployed against the Sycorax, that he was aware of the Key and took steps to prevent its use.
When the Doctor sees Gwen Cooper
for the first time, he asks if she comes from a long line of family
from Cardiff. This is because of the similarity between Gwen and Gwyneth (DW: The Unquiet Dead), both of whom are played by Eve Myles. The Doctor and Rose both recognise the uncanny family resemblance.
This is the third time a Doctor has been depicted in a way to suggest he was unclothed. The first time was in Spearhead from Space in which a newly regenerated Third Doctor took a shower. The second was during the regeneration from the Seventh to the Eighth Doctor, where he was merely covered by a sheet. The Ninth Doctor appeared shirtless during the torture scene in Dalek
Gallifrey is mentioned again and the first time it has been mentioned in an episode with Rose Tyler .