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Broadcast and reception

This episode begins with a cold open, which from here on became a standard feature. This is a first for the series, which previously used pre-credits teaser sequences sparingly in special episodes such as the post-regeneration Castrovalva (1982); the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors (1983); and the 25th anniversary story, Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). According to a March 2006 interview with Russell T Davies, he requested for this episode to be broadcast back-to-back with "Rose", but the request was given to the BBC too close to transmission.[18] In the U.S. the Sci-Fi Channel did run the two episodes consecutively on 17 March 2006.[18]

Overnight figures showed that "The End of the World" was watched by 7.3 million viewers in the UK, down 2.6 million viewers from the premiere.[19] When final ratings were calculated, figures rose to 7.97 million.[20]

SFX called it a "brave episode to air so early, but it works", praising the way the alien concepts were reminiscent to the classic series. However, the reviewer wrote that "the full drama of the event is never quite captured" and "the murder plot...never quite takes flight, but it provides the framework for some brilliant scenes".[21]The Doctor asks Rose where she would like to go on her first trip in the TARDIS. She asks to go one hundred years into the future, but when they arrive, the Doctor says the 22nd century is boring. They travel again, this time to 12005, the time of the New Roman Empire. Again, they move on without leaving the TARDIS as Rose cannot believe his explanation. Finally, to impress his new companion, the Doctor takes Rose to a space station orbiting Earth in the year 5.5/Apple/26. As they watch in amazement, the Sun expands partialy - "welcome to the end of the world".

The Doctor tells Rose that Earth has long been empty of any kind of life. Mankind left it long ago and the planet was taken over by the National Trust. They have used gravity satellites to hold the effects of the Sun back, but the money has run out. Earth will be swallowed up by the Sun at last. The rich and powerful of the universe will witness the end of the world, which will occur in about an hour. The station has automated systems and is staffed by blue-skinned humanoids.

On encountering the blue-skinned Steward, who manages Platform One, the Doctor persuades him Rose and he are invited guests by using a piece of psychic paper that makes people see what the Doctor wants. The other guests arrive, including the diminutive Moxx of Balhoon, the Face of Boe, living humanoid trees from the Forest of Cheem (whose ancestors originated on Earth) and, from Financial Family Seven, a group of hooded aliens known as the Adherents of the Repeated Meme. Rose watches in horrified fascination as the last living human arrives — the Lady Cassandra O'Brien Dot Delta Seventeen, a piece of stretched-out skin with eyes and a mouth, mounted on a frame and connected to a brain jar. The skin needs to be constantly moisturised by her attendants. The guests exchange gifts. Jabe of the Forest of Cheem gives the Doctor a cutting taken from her grandfather. The Doctor gives her the gift of air from his lungs. The Moxx gives the gift of bodily salivas, and the Adherents of the Repeated Meme hand out gifts of "peace" in the form of metal spheres, even to the Steward.

Cassandra gives her own gifts: the last ostrich egg, and an "iPod" (actually a jukebox) from ancient Earth. Rose is a bit overwhelmed when the jukebox plays "classical" music — the song Tainted Love by Soft Cell — and leaves the hall. The Doctor receives a call about the TARDIS's parking place and is given a ticket telling him where it is being moved. Elsewhere, Rose has a brief conversation with a station plumber, Raffalo, who is investigating a blockage. At first she is comforted by the familiarity of Raffalo's matter-of-fact, working-class manner, but when Raffalo explains that she is from Crespallion, which is part of the Jaggit Brocade, affiliated to the Scarlet Junctionin Complex 56, Rose realises just how far she is from home, with a man she does not know. She leaves, and does not see Raffalo spot small, spider-like robots in the ducts, which rapidly grab her and pull her inside. The spiders are being disgorged from the metal spheres gifted by the Adherents of the Repeated Meme to guests. They soon infiltrate the entire station, sabotaging its systems. [1]The last humans chat.Added by MemnarcThe Doctor finds Rose. When she asks where he is from, he brushes off her questions. When the Doctor alters Rose's mobile phone so she can talk to her mother in the past, another fact sinks in — her mother is long dead. The Doctor jokes that if Rose thought the telephone call was amazing, she should see the bill. Suddenly, a tremor shakes the station, and the Doctor gleefully observes that was not supposed to happen. The Steward, investigating the cause of the tremor, is killed when a spider lowers the sun filter in his room, exposing him to the direct heat of the Sun's rays.

The Doctor starts to look into the tremor, and Jabe offers to show him where the maintenance corridors are while Rose goes to speak to Cassandra. Rose finds Cassandra has had seven hundred eight cosmetic operations, and considers herself the last "pure" human — the others who left "intermingled" with other species and she considers them all mongrels. Her next operation, to bleach her blood, is next week. Disgusted that humanity has come to this, Rose insults Cassandra and storms off, only to be met by the Adherents, who knock her out. [2]The Doctor is reminded of his past.Added by MemnarcIn the corridors, Jabe quietly tells the Doctor that she scanned him earlier, and was astonished to discover he exists. She sympathises with him and the Doctor is briefly moved to tears. They continue to the bowels of the station, where they find one of the spiders. Jabe captures it with a long, vine-like appendage.

As the station's systems continue to fail and, as a "traditional ballad" -Britney Spears singing Toxic — plays on the jukebox, Rose is trapped in a room with a lowering sun filter. The Doctor hears her cries for help and raises the filter, but Rose is still locked in. Returning to the main hall, he releases the spider to seek out its master. It scurries over to Cassandra.

Cassandra has her attendants hold the others at bay, saying the moisturiser guns can also shoot acid. Her operations cost a fortune and she was hoping to create a hostage situation and later seek compensation. Now she will just let everyone burn and take over their corporate holdings. Cassandra orders the spiders to shut off the force field protecting the station, then uses a teleportationdevice to transport herself and her attendants away. [3]The last moments of Earth.Added by BigredrabbitWith only minutes until the Sun incinerates Earth and the station, the Doctor and Jabe rush back to the air-conditioning chamber. The restore switch for the computer systems is at the other end of a platform blocked by giant rotating fans. The Doctor protests the rising heat will burn the wooden Jabe, but she insists on staying to hold down the switch that slows the fans. The Doctor makes it nearly to the end before Jabe catches fire and burns. He closes his eyes and concentrates, making it past the last fan and throwing the reset switch. The force fields come up around the station just as the Earth explodes into cinders. The station's systems start to self-repair.

Several of the guests are now dead, incinerated as the Sun's rays burst through cracks in the windows. The Doctor finds Cassandra's teleportation feed inside the ostrich egg and reverses it to bring her back. She starts taunting the Doctor, saying that he cannot do anything about her. However, the Doctor calmly notes he has transported Cassandra back without her moisturising attendants. In the heat, she begins to dry out. Cassandra begs for mercy and Rose asks the Doctor to help her, but the Doctor coldly says that every thing has its time and every thing dies. Cassandra's skin stretches and tears, her innards exploding, leaving only her brain tank and empty frame.

Rose is sad that in all the danger, Earth's passing was not actually seen by anyone. The Doctor takes her back to the present in the TARDIS, telling her that people think things will last forever, but they don't. He admits his home planet was burned like Earth, but in a war. He is the last survivor of the Time Lords. Rose says he still has her, and he smiles as she offers to buy him some chips. They have only five billion years before the shops close.

Cast EditEdit

Crew EditEdit

Executive Producers Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Mal Young
Written by

Russell T Davies

Produced by

Phil Collinson

Directed by

Euros Lyn

Director of Photography

Ernie Vincze BSC

Production Designer

Edward Thomas

Visual Effects

The Mill


Make-up Designer

Davy Jones

Casting Director

Andy Pryor CDG

Music

Murray Gold

Costume Designer

Lucinda Wright

Editor

John Richards

Special Effects

Any Effects

Original theme music by Ron Grainer

General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

Make-up and prosthetics

Movement

Casting

General post-production staff

Special and visual effects

Sound

Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.


References EditEdit

Gallifrey EditEdit

  • The Doctor tells Rose his planet was destroyed before its time as the result of a war which his people lost.

Bad Wolf arc EditEdit

  • Bad Wolf is mentioned for the first time, the Moxx of Balhoon stating, "Indubitably, this is the Bad Wolf scenario."

Species EditEdit

  • Cassandra mentions there are many species out there that describe themselves as "human-ish," likely referencing the many near-human races. Cassandra most likely assumes that Rose is one of these near-humans upon meeting her. Broadcast and receptionThis episode begins with a cold open, which from here on became a standard feature. This is a first for the series, which previously used pre-credits teaser sequences sparingly in special episodes such as the post-regeneration Castrovalva (1982); the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors (1983); and the 25th anniversary story, Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). According to a March 2006 interview with Russell T Davies, he requested for this episode to be broadcast back-to-back with "Rose", but the request was given to the BBC too close to transmission.[18] In the U.S. the Sci-Fi Channel did run the two episodes consecutively on 17 March 2006.[18]

Overnight figures showed that "The End of the World" was watched by 7.3 million viewers in the UK, down 2.6 million viewers from the premiere.[19] When final ratings were calculated, figures rose to 7.97 million.[20]

SFX called it a "brave episode to air so early, but it works", praising the way the alien concepts were reminiscent to the classic series. However, the reviewer wrote that "the full drama of the event is never quite captured" and "the murder plot...never quite takes flight, but it provides the framework for some brilliant scenes".[21]


Story notes EditEdit

  • The story begins with a brief re-cap of the last week's episode similar to many American shows, but unlike most American shows there is no voice over announcing "previously on Doctor Who". The footage from Rose simply begins the episode. Discounting the 1996 TV movie, this marked the first time a Doctor Who episode had started with a pre-credits sequence since Remembrance of the Daleks in 1988; unlike the original series, which used the device rarely, it would become standard practice for the series, with very few episodes made without a teaser (the exceptions are usually series premieres).
  • A BBC logo is on the bottom of the screen when the recap finishes and this episode begins. At this point the corporation had not yet established the practice of showing the logo during the opening credits.
  • Russell T Davies, who created Cassandra, has said on many occasions that he was inspired to create Cassandra upon viewing skinny Hollywood actresses at the Academy Awards. On 2 April 2006, the Sunday Mirror quoted Davies: "It was horrific seeing those beautiful women reduced to sticks. Nicole Kidman struck me in particular. Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world. But she looks horrifying because she's so thin. It's like we're killing these women in public. We watch while you die."
  • In one scene Rose says, "Wait hold on. They did this once on Newsround Extra" - Newsround is a news program on BBC 1 and CBBC aimed at providing news for children. Newsround Extra is an extended version of this concept which concentrates on a single issue or subject. A newsround reporter was on set watching as this scene was filmed. His report can be read here on the newsround website.
  • A minor milestone occurs when the Doctor utters the phrase, "What the hell is that?", the first time the character has used the minor curse word. This marked a slight loosening of the Doctor's use of language in the revived series, although in light of the show's family-friendly tone the Doctor has never said anything stronger than "hell" and "damn."
  • The scene between Rose and Ruffalo was a late addition, added because the episode was underrunning.
  • This is the first time the Doctor has actually been seen to shed a tear.

Ratings EditEdit

  • Saturday - 7.97 million viewers

Myths EditEdit

  • The first thing Rose sees upon leaving the TARDIS is a ventilation duct. What is commonly mistaken for a ventilation duct was actually the shuttered window in the smaller observation room. The Doctor opens it after he exits the TARDIS.

Cultural References EditEdit

  • When the Ninth Doctor returns Rose to Earth in the 21st century there is a man selling the Big Issue. This is a magazine sold on the streets in the UK and Australia to provide money for homeless people.
  • When Rose tells the Doctor she is going to talk to Cassandra she calls her "Michael Jackson", referring to that singer's well-known cosmetic surgery.

Music EditEdit

Filming locations EditEdit

  • Much of Platform One was filmed in 'the chapel of peace' in Cardiff.
  • The service tunnels were filmed in the basement of BBC Wales.

Production errors EditEdit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.


  • After the Doctor fiddles with Rose's mobile phone, he doesn't put the cover on the back before handing it to her, yet it's suddenly there when she phones her mum.
  • When Rose actually phones Jackie, look carefully at the phone's screen. You can see the words 'Contact Name' at the top of the screen, a flashing cursor, and the 'OK' and 'Clear' commands at the bottom of the screen... all of which makes it a dead giveaway that this contact is being created in the phone's memory, not actually being called.
  • At the beginning, when the Doctor and Rose are looking at Earth from the Station while Rose is talking on her mobile, you see them from the outside looking in, and the Doctor has his hands in his pockets. When you see them from behind, the Doctor has his hands behind his back instead, then back to the front view and they're instantly back in his pockets.
  • Also while Rose is phoning her mum, notice that the Doctor has his mouth shut. The camera angle changes and instantly his mouth is open.
  • When Rose is walking through the corridors of the station, just before she gets knocked to the ground, her shoes make quite a bit of noise (almost as if she's wearing high heels) – certainly a lot more noise than trainers/sneakers should make!
  • When the exposed sunlight starts making whopping great cracks in the windows, why isn't the air sucked out of the room that Rose is trapped in?
  • When Rose and Cassandra are in conversation, they're shot intermittently from behind, looking out of the Space Station window. In the shots from behind, Cassandra's lips don't appear to move at all, though we still hear her speak.
  • After her chat with Cassandra (the trampoline speech) Rose leaves the observation room with her silver ball in her hand. But she'd already put it down, before the mobile phone speech.
  • At what point did Rose lose the top she was wearing? She had it on for most of the episode but it disappears at some stage. Then at the end, when the Doctor takes her back to present day Earth she's wearing it again. Are we to assume when the Doctor walked her back to the TARDIS, she nipped off to fetch it?
  • The CGI work on the "spider-bots" goes to great lengths to make them seem real (like that lovely moment when the virtual creatures "bump" into the camera) so it's a shame that the illusion is a little spoiled by the spider on the steward's desk not casting a reflection.
  • As the Doctor and Jabe walk along a corridor on their way to sort out the spider problem, you can see them walk through the same section twice: look overhead to spot a distinctive-looking metal frame with wires hanging around it.
  • Little strange that the temperature is hot enough for Jabe to burn to a crisp, while the Doctor isn't even sweating in his leather jacket.
  • Those fans were huge, and spinning very quickly. Surely they would have created a very strong breeze (which is what they were there for!), but the Doctor was standing an inch away from the last fan when it was at full speed, and there didn't seem to be any turbulence whatsoever.
  • When Rose is about to be fried by the sun's rays, she runs up and down the stairs to bang on the doors and avoid the rays. While she does, the long shots show most of the doors as being incinerated, but in the close-ups (as she starts banging again) they look fine.
  • How did the Doctor free Rose from the viewing suite she was trapped in? She gets out when he lowers the force field, but are we meant to believe that switch is a melted-door-opener as well?
  • How come when Cassandra bursts into bits, none of it hits the Doctor and Rose? They are quite clearly facing her/him at the time.
  • The Doctor is noticeably paler and more unshaven in the final scene on present-day Earth.
  • At the end, it looks like the TARDIS materialises on a busy street in broad daylight without anyone batting an eyelid! Perception filter.

Continuity EditEdit

Home video releases EditEdit

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