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Doctor Who: The End of Time (2)

The Doctor and Wilf take arms against the Master and the power of the Immortality Gate. Donna is confronted with a nightmarish world carved in the Master's image, and the truth behind the survival of an omnipotent race unfolds as their merciless president takes action to stake a claim on eternal life. The Doctor faces another test of his morality and begins his final battle, the fateful prophecy is at last fulfilled. "He will knock four times."


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x0
Airdate: Friday January 01st, 2010
Special Airtime: 06:40 pm
Special Runtime: 73 Minutes

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Russell T. Davies


  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (22 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
John Simm
As The Master
Recurring
Bernard Cribbins
As Wilfred Mott
Recurring

Guest Stars
Timothy Dalton
As Lord President (Rassilon)
Recurring
Catherine Tate
As Donna Noble
Recurring
Jacqueline King
As Sylvia Noble
Recurring
Billie Piper
As Rose Tyler
Recurring
Camille Coduri
As Jackie Tyler
Recurring
John Barrowman
As Captain Jack Harkness
Recurring
Freema Agyeman
As Martha Smith-Jones
Recurring
Noel Clarke
As Mickey Smith
Recurring
Elisabeth Sladen
As Sarah Jane Smith
Recurring
June Whitfield
As Minnie Hooper
Recurring
Claire Bloom
As The Woman
Recurring
Tommy Knight (1)
As Luke Smith
Recurring
Russell Tovey
As Midshipman Frame (Midshipman Alonso Frame)
Recurring
David Harewood
As Joshua Naismith
Recurring
Tracy Ifeachor
As Abigail Naismith
Recurring
Lawry Lewin
As Rossiter
Recurring
Sinead Keenan
As Addams
Recurring
Karl Collins
As Shaun Temple
Recurring
Krystal Archer
As Nerys
Recurring
LaChele Carl
As Trinity Wells
Recurring
Paul Kasey
As Ood Sigma
Recurring
Ruari Mears
As Elder Ood
Recurring
Silas Carson
voiced Ood Sigma
Recurring
Nicholas Briggs
voiced Judoon
Recurring
Dan Starkey
As Sontaran
Recurring
Matt Smith (3)
As The Doctor (introducing)
Recurring
Jessica Hynes
As Verity Newman (as Jessica Hynes)
Julie Legrand
As The Partisan
Brid Brennan
As The Visionary
Main Cast
David Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor

Recap

On Gallifrey in the last days of the Time War, the High Council gathers and the Lord President demands to know where the Doctor is. They receive a report that the Doctor has disappeared with a weapon capable of destroying the Daleks and Time Lords alike, and the Visionary warns that they will all fall into darkness and it is the last day of the Time War and the Time Lords die today. The Partisan wonders if it is time, given the millions that are dying every moment, over and over again. The Lord President destroys her with a power glove and insists that he will not die, or allow Time Lord history to die. A member notes that one part of the prophecy talks of two survivors, two children of Gallifrey. It talks of them locked in a final confront, and the Lord President realizes it refers to the Doctor and the Master. There is also a constant reference to Earth, and the Visionary mutters the word repeatedly. The Lord President laughs in triumph as he realizes that their salvation lies on Earth...

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Episode Notes
Martha Jones is now married to Mickey Smith.



Episode Quotes
The Partisan: This is only the furthest edge of the Time War. But at its heart, millions die every second, lost in bloodlust and insanity, with time itself resurrecting them, to find new ways of dying over and over again. A travesty of life. Isn't it better to end it at last?
Lord President: Thank you for your opinion (disintegrates her) I will not die!

The Master: Tell me, where's your TARDIS?
The Doctor: You could be so wonderful.
The Master: Where is it?
The Doctor: You're a genius. You're stone-cold brilliant, you are. I swear, you really are. But you could be so much more. You could be beautiful. With a mind like that, we could travel the stars. It would be my honor. 'Cause you don't need to own the universe, just see it. To have the privilege of seeing the whole of time and space... that's ownership enough.
The Master: Will it stop then? The noise in my head?
The Doctor: I can help.
The Master: Don't know what I'd be without that noise.
The Doctor: I wonder what I'd be, without you.
The Master: Yeah.

The Doctor: The Gate wasn't enough. You're still dying.
The Master: This body was born out of death. All it can do is die.

Wilfred: God bless the cactuses!
The Doctor: That's cacti.
Rossiter: That's racist!

(The Doctor is strapped down to an armature with wheels)
The Doctor: Not the stairs! Not the staaaaaaiiirrrrsss!!! (Bam) Oh! (Bam) Ahhh! (Bam, Bam) Ehhh! (Bam) Worst rescue EVER!!!

Wilfred Mott: I think I'm lost.
The Woman: And yet, you are found.

Wilfred Mott: Eh, you don't wanna listen to an old man's tales, do you?
The Doctor: I'm older than you.
Wilfred Mott: Get away.
The Doctor: I'm 906.
Wilfred Mott: Oh, really though?
The Doctor: Yeah.
Wilfred Mott: Nine hundred years. We must look like insects to you.
The Doctor: I think you look like giants.

The Doctor: I'd be proud.
Wilfred Mott: Of what?
The Doctor: If you were my dad.

The Doctor: It's not like I'm an innocent. I've taken lives. I got worse, I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own. Sometimes I think the Time Lord lives too long.

Wilfred Mott: But you said your people were dead, past tense.
The Doctor: Inside the Time War, and the whole war was time-locked. Like sealed inside a bubble. It's... it's not a bubble, but just think of a bubble. Nothing can get in or get out of the time bubble. But you see, nothing can get in or get out except something that was already there.
Wilfred Mott: The signal. Since he was a kid.
The Doctor: If they can follow the signal, they can escape before they die.
Wilfred Mott: Well, then, big reunion! We'll have a party!
The Doctor: There will be no party.
Wilfred Mott: But I've heard you talk about your people like they're wonderful.
The Doctor: That's how I choose to remember them, the Time Lords of old, but then they went to war. An endless war, and it changed them right to the core. You've seen my enemies, Wilf. The Time Lords are more dangerous than any of them.

Addams: This is my ship, and you're not moving it. Step away from the wheel!
The Doctor: There's an old Earth saying, Captain. A phrase of great power and wisdom. A consolation to the soul, in times of need.
Addams: What's that, then?
The Doctor: Allons-y!!

The Master: But, this is fantastic isn't it? The Time Lords restored!
The Doctor: You weren't there, in the final days of the war. You never saw what was born. That if the time lock's broken, then everything is coming through. Not just the Daleks but the Skaro Degradations. The Horde of Travesties. The Nightmare Child. The Could-Have-Been King with his army of Mean-Whiles and Never-Weres. The war turned into Hell. And that's what you opened right above the Earth. Hell is descending.
The Master: My kind of world.

Lord President: We will initiate the final sanction; the end of time will come... at my hand. The rupture will continue until it rips the time vortex apart!
The Master: That's suicide.
Lord President: We will ascend, to become creatures of consciousness alone. Free of these bodies, free of time, and cause and effect, while creation itself ceases to be.
The Doctor: You see now? That's what they were planning, in the final days of the war... I had to stop them.

Mickey Smith: I told you to stay behind!
Martha Smith-Jones: Well, it looked like you needed help. Besides, you're the one who persuaded me to go freelance.
Mickey Smith: Yeah, but, we're being fired at by a Sontaran. A dumpling with a gun. This is no place for a married woman.
Martha Smith-Jones: Well then, you shouldn't have married me.

Captain Jack Harkness: So, Alonso, going my way?
Midshipman Frame: How do you know my name?
Captain Jack Harkness: I'm kinda psychic.
Midshipman Frame: Really? Know what I'm thinking right now?
Captain Jack Harkness: Oh yeah.

Nerys: You made me wear peach.
Donna Noble: That's 'cause you are a peach! Furry skin, stones inside, going off...

Ood Sigma: This song is ending, but the story never ends.

(The Doctor has just regenerated for the tenth time)
The Eleventh Doctor: (first words) Legs! I’ve still got legs! Good. Arms, hands, ooh, fingers! Lots of fingers! Ears, yes, eyes, two, nose, I’ve had worse, chin...blimey! Hair... I'm a girl! No! No, I'm not a girl. And, and still not ginger! And something else, something important, I'm ...I'm ...I'm... ha! Crashing! Ha-ha-ha! Whoo-hoo-hoo! Geronimo!



Episode Goofs
It's an error-for-effect, so "poetic license" applies, but the view of Earth from the alien spaceship is far too large. From the stated distance of 100,000 miles, the Earth would subtend an angle of about 14 degrees, or roughly the width of both of your palms pressed together at arms length or thereabouts (18cm @1m). The picture shown out the window is more like that from geosynchronous orbit (which is actually a very rational place for the ship to be).



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerTracie Simpson
Associate ProducerCatrin Lewis Defis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorPhilip Kloss
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upPam Mullins  |  Morag Smith  |  Cathy Davies
GripClive Baldwin
Camera OperatorJoe Russell  |  Alwyn Hughes
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerGareth Skelding
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCarmen Roberts
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
Stunt CoordinatorLee Sheward
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Script EditorGary Russell
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistJulian Howarth
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Costume SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
Boom OperatorBryn Thomas  |  Jeff Welch
Art Department CoordinatorAmy Pope
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Carole Wakefield
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerRose Goodhart
ConductorBen Foster (3)
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerJames Southcott  |  Steve Rees
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Production BuyerBen Morris (4)
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Floor RunnerChris Goding
Associate DesignerJames North
Design AssistantAl Roberts
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Costume AssistantLouise Martin  |  Barbara Harrington
Props BuyerAdrian Anscombe
 
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