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Doctor Who: The End of Time (1)

Facing his mortality, the Doctor returns to Earth to confront an old enemy. A mysterious force guides Wilf back into the Doctor's life, uniting the two friends in a struggle against the insane and the selfish. The Immortality Gate beckons, and its secrets will change the face of creation forever...

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x0
Airdate: Friday December 25th, 2009
Special Airtime: 06:00 pm
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Russell T. Davies

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (23 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
John Simm
As The Master
Bernard Cribbins
As Wilfred Mott

Guest Stars
Timothy Dalton
As The Narrator
Catherine Tate
As Donna Noble
Jacqueline King
As Sylvia Noble
Claire Bloom
As The Woman
June Whitfield
As Minnie Hooper
David Harewood
As Joshua Naismith
Tracy Ifeachor
As Abigail Naismith
Sinead Keenan
As Addams
Lawry Lewin
As Rossiter
Alexandra Moen
As Lucy Saxon
Karl Collins
As Shaun Temple
LaChele Carl
As Trinity Wells
Paul Kasey
As Ood Sigma
Ruari Mears
As Elder Ood
Silas Carson
voiced Ood Sigma
Brian Cox
voiced Elder Ood
Teresa Banham
As Governor
Barry Howard
As Oliver Barnes
Allister Bain
As Winston Katusi
Simon Thomas (3)
As Mr Danes
Sylvia Seymour
As Miss Trefusis
Lacey Bond
As Serving Woman
Max Benjamin
As Teenager
Main Cast
David Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor


On Christmas on current day Earth, Wilfred Mott is out on the streets for Christmas when he has a sudden flash of someone laughing. Shrugging it off, Wilfred notices a nearby church and goes inside. He looks up at the stained glass windows and notices on one of them, the image of a small blue box with a light on top. A woman behind him explains that people call it the Legend of the Blue Box, and the church was a site of the convent in the 1300s. According to the legend, a demon fell from the sky and a man in a blue box, the Sainted Physician, came and smote the demon and then disappeared. Wilfred dismisses it as a coincidence but admits it would make his Christmas if the legend came back. When he turns, he discovers that the woman has disappeared. As he looks at the window again, Wilfred hears and sees the same laughing man in his mind...

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Episode Quotes
The Narrator: It is said that in the final days of planet Earth, everyone had bad dreams. To the west of the north of that world, the human race did gather in the celebration of the pagan rite to banish the cold and the dark. Each and every one of those people had dreamt of the terrible things to come, but they forgot because they must. They forgot their nightmares of fire and the war and insanity. They forgot... except for one.

The Doctor: I'm going to die.
Wilfred Mott: Well, so am I one day.
The Doctor: Don't you dare.
Wilfred Mott: All right, I'll try not to.

The Doctor: I can still die, if I'm killed before regeneration, then I'm dead. Even then, even if I change it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away. And I'm dead.

The Narrator: And so it came to pass that the players took their final places. Making ready the events that were to come. The madman sat in his empire of dust and ashes, little knowing of the glory he would achieve. While his savior looked upon the wilderness in the hope of changing his inevitable fate. Far away, the idiots and fools dreamt of a shining new future, a future now doomed to never happen. As Earth rolled onwards into the night, the people of that world did sleep... and shiver, somehow knowing that dawn would bring only one thing. The final day.

The Master: I had estates. Do you remember my father's land back home? Pastures of red grass, stretching far across the slopes of Mount Perdition. We used to run across those fields all days, calling up at the sky.

The Doctor: You can't come with me.
Wilfred Mott: Well, you're not leaving me with her.
Sylvia Noble: Dad!
The Doctor: Fair enough.

The Doctor: (about the TARDIS) Ah. Right. Yes. Bigger on the inside. Do you like it?
Wilfred Mott: I thought it'd be cleaner.
The Doctor: Cleaner? I can take you back home right now.
Wilfred Mott: Listen, Doctor. If this is a time machine, that man you're chasing, why can't you just pop back to yesterday and catch him?
The Doctor: I can't go back inside my own timeline. I have to stay relative to the Master within the causal nexus. Understand?
Wilfred Mott: Not a word.
The Doctor: Welcome aboard.
Wilfred Mott: Thank you.

The Master: I like you.
Joshua Naismith: Thank you.
The Master: You taste great.

(after transforming every human on Earth into himself)
The Master: The human race was always your favorite, Doctor. But now, there is no more. There is only... the Master race!

The Narrator: And so it came to pass, on Christmas Day, that the human race did cease to exist. But even then, the Master had no concept of his greater role in events for this was far more than humanity's end. This day was the day upon which the whole of creation would change forever. This was the day the Time Lords returned. For Gallifrey!
Time Lords: For Gallifrey!
The Narrator: For victory!
Time Lords: For victory!
The Narrator: For the end of time itself!
Time Lords: For the end of time itself!

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerTracie Simpson
Associate ProducerCatrin Lewis Defis
EditorPhilip Kloss
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upMorag Smith  |  Cathy Davies  |  Pam Mullins
GripClive Baldwin
Camera OperatorJoe Russell  |  Alwyn Hughes
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerGareth Skelding
Property MasterPaul Aitken (2)
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
Stunt CoordinatorLee Sheward
Production SecretaryKevin Myers
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Script EditorGary Russell
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistJulian Howarth
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
Art Department CoordinatorAmy Pope
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Carole Wakefield
Casting AssistantAlice Purser
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorWill Everett
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerRose Goodhart
ConductorBen Foster (3)
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerSteve Rees  |  James Southcott
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorKeith Dunne
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Jackson Pope
Floor RunnerTom Evans (2)
Associate DesignerJames North
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorMatt Mullins (2)
Costume AssistantBarbara Harrington  |  Louise Martin
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