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Journey's End (2)

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 7/5/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: The Dalek Crucible and EarthDate: 2009Enemies: The Daleks and DavrosThe Doctor Who series four finale, sees the Doctor, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler fighting to save all of creation from the Daleks. In the midst of the Medusa Cascade and a master plan from Davros that leaves the Earth far from home... can the Doctor and his companions save the Earth, let alone the Universe?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Graeme Harper

  • David Tennant

    The Tenth Doctor

  • Billie Piper

    Rose Tyler

  • John Barrowman

    Captain Jack Harkness

  • Fan Reviews (55)
  • Journey's End

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 18, 2012

  • Deus ex Machina Rules in Epic Doctor Who Finale

    By ronindave, Jan 27, 2010

  • Season finale with all companions in and a farewell to the best one....

    By iamthelexx, Apr 11, 2009

  • All companions in the 2005 series come back to save the universe. When every one including the Doctor is helpless only one can save them, the great and unique: Donna Noble. The whole of creation would have disintegrated if not for the Doctor and Donna.

    By lovetherunning, Mar 24, 2009

  • Sadly disappointing

    By HammerFanUK, Oct 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (51)

    • New Doctor: All Repaired, lovely. Shh. Silent running like on submarines where they can't even drop a spanner. Don't drop a spanner -- I like Blue. What do you think? Donna: You...Are...Bonkers. New Doctor: Why, What's wrong with blue? Donna: Is that what time lords do? Lop a bit off, grow a new one -- you're like worms.

    • The Doctor: (after regenerating back to his current form) There now... (Blows the golden particles away around his severed hand) You see! Used the regeneration energy to heal myself, but as soon as that was done, I didn't need to change. I didn't want to, why would I? Look at me. So, to stop the energy from going all the way, I siphoned off the rest into a handy, bio-matching receptacle; namely, my hand. My hand there, my handy spare hand.

    • Davros: (Laughs manically as Reality Bomb begins to charge) And nothing can stop the detonation! NOTHING and NO ONE! (Continues to laugh)

    • (Rose and the Doctor hug) Donna: (to Jack) You can hug me if you want. No, really, you can hug me.

    • The Doctor: How did you work that out? You- New Doctor: Time Lord. Part Time Lord. Donna: Part Human. Oh, yes! That was two-way biological meta-crisis. Half Doctor, half Donna! The Doctor: The Doctor-Donna. Just like the Ood said, remember? They saw it coming. The Doctor-Donna.

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    Notes (6)

    • According to the Broadcaster's Audience Research Board, this episode was the top-rated programme of the week of June 30 (10.6 million viewers). This marks the first time in the 45-year history of the show that Doctor Who has been the most-watched programme in the UK.

    • International Airdates:
      United States: 1 August 2008
      Australia: 28 September 2008
      Turkey: 1 May 2011

    • This is Series Producer Phil Collinson's last episode on the show.

    • Davros can fire electricity from his hand, just as he did in the sixth Doctor serial Revelation of the Daleks. Journey's End director Graeme Harper had also directed Revelation of the Daleks.

    • This episode marks the return of K-9, last seen in School Reunion, and Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler, last seen in Doomsday.

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    Trivia (7)

    • In this episode, Donna Noble says that there's no such thing as destiny, yet in Partners In Crime (Season 4 Episode 1) when Donna realizes she parked where the TARDIS landed, she says that it's "like destiny".

    • As a result of this episode, aliens are publicly known, the Daleks in particular (as shown later in The Waters of Mars). However, three years later, 2012, Henry van Staten, a man who has a Dalek locked up in cage, is apparently unfamiliar with what a Dalek even is.

    • At the climax, the Doctors use a "magnotron" to send the planets back. This a reference to theTrial of a Time Lord serial in the classic series, in which the Time Lords used a magnotron to yank Earth off its course.

    • When Davros asks the Doctor how many people have died because of him, there are flashbacks to many different characters: Jabe (The End Of The World), The Controller (Bad Wolf), Lynda Moss (The Parting Of The Ways), Sir Robert McLeish (Tooth And Claw), Mrs Moore (Rise Of The Cybermen/The Age Of Steel), Mr Skinner, Ursula and Bridget (Love & Monsters), The Face of Boe (Gridlock), Chantho (Utopia), Astrid Peth (Voyage Of The Damned), Luke Rattigan (The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky), Jenny (The Doctor's Daughter), River Song (Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead) and The Hostess (Midnight).

    • The Doctor's tenth regeneration does not complete, as he directs the surplus regeneration energy into his severed hand, just using enough energy to heal himself. It is, however, yet to be determined if this is classed as a regeneration or not.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Davros: It is time we talked after so very long.
      Doctor: No, no, no, no I'm not doing the nostalgia tour.
      I think this is an allusion to the series three finale where The Master decides that the best way to shut the Doctor up was to take a trip down memory lane. Specifically, the Master said, "Oh how to shut him up? I know! Memory lane!"

    • Title:
      Referencing Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare where Feste says, "Journeys end in lovers meeting."

    • Davros: (to Sarah Jane Smith) You were there on Skaro in the beginning.

      The 4th Doctor, Tom Baker met Davros for the first time in the 1975 serial Genesis of the Daleks. Both Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan were companions of the Doctor at that time.

    • Doctor: I'm... part Time Lord, part human. Well isn't that wizard! This alludes to the line in the 1996 Doctor Who movie where the Eighth Doctor says he's half human, on his mother's side, much to the dismay of many loyal fans.

    • The Doctor: Tell me Gwen Cooper, are you from an old Cardiff family? Gwen: (perplexed) Yes, all the way back to the 1800s. The Doctor (to Rose) Oh, I thought so. Spatial genetic multiplicity. Rose: Oh, yeah! The Doctor: Yeah, yeah. It's a funny old world.

      This is a reference to the first series episode 'The Unquiet Dead' in which Eve Myles appeared as Gwyneth. She was later cast as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood.

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