Doctor Who

The End of the World

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 4/2/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: Platform 1 (A space station orbiting Earth). Date: 5,000,000,000 AD (named 5.5/Apple/26) Enemy: The Lady Cassandra The Doctor takes Rose on her first voyage through time, to the year five billion, when the Sun is about to expand and swallow the Earth. She is cautious and soon starts to question her reasons for joining The Doctor. But amongst the powerful alien races gathering to watch on Platform One, a murderer is at work. Who is controlling the mysterious and deadly metal spiders?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Euros Lyn

  • Russell T. Davies

  • Jimmy Vee

    The Moxx of Balhoon

  • Yasmin Bannerman


  • Zoë Wanamaker

    Voice of Cassandra

  • Fan Reviews (28)
  • The Doctor really knows how to treat a girl on her first her to see the destruction of her planet and all.

    By arkanitoo, Aug 24, 2014

  • Interesting Idea

    By NormanSFletcher, Jun 06, 2013

  • How can you top a TV series that begins with the end of the world?

    By BevinChu, Oct 13, 2012

  • The End of the World One of My Favorites!

    By TrueTvWatcher, Sep 30, 2012

  • The doctor takes Rose 5 billion years in the future to witness the destruction of the (now abandoned) earth. Aliens from all around come to witness the spectacle. And of course, someone tries to ruin the party.

    By Gandaleon, Aug 22, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (36)

    • Cassandra: (before exploding) I am... too... young!

    • The Doctor: You have seen how dangerous it is. Do you want to go home? Rose: I don't know. I want... can you smell chips? The Doctor: (chuckles) Yeah. Yeah. Rose: I want chips!

    • The Doctor: (To Cassandra after she has her bodyguards threaten everyone with their spray guns) What are you gonna do, moisturise me?

    • (Rose watches pieces of the destroyed Earth pass the window) Rose: The end of the Earth. It’s gone. We were too busy saving ourselves, no one saw it go. All those years. All that history and no one was even looking.

    • The Doctor: People have died, Cassandra. You murdered them. Cassandra: It depends on your definition of 'people'. And that's enough of a technicality to keep your lawyers dizzy for centuries.

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    Notes (16)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      September 6, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • According to a March 2006 interview by SciFiWire 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. However, the American Sci-Fi Channel did run the two episodes consecutively.

    • The costume worn by Simon Day as The Steward was placed in auction at Bonhams on March 06 2007 as part of the The Angels Star Collection of Film & TV Costumes auction (Lot 17). Described by Bonhams as "A costume for The Steward,the two piece costume comprising jacket and trousers, being of brown and black coloured brocade, the trousers with elasticated braces, labelled inside 'Angels The Costumiers', inscribed 'Bruce Payne Feb 2000' " The costume had previously been used by Bruce Payne in Dungeons and Dragons 2000.

    • Russell T. Davies re-used the line "Where am I going to go, Ipswich?" from one of his early children's dramas, Dark Season - in episode 5 Reet uses this line when trapped in the Behemoth's complex.

    • The final scene, when the Doctor and Rose come back to Earth and they discuss having chips, was filmed on Queen Street, one of the main shopping streets in Cardiff.

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    Trivia (19)

    • In the scene where Rose and Cassandra are discussing being the last human, Rose's hair changes styles from long shots to close-ups.

    • This is the fourth time in the series that Earth has been burned by the Sun, the other occasions being sometime after the 30th century in The Ark in Space (1975), two million years from the present in The Mysterious Planet (1986) and ten million years from the present in The Ark (1966).

    • This is the second time in as many episodes that the Doctor gets to rip the arm off something.

    • The Doctor gets a B- for his act of "Jiggery Pokery" on Rose's cell phone. When she calls home, dialogue indicates that Jackie receives the call during a time period when Rose is still working at the department store.

    • When the Moxx of Balhoon tells the Face of Boe, "It's the classic Bad Wolf scenario." the subtitles to the DVD read "Bad move scenario".

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    Allusions (8)

    • Rose: I'm gonna catch up with the family. Quick word with Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson is of course well known due to his huge contribution to both the music and the gossip industries, however in this instance Rose is using him as an indication of the huge amount of plastic surgery that the Lady Cassandra has undergone.

    • Steward: And next, from Financial Family Seven, we have the Adherents of the Repeated Meme. The meme theory was suggested by biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene. Memes are units of cultural inheritance that replicate by creating copies in the minds of other people, Dawkins has described religion in particular as a viral meme.

    • The Doctor: Unsinkable? Jabe: If you like, the nautical metaphor is appropriate. The Doctor: You're telling me. I was onboard another ship once, they said that was unsinkable. I ended up clinging to an iceberg, it wasn't half cold. The ship being alluded to here is The Titanic, proudly boasted to be unsinkable. The designers were so confident of this that they didn't put enough lifeboats on board to evacuate the entire ship - so as not to overclutter the deck. The ship set sail from Southampton on the 10th of April 1912 with 2200 people on board and sank in the North Atlantic 5 days later, taking 1500 people down with her.

    • Cassandra: How did that old Earth song go? 'Burn, baby, burn!'

      Cassandra is referring to the chorus of the 1976 hit song "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.

    • Lady Cassandra: And this used to be known as an iPod. [wheels in a 1950's style jukebox.] The jukebox plays a late 20th and an early 21st century song: 1. Soft Cell / Tainted Love 2. Britney Spears / Toxic NB: both on 7" singles.

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