Doctor Who

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The End of Time (2)

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jan 01, 2010 on BBC America
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In the Tenth Doctor's final episode, an ancient trap decends upon the Earth and the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone, even as the prophecy states "he will knock four times". With the Time Lords returning, how does this Doctor's story end?

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • i dont want to go

    10
    i have never been so upset in my life..ever... seeing david go is....( i cant complete that sentence) ... i dont know matt smith but i hate him already ... i hate him, i f**king hate him,,!!!
  • The End of Time (2)

    10
    The End of Time (2) was a superb and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development as the story continued. It was awesome seeing The Time Lords and watching them plot, plan and enact a final scenario to reinstate themselves. It was intriguing to see the battles, action, drama and intrigue. I liked how The Doctor and Wilfred took on The Master and The Time Lords. It was great to see The Doctor visit his past companions before his time was up. I liked how every thing played out and the ending was great. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Look at the Size of That Thing

    3.5
    The story hardly improves from the first part, it continues on its nostalgia fueled predictable plot. They manage to save the entire universe without "losing" a single main character. But that's not my main complaint. ~~~~~~~~~ If there is a planet about 5-10 times the size of the Earth orbiting the sun right outside of the Earth's atmosphere looking up from the surface of Earth will be a very strange sight. First of all the planet would almost entirely obscure the sky (if the planet is on your side of the Earth, like in the End of Time), blocking out most sunlight (it would not appear to be midday, though the planet might reflect light from the sun or give off its own light). Also, objects with that kind of mass tend to have something called a "gravitational pull". I can't say exactly what results it would create on Earth but I know for sure that you wouldn't just be able to walk outside your home and look at it while standing perfectly unharmed in the middle of the street midday. ~~~~~~~~~~~ That's how the whole plot feels for me.moreless
  • " I will miss you so much David "

    8.0
    I like the story, it makes me shivering.. I like the story and I lie the end, he meets everyone and the most important thing is someone very special, I don't now who is she but she's Rose Tyler, but so sad that the doctor changes, I had watched the 11th and the doctor before but the best is still David Tennant, I asked many peoples and their answers is " David Tennant the 10th doctor "

    I will miss them so much :

    ~ David Tennant = 10th doctor

    ~ Billie Piper = Rose Tyler

    ~ Catherine Tate = Donna Noble

    I will never forget them and their great job !moreless
  • An ending to a well-loved Doctor.

    10
    Once upon a time, there was an episode that waved away all credibility by essentially saying 'a wizard did it', which was a shame, because it completely undermined some fantastic performances from John Simm, David Tennant and Freema Agyeman. That's right, I'm talking about 'Last of the Time Lords'. So as I watched part one of The End of Time, you'll forgive me for being a little sceptical, given that the Master was back, and bigger factors of fan-pride were at stake here - DT's final episode, the Master's 'Master race' (literally groaned at that pun, thanks RTD) and the return of the Time Lords - the TIME LORDS, of all people! To say I was worried for an anti-climax is putting it lightly.



    Needless worry.



    This episode is as close to a perfect ending as I would have wanted it. Poignant, breath-taking and heartbreaking all at the same time.

    Bernard Cribbins is phenomenal as Wilf, the totally human element in the madness that ensues, and ultimately the wonderfully terrifying (and terrified) destroyer of the Tenth Doctor. Im my mind's eye, I wonder if RTD meant him to represent the best of us, that part of all of us that would have saved the scientist in the box, that would have tried to give the Doctor a way out, that would have not left him on his own to die.

    John Simm's turn as the Master (now with added crazy!) is stunning - the mind boggles slightly at how long it must have taken to film all those costume changes. And the look of sheer heartbreak on his face when the Doctor points that gun at him.. oh, that will keep slash writers going for years. Between him and DT, the deep twisted relationship that the Doctor and the Master as enemies-once-friends has been brought to life with magnificent colour and depth for the 21st century. Unforgettable.

    Timothy Dalton, of course, was brilliant. He rarely isn't. But the incarnation of Rassilon, the true Time Lord Victorious, with his presence and his ruthless ambition to stay alive, is nothing short of powerful and alienating. His cold cut-throat attitude to the rest of the universe is all the more horrifying for the fact that the man on the floor at his feet is the man who has shown us time again how merciful he is to the peoples of the universe - the Doctor. Simply stunning showmanship from Dalton.



    Of course, Russell T Davis is also leaving the show, and as final episodes go, he has done himself proud. With brilliantly crafted moments such as Wilf and the Doctor's heart-to-heart, the passion with which the Doctor tries to sway the Master, the triumphant return of the Time Lords, and the heartbreaking moment when those tiny four knocks shatter all hope, it would be easy to just string them all together and claim it as an episode. Indeed, if this were in the middle of a series, I would be hard pressed to blame them for doing it. But this is not just any pivotal moment, this is the last great pivotal moment that RTD will pen for this show, and there is hardly any weak spot in sight. Each connecting scene has purpose, from the Master's millions of faces listening for the signal to the Vinvocci's rescue sequence. RTD has often been heralded as a patchy writer, giving us some brilliant moments but also other times when we have been left disappointed (*cough*lastofthetimelords*cough*). This.. is a brilliant moment. Truly one of the most emotive episodes, playing on the most basic fear that we all at some stage share - death.



    Finally, dear David Tennant. For three seasons and a total of eight specials, he has been the Doctor, and for a lot people, he always will be. Everyone has a favourite, and he will be an outstanding representative, even in the eyes of the people who called him ferret-like when he was announced as Ecclestone's replacement. But few can deny that this episode, his swansong as the Tenth Doctor, was one of his finest moments. From the fury at what the Master had unleashed, to the gutwrenching choice with the gun, to the sheer agony of the Wilf situation, and his eventual return to form. You have inspired us and delighted us, made us weep with your final words and had us giggling as you licked inanimate objects. A better exit, you could not have given us. Thank you, Doctor.



    Addendum: Matt Smith.

    Two minutes of screentime is precious little time at all, but even in the wake of the regeneration, I am interested. You have my rapt attention, sir..moreless
June Whitfield

June Whitfield

Minnie Hooper

Guest Star

Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom

The Woman

Guest Star

David Harewood

David Harewood

Joshua Naismith

Guest Star

Paul Kasey

Paul Kasey

Ood Sigma

Recurring Role

Silas Carson

Silas Carson

Voice of Ood Sigma

Recurring Role

Ruari Mears

Ruari Mears

Elder Ood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Watch Abigail and Joshua Naismith when Rassilon reverses the transformation done to them by the Master. During the transformation back, Joshua is standing to the right of Abigail, but afterwards is standing to her left.

    • The scene where The Doctor saves Luke Smith from being run over is a subtle injoke on the part of Russel T. Davies towards The Sarah Jane Adventures, as none of the show's characters ever look before crossing roads.

    • Among the patrons in the space bar are several alien species previously featured in the series:
      *An Adipose
      *A Graske
      *A Hath
      *A Judoon
      *A Slitheen
      *A Sycorax

      There are also several new or unnamed species, such as the red skinned/white skinned humanoids featured in "New Earth" and "Gridlock".

    • Verity Newman's name is a combination of the names of Sydney Newman, the series' creator, and Verity Lambert, its first producer.

    • While being interrogated by the Master, the Doctor refers to Donna Noble as his best friend.

    • Father of the Time Lords
      The Narrator is not only revealed to have been Lord President of Gallifrey during (or near the end of) the Time War, but also a resurrected Rassilon. Rassilon being the one whom, with Omega, harnessed the Time Vortex giving Time Lords their title and influence over time itself.

    • In the space bar scene, the song "My Angel Put the Devil in Me" (previously heard in Daleks in Manhattan) can be heard playing in the background.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • (after Donna calls on Wilf's cell phone)
      The Master: Who is she? Why didn't she change?
      Wilf: Well, it was this thing the Doctor did. He did it to her. Uh, the Meta-Crisis.
      The Master: Oh, he loves playing with Earth girls.

    • Ood Sigma: We will sing to you Doctor. The Universe will sing you to your sleep.

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

    • Wilfred: Where are you going?
      The Doctor: To get my reward.

    • Verity Newman: Funny, that's the name he used.
      (Looks up)
      The Doctor: Was she happy... in the end?
      Verity Newman: Yes, yes she was. (Pause) Were you?

    • Lord President: My Lord Doctor. My Lord Master. We are gathered for the End.

    • (Gallifrey begins to fade)
      Lord President: You'll DIE with me, Doctor!
      The Doctor: I know.
      (Rassilon prepares his gauntlet)
      The Master: (To Doctor) Get out of the way.

    • The Doctor: (Doctor shoots the white-point star) The link is broken! Back into the Time War, Rassilon! Back into hell!

    • The Master: Then, take me with you, Lord President. Let me ascend into glory!
      Lord President: You are diseased. Albeit a disease of our own making. No more. (Raises gauntlet. Interupted when the Doctor aims pistol at him)

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Rose: You alright, mate?
      The Doctor: Yeah.
      Rose: Too much to drink?
      The Doctor: Something like that.
      Rose: Maybe it's time you went home.
      The Doctor: Yeah.
      Rose: Anyway, happy new year!
      The Doctor: And you. What year is this?
      Rose: Blimey, how much have you had? 2005, January the first.
      The Doctor: 2005. Tell you what, I bet you're gonna have a really great year!
      Rose: Yeah? (smiles) See ya!

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

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

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

    • (As the Vinvocci rescue them)
      Wilfred: God bless the cactuses!
      The Doctor: That's cacti.
      Rossiter: That's racist!

    • The Master: What did you say to me? Back in the wasteland? You said: The End of Time.
      The Doctor: I said something is returning. I was shown a prophecy. That's why I need your help.
      The Master: What if I'm part of it?! Don't you see? The drum beat is calling from so far away, from the end of time itself. And now it's been amplified six billion times. Triangulate all those signals I could find its source! Look, Doctor, that's what your prophecy was: ME! (Slaps the Doctor)

    • 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 (Vaporises her using gauntlet). I WILL NOT DIE!

    • Wilfred: 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: The signal. Since he was a kid.
      The Doctor: If they can follow the signal, they can escape before they die.
      Wilfred: Well, then, big reunion! We'll have a party!
      The Doctor: There will be no party.
      Wilfred: 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.

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

    • The Master:(Blasting Rassilon with bolts of energy) YOU did this to me!! All of my LIFE! You MADE me!! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!!

    • The Master: (to The Doctor gagged) Nothing to say, Doctor? What's that? Pardon? Sorry?
      Wilfred: You let him go, you swine!
      The Master: (to the Doctor) Oh, your dad's still kicking up a fuss.
      Wilfred: Yeah, well, I'd be proud if I was.

    • The Doctor: (strapped to a chair on wheels) Worst. Rescue. Ever!!!

    • The Eleventh Doctor: (following his regeneration) Legs. I've still got legs! (kisses his knee) Good! Arms, hands, ooh, fingers, lots of fingers. (examines his head) 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! There's something else, something important. I'm, I'm... crashing! (laughs hysterically) Geronimo!!

    • The Tenth Doctor: (his last words) I don't want to go.

    • Ood Sigma: (about the Doctor) This song is ending, but the story never ends.

    • The Doctor: (about Sylvia Noble) Ohh, she's smiling. As if today wasn't bad enough.

    • 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 and consolation to the soul in times of need.
      Addams: What's that, then?
      The Doctor: Allons-y!!

    • Wilf: I think I'm lost.
      The Woman: And yet, you are found.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In the scene where The Doctor is rotating back and forth trying to decide who or what to shoot, he is holding an empty (or mostly empty) gun. Every time he spins, he is pulling the trigger and re-cocking the gun.

    • This is the first time since The War Games that both an incarnation of the Doctor and his companions have been written out in the same story.

    • Before re-entering the TARDIS to finish his regeneration, the Doctor visits Rose on New Year's Eve 2005 and Sarah Jane Smith in the current day. As a result, they became the first companions to witness two regeneration periods. Rose's first one was during Parting of the Ways, while Sarah-Jane's was in Planet of the Spiders.

    • Both parts one and two aired on the 2nd January 2010 in Canada on Space.

    • This is not the first time that radiation poisoning has forced The Doctor to regenerate. It also happened to the Third Doctor in Planet of The Spiders.

      This is the third occasion the Master has indirectly caused the Doctor to regenerate. It first happened when he foiled the Master's plot in Logopolis which resulted in the Fourth Doctor's fall to his 'death'. The second time was in the film when the Master's resurrection scheme caused the TARDIS to materialise in San Francisco where the Seventh Doctor was accidentally shot upon arrival.

    • A two-minute preview of this episode was placed on the BBC's Doctor Who website, immediately after the airing of Part One.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Ood Sigma: Doctor, the universe shall sing you to your sleep.

      This is similar to a line in William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet': "May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest" (Incidentally, David Tennant starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 production of Hamlet).

    • "Worst. Rescue. Ever!":

      The Doctor is referencing Comic Book Guy, a character from The Simpsons. Comic Book Guy is known for saying the phrase "Worst. (noun). Ever."

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