Doctor Who

Season 1 Episode 13

The Parting of the Ways (2)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 18, 2005 on BBC America



  • Trivia

    • As Jack is checking out the Dalek dust after he is brought back to life by Rose, he hears the TARDIS starting to take off and runs off to catch up. When he runs, he goes back to where he was shot, then turns right. If there was a corridor there, why did he stop and stand where he was when he was shot as if he was boxed in? Why didn't he run down that corridor and join the Doctor?

    • The Doctor claims that he is known in Dalek legend as "The Oncoming Storm", a title that first appeared in the Virgin New Adventures novel Love and War by Paul Cornell, who also wrote the episode Father's Day. In the novel, the title was applied to the Doctor by the Draconians, although it is possible either they or the Daleks appropriated the title from one another. In the spin-off media, the better known title of the Doctor in Dalek lore is the Ka Faraq Gatri, the "Bringer of Darkness" or "Destroyer of Worlds", first used in Ben Aaronovitch's novelisation of his episode Remembrance of the Daleks.

    • Rose's actions create a predestination paradox. The words "Bad Wolf" tell her to try to get back to the Doctor, and her doing so gives her the ability to leave the words through time as messages to herself, which she then does. Although it can be argued that the phrase "Bad Wolf" originates with the Bad Wolf Corporation, it can also be argued that she somehow prompted the creation of the phrase and therefore the Corporation through her powers in the first place.

    • A clip from Boom Town is shown when Rose explains to Mickey about the heart of the TARDIS.

    • Rose refers to the events of Father's Day about meeting Pete and her being the blonde girl with him when he died.

    • Delta waves originally appeared in the Fifth Doctor serial, Kinda. In this episode, however, they are used to kill, whilst in Kinda they were used to induce sleep.

    • Jack uses "bastic bullets" against the Daleks with some initial success. Bastic bullets were first referenced in the original series in Revelation of the Daleks.

    • It would seem logical that if possessing the vortex energy damages the Doctor to the point where he has to regenerate, it should have left physical effects on Rose, who possessed it for a far longer period of time.

      However, this can be explained by the fact that while the Doctor absorbed the Time Vortex, and contained it, Rose did not contain the vortex - rather, it absorbed her, and flowed through her.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: The extrapolator's working. we've got a fully functional forcefield. Try saying that when you're drunk...

    • Rose: (waking up on the floor of the TARDIS) What happened?
      The Doctor: Don't you remember?
      Rose: It's like...there was a singing...
      The Doctor: That's right! I sang a song and the Daleks ran away!

    • Captain Jack: It's been fun, but I guess this is goodbye.
      Rose: Don't talk like that! The Doctor's gonna do it. You just watch him.
      Captain Jack: Rose. You are worth fighting for. (kisses her) I wish I'd never met you, Doctor. I was much better off as a coward. (kisses him) See you in hell.

    • The Doctor: Rose Tyler. I was going to take you to so many places. Barcelona. Not the city Barcelona, the planet Barcelona. You'd love it. Fantastic place. They've got dogs with no noses. (laughs) Imagine how many times a day you end up telling that joke, and it's still funny.
      Rose: Then why can't we go?
      The Doctor: Maybe you will. Maybe I will. But not like this.
      Rose: You're not making sense.
      The Doctor: I might never make sense again. I might have two heads. Or no head! (laughs) Imagine me with no head. And don't say that's an improvement. But it's a bit dodgy, this process. You never know what you're going to end up with.
      (The Doctor convulses)
      Rose: Doctor!
      The Doctor: Stay away!
      Rose: Tell me what's going on.
      The Doctor: I absorbed all the energy of the Time Vortex and no-one's meant to do that (grimaces) Every cell in my body's dying.
      Rose: Can't you do something?
      The Doctor: Yeah, I'm doing it now. Time Lords have this little trick, it's sort of a way of cheating death. Except… it means I'm gonna change. And I'm not gonna see you again. Not like this. Not with this daft old face.

    • (The TARDIS rematerialises with a possessed Rose inside)
      The Doctor: What have you done?
      Rose: I looked into the TARDIS and the TARDIS looked into me.
      The Doctor: You looked into the Time Vortex! Rose, no one's meant to see that!
      Emperor Dalek: This is the abomination!
      Dalek: Exterminate!
      (The Dalek shoots at Rose; she stops the blast with her hand and sends it back)
      Rose: I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words, I scatter them in time and space. A message to lead myself here.
      The Doctor: Rose, you've got to stop. You've got to stop this now! You've got the entire Vortex running through your head. You're going to burn!
      Rose: I want you safe. My Doctor. Protected from the false god.
      Emperor Dalek: You cannot hurt me. I am immortal!
      Rose: You are tiny. I can see the whole of time and space, every single atom of your existence and I divide them. (She raises her hand and a Dalek disintegrates) Everything must come to dust. All things. Everything dies. (With a gesture, all the Daleks disintegrate) The Time War ends.
      Emperor Dalek: I will not die! I cannot die!
      (The Emperor Dalek's ship burns up)
      The Doctor: Rose, you've done it, now stop. Just let go.
      Rose: How can I let go of this? I bring life.
      (In another part of the ship, Captain Jack- who has been exterminated by the Daleks- comes back to life)
      The Doctor: But this is wrong! You can't control life and death...
      Rose: But I can! The sun and the moon, the day and night… but why do they hurt?
      The Doctor: The power's gonna kill you and it's my fault!
      Rose: I see everything. All that is, all that was, all that ever could be...
      The Doctor: But that's what I see, all the time. And doesn't it drive you mad?
      Rose: My head…
      The Doctor: Come here.
      Rose:'s killing me.
      The Doctor: I think you need a Doctor.
      (The Doctor kisses Rose, drawing the Time Vortex out of her and into him)

    • Emperor Dalek: Mankind will be harvested because of your weakness.
      The Doctor: And what about me? Am I becoming one of your angels?
      Emperor Dalek: You are the heathen. You will be EXTERMINATED!

    • (Back in London, Rose sees the words 'Bad Wolf' spray-painted on the wall and ground)
      Rose: I thought it was a warning. Maybe it's the opposite. Maybe it's a message! The same words written down now and two hundred thousand years in the future. It's a link between me and the Doctor! Bad Wolf here, Bad Wolf there!
      Mickey: If it's a message, what it's saying?
      Rose: It's telling me I can get back!

    • Rose: That fight is happening right now. And he's fighting for us, for the whole planet, and I'm just sitting here eating chips!
      Jackie: Listen to me. God knows I have hated that man, but right now I love him. And do you know why? Cos he did the right thing. He sent you back to me.
      Rose: But what do I do every day, Mum? What do I do? Get up, catch the bus, go to work, come back home, eat chips and go to bed? Is that it?
      Mickey: It's what the rest of us do.
      Rose: Well, I can't.
      Mickey: Why? Cos you're better than us?

    • The Doctor: Now you tell me, god of all Daleks, 'cos there's one thing I never worked out. The words, 'Bad Wolf'. Spread across time and space everywhere, drawing me in. How did you manage that?
      Emperor Dalek: I did nothing.
      The Doctor: Oh, come on. There's no secrets now, Your Worship.
      Emperor Dalek: They are not part of my design. This is the truth of God.

    • Captain Jack: The Delta Wave. Is it ever going to be ready?
      Emperor Dalek: Tell him the truth, Doctor. There is every possibility the Delta Wave could be complete, but no possibility of refining it. The Delta Wave must kill every living thing in its path, with no distinction between human and Dalek. All things will die. By your hand
      Captain Jack: Doctor, the range of this transmitter covers the entire Earth.
      Emperor Dalek: You would destroy Daleks and humans together? If I am God, the creator of all things, then what does that make you, Doctor?
      The Doctor: There are colonies out there. The human race would survive in some shape or form, but you're the only Daleks in existence. The whole universe is in danger if I let you live. D'you see, Jack? That's the decision I've got to make for every living thing. Die as a human or live as a Dalek. What would you do?

    • The Doctor: If I'm very clever--and I'm more than clever, I'm brilliant--I might just save the world. Or rip it apart.
      Rose: I'd go for the first one.
      The Doctor Me, too.

    • The Doctor: There's another thing the TARDIS could do. It could take us away. We could leave; let history take its course. We go to Marbella in 1989.
      Rose: Yeah, but you'd never do that
      The Doctor: No, but you could ask. Never even occurred to you, did it?

    • Captain Jack: There's an army about to invade this station. I need every last citizen to mount a defence!
      Rodrick: Don't listen to him! There aren't any Daleks! They disappeared thousands of years ago!
      (The female Stage Manager of 'The Weakest Link' steps forward)
      Captain Jack: (to her) Thanks. (she nods) As for the rest of you, the Daleks will enter the station at Floor 494 and, as far as I can tell, they'll head up, not down. But that's not a promise. So, here's a few words of advice. Keep quiet. And if you hear fighting up above, if you hear us dying, then tell me the Daleks aren't real.

    • Emperor Dalek: Purify the Earth with fire. The planet will become my temple and we shall arise. This will be our paradise!

    • Emperor Dalek: You destroyed us, Doctor. The Dalek race died in your inferno, but my ship survived. Falling through time, crippled but alive.
      The Doctor: I get it.
      Daleks: Do not interrupt! Do not interrupt! Do not interrupt!
      The Doctor: I think you're forgetting something. I'm the Doctor and if there's one thing I can do, it's talk. I've got five billion languages and you haven't got one way of stopping me. So if anybody's going to shut up, it's YOU! (He turns on the Daleks, who back away from him slightly; he turns back to the Emperor) Okey-doke, so where were we?
      Emperor Dalek: We waited here in the dark space, damaged but rebuilding. Centuries passed and we quietly infiltrated the systems of Earth, harvesting the waste of humanity. The prisoners, the refugees, the dispossessed, they all came to us. The bodies were filleted, pulped, sifted. The seed of the human race is perverted; only one cell in a billion was fit to be nurtured.
      The Doctor: So you created an army of Daleks out of the dead.
      Rose: That makes them... half-human.
      Emperor Dalek: Those words are blasphemy!
      Daleks: Do not blaspheme! Do not blaspheme! Do not blaspheme!
      Emperor Dalek: Everything human has been purged. I cultivated pure and blessed Dalek.
      The Doctor: Since when did the Daleks have a concept of blasphemy?
      Emperor Dalek: I reached into the dirt and made new life. I am the God of all Daleks.
      Daleks: Worship him! Worship him! Worship him!
      The Doctor: They're insane. Hiding in silence for hundreds of years, that's enough to drive anyone mad. But it's worse than that. Driven mad by your own flesh, the stink of humanity. You hate your own existence. And that makes them more deadly than ever.

    • Captain Jack: (about the Daleks) One minute, they're the greatest threat in the universe, the next minute they vanished out of time and space.
      The Doctor: They went off to fight a bigger war. The Time War.
      Captain Jack: I thought that was just a legend.
      The Doctor: I was there. The war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, with the whole of creation at stake. My people were destroyed, but they took the Daleks with them. I almost thought it was worth it. Now it turns out they died for nothing.

    • Dalek 1: You know the Doctor. You understand him. You will predict his actions.
      Rose: I don't know! And even if I did, I wouldn't tell you!
      Dalek 1: Predict. Predict! PREDICT!
      Dalek 2: TARDIS detected, in flight.
      Dalek 1: Launch missiles! Exterminate!
      Rose: You can't! The TARDIS hasn't got any defences! You're going to kill him!
      Dalek 1: You have predicted correctly.

    • The Doctor: Do you know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? The Oncoming Storm. You may have removed all your emotions, but I reckon right down deep in your DNA there's one little spark left, and that's fear. Doesn't it just burn when you face me? So tell me, how did you survive the Time War?
      Emperor Dalek: They survived through me.

    • Captain Jack: Don't I get a hug?
      Rose: Come here!
      Captain Jack: (pointing to the Doctor) I was talking about him.

    • The Doctor: It's alright, come on out. That forcefield can hold back anything.
      Jack: Almost anything.
      The Doctor: Yes, but I wasn't gonna tell them that, thanks.
      Jack: Sorry.

    • The Doctor's Hologram: This is Emergency Program 1. Rose, now listen, this is important. If this message has activated, then it can only mean one thing: we must be in danger, and I mean fatal. I'm dead, or about to die any second with no chance of escape.
      Rose: No!
      The Doctor's Hologram: And that's okay, I hope it's a good death. But I promised to look after you, and that's what I'm doing. The TARDIS is taking you home...
      Rose: I won't let you.
      The Doctor's Hologram: ...and I bet you're fussing and moaning now. Typical. But hold on and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me. Emergency Program 1 means I'm facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine. So this is what you should do. Let the TARDIS die. Just let this old box gather dust. No one can open it, no one will even notice it. Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner. And over the years the world will move on, and the box will be buried. And if you want to remember me, you can do one thing. That's all, one thing: (The hologram of the Doctor turns to stare at Rose) Have a good life. Do that for me Rose. Have a fantastic life.

    • Captain Jack: Ladies and gentlemen, we are at war!

    • Daleks: Target sighted! Exterminate!
      Rose: You can't!

    • The 10th Doctor: Hello. Oka-.... (licks teeth) Mmmm, new teeth. That's weird. Now where was I? Oh! That's right! Barcelona!

    • Dalek: Exterminate!
      Jack: I kind of figured that.

    • The Emperor Dalek: This is perfection. I have created heaven on Earth.

    • Dalek: Identify Yourself!
      Anne-Droid: You are the weakest link, goodbye! (Zaps 3 daleks)
      (Dalek enters through other doorway)
      Anne Droid: You are the weakest link- (Dalek blasts Anne droid)
      Anne Droid: (Broken) Good bye....

    • The Doctor: (to Rose) You were fantastic! Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!

    • Emperor Dalek: I want to see you become like me. Hail the Doctor, the great exterminator.
      The Doctor: I'll do it!
      Emperor Dalek: Then prove yourself, Doctor. What are you? Coward, or killer?
      (The Doctor's hands tremble on the detonator, then he takes a step back and slouches)
      The Doctor: Coward. Any day.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: November 22, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • Russell T. Davies wrote an alternative climax in which the Doctor and Rose actually head to the planet Barcelona, with Rose unknowingly on the verge of death due to her exposure to the time vortex. It was planned that this ending would be recorded, to serve as a red herring.

    • The Daleks remain the only Doctor Who villains to have faced every incarnation of the Doctor. With the exception of Paul McGann, the Daleks have been seen in the televised stories of all of the Doctors. However the voices of the Daleks were heard when they "exterminated" the Gordon Tipple incarnation of the Master at the beginning of the 1996 Doctor Who television movie.

    • Upon translation into Italian, this episode was renamed Padroni dell'Universo (Masters of the Universe)

    • The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 6.91 million.

    • The location where the big yellow truck is attempting to open the TARDIS console is Loudoun Square, Bute Town, Cardiff, which was also the same location used for "Fathers' Day," where Pete Tyler is originally killed.

    • Jenna Russell - Floor Manager (uncredited)

    • Last appearance of Christopher Eccleston (The 9th Doctor).

      First appearance of David Tennant (The 10th Doctor)

    • Described in the Radio Times Doctor Who special (26.03.05 - 01.04.05) as: "More Daleks? We reckon so".

  • Allusions

    • Rose: I looked into the TARDIS. And the TARDIS looked into me.

      This is a possible allusion to philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's advice from 'Beyond Good and Evil': "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes into you."

    • Captain Jack Harkness who is left stranded at the Game Station has his own destiny to fulfil. This was mentioned by the Tenth Doctor in the Special Episode that was shown at the BBC Children In Need show.

    • Rose: That makes 'em... half human.
      Dalek Emperor: Those words are blasphemy!

      The dialogue here references negative fan reaction to the revelation that the Doctor is half human in the 1996 TV-movie.

    • Null points - The Doctor quotes the phrase commonly associated with poor acts from the Eurovision Song Contest.