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The End of the World 

The Doctor takes Rose to the year 5 billion to witness the destruction of the Earth.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Simon Paisley Day ...
Steward (as Simon Day)
Cassandra (voice)
Beccy Armory ...
Computer (voice)
Aliens (voice)


Rose goes off on her first adventure with the Doctor who takes her 5 billion years into the future to view a cataclysmic event: the destruction of the Earth. They're on an orbiting space platform with a groups of invited guests who seem to travel from one cataclysmic event to another. There are uninvited guests as well in the form of spider-like mechanical robots that seem to multiply at will and are obviously bent on causing destruction. The spiders soon dispose of the Steward and gain control of the orbiting platform's mainframe. It doesn't take long for the Doctor to figure out just which of the invited guests is behind it all. Written by garykmcd

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17 March 2006 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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Both Cassandra and the robotic spiders - other than an inactive one - are completely CGI creatures. See more »


When the Doctor is 'fixing' Rose's mobile, he takes the back panel off. When he hands the mobile back to Rose, the back panel is re-attached. See more »


Cassandra: [as she is revealed as the mastermind behind the sabotage] I had hoped to manufacture a hostage situation, with myself as one of the victims. The compensation would have been enormous.
The Doctor: Five billion years and it still comes down to money.
Cassandra: Do you think it's cheap looking like this? Flatness costs a fortune.
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It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
4 January 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

After the success of the pilot episode, Doctor Who moved onwards and upwards in a confident manner, starting with this episode in which the Doctor takes Rose to see the end of Earth, viewed from a viewing platform in space that has a bunch of rich visitors in attendance. These visitors include The Face Of Boe and a stretched out piece of heavily-moisturised skin named Cassandra (voiced by Zoe Wanamaker), who claims that she is the last pure human being alive, much to the chagrin of Rose.

Written, once again, by Russell T. Davies, this continues to reveal more pieces of information for newcomers, about who The Doctor is and where he comes from, while setting up characters and dynamics that would appear in future episodes - including the enjoyable Bad Wolf motif that ran throughout the first season, leading to a memorable first season finale.

With a more expansive set of life-forms and events on display, this is the perfect way to build upon the goodwill gained by the pilot episode. And it's one of many episodes to become more enjoyable to those who revisit it after watching more seasons of the show.

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