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
This episode marks the first time the Doctor used the psychic paper. See more »
Rose Tyler's hairstyle changes from shot to shot when she is discussing being 'the last human' with Cassandra. Rose's hair is in one style for the long shots, and another style for the close-ups. See more »
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
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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