Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 13

The Parting of the Ways (9 Jun. 2006)

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The Dalek fleet is poised to destroy the Earth and only The Doctor, Rose, Jack and a band of television producers can stop them.

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The Doctor comes face to face with the Dalek Emperor but manages to rescue Rose. They return to Satellite 5 to prepare for the invasion with Captain Jack organizing the armed resistance and the Doctor rewiring the station to produce a deadly Delta wave. The Doctor had always promised to take care of Rose and knowing that the Delta wave will destroy everything, he forces her to return to Earth on the TARDIS. With Mickey's help, she finds a way to return to Satellite 5 and acquires a great power, one that will be the end of the Doctor as we know him. Written by garykmcd

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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 still be recorded, at least partly to serve as a red herring. This ending has not been released to the public. See more »

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When the Daleks exterminate Jack, the CGI skeleton's foot can clearly be seen in front of the Dalek 'sucker' when it should in fact be behind it. See more »

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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!
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Credit at the end of "The Parting of the Ways": "Doctor Who will return in The Christmas Invasion". See more »

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Written by Ron Grainer
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The new beginning ends with a new beginning.
13 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

This is it. The final part of the . . . . finale. Joe Ahearne is still directing, and Russell T. Davies is still the writer, for this conclusion to the two-part climax, and neither of them disappoint.

The Daleks are back. Lots of them. As was revealed at the end of the last episode, "Bad Wolf". It turns out that the TV shows trapping The Doctor and co. were just a distraction while they prepared for their final push to take over Earth, and probably the rest of the universe. Things look pretty hopeless, and The Doctor does his best to send Rose to safety. But Rose might just be the key to surviving the situation.

Every character gets a fitting moment here in this conclusion to what was, arguably, the most important season in the history of the show (barring the very first). Audiences really embraced Doctor Who, and they deserved a rewarding pay-off at the end of the comeback, which is exactly what they got.

Eccleston may have disappointed many people by only signing on for one season, but he did enough to make the show a hit and deserves fair praise for that (even if his continued reticence to have any more to do with the Who-verse has started to seem more and more sour in recent years). Piper proves here, once and for all, that any companion can be just as important as the main time-traveller, and Barrowman shows that Captain Jack can really put up a good fight when need be. Oh, and David Tennant gets to make his first appearance before the episode finishes.

All in all, a great end to an important season that got the Doctor Who revival off to a cracking start.


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