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
Christopher Eccleston's departure was meant to be kept secret so that the regeneration would come as surprise. However, the news broke early in the series, so the impact was lost. See more »
When the TARDIS is opened, the chain that opens it gets completely out of the TARDIS an falls on the ground outside. In the next shot, part of the chain is seen on the floor inside the TARDIS. On the following shot the chain is again outside. See more »
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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