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 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 »

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Daleks: [the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS and bumps into a few Daleks] Exterminate! Exterminate!
The Doctor: [the Daleks fire wildly at The Doctor but nothing happens] Is that it? Useless.
The Doctor: [with French pronunciation] Nul points.
The Doctor: [beckons to Jack and Rose] It's all right. Come on out. That force field can hold back anything.
Captain Jack Harkness: Almost anything.
The Doctor: Yes, but I wasn't gonna tell them that, thanks.
Captain Jack Harkness: Sorry.
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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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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: The Last Battle (2005) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Great ending to a great beginning!
18 September 2012 | by (Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States) – See all my reviews

The Doctor first crossed my personal time line during the Tom Baker years; science fiction in general (with the exception of the first Star Trek series on television) with the fourth volume of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy in 1981." I must admit that I was at best a tepid fan of science fiction before discovering Dr. Asimov's page-turners and of the Doctor's before discovering David Eccleston's intense, intensely sexy Doctor (not to mention John Barrowman's Captain Jack and the remarkable dramatic comedy of Annette Badland's Cardiff Mayor Margaret! While she was last seen as the collapsed skin suit on the floor of the Tardis, I do hope some way will be found to have *her* time line cross the future or past of one of the Doctors or Captain Jack) in 2005 in the admirably written, reconstituted series.

The "modern" Doctor Who series (and Torchwoods) have gone on from strength to strength, but if a parallel can be drawn from an earlier series, just as the overwhelming quality and technological shift from the original Star Trek to the Next Generation made going back to appreciate the simplicity of the earlier series difficult, after Eccleston's new "First Series" with the often over-rated CGI effects (in that, well executed as they are, they threaten to overwhelm and distract from the vastly improved writing!), all previous Doctor Who episodes and stories became decidedly "BACK numbers." Calling the all too brief Eccleston Season "The First Series" as the DVD release does, is hardly hyperbole. In a very real sense it is a practical reality and a great new starting point. Bravo.


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