Earth becomes the battlefield for the greatest and deadliest war of all time, as the Daleks and the Cybermen clash with the whole universe at stake. The Doctor and Rose, reunited with old ...
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Earth becomes the battlefield for the greatest and deadliest war of all time, as the Daleks and the Cybermen clash with the whole universe at stake. The Doctor and Rose, reunited with old friends and Cybermen experts Mickey and Jake, race to find a way to bring the war to an end before it brings about the destruction of the whole of space and time. But the Doctor soon faces an even bigger dilemma - could ending the war mean the death of Rose? Written by
The notion of the Genesis Ark needing to be activated by a time traveller was devised to give a reason for the Daleks keeping Rose and Mickey alive for so long at the start of Doomsday. Russell T. Davies also thought that this provided silent motivation for why the Daleks would have chosen to appear in twenty-first century London, since it was the most likely time and place to find the Doctor or one of his associates. He opted not to make this explicit, however, since it would pile too much grief upon the Doctor in what was already a tragic story, implicating him in the many deaths. See more »
The Doctor states that nothing exists in the Void. Yet this nothing somehow leaves residue. See more »
I've probably seen nearly every Dr. Who episode out there, and this may be the very best. If not, it certainly ranks up there with Adric's death, or Nyssa's departure, or Tegan's struggles. And let's not forget Ace, who had a special relationship with a very erratic doctor.
Others have already written excellent reviews, so I won't be redundant. Doctor Who shows time and again that science fiction can be about people, and not merely about remodulating the polarity of the main deflector's tachyon flow. The structure of Dr. Who allows the producers fabulous flexibility, and keeps an audience on the edge of their seat. Anything could happen to anyone at any time. Whether Rose confronts a Dalek, or Ace attacks a cyberman, we're never sure if that's their last moment.
Has it occurred to anyone else that the whole time-war background story might be the seed for a truly excellent Dr. Who movie? Also, I think that it's time for the Doctor to have a crew again. I don't think he'll be able to commit to a single assistant for a while now, and I believe I would be disappointed to see him do so.
In conclusion, I'll say it once again: Best episode ever!
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