Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 13

Journey's End (5 Jul. 2008)

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In the wake of Davros' threat to destroy the existence of the Universe itself, the Doctor's companions unite to stop the Dalek empire. Which one will die by the prophecies and what will the fate be for the Doctor?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Smith (as Thomas Knight)
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The Doctor and his companions prepare to do battle with Davros and the Daleks who are out to destroy everything and everyone in the universe other than themselves. All seems lost when the Daleks apparently destroy the TARDIS but it's not that simple as an empowered Donna - and a new version of the Doctor - take control and face the Dalek menace head on. For one of the Doctor's companions however, there will be a heavy price to pay. Written by garykmcd

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Those shown in flashback who die for the Doctor are Harriet Jones who dies in this episode, Jabe from Doctor Who: The End of the World (2005), The Controller from Doctor Who: Bad Wolf (2005), Lynda Moss from Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (2005), Robert MacLeish from Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (2006), Mrs Moore from Doctor Who: The Age of Steel (2006), Colin Skinner from Doctor Who: Love & Monsters (2006), Ursula Blake from Doctor Who: Love & Monsters (2006) (who did not die but was left permanently disfigured and incapacitated), Bridget Sinclair from Doctor Who: Love & Monsters (2006), Face of Boe from Doctor Who: Gridlock (2007), Chantho from Doctor Who: Utopia (2007), Astrid Peth from Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007), Luke Rattigan from Doctor Who: The Poison Sky (2008), Jenny from Doctor Who: The Doctor's Daughter (2008) (who is, in fact, not dead, but the Doctor is unaware of this), River Song from Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead (2008) (Though only her body is dead. The Doctor preserves her mind in the computer of The Library), and the Hostess from Doctor Who: Midnight (2008). It could be argued that out of all of these flashbacks, Jenny's death affects the Doctor the most, since her flashback is the only one with sound. See more »


When Jack finds Mickey, Jackie and Sarah he does the studs up on the cover to his time-shift device. When he hugs Mickey however, three out of four of the studs have come undone. See more »


The Doctor: I'm unique - never been another like me, 'cause all that regeneration energy went into the hand. Look at the hand - I love that hand - but then you touched it. *Wham!*
[Donna startles]
The Doctor: Shhhh! Instantaneous biological metacrisis! I grew... out of you. Still, could be worse...
Donna Noble: Oi! Watch it, spaceman!
The Doctor: Oi! Watch it, earthgirl!
[Donna is taken aback]
The Doctor: Oooh... I sound like you! I sound all - all sort of... rough!
Donna Noble: Oi!
The Doctor: Oi!
Donna Noble: Oi!
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Credit at the end of "Journey's End": COMING CHRISTMAS 2008 THE RETURN OF THE CYBERMEN See more »


Features Doctor Who: The End of the World (2005) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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I am a fan thanks to this episode
19 September 2008 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I was a very new Doctor Who fan, started with the fourth series, so when I saw this I didn't understand most of it - I'd never even heard the phrase EXTERMINATE! But I had seen enough to like the show, and I liked the character of Donna. So I had enough explanations, because she was new and had to have everything explained to her. Her ending made me very sad and this final made me want to see more of Doctor Who. I have seen every episode of the New series in just 1 week, and now I am a complete addict and a very great fan. After catching up with the previous series I watched Stolen Earth/Journey's End again, and this time everything made sense, and I was impressed how everything came back from all 4 series - even Bad Wolf! I'll admit that not everything is great - the regeneration felt like a cheap way to get a good cliffhanger, and Rose's comeback, although I loved the reunitement at the end of Stolen Earth, seemed somewhat unnecessary- she doesn't contribute anything to the story.

However, The character of the doctor and his life are examined in a more detailed way than ever and that is the main storyline, along with the return of the companions. The battle with the Daleks is almost not important, it's just a background for the rest of it. The ending made much more sense the second time around, because I had seen him say goodbye before, and I knew his loneliness. The final scenes makes this one of the best episodes so far, and I can't wait for the next ones.

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