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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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 »

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When Martha contacts the Crucible the way she is holding the key changes between shots from inside the station and the view screen on the crucible. See more »

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[Rose and the Doctor, trapped in Davros' Vault, have just witnessed the "reality bomb" test]
Rose Tyler: Doctor, what happened?
Davros: Electrical energy, Miss Tyler. Every atom in existence is bound by an electrical field. The reality bomb cancels it out, structure falls apart. That test was focused on the prisoners alone. Full transmission will dissolve every form of matter.
Rose Tyler: The stars are going out...
The Doctor: The 27 planets... they become one vast transmitter, blasting that wavelength...
Davros: Across the entire universe, never...
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Credit at the end of "Journey's End": COMING CHRISTMAS 2008 THE RETURN OF THE CYBERMEN See more »

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References Torchwood (2006) See more »

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Doctor Who Closing Credits
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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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In 45 years of existence Doctor Who has never disappointed this much
5 July 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Didn't take much really, just no more than two to three minutes was all it took Russell T. Davies, whom I had just completely forgiven for all the horrible stories he has written over the past four years after three consecutive good episodes, completely takes away all the tension that had built up in "The Stolen Earth" and begins "Journey's End"- THE most contrived, hackneyed, sappy, ludicrous, and downright annoying Doctor Who episode of all time. "Twin Dilemma" and "Timeflight" step aside, "Journey's End" is the all time worst episode of Doctor Who, and if not for the brilliant opening half it would be the all-time worst Doctor Who story.

Quite simply I cannot think of one single thing I thought was good about "Journey's End". OK, Davros is still well-realized and there's some decent tension in the first... Oh, who am I kidding. No, Davros was the only positive in this episode. Davies' handling of everything else was downright horrendous, from character to plot to the overblown romance plot and what is surely the biggest mistake Doctor Who has EVER made- Doctor Donna. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Murray Gold, as per usual, is absolutely and utterly horrendous with his handling of the music. Overblown, ridiculous, overbearing, hideous attempts at being 'majestic' and every cliché in music composition pops up in this episode. Truly, truly terrible.

Featuring in this magnificent offering of Doctor Who are the following:

  • spinning Daleks. - Doctor Donna. - half-human Doctor who kisses Rose


in the series' worst ever scene outside the telemovie. - TARDIS dragging Earth. - Doctor Donna. - Doctor Donna.

Did I mention Doctor Donna yet? Practically everything past the half hour mark here is utterly unbearable, either completely overblown, nonsensical, and cowardly plot-wise, or hopelessly sappy, sentimental GARBAGE aimed at the lowest common denominator. Doctor Who has never talked down to children, why on Earth start now?!

All the performances are phoned-in and horrendous outside Tennant and Sladen. Agyeman is particularly awful, with every moment she tried to emote being absolutely, miserably terrible.

What a way for Russell to go out. Really. Such a champ for bringing back the show, and he offered some fine stories while in charge. Those fine stories appear to be mere tiny outbursts of skill and drive, as "Journey's End" tops even "Last of the Time Lords" for sheer ridiculousness, sappiness, and general awfulness.

Let's hope the specials are good, because although I'm not a fan of Russell the writer he doesn't deserve to end his reign on THIS note. What a colossal, colossal misfire this is. Don't care what Moffat says about what he thinks of Russell's era of Who, nothing he's written, not even "Chalk", has matched the complete absence of quality in this utterly insulting garbage.

1/10

Wish I could give it less.


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