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"Doctor Who" The End of Time: Part One (TV Episode 2009) Poster

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The Master being caught between life and death was inspired by Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.
The original idea for The Tenth Doctor's final story would have seen the TARDIS materialise on board a spacecraft carrying a family of aliens. The Doctor would sacrifice his life to prevent a radiation leak and save these ordinary, unimportant beings. Although Russell T. Davies liked the notion of the Doctor's regeneration taking place in such unremarkable circumstances - as opposed to the blockbuster events that had characterised each of his season finales - he was already concerned that viewers would consider this to be too great an anticlimax.
It was John Simm's idea for The Master to have blonde hair.
The Doctor calls The Master "Skeletor". Skeletor was the main antagonist in the 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), who had a skull for a head.
Russell T. Davies originally wanted to have The Doctor and The Master swap bodies. However, Davies wasn't keen to spend time during David Tennant's final story with the actor playing anybody other than the Doctor, and was also mindful that he had used a similar notion in "New Earth".
Patrick Stewart was offered the role of The Narrator.
Wilf leading a team of alien-watching pensioners was an unused idea for "Partners in Crime".
John Simm based his portrayal of the revived Master on The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
As part of the promotion for The End of Time, BBC One aired a special ident during the Christmas season in which the Doctor (David Tennant) would ride the TARDIS with reindeer like a sleigh. According to an interview with the Radio Times, Russell T. Davies credits his inspiration for the ident from A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008), who had a special Christmas ident in 2008. This ident was also adapted for BBC America.
Brian Cox (Elder Ood Voice) would later be cast as Sydney Newman, the creator of Doctor Who, in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013).
Donna was originally supposed to appear only in the epilogue for Part Two, giving The Doctor a chance to show that she was enjoying a good life despite losing all memory of her time with him.
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The Vinvocci were originally named Shanshay and Shanshay - the pronunciation of the two names being so subtly different that Wilf is unable to discern it (although the Doctor can).
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Catherine Tate filmed her role in 5 days.
Russell T. Davies originally planned for the Master leave an 'M' at the scenes of the murders he committed so as to provide a trail for the Doctor to follow. This was dropped when he realised that it had already been established that the Doctor would simply 'know' where to find his fellow Time Lord.
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The Doctor's confrontation with The Master originally took place in a desert. This setting was used for "Planet of the Dead".
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Working titles for this episode included The Immortality Gate and The Final Days Of Planet Earth.
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Omega was originally going to appear instead of Rassilon, but the idea was dropped.
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Brian Cox had been considered for The Master in the 1996 TV Movie.
Abigail Naismith was originally named Alice.
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This episode takes place on December 25, 2009.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Bernard Cribbins regretted not getting the chance to travel in the TARDIS in Series Four. Here, Wilf finally got the chance.
Last ever appearance of Lucy Saxon.

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