Rose goes off on her first adventure with the Doctor who takes her 5 billion years into the future to view a cataclysmic event: the destruction of the Earth. They're on an orbiting space platform with a groups of invited guests who seem to travel from one cataclysmic event to another. There are uninvited guests as well in the form of spider-like mechanical robots that seem to multiply at will and are obviously bent on causing destruction. The spiders soon dispose of the Steward and gain control of the orbiting platform's mainframe. It doesn't take long for the Doctor to figure out just which of the invited guests is behind it all.Written by
The Moxx of Balhoon was originally going to be animated, but this changed to a "glove puppet" and then a full rubber suit when it was desired he be "chunkier". Jimmy Vee had done similar parts before, although the actor said it was hard filming in the costume, which took three hours to put on. See more »
Rose and Cassandra are shot intermittently from behind, looking out of the Space Station window; from behind Cassandra's lips do not move at all, though we still hear her speak. See more »
[to the Doctor]
I bet you were the school swot who never got kissed.
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S1, E2 - The End of the World: 'Everything Has It's Time, And Everything Dies'
After a brilliant introduction to the Doctor and Rose in the opening episode we get the first real adventure into space and time. This really was an ambitious affair as The Doctor proves his credentials by taking Rose five billion years into the future to see the end of the Earth. They arrive at Platform One and meet a host of aliens, creatures and the last human, Lady Cassandra. However, there is a sinister plot threatening everyone on board, so that they die with the Earth.
Doctor Who is first and foremost entertainment. This was entertaining. Although it didn't take a genius to work out the rather simple who- dun-nit, it was interesting and there were some great moments throughout the episode. Jabe was a really interesting character to me. Although she only featured for an episode her chemistry with the Doctor had potential and she would have made a great companion. The Moxx was also a fun character as was the Steward who was perfect in his role.
This was good. It wasn't a fantastic episode but it was a very fun episode and got the point across about how far the Doctor can go, how far he can take Rose. The scene back on Earth was a good contrast. I really liked the suspenseful climax of getting through the fan. I love that score and it was jut a great scene. The resolution wasn't brilliant and Cassandra has never been the most petrifying enemy. Wannamaker is great in the role but the character itself just isn't intimidating enough. Neither are the spider machines. However, on the whole, it was a great example of an entertainment episode and that was the purpose, to draw in a new audience.
OVERALL - 7.0: A fun, exciting episode but nothing too great. Cassandra isn't a formidable enemy and there isn't enough suspense or spectacular moments for it to be anything more than good.
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