Doctor Who (2005– )
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The Parting of the Ways 

As the Dalek fleet begin their attack on the Earth, the Doctor and his allies make one final stand against his greatest foes and not everyone will make it out alive.


Joe Ahearne


Russell T. Davies, Terry Nation (character: "The Daleks")




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Male Programmer
Jo Joyner ... Lynda
Paterson Joseph ... Rodrick
Nisha Nayar ... Female Programmer
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Anne Robinson Anne Robinson ... Anne Droid (voice)
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards ... Dalek Operator
Nicholas Pegg Nicholas Pegg ... Dalek Operator
David Hankinson David Hankinson ... Dalek Operator
Alan Ruscoe ... Android


The Doctor comes face to face with the Dalek Emperor but manages to rescue Rose. They return to Satellite 5 to prepare for the invasion with Captain Jack organizing the armed resistance and the Doctor rewiring the station to produce a deadly Delta wave. The Doctor had always promised to take care of Rose and knowing that the Delta wave will destroy everything, he forces her to return to Earth on the TARDIS. With Mickey's help, she finds a way to return to Satellite 5 and acquires a great power, one that will be the end of the Doctor as we know him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Humans have previously been converted to Daleks on Necros by Davros in Revelation of the Daleks. See more »


When the Daleks exterminate Jack, the CGI skeleton's foot can clearly be seen in front of the Dalek 'sucker' when it should in fact be behind it. See more »


Emperor Dalek: Purify the Earth with fire. The planet will become my temple and we shall rise. This will be our paradise!
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Crazy Credits

Credit at the end of "The Parting of the Ways": "Doctor Who will return in The Christmas Invasion". See more »


References The Weakest Link (2000) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A fine season finale
2 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Following on immediately from 'Bad Wolf' this episode opens with The Doctor rescuing Rose from the Daleks. In the process he learns how they survived the Time War... or more precisely how they were recreated by their emperor, who is now their god. Returning to Satellite 5, The Doctor formulates a plan to defeat the Daleks. He then puts Rose in the Tardis and sets it on a one way course for Earth in 2005. Rose is determined to return to him but the Tardis appears to be dead. Back on the station it becomes apparent that if The Doctor's plan to wipe out the Daleks succeeds it will also exterminate everybody on Earth... a price worth paying to rid the universe of the Daleks?

I enjoyed this episode more than I expected; there was plenty of tension, several exciting scenes, emotional intensity and we finally learn why the words 'Bad Wolf' kept appearing throughout the season. The number of deaths is quite surprising; particularly in the case of one character although he does 'recover'. Having The Doctor send Rose away along with a message saying he didn't expect to survive worked well; it showed us just how far each of them was prepared to go to try to save the other. Christopher Eccleston was on fine form as The Doctor; he may only have been in the series for one season but he was a fine first Doctor for the new era of the show. Billie Piper and John Barrowman were impressive as Rose and Captain Jack; the former bringing real emotion to her role. The Daleks made an impressive enemy; I especially liked how the say they survived the Time War slightly changed them. The final scenes serve to indicate that the next Doctor will have a distinctly different personality.

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