Earth becomes the battlefield for the greatest and deadliest war of all time, as the Daleks and the Cybermen clash with the whole universe at stake. The Doctor and Rose, reunited with old friends and Cybermen experts Mickey and Jake, race to find a way to bring the war to an end before it brings about the destruction of the whole of space and time. But the Doctor soon faces an even bigger dilemma - could ending the war mean the death of Rose?Written by
A particular piece of music written by regular composer, Murray Gold with vocals from Melanie Pappenheim, caused an influx of emails to the BBC requesting a Doctor Who soundtrack on the back of this piece of music alone. The following year, fans' wishes were granted and a soundtrack was released on the strength of the emails inquiring about that one particular piece of music, the title of which is simply known as "Doomsday". See more »
As the Doctor and the Cyberleader are looking out at London from Torchwood, there is smoke and fire from battles with Cybermen on the streets. A short time later, as the Doctor and the party are watching the Daleks from the roof of Torchwood, the smoke and fire has disappeared and central London appears untouched. See more »
This is part two of the epic conclusion of Rose Tyler's time as the Doctor's companion (though she'd return from time to time in other forms). When last we left them, the Doctor and Rose got caught up in the machinations of Torchwood - the sort of secret government organization that monitors the crazy supernatural/sci-fi stuff going on on Earth. But in the last episode, the controls of the 'ghosts' went haywire, and millions of them came to Earth which also triggered the opening of the Sphere. The ghosts are actually Cybermen (woops, remember them from the alternate reality episode, they don't mess around the big lugs they are), and the Sphere is holding the Daleks (gasp, again! you can never get rid of those) who have an agenda that might be funny if they weren't their usual craven hard selves: bring more Daleks to Earth through an old machine that just needs a human touch.
This is among the top tier of the Davies/Tennant/Piper era, and Tennant and Piper especially bring it as actors. You really feel how much over these adventures they've grown close together. It's not like a super-sexual type of attraction or something, it's much deeper than that with the love they have: the Doctor can barely say it without crying, and Rose can't stop relaying her devotion and stopping at nothing (standing up to Daleks included) to stay by his side.
There's still humor though, for as emotionally tough it gets near the end. For all of the tears some of the more heart-touched viewers may get (I'm sure if I was watching with my wife she'd break down in tears), it's a very funny episode at times. The Daleks are just a source of humor due to their deadpan commanding voices, and seeing them fight the Cybermen - or just their first taunts to one another before they open fire - is surprisingly amusing. The writers also have a good sense of drama (and minor amusement) with the Tyler parents, one in this world and the other in the alternate reality.
Doomsday is an intense episode, for how silly it can occasionally get (mostly the sight near the end of how the enemies are extinguished, which reminded me of an old Ninja Turtles cartoon or something). It's terrifying to sense how everything really COULD end here, if by some horror the BBC decided to suddenly take the show off the air it would be a helluva ending. But for all the heavy feelings by the end, there's still a sense that everything was touched upon here: adventure, excitement, horror, dread, comedy, romance, and pathos.
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