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.
Did You Know?
The original ending featured the Doctor in the TARDIS, when a scanner begins receiving a strange signal, prompting the Doctor to launch into his traditional "What? What? What?" response, after which two Cybermen suddenly rise up behind him - a cliffhanger. Russell T. Davies
explained that the cliffhanger ending was dropped in response to comments by a writer with Doctor Who Magazine who stated a cliffhanger was inappropriate after such a sad series of scenes. Had the Cybermen scene been kept, this would have marked the first time since Doctor Who: Doomsday
(2006) that both Daleks and Cybermen had appeared in the same episode, and the first time Cybermen would have appeared in the same episode with Davros. See more
If as shown on screen the emergency temporal shift only carrys one how would dalek Caan turning up on davros' command ship in the time war get Davros out of the time war answer it wouldn't, there would have to be a second emergency temporal shift generator in Davros' chair. See more
But you promised me, Dalek Caan. Why did you not foresee this?
[Caan laughs delightedly
Oh, I think he did. Something's been manipulating the time lines for ages, getting Donna Noble to the right place at the right time...
This would always have happened. I only helped Doctor.
You betrayed the Daleks?
I *saw* the Daleks. What we have done throughout time and space. I saw the truth of us, creator, and I decreed: No more!
Along with the story's first half, "The Stolen Earth" (#4.12), this episode has the longest opening-credits cast list of the modern series: six names (Tennant, Tate, Agyeman, Barrowman, Sladen and Piper) appear before the title instead of the usual two... in the same amount of time. See more
Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more