Doctor Who End of Time Part 2 S04E18 (BBC)

Doctor Who: The End of Time

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

This was a great episode. I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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Gallifrey is burning. The Lord President is informed that The Doctor will use The Moment to destroy Daleks and Time Lords alike. The visionary confirms this. This is the last day of the Time Lords. One member of the Time Lord council says that maybe it’s time for the Time Lords to die. The Time War has consumed them all. The Lord President incinerates her.

Another member of the council mentions another part of the visionary’s prophecy involves two children of Gallifrey, the Doctor and the Master, battling it out on Earth. The Lord President says that their salvation lies on Earth.

Back in the present, the Master is about to start his war. Donna calls Wilf. He tells her to run away. She starts to remember. Her mind burns and knocks the Masters unconscious. The Doctor has got a smile. He says that she will just sleep.

The Master says that the noise started when he was 8-years old. He stared into the Untempered Schism, a gap in the fabric of reality. It enables you to stare into the time vortex itself. That’s when he heard the drumming calling him.

Back on Gallifrey, the council of the Time Lords says that the Untempered Schism was when it all began. A rhythm of four, it’s the heartbeat of a Time Lord.

The Master is still dying. He thinks that he can find the origin of the drumbeats. The Master is about to kill Wilf. The cactus people break the Doctor out. They transport away to their spaceship in orbit. The Doctor makes them power down the ship so that the Masters can’t find them.

A Time Lords tells his Lord President that the beat has been implanted into the Master’s mind. A drumbeat of four. They are still in the Time Lock though. The signal has been sent back into time. The Lord President sends some kind of gem back to Earth. The Master hears it. The Doctor sees it. The Master finds it. It’s a White Point Star.

The old woman finds Wilf. She says that this is the Doctor’s final battle. He tries to convince the Doctor of taking his weapon but he won’t. The Master tells the Doctor that it’s a White Point Star. The Doctor knows that the Time Lords are returning. He takes Wilf’s gun and rushes off. The Master is using the White Point Star and his transporter to create a pathway to Gallifrey.

The Lord President comes to the full council in the Panopticon. They chant Gallifrey returns.

The Doctor says that the whole Time War is Time Locked. This means that nothing go back out or in. Except if something was already there. This means the signal. The Doctor powers the ship back up and goes into the atmosphere. The Masters launch missiles. He’s heading straight forward to England.

The Lord President stands and goes through the pathway. Two dissident Time Lords are near him. They have their hands in front of their eyes, reminding me of the Weeping Angels. The Lord President actually shames them and compares them to the Weeping Angels. The Doctor jumps out of the ship into the mansion. He’s not strong enough to fire his gun. The Lord President is there. The Lord President opens his gloved hand and takes back the Master template from all humans. The something that is coming back is Gallifrey. It arrives back near Earth. The Doctor says that everything is coming back, the Scaro devastation, Daleks, the horde of travesties, the Nightmare Child, and hell. The Lord President declares that they will instigate the final sanction. The End of Time will come at his hand. The rupture will continue until it rips the time vortex apart. The Time Lords were planning on becoming creatures of pure thought while Creation was destroyed. The Lord President is about to destroy the Master. The Doctor takes the gun. If the Doctor kills the Master, the link gets broken and the Time Lords would go back. The Doctor sees the old woman. She is one of the Time Lords with her eyes covered. She is signaling the Doctor. The Doctor destroys the link by shooting the White Point Star and Gallifrey falls back into the Time Lock. The Lord President says that the Doctor will die with him. The Master saves the Doctor and sends a burst of energy into the Lord President. The blasts are consuming the essence of the Master as he unleashes his fury at the Lord President for creating his madness. His fate is unknown at this point.

The Doctor hears the knocking. It’s Wilf but the Doctor knows that he’s about to die. It was prophesied as such. The nuclear bolt is still running. Radiation is flooding the chamber in which Wilf is in right now. The Doctor is torn because he has to die to save Wilf. Radiation engulfs the Doctor as he steps into the pod. I don’t know, it’s a bit lackluster this death and regeneration. He should have just died at the hand of the Master or the Lord President.

The Doctor gets up. He gets out and says that it’s started. He’s regenerating. He drops Wilf off at Donna’s. She just woke up.

We see Martha and Mickey fighting a Sontaran. They’re married. The Doctor saves them from certain death. He came to say his goodbye. He goes to save Luke from a crash and leaves. Luke runs to get Sarah Jane, but the Doctor is on his way. He waves her goodbye.

Captain Jack Harkness is drinking in some alien bar. The Doctor buys him a drink. The note says that his name is Alonso. Captain Jack starts a conversation with him.

The Doctor goes to see Verity Newmann, the granddaughter of one of his companions. He asks if she was happy at the end. Verity says yes.

Donna is getting married. Both Wilf and his daughter see the Doctor in the distance. They talk to him. Wilf wants to know who the old woman was. The Doctor gives them a wedding present. It’s something that he borrowed from Geoff Noble (Donna’s dead dad) in the past. It’s a lottery ticket. It’s probably a winning lottery ticket. The Doctor leaves.

The Doctor goes to see Rose before she ever met him on New Year’s Day 2005. He tells her that she’ll have a great year. The Doctor is grimacing. He collapses and sees the Ood Sigma. The Ood says that they will sing to him, the universe will sing him to sleep. This song is ending but his story isn’t over yet.

The Doctor steps back into the TARDIS and starts glowing. The TARDIS leaves Earth. The Doctor explodes inside the TARDIS. There is considerable damage to it. Matt Smith appears in David Tennant’s place. The TARDIS is spinning out of control and about to crash. He screams Geronimo after checking that he’s not a girl, not ginger, and has all of his limbs, including eyes, ears, a chin, and hair.

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40 thoughts on “Doctor Who End of Time Part 2 S04E18 (BBC)”

  1. Was anyone paying attention to who the old woman was that uncovered her face before the Doctor destroyed the link?

  2. Geoff Noble is Sylvia Noble’s husband. Sylvia is Donna’s mum. The Doctor borrowed some money from him to pay for the lottery ticket.

    1. Geoff Noble is Donna’s dad. The actor who played him in The Runaway Bride (S03E00?) passed away in the middle of filming scenes for Partners in Crime (S04E01), so they wrote Geoff’s off-screen death into the series. They replaced him with Wilfred Mott (Donna’s grandad). Wilf was never intended to be Donna’s grandfather when he first appeared in Voyage of the Damned (S0400). Yes… I’ve been watching my series 4 boxset today XD

      I know that you probably know all this Range, but I thought others might be interested to know!

  3. Y’know what would have saved the tenth doctor from being irradiated like a Mojave wasteland?

    a stick.


    think about it.

    1. hes doing a favor for all of his loved ones, so he gave the note to him because in the series captian jack in bi sexual, so either he will just hook up with alonso, or marry him, that bit wasnt told

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