5 July 2008
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones), Julian Bleach (Davros), Valda Aviks (German Woman), Shobu Kapoor (Scared Woman), Elizabeth Tan (Anna Zhou), Michael Price (Liberian Man), Barney Edwards, Nick Pegg, David Hankinson, Anthony Spargo (Dalek Operators), John Lesson (Voice of K9), Alexander Armstrong (Mr Smith)
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||Graeme Harper|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
All hell has broken loose!
Davros and the New Dalek Empire prepare to detonate a bomb that will wipe out all of existence. The Doctor is helpless and the TARDIS faces destruction. The only hope lies with The Doctor’s companions, but Dalek Caan predicts that one will die
An alternate ending. After saying goodbye to Wilf, the Tenth Doctor returns to the TARDIS, which dematerialises, in the kitchen, Donna hears the sound and there is a brief look of recognition on her face which she dismisses, in the TARDIS, a scanner begins receiving a strange signal, prompting The Doctor to launch into his traditional, What? What!? What. response, after which two Pete’s World Cybermen suddenly rise up behind him – a cliffhanger. Both scenes were included in the Series 4 DVD set released in November 2008, in his commentary, Davies explains that the cliffhanger ending was dropped in response to comments by a Doctor Who Magazine writer who stated a cliffhanger was inappropriate after such a sad series of scenes. In The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter, Benjamin Cook is acknowledged as being the one who convinced Davies to drop the Cybermen cliffhanger. Unlike most deleted scenes from Series 4, it is not possible to retroactively work the TARDIS piece and Cyberman cliffhanger sequences into continuity: the Bad Wolf Bay sequence plays out as one long exchange and no room exists to reinstate the discussion about the TARDIS, and the cliffhanger does not coincide with the opening of The Next Doctor, which shows The Doctor not in peril (this due, per The Writer’s Tale, to the opening being changed due to the changing of Journey’s End’s ending). The shot of Donna seemingly recognising the sound of the TARDIS was dropped at the suggestion of Julie Gardner who reminded Davies that it had just been stated that if Donna remembered anything about Tenth Doctor she would die. It is possible, however, for the scene of Donna recognising the TARDIS sound to be fit into continuity. The Cybermen cliffhanger was not dropped entirely as the BBC Wales logo appears at the end of the credits, the sound of Cybermen stomping can be heard.
Almost every companion of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors appears or is referenced in some way in this episode (including Astrid Peth), with the sole exception of Adam Mitchell.
This episode marks the first series finale to show a preview of the upcoming Christmas Special (2008). After the credits the Cybermenare said to return in the episode. The episode is further unique for being the only series finale in the Russell T Davies era which doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.
The word Exterminieren, which the German Daleks use, is not in common use. In the German dubs of the episodes, the word used is Vernichten (literally, Reduce to nothing, colloquially, Destroy). The full dialogue for the German Daleks is as follows: Exterminieren! Exterminieren! Halt! Sonst werden wir Sie exterminieren! Sie sind jetzt ein Gefangener der Daleks! Exterminieren! Exterminieren! This translates as: Exterminate! Exterminate! Stop! Or we will exterminate you. You are now a prisoner of the Daleks. Exterminate! Exterminate!
Julian Bleach, who plays Davros, previously appeared as the Ghostmaker in the Torchwood story From Out of the Rain.