Doctor Who - The End of the World
Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies (executive), Mal Young (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Yasmin Bannerman, Zoe Wanamaker, Simon Day, Beccy Armory, Camille Coduri, Jimmy Vee
written by Russell T.Davies, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler
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To impress his new companion Rose (Billie Piper), Doctor Who
(Christopher Eccleston) takes her to the end of the world in his
police-phonebox-shaped timemachine the TARDIS (Time And Relative
Dimensions In Space) ... actually to a spacestation orbiting the earth for
the sole purpose to see the earth explode - & thus it's filled merely
with filthy rich aliens - some billion years into our future (though I
don't know when you are reading this, so it might ahve been yesterday).
though it becomes clear that one of the aliens has brought little four
legged robot creatures with the sole purpose of sabotaging the ship ...
which is doubly problematic as there is neither security personnel nor
technicians on the station & the station's stewart (Simon Day) is
promptly killed by the robots.
& while Rose, more than a little
disturbed by the sensationalistic aliens wanting to watch her planet go
boom, is soon locked away, the Doctor, only helped by the humanoid female
ree-creature Jabe (Yasmin Bannerman), whom he has a bit of a weakness for,
is soon trying to put an end to all sabotage - & sucessfully, too,
even if Jabe has to burn up in the process.
However, even if the space
station is safe once more, the culprit is still to be found ... & it's
actually Cassandra (voiced by Zoe Wannamaker), the last human (actually
merely a piece of skin mounted in a frame after too much plastic surgery),
who - typically human - tries to get some money out of pretty much
everything, be it insurance money for the space station's failure, a
staged hostage situation or merely wrecking the company behind the station
(since she has money in their rival). & now that nothing has worked
out, she has at least provided an escape route (via teleportation) for
herself ... but the Doctor wouldn't be the Doctor, wouldn't he know how to
return the teleportation process. & since Cassandra needs her skin to
stay moist, the Doctor - out of frustration over having lost Jabe - just
refuses to give her moisterizer ... & she goes out with a flap ...
The Doctor however returns with Rose to her present, to have some
A rather weak plot that does feature a second rate
(almost) love-story & has one of its main characters neatly locked
away to that end, & that doesn't come off all that stringent, is
hidden behind some hilariously bizarre aliens, a light-hearted approach to
the end of the world, & a predilection for self-conscious camp ...
& for some weird reason, that is (in this case) enough to make the
episode as such highly entertaining.