Journey’s End – Episode Guide

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The episode continues from the end of “The Stolen Earth”; the Doctor (David Tennant) is regenerating inside the TARDIS. Once his body has healed, he halts the transformation by transferring the remaining energy into his severed hand. The TARDIS is captured by the Daleks and transported to the Crucible—the Dalek flagship.

 The Doctor and his previous companions Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) leave the TARDIS, but Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) is locked in. The Dalek Supreme orders the TARDIS to be destroyed; in the process, Donna collapses by the Doctor’s severed hand. The energy stored in the hand forms a new Doctor who saves the TARDIS from destruction. Concurrently, Torchwood employees Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) find safety in an impenetrable time bubble; Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) is saved from a Dalek extermination by Rose’s ex-boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) and mother Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) and surrender themselves to get aboard the Crucible; and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) teleports to a castle near Nuremberg where the Daleks are seen speaking German.

The Doctor and Rose are taken to Davros (Julian Bleach), creator of the Daleks. The Doctor taunts Davros on account of the fact he is not in charge (Davros having been imprisoned and kept alive for his knowledge), but Davros in turn retorts that the Doctor is as much a monster as he. Davros explains that the twenty-seven stolen planets form a compression field which can cancel the electrical energy of atoms. The resulting “reality bomb” has the potential to destroy all matter in every universe; reality itself would be destroyed. After the device is tested, the Daleks receive two transmissions: Sarah, Mickey, Jack, and Jackie threaten to destroy the Crucible using a “Warpstar” that Sarah Jane had, and Martha threatens to use the Osterhagen Key—a last resort device which would destroy Earth. Their actions cause Davros to challenge the Doctor’s reliance on his companions. The companions, however, are transported to the Vault before they can execute their plans, where upon Davros gloats over his seeming victory and challenges the Doctor over the deaths he has caused and the sheer number of people who have died for him. Davros calls this my final victory; I have shown you yourself, Doctor.

Davros prepares to detonate the reality bomb before the TARDIS materialises in front of him. The second Doctor and Donna run out but are stopped by Davros. Seconds before the bomb detonates, Donna becomes imbued with Time Lord knowledge and disables the reality bomb. The two Doctors help her disable the Daleks and relocate the missing planets, but the control panel is destroyed by the Supreme Dalek before Earth can be relocated. Davros asks Dalek Caan why he didn’t forsee this, but the Doctor realises he had. Caan confirms this, citing that having witnessed the atrocities committed by the Daleks throughout time and space, Caan sought to bring an end to it.

Motivated by Dalek Caan’s prophecy of the Daleks’ extinction, and knowing the Daleks could still take the Universe by force, with or without the Reality Bomb, the new Doctor destroys the Daleks and the Crucible. The original Doctor offers to save Davros who refuses, accusing the Doctor of being responsible for the destruction and naming him as “the Destroyer of Worlds”. The companions flee into the TARDIS and “tow” the Earth back into its original orbit with the aid of Sarah’s supercomputer Mr Smith, her robotic dog K-9, and the spatio-temporal rift in Cardiff.

In the dénouement of the episode, the Doctor parts ways with his companions: Sarah returns home to her son Luke; Martha and Mickey leave with Jack; and the Doctor returns Rose and Jackie to the parallel universe they were trapped in, in “Doomsday”. The Doctor forces the other Doctor to stay in the parallel universe as punishment for committing genocide and to requite Rose’s love. After departing, Donna becomes overwhelmed by the Time Lord knowledge. To save her life, the Doctor is forced to wipe her mind, and explains to her mother Sylvia (Jacqueline King) and grandfather Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins) that Donna must never remember him, because she will die if she does so, even for a second. As the Doctor leaves, Wilfred promises that he will never forget the Doctor on his granddaughter’s behalf.

Journey’s End is now available as a legal download from iTunes and is also available to purchase on DVD.

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