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"I'm a Time Lord. I'm the last of the Time Lords."
―The Doctor
The End of the World
Series: Doctor Who -
TV Stories
Series Number: Series 1
Story Number: 158
Doctor: Ninth Doctor
Companions: Rose Tyler
Setting: Platform One, Earth orbit; circa 5,000,000,000 CE
Earth, 2005
Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Euros Lyn
Producer: Phil Collinson
Broadcast: 2nd April 2005
Format: 1 45-minute episode
Prod. Code: 162
Previous Story: Rose
Following Story: The Unquiet Dead
For the Bernice Summerfield audio drama, see The End of the World (BFBS).



The Doctor takes Rose Tyler on her first voyage through time, to the year five billion. The Sun is about to expand and swallow the Earth. But amongst the alien races gathering to watch on Platform One, a murderer is at work. Who is controlling the mysterious and deadly Spiders?


Following "Rose", the Doctor asks Rose where she would like to go on her first trip in the TARDIS. She asks to go one hundred years into the future, but when they arrive, the Doctor states that the 22nd century is boring. They travel again, this time to 12,005 at the time of the New Roman Empire. Again, they move on without leaving the TARDIS. The Doctor then takes to a space station orbiting the Earth in the year 5.5/Apple/26 - the day the sun expands.

The Doctor tells Rose that the Earth has emptied, mankind having left it long ago and the planet taken over by the National Trust. They have used gravity satellites to hold the effects of the sun back, but now the money has run out the Earth will be allowed to be swallowed up by the Sun at last.

The extraterrestrial rich of the universe will witness the end of the world, which will occur in about an hour. The station has automated systems and is staffed by blue-skinned humanoids. On encountering the Steward, who manages Platform One, the Doctor persuades him that he and Rose are invited guests by using a piece of "Psychic paper" that makes people see what the Doctor wants them to see. The other guests arrive, including the diminutive Moxx of Balhoon, the Face of Boe, living humanoid trees from the Forest of Cheem (whose ancestors originated on Earth) and, from Financial Family Seven, a group called the Adherents of the Repeated Meme. Rose watches in fascination as the last living human arrives — the Lady Cassandra O'Brien Dot Delta Seventeen, who is just a piece of stretched-out skin with eyes and a mouth, mounted on a frame and connected to a brain jar. The skin needs to be constantly moisturised by her attendants. The guests exchange gifts: Jabe of the Forest of Cheem gives the Doctor a cutting taken from her grandfather; the Doctor gives her the gift of air from his lungs. The Moxx gives the gift of bodily salivas, and the Adherents of the Repeated Meme hand out gifts of "peace" in the form of metal spheres, even to the Steward.

Cassandra gives her own gifts: the last ostrich egg, and an "iPod" (which is actually a jukebox) from ancient Earth. Rose is a bit overwhelmed when the jukebox plays "classical" music — the song "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell — and leaves the hall. She has a brief conversation with a station plumber, Raffalo, who is investigating a blockage. At first she is comforted by the familiarity of Raffalo's matter-of-fact, working-class manner. But when Raffalo explains that she is from Crespallion, which is part of the Jaggit Brocade, affiliated to the Scarlet Junction, in Complex 56, Rose realises how far she is from home, and with a man she does not even know. Rose leaves, and does not see Raffalo spot some small, spider-like robots in the ducts, which rapidly grab her and pull her inside. Meanwhile, the spiders are being disgorged from the metal spheres gifted by the Adherents of the Repeated Meme to the various guests, and soon infiltrate the entire station, sabotaging its systems.

The Doctor finds Rose, and when Rose asks him where he is from, the Doctor brushes her questions off, getting defensive and angry. When the Doctor alters Rose's mobile phone so she can talk to her mother in the past, another fact sinks in — her mother is long dead. The Doctor jokes that if Rose thought the telephone call was amazing, she should see the bill. Suddenly, a tremor shakes the station, and the Doctor observes that it was not supposed to happen. The Steward, investigating the cause of the tremor, is killed when a spider lowers the sun filter in his room, exposing him to the direct heat of the Sun's rays.

The Doctor also starts to look into the tremor, and Jabe offers to show him where the maintenance corridors are while Rose goes to speak to Cassandra. Rose finds that Cassandra has had 708 operations to keep her alive, and considers herself the last "pure" human — the others who left "intermingled" with other species and she considers them all mongrels. Her 709th operation, to bleach her blood, is next week. Disgusted that humanity has come to this, Rose insults Cassandra and storms off, only to be met by the Adherents, who knock her out.

In the corridors, Jabe quietly tells the Doctor that she scanned him earlier, and was astonished to discover what he was and that he still even exists. She genuinely sympathises with him, putting a hand on his arm, and the Doctor is briefly moved to tears. They then continue to the bowels of the station, where they find one of the spiders. Jabe captures it with a long, vine-like appendage which she usually keeps hidden out of courtesy.

As the station's systems continue to be sabotaged and, as a "traditional ballad" — Britney Spears's "Toxic" — plays on the jukebox, Rose wakes to find herself trapped in a room with a lowering sun filter. The Doctor hears her cries for help and manages to raise the filter, but Rose is still locked in. Returning to the main hall, the Doctor releases the spider to seek out its master. At first it focuses on the Adherents of the Repeated Meme, but the Doctor points out that repeated memes are just ideas, and the Adherents are remote-controlled droids. He deactivates them and the spider scurries over to Cassandra.

Cassandra has her attendants hold the others at bay, saying that the moisturiser guns can also shoot acid. She reveals that her operations cost a fortune, and she was hoping to create a hostage situation whereby she could later seek compensation. Now she will just let everyone burn and take over their corporate holdings. Cassandra orders the spiders to shut off the force field protecting the station, then uses an illegal teleportation device to transport herself and her attendants away.

With only a few minutes left until the Sun incinerates Earth and the station, the Doctor and Jabe rush back down to the air-conditioning chamber. The restore switch for the computer systems is at the other end of a platform blocked by giant rotating fans. The Doctor protests that the rising heat will burn the wooden Jabe, but she insists on staying to hold down the switch that slows the fans. The Doctor makes it nearly to the end before Jabe catches fire and burns. He closes his eyes and concentrates, making it past the last fan and throwing the reset switch. The force fields come up around the station just in time, as the Earth explodes into cinders. The station's systems start to self-repair.

However, several of the guests are now dead (including the Moxx but not the Face of Boe), burned alive as the Sun's rays burst through cracks in the windows. The Doctor is furious, and after finding Cassandra's teleportation feed inside the ostrich egg, reverses it to bring her back. She quickly regains her poise and starts taunting the Doctor, saying that he cannot do anything about her. However, the Doctor calmly notes that he has transported Cassandra back without her moisturising attendants. In the raised temperature, she begins to dry out. Cassandra begs for mercy and Rose asks the Doctor to help her, but the Doctor coldly says that every thing has its time, and every thing dies. Cassandra's skin stretches and tears, her innards exploding and leaving only her brain tank and empty frame.

Rose is sad that in all the danger, the Earth's passing was not actually witnessed by anyone. The Doctor takes her back to the present in the TARDIS, telling her that people think things will last forever, but they don't. He reveals to her that his home planet was burned like Earth, but in a war, and that he is the last survivor of the Time Lords. Rose says that he still has her, and he smiles as she offers to buy him some chips — they only have five billion years before the shops close.





  • The Doctor tells Rose that his planet was destroyed before its time, as the result of a war which they lost.
  • The term Bad Wolf is mentioned for the first time, the Moxx of Balhoon stating "Indubitably, this is the Bad Wolf scenario."
  • This is the first appearance of Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 and the Face of Boe, who later appear on New Earth.
  • Cassandra mentions how there are many species out there that describe themselves as "Human-ish," likely referencing the many Near-Human races that happen to be about. Cassandra most likely assumes that Rose is one of these Near-Humans upon meeting her.

Story Notes

  • The story begins with a brief re-cap of the last week's episode similar to many American shows, however unlike most American shows there is no voice over announcing "previously on Doctor Who". The footage from Rose simply begins the episode. Discounting the 1996 TV movie, this marked the first time a Doctor Who episode had started with a pre-credits sequence since Remembrance of the Daleks in 1988; unlike the original series, which used the device rarely, it would become standard practice for the series from here on out, with very few episodes made without a teaser (the exceptions are usually series premieres).
  • A BBC logo is placed on the bottom of the screen when the recap finishes and this episode begins. At this point the network had not yet established the practice of showing the logo during the opening credits.
  • Russell T Davies, who created Cassandra, has said on multiple occasions that he was inspired to create Cassandra upon viewing skinny Hollywood actresses at the Academy Awards. On 2 April 2006, the Sunday Mirror quoted Davies: "It was horrific seeing those beautiful women reduced to sticks. Nicole Kidman struck me in particular. Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world. But she looks horrifying because she's so thin. It's like we're killing these women in public. We watch while you die."
  • Rose - "Wait hold on. They did this once on Newsround Extra" - Newsround is a news program on BBC 1 and the CBBC Channel aimed at providing news for children. Newsround Extra is an extended version of this concept which concentrates on a single issue or subject. A newsround reporter was on set watching as this scene was filmed. His report can be read here on the newsround website
  • A minor milestone occurs when the Doctor utters the phrase "What the hell is that?", the first time the character has the minor curse phrase. This marked a slight loosening of the Doctor's use of language in the revived series, although in light of the show's family-friendly tone the Doctor has never said anything stronger than "hell" and "damn."


  • Saturday - 8.0 million viewers


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Cultural References

  • The first thing Rose sees upon leaving the TARDIS for the first time is a ventilation duct. Presumably a reference to the fact that the show has a reputation for relying heavily on ventilation ducts as a plot device. It's not actually Rose's first time leaving the TARDIS as she left it after escaping the Nestene Consciousness at the end of Rose.
  • The room with all of the moving blades seems to be inspired by Star Wars, which is famous for its long bridges over really huge chasms and no hand rails or anything to stop people falling to their death.


  • Tainted Love - Plays after all of the delegates have assembled

Filming Locations

  • Much of Platform One was filmed in 'the chapel of peace' in Cardiff.
  • The service tunnels were filmed in the basement of BBC Wales.

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • The sun filter descends much slower on the room where Rose than the one that kills the Steward. (It probably has different speed settings.)
  • Why would Cassandra call herself a little boy while it is easy to notify her as female? (Perhaps he got a sex change and became Cassandra. Also, Cassandra had already made several false statements about the past, such as mistaking a jukebox for an iPod, and stating that an ostrich could breathe fire and had a wingspan of fifty feet. In the companion book Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains, an extract from a book by Vox B. Macmillan heavily implies that Cassandra was once known as Mr B. E. Cobbs.)
  • What happened to the mega-cities and patches of fire seen in The Long Game, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways? (This is the year 5 billion - a lot of time has passed since 200,100. Furthermore, Earth was preserved in a classic state - this probably does not include mega-cities).
  • Why does the air conditioning system return to normal once the Earth is destroyed? Surely the heat is still there? (The Earth could easily be absorbing and, in turn, radiating heat from the Sun.)
  • How does the doctor get through the spinning blades? And why would a builder build the blades on a walkway?! The Doctor didn't go through the spining blades, he went between them.


  • Rose asks why all of the aliens seem to speak English, the first companion to do so since Sarah Jane Smith. Given his reaction Rose is also the only one to question why he didn't ask permission first. Donna Noble also asked the Doctor and tried speaking Latin in (DW: The Fires of Pompeii). In the classic series, Sarah Jane Smith asked the Doctor, (DW: The Masque of Mandragora), but while being possessed. It was this that alerted the Doctor that she was possessed.
  • The Doctor implies he was on the Titanic, he was in (NA: The Left-Handed Hummingbird).
  • It has been commented upon that the Doctor is showing a new darker side by leaving Cassandra to die, the scene was very reminiscent of the scene with Davros in (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks) even down to the phrase "Have pity" which would seem to be too much of a coincidence not to have been intentional.
  • Cassandra returns in (DW: New Earth).
  • The Face of Boe returns in (DW: New Earth) and (DW: Gridlock), although depending upon one's view, an earlier aspect of the face may in fact appear next in (DW: The Empty Child).
  • The Earth's end was last seen when the planet was trailing smoke as it headed towards the Sun at the close of episode two of (DW: The Ark) when in the 57th segment of Time the last humans left on Earth evacuated the planet because of the increasing danger that it would fall into the sun, they fled to planets such as Refusis II and Frontios (DW: The Ark DW Frontios).
  • The Doctor upgrades Rose's phone into the Superphone. He later does this to Martha Jones and Donna Noble in DW: 42 and DW: The Poison Sky.

DVD Releases

Series 1 Volume 1: Rose - The End of the World - The Unquiet Dead DVD Cover

See also

External Links

  • Official BBC Website - Episode Guide for The End of the World
  • The Doctor Who Reference Guide detailed synopsis of The End of the World
  • A Brief History of Time (Travel): The End of the World
  • The Whoniverse Discontinuity Guide to The End of the World
Series 1
Rose  • The End of the World  • The Unquiet Dead  • Aliens of London  • World War Three  • Dalek  • The Long Game  • Father's Day  • The Empty Child  • The Doctor Dances  • Boom Town  • Bad Wolf  • The Parting of the Ways

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

"The End of the World"
Skeeter Davis
Heard/referenced in
Songfacts entry

"The End of the World", by Skeeter Davis, is a song featured in "What Kate Did" where it was heard on the record player in the diner where Diane works.


Why does the sun go on shining
Why does the sea rush to shore
Don't they know it's the end of the world
'Cause you don't love me any more

Why do the birds go on singing
Why do the stars glow above
Don't they know it's the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love

I wake up in the morning and I wonder
Why everything's the same as it was
I can't understand, no, I can't understand
How life goes on the way it does

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don't they know it's the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don't they know it's the end of the world
It ended when you said goodbye

External links

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

The End of the World was the most popular cantina on the Outer Rim Territories space station Koda. Along with Mammon Hoole, Tash and Zak Arranda meet up with the evil outlaw Karkas in the Cantina before meeting him again in Jabba Desilijic Tiure's palace.


  • Galaxy of Fear: The Brain Spiders

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