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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

Doomsday

Series 2

Episode 13

First Transmitted

8 July 2006

Final ratings

8.22m

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CAST

Regular Cast

David Tennant (the Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose)

Guest Cast

Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Raji James (Dr Rajesh Singh), Freema Agyeman (Adeola), Hadley Fraser (Gareth), Oliver Mellor (Matt), Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell), Hajaz Akram (Indian Newsreader), Anthony Debaeck (French Newsreader), Takako Akashi (Japanese Newsreader), Paul Fields (Weatherman), David Warwick (Police Commissioner), Rachel Webster (Eileen), Kyoko Morita (Japanese Girl), Maddi Cryer (Housewife), Derek Acorah (Himself), Alistair Appleton (Himself) Trisha Goddard (Herself), Paul Kasey (Cyber Leader), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek / Cyberman Voices), Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, Stuart Crossman, Anthony Spargo, Dan Barratt, David Hankinson (Dalek Operators)

CREW

Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by Graeme Harper
Produced by Julie Garner and Phil Colinson

sypnosis

A newsreader sitting at her desk in a TV studio delivers an emergency broadcast. The country is under attack and the government have declared it a state of emergency. As she talks clips of the Cybermen attacking army strongholds are shown on screen, the metal giants wiping out anyone and anything that stands in their way. The reporter hears from her earpiece that there is no new word from the government, the country is on its own. She unnervingly explains that the Cybermen are everywhere, before urging people to run if they see the metal monsters. Suddenly the building is under attack and as the desperate newsreader falls to the floor explosions rock the room, destroying the set.

The reporter then tearfully calls out to her mum and dad before attempting to sign off, but it is too late. “WE ARE THE MASTERS OF EARTH. CONQUER AND DESTROY. EXTERMINATE.”

NOTES

  1. The working title for this episode was Torchwood Falls.
  2. Doomsday and the 2006 World Cup finale aired in the same week. Radio Times did variant covers of a team of a Cybermen and a team of Daleks on a football pitch, the lead holding a football.
  3. Julie Gardner, executive producer for the new series, said that the Doctor was going to say it back, he gets another chance in Journey’s End.
    Besides resonating throughout Series 3 and into Series 4, the events of Doomsday, or specifically Rose’s fate, would be referenced in two original songs related to the series: the extended version of Song for Ten recorded for the Series 1 and 2 soundtrack album, and Love Don’t Roam, which would be introduced during the next episode, The Runaway Bride.
  4. This is the only finale in the revived series that features the Tenth Doctor but not Captain Jack Harkness. (The Parting of the Ways, Last of the Time Lords, Journey’s End, The End of Time)
  5. According to commentaries and discussion on the Series 2 DVD release, secrecy was very tight surrounding the filming of the two final scenes of the episode.
  6. According to Tennant and Davies, only Tennant and Piper were given the script for their farewell scene in advance, with the director receiving his copy soon before filming. According to Tennant, the filming of the Catherine Tate cameo was a rare example of a surprise being kept without getting spoiled, the scene was shot with minimal crew while the rest of the production team were having their wrap party. As such, the Tate scenes were actually shot long after the Doctor and Rose’s farewell scene, which was filmed during an earlier production block.
  7. At this point, Tate’s character is identified only as The Bride. She wouldn’t be officially identified by the name Donna Noble until months later as publicity for the Christmas special began to circulate.
  8. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday is the only multi-part series finale written by Russell T Davies not to feature a regeneration scene. The Ninth Doctor regenerates in The Parting of the Ways, the Master regenerates in Utopia, the Tenth Doctor almost regenerates in The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, and then does so for real in The End of Time.
  9. This story is marked by one of the few attempts in the television series, modern or classic, to introduce humourous elements to the Daleks, Dalek Sec is uncharacteristically witty for a Dalek, a fact explained in-universe by the special status of the Cult of Skaro. It tells the Cyberleader, You are superior to us in only one respect…you are better at dying. There is also the comical dialogue between a Dalek and Cyberman. Each orders the other to identify themselves. They refuse, until the Dalek retorts that Daleks need not identify themselves. The Cyberman then says, You have identified yourselves as Daleks. Other examples of humour in Dalek stories can be found in The Chase and Destiny of the Daleks. It also introduces some humorous elements to the Cybermen – when Cybermen state that the design of the Daleks is inelegant, and the Daleks respond that they have no concept of elegance, the Cyberman dryly responds with, This is obvious.
  10. When Rose and the Doctor put their heads against the wall, as if listening for each other, it is very similar to the way the wolf and the Doctor listened to each other through the door in Tooth and Claw.
  11. The Doctor tells Rose to set all the coordinates to 6. This would be 666, or the number of the Beast. This further correlated to the story as sending Dalek and Cybermen to hell, which is what some people call the Void.
  12. If you’d like to talk about narrative problems with this story like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories please go to this episode’s discontinuity discussion.
  13. When the Dalek shoots the Cybermen for proposing an alliance the dead Cybermen land on a black floor. In the shots before the ground was beige.
  14. Thay, Jast and Caan’s recognition codes switch between shots.
  15. The fires outside London are not present when the Daleks fly out of the Genesis Ark.
  16. In the ending scene after the Doctor has faded and Rose is hugging her mum, if you look at the back wheel of the jeep in the background a foot steps out from behind the wheel and then steps back.
  17. When the Daleks and Cybermen talk to each other via communication channel, when the Cyberleader is talking, Dalek Sec is seen clearly shaking and ears light as if he is talking.
  18. When the Daleks shout, Exterminate when they burst through some doors to fight forces of Cybermen, their lights do not flash when they speak.
  19. One of the Cybermen that alerts the Cyber-leader of the unknown technology, has the Cybus C on its chest on backwards/upside-down.
  20. Near the end, when the Void opens and the Daleks and Cybermen are sucked in, you don’t actually see any Cybermen on the shots.
  21. When the Daleks identify their names, Dalek Thay says his name at the start, but it is actually Dalek Jast, in the shots before this part you clearly see that Thay is behind Sec, so if it was the real names it would be, I am Dalek Jast, Dalek Sec,Dalek Caan.
  22. At one point in the battle between the Daleks, Cybermen, Torchwood and the Preachers, a Dalek fires, narrowly missing a Preacher standing up and hitting a CGI Cybermen whose hand lands on the crouching Preacher. As it falls, being CGI, this causes no effect on the Preacher.
  23. When the Cybermen march down a street corner before looking upwards to fire on the Daleks, the Cybermen are in columns of five. However in the next shot when they fire on the Daleks, the Cybermen are in columns of four.
  24. Thay, Jast and Caan’s recognition codes switch between shots.
  25. The fires outside London are not present when the Daleks fly out of the Genesis Ark.
  26. In the ending scene after the Doctor has faded and Rose is hugging her mum, if you look at the back wheel of the jeep in the background a foot steps out from behind the wheel and then steps back.
  27. Although great pains were taken to keep David Tennant’s hair from blowing in the wind during the last scene since he’s supposed to just be a projection, you can still see his hair moving slightly. Also, the projection’s hair does not match his hair in the TARDIS.
  28. When the Daleks shout, “Exterminate” when they burst through some doors to fight forces of Cybermen, their lights do not flash when they speak.
  29. One of the Cybermen that alerts the Cyber-leader of the “unknown technology”, has the Cybus “C” on its chest on backwards/upside-down.
  30. Several newspapers reported that the character of Adeola Oshodi, played by Freema Agyeman, would join the Doctor as his new companion at the end of the episode. This was only partially correct, Agyeman did indeed become the Doctor’s next companion, but as the new character of Martha Jones,
  31. According to commentaries and discussion on the Series 2 DVD release, secrecy was very tight surrounding the filming of the two final scenes of the episode. According to Tennant and Davies, only
  32. Tennant and Piper were given the script for their farewell scene in advance, with the director receiving his copy soon before filming. According to Tennant, the filming of the Catherine Tate cameo was a rare example of a surprise being kept without getting spoiled, the scene was shot with minimal crew while the rest of the production team were having their wrap party. As such, the Tate scenes were actually shot long after the Doctor and Rose’s farewell scene, which was filmed during an earlier production block.
  33. At this point, Tate’s character is identified only as The Bride. She wouldn’t be officially identified by the name Donna Noble until months later as publicity for the Christmas special began to circulate.
    Army of Ghosts/Doomsday is the only multi-part series finale written by Russell T Davies not to feature a regeneration scene. The Ninth Doctor regenerates in The Parting of the Ways, the Master regenerates in Utopia, the Tenth Doctor almost regenerates in The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, and then does so for real in The End of Time.
  34. The Genesis Ark can only be opened by a time traveller.
  35. As with the last episodes of the previous and following series, there is no NEXT TIME trailer at the end of the episode, merely a message that Doctor Who will return in The Runaway Bride.

 

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