‘THE END OF THE WORLD’
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‘The End of the World’ is another enjoyable episode by Russell T. Davies. This episode is set in the year 5 billion as the Doctor takes Rose to the future and both witness the end of the world.
The Earth gets destroyed in the future by the sun. It was intriguing to see how Rose witnesses the future. She gets overwhelmed with seeing aliens as well as the Earth destroyed by the sun.
Billie Piper delivers a wonderful and believable performance as Rose. Rose has just started her travels with the Doctor in the TARDIS and gets to know him. She’s unsure what to make of him.
I liked how Rose is overwhelmed by the wonders she sees when the Doctor shows them to her. She’s sometimes distrustful of the Doctor first, but she clearly warms to him later in the episode.
Christopher Eccleston is equally brilliant as the Doctor. Compared to Rose, the Doctor finds everything wonderful when he sees the aliens on Platform 1 and witnesses the end of the world.
But the Doctor understands how Rose feels when she sees her home planet being destroyed. There’s a sense of sadness to him and he shares with Rose that he is the last of the Time Lords.
There are a number of aliens that appear in this episode. These include the Forest of Cheem; the Moxx of Balhoon; the Face of Boe; the Adherents of the Repeated Meme; Lady Cassandra, etc.
Yasmin Bannerman guest stars as Jabe of the Forest of Cheem. Jabe is an interesting tree-like woman who forms an interesting relationship with the Doctor and knows of what species he is.
Jimmy Vee guest stars as the Moxx of Balhoon. The Moxx is a blue, troll-like creature who is wheel-bound and he greets people by spitting at them. It startles Rose when she gets spat upon.
There’s the Face of Boe, a giant head in a massive jar. This is the Face of Boe’s first appearance in ‘Doctor Who’ and he looks pretty impressive and awe-inspiring when watching this episode.
There are also the Adherents of the Repeated Meme. They look Ringwraiths from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and have chilling voices. They give spheres that contain robot spiders to other guests
And there’s the Lady Cassandra O’Brien (voiced by Zoe Wanamaker). Cassandra is claimed as the last human from the planet Earth, but she’s simply a flattened sheet of skin with her face on it.
Simon Day guest stars as the Steward on Platform 1, a blue-skinned alien. He looks after everything that goes on Platform 1, but sadly gets a very sticky end when the sun filters descend.
There are also the robotic spiders that sabotage Platform 1 during Earth’s destruction. They were given as gifts by the Adherents of the Repeated Meme. But are they the true villains here?
The CGI effects sequences of Platform 1 are very impressive, especially when we see the space station in orbit above the Earth. The inner workings of Platform 1 are equally impressive to see.
This is a great outer-space adventure with the Doctor and Rose and is well-written with wit by Russell T Davies. It’s very thought-provoking as Rose continues to discover new things about life.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of ‘The Complete Series 1’, there’s a commentary with producer Phil Collinson and VFX producer Will Cohen.
On Disc 5, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.
‘The End of the World’ rating – 8/10
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