Doctor Who: Parting of The Ways   Rewatch 
September 17, 2014 9:58 AM - Season 1, Episode 13 - Subscribe

The Dalek fleet is poised to destroy the Earth and only The Doctor, Rose, Jack and a band of television producers can stop them.

But it turns out, Jack and a band of television producers can't stop them.
The Doctor tricks Rose into returning home and then works on a Delta Wave emitter which will wipe out the Dalek fleet, but will also destroy Earth.

Rose, inspired by seeing "Bad Wolf" chalked on a street, breaks into the heart of the TARDIS and absorbs the time vortex, giving her ultimate power over space and time. She dissolves the Dalek army into molecules and resurrects the dead. The Doctor absorbs the time energy, saving Rose but killing him in the process.
Fortunately, Timelords have little trick to deal with that...
  • At the time of broadcast, it was the most expansive view of a Dalek army that had yet been portrayed on screen, taking the record from Planet of the Daleks.
  • Although he is soon brought back to life, Jack's death in this episode makes him the first companion to die since Kamelion in Planet of Fire.
  • Back in 1993, the BBC produced a documentary entitled Thirty Years in the TARDIS, which ended with several scenes showing how modern-day special effects could be applied to "new" Doctor Who production. One of these scenes shows many Daleks hovering together. Whether by accident or intent, this episode includes several scenes that strongly resemble this "what if" scenario.
  • The Emperor Dalek's final words are "I cannot die!", the same words said by Davros at the conclusion of Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) when he is apparently dying from a virus
  • The Doctor claims that he is known in Dalek legend as "the Oncoming Storm", a title that first appeared in the Virgin New Adventures novel Love and War by Paul Cornell
  • Humans have previously been converted to Daleks on Necros by the Daleks' creator Davros (Revelation of the Daleks)
posted by Just this guy, y'know (6 comments total)
The scene in the restaurant after the Doctor has sent Rose back to Earth and she tells her mom and Mickey that the Doctor hasn't made her "better than them" but he did show her a better way of living your life gets me every time.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:19 PM on September 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's a real shame Eccleston didn't get another season. He really came into his own over the last few of his run.

My favorite scene is when Jackie turns up in the tow truck, saying somebody owed her a favor and never mind why.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:27 AM on September 18, 2014

And Jack becomes a Special Boy.

Eccleston is, and always will be, one of my favorite Doctors.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:27 AM on September 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

"My favorite scene is when Jackie turns up in the tow truck, saying somebody owed her a favor and never mind why."

I love all the hints we get about Jackie's life between visits from Rose. It's no life between the stars, but clearly she has a lot more going on than Rose gives her credit for.
posted by bettafish at 3:50 AM on September 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Required viewing after this: Doctor Who's 2005 Children in Need special. It's essentially a much longer version of Rose and the Doctor's reactions to each other after the regeneration.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:11 PM on September 18, 2014

I had planned to start off next Wednesday's Christmas Invasion with that very link.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:29 AM on September 19, 2014

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