Letter Grade: A-
Letter Grade: A-
And now, the conclusion: with Rose held hostage and the invasion already begun, the Time Lord must use all his wits, plus some help from Jack and Mickey (conveniently doing all the work from home like in World War Three) to defeat his archenemies once and for all. Even if it means someone has to die...
In terms of delivering a memorable season finale, Russell T. Davies pulls out all the stops and crafts a tale of epic proportions, filled with emotion, suspense, the odd comic aside and, of course, lots of Daleks screaming: "Exterminate!". The intelligent script brings the Bad Wolf subplot to a head and does its best with Rose and Jack, planting the seeds for possible evolutions in future seasons, while also giving more details about the Time War and its dramatic implications. And as far as villains are concerned, the Dalek emperor is a stroke of genius.
More than anything else, however, The Parting of the Ways will always be remembered as Christopher Eccleston's swansong as the Doctor (save for possible multi-Doctor specials in the future). Not the biggest of surprise, since a slip-up led to his departure being announced long before the episode's air date, but it still comes as a bit of a shock to see him hand over the role to someone else after only 13 episodes. That said, what he did in those 13 shows was quite amazing, and for my money he will always be THE Doctor. I mean, what's not to love about his farewell speech, which neatly sums up the entire season? As he says to Rose: "You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!". Yes, he was.
The final scene is a classic and contains the best line in the whole series that sums up how we all feel about what Eccleston had done. As Eccleston's Doctor begins to die, he gives his farewell speech, he explains the premise of the regeneration to calm Rose down "Timelords Have A Little Trick, A Sort Of Way Of Cheating Death" he then begins to say goodbye "It means i'm not going to see you again, not like this, not with this daft old face, and so before i go, i just want to say" and as Rose tries to stop him from saying this he continues with the public on the edge of their seats "I just want to tell you, you were fantastic" and the next line is the best line of the series and god bless Russell T Davies for writing this as Eccleston's last line, it goes "And you know what, so was I" and as that line is delivered, everyone at home nods there heads and agrees.
And with this line, Chris passes on the Doctors sonic screwdriver to possibly the best Doctor, David Tennant, but Chris, you were the Doctor and you will be remembered as one of the best.
The Tardis landing on the Dalek command ship and the occupants meeting The Dalek Emperor
" Emergency program one " One of the most poignantly sincere scenes the show has ever produced
The winning contestants getting their rewards
Rose thinking of The Doctor , the end of the human race and the death of her father in a cafe in present day London
Captain Jack vainly fighting off the Daleks
The ninth Doctor regenerating into the tenth . " New teeth that's weird "
There is one aspect that does undermine the narrative slightly and that is the whole concept of " Bad Wolf " which is a cop out for the season's running plot mystery but it doesn't ruin the story because everything else is so well done , even the little things that no one notices like the editing and lighting are superbly handled
It was so good that my mother told me the next day how much she and my dad enjoyed the season in general and this episode in particular and this coming from someone who previously only watched the show because her son was an avid fan . The later RTD seasons might be better produced but despite limiting all the stories to London , Cardiff and space stations season one has a strength unmatched in seasons two and three and that is Christopher Eccleston in the title role . He is the most brooding and introspective of Doctors . It's no exaggeration to say if he stayed for another season he'd have become THE Doctor
The "modern" Doctor Who series (and Torchwoods) have gone on from strength to strength, but if a parallel can be drawn from an earlier series, just as the overwhelming quality and technological shift from the original Star Trek to the Next Generation made going back to appreciate the simplicity of the earlier series difficult, after Eccleston's new "First Series" with the often over-rated CGI effects (in that, well executed as they are, they threaten to overwhelm and distract from the vastly improved writing!), all previous Doctor Who episodes and stories became decidedly "BACK numbers." Calling the all too brief Eccleston Season "The First Series" as the DVD release does, is hardly hyperbole. In a very real sense it is a practical reality and a great new starting point. Bravo.
The Doctor rescues Rose, meets the Emperor and discovers the Daleks are insane and hate their own skin. Several lives are lost, Lynda, Broderick, the TV bosses, and seemingly Captain Jack. Rose is satisfyingly heroic and saves the day in a wonderful ending.
The music is glorious, Murray Gold's scores are so good and fit beautifully with the show. The episode manages to maintain and build on its epic feel. We get a re-worked Dalek Emperor, such a good creation. The Daleks now have a true element of menace about them, they're back on good form. Jo Joyner is brilliant and seemed like she was being primed for more appearances, so a big surprise when she was cut down. The effects are superbly done, the mass Daleks look very realistic.
I literally cried at the time watching Chris Eccleston regenerate into David Tennant, I felt robbed, it was a feeling of 'He's brought the series back to life and now he's going, it will surely end?'
The Parting of the ways has the lot, it is a perfect 10/10.
the C.G.I is fantastic in this story (such as the attack on the tardis and the daleks leaving their ship to invade earth. Billie Piper is excellent as Rose Tyler and John Barrowman is brilliant as Captin Jack Harkness.
i could not have asked for a better end to such an excellent series and series two seems to be an even better series than this one and what i have seen of Doomsday and Army Of Ghosts it seems that the ending to series two will rival this episode.
The Daleks mixing with human DNA and therefore having a concept of religion (to an extent) and self-hatred was just amazing to watch. I can't help but find it difficult to imagine them setting up the Game Station itself, though? But the phenomenal acting and the whole Bad Wolf conclusion cancels out that negative.
It broke my heart to see Jack all left on his own at the end, even knowing what's to come for him.
I watched Doctor Who every week as it came out growing up, starting from Rose, and David Tennant was always my Doctor. Even though I remember crying when Eccleston left, I remembered sulking with Tennant... watching that regeneration now made me emotional and excited to watch the rest of his episodes.
Just a great end to a great series.
I enjoyed this episode more than I expected; there was plenty of tension, several exciting scenes, emotional intensity and we finally learn why the words 'Bad Wolf' kept appearing throughout the season. The number of deaths is quite surprising; particularly in the case of one character although he does 'recover'. Having The Doctor send Rose away along with a message saying he didn't expect to survive worked well; it showed us just how far each of them was prepared to go to try to save the other. Christopher Eccleston was on fine form as The Doctor; he may only have been in the series for one season but he was a fine first Doctor for the new era of the show. Billie Piper and John Barrowman were impressive as Rose and Captain Jack; the former bringing real emotion to her role. The Daleks made an impressive enemy; I especially liked how the say they survived the Time War slightly changed them. The final scenes serve to indicate that the next Doctor will have a distinctly different personality.
Which brings us to the few negative aspects of the episode, namely, the plot holes. The bad wolf aspect is a slightly clumsy way of tying the season together, but overall works on an emotional level. Also, how Rose basically brings back only one person while leaving dead a whole slew of innocents doesn't sit well with me, especially when one seemed poised as a new companion for the TARDIS. But these are minor complaints overall and don't detract too much from the episode. Just enough to rob it of a perfect 10. 9/10
The Doctor, Rose and Jack are on Satellite 5 as the Daleks attack and they all do their part to try to heroically stop the Dalek Emperor and his fleet. The episode has great drama, great action, great effects, great emotion and great script. The acting of the 3 heroes is great with John Barrowman, Billie Piper and Chris Eccleston all at their best. The Daleks are properly formidable and impressive with great voice performance by Nicholas Briggs.
In addition to the great adventure we also get a regeneration! Eccleston is replaced by David Tennant as The Doctor regenerates at the end of the episode. I was very worried but it turned out Tennant was going to be my second favourite Doctor behind only the legendary Tom Baker. Obviously the excitement of a regeneration adds to the qualities of the episode.
All of that outweighs the unconvincing part of the central plot which would normally drop my rating a couple of points. I feel I still have to take half a point off for this seemingly illogical planning by the Daleks so I rate this 9.5/10 which happily I still round up to ten for this site anyway haha. For the two parter my score is 17/10 therefore 8.5/10.
Russell T. Davies did a great job bringing Doctor Who back to our screens so successfully and this first series of the returned show was of good quality with some superb stories. A few less impressive episodes mean this series was not amongst the best in the show's history but it is a strong medium level season of Doctor Who. Christopher Eccleston was a great actor to bring the series back and portrayed the strength and the edgier, more thoughtful parts of the role really well. He struggled a little with the lighter more comedic aspects which he more recently admits were behind his discomfort that lead to him leaving. He looks slightly uncomfortable when acting more humorous scenes.
Series 1 Average Rating (therefore also all Christopher Eccleston episodes average): 8.38/10
As the Daleks declare war on the humans, the only thing in their way is the Doctor, the only one the Daleks fear, the Last Time Lord. To save Rose from the devastation that is to follow, he sends her back home to her own time. However, Rose is determined to find a way to get back to the Doctor to help him end what seems to be an increasingly dire attempt to defeat the Daleks. Can she find a way to reactivate the TARDIS with the help of her mother and her boyfriend Mickey? But, if anyone can think of a way to defeat the Daleks, it is the Doctor. But, has his luck finally run out, after 900 years of travelling and eight regenerations since he crash-landed on Earth in 1963?
I have only one problem with this episode. Although there is great tension built up and some great fight scenes, it all seems to be brought to an end far too quickly, and if you want a great climactic fight scene, I'm afraid you're going to be denied. But, you will get a fantastically emotional finish...
Trivia: This episode introduces the magnificent David Tennant as the tenth Doctor.
My overwhelming thought from this two-parter is that it was OK but quite sloppily written by Russell T. Davies with little imagination. The premise was fine. You reboot Doctor Who for the modern age and you make the conclusion to the first season about the shows most iconic villain - the Daleks. With little teasers that have been sewn throughout the whole season. BAD WOLF.
This kicks off my first major gripe. The whole Bad Wolf thing was so esoteric that it made little sense. This is what I've gleaned from other sites it means: Bad Wolf was a message scattered in space and time to tempt Rose back to the Game Station to save the Doctor. Later the phrase 'Bad Wolf' became a warning, the TARDIS translated every word to Bad Wolf letting the Doctor know that the universe was in danger.
How did the Bad Wolf message do either of these two things with any great efficacy? It's not as if they had any great hidden meaning.
Secondly, the previous episode was so lame up to the point of realization that the Daleks were behind the space stations strange 'Games'. The idea that 200,000 years into the future that Big Brother, The Weakest Link and Trinny and Susannah are still the most popular shows on television. Judging that most shows have a life span of about 10 years. How did these last 200 millennia?
After watching all 9 seasons of Doctor Who. You know who the good writers in this show are and how poor some of the others are. It is no coincidence that shows with particularly low ratings on IMDb are quite often written by Russell T. Davies and, in my opinion, is the main reason why he was eventually replaced as lead writer by Steven Moffat, who's episodes were widely praised. Such as the two parter in this first season - The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. The two episodes, along with this final episode, that each scored 9.1 - the highest rating of the first season.
What I'm saying is that I just think Russell T. Davies is a very average writer and does not show much imagination with his work. Even the little underlying things, clues and mysteries that tie a season together are so ham-fisted and don't make much sense (Bad Wolf). Something Steven Moffat does really well.
I think the reason why this episode, and the previous one, rate as high as they do is because they were about the Daleks and the Doctor Who fans love the Daleks and were excited to see them so prominently. However, as a story goes I think it was pretty average and could have been written so much better and more competently.