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Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
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Synopsis


The End or Another Beginning?
The End or Another Beginning?
 The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack have to fight for their lives on board the Game Station. But a far more dangerous threat is lurking, just out of sight. The Doctor realises that the entire human race has been blinded to the threat on its doorstep, and Armageddon is fast approaching.

 Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside The Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test as Earth plunges into an epic war.

 With the Human Race being slaughtered, The Doctor is forced into a terrible action. Will the time-travellers ever be reunited?

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General Information

Season: Twenty Seven (New Series 1)
Production Code: 1-12/1-13
Story Number: 166 (New Series: 10)
Episode Numbers:708 - 709 (New Series: 12 - 13)
Number of Episodes: 2
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Gameshow World!" (episode 1)
Production Dates: February - March 2005
Broadcast Started: 11 June 2005
Broadcast Finished: 18 June 2005
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport) and Enfys Television Studios (Cardiff)
Location: Canton and Louden Square (Cardiff) and City Live Arena (Newport).
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Joe Ahearne
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Mal Young and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editor:Helen Raynor
Editor:Graham Walker
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Lucinda Wright
Make-Up Designer:Davy Jones
Cameraman:Martin Stephens (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Ian Richardson
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects
Stunt Co-ordinator:Jamie Edgell
Stunt Performers:Derek Lea, Stuart Clarke and Tony Lucken
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Daleks Originally Created By: Terry Nation
Number of Doctors: 2
The Doctors: Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) (Regenerates) and David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) (Newly Regenerated)
Number of Companions: 2The Companions: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) (Departs) Number of Acquaintances: 2The Acquaintances: Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) and Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) Guest Cast: Davina McCall (Voice of Davinadroid), Anne Robinson (Voice of Anne Droid), Trinny Woodall (Voice of Trine-E), Susannah Constantine (Voice of Zu-Zana) Additional Cast: Jo Joyner (Lynda), Jamie Bradley (Strood), Abi Eniola (Crosbie), Paterson Joseph (Rodrick), Jenna Russell (Floor Manager), Jo Stone Fewings (Male Programmer), Nisha Nayar (Female Programmer), Dominic Burgess (Agorax), Karren Winchester (Fitch), Kate Loustau (Colleen), Sebastian Armesto (Broff), Martha Cope (Controller), Sam Callis (Security Guard), Alan Ruscoe (Android), Paul Kasey (Android), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek Operator), David Hankinson (Dalek Operator) and Nicholas Briggs (Dalek Voice)Setting: Game Station, Earth orbit; Dalek saucer (200,100) and Powell Estate, London (2006) Villain: Daleks

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
708Bad Wolf11 June 200542'45"6.8Yes
709The Parting of the Ways18 June 200545'30"6.9Yes

Total Duration 1 Hour 28 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.8
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2005)88.64%  (Position = 2 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)85.14% Lower (Position = 10 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)86.59% Higher (Position = 13 out of 241)


Archives


 Both episodes exist and are held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


Both episodes contain elements from current popular television quiz and reality shows. The Weakest Link (whose host Anne Robinson provided the voice of Anne Droid) and Big Brother. Other television programmes mentioned include Call My Bluff, Countdown, Ground Force, Wipeout and Stars in their Eyes.

This story features vocal contributions from celebrities such as Davina McCall, Anne Robinson, Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall. It has since become something of a tradition for the final story of each season of the revived show to feature a selection of famous cameos.

Jo Joyner, who played Lynda Moss, went on to great success as Tanya Branning in BBC soap EastEnders.

Paterson Joseph, who played gameshow contestant Rodrick, stared in the BBC's remake of Dalek creator Terry Nation's Survivors. He was even touted by some as a possible future Eleventh Doctor.

During the recording of the ‘What Not To Wear’ segment, shots of Captain Jack Harkness' naked bottom were filmed. These were not included in the final version of the story at the request of the BBC's Editorial Policy department.

This story introduces the Deadlock Seal, a plot device and form of advanced security to prevent The Doctor from using the sonic screwdriver to unlock a door or device.

Captain Jack Harkness reveals that Dalek armour can be penetrated by bastic bullets, as previously established in the 1985 story "Revelation of the Daleks"

The Dalek saucer design is a homage to the look of the ships previously seen in the 1960's Dalek comic strips and a CGI recreation of those for the DVD release of the 1964 First Doctor story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

The second episode "The Parting of the Ways" sees the welcome return of The Emporer Dalek who was first seen in the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Evil of the Daleks".

The Daleks are currently the only monsters to have featured in a story with every Doctor. Although they do not appear onscreen in Paul McGann 's only adventure, the 1996 television movie "Doctor Who: The Movie", they are heard at the start of this story - the Daleks have also faced him in several audio adventures.

The Doctor is referred to as ‘The Oncoming Storm’ by the Daleks, a title that first appeared in Virgin Books' The New Adventures "Love and War" written by Paul Cornell. In that instance it was used by another alien race, the Draconians.

At the end of the second episode the TARDIS leaves without companion Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, and Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, witnesses the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, regenerate into the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant.

Captain Jack Harkness’ departure was because it was felt that having him on board the TARDIS after The Doctor’s regeneration would take something away from Rose Tyler's shock of dealing with a new Doctor.

Before the title sequence in episode two there is a brief recap of the main events that took place in the first episode.

Before the end credits at the end of episode one there is a trailer for the second episode of this story. The second episode of this story, being the last episide of the season does not include a trailer for the next story. It does though have a title card, at the beginning of the end the credits, that reads "Doctor Who will return at Christmas in "THE CHRISTMAS INVASION".

Following on immediately after both episodes, on BBC3, were the twelth and thirteenth chapters of Doctor Who Confidential. "The World of Who" looked into the fans, the conventions and reactions of the show. While "The Last Battle" looked into life with The Doctor and Rose.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor.

 The first appearance of the Emporer Dalek for 38 years - since the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Evil of the Daleks".

 This story introduces the Deadlock Seal, a plot device and form of advanced security to prevent The Doctor from using the sonic screwdriver to unlock a door or device.

 The first use of a title card, at the beginning of the end the credits, to advertise that Doctor Who will return.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last story of Season Twenty Seven (New Series 1).

 Christopher Eccleston's last appearance as the Ninth Doctor.

 John Barrowman' last story, in this stint, as companion Captain Jack Harkness.

 Mal Young's last involvement in the show as Executive Producer.

 Davy Jones' last involvement in the show as Makeup Artist.

 Lucinda Wright's last involvement in the show as Costume Designer.


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The Plot

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Big Brother
Big Brother

“Would The Doctor please come to the Diary Room?” Welcome to the Game Station formerly Satellite Five. The TARDIS team are reluctant players. But this isn’t just a game as all three of them soon realise that they are playing for their own existence. It’s not just television. Who’s watching? Who’s in control? Something’s been hidden under the transmissions. Someone’s been controlling the human race from behind the scenes…

The Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness have to fight for their lives on board the Game Station. While The Doctor is caught up in the Big Brother household Rose is playing a game of The Weakest Link and Jack is having a full makeover. But a far more dangerous threat is lurking, just out of sight.

After witnessing the deadly result of a Big Brother eviction The Doctor realises the danger they are all in and so desperately tries to find a way of escaping the Big Brother set and to find and rescue Rose before she too succumbs to the Game Station’s solution for all losers of its games.

The Weakest Link
The Weakest Link

But he is too late and Rose is blasted by the Anne Droid. But not all is lost as Captain Jack Harkness realises that Rose has not been disintegrated but has in fact been teleported – but the question is where and by whom?

The Doctor is soon to find out when he gains access to Game Station’s control room on level 500. There a view screen reveals not just one Dalek but a whole squadron of Dalek ships. The Daleks also have Rose captive and try use her to force The Doctor to give in – but he has nothing of it and declares that not only will he rescue Rose, Save Earth but will also destroy every Dalek.

Jack Has A Makeover
Jack Has A Makeover

But how can he defeat a whole army of Daleks, especially when they should have all been destroyed in the Time War? The Doctor soon learns that the leader of the Daleks, The Emperor, survived and so the Time War and the death of all the Time Lords was for nothing.

After The Doctor rescues Rose the Daleks start to attack the space station. Rose has seen danger and wonders alongside The Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test as Earth plunges into an epic war. The Doctor is in a race against time to create a Delta Wave. But its use will destroy not only all the Daleks but every living creature on Earth. Realising that he will not be able to honour Rose’s mothers request to protect her daughter The Doctor tricks Rose to enter the TARDIS as it dematerialises and takes her home.

But Rose is not happy with being sent home and realises the significance of the "Bad Wolf" messages that she and The Doctor have encountered on their travels together. And so, with the help of her mother and boyfriend Mickey, she manages to gain access to inside the TARDIS mechanism and so to the Time Vortex itself. In doing so she is able to return to the Game Station to rescue The Doctor just as the Daleks are about to exterminate him.

The Emperor Dalek
The Emperor Dalek

But Rose has paid a heavy price. On learning what Rose has done The Doctor, to save her and the rest of the universe, has no choice but to kiss her and so absorb the Time Energy Rose has inadvertently consumed into herself before it destroys her.

With the Daleks defeated, and believing Captain Jack Harkness to be dead, The Doctor and Rose depart in the TARDIS. But one last shock is in store for Rose as the Time Energy has a devastating effect on The Doctor himself…

 
The Dalek Invasion Fleet
The Dalek Invasion Fleet
The Daleks Attack
The Daleks Attack
Rose Sees Inside the TARDIS
Rose Sees Inside the TARDIS
The TARDIS Surrounded
The TARDIS Surrounded
 
The Daleks Destroyed
The Daleks Destroyed
The Kiss of Life
The Kiss of Life
The End or Another Beginning?
The End or Another Beginning?
The Tenth Doctor
The Tenth Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'Two battle fleets. Millions of ships. Burning. and screaming. My people were destroyed, but they took the Daleks with them. I almost thought it was worth it. And now it turns out they died for nothing. The Daleks survived…'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Boom Town - Bad Wolf - The Parting of the WaysSeptember 2005BBCDVD 1758Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete First SeriesNovember 2005BBCDVD 1770Photo-montageTARDIS Boxed Set containing all 10 stories
Video
DVD
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the WaysOctober 2009BBCDVD 2998Photo-montagePart of the "The Dalek Collection" box set containing all Dalek stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
DVD
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the WaysJune 2013BBCDVD 3801Photo-montagePart of the "Regeneration" Box Set
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3965Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0261Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 357 (Released: June 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 360 (Released: September 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 440 (Released: November 2011)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 441 (Released: December 2011)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 6 (Released: March 2009)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 7 (Released: April 2009)

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The Doctor and Companions/Acquaintances

Christopher Eccleston
The Ninth Doctor

David Tennant
The Tenth Doctor
   

Billie Piper
Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri
Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke
Mickey Smith
   
John Barrowman
Captain Jack Harkness





On Release

DVD Cover
DVD Cover

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set
DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
The Dalek Collection Box Set
The Dalek Collection Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
   
DVD Box Set
DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
   
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
VIDEO



Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 357
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 357

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 360
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 360

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 440
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 440

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 441
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 441

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 6
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 6

GE Fabbri
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 7
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 7

GE Fabbri
   

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