Review: The End of the World

Last Alteration: Monday 19 September 2005

Episode Two: The End of the World by Russell T Davies

I thought The End of the World was, on the whole, really very good. In particular what has struck me over the last two weeks about this Doctor is his mood swings from being thoughtless, to being brutal, to being barmy, sometimes all in one scene. In my opinion he is the closest to the original that we have yet seen (long live Bill Hartnell!).

His destruction of Cassandra was as brutal as her planned murders and it followed the Doctor telling the two remaining trees what had happened to Jabe. I'm not sure I like this side of him yet but it's nice to the see the Doctor not being so damn wet.

Of course, there are two worlds ending in this episode. Gallifrey has gone and so what? It makes the Doctor's position in the universe more important and mysterious.

The best thing about this episode for me was that, despite it moving at a quick pace, it wasn't as frenetic as Rose. There was opportunity to get to know the characters enough to care about their demise. Jabe would have been an interesting recurring Character and I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who wants a Moxx of his very own. In fact, I've shaved next door's cat, painted it blue and given it a forehead the Tefal man would have been proud of.

All in all the episode had a very different feel from that of Rose, and it appears that The Unquiet Dead may be different again which all adds to the excitement of Saturday nights at the moment.

Jonathan Bigger

  • Read Jon's review of episode one, Rose and episode three, The Unquiet Dead.