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The Parting of the Ways

First UK Transmission Date (BBC1)Scheduled TXViewers
18th June 200519:00-

Cast: John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Anne Robinson (Voice of Anne Droid), Jo Joyner (Lynda Moss), Jo Stone-Fewings (Male Programmer), Nisha Nayar (Female Programmer), Paterson Joseph (Rodrick), Alan Ruscoe (Android), Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, David Hankinson (Dalek Operators), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek Voice)

Writer: Russell T Davies, Director: Joe Ahearne

Synopsis: 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.

'The Parting of the Ways' Background and Summary -

Classic Series Influences and References:

  • The Emperor Dalek was originally seen in Evil of the Daleks
  • The Dalek, having been shot, declares "My vision is impared" which a quote from Ressurection of the Daleks, and subsequent stories.
  • The unprovoked slaughter of a group of people trapped in a room on level zero is remniscent of the killing of the scientists in Genesis of the Daleks
  • The Doctor's opportunity to wipe out all the Daleks at the press of a switch recreates the moment in Genesis of the Daleks where he asks "Do I have right?"
  • One Dalek has a blow-torch attachment previously seen in The Dead Planet and Planet of the Daleks.
  • Daleks swelling their ranks using humans to breed new Daleks was previously seen in Revelation of the Daleks.
  • The TARDIS materialsing around an objects or person which then appears in the TARDIS was previously shown in Logopolis.
  • Jack being accidentally left behind is remniscent of Teega beeing accidentally left behind in Time Flight.
  • The Doctor's line promising to take his companion to Barcelona (the planet) strongly echoes the 6th Doctor's final promise before hiatus that he would take Peri to Blackpool, although the name of the place was edited for transmission.
  • The Doctor previously kissed his companion in The TV Movie.
  • As with the revival of Captain Jack, the mystical energy from the TARDIS previously brought a companion back to life the The TV Movie.
  • Daleks fly up the ventillation shaft as in Planet of the Daleks.

Untelevised Adventures

  • The Doctor has been to the planet Barcelona, where the dogs have no noses. It is not known how they smell.

Buy the Complete First Series

This is an absolutely must for anyone who remotely enjoyed the new series of Doctor Who. Unlikely the previous individual releases of episodes, the box set has extras coming out of its ears. And whereas some box sets just have extras on the final disc, this brilliant package has a selection of extras on each disk, plus the entire set of Doctor Who confidential (cut down) on another disk.

Nothing much needs saying about the episodes themselves but commentaries on certain episodes are almost worth the price alone. The commentaries of Rose, The Unquiet Dead and Dalek are of particular note and the video diaries of certain members of the team are very interesting and fun. The TARDIS container is a nice package and overall, believe me this set of DVDs is well worth the asking price, or probably more!


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