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Journey's End 

In the wake of Davros' threat to destroy the existence of the Universe itself, the Doctor's companions unite to stop the Dalek empire. Which one will die by the prophecies and what will the fate be for the Doctor?


Graeme Harper


Russell T. Davies, Terry Nation (characters: Daleks) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Tommy Knight ... Luke Smith (as Thomas Knight)
Bernard Cribbins ... Wilfred Mott
Jacqueline King ... Sylvia Noble
Adjoa Andoh ... Francine Jones
Julian Bleach ... Davros


The Doctor and his companions prepare to do battle with Davros and the Daleks who are out to destroy everything and everyone in the universe other than themselves. All seems lost when the Daleks apparently destroy the TARDIS but it's not that simple as an empowered Donna - and a new version of the Doctor - take control and face the Dalek menace head on. For one of the Doctor's companions however, there will be a heavy price to pay. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 July 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Bernard Cribbins has appeared alongside the Daleks before in the 1966 film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) which Peter Cushing was Doctor Who. See more »


When Jack finds Mickey, Jackie and Sarah he fastens the studs on the cover of his Vortex Manipulator. When he hugs Mickey however, three of the four studs have come undone. See more »


[Rose and the Doctor, trapped in Davros' Vault, have just witnessed the "reality bomb" test]
Rose Tyler: Doctor, what happened?
Davros: Electrical energy, Miss Tyler. Every atom in existence is bound by an electrical field. The reality bomb cancels it out, structure falls apart. That test was focused on the prisoners alone. Full transmission will dissolve every form of matter.
Rose Tyler: The stars are going out...
The Doctor: The 27 planets... they become one vast transmitter, blasting that wavelength...
Davros: Across the entire universe, never...
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Crazy Credits

Credit at the end of "Journey's End": COMING CHRISTMAS 2008 THE RETURN OF THE CYBERMEN See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally aired, when the TARDIS dematerialized at the end, it made its usual sound and a shot of Donna was shown hearing it, showing a hint of recognition, but then dismissing it. This ending was changed to have the TARDIS leave silently and omitting the last shot of Donna so as not to imply any triggering of her repressed memory and the established consequences thereof. See more »


Features Doctor Who: The Doctor's Daughter (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A perfect end to a great series
5 July 2008 | by lemmingologySee all my reviews

What an ending. I'd actually call this the best finale so far, better than even Doomsday. This episode lived up to all its hype - it was epic, but without being difficult to work out; unlike Last of the Time Lords, everything was explained and fitted together perfectly. It was full of twists and turns and dips and ducks, it all keeps you on your toes, keeps you guessing all the way through.

Obivously I can't reveal any plot details here, so I'll keep this short. All of the acting is amazing - Catherine Tate being the star of the show in my opinion, and with good reason.

Russell T Davies has pulled off an amazing swansong here, pulling together his entire Doctor Who universe into this episode - everything is relevant. It's like he's written the entire 4 series to build up to this finale, because it's all brought together so seamlessly. The only consolation in him leaving after this is the excellent Steven Moffat taking his place.

If I was completely honest, I'd say you have to watch the entirety of the revived Doctor Who to understand this episode inside out, but it's so worth it.

Here's looking forward to Christmas and the returning Cybermen.

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