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Recap: Doctor Who S28 E13 "Doomsday"
aka: Doctor Who NSS 2 E 13 Doomsday
Trust me, the context makes it sadder...

"I made my choice a long time ago and I'm never gonna leave you."
Rose Tyler

The episode begins with a variant of the final scene of "Army of Ghosts" as the four Daleks leave the void ship, accompanied by something they refer to as the Genesis Ark. These four are a Dalek special forces team known as the Cult of Skaro, designed to think like the Daleks' enemies in order to more efficiently battle them, and, most unusually for Daleks, they all have individual names (Sec, Thay, Jast and Caan). Sec orders Thay, Jast and Caan to extract information from Torchwood scientist Dr Singh, who was trapped in the room with Mickey and Rose and who offers himself. These being Daleks, naturally the extraction process kills him.

Sec sends Thay to investigate their surroundings. Thay soon come upon a group of Cybermen and Sec realizes that Earth is already being invaded. The Cybermen offer to join forces with the Daleks, but Sec refuses and Thay effortlessly kills the Cybermen near it, with the Cybermen's weapons unable to even penetrate the Dalek forcefield. The Cybermen tell Thay that the Daleks have declared war on the Cybermen, but Sec responds that it will not be war but "pest control" and saying that the 5,000,000 Cybermen would not stand a chance against a single Dalek, much less four. Deciding to test those odds against her own experience, Rose mentions one single Time Lord against four Daleks. The Daleks cringe in fear.

While talking with the Doctor, the Cyber Leader is quite suddenly killed by a parallel universe strike-team led by Jake. He takes the Doctor back to his dimension and reunites him with that dimension's Pete Tyler, who found out about their version of Torchwood and used its resources to battle the Cybermen. Knowing they were losing, the Cybermen jumped dimensions when the void ship weakened the barrier between worlds. Pete reveals that his Earth is undergoing the early stages of catastrophic global warming, and the Doctor tells him it's because of the constant crossing of the barrier. The Doctor says he can seal the breach permanently, and that he has a plan to do so.

Rose has realised that as the Daleks haven't killed her or Mickey they must need one of them to open the Genesis Ark. When Mickey questions why the Daleks don't open it themselves, Sec reveals that it's actually Time Lord technology which needs the one thing Daleks can't provide: skin contact. Sec demands that Rose open it; she refuses and recounts to Sec how she used the power of the Time Vortex to kill the Dalek Emperor. The Doctor makes his entrance at this point, but doesn't recognise the Genesis Ark for what it is. He uses his sonic screwdriver to activate detonation charges that blow the doors to the room, allowing their temporary Cybermen allies in to battle the Daleks alongside Torchwood and generally creating one hell of a battlefield.

Mickey stumbles and accidentally touches the Ark while escaping, and the Daleks take it outside. It opens and begins disgorging millions of Daleks, who attack the Cybermen and normal humans indiscriminately. The Doctor finally realizes the Ark was a prison ship and, like the TARDIS, is much larger on the inside.

The Doctor, Rose, Mickey and Pete encounter Jackie, and she and the parallel Pete have an awkward moment before embracing. The Doctor explains his plan by stating that anything which crosses dimensions becomes saturated with the energy of the void, and that by opening the breach between the worlds into the void instead of world-to-world, everything with that energy will be pulled into the void, after which the breach will seal itself forever. This means all the Cybermen and Daleks, but unfortunately also means the Doctor, Rose, Mickey, Jake and Pete. The Doctor says that he can use some purloined Torchwood items to keep himself safe but is unwilling to risk Rose's life.

From this point on, Rose's actions closely mirror the previous series' finale: Pete takes Rose to safety back across the barrier. Rose, however, immediately uses the transportation device Pete put on her to return to the Earth dimension, and tells the Doctor she will never leave him. They activate the ghost shift device, which begins drawing in all the Cybermen and Daleks, with Dalek Sec realising what is happening and using an emergency time travel device to escape. One of the handles that controls the device slides out of position and Rose leaves her anchor to pull it back into place, once again saving the world... only to lose her grip and fall towards the breach. Pete reappears for an instant and grabs Rose before she reaches it, then takes her back to his dimension as the breach seals itself. Rose completely breaks down as she realises she can never see the Doctor again.

Several months later in the parallel dimension, Rose awakens from hearing the Doctor calling to her in a dream. Pete, Jackie and Mickey believe her and they follow the signal to Norway, ironically, a place called Bad Wolf Bay. There Rose sees an image of the Doctor, who tells her that he managed to find one more small breach between the universes, but that he is using the energy from a supernova just to have enough power to talk to her. He tells her that the breach will close permanently in two minutes, and they share a final conversation, with the Doctor telling her that she and Jackie are missing and presumed dead, and Rose surprising the Doctor by telling him that Jackie and Pete have got together and Jackie is three months pregnant. She breaks down in tears and finally tells the Doctor that she loves him. The Doctor replies that she deserves to know how he feels about her. He takes a deep breath, says her name once more, and gets halfway through "I —" before the connection's gone.

A heartbroken Rose is consoled by Jackie, while in the Earth dimension the Doctor stands motionless in the TARDIS. He slowly begins to regain his composure and somewhat lackadaisically operates the TARDIS, then looks up and sees a woman in a wedding dress demanding to know where she is, to the Doctor's complete surprise.

Note: Series 1 of Torchwood (as well as Ianto's flashback in series 2's "Fragments") begins sometime after this episode.


Tropes:

  • And I Must Scream: Discussed.
    "Sealed inside your casing, not feeling anything, ever. From birth to death, locked inside a cold, metal cage... completely alone. That explains your voice! No wonder you scream."
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: The Doctor kisses Mickey on the forehead (while running, and without slowing down) while explaining the Daleks would've force-opened the Ark anyway.
  • Arc Words: "Bad Wolf" from last season has apparently been scattered among the multiverse too; the bay where the Doctor projects his image ends up being in Norway, and its name translates to Bad Wolf Bay.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Rose says to the Daleks, "You want to know what happened to the Emperor?" Dalek Sec is completely shocked. "The-Emperor-SURVIVED?!" For the rest of the conversation... see below.
  • Artistic License - Linguistics: According to Norwegians, "Bad Wolf Bay" as a translation of Dårlig Ulv Stranden is a stretch. "Dårlig" translates into "Bad," but in the context of "poor in quality", "inferior", or "feeling sick" as opposed to "evil" or "menacing". "Stranden" also is closer to "beach" or "sea-coast" than "bay". The former was clearly used because they wanted something that sounded like "Dalek," and the latter probably because it sounded like "stranded," which Rose was, but why they didn't simply call it "Bad Wolf Beach" is a mystery. A closer translation to "Bad Wolf Bay" the way it was intended would be "Slem Ulv-Bukten."
  • Badass Boast:
    • What Rose said to the Daleks:
      Rose: If these are going to be my last words then you're going to listen. I met the Emperor. Then I took the time vortex and poured it into his head and turned him into dust. Do you get that? God of all Daleks and I destroyed him.
    • Daleks boast to Cybermen:
      Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
      Dalek Sec: Four.
      Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
      Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
      Cyberman: What is that?
      Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Genesis Ark is the size of one Dalek but contains millions of them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Rose falls towards the Void, Pete beams in from the alternate universe just in time to catch Rose and take her back to his world.
  • Big "NO!": Doctor screams Big NOOO! when Rose can't hold any longer and starts getting sucked into the void.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Jackie proclaiming there has never been anyone else after Pete died. It's clear no-one believes her either.
    • Jackie says that she doesn't care that Pete is (very) rich but she keeps asking how (very) rich.
  • Buffy Speak: The stuff from the void is eloquently called ... void stuff.
  • Calling Your Attacks: To be expected when it's Daleks vs Cybermen.
    "Exterminate!" "Delete!" "Exterminate!" "Delete!"
  • The Cavalry: A squad of The Preachers beam in from the alternate universe and quickly seize Torchwood Tower's control room, saving the Doctor. Later on, they storm the lab that the Daleks and the Ark are in, alongside the Cybermen, rescuing the Doctor, Mickey, and Rose.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Dalek Caan, who plays almost no part in the episode, comes back in a huge way in "Evolution of the Daleks" and even more so in "Journey's End".
  • Cool vs. Awesome: After all these years: Daleks vs. Cybermen.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Five million Cybermen vs. four Daleks (with a prison ship full of reinforcements) vs. one Doctor. Rose smugly notes that the Daleks are more afraid of the latter than the former, but in truth this is a aversion. The Doctor advises against fighting them (indeed, he believes the Cybermen have already won) and instead draws them all into the void.
  • Continuity Nod The Doctor asks Pete who has become President of Britain in their universe. Harriet Jones.note 
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Daleks vs Cybermen quickly leads to victory for the former.
    • Daleks and Cybermen vs. Torchwood; the fight was over before the later was already there was a fight at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh boy — for a Dalek, Dalek Sec is one massive snarker!
    Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
    Dalek Sec: Four.
    Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
    Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
    Cyberman: What is that?
    Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!
  • Deus ex Machina: Reversing the effects of opening a breach to the void that's been pulling Cybermen and Daleks through not only seals the void, but pulls back in any material that passed through it due to them holding background radiation. Also, it can be closed from one end.
  • Enemy Mine: Jake's team and the Cybermen join forces against the Daleks... for just long enough for the Doctor to get Mickey and Rose out of the sphere chamber. Cybermen and Torchwood soldiers are shown working together (sort of) in the fight in the storage bay. It's less that they're allies and more that they've agreed not to shoot at each other while they're busy shooting at the Daleks.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Cyber Leader is confused by humanity's refusal to accept its offer of surrender. The Doctor informs it that accepting the surrender would destroy everything that makes humanity human.
  • Evil Plan: This episodes reveals the details behind the one from the previous episode; Cybermen crossing the void to another world in order to continue "upgrading". Howver, it also reveals that they were piggybacking on the Dalek plan to open the Genesis Arc.
  • Eviler than Thou: Cybermen? Bad. Daleks? Worse. In fact, when Daleks start pouring out of the Genesis Ark by the thousands the sight of Cybermen marching through the streets to oppose them looks practically heroic.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Cybermen versus Dalek; the later want to kill humanity and the former want to "upgrade" humanity by force, which is the same thing as killing humanity.
  • Flat "What.": There aren't many other reactions you can have when you have to deal with never saying "I love you" to a woman you can never, ever see again only to discover that a belligerent bride has somehow appeared on your spaceship.
  • Foreshadowing: The Doctor mocks the Daleks for their inability to touch — something he and Rose get to experience at the end of the episode. It also seemed to hit a nerve with Sec, who's become obsessed with leaving his casing the next time we see him.
  • Geeky Turn-On: "I love it when you talk technical."
  • Happily Married: Pete and Jackie, together again. They have Babies Ever After and everything.
  • I Like Those Odds: Used by the Daleks, and then promptly turned against them.
    Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
    Dalek Sec: Four.
    Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
    Dalek Sec: [[AC:We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek!
    [...]
    —>Rose: Five million Cybermen, easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared.
  • Ironic Echo:
    Pete Tyler: (to the Doctor) That's your problem.
  • Irony: Millions of Daleks that survived the Time War thanks to Time Lord technology.
  • It's All About Me: Rose asks the Doctor if he can come through and he says more travel between the worlds would destroy them both. Her reaction is joking "So?"
  • Madness Mantra:
    Yvonne Hartman: I did my duty for Queen and country. I did my duty. I did my duty. Oh God... I did my duty! (scream)
  • Mood Whiplash: The ending. Shot of the Doctor with tears running down his face, he turns around and there's a bride. See for yourselves.
    The Doctor: (sees woman in a wedding dress) What?
    Donna: (turns around, makes sound of shock)
    The Doctor: What?
    Donna: Who are you?
    The Doctor: But...
    Donna: Where am I?
    The Doctor: What?
    Donna: What the hell is this place?!
    The Doctor: ...what?
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Yvonne.
    Jackie: This is your fault! You and your Torchwood! You killed us all!
    Yvonne: I did my duty — for Queen and Country! I did my duty... I did my duty... oh, God... I did my duty!
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: A Dalek says "The female's heartbeat has increased," when she realises the Daleks have found the Doctor. Mickey jokingly adds, "Tell me about it."
  • Never Found the Body: It's the story of how Rose Tyler officially died because they never found her body in the original universe.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mickey accidentally touches the Genesis Ark during a Dalek / Cybermen / human scuffle but this is a subvertion; the Doctor thanks Mickey since otherwise the Daleks would've probably tried to open the Ark by force, which would've resulted in spectacular collateral damage.
  • No, Except Yes: "This is not war! THIS IS PEST CONTROL!"
  • Not So Different:
    • The Cybermen propose an alliance (the two species are both types of cyborgs, after all) but it doesn't happen. Daleks are just too genocidal to play nice. Although, considering the Cybermen's track record, chances are they would have backstabbed the Daleks anyway.
    • The Doctor mentions that the Daleks would have blown up the sun to open the Genesis Ark if Mickey hadn't accidentally opened it. In the end, the Doctor burns up a sun to say goodbye to Rose.
  • Number of the Beast: Very subtle. After Rose comes back from the parallel universe and asks what she can do to help, the Doctor says she can enter the co-ordinates (the coordinates to Hell) and tells her to "set them all to six".
  • Oh Crap: The Daleks visibly recoil when Rose tells them the Doctor is in Torchwood Tower.
  • Pair the Spares: Specifically, pair the corresponding widowed parallel universe counterparts (Jackie and Pete).
  • Patriotic Fervor: Not even assimilation can remove Yvonne's love for Queen and country!
  • Prison Ship: The Genesis Ark contains millions of Daleks prisoners.
  • Quality Over Quantity:
    Cyberman: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
    Dalek Sec: This is not war — this is pest control!
    Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
    Dalek Sec: Four.
    Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
    Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
    Cyberman: What is that?
    Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!
  • Reaction Shot: When the Doctor discusses the Time War and the fall of Arcadia, the camera cuts to Mickey's reaction in particular. Not only is this the first time he's heard the Doctor talk about this, but he's just spent three years fighting Cybermen. Something in common, at last?
  • Recycled Plot: Not overall, but there are some definite parallels between these two episodes and Bad Wolf/Parting Of The Ways from Series One. Both hinge on The Reveal of the Daleks at the Cliffhanger, both climax on a pitched battle in a tower (Satellite 5 vs Torchwood Tower), and both involve the Doctor and Rose losing each other. They both even involve an Assimilation Plot, although this time it is the Cybermen, not the Daleks, who are assimilating humanity.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Yvonne Hartman becomes a heroic character after her death, except she doesn't really "die" but was robotised instead...
  • Red Shirt: Poor Dr Singh.
    Dalek Sec: Which of you is least important?
  • Replacement Goldfish: All over the place at the end as a continuation of the Pair the Spares theme. Rose, Jackie, Pete, Mickey and Jake all either get a parallel-universe replacement for someone they lost, become a parallel-universe replacement for someone else or both.
  • Sealed Army in a Can: The contents of the Genesis Ark is an army of daleks.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Genesis Ark: a Time Lord device imprisoning millions of Daleks. "Time Lord science: it's Bigger on the Inside."
  • Shaped Like Itself: Dalek Thay identifies the offending cyborg as "resembling the inferior species known as Cybermen." Key word is resembling. This race is a completely different type of Cybermen than the type the Daleks would have encountered before (built by an alternate world's Cybus Industries instead of hailing from the planet Mondas).
  • Shout-Out: A method of inter-dimensional travel that slowly destabilises the universe with every use? Does this remind you of anything...?
  • Stock Episode Titles: 14 uses.
  • Talking to Himself: Nicholas Briggs voices both Daleks and Cybermen.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Averted. Cyberwoman!Yvonne retains her loyalty through conversion. "I DID MY DUTY FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY."
  • Trash Talk: Despite being two species of emotionless, genocidal killers, the Daleks and the Cybermen are pretty adept at slinging mud at each other.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Rose going on about "dying in battle" isn't what you think it means.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: While most of the Dalek army gets sucked back into the Void, Dalek Sec and the cult temporally shift to series three.
  • Wealthy Ever After: Rose and Jackie end up living with rich and successful parallel Pete.
  • We Can Rule Together: As a Cyberman puts it: "Cybermen plus Daleks. Together, we could upgrade the universe". Naturally, the Daleks view the Cybermen with the same contempt as anyone else who isn't a Dalek, not even bothering to use them as pawns for a while.
  • White Flag: The Doctor has to improvise one with a sheet of A4. "Same difference."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "Rose Tyler, I..." (transmission ends)
  • You Are Worth Hell: Rose doesn't care about being thrown into the void.
    Rose: I made my choice a long time ago and I'm never gonna leave you.
  • You Just Told Me: As a Dalek and a Cyberman engage in a verbal pissing contest to get the other to identify first, the Dalek finally says "Daleks do not take orders!", to which the Cyberman responds "You have identified as Daleks".
  • You Shall Not Pass: Yvonne after her upgrade. Cybermen are climbing up a stairwell, but she appears with a big gun.
    Yvonne: You will not pass.
    Cybermen: What is the meaning of this?
    Yvonne: You will not pass.
    (fires, screams of Cybermen)
    Yvonne: I did my duty for Queen and Country. I did my duty for Queen and Country.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: There's only one scene of the parallel universe and, yup, airship.


Get the Kleenexes ready...

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Doctor Who S28 E12 'Army of Ghosts"Recap/Doctor WhoDoctor Who 2006 CS 'The Runaway Bride"

alternative title(s): Doctor Who NSS 2 E 13 Doomsday
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