Vinvocci: That's racist!
Cactus Lady: What's that then?
The Doctor: Allons-y!
- An Aesop: Don't cross the road without looking. This is an inside joke on RTD's part. He noted that since they always closed down the street when shooting The Sarah Jane Adventures, the actors never looked when they crossed the road.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The Master. It was revealed the drumming in his head (that had tormented him his entire life and led to him being totally unhinged) was in fact put there by Rassilon for his own purposes. At that point, some just really wanted to give him a big hug, so when he went out in a vengeful blaze with that "get out of the way" it didn't help at all.
- Amnesia Missed a Spot: Donna buys Wilfred a book about Joshua Naismith and has no idea why. The Doctor suggests it's because the DoctorDonna is Fighting from the Inside.
- Apocalypse How:
- Essentially Species Extinction, after the Master turns almost the entire human race into himself.
- And a planned Metaphysical Annihilation of time itself.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Lots. The Master's resurrection is brought about by... "potions of life". That's all the explanation we get.
- Arc Words: "He will knock four times." Not only does Wilf knock four times. But he knocks four times, four times. Just to make it perfectly clear what was about to happen.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Rassilon's plot for the Time Lords in the last part of the Time War.
- Assimilation Plot: The Master makes Agent Smith look like an amateur in the self-copying-over-everyone department.The Master: (as TV host) Breaking News: I'm Everyone, and Everyone in the World is ME!
- Bad Boss: Rassilon kills a Time Lady who speaks out against the Time War, and even worse, dares suggest that maybe the Time Lords should die.
- Back from the Dead: The Master.
- Badass: Several. The Doctor, The Master. The Lord President of the Time Lords. Even Wilfred Mott. Then again, he is a Palestine Mandate/Mideast Wars veteran.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: The Doctor, after some convincing from Wilf.
- Big Eater: The Master, because he Came Back Wrong.
- Big Good: The Church Lady.
- Bilingual Bonus: The Tear Jerker song played over Ten's regeneration is called "Vale Decem", a.k.a. "Farewell Ten", complete with apropos lyrics.
- Bittersweet Ending: Everyone on the planet is returned to normal and the Time Lords are dragged back into the Time War, but the Doctor is only saved by the Master (whom he had tried to save) charging Rassilon and being time-locked as well. On top of that, the Doctor reluctantly saves Wilfred at the cost of his own life, but lives long enough to see all his companions to a happy ending. Whilst the Tenth Doctor regenerates with tears in his eyes, the Eleventh is born and marvels at his new incarnation.
- Book Ends:
- With Donna and the Doctor. Donna's in her wedding dress the very first and last times we see her.
- On a larger scale, Ten's first and last full episodes were both Christmas specials.
- Also, Ten's first scene was in the TARDIS and his second scene was in the Powell Estate. Guess where his second to last and last scenes are.
- Russell T Davies' tenure as the showrunner and main writer of Doctor Who begins and ends with the Doctor meeting Rose in 2005.
- Call Back:
- The entire end of Part 2 is one Call Back after another. Most of Ten's companions show up (in addition to those who appeared earlier in the episode: Sarah Jane, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Captain Jack, and Martha Jones, plus hangers-on like Jackie and Luke). Even Alonso makes an appearance.
- The Lord President is Rassilon.
- The Master's "drumming in the head" is actually a signal sent back in time through the Time Vortex, which he stared at as a child, to give the Time Lords a chance at escaping the Time War.
- Came Back Wrong: The Master, thanks to Lucy messing up his resurrection. His head flashes to reveal his skull, he's always hungry, he's far hammier than usual (at least until he steps into the Gate) and he's won the Superpower Lottery.
- Chekhov's Gun: Wilf's revolver.
- Chewing the Scenery:
- The Master, who is also chewing on other characters. "Dinnertiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!"
- The Narrator also loses it when he reveals his role. You can see him spraying. He's played by Timothy Dalton, so it's a given.
- The Doctor too, when he rages against the dying light. "I could do so much more. So! Much! More!"
- Christmas Episode: The first part. But considering the lack of anything Christmassy aside from the date and the Master's obsession with Christmas dinner combined with the bleak tone of the story, it's OK if you didn't guess it in the first place. Lampshaded by one of the characters (Mr Naismith) in the story: "Ladies and Gentlemen, Christmas is canceled. Prepare the gate!" Let's be honest, most of the Christmas episodes on Doctor Who aren't really Christmas episodes, just episodes that happen to take place on Christmas.
- Naismith lets "the prisoner" eat, which turns out to be a ready-made Christmas turkey.
- Continuity Cavalcade: The bar Captain Jack's in is filled with alien races the Doctor's encountered over the last few years (there's a Judoon, a Hath, an Adipose, some Raxacoricofallapatorians, etc.), and the music playing is the showtune performed in "Daleks in Mahattan".
- Continuity Lockout: God help you if you go into this one cold.
- Continuity Nod: Lots.
- The Master's Plan is in essence what would have happened if what happened in "The Empty Child" / "The Doctor Dances" was a deliberate act as opposed to A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
- The Master's last words to Lucy. "You will obey me!"
- A shout-out by way of special effect. The effect used when the Immortality Gate and Rassilon transform humans into the Master Race and vice versa is a callback to the Doctor Who TV Movie. At one point in the movie, when the Master is attempting to take over the Doctor's remaining lives, his head begins shaking in a super-fast motion, interlaced with split-second cuts of the Doctor's head on the Master's body. The overall effect is almost identical to, though somewhat less polished than, the one used in the 2009 specials.
- Also Rassilon's plan to escape the Time War by ascending the Time Lords to beings of pure consciousness beyond Time itself is reminiscent of the Beast's nature as a being of thought who existed "before time." This also indicates just how far the Time Lords had fallen, and why the Doctor would go to such lengths to stop them.
- The Time Lords' plan to escape the War by ascending to a higher plane is similar to what the Celestis actually did in the Eighth Doctor Adventures, with "destroy the universe" added as a side-effect.
- As well as all the references to past episodes (most obviously "Last of the Time Lords" and "Journey's End"), the Master's skeletal visage reflects the late seventies version who had passed his final regeneration.
- The President!Master says he can send the UN protocols to the Master. The Raxacoricofallapatorians in "Aliens of London" were defeated mainly because they couldn't receive these codes quickly enough. He got them pretty quickly.
- The Doctor's mention of his marriage to Queen Bess is a nod to the end of "The Shakespeare Code", where the Queen arrives and instantly declares the Doctor to be her enemy, for reasons he didn't know at the time.
- One of the Silver Cloak members mentions phoning Netty, confirmed via Word of God to be Wilfred Mott's girlfriend who suffers from Alzheimer's and helped defeat the Mandragora in the novel Beautiful Chaos.
- There's even an extended nod to "The Family of Blood", complete with an Identical Great-granddaughter of Joan Redfern. What a sendoff.
- Eleven checks his ears after regenerating and notes that they're not too bad.
- Contrived Coincidence: The Doctor lampshades his constant encounters with Wilf, suggesting something is forcing them together. Turns out it's because Wilfred is the man who "kills" this version of the Doctor.
- The Woman also makes note of it, telling Wilfred he "stands at the heart of coincidence".
- Crazy Consumption: The Master after he comes back wrong displays wrongness both in how he eats and in what he eats.
- Cryptic Background Reference
- It's a shame we never even get to glimpse the Time War in this episode because the Doctor's description sounded EPIC. "Not just the Daleks, but the Skaro Degradation, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child, The Could-Have-Been King and his army of Meanwhiles and Never-weres." Of course, showing all this would have undoubtedly been rather expensive. Word of God is that showing the Time War in all its glory, or even most of its glory, is simply impossible, even with the biggest budget in the world.
- The Doctor is mentioned as possessing something called "The Moment" which is apparently what he unleashed to burn everyone and end the Time War.
- Cursed with Awesome: The Master's incomplete resurrection gives him everything you see below under Superpower Lottery. Yeah, it burns his life energy, but he replenishes it by eating people, becoming even scarier and more awesome. And knowing the Master, having a reason to kill more people is probably a bonus to him.
- Dark Reprise
- Originally, the music in the scene where the Doctor says goodbye to Rose one last time was planned to be a Dark Reprise of "Song for Ten", but was ultimately cut. Luckily, it made it onto the Specials soundtrack.
- Also, the proud "This Is Gallifrey" theme from series 3 returns, albeit as a darker, more militant piece to reflect the grim situation of Rassilon and the Time Lords.
- Death's Hourglass:
- "He will knock four times". The Doctor is well aware of his impending doom and how little time he has left, and so he goes and wanders the Universe for several years before finally deciding to meet his end. All the while he keeps saying he is going to die.
- Explored even further once the prophecy is fulfilled and he goes on his farewell tour.
- Delayed Narrator Introduction: The Narrator (credited as such) appears briefly halfway through Part One, and is revealed at the end of the episode as a Time Lord. He's identified as Rassilon (and Lord President of the Time Lords) in Part Two.
- Description Porn / Food Porn: The Master going on and on about all those delicious types of food that he wants to devour. "BLOOD FOOD!"
- Deus ex Machina: In "Journey's End" it was established that Donna will die if she remembers her time with the Doctor; there's an entire scene dedicated to how important it is that she never remember. In this episode a year later, it's revealed that the Doctor was being somewhat melodramatic as he had in fact installed a buffer to prevent her from suffering any harm whatsoever if and when she remembers... and just forgot to tell her family. In fact the act of remembering her previous life is actually pretty beneficial as it knocks out a bunch of master clones with no ill effects whatsoever.
- Dirty Old Woman: June Whitfield's Minnie character, who hinted about making out in a police box and flirted with and groped the Doctor.
- Distressed Dude: The Master, the Doctor, and even Wilf get all tied up in this two-parter.
- Don't Explain the Joke: The Doctor rather desperately tries to explain to Ood Sigma why locking the TARDIS like a car with remote locking is funny. Leading to a nice little moment where the Doctor unwittingly echoes the Master's "It's a gas mask" scene: "Funny? No? Little bit?"
- Doting Parent: Joshua Naismith's life revolves around his daughter. And frankly, it's kind of creepy.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Several times in rapid succession with the same gun.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Rather the point of the Doctor visiting his companions. Bidding them all final, and indeed personalised, farewells is his reward; he even gets to see (Martha and Mickey) or cause (Jack, especially Donna, and even Rose) theirs.
- Heck, even Jackie gets an implied one, if you recall that, yes, she eventually did do better. Good on you, Pete!
- Eldritch Abomination: During the latter end of the Time War, the Time Lords apparently created entire armies of Eldritch Abominations to fight off the Daleks. And they all failed.
- Electric Torture: Thanks to his botched resurrection, The Master can and does do this at will."ONE!" ZARK! "TWO!" ZARK! "THREE!" ZARK! "FOUR!" ZARK!
- The End of the World as We Know It: By the end of the first part, Earth's entire population consists of six billion Masters, the Doctor, Wilfred Mott, Donna Noble (who probably doesn't have long to live), and two Vinvocci.
- Enemy Mine/Sadistic Choice: The Doctor has to choose between killing either the Master or the other Time Lords, with each side egging him to shoot the other. He ultimately went with the downfall of the Time Lords, with the Master taking them down with him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted; the Master actually likes the Time Lords' plan to bring about the end of time and become higher beings. It's only after the President calls him "diseased" and refuses to allow him to be part of the plan that the Master turns against them.
- Evil Laugh: Six billion Masters, all cackling.
- Eviler Than Thou: Rassilon, surprisingly. Whereas in the Big Finish audio books Rassilon was shown to be a kind of Gallifreyan Hitler, futzing around with all the lesser species to give them Time Lord characteristics and eliminating anyone who stood in his way, here he manages to thwart the Master's plan with a flick of his wrist.
- Failed a Spot Check: As the Doctor notes, sometimes the Master can be downright thick. Like not noticing the guard behind him is just a bit taller than him...
- You know that's the only reason for the extended scene of John Simm shirtless.
- And the eyeliner. And the straitjacket. And the collar. And the crossdressing....
- Lucy Saxon looks good in her prison getup.◊
- Faceless Goons: Naismith's "ninjas" until they are transformed into Masters, at which point they show their face. Some of them still run around with their helmets down afterwards, though, which saves on the FX budget when multiple Masters are in the room, but also opens the Master up to a classic Evil Overlord slip-up, by letting a disguised Vinvocci get close enough to clobber him and rescue the Doctor.
- Fake Shemp: Obama's face is almost always covered or hidden by the camera angle.
- Failsafe Failure: What eventually takes The Doctor's "life" in that the radiation container was overloaded by the Master.
- Famous Last Words: Tenth Doctor: "I don't want to go."
- Fantastic Slurs: "Cactus" has racist connotations when used to refer to Vinvocci, apparently. Although Wilf calls them "cactus" frequently and they never flinch; it was only when the Doctor called them "cacti" that they freak out.
- Fantastic Racism: On a comical note, the episode had this gem.
- Face Death with Dignity: AVERTED. The Doctor is initially unwilling to save Wilf at the cost of his own life, protesting that it's not fair and he could do so much more. Though he eventually does so, the Tenth Doctor's last act is to whimper "I don't want to go."
- Fix Fic: After the episode, another kind of Fix Fic emerged which repaired both this and "Journey's End" in one fell swoop; when Ten regenerates, his mind/soul doesn't die. Instead it gets transferred into the body of 10.5, bringing Ten back to life and reuniting him with Rose. Both of these lead to a lot of Fan Dumb territory.
- Foreshadowing: "He will knock four times." Yes, he did, and the Doctor finally accepted his fate. Now replace "knock" with "offer you his gun."
- Four Is Death: The Arc Words throughout the Specials of the four knocks indicating Ten's death.
- Gambit Pileup: Let's see... you've got the Master playing Xanatos Speed Chess, Lucy's plans to prevent the Master's resurrection, Naismith's plans for the Immortality Gate, the Vinvocci's plans to steal the Immortality Gate and the Time Lords' plans to escape the War. And of course the Doctor's typical Indy Ploy plus the mysterious agenda (which seems to be to help the Doctor) of the lady in white. Not forgetting the Ood, who plan to avert the End of Times by setting the Doctor on his tracks.
- Gambit Roulette: Rassilon's plan for the Time Lords to escape inevitable death in the Time War is one that encompassed the Master's entire life from age eight.
- Genre Savvy: Mr. Naismith seems to have a pretty good idea of how far to trust his new technician:[gate powers up, the Master leans back and smirks]
Mr Naismith: Good. Guards, restrain him.
The Master: What? But I repaired it!
Mr Naismith: I'm not an idiot, Mr Saxon.
- Get It Over With: When the Doctor has a gun trained on the Master.
- Godzilla Threshold: It takes the Time Lords coming back to make the Tenth Doctor pick up a gun.
- Grand Finale: Though not the end of the series itself, "The End of Time" marks the end of both the Tenth Doctor and Russell T Davies's run as head writer. As a result, virtually every companion introduced since the show returned gets a brief sendoff.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The Doctor versus the Master versus the Lord President of the Time Lords.
- Heroic Sacrifice / Redemption Equals Death:
- Lucy Saxon.
- The Doctor's own Heroic Sacrifice to save Wilf.
- Who, it need be mentioned, was only in need of saving because he, himself, was trapped after freeing a scientist.
- Believe it or not, but THE MASTER gets one as well, in a Star Wars fashion.
- The Woman and her fellow Time Lord, who gave the Doctor what he needed, whose actions would trap her and her compatriot with the rest of the Time Lords.
- Hope Spot: For the Doctor, anyway. After the Master's Heroic Sacrifice and the Time Lords go back to Hell, the Doctor laughs hysterically as he finds himself still alive. Then he hears Wilf knocking on the door of the radiation chamber. For the audience... not so much, as this was largely publicised to be David Tennant's last episode.
- Identical Grandson: Joan Redfern's great granddaughter, played by Jessica Hynes.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Master isn't satisfied with just turkey....
- Incoming Ham:
- Timothy Dalton marks his transition from off-screen narrator to on-screen ham by literally spitting out "Gallifrey rises!"
- In hindsight, the Matt Smith Doctor counts. All it took was one "Geronimo" and it went from there.
- Ironic Echo:
- The Master to the Doctor, contemptuously: "You never would, you coward."
- Also: "Get out of the way."
- Rassilon dematerialises a Time Lady, all the while screaming "I will NOT DIE!" For propriety's sake, guess who said it last time? The Dalek freakin' Emperor to the Ninth Doctor.
- A big one from way back when the Sixth Doctor was on trial on Gallifrey that seems particularly chilling in retrospect.Sixth Doctor: In all my travels through time and space I have battled against evil. Against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here! The oldest civilization: decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core! Power mad conspirators? Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen: they're still in the nursery compared to us! Ten million years of absolute power. That's what it takes to be really corrupt.
- Similarly, there was also a Sixth Doctor story from Doctor Who Magazine in which the Time Lords say they don't mind countless deaths over billions of years, if it means the Cybermen can eventually Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. The Doctor is not happy about this.
- It's All About Me: The Master assumes the prophecy the Doctor heard refers to him. He's sort-of-right, but not the way he hoped.Doctor: I've been told something is returning.
Master: (dramatic) And here I am!
Doctor: No, something more -
- Jabba Table Manners: The Master's Horror Hunger causes him to eat like a ravenous animal every time food is placed in front of him.
- Joker Immunity: The Master apparently has a bit, considering the last time we saw him it was very heavily implied that he was Killed Off for Real by refusing to regenerate.
- Just One Second Out of Sync: The Doctor hides the TARDIS from the Master this way.
- Kick the Dog: Rassilon disintegrating a Time Lady with his Power Fist shows not only that he's far meaner than the likes of Borusa, but also that the Time Lord High Council are no longer the staid Obstructive Bureaucrats of the classic series.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Rassilon's putdown of the Master, despite him being the direct cause of what he is. Yeah, we actually feel bad for the villain of Part One.
- Kneel Before Zod: Kneel Before Rassilon!
- Laser-Guided Karma: The last we see of the Master, and Rassilon, the former is kicking the later's ass, and none of the Time Lord Council look like they're trying very hard to stop the Master.
- The Last Dance: The Doctor's farewell tour of his companions just before he dies.
- Let's Get Out of Here:Sylvia Noble: Stay right where you are!
The Doctor: You can't come with me.
Wilfred: Oh, you're not leaving me with her!
The Doctor: Fair enough.
- Made of Iron: The Doctor. Seriously, jumping out of a flying spaceship, through a window and onto the hard floor? No One Should Survive That!
- Mad Oracle: The Visionary. She's fond of scribbling on parchments in circles that are presumably Gallifreyan words. It's not clear whether she's this way from having looked into the time vortex once too often, or because she's seeing The End of the World as We Know It.
- The Maiden Name Debate: The couple themselves aren't shown doing this, but...The Doctor: Hold on, she's not gonna be called "Noble-Temple"? That sounds like a tourist spot.
Wilf: No, it's Temple-Noble.
- Meadow Run: The Master goes from trying to fry the Doctor with lightning to reminiscing about the days they spent running through fields of red grass together. And we thought the Doctor was bad with the mixed signals....
- Meaningful Echo: The Master mockingly addresses Rassilon as "Mr. President, sir", calling back to his identical appellation of President Winters. (Later, when he has started respecting him, he addresses him as "Lord President".)
- Mood Whiplash:
- Last episode involved suicide and the Doctor's god complex being thrown into very sharp relief. This episode opens with a quick bit of ominousness then the Doctor showing up in a cowboy hat, shades, and a lei.
- The climax moves from the Tenth Doctor's Hope Spot, to his anguished Heroic Sacrifice, to the realization that he's not quite dead yet.
- We go from the Tenth Doctor's heartbreaking final line to a comic, pumping music opening with the Eleventh. To sum up, we go from David Tennant's tearful "I don't want to go!" to Matt Smith's hilarious discovery that he's "STILL NOT GINGER!"
- More Expendable Than You: After being trapped in the Nuclear Vault and realizing that the Doctor must die in order to save him, Wilfred insists that he be left there, saying he's an old man who's lived his life already.
- Must Make Amends: The Doctor after his A God Am I moment in "The Waters of Mars", with elements of Blood Knight.
- Mutilation Conga: By the end of "The End of Time" the Doctor has gone through this, leading up to his regeneration.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Eleventh Doctor was worried that he regenerated into a woman. The spoof The Curse of Fatal Death (written by current showrunner Steven Moffat) and the "Unbound" audio drama Exile both saw female incarnations of the Doctor, regenerated from male ones; the Doctor's claim here is the first time it has actually been brought up within the show.
- The author's name is Verity Newman — as in Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman, creators of Doctor Who. (This is also a Continuity Nod, as "Verity" was the name John Smith gave for his mother in "The Family of Blood".)
- Narrator All Along: He's the Lord President of the Time Lords.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: The Doctor admits to having been very selective in how he remembered and spoke of the Time Lords.
- No OSHA Compliance: Three Time Lords stride along a platform bridge with no handrails that's barely wide enough for them. It doesn't help that the city is falling to bits around them either.
- The Nose Knows: where the other Time Lord is.
- Oh, Crap:
- The Doctor, thrice. First after his telepathic chat with the Ood, then when he realizes what the Master could do with the Immortality Gate, and finally when he realizes that the Time Lords are returning. He gets one last one that quickly turns his look of joy to horror when he hears Wilf knock four times.
- Yet another when the Master opens a telepathic link and he realizes that the four beat pattern that echoes in the Master's head isn't a symptom of his insanity; it's the cause. That means that someone intentionally drove his oldest friend into insanity for a no-doubt nefarious purpose.
- Also the homeless guys when they realise the guy who looks like that homicidal maniac who killed the US President really is Harold Saxon. And then he starts the skull-flashing thing....
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: As the Lord President explains to the assembled Time Lords, all these events are part of a greater scheme which will eventually bring the Time Lords back (as well as, somehow, "the End of Time Itself!").
- OOC Is Serious Business: The Doctor refuses to take Wilf's gun up until he realises that the Time Lords are involved.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Averted. Barack Obama is mentioned by name.
- Pair the Spares: Martha and Mickey. Word of God says the pairing was a callback to the title of Martha's first episode: "Smith and Jones". The end credits even call her "Martha Smith-Jones." What happened to Tom?
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Bernard Cribbins. Finally. And John Simm. Finally.
- Prophecy Twist: "He will knock four times" refers not to the Master's drum beat (with the implication that he will defeat the Doctor in battle), but to Wilf knocking on the chamber's door so that he can be let out, leading the Doctor to his Heroic Sacrifice and thus, "death".
- Pun: In his own words, the Master has turned the human race into the Master Race. It's also a "World of Pun" because it's everyone on Earth.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Wilfred's role was originally meant to be taken by Donna's father Geoff, who appeared in her debut episode. When his actor died suddenly, the producers replaced him by bringing back a bit character from one of the Christmas specials and making him Donna's grandfather. But since it seemed awfully convenient for the Doctor to just bump into his future companion's granddad in a city of eight million, this story establishes that the Doctor and Wilf are cosmically connected, and fate is drawing them together toward the moment of the Doctor's death.
- Redemption Equals Death: The Master
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. The Oods' eyes turn red again while they're talking with the Doctor, but they don't attack him.
- The Reveal: After four series and several telemovie specials dropping hints about the Time War, we finally learn that the Doctor ended it to stop the Time Lords. Not that he had any love for the Daleks, but it's been suspicious for a while now that whole fleets and organizations of the Daleks not only survived the Doctor, but quietly thrived despite his knowledge, yet only one other Time Lord escaped. Apparently, the Doctor wasn't as bad a shot as that implied.
- Riddle for the Ages: The exact identity of The Woman. Wilfred even asks the Doctor who she is, and gets no reply.
- Running Gag: He's still not ginger.
- Sanctuary of Solitude: Wilfred does this at the start of the episode.
- San Dimas Time:
- The Ood are very disappointed in the Doctor taking so long to come to the Oodsphere, despite... well... time travel.Elder Ood: Events that have happened are happening now.
- There's also this:Wilfred: Listen Doctor, if this is a time machine — that man you're chasing, why can't you just pop back to yesterday and catch him?
The Doctor: I can't go back inside my own timeline. I have to stay relative to the Master in the causal nexus. Understand?
Wilfred: Not a word.
- The Ood are very disappointed in the Doctor taking so long to come to the Oodsphere, despite... well... time travel.
- Say My Name: Hilariously subverted with Lucy Saxon calling the Master "Harold". That's a Crowning Moment of Awesome all of its own.
- Scenery Gorn: Blink and you'll miss it, but the establishing exterior shot of Gallifrey's capital shows the city's dome with a large hole smashed through it, smoke pouring from damaged buildings within, and the surrounding landscape littered with crashed Dalek saucers.
- Schmuck Bait: "It's an open broadcast. DON'T reply, he'll know where we are."
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The gravitational and tidal forces of such a big object that close to Earth should have been disastrous.
- Screw Destiny: Strongly hinted to be why Wilfred is near the Doctor, because otherwise he'd die for real.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Played for Laughs when Sylvia Noble finds the Doctor and Wilfred talking, and they both make a break for it in the TARDIS.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Time Lords, sealed away by the Doctor because their war against the Daleks had made them worse than what they fought.
- The Doctor refers to the Master as Skeletor.
- The Master wears a hoodie, makes ridiculously high super-jumps, has super-strength and eats people. Haven't we seen this before?
- And he shoots lightning from his hands and uses it to fly around. Sound familiar? Some found it reminiscent of something else...
- The Master's resurrection scene, with loyal followers sacrificing their bodies and the mortal enemy being brought in for a forcibly taken biological sample, is uncannily reminiscent of that of a Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter.
- The scene with Captain Jack was reminiscent of the cantina from Star Wars: A New Hope.
- So was the turret gunner scene (down to some shots being exactly the same!) with Frickin' Laser Beams, and the Lord President of the Time Lords getting his comeuppance by the Master, with electricity...
- Some viewers thought the Vinvocci spaceship looked like the Heart of Gold. Or Starbug or Serenity.
- The Doctor's death, a Heroic Sacrifice via massive radiation poisoning whilst sealed in a glass chamber, is rather appropriately reminiscent of the death scene at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- The Doctor's mention of the "Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres" may be a nod to the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, and specifically the Faction Paradox.
- That gauntlet of Rassilon's looks disturbingly similar to the Resurrection Gauntlet of Torchwood.
- Skyward Scream: "GERONIMO!" Yes, the camera spins too.
- Don't forget the Master's "IT'S REAL!"
- Soft Glass: Averted. The Doctor gets a lot of scratches when he breaks through the dome. Still he survives the fall.
- Stable Time Loop / Timey-Wimey Ball: The drumming in the Master's head was manufactured, and actually a signal to allow the Time Lords to escape their inevitable destruction in the Time War. Keep in mind they only know to put the sound in there because their history books already say it's there, and they realize it might have been them that did it. The Oracle helps, too.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: The Woman manages to perform this with Wilfred on a spaceship.
- Superpower Lottery: For a guy who Came Back Wrong, the Master has quite a few superpowers. However, he is burning up his Life Force by using them; jumping, electricity powers and Super Strength.
- Take a Third Option: The Doctor has a stark choice: shoot the Master, or shoot the President. He shoots the machine linking them.
- Tearful Smile:
- The Doctor has a particularly heartbreaking one when he goes to see Joan Redfern's great-granddaughter and she asks if, in the end, he was happy. He smiles, but he looks like he's about to cry.
- His voice is noticibly breaking as he celebrates surviving the final showdown with the Master before Wilf knocks on the door.
- Terrible Ticking: The Master's drumbeat.
- Thanatos Gambit: Played straight, inverted and slightly averted at the same time, being that the Master anticipated his death (hence his refusal to regenerate) in "Last of the Time Lords", and used his subordinates to imprison his wife, (who murdered him), and took a biometric imprint from her to use as a catalyst for the Applied Phlebotinum used to resurrect him. Except his wife came up with a plan of her own, anticipating this scheme, and her sabotage which cost her life, meant the Master Came Back Wrong, but his scheme was otherwise successful.
- Third Act Stupidity: The Lord President. Telling the Master he has outlived his usefulness? Risky, in itself. But telling him that before he actually has outlived his usefulness? He was just asking to get zapped.
- Time Crash: After the Ood berate the Doctor for taking so long to come see them about what's going on, he realizes that they have made far too much progress after only a hundred years since he last met them. Time is starting to break down, due to the Time Lords' plot to escape the Time War.
- Title Drop:
- "For Gallifrey! For victory! For the End of Time itself!"
- Earlier than that, from the Ood: "Something vast is stirring in the darkness, and the darkness heralds only one thing: The end of time itself."
- Token Minority Couple: Martha and Mickey.
- Tragic Villain: The Master. Once a happy child, best buds with the Doctor, then deliberately retroactively brain-damaged as a child by Rassilon, basically for the purpose of making a gateway.
- Trash the Set: The Doctor's regeneration is quite explosive.
- Trailers Always Lie: Promotional photos showed David Tennant wearing Time Lord regalia. Guess what doesn't happen in either episode?
- Undercrank: Used when the Master scarfs down an entire roast fowl in a matter of seconds.
- Unflinching Walk: The Doctor, as the Master's shooting lightning at him. Lasts until the Master actually hits him.
- Unseen Audience: The Narrator/Lord President is eventually revealed to be addressing the assembled Time Lords.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Donna stuffs the lottery ticket down the front of her wedding dress. It doesn't have any pockets.
- Villainous Breakdown: The President of the High Council ("I WILL NOT DIE!"). Unusually for this trope it's seen in the character's introduction, though of course justified as it's happening at the end of the Time War.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Y'see, when the Master turned Earth's human population into his clones, their clothes didn't change with their bodies. We've now got about three billion Masters dressed in women's clothing, and we see some of them.
- Villainous Rescue:
- It is Rassilon who turns all of the Master's clones back into human beings.
- The Master himself, when he attacks Rassilon and sends himself, the Time Lords and Gallifrey back into the Time War.
- Villain World: Earth under the rule of the Master Race.
- We All Die Someday:Doctor: I'm going to die.Wilf: Well, so am I, someday.Doctor: No, don't you dare.Wilf: All right, I'll try not to!
- Wealthy Ever After: Donna, presumably, thanks to the lottery ticket.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rassilon. Yes, your race has to survive and you're the Lord President of the Time Lords, but do you have to fuck up a kid's childhood by making him Ax-Crazy (and an Omnicidal Maniac who has taken billions of lives) because you sent a maddening signal into his brain, to escape the Time War, and rip apart the space/time continuum itself just so your people could survive?
But it's a subversion: Rassilon is blatantly motivated mainly by his own personal survival above all else; the Time Lords themselves are, in his eyes, his private empire, a society he made and ordered for the express purpose of reshaping the universe to his liking. So while he presents himself to them as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, in reality he is, and always was, nothing more than a raging egomaniac with a god complex and a Dirty Coward who would rather destroy all of creation than let himself be killed. This comes at no surprise to those who have listened to the Big Finish audio plays.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Whatever became of Leela? Or Romana for that matter, seeing as the Word of God says she returned to Gallifrey and became President — possible Fridge Horror if the unnamed Time Lady we see disintegrated was her.
- Or even Susan? The last we're told of her note is that she vanished, and that the Seventh Doctor had no idea where she might be. Next thing we're told, the Doctor's entire family is gone. When did she leave Earth in the 22nd century?
- Also, what happened to Borusa and his bas-relief mates when Rassilon emerged?
- Judging from Engines of War, Borusa already bit it in the war shortly before it ended.
- Wham Episode
- Wham Line:The Narrator/Rassilon: This was the day the Time Lords returned.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Master is retconned into this.
- Worst Whatever Ever: Coupled with Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like — "WORST! RESCUE! EVER!" as the Vinvocci wheel the Doctor out of Naismith's house. On a hand truck. Down a flight of stairs.
- Writer on Board: The Obama scene.
- The X of Y
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: The Doctor tries to persuade the Master to put aside world domination and elope across the universe with him. The Master actually seems to consider it."You're a genius. You're stone-cold brilliant, you are, I swear, you really are. But you could be so much more. You could be beautiful."
- You Monster!: Wilfred delivers quite a heartfelt one to the Master.Wilf: What is it? What have you done, you monster?
Honore res quara