The End of the World
By Russell T. Davies
The Doctor takes Rose 5 Billion years into the future at the time when the planet Earth will be destroyed by the expanding sun. They land on a platform that is hosting a viewing party for the death of the Earth hosted by the Face of Boe. There are tons of alien races and Rose is feeling a bit overwhelmed as she walks away to clear her head. The Doctor catches up with her and tells her about the psychic connection she has with the TARDIS that allows her to hear the different alien dialects. When all of a sudden the space station shakes which The Doctor claims should not have happened and goes to see what is happening.
It appears someone has sabotaged the station defenses against the heat and light of the sun and will cause the station to explode when the sun expands. The Doctor with the help of Jabe go and investigate what has happened and find that the to fix the problem they have to reset the shields which happens to be behind a bunch of fan blades. Jabe volunteers to hold the switch to slow the blades down but that act costs Jabe her life as she ends up combusting from the heat but her sacrifice allows The Doctor to save everyone one the station by resetting the shields.
The End of the World is a decent story that is quite simple but pretty entertaining. We are introduced to a whole bunch of alien races. Some of which we will see again like the Face of Boe and the villainous last human Cassandra. There are some good moments as Rose questions The Doctor over the use of the psychic link that the TARDIS gives Rose as she claims it is an intrusion and that The Doctor should have asked first. We’ve not seen a companion question The Doctor before as this will be the first of many times a companion will challenge The Doctor.