This is the Endgame before Endgame with all your favorite characters from Doctor who teaming up to defeat the Daleks. With characters from three different series joining up this is one packed episode.

Noobs and the Whovian is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t.  

Welcome to Episode 53 covering Season 4 episodes 12 & 13: Stolen Earth & Journey’s End

Super-short Recap

This is the one where they did Avengers: Endgame 11 years before Marvel did!

Responding to the cloister bells and Bad Wolf meme, the Doctor and Donna rush to earth to find that everything is… fine. Then it’s really not. The earth disappears from right under the TARDIS itself. The Doctor’s secret army, led by Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister, coordinate all their special skills to get a signal to the Doctor. Some jiggery pokery later and he finds earth along with 26 other stolen planets orbiting a base station that belongs to the Daleks.

Turns out, Davros has created a Reality Bomb that will break apart all matter in every galaxy, in every universe leaving the Daleks as the only things in existence. Did I mention that Donna accidentally created a biological metacrisis version of the Doctor that also imparted some of his mind into hers? In comes the prophecied Doctor Donna to take over the Reality Bomb, the Dalek ship, and the Daleks themselves.

She then zaps all the stolen planets back to where they came from and the Doctor creates a timey wimey lasso around the earth to tow it back home. We then get the most tear-jerking goodbye montage until Lost. Oh, and the metacrisis is burning up Donna’s mind so the Doctor wipes her memory and takes her home to her mom and Wilf. She’ll never remember any of the things she did with the Doctor, but a grateful universe will be singing the song of the Doctor Donna for generations to come.

The saddest sad Doctor we’ve ever seen steps into the TARDIS and sadly flies away.

The end.

Production notes

  • Story # 198 and the 750th & 751st episodes of Doctor Who!
  • Originally aired June 28 & July 5, 2008 to 8.78 & 10.57 million viewers
  • Written by: Russell T. Davies
  • Directed by: Graeme Harper
    • We had a Harper treatment! When Mickey, Jackie, and Sarah Jane were looking through the dome portal at the Reality Bomb victims.

Misc Trivia

  • First time the opening credits featured 6 names
  • The scene in the Shadow Proclamation was originally planned to show many more aliens old and new including:
    • Raxacoricofallapatorians with a child, ostensibly Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen.
    • Baby Adipose and 15’ tall adult one
    • Krillitane
    • Vespiform
    • Hath
    • Gelth
    • Cybermen
    • Sycorax
    • Alonso Frame working for the Shadow Proclamation as a Shadow Soldier
    • Isolus
    • Graske
    • Kroton
    • Hoix
    • Chelonian
    • Two-headed race (Aplans?)
  • A cut scene (can you believe there was MORE!?) involved the Doctor giving the Metacrisis Doctor a piece of the TARDIS so that he could grow his own. When Metacrisis says that takes thousands of years, the Doctor Donna gives him a solution to do it faster so that he and Rose can travel through time and space like it should be.
    • The best April Fool’s of 2019 – BBC announced Metacrisis, a show about the adventures of Rose and John Smith.
  • There is a reference of some kind to EVERY EPISODE of this season in this story. There are also nods to Martha’s season, both of Rose’s Sarah Jane’s original run in Classic Who, Sarah Jane Adventures episodes and gags, and Torchwood episodes.
  • The idea of Ten growing a clone of himself to go and live with Rose was in Russell T.’s mind from the beginning. He planned it all the way back in The Christmas Invasion and even told Tennant about it.
    • When Metacrisis and Rose hold hands on the beach at Bad Wolf Bay, he uses his right hand.
  • This is the end of our time with Donna, Rose, and Sarah Jane. They do no feature in a story again after these episodes.
    • As we mentioned before, Elizabeth Sladen continued on with The Sarah Jane Adventures, but passed away in 2011.


  • Richard Dawkins as himself – at the time, he was married to Lalla Ward, who was once married to Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor! They were introduced by Douglas Adams who was a writer for Doctor Who when Lalla was on the show.
  • It’s a cavalcade of Doctor Who stars!
  • Davros
  • Rose
  • Martha
  • Martha’s mom
  • Mickey
  • Jackie
  • Sarah Jane
  • Luke
  • K-9
  • Captain Jack
  • Ianto Jones
  • Gwen Cooper – played by Eve Myles
    • there was a nod to Eve playing the character Gwyneth in The Unquiet Dead, the one who sacrificed herself to seal the rift that was going to let in the Gelth. Gwyneth’s likeness was sent through the rift via spatial genetic multiplicity, producing her a very similarly looking Cardiff resident, Gwen Cooper.
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  • Baddie of the week
    • Daleks
  • Oi!
    • Episode count: 10
      • Oi, don’t get all spaceman, focus.
      • Oi! Oi, I’m not staying behind!
      • Oi! Watch it, spaceman! Oi, watch it earth girl!
      • I sound all rough, oi, Oi! OI!
      • You’re human. Disgusting! Oi! OI!
    • Running count: 15
  • Impossible
    • The sky was impossible
    • Davros said it was impossible to see Sarah Jane
    • It was impossible for the TARDIS to show up.
  • Time War
    • Davros died in the first year
    • It’s time-locked
  • Jiberty Jaberty
    • Chronon loop (temporal prison)
    • The Dalek ship was powered by a Z-neutrino engine
    • Instantaneous biological metacrisis
    • Warp star – a warpfold conjugation trapped in a carbonized shell
    • Donna: Closing all Z-neutrino relay loops using an internalized synchronous back-feed reversal loop.
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • Psychic paper –
    • Sonic –
    • TARDIS –
    • Random
  • Existential horror

Who’s Who?

  • Who was Rose
    • She finally gets to keep the Doctor.
  • Who was Martha?
    • She’s become the head of Project Indigo
  • Who is Donna?
    • All timelines are converging on her
    • Metacrisis Doctor sees her thoughts and realizes that all her roughness was a defense because she really believes she’s useless.
    • The Doctor Donna! She was the best of humanity and the best of the Doctor.
  • Who is Wilf?
    • He’ll look up into the stars on Donna’s behalf and think of the Doctor.
  • Who is The Doctor?
    • The Dark Lord
    • The man who abhors violence fashions ordinary people into weapons.
    • The man who keeps running, never looking back, because he dare not unto shame.
    • Davros names him forever the Destroyer of Worlds

Other stuff we noticed

  • Davros and The Emperor – I guess all creepy, wrinkly old men with weird eyes can shoot electricity from their hands?
  • This really is like Endgame.
    • Years of storytelling and character development in multiple franchises in the same universe converge all at once.
    • Every character has to bring their unique skills/powers/knowledge to win the day.
    • They even dusted people!
  • It’s also a bit bizarre the spectrum of shows.
    • The Sarah Jane Adventures was decidedly a kids show while Torchwood was definitely more grown-up than even Doctor Who. It’s like G, PG-13, and R.
    • It would be like if Endgame also featured Phineas and Ferb as well as John Wick.

Can we talk about regenerations?

  • We discover later in The Time of the Doctor that this DID count as a regeneration.
  • This makes Rose the only person to be present at two regenerations.
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Classic Who Connection

  • Jared talks at length about Davros.

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Austin – 10 DoctorDonnas!
    • Corbin – 9 mechanical blue eyes
    • Tripp – 9 regenerations
    • Jared – 9
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Austin – 225
    • Corbin – 250
    • Tripp – 218
    • Jared – 275

The Game Plan

  • Next week – Series 4 recap
  • Minisode (hopefully a .5 bonus episode) – Music of the Spheres
    • This minisode features the Graske, who was also featured in an interactive episode called Attack of the Graske.
    • Maybe we’ll cover that one too!
  • Small change because of some potentially awesome stuff coming up. We’re moving the Classic Who Rewind to after the David Tennant Specials.
  • David Tennant Specials – Things get a bit wonky here, so we’ll outline it for your here.
    • The Next Doctor (Christmas Special)
    • Planet of the Dead (Easter special)
    • The Waters of Mars (Autumn special)
    • The End of Time Parts 1 & 2 (Christmas/New Year’s special)
  • Classic Who Rewind – Series 1, Story 2: The Daleks
    • For this one, you’ll need a BritBox subscription from Amazon.
    • Use our affiliate link for a seven day free trial to BritBox where you can watch it. When you use our link, we get some of the money, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Next Time…

Join us next time for the Season 4 Recap!


Noobs and the Whovian is a production of Master Closet Studios, where it’s always smaller on the inside. Your Senior Producer is Austin Reason. Our Audio Engineer is Tripp Reason. Corbin Reason is our Production Editor. Special thanks to for the trivia, Jared for the Classic Who Connection, and Jared and James for being patrons!

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