Airdate: Doctor Who: The End of Time

By David Knox on January 7, 2010 / Filed Under Programming 38

DR_WHO_REGENEXCLUSIVE: TV Tonight can finally reveal the Australian airdates for Doctor Who: The End of Time Parts 1 & 2.

Part 1 will screen at 7:30pm Sunday February 14 on ABC1.

Part 2 will follow a week later 7:30pm Sunday February 21 on ABC1.

The two part adventure brings to an end the reign of David Tennant as The Doctor and introduces Matt Smith, briefly, in the second part. The episodes aired in the UK on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, topping 10.4m viewers for Tennant’s exit.

Tennant is widely viewed by many, including die-hard Who fans, of being the best of the 10 actors to have assumed the role of The Doctor.

Critics in the UK were particularly rapturous about the second episode pointing to its mix of adventure, jeopard, emotion and sentiment.

Appearing in the mammoth adventure are John Simms (Life on Mars), who returns as The Master, Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill) and former Who favourites who have helped distinguish the Tennant era.

“The End of Time” also signifys the end of Russell T. Davies (Torchwood, Queer as Folk) reign with writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Jekyll) taking charge as Showrunner.

Matt Smith (Party Animals), the youngest-ever actor to assume the role, will lead a new Who series to air later this year.

38 Comments »

  1. Larax June 13, 2010 at 3:04 am -

    Matt smith XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  2. Alexandra Legge February 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm -

    The End of time – The Master rules supreme and the Time Lords return. All hail the Time Lords!

    Gallifrey – The endless whirl of the Time Vortex.

  3. Haight Th'aybeeci January 18, 2010 at 2:52 am -

    The ABC is a complete waste of money and should be shut down tomorrow to be replaced by something useful and/or worthwhile. There is really no valid excuse for their demand that every Australian either break the law or wait until the ABC can be bothered actually showing shows (which is what they allegedly do for a living).

    As far as I am concerned, if there is more than a couple of days delay, I’ll watch elsewhere and watch it again in six months when the TV scumbags decide they can be bothered showing it.

    ABC 1-3 should immediately be reverted to one ABC channel that sucks 3 times less than the current arrangement.

  4. lovelyl January 15, 2010 at 12:50 am -

    Unfortunately I have already seen both parts to End Of Time. The story was alright but don’t get your hopes up like I did and I found it terribly disappointing I was kinda hoping more from Russell T Davies but its in his style of Dr Who finales. RTD is a great writer but sci fi isn’t his strength.

    What gets me is that with the world these days being on the net you would think the ABC would air it sooner as most would probably watch the episodes elsewhere. The ABC is and will lose viewers and that means money too. *shrugs*

    I can’t wait to see the new series with Matt Smith and Steve Moffat taking head writer should be very exciting to what I saw on the first preview to the new series.

  5. Sledge January 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm -

    some interesting comments above. Why can’t the ABC show Xmas Specials around the christmas periods – New Year? we’ll always behind in doctor Who like with the classic series. While rest of the world sees it before us or why can’t UKTV show it , like it did with Torchwood? but yes the ABC has the first option in showing it first.

    I think most fans are not waiting and getting it from the web which it is widely available and the UK DVD release is coming out this week.?

  6. cronker January 11, 2010 at 2:01 am -

    It is also important to remember that when it comes to telly shows like Doctor Who, the ABC has to be very judicious on its cost to the budget.

    A few years back, I was informed by a senior member of the ABC that they can’t simply fast-track Doctor Who because the cost is paid out of the next financial year’s budget. That is why we always get it around July (when it’s a full series, I mean). I expect that this year’s smattering of episodes was paid for in the 09/10 budget, so ABC have the rights to screen the program at their discretion.

    Which does, admittedly, raise the question of why they couldn’t fast-track the Waters Of Mars and the End of Time two-parter. It was already paid for, supposedly.

    That being said, viewers should seriously not miss Episode Two – it’s a corker! I was actually quite stunned at the quality of the presentation, it was almost like watching a (decent) Star Wars movie! I was blown away by how they could achieve such a visual feast on a television budget. The Mill should get huge kudos for that work!

    I am excited about Matt Smith taking over the role. In the very short moments he has as the new Doctor, he shows great potential and I am comfortable that Moffat and his team know exactly what they are doing.
    Every time a new actor assumes the role, there are naysayers amongst the hardcore fan base, and every time they eventually eat their words. I remember fondly the eruption about Tennant taking the role, after Eccleston’s sole year.

  7. Craig January 10, 2010 at 11:35 am -

    Being on ABC has nothing to do with when it can be seen here, that has more to do with the rights from the BBC, if 7, 9 or TEN had the rights I doubt it would be on sooner, just look at Top Gear. Nine now has the rights but is unlikely to air the latest series until after the Winter Games, some 5 months after they started to air.

    Back to The Doctor Who final. I was lucky enough to see both parts (those red-eye flights to the UK are a killer LOL) Together they make a complete story, IMO it would have been better for ABC to air it on the one night and not a week apart. and maybe without the delay but again it comes down to the BBC and probably ratings (even for the ABC) having them in February and not January.

  8. Kris January 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm -

    To “Doctor Whom”: The DVD and blu-ray will be available for purchase in UK and hence other legal websites starting Monday 11 Jan 2010. So you don’t have to wait if you don’t want to and it is absolutely legal! I have reserved my copy! :)

    To “DougalLongfoot”: The DVD for Hamlet starring David Tennant is available for sale in UK now.

  9. DoctorWhom January 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm -

    @Mandy– Thankyou!! You are the exact example of my point! You’re so lucky to have seen the first already, non illegally. I’m eternally jealous!! :P

  10. DougalLongfoot January 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm -

    Any chance of seeing the David Tennant / Patrick Stewart Hamlet here in Australia?

  11. Mandy January 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm -

    @DoctorWhom – I’m die hard, I was lucky enough to see ep1 (no I didn’t download it, if I had I’d have seen part 2 by now and not be hanging in suspense!) and I will absolutely watch it again live, probably have a viewing party in fact. There is a special excitement in seeing it live to air, knowing that the country is watching with you, or as much of the country that admits the existence of the ABC anyway. It’s great television and it bears repeated watches for sure. (As does Children of Earth, god that was Amazing, my only complaint there is not showing it on five sequential nights as per original which worked really well. But I can see that would be hard for programmers.)

    Also to those saying part 1 makes no sense – it is heavily reliant on you having followed the new series. It does explain with flashbacks for those who have not, but there’s no question that it’s rewarding the fans and consciously drawing a few old stories to a close. And I think it’s much richer for it which justifies the indulgence – allows characters to be less cyphers, more real and affecting.

    david, I’m sorry for the length of comment

  12. Jack Smith January 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm -

    I enjoyed watching the 2nd part though :) it was definitely quite emotional like in this descriptions, but seriously ABC should really Fast-Track any good British or outer state show to Australia since this is just going to kill the ratings.

  13. DoctorWhom January 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm -

    Oh please, for all those “die hard fans” who watched it illegally, you are actually endangering your chances of seeing closer to the date. It makes Sense that if ABC gets killer ratings for an ep then the next one they’ll be like “oh, loads of people want this, let’s not delay” rather than if no one watches it… that will only cause them to assume Dr Who is not as popular as it seems. And as if “die hard fans” wont be watching again when it’s broadcast. I know that if I had downloaded it/ watched on you tube [you know, in really good quality *rolls eyes*] I’d sure as hell be watching again.

    Just my two cents, as a die hard fan.

    Also, Super excited!!!

  14. Kelly Clark January 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm -

    NaNaNaNaNa…dan

  15. Kris January 8, 2010 at 9:27 am -

    Hi David. I would say good luck to ABC for the ratings.

    Why is it that Channel 7, 9 and 10 can screen US TV shows just days after it is screened in US and yet ABC cannot do so?

    I love the 2 part finale. Sad to see David Tennant go. I have ordered the blu-rays and am going to watch it next week again. :)

  16. Nicola January 8, 2010 at 8:09 am -

    about bloody time too!!

    I suppose we will have to wait 3 or 4 years for for the new series to start!!

  17. Matthew See January 8, 2010 at 6:06 am -

    What I wrote in the following article:
    http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2010/01/david-tennant-exits-dr-who-in-stunning-finale.html
    ““Australian viewers still have no clear date for when The End of Time Parts 1 & 2 will air on the ABC (failing an amendment it is unlikely to air in January).”

    The End of Time Part 1 includes a reference to Torchwood: Children of Earth. This could mean that The End of Time won’t be on ABC1 until after Children of Earth finishes on ABC2 on February 5.”

    Told you so.

  18. Barrie January 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm -

    I saw this in the UK over xmas. Part 1 was a huge dissapointment (especially as it was xmas day). None of it made any sense until Part 2 was shown a week later, then all was forgiven. Part 2 was a star wars romp followed by the tear inducing “death” scene. I would highly recommend viewing the two episodes together.

  19. David Knox January 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm -

    Kris, Torchwood: Children of Earth was shown hot off the satellite by UKTV in Australia. ABC did not gain access to the show until those rights expired. I think it’s a positive that it is getting an FTA screening for those who didn’t see it on Pay TV. It’s a ripping yarn.

  20. Alex January 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm -

    @Michael

    Exactly right. UKTV showed it not only within 24 hours, but on the exact same day! UK programs usually air in the morning (Australian Time), so by showing them the very same night, a large reason for piracy is avoided. I wish television networks would recognise the need for this in a large scale manner, not just individual cases (Children of Earth etc.)

  21. Kris January 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm -

    Holey moley! I think it is time for ABC to wake up and treat their viewers with a tad more respect. The Torchwood DVD Children of Earth has been out for a while. The Complete Specials for Doctor Who including the 2 part finale: The End of Time will be out next week in UK (both DVD and blu-rays) Monday 11th Jan 2010. So if viewers cannot wait, simply buy them instead of watching it on the Slow ABC. Would ABC expect a good viewers rating? Nah…..fat chance! If ABC wants good TV ratings, they should have at least shown it a few days or 1 week after the UK screening.

    When is ABC going to screen the new episodes of Poirot which was recently screened in UK and Sweden? Or do we have to wait for BBC to release their DVDs first in UK???

  22. Stan January 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm -

    Haha! Comment of the day goes to Michael (5:08pm), saying ABC “treat their viewers with contempt” over the two month delay in broadcast.

    I hear what you’re saying, man. For once, won’t they think of the ‘Children… Of Earth.’

  23. Dave January 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm -

    This is the most greatest news I’ve heard all day :)

    I’m glad I decided to wait :)

  24. kerry January 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm -

    this is a really kewl romp through dr who loved it and it was sad – but will it be in HD or be a SD version screened on HD – the British Blu ray set is out next week have ordered the complete set of specials bmm cant wait an it will be cheaper then buying from Australia -

  25. No_Netcensor January 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm -

    If there’s one good thing about ABC’s delay in screening this, it will mean that Torchwood Children of Earth: in 5 parts running weekly from 8th January, will be completed by the time Doctor Who is broadcast, which keeps their sequence correct.

    Without going into detail, there’s a couple of plot points that crossover.

  26. Michael January 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm -

    What a farce. Almost 2 months after they originally aired in the UK. It is no wonder other means are so popular. If the ABC are going to treat their viewers with such contempt, they should let UKTV show it like they did with Children of Earth i.e. within 24 hours of it being originally broadcast and in HD.

  27. Benjamin January 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm -

    It’s interesting that we’ll see Prt 1, 12 days after it’s released on Dvd in the States on Feb 2nd via Amazon.com.

  28. GuanoLad January 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm -

    The new series of Doctor Who, with the Eleventh Doctor, begins airing on the BBC in April (rumoured to be April 3rd).

    Expect it in Australia sometime around June or July.

  29. Jack! January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm -

    As I said before, it is a truly amazing double episode and so very sad to see David Tennant depart. A great send off for him and Russell T Davies best work!
    Jack!

  30. Craig January 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm -

    Yay now I can watch it in HD :)

    Can’t wait until later int he year for the new Doctor to start.

  31. Andrew January 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm -

    I reckon it’s too late for the die-hard fans who will have already seen it via “other means”

  32. Mac January 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm -

    Will happilly be watching these superb episodes again.
    Interesting to note David credits Dalton with the Bond movies, not with “The Beautician & the Beast”. ;)

  33. Craig January 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm -

    Will the ABC air it in HD & 5.1 audio, like the UK was treated to?

    Or will they go cheap again?

    Why have a ‘HD’ Channel (Ch 20) if they’re not going to show anything in Actual HD?

  34. Happy_aussie January 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm -

    I’ll be sad to see David Tennant leave. I enjoyed “His Doctor” It will be interesting to see where the series goes with the loss of Russell T. Davies as well. Now you’ve got this info David … When will we see the new series. Actually are the BBC airing them yet?

  35. Reubot January 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm -

    In SD only again I assume?

  36. George January 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm -

    RIP googley eyes. :(

  37. Dan January 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm -

    Too late, already seen it :D

  38. Shelly January 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm -

    Woo hoo! Can’t wait!

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