The Stolen Earth (Part I)
Series 4 Episode 12
Earth's greatest heroes assemble in a time of dire need, but can the Doctor's secret army defeat the might of the new Dalek Empire? With battles raging on the streets and in the skies, the Doctor and Donna must brave the Shadow Proclamation to find out the truth. However, a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows, and the entire Universe is in danger as the Daleks activate their masterplan.
  • Part one of a two-part story.
  • This story marks the last series finale to be written by Russell T Davies, and as a result ties up all the lose ends and storylines from Series 1-4.
  • This episode brings together characters from Doctor Who and its two spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • The Stolen Earth also marks the anticipated return of Davros, the creator of the Daleks, last seen in 1988's 'Remembrance of the Daleks'. His return to the series was heavily speculated for months before it was leaked out just before the transmission of this episode.
  • The title of this episode wasn't revealed until the week before its transmission as Russell T Davies felt it gave too much away.
  • In the first draft of the script, the Shadow Proclomation was to be crowded with aliens and monsters that the Doctor and his companions have encountered over the past four years, including the Slitheen, Krillitane, Bane, Gelth, Isolus, the Graske, the Jixx of Balhoon (Moxx of Balhoon's brother), the Sisters of the Wicker Place Mat and more.
  • Elton Pope from Love & Monsters was originally included in the first draft of this episode.
  • This episode's regeneration cliffhanger sparked a media frenzy, with every newspaper and magazine running their own stories claiming they knew the identity of the Eleventh Doctor.
Memorable Quotes
  • Jack: Here we go. Good luck, Doctor!
    Donna: Will somebody tell me what's going on!?
    Rose: When he's dying, his body, it repairs itself, it changes. But you can't!
    The Doctor: I'm sorry. It's too late. I'm regenerating!
Doctor Who Series 4, Volume 5 DVD DVD
Doctor Who Series 4, Volume 5

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