After the pilot episode failed me, I was a bit worried I would not be able to stand the next set of episodes. As I said, I’m not really a fan of science fiction especially the aliens and other weird looking creatures but if there’s one thing I’m excited about, it’s the idea of time travelling – visiting the past and going to the future using whatever device/ time machine is available. And in this show, it’s the blue abandoned police box called the TARDIS.

With much hype going around about the end of the world in 2012, in this episode we find ourselves in the farthest future imaginable: year 5.5/apple/26. I liked the episode because it gives us a creative glimpse of how the world might come to an end someday.

As expected, we meet outrageous-looking characters who are literally out of this world, such as the blue-skinned Steward,the Moxx of Balhoon, the Trees from the Forest of Cheem, the Face of Boe, and Cassandra O’Brien – the skin flap who considers herself as the last human being.

What I also liked about this episode is how we get a glimpse into the Doctor’s life. We see his dark side, a result of his past, when he coldly refuses to help Cassandra. We also get to see his vulnerability when he cries at one point upon remembering and feeling guilty about what happened to his people.

The episode also affirms the fact nothing lasts forever and as the Doctor says: “Everything has its time and everything dies.” We are reminded to never take things for granted, and to treasure all the things we have before it’s too late.

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