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Season 27 (New Series 1)
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General Information

Season Start:26 March 2005
Season End:18 June 2005
Season Length:13 Weeks
Writers:Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell, Robert Shearman, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat
Directors:Brian Grant, Euros Lyn, James Hawes, Joe Ahearne and Keith Boak
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Mal Young and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editors:Elwen Rowlands and Helen Raynor
Editors:Graham Walker, John Richards, Liana Del Giudice and Mike Jones
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Incarnation of the Doctor: The Ninth Doctor (Returns)
Other Incarnations of the Doctor: The Tenth Doctor (Newly Regenerated)
Number of Companions: 3
The Companions: Rose Tyler (Joins), Adam Mitchell (Joins and Departs) and Captain Jack Harkness (Joins and Departs)
Number of Acquaintances: 2
The Acquaintances: Jackie Tyler (Joins) and Mickey Smith (Joins)
Number of Stories: 10
Number of Incomplete/Missing Stories: 0
Number of Episodes: 13
Number of Incomplete/Missing Episodes: 0
Percentages:
 Full Stories Held  100%
 Episodes Held  100%


Television Stories

No. Title Number of Episodes Production Code Status
157 Rose11-1All Held
158 The End of the World11-2All Held
159 The Unquiet Dead11-3All Held
160 Aliens of London/World War Three21-4/1-5All Held
161 Dalek11-6All Held
162 The Long Game11-7All Held
163 Father's Day11-8All Held
164 The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances21-9/10All Held
165 Boom Town11-11All Held
166 Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways21-12/1-13All Held


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.9
The Best StoryRose (10.8)
The Worst Story Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways (6.8)
Rose (10.8)The End of the World (8.0)The Unquiet Dead (8.9)Aliens of London/World War Three (7.8)Dalek (7.8)The Long Game (8.0)Father's Day (8.1)The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (7.0)Boom Town (7.7)Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways (6.8)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)
Season: 74.43%  (Position = 7 out of 31)
Best Story: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (89.86%)
Worst Story: The Long Game (58.05%)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)
Season: 74.42% Lower (Position = 9 out of 36)
Best Story: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (89.48%)
Worst Story: The Long Game (59.08%)


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The Villains

A Dalek Dalek and Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
Others A Slitheen (Boom Town), Autons (Rose), Cassandra (The End of the World), Empty Child (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances), Slitheen (Aliens of London/World War Three), The Gelth (The Unquiet Dead), The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe (The Long Game) and The Reapers (Father's Day)


Quote of the Season


 'I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at a sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We are falling through Space. You and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go. That’s who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler.'

The Doctor
(Rose)


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A Seasonal Summary


Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith
Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith
Like many I suspect the initial thought on the new Doctor Who was:

'Great he's back".

Not since Season Twenty Two have we had 45 minute episodes. The big difference with the new season is that apart from three stories each 45 minute episode contains a standalone story and it will be interesting to see if 45 minutes will be long enough to cover a good storyline? - remembering that previously an average story was 4 episodes (approx 1 hr 40 mins) - i.e. over twice as long.

Also apart from the trailer at the end of each episode there are no cliffhangers for the single episode stories!

It is a challenge to introduce a new Doctor and companion - but this is doubly difficult after an absence of sixteen years and with technology that has advanced so much since Doctor Who left our screens. Therefore the team who have brought Doctor Who back to our screens must be congratulated for doing such a great job.

Starting with the Autons, with the promise of the Daleks to follow and a whole load of new aliens to follow this season was one to keep watching.

One good thing is the level of effects and the humour and the way the series started with Rose and how things were seen mainly from her perspective. This was even more so in "Father's Day" where Rose Tyler got the chance to meet her long dead father, her mother, a young Mickey and herself.

The first story, "Rose", obviously was meant to re-introduce us to the good Doctor (and for those unfortunates who were born after the series left our screens to introduce him to a new audience) and also to set up the team of The Doctor and companion so it had a lot of ground to cover.

Also after seeing the documentary that preceded it, the BBC3 documentary that followed, and the Christopher Eccleston's interview with Jonathan Ross, it is also obvious that the first story was just a taster for what was to come…

The biggest question of all was how the new series would be judged by the viewing public? Would nearly 16 years out of the public spotlight have damaged its chances? Going by the ratings received for the first story it appears not and this story did not contain the dreaded Daleks. Time of course would tell if the rest of the stories could match the first and going by the healthy ratings and the fact that the BBC announced before the end of this season that there would be at least another two seasons plus a Christmas special things are looking very Rosy (please pardon the pun) for The Doctor - its just a shame that it was also announced that Christopher Eccleston would not be returning. This did though mean that we had a fantastic ending to this season and the prospect of greater things to come in the next…



Things to Watch Out For


Auton Invasion
Auton Invasion
The introduction of companion Rose Tyler and her growing relationship with The Doctor. As the series continues more is revealed about the ever mysterious Time Lord. an Auton

One of the best awakening of the Autons as they start to break free from shop windows and start rampaging through shopping arcades and the streets.

Even though not actually seen it is implied that The Doctor has recently regenerated, as he looks at his appearance in the mirror in Rose's flat.

To see The Doctor mentioned on the Internet - a real feel of the X Files…

For the first time instead of an army of Daleks we have a story with a lone Dalek causing havoc. Proving that a single Dalek can be just as dangerous when on its own. It is not until the final story that The Doctor has to face a whole army of them.



High and Low Points


Exterminate!!
Exterminate!!
There are two obvious candidates for the highest point of this season. The first is in "Rose" when the opening titles started for the first time for 16 years and then what followed was one of the best introductions of The Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler which also set up the mood and feel for the rest of the season.

The second high point is during the fifth story, "Dalek", where The Doctor confronts a single damaged Dalek which then comes to life and goes on the rampage - thanks to Rose. The death count is high and the special effects and concept for a Dalek fitting for the 21st Century is breathtaking. Just watch and see how it defeats all in its in path, how a flight of stairs is no barrier and its final demise.

The lowest point has to be the whole story line of "Boom Town". This story promised so much, with the return of the Slitheen after the excellent confrontation in "Aliens of London/World War Three", but in the end delivered so little.


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First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first Doctor Who story of the revised show, the first for Season Twenty Seven (New Series 1) and the first new story for 16 years. It was broadcast on 26 March 2005. (Rose)

 Christopher Eccleston's first appearance as the Ninth Doctor. (Rose)

 The introduction of companion Rose Tyler played by Billie Piper. (Rose)

 The first appearance in the show of The Face of Boe. (The End of the World)

 The first use of the phrase 'Bad Wolf'. (The Unquiet Dead)

 The first appearance of the Slitheen. (Aliens of London/World War Three)

 The first appearance of a Dalek in the revived television series and the first for 17 years - since the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "Remembrance of the Daleks". (Dalek)

 The introduction of short lived companion Adam Mitchell played by Bruno Langley. (Dalek)

 The introduction of semi-regular companion Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman. (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances)

 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor. (Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways)


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Bruno Langley' last story as companion Adam Mitchell. (The Long Game)

 Christopher Eccleston's last appearance as the Ninth Doctor. (Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways)



In Print

Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50Issue 458 - (Released: April 2013)


Additional Stories

TitleRelease Date (UK)FormatSourceCompanions
Winner Takes AllMay 2005NovelThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler
The Clockwise ManMay 2005NovelThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler
The Monsters InsideMay 2005Novel/AudioThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler
The Deviant StrainSeptember 2005NovelThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
Only HumanSeptember 2005NovelThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Stealers of DreamsSeptember 2005NovelThe Ninth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
Night of the WhisperSeptember 2013AudioBBC Destiny of The Doctor Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness

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Photo Gallery


The Doctor and Companions/Acquaintances

Christopher Eccleston
The Ninth Doctor

David Tennant
The Tenth Doctor

   
Billie Piper
Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri
Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke
Mickey Smith
   
Bruno Langley
Adam Mitchell
John Barrowman
Captain Jack Harkness




On Release

Complete Series DVD Box Set
Complete Series DVD Box Set

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Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

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Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

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Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

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Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

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Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

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Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

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Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 458
Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 458

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