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Season 28 (New Series 2)
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General Information

Season Start:25 December 2005
Season End:08 July 2006
Season Length:28 Weeks
Actual Weeks:14 Weeks
Writers:Mark Gatiss, Matt Jones, Matthew Graham, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse and Tom MacRae
Directors:Dan Zeff, Euros Lyn, Graeme Harper, James Hawes and James Strong
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editors:Helen Raynor and Simon Winstone
Editors:Alan Levy, Crispin Green, David Cresswell, Liana Del Giudice and Mike Jones
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects and Neill Gorton
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Incarnation of the Doctor: The Tenth Doctor (Newly Regenerated)
Number of Companions: 5
The Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Rejoins and Departs), K9 Mk III (Rejoins and Departs), Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith (Rejoins and Departs) and Donna Noble (Joins)
Number of Acquaintances: 2
The Acquaintances: Jackie Tyler (Departs) and Queen Victoria (Joins and Departs)
Number of Stories: 11
Number of Incomplete/Missing Stories: 0
Number of Episodes: 14
Number of Incomplete/Missing Episodes: 0
Percentages:
 Full Stories Held  100%
 Episodes Held  100%


Television Stories

No. Title Number of Episodes Production Code Status
167 The Christmas Invasion12-XAll Held
168 New Earth12-1All Held
169 Tooth and Claw12-2All Held
170 School Reunion12-3All Held
171 The Girl in the Fireplace12-4All Held
172 Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel22-5/2-6All Held
173 The Idiot's Lantern12-7All Held
174 The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit22-8/2-9All Held
175 Love & Monsters12-10All Held
176 Fear Her12-11All Held
177 Army of Ghosts/Doomsday22-12/2-13All Held


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.8
The Best StoryThe Christmas Invasion (9.4)
The Worst Story The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (6.2)
The Christmas Invasion (9.4)New Earth (8.6)Tooth and Claw (9.2)School Reunion (8.3)The Girl in the Fireplace (7.9)Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (8.4)The Idiot's Lantern (6.8)The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (6.2)Love & Monsters (6.7)Fear Her (7.1)Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (8.2)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)
Season: 71.82%  (Position = 11 out of 31)
Best Story: The Girl in the Fireplace (85.05%)
Worst Story: Fear Her (48.90%)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)
Season: 69.97% Lower (Position = 17 out of 36)
Best Story: The Girl in the Fireplace (83.47%)
Worst Story: Fear Her (42.68%)


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The Villains

Daleks Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
Cybermen Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
Others Abzorbaloff (Love & Monsters), Cassandra (New Earth), Clockwork Androids (The Girl in the Fireplace), Krillitanes (School Reunion), Ood (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit), Sisters of Plenitude (New Earth), The Beast (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit), The Isolus (Fear Her), The Sycorax (The Christmas Invasion), The Wire (The Idiot's Lantern) and Werewolf (Tooth and Claw)


Quote of the Season


 'Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called The Doctor. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.'

Rose
(Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)


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A Seasonal Summary


A Dalek
A Dalek
After the success of the Season Twenty Seven (New Series 1) it was interesting to see if the second season of the revised series would be able to live up to the high standards set by the first. The viewers were not to be dissapointed.

With Christopher Eccleston’s departure from the series, and his regeneration into the Tenth Doctor, and so the role of the lead character now being held by David Tennant everything has changed – well nearly everything. We still have Rose Tyler, her family, The TARDIS and of course the continued threat of the Daleks.

The Christmas Special "The Christmas Invasion" was obviously a means to set the character and style for the Tenth Doctor so that when Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2) started proper, with "New Earth", everything was in place for a cracking good season.

Some of the characters and enemies from the previous season returned as well as some new ones and of course a reappearance of some from the original television series.

Notable of those from the previous season was Lady Cassandra ("New Earth") and the Daleks ("Army of Ghosts/Doomsday"). As for new enemies we had a Werewolf ("Tooth and Claw"), clockwork robots ("The Girl in the Fireplace") and The Beast ("The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit"). Just to name a few.

There were 3 milestone events during Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2). The first of these was the appearance of two former companions – namely Sarah Jane Smith and K9 ("School Reunion"). Also the Daleks weren’t to have this season to themselves as we had the welcome return of the Cybermen in Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel" and in the season's finale where they were seen, for the first time ever, in a pitch battle with the Daleks ("Army of Ghosts/Doomsday") - As to who won - The Doctor of course - but it would come at a huge personal cost.

The final milestone, and also the saddest, was kept for the very last part of the final story in which The Doctor was forced to say goodbye to Rose. This ending was a fitting tribute to Billie Piper who played the part of Rose for 21 stories and, along with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, helped make the revamped series the success it has so far been.

This season very much kept the high standards of the first and kept up the pace and quality of the story lines. However, with Rose’s departure we were all left with the prospect of having none of the original cast members for the next season. How would the series survive? – Time would tell…



Things to Watch Out For


Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith
The return of former companions Sarah Jane Smith and K9 in "School Reunion"

The return of the Cybermen in "Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel" and their big battle with the Daleks in "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday".

The nearly Doctor and companionless story "Love & Monsters" in which comedian Peter Kay guest stars. We witness a Doctor Who adventure through the eyes of Elton Pope - who encountered The Doctor as a young child and then became involved in a group who are interested in locating The Doctor. After coming into contact with a mysterious person called Victor Kennedy and becoming emotionally attached to Ursula life for Elton will never be the sme again…

The most moving scene is left to the very end of the season where we witness the end of Rose Tyler's time with The Doctor in "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday" - or is it?



High and Low Points


The Cybermen
The Cybermen
The High point has to be the return of the Cybermen in "Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel" where the Cybermen have had a make-over to bring them into the 21st Century.

The lowest point for me has to be the end of Rose Tyler's time with The Doctor in "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday". What a great companion Billie Piper became with both the Ninth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor - she will be missed…


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First and Last

The Firsts:

 David Tennant's first full story as the Tenth Doctor. (The Christmas Invasion)

 The first story, since the revival of the show, to be set on a planet other than Earth. (New Earth)

 The first time a companion from the original series appears in the revised show. (School Reunion)

 The first time former companion Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, appears in the revised show. (School Reunion)

 The first time former companion K9, voiced by John Leeson, appears in the revised show. (School Reunion)

 The first trip in the TARDIS for Mickey Smith, played by Noel Clarke, and also his first story as an official companion. (The Girl in the Fireplace)

 The first appearance of 'live' Cybermen in the revived television series and the first for 18 years - since the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "Silver Nemesis". (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel)

 The first appearance of the Ood. (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit)

 The first of what has come to be known as a 'Doctor-lite' story. (Love & Monsters)

 The first appearance of Freema Agyeman, in the role of Adeola, before she played regular companion Martha Jones. (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)

 The first ever television confrontation between the Cybermen and the Daleks. (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last time, since the show's revamp, to be recorded at Unit Q2 in Newport. (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit)

 Billie Piper's last story as regular companion Rose Tyler. (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)

 Noel Clarke's last story as regular companion Mickey Smith. (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)



In Print

Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50Issue 459 - (Released: May 2013)


Additional Stories

TitleRelease Date (UK)FormatSourceCompanions
Children in Need SpecialNovember 2005TVBBC 1 Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
Attack of the GraskeDecember 2005Special StoryBBCi
The Stone RoseApril 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Resurrection CasketApril 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Feast of the DrownedApril 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
I Am A DalekMay 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Nightmare of the Black IslandSeptember 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Art of DestructionSeptember 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness
The Price of ParadiseSeptember 2006NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness

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Photo Gallery


The Doctor and Companions/Acquaintances

 
David Tennant
The Tenth Doctor

   
Elisabeth Sladen
Sarah Jane Smith
John Leeson (voice only)
K9 Mk III
Billie Piper
Rose Tyler
   
Camille Coduri
Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke
Mickey Smith
Pauline Collins
Queen Victoria
   
Catherine Tate
Donna Noble




On Release

Complete Series DVD Box Set
Complete Series DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(Amazon Version)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(Amazon Version)

BBC
VIDEO
Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

BBC
AUDIO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

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

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

BBC
VIDEO
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

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

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

BBC
VIDEO



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Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 459
Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 459

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