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Season 29 (New Series 3)
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General Information

Season Start:25 December 2006
Season End:30 June 2007
Season Length:27 Weeks
Actual Weeks:14 Weeks
Writers:Chris Chibnall, Gareth Roberts, Helen Raynor, Paul Cornell, Russell T Davies, Stephen Greenhorn and Steven Moffat
Directors:Charles Palmer, Colin Teague, Euros Lyn, Graeme Harper, Hettie MacDonald, James Strong and Richard Clark
Producers:Phil Collinson and Susie Liggat
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson and Russell T Davies
Script Editors:Helen Raynor, Lindsey Alford and Simon Winstone
Editors:Jamie McCoan, John Richards, Matthew Tabern, Mike Hopkins, Mike Jones and William Oswald
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Incarnation of the Doctor: The Tenth Doctor
Number of Companions: 3
The Companions: Captain Jack Harkness (Rejoins and Departs), Donna Noble (Departs) and Martha Jones (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
178 The Runaway Bride13-XAll Held
179 Smith and Jones13-1All Held
180 The Shakespeare Code13-2All Held
181 Gridlock13-3All Held
182 Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks23-4/3-5All Held
183 The Lazarus Experiment13-6All Held
184 4213-7All Held
185 Human Nature/The Family of Blood23-8/3-9All Held
186 Blink13-10All Held
187a Utopia13-11All Held
187b The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords23-12/3-13All Held


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.7
The Best StoryThe Runaway Bride (9.4)
The Worst Story Blink (6.6)
The Runaway Bride (9.4)Smith and Jones (8.7)The Shakespeare Code (7.2)Gridlock (8.4)Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks (6.8)The Lazarus Experiment (7.2)42 (7.4)Human Nature/The Family of Blood (7.4)Blink (6.6)Utopia (7.8)The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords (8.0)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)
Season: 74.67%  (Position = 6 out of 31)
Best Story: Blink (91.61%)
Worst Story: Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks (61.43%)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)
Season: 72.65% Lower (Position = 12 out of 36)
Best Story: Blink (91.87%)
Worst Story: Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks (58.64%)


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The Villains

Daleks Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
The Master Utopia and The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords
Others Carrionites (The Shakespeare Code), Finnegan (Smith and Jones), Lazarus (The Lazarus Experiment), Miss Dexter (42), The Empress of Racnoss (The Runaway Bride), The Family of Blood (Human Nature/The Family of Blood), The Judoon (Smith and Jones), The Macra (Gridlock), The Torajii Sun (42) and The Weeping Angels (Blink)


Quote of the Season


 'What, people call you 'The Doctor'? Well, I'm not. As far as I'm concerned you've got to earn that title.'

Martha Jones
(Smith and Jones)


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A Seasonal Summary


John Smith
John Smith
With David Tennant firmly in the role of the Tenth Doctor it is his relationship with his companion that has changed rather than the other way round as it was with the beginning of Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2).

Rose Tyler has gone and The Doctor is now alone. But not for long as he temporarily picks up Donna Noble (played by comedy actress Catherine Tate). At the end of the 2006 Christmas Special she decides not to stay with The Doctor and so it is not until the next story, "Smith and Jones" that we get to meet Rose’s replacement.

Martha Jones (played by Freema Agyeman) is a different companion to Rose. But her introduction to travelling in the TARDIS with The Doctor is no different.

First Martha gets to travel to the Moon, when the hospital that she works in as a trainee medical doctor is transported there by The Judoon, a rhino-like race of intergalactic thugs. In her next adventure she gets to meet William Shakespeare ("The Shakespeare Code") before finding herself being kidnapped in "Gridlock". As if that was not enough the Daleks make a reappearance in "Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks" – where Martha gets to see New York in the 1930’s.

But as before a travels in the TARDIS are far from smooth. More than once it is up to Martha to save The Doctor. In "42" it is when The Doctor becomes infected while they are trapped on a spaceship that is heading for a fiery end into a sun. While in the story "Human Nature/The Family of Blood" The Doctor is forced to disguise himself, by becoming Human, so as to hide from The Family of Blood who are after him.

But the best is still to come when in the final two stories ("Utopia" and "The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords") we get to see the return of Captain Jack Harkness and the return of The Doctor’s arch enemy The Master. It is then that trouble for The Doctor really begins and he becomes thankful for a companion he can depend upon.

However, as the season draws to a finish Martha is seen to leave the TARDIS and so as it began The Doctor is once more travelling alone.



Things to Watch Out For


Martha Jones
Martha Jones
With the departure of Rose Tyler in "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday" the thing that most viewers were interested in was the introduction of new companion Martha Jones.

But first we had the Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride", and the first story, of the revised series, without Rose.

Rumours abounded that The Master would be returning and we were not disappointed when it was revealed at the end of "Utopia" that Professor Yana, played by Sir Derek Jacobi, was in fact The Master. And when he was shot he was seen to regenerate, in the stolen TARDIS, and this famous role was taken over by actor John Simm. The subsequent two part story, "The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords", was to prove to be another great season finisher.



High and Low Points


The Master
The Master
The high point has to be the return of The Doctor’s arch enemy The Master where more is revealed about this recurring character, The Doctor and where Martha had to take centre stage to assist The Doctor in defeating The Master’s plan.

The lowest point is difficult to identify as every story was good. But if forced to choose one then it would have to be "The Runaway Bride" – only because it repeated a lot of ideas from the previous years Christmas Special (the deadly Christmas trees and killer Santas) and because it was between the end of Rose Tyler’s era and before the introduction of Martha.


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First and Last

The Firsts:

 Catherine Tate's first full story as Donna Noble - though she would not be officially classed as a companion until the beginning of Season Thirty (New Series 4). (The Runaway Bride)

 The first Doctor Who story to be recorded at BBC Wales Upper Boat Studios in Pontypridd. (The Runaway Bride)

 The introduction of companion Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman. (Smith and Jones)

 The first appearance in the show of The Judoon. (Smith and Jones)

 The first appearance of The Macra in the revived television series and the first for 40 years - since the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Macra Terror". (Gridlock)

 The first story to have been based on a previously published Doctor Who novel. This being Paul Cornell's highly acclaimed novel, "Human Nature". (Human Nature/The Family of Blood)

 The first appearance for The Master (played by Sir Derek Jacobi and then John Simm) in the revived television series and the first for 11 years - since the 1996 Eighth Doctor TV Movie. (Utopia)

 The first appearance of the Time Lords (albeit in a flashback scene) since the show's revamp. (The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Freema Agyeman's last story as regular companion Martha Jones. (The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)

 John Barrowman's last story as semi-regular companion Captain Jack Harkness. (The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)



In Print

Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50Issue 460 - (Released: June 2013)


Additional Stories

TitleRelease Date (UK)FormatSourceCompanions
Made of SteelMarch 2007NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Wooden HeartApril 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Last DodoApril 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Sting of the ZygonsApril 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Infinite QuestApril - June 2007AnimationBBC Martha Jones
The Time CrocodileJuly 2007NovelPenguin Books
Alien ArenaJuly 2007NovelPenguin Books
The Spaceship GraveyardJuly 2007NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
The Corinthian ProjectJuly 2007NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
Sick BuildingSeptember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
WetworldSeptember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Forever AutumnSeptember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Haunted Wagon TrainOctober 2007NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
Dark PlanetOctober 2007NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
War of the RobotsOctober 2007NovelPenguin Books
The Crystal SnareOctober 2007NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
PeacemakerDecember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Wishing WellDecember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Pirate LoopDecember 2007Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Horror of Howling HillMarch 2008NovelPenguin Books Martha Jones
The Dragon KingMarch 2008NovelPenguin Books
Revenge of the JudoonMarch 2008NovelThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Lost LuggageMarch 2008NovelPenguin Books
Second SkinMarch 2008NovelPenguin Books
Martha in the MirrorApril 2008Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
Snowglobe 7April 2008Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones
The Many HandsApril 2008Novel/AudioThe Tenth Doctor Stories Martha Jones

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Photo Gallery


The Doctor and Companions

 
David Tennant
The Tenth Doctor

   
John Barrowman
Captain Jack Harkness
Catherine Tate
Donna Noble
Freema Agyeman
Martha Jones
   




On Release

Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(Standard Version)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(Standard Version)

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

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

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VIDEO
Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

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

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VIDEO



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Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 460
Doctor Who Magazine - Countdown to 50: Issue 460

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