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Doctor Who Series One


  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Mickey
  • Aliens/Monsters: Autons, The Nestene Consciousness
  • Setting: Earth

Rose Synopsis

When Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor, her life will never be the same again. Soon she realises that her mum, her boyfriend, and the whole of Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue box.

The End of the World

  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose
  • Aliens/Monsters: Adherents of the Repeated Meme, Tree of Cheem, Balhoonian
  • Setting: Platform One

The End of the World Synopsis

Its the year Five Billion, and the Doctor and Rose arrive on Platform One to journey through time. The Sun is about to expand and swallow the Earth but, amongst the alien races gathering to watch, a murderer is at work.

The Unquiet Dead

  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose
  • Aliens/Monsters: Gelth
  • Setting: Earth

The Unquiet Dead Synopsis

The Doctor and Rose travel back through time to Victorian Cardiff, where the dead are walking and creatures made of gas are on the loose. The time travellers team up with Charles Dickens to investigate Mr Sneed, the local Undertaker.

Aliens of London/World War Three

  • Episodes: 2 Episodes
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Mickey
  • Aliens/Monsters: Slitheen
  • Setting: Earth

Aliens of London/World War Three Synopsis

The Doctor takes Rose home. But when a spaceship crash-lands in the Thames, London is closed off and the whole world goes on Red Alert. While the Doctor investigates the alien survivor, Rose discovers that her home is no longer a safe haven. Who are the Slitheen?


  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Adam
  • Aliens/Monsters: Daleks
  • Setting: Earth

Dalek Synopsis

Beneath the Salt Plains of Utah, billionaire collector Henry Van Statten holds the last relic of an alien race. When The Doctor and Rose investigate, they discover that The Doctor&#;s oldest, and most deadly, enemy is about to break free&#;

The Long Game

  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Adam
  • Aliens/Monsters: Jagrafess
  • Setting: Satellite Five

The Long Game Synopsis

Adam catches a glimpse of the wonders of travelling in the Tardis, as they head to a future, where Satellite 5 broadcasts to the entire Earth Empire. But anyone promoted to Floor is never seen again, and the Doctor suspects mankind is being manipulated.

Father&#;s Day

  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose
  • Aliens/Monsters: Reapers
  • Setting: Earth

Father&#;s Day Synopsis

Rose travels back to to witness the day her father died, but when she interferes in the course of events, the monstrous Reapers are unleashed upon the world, and a wedding day turns into a massacre.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

  • Episodes: 2 Episodes
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Jack
  • Aliens/Monsters: N/A
  • Setting: Earth

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances Synopsis

It is and the Blitz is raging. A mysterious cylinder is being guarded by the Army, while homeless children, living on the bombsites, are being terrorised by an unearthly child. And when Rose meets the dashing Captain Jack Harkness, it seems she may have found a hero better than the Doctor himself.

Boom Town

  • Episodes: 1 Episode
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Jack, Mickey
  • Aliens/Monsters: Slitheen
  • Setting: Earth

Boom Town Synopsis

When the TARDIS crew take a holiday, The Doctor encounters an enemy he thought long since dead. It soon transpires that plans to build a nuclear power station in Cardiff city are disguising an alien plot to rip the world apart. And when The Doctor dines with monsters, he discovers traps within traps.

Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

  • Episodes: 2 Episodes
  • Doctor: 9th Doctor
  • Companions: Rose, Jack, Mickey
  • Aliens/Monsters: Daleks
  • Setting: Satellite Five, Earth

Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways Synopsis

The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack, have to fight for their lives on board the Game Station, but a far more dangerous threat is lurking, just out of sight. The Doctor realises that the entire human race has been blinded to the threat on it&#;s doorstep, and Armageddon is fast approaching.

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Doctor Who (season 1)

First season of British television science fiction series Doctor Who

This article is about the /64 season. For the series, see Doctor Who (series 1).

Season of television series

The first season of Britishscience fiction television programme Doctor Who was originally broadcast on BBC TV[a] between and The series began on 23 November with An Unearthly Child and ended with The Reign of Terror on 12 September The show was created by BBC Television head of drama Sydney Newman to fill the Saturday evening timeslot and appeal to both the younger and older audiences of the neighbouring programmes. Formatting of the programme was handled by Newman, head of serials Donald Wilson, writer C. E. Webber, and producer Rex Tucker. Production was overseen by the BBC's first female producer Verity Lambert and story editor David Whitaker, both of whom handled the scripts and stories.

The season introduces William Hartnell as the first incarnation of the Doctor, an alien who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside. Carole Ann Ford is also introduced as the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman, who acts as his companion alongside her schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, portrayed by William Russell and Jacqueline Hill, respectively. Throughout the season, the Doctor and his companions travel throughout history and into the future. Historical stories were intended to educate viewers about significant events in history, such as the Aztec civilisation and the French Revolution; futuristic episodes took a more subtle approach to educating viewers, such as the theme of pacifism with the Daleks.

The first eight serials were written by six writers: Whitaker, Anthony Coburn, Terry Nation, John Lucarotti, Peter R. Newman, and Dennis Spooner. Webber also co-wrote the show's first episode. The show was developed with three particular story types envisioned: past history, future technology, and alternative present; Coburn, Lucarotti, and Spooner wrote historical episodes, Nation and Newman penned futuristic stories, and Whitaker wrote a "filler" serial set entirely in the TARDIS. The serials were mostly directed by junior directors, such as Waris Hussein, John Gorrie, John Crockett, Henric Hirsch, Richard Martin, Christopher Barry, and Frank Cox; the exception is experienced director Mervyn Pinfield, who directed the first four episodes of The Sensorites. Filming started in September and lasted for approximately nine months, with weekly recording taking place mostly at Lime Grove Studios or the BBC Television Centre.

The first episode, overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy the previous day, was watched by million viewers; the episode was repeated the following week, and the programme gained popularity with audiences, particularly with the introduction of the Daleks in the second serial, which peaked at million viewers. The season received generally positive reviews, with praise particularly directed at the scripts and performances. However, many retrospective reviewers noted that Susan lacked character development and was generally portrayed as a damsel in distress, a criticism often echoed by Ford. Several episodes were erased by the BBC between and , and only 33 of a total of 42 episodes survive; all seven episodes of Marco Polo and two episodes of The Reign of Terror remain missing. The existing serials received several VHS and DVD releases as well as tie-in novels.


See also: List of Doctor Who episodes (–)

^†Episode is missing



See also: History of Doctor Who

In December , BBC Television's Controller of Programmes Donald Baverstock informed Head of Drama Sydney Newman of a gap in the schedule on Saturday evenings between the sports showcase Grandstand and the pop music programme Juke Box Jury. Baverstock figured that the programme should appeal to three audiences: children who had previously been accustomed to the timeslot, the teenage audience of Juke Box Jury, and the adult sports fan audience of Grandstand. Newman decided that a science fiction programme should fill the gap. Head of Serials Donald Wilson and writer C. E. Webber contributed heavily to the formatting of the programme, and co-wrote the programme's first format document with Newman; the latter conceived the idea of a time machine larger on the inside than the outside, as well as the central character of the mysterious "Doctor", and the show's name Doctor Who.[6][b] Production was initiated several months later and handed to producer Verity Lambert and story editor David Whitaker to oversee, after a brief period when the show had been handled by a "caretaker" producer, Rex Tucker.[6]

Casting and characters[edit]

See also: List of Doctor Who cast members

William Hartnell portrayed the first incarnation of the Doctor (referred to as "Dr. Who") in this season. The role was originally offered to Hugh David, Leslie French, Cyril Cusack, Alan Webb and Geoffrey Bayldon; David, Cusack and Webb turned down the role as they were reluctant to work on a series, while Bayldon wished to avoid another "old man" role. Lambert and director Waris Hussein invited Hartnell to play the role; he accepted after several discussions, viewing it as an opportunity to take his career in a new direction. Hartnell had always wished to play an older character in his work, but failed to do so, becoming typecast as a "tough" actor due to his roles in Carry On Sergeant () and The Army Game (–61).[11] Although portrayed as grumpy and antagonistic in early episodes, the Doctor warms to his companions as the show progresses.

The Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman was portrayed by Carole Ann Ford, a year-old who typically played younger roles. Lambert was originally in talks with actress Jacqueline Lenya for the role, and several actresses auditioned for the part, including Christa Bergmann, Anne Castaldini, Maureen Crombie, Heather Fleming, Camilla Hasse, Waveney Lee, Anna Palk and Anneke Wills. Ford felt that the character of Susan deteriorated throughout the series; although the show's initial pitch depicted Susan as a strange alien creature, she often played the damsel in distress role, panicking at minor events. Susan's school teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright were played by William Russell and Jacqueline Hill, respectively. Russell was the only actor considered by Lambert for the role of Chesterton. While Sally Home, Phyllida Law and Penelope Lee were considered for Barbara, Lambert chose Hill, her friend, for the role.


Three particular story types were envisioned for the show: history of the past, technology in the future, and alternatives of the present. Historical stories were intended to educate viewers about significant events in history, such as the Aztec civilisation and the French Revolution; futuristic episodes took a more subtle approach to educating viewers, such as the theme of pacifism in The Daleks.

The programme was originally intended to open with a serial entitled The Giants, written by Webber, but was scrapped by June as the technical requirements of the storyline—which involved the leading characters being drastically reduced in size—were beyond the technical capabilities, and the story itself lacked the necessary impact for an opener. Due to the lack of scripts ready for production, the untitled second serial from Coburn was moved to first in the running order. The order change necessitated rewriting the opening episode of Coburn's script to include some introductory elements of Webber's script for the first episode of The Giants; as a result, Webber received a co-writer's credit for "An Unearthly Child" on internal BBC documentation.[21] Coburn also made several significant original contributions to the opening episode, most notably that the Doctor's time machine should resemble a police box, an idea he conceived after seeing a real police box while walking near his office.[21]

The second serial of Doctor Who was always planned to be futuristic due to the historical nature of the first. Comedy writer Terry Nation had written a page outline for a story entitled The Survivors at his home, influenced by the threat of racial extermination by the Nazis and the concerns of advanced warfare, as well as taking influences from H. G. Wells' novel The Time Machine (). Newman and Wilson were unhappy with the serial, having wanted to avoid featuring "bug-eyed monsters"; however, with no other scripts prepared, they were forced to accept the serial for production. Due to other sudden commitments, Nation quickly wrote the scripts for the serial at the rate of one per day. Nation also wrote the show's fifth serial, The Keys of Marinus, to replace Dr Who and the Hidden Planet by Malcolm Hulke, which was deemed problematic and required rewrites. Nation and Whitaker decided to base the serial around a series of "mini-adventures", each with a different setting and cast; Nation was intrigued by the idea of the TARDIS crew searching for parts of a puzzle. Nation was also set to write the show's eighth serial, Doctor Who and the Red Fort, a seven-part story set during the Indian Rebellion of , but other commitments prevented him from doing so.

Newman suggested writer John Lucarotti to the production team during the show's early development. Lucarotti, who had recently worked on the part radio serial The Three Journeys of Marco Polo (), penned a seven-part serial about the Italian merchant and explorer Marco Polo titled Dr Who and a Journey to Cathay. Later known as Marco Polo, the serial was moved from its placement in the running order to accommodate The Edge of Destruction. Lucarotti was approached to write The Aztecs while Marco Polo was in production. Having lived in Mexico, Lucarotti was fascinated by the Aztec civilisation and their obsession with human sacrifice. The show's eighth serial, The Reign of Terror, is also a historical story, though writer Dennis Spooner was initially interested in writing a science fiction story. Whitaker gave Spooner four possible historical subjects, and he ultimately selected the French Revolution.

The show's third serial, The Edge of Destruction, was written as a "filler" in case the show was not renewed beyond 13 episodes. Since the serial had no budget and minimal resources, Whitaker took the opportunity to develop an idea conceived during the show's formative weeks: a character-driven story exploring the facets of the TARDIS. He wrote the script in two days, drawing upon influences of ghost stories and haunted houses.Peter R. Newman wrote the show's sixth serial, The Sensorites, inspired by s films set during World War II that explore the notion of soldiers who continued to fight after the war.


An Unearthly Child was provisionally scheduled to begin recording on 5 July, but was delayed to 19 July. Production was later deferred for a further two weeks while scripts were prepared. The show's pilot recording was finally scheduled for 27 September and regular episodes made from 18 October. Tucker was originally selected as the serial's director, but the task was assigned to Hussein following Tucker's departure from production.[21] Some of the pre-filmed inserts for the serial, shot at Ealing Studios in September and October , were directed by Hussein's production assistant Douglas Camfield.[40] The first version of the opening episode was recorded at Lime Grove Studios on the evening of 27 September , following a week of rehearsals. However, the recording was bedevilled with technical errors, including the doors leading into the TARDIS control room failing to close properly. After viewing the episode, Newman ordered that it be mounted again. During the weeks between the two tapings, changes were made to costuming, effects, performances, and scripts.[c] The second attempt at the opening episode was recorded on 18 October, with the following three episodes being recorded weekly on 25 October, 1 November and 8 November.[21]

Tucker was initially appointed to direct The Daleks, but was later replaced by Christopher Barry. A week of shooting for The Daleks took place from 28 October, consisting mostly of inserts of the city and models. Weekly recording began on 15 November; it was later discovered that the first recording was affected by induction—an effect in which the voices from the production assistants' headphones was clearly audible. The episode was re-recorded on 6 December, pushing the weekly recordings of episodes 4–7 back by one week. The final episode was recorded on 10 January The re-recording forced Paddy Russell to forego directing The Edge of Destruction due to other commitments; junior director Richard Martin was later handed the role, and the first episode was recorded on 17 January.Frank Cox directed the second episode on 24 January, as Martin was unavailable. Filming for Marco Polo was preceded by a week of insert shooting of locations and props for the montage sequences. The serial was recorded weekly from 31 January to 13 March, directed by Hussein;John Crockett directed the fourth episode in Hussein's absence.

Weekly recording for The Keys of Marinus, directed by John Gorrie, took place from 20 March to 24 April; Hartnell was absent for the third and fourth episodes, as he was on holiday.The Aztecs, directed by Crockett, was filmed from 1 to 22 May; Ford appeared in pre-filmed inserts for the second and third episodes, shot on 13 April, due to her holiday.[55] Experienced director Mervyn Pinfield was chosen to direct the first four episodes of The Sensorites, while Cox directed the final two episodes. Recording took place from 29 March to 3 July; Hill was absent for the fourth and fifth episodes due to her holiday.The Reign of Terror featured the show's first outdoor filming in Denham, Buckinghamshire, led by cameraman Peter Hamilton on 15 June Hungarian director Henric Hirsch directed the serial, which was recorded from 10 July to 19 August; in preparation for his holiday, William Russell recorded inserts for the second and third episodes from 16–17 June. Hirsch collapsed during the filming of the third episode. Lambert placed production assistant Tim Combe in charge until a replacement director could be found; documentation indicates that Gorrie oversaw production of the third episode, though Gorrie has no memory of the event. Hirsch returned to direct the final three episodes, splitting some of the workload with Combe.



Doctor Who was announced by Control of BBC Television Stuart Hood on 12 September , described by Television Mail as "a serial of stories to entertain the whole family". Trade newspaper Kinematograph Weekly devoted its TV column to the show on 24 October; journalist Tony Gruner described the show as "a somewhat mysterious type of programme consisting in part of fantasy and realism". A trailer for the show was broadcast on the BBC on 16 November. The first serial was given a half-page preview in Radio Times on 21 November, outlining the show's main characters and upcoming settings. On the same day, the main cast and production team attended the show's launch at Room of the BBC's Broadcasting House. Hartnell hosted a radio trailer for the show on the BBC Light Programme. The BBC Home Service programme Today hosted a one-minute piece about the show's "space music" on 22 November, and a second trailer for the show was screened on BBC in the evening.

Hartnell taped a radio interview for Northern View on 17 December to promote the show's second serial. To increase the profile of the Daleks, the BBC sent two Dalek models—operated by Kevin Manser and Robert Jewell—to interact with the public at the Shepherd's Bush Market on 23 December. Hartnell recorded an appearance for Junior Points of View on 8 January, broadcast the following day, at Television Centre Presentation Studio A. In character as the Doctor, Hartnell spoke about the Daleks, based on dialogue written by Nation. A promotional image of Marco Polo was featured on the cover of Radio Times on 20 February , with a half-page introduction to the serial inside. The Voord creatures from The Keys of Marinus were featured in several stories the Daily Express and Daily Mail in April , while the titular creatures from The Sensorites were featured in similar press pieces in June. Lucarotti provided a syndicated interview with the press regarding The Aztecs, published in various papers such as the North-Western Evening Mail on 9 May. On 20 June, Ford opened the East Ham Town Show at the Central Park in East Ham, with 20, people in attendance.Radio Times ran a half-page interview with Hartnell on 16 July to promote the fourth episode of The Sensorites.


The first episode of An Unearthly Child was transmitted on BBC TV at &#;p.m. on Saturday 23 November ; the following three episodes were transmitted at &#;p.m. over the next three weeks. The serial has been repeated twice on the BBC: on BBC Two in November as part of the repeat season The Five Faces of Doctor Who, and on BBC Four as part of the show's 50th anniversary on 21 November [75]The Daleks was broadcast across seven weeks from 21 December to 1 February , and has been repeated twice on the BBC: the final episode was broadcast on BBC Two late in the evening on 13 November as part of "Doctor Who Night"; and the serial was shown in three blocks from 5–9 April on BBC Four, as part of a celebration of the life and work of Lambert following her death in November The Edge of Destruction was transmitted across two weeks, from 8 to 15 February , and Marco Polo was broadcast over seven weeks from 22 February to 4 April. From the sixth episode of Marco Polo, the show's broadcast time was pushed a further fifteen minutes, from &#;p.m. to &#;p.m., overlapping with competitor programme ITV News.Marco Polo was erased by the BBC on 17 August ; the entire serial is missing as a result. It is one of three stories of which no footage whatsoever is known to have survived, though tele-snaps (images of the show during transmission, photographed from a television) of Episodes 1–3 and 5–7 exist, and were subsequently released with the original audio soundtrack, which was recorded "off air" during the original transmission.[82]

The Keys of Marinus was transmitted across six weeks from 11 April to 16 May; the third episode became the first Doctor Who episode to be transmitted on BBC1, following its renaming from BBC TV due to the launch of BBC2, and the show's broadcast time returned to its original slot of &#;p.m. from the fifth episode.The Aztecs was broadcast weekly from 23 May to 13 June. The first two episodes of The Sensorites were broadcast on 20 and 27 June; the second episode aired 25 minutes late due to an overrun of the previous programme Summer Grandstand. While the third episode was provisionally scheduled to run two hours late on 4 July due to extended coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships and Ashes Test match, it was replaced by Juke Box Jury and postponed to the following week, The final three episodes were broadcast weekly from 18 July to 1 August; Episodes 3–5 were erased by the BBC on 17 August , while the remaining three were erased on 31 January BBC Enterprises retained negatives of the original 16 mm film with soundtracks made in ; these were returned to the BBC Archives in The Reign of Terror was transmitted weekly from 8 August to 12 September; the second and third episodes were shifted to the later time of &#;p.m., the fourth episode was broadcast at &#;p.m. (due to coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo), and the final two episodes again shifted to &#;p.m. The original prints of The Reign of Terror were wiped by BBC Enterprises in The sixth episode was returned to the BBC by a private collector in May , and the first three episodes were located in Cyprus in late ; the fourth and fifth episodes remain missing, existing only as off-air recordings from The existing episodes were screened as part of the National Film Theatre's Bastille Day schedule on 14 July , with links between the episodes by Ford.

Home media[edit]

See also: List of Doctor Who VHS releases and List of Doctor Who home video releases

VHS releases[edit]

Season Story no. Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
UK release date Australia release date USA/Canada release date
1 An Unearthly Child4 × 25 mins. February
September (remastered)
October (remastered)
The Daleks7 × 25 mins. June
February (remastered)
April (remastered)
The Edge of Destruction(Also includes Pilot Episode)2 × 25 mins
1 x 30 min
May May February
The Keys of Marinus6 × 25 mins. March July [94]May [94]
The Aztecs4 × 25 mins. November February [96]May [96]
The Sensorites6 × 25 mins. 4 November
(part of The First Doctor Box Set)
(part of The First Doctor Box Set)
October [98]
The Reign of Terror4 × 25 mins. November December October

DVD and Blu-ray releases[edit]

  1. ^ abBBC TV was renamed BBC1 midway through the season, on 20 April , following the launch of BBC2.
  2. ^Hugh David, an actor initially considered for the role of the Doctor and later a director on the programme, later claimed that Rex Tucker coined the title Doctor Who. Tucker claimed that it was Newman who had done so.
  3. ^The original episode, retroactively referred to as the "pilot episode", was not broadcast on television until 26 August
  4. ^Episode 3 of 4, condensed reconstruction of episodes 1, 2 and 4.
  5. ^Episodes 1–3 & 6 of 6, animation of 4 and 5.


Main article: List of Doctor Who novelisations



The assassination of John F. Kennedy the day preceding the launch of Doctor Who overshadowed the first episode; as a result, it was repeated a week later, on 30 November, preceding the second episode. The first episode was watched by million viewers (% of the viewing audience), and it received a score of 63 on the Appreciation Index; the repeat of the first episode reached a larger audience of six million viewers. Across its four episodes, An Unearthly Child was watched by an average of 6 million (% of potential viewers). Mark Bould suggests that a disappointing audience reaction and high production costs prompted the BBC's chief of programmes to cancel the series until the Daleks, introduced in the second serial, were immediately popular with viewers. The first two episodes of The Daleks received and million viewers, respectively. By the third episode, news about the Daleks had spread, and the episode was watched by million viewers. An additional million viewers watched for the following two weeks, and the final two episodes reached million; by the end of the serial, the show's overall audience had increased by 50%. The following two serials retained these high viewing figures, with The Edge of Destruction receiving and million viewers, and Marco Polo maintaining an average of million viewers.

The fourth episode of The Keys of Marinus received million viewers, but saw a drop of million viewers the following week, and an additional drop of one million for the sixth episode. The drop in viewers for the sixth episode was attributed to the absence of Juke Box Jury, the programme that followed Doctor Who.The Aztecs maintained these figures, with an average of million viewers across the four episodes; the third episode became the first episode of the show to place in the top 20 of the BBC's audience measurement charts.[a] The fourth and fifth episodes of The Sensorites dropped to and million viewers, respectively, but were nonetheless the highest-rated BBC show in the BBC North region for their respective weeks.The Reign of Terror received smaller audiences than previous serials due to the warmer weekends, with an average of around million viewers, but still maintained a position within the top 40 shows for the week.

Critical response[edit]

An original Dalek, coloured mostly silver and grey, with blue balls protruding from the skirt.
The Daleks, introduced in the show's second serial, became a cultural phenomenon and are considered the show's most iconic villains.[]

Doctor Who's first season received generally positive responses. For An Unearthly Child, Variety felt that the script "suffered from a glibness of characterisations which didn't carry the burden of belief", but praised the "effective camerawork", noting that the show "will impress if it decides to establish a firm base in realism". Mary Crozier of The Guardian was unimpressed by the first serial, stating that it "has fallen off badly soon after getting underway". Conversely, Marjorie Norris of Television Today commented that if the show "keeps up the high standard of the first two episodes it will capture a much wider audience". The following serial, The Daleks, was widely praised, described by the Daily Mirror's Richard Sear as "splendid children's stuff". The serial's villains, the Daleks, became a cultural phenomenon, and have been closely associated with the show since.The Edge of Destruction was criticised at a BBC Programme Review Board Meeting in February by controller of television programmes Stuart Hood, who felt that the serial's sequences in which Susan uses scissors as a weapon "digressed from the code of violence in programmes"; Lambert apologised for the scenes.

Marco Polo was positively received; Philip Purser of The Sunday Telegraph noted that Mark Eden impersonated Marco Polo "with sartorial dash", but felt that the main characters were poorly written, describing Barbara as "a persistent drip".The Keys of Marinus was criticised by Bob Leeson of the Daily Worker, who felt that the fifth episode of the serial was the show's low point, noting that the introduction of a trial scene represented a rushed script. The following serial, The Aztecs, received high praise and is retrospectively seen as one of the show's greatest stories. Television Today's Bill Edmunds praised the serial's villains, but felt that Barbara should have "a chance to look beautiful instead of worried", and Leeson of the Daily Worker felt that the serial had "charm", applauding the "painstaking attempts for historical accuracy" and noting a "much tighter plot" than previous serials.The Reign of Terror was criticised for its historical inaccuracies, described by Daily Worker's Stewart Lane as a "half-baked royalist adventure".

Retrospective reviews of the season are positive. Kimberley Piece of Geek Girl Authority felt that, while the season started slowly, it "managed to find its footing" and "developed quickly into a popular ratings favorite".[]Simbasible found that most serials are memorable, though many feature repetitive and "silly" storytelling.[] Richard Gray of The Reel Bits praised the imagination and perseverance of the show's producers.[] Reviewing the first serial in , Radio Times reviewer Patrick Mulkern praised the casting of Hartnell, the "moody" direction and the "thrilling" race back to the TARDIS.[] For The Daleks, Mulkern praised the strength of Nation's scripts, particularly the first three cliffhangers, but felt that "the urgency and claustrophobia dissipate towards the end", describing the final battle as "a disappointingly limp affair".[] Reviewing The Edge of Destruction, Mulkern described David Whitaker as "a master of dialogue, characterisation and atmosphere", but felt he struggled with plot logic, as evidenced by the fast return switch explanation.[]

Mark Braxton of Radio Times praised Marco Polo, stating that "the historical landscape was rarely mapped with such poetry and elegance", though noted inconsistencies in the foreign characters' accents.[] Mulkern wrote that "standards slip appreciably" in The Keys of Marinus,[] and Arnold T. Blumberg of IGN described the serial as "a clichéd premise handled poorly and with no spark at all apart from Hartnell's late-hour rally".[] Christopher Bahn of The A.V. Club described The Aztecs as "a classical tragedy infused with just enough hope toward the end to keep it from being unbearably bleak",[] and Ian Berriman of SFX described the serial as "Jacqueline Hill's finest hour".[]DVD Talk's John Sinnott considered The Sensorites "well constructed" with impressive set design and an expanded role for Susan, but felt that there was "nothing special" about the serial.[] Mulkern wrote positively of the humour and Hartnell's increased role in The Reign of Terror, but felt that Susan was "at her weakest".[]



  1. ^The measurement for the same period by TAM (Television Audience Measurement) did not include the episode in the top 20, though the disparity between the two measurement systems was frequently debated at the time.


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Doctor Who first episode

Image: The TARDIS as it appeared in the first serial An Unearthly Child episode 4 'The Firemaker'. 

The first episode of Doctor Who was aired on 23 November The cover of the Radio Times that week announced "a new Saturday-afternoon television series of adventures in time and space". Viewers heard the ominous theme tune - written by Ron Grainer in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and arranged by Delia Derbyshire - and saw the title sequence designed by Bernard Lodge.

In 'An Unearthly Child', Jacqueline Hill and William Russell play teachers who are intrigued by their pupil Susan Foreman, played by Carole Anne Ford. They follow her home to an old junk yard and - in a revelation that took the audience into the realm of science fiction - are surprised to discover that the police box in which she lives has a bright futuristic interior, much bigger inside than out.

Susan's grandfather is the Doctor, played by William Hartnell. Alarmed that the teachers will reveal the secret that he and Susan are time travellers, the Doctor kidnaps them. The final shot shows the TARDIS in a barren landscape as a human shadow falls across it, setting the scene for future adventures.

Doctor Who ran until , with a television film in However its lasting popularity ensured its return in , and that it played a large part in the revitalisation of Saturday evening family viewing. 

November anniversaries

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Doctor Who (series 1)

series of Doctor Who

This article is about the series. For the –64 season, see Doctor Who (season 1). For the series sometimes marketed under this name, see Doctor Who (series 5).

Season of television series

The first series of the revival of the Britishscience fiction programme Doctor Who began on 26 March with the episode "Rose". This marked the end of the programme's year absence from episodic television following its cancellation in , and was the first new televised Doctor Who story since the broadcast of the television movie starring Paul McGann in The finale episode, "The Parting of the Ways", was broadcast on 18 June The show was revived by longtime Doctor Who fan Russell T Davies, who had been lobbying the BBC since the late s to bring the show back. The first series comprised 13 episodes, eight of which Davies wrote. Davies, Julie Gardner and Mal Young served as executive producers, Phil Collinson as producer.

The show depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric Time Lord known as the Doctor, who travels through time and space in his time machine, the TARDIS, which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and saves civilizations, helping people and righting wrongs.

The first series features Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor, his only series in the role, accompanied by Billie Piper, as his first and main companion Rose Tyler, whom he plucks from obscurity on planet Earth, and to whom he grows increasingly attached. He also travels briefly with unruly boy-genius Adam Mitchell, played by Bruno Langley, and with 51st-century con man and former "Time Agent" Captain Jack Harkness, portrayed by John Barrowman. Episodes in the series form a loose story arc, based upon the recurring phrase "Bad Wolf", the significance of which goes unexplained until the two-part series finale. Alongside the "Bad Wolf" arc, the revived era re-introduces the Doctor as the sole survivor of an event known as the Time War, which the Doctor claims wiped out all of the Time Lords and the Daleks.

The series premiere was watched by million viewers, and four days after the premiere episode was broadcast, Doctor Who was renewed for a Christmas special as well as a second series. The series was well received by both critics and fans, winning for the first time in Doctor Who's history a prestigious BAFTA Award. Most surprising was the approval from Michael Grade, who had previously forced an month hiatus on the show in , and had postponed Doctor Who out of personal dislike on several occasions. The show's popularity ultimately led to a resurgence in family-orientated Saturday night drama.


Unlike the classic era of the series that ended in , the plan with the new series was to have each episode as a standalone story, with no serials.[1] Of the thirteen episodes in the series, seven of them followed this format; the remaining six were grouped together into three two-part stories.[2] Also, for the first time since The Gunfighters in the third season, each episode was given an individual title, which was the case with the standalone and two-part stories.[3]


See also: List of Doctor Who cast members

Main cast[edit]

The production team was tasked with finding a suitable actor for the role of the Doctor. Most notably, they approached film stars Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson for the role.[5] By the time Mal Young had suggested actor Christopher Eccleston to Davies, Eccleston was one of only three left in the running for the role: the other two candidates are rumoured in the industry to have been Alan Davies and Bill Nighy.[6] His involvement in the programme was announced on 20 March following months of speculation.[7] In the April issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Davies announced that Eccleston's Doctor would indeed be the Ninth Doctor, relegating Richard E. Grant's Shalka Doctor to non-official status. Russell T Davies revealed that Eccleston asked for the role in an e-mail.[8]

After the announcement that the show would be returning, Davies revealed that the new companion would "probably" be called Rose Tyler in an edition of Doctor Who Magazine published in November [9] This name was confirmed in March , and it was announced at the same time that former pop starBillie Piper was being considered for the role.[10] Piper was announced as portraying Rose Tyler on 24 May,[11][12] a character which fulfilled the role of permanent companion during the series, and was welcomed by fans of the show.[13] Actress Georgia Moffett, daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison and who would later appear as the title role in the fourth series episode "The Doctor's Daughter", also auditioned for the role.[14] The original conception of Tyler was slightly different. Paul Abbott was scheduled to write an episode for the series which would have revealed that Rose's entire life had been manipulated by the Doctor in order to mould her into an ideal companion. Davies eventually wrote "Boom Town" to replace it when Abbott, after months of development, realised he was too busy to work on the script.[15]

The first series was Christopher Eccleston's only series in the role of the Doctor. Eccleston's contract was for a single year because at the time it was uncertain whether the show would continue beyond a single revival series.[16] Eccleston's intent to leave was revealed on 30 March , shortly after the broadcast of the first episode. The BBC released a statement, attributed to Eccleston, saying that he had decided to leave because he feared becoming typecast. On 4 April, the BBC revealed that Eccleston's "statement" was falsely attributed and released without his consent. The BBC admitted that they had broken an agreement made in January not to disclose publicly that he only intended to do one season.[17] In a interview, Eccleston revealed that he left the show because he "didn't enjoy the environment and the culture that [they], the cast and crew, had to work in", but that he was proud of having played the role.[18][19]

Recurring and guest cast[edit]

The character of Adam Mitchell was first conceived, along with Henry van Statten, during Davies' pitch to the BBC, in a story heavily based on Robert Shearman's audio play Jubilee called "Return of the Daleks". The production team had always intended for Adam to join the TARDIS after Rose developed a liking for him. To play this role, Bruno Langley was chosen, previously known for his role on Coronation Street as Todd Grimshaw. It was never intended for Adam to be a long-term companion, Davies wanted to show that not everyone is suitable to join the TARDIS crew and dubbed him "The Companion That Couldn't", he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion".[20]

John Barrowman appears as Captain Jack Harkness, a character introduced in "The Empty Child", where he joined the TARDIS crew for the final five episodes of the series. In naming the character, Davies drew inspiration from the Marvel Comics character Agatha Harkness.[21] Jack's appearances were conceived with the intention of forming a character arc in which Jack is transformed from a coward to a hero,[22] and Barrowman consciously minded this in his portrayal of the character.[23] Following on that arc, the character's debut episode would leave his morality as ambiguous, publicity materials asking, "is he a force for good or ill?"[24] Barrowman himself was a key factor in the conception of Captain Jack. Barrowman says that at the time of his initial casting, Davies and co-executive producer, Julie Gardner had explained to him that they "basically wrote the character around [John]".[25] On meeting him, Barrowman tried out the character using his native Scottish accent, his normal American accent, and an English accent; Davies decided it "made it bigger if it was an American accent".[26] Barrowman recounts Davies as having been searching for an actor with a "matinée idol quality", telling him that "the only one in the whole of Britain who could do it was you".[25]

David Tennant had been offered the role of the Doctor when he was watching a pre-transmission copy of Casanova with Davies and Gardner. Tennant initially believed the offer was a joke, but after he realised they were serious, he accepted the role and first appeared in the series finale "The Parting of the Ways".[27] Tennant was announced as Eccleston's replacement on 16 April [28] Other recurring characters for the series included Camille Coduri as Rose's mother Jackie Tyler,[29] and Noel Clarke as Rose's boyfriend Mickey Smith.[29] Other actors and television presenters who appeared in the series included Mark Benton,[29]Zoë Wanamaker,[30]Simon Callow,[31]Eve Myles,[31]Penelope Wilton,[32]Annette Badland,[32]David Verrey,[32]Matt Baker,[32]Andrew Marr,[32]Corey Johnson,[33]Simon Pegg,[34]Anna Maxwell-Martin,[34]Tamsin Greig,[34]Shaun Dingwall,[35]Florence Hoath,[36]Richard Wilson,[36]Jo Joyner,[37]Davina McCall,[37]Paterson Joseph,[37]Anne Robinson,[37]Trinny Woodall,[37] and Susannah Constantine.[37]



During the lates, Davies, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, lobbied the BBC to revive the show from its hiatus and reached the discussion stages in late and early [38] His proposals would update the show to be better suited for a 21st-century audience, including the transition from videotape to film, doubling the length of each episode from twenty-five minutes to fifty, keeping the Doctor primarily on Earth in the style of the Third DoctorUNIT episodes, and removing "excess baggage" such as Gallifrey and the Time Lords.[38] His pitch competed against three others: Dan Freedman's fantasy retelling, Matthew Graham's Gothic-styled pitch, and Mark Gatiss, Clayton Hickman and Gareth Roberts' reboot, which would make the Doctor the audience surrogate character, instead of his companions.[39]

In August , the BBC had resolved the issues regarding production rights that had surfaced as a result of the jointly produced Universal Studios–BBC–Fox Doctor Who film, leading the Controller of BBC One Lorraine Heggessey and Controller of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter to approach Gardner and Davies to create a revival of the series to air in a primetime slot on Saturday nights, as part of the BBC's plan to devolve production to its regional bases. By mid-September, they accepted the deal to produce the series alongside Casanova.[40]

We were told that bringing it back would be impossible, that we would never capture this generation of children. But we did it.

—&#;Russell T Davies, BAFTAs[41]

Following Scream of the Shalka, an animated episode which was shown on the Doctor Who website, the 'real' return of Doctor Who was announced on 26 September in a press release from the BBC.[42]

Davies voluntarily wrote a pitch for the series, the first time he had done so; he previously chose to jump straight to writing pilot episodes because he felt that a pitch would "feel like [he's] killing the work".[43] The fifteen-page pitch outlined a Doctor who was "your best friend; someone you want to be with all the time"; the eighteen-year-old Rose Tyler as a "perfect match" for the new Doctor; avoidance of the forty-year back story "except for the good bits"; the retention of the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver, and Daleks; removal of the Time Lords; and also a greater focus on humanity.[43] His pitch was submitted for the first production meeting in December , with a series of thirteen episodes obtained by pressure from BBC Worldwide and a workable budget from Julie Gardner.[43]

By early , the show had settled into a regular production cycle. Davies, Gardner, and BBC Controller of Drama Mal Young took posts as executive producers, although Young vacated the role at the end of the series. Phil Collinson, an old colleague from Granada, took the role of producer.[44]Keith Boak, Euros Lyn, Joe Ahearne, Brian Grant and James Hawes directed the series. Davies' official role as head writer and executive producer, or "showrunner", consisted of laying a skeletal plot for the entire series, holding "tone meetings" to correctly identify the tone of an episode, often being described in one word—for example, the "tone word" for Moffat's "The Empty Child" was "romantic"—and overseeing all aspects of production.[44] During early production the word "Torchwood", an anagram of "Doctor Who", was used as a title ruse for the series while filming its first few episodes and on the daily rushes to ensure they were not intercepted.[45] The word "Torchwood" was later seeded in Doctor Who and became the name of the spin-off series Torchwood.[45]

Davies was interested in making an episode that would serve as a crossover with Star Trek: Enterprise, and involve the TARDIS landing on board the NX The idea was officially discussed, but the plans were abandoned following the cancellation of Enterprise in February [46]


A bespectacled man in a black jacket, waistcoat, and tie, pink shirt, and jeans, sitting with his back to a marble-effect wall.
Russell T Daviestried to revive the show since the lates and wrote the scripts for eight of the 13 episodes in the first series.

The first series of Doctor Who featured eight scripts by Davies, the remainder being allocated to experienced drama writers and previous writers for the show's ancillary releases:[47]Steven Moffat penned a two-episode story, while Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, and Paul Cornell each wrote one script.[47] Davies also approached his friend Paul Abbott and Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling to write for the series, but both declined due to existing commitments.[47] Shortly after securing writers for the show, Davies stated that he had no intention to approach writers for the old series; the only writer he would have wished to work with was Robert Holmes, who died in May , halfway through writing his contribution to The Trial of a Time Lord.[47]

Elwen Rowlands and Helen Raynor served as script editors for the series. They were hired simultaneous, marking the first time Doctor Who had female script editors. Rowlands left after the first series for Life on Mars.[48] Compared to the original series the role of the script editors was significantly diminished, with the head writer taking most of those responsibilities. Unlike the original series they do not have the power to commission scripts. Instead, they act as liaisons between the production staff and the screenwriter, before passing their joint work to the head writer for a "final polish". Raynor said that the job is not a creative one, "you are a part of it, but you aren't driving it."[48]

Under producer Davies, the new series had a faster pace than those of the classic series. Rather than four to six-part serials of minute episodes, most of the Ninth Doctor's stories consisted of individual minute episodes, with only three stories out of ten being two-parters. The thirteen episodes were, however, loosely connected in a series-long story arc which brought their disparate threads together in the series finale. Davies took cues from American fantasy television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, most notably Buffy's concepts of series-long story arcs and the "Big Bad".[49] Also, like the original series, stories often flowed directly into one another or were linked together in some way. Notably, in common only with the seventh and twenty-sixth seasons of the original series, every story of the season takes place on or near Earth.[50][51] This fact is directly addressed in the original novel The Monsters Inside, in which Rose and the Doctor joke about the fact that all their adventures to date have taken place on Earth or on neighbouring space stations.[53]

The stories of the series varied quite significantly in tone, with the production team showcasing the various genres inhabited by Doctor Who over the years. Examples include the "pseudo-historical" story "The Unquiet Dead"; the far-future whodunnit of "The End of the World"; Earthbound alien invasion stories in "Rose" and "Aliens of London"/"World War Three"; "base under siege" in "Dalek"; and horror in "The Empty Child". Even the spin-off media were represented, with "Dalek" taking elements from writer Rob Shearman's own audio play Jubilee and the emotional content of Paul Cornell's "Father's Day" drawing on the tone of Cornell's novels in the Virgin New Adventures line. Davies had asked both Shearman and Cornell to write their scripts with those respective styles in mind.[54] The episode "Boom Town" included a reference to the novel The Monsters Inside, becoming the first episode to acknowledge (albeit in a subtle way) spin-off fiction.


Principal photography for the series began on 18 July on location in Cardiff for "Rose".[55] The series was filmed across South East Wales, mostly in or around Cardiff.[56] Each episode took about two weeks to film.[57] The start of filming created stress among the production team because of unseen circumstances: several scenes from the first block had to be re-shot because the original footage was unusable; the Slitheen prosthetics for "Aliens of London", "World War Three", and "Boom Town" were noticeably different from their computer-generated counterparts; and, most notably, the BBC came to a gridlock with the Terry Nation estate to secure the Daleks for the sixth episode of the series, to be written by Rob Shearman.[58] After the first production block, which Davies described as "hitting a brick wall", the show's production was markedly eased as the crew familiarised themselves.[58] Filming concluded on 23 March [59]David Tennant, who was cast as Eccleston's replacement,[28] recorded his appearance at the end of "The Parting of the Ways" on 21 April [59] with a skeleton crew.[60] Production blocks were arranged as follows:[61]



The new logo was revealed on the BBC website on 18 October [62] The first official trailer was released as part of BBC One's Winter Highlights presentation on 2 December and subsequently posted on the Internet by the BBC.[63] A media blitz including billboards and posters across the UK started early March Television trailers started showing up on 5 March and radio advertisements started two weeks before the series premier and ran till the second episode aired. The official Doctor Who website was launched with exclusive content such as games and new Ninth Doctor information.[64]


An early edit of the premiere was leaked onto the Internet three weeks before the scheduled series premiere.[8][65] This attracted much media attention and discussion amongst fans, and caused interest in the show to skyrocket.[66] The BBC released a statement that the source of the leak appears to be connected to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which responded by stating that they "are looking into it. That's all I can say at this point because we don't know exactly what happened. It certainly wasn't done intentionally."[65] Asa Bailey, founder of the Viral Advertising Association, said that the BBC hired them for viral marketing strategies, and that he told them "they should release things before their time", to create a "cool factor". Both the BBC and CBC denied any involvement, but Bailey believes that to be disingenuous, saying that it is "the best viral advert they could have done".[66] The leak was ultimately traced to a third party company in Canada which had a legitimate preview copy. The employee responsible was fired by the company.[67]


"Rose" finally saw transmission on schedule on 26 March at 7&#;pm on BBC One, the first regular episode of Doctor Who since Part Three of Survival on 6 December To complement the series, BBC Wales also produced Doctor Who Confidential, a part documentary series with each episode broadcast on BBC Three immediately after the end of the weekly instalment on BBC One. Both the series and documentary aired for 13 consecutive weeks, with the finale episode, "The Parting of the Ways", airing on 18 June along with its documentary counterpart. Davies had requested that the two first episodes were broadcast back-to-back, but the request was given to the BBC just two weeks before transmission, at which point everything was already set.[68] In some regions, the first few minutes of the original BBC broadcast of "Rose" on 26 March were marred by the accidental mixing of a few seconds of sound from Graham Norton hosting Strictly Dance Fever.[69]

In the United States, the Sci Fi Channel originally passed on the new series as it found it lacking and believed it did not fit in its schedule,[64] but the network later changed its mind. After it was announced that the first series would start in March , Sci Fi Channel Executive Vice PresidentThomas Vitale called Doctor Who "a true sci-fi classic", with creative storytelling and colorful history, and was excited to add it to its line up. The network also took an option on the second series. Candace Carlisle from BBC Worldwide found The Sci Fi Channel the perfect home for Doctor Who.[70]Doctor Who finally debuted in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel on 17 March with the first two episodes airing back-to-back, one year after the Canadian and UK showings.[68][71] The series concluded its initial U.S. broadcast on 9 June [72]

Home media[edit]

See also: List of Doctor Who home video releases

The series was first released in volumes; the first volume, containing the first three episodes, was released in Region 2 on 16 May [73] The second, with "Aliens of London", "World War Three", and "Dalek", followed on 13 June [74] "The Long Game", "Father's Day", "The Empty Child", and "The Doctor Dances" were released in the third volume on 1 August [75] and the final three episodes were released in the fourth volume on 5 September [76]

The entire series was then released in a boxset on 21 November in Region 2. Aside from the 13 episodes it included commentaries on every episode, a video diary from Davies during the first week of filming, as well as other featurettes.[77] The boxset was released in Region 1 on 4 July [78][79]

In print[edit]

Main article: List of Doctor Who novelisations



Final ratings for the first series.

"Rose" received average overnight ratings of &#;million viewers, peaking at &#;million, respectively % and % of all viewers at that time. The final figure for the episode, including video recordings watched within a week of transmission, was &#;million, making it the third highest for BBC One that week and seventh across all channels. The opening episode was the highest rated episode of the first series.[69][] The penultimate episode, "Bad Wolf", received the lowest viewers of the series with just &#;million viewers.[] The series also garners the highest audience Appreciation Index of any non-soap drama on television.[] Besides the second episode, "The End of the World", which garnered a 79% rating, the lowest of the series, all episodes received an AI above 80%. The series finale "The Parting of the Ways" was the highest rated episode with an AI of 89%.[] The success of the launch saw the BBC's Head of Drama Jane Tranter confirming on 30 March that the series would return both for a Christmas Special in December and a full second series in []

The initial Sci Fi Channel broadcasts of the series attained an average Nielsen Rating of , representing &#;million viewers in total.[72] Although these ratings were less than those reached by Sci Fi's original series Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, they reflect a 44% increase in ratings and a 56% increase in viewership over the same timeslot in the second quarter of , as well as increases of 56% and 57% in two key demographics.[72][]

Critical reception and response[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes offers an 83% approval from 12 critic reviews, and an average rating of /[]

In April , Michael Grade returned to the BBC, this time as the Chairman of the Board of Governors, although this position does not involve any commissioning or editorial responsibilities.[] Although he had previously disliked the show and imposed an eighteen-month hiatus on it during the Sixth Doctor era, he eventually wrote an e-mail to the Director-General of the BBCMark Thompson in June , after the successful new first series, voicing approval for its popularity. He also declared, "[I] never dreamed I would ever write this. I must be going soft!"[] The revival also impressed former DoctorSylvester McCoy, who praised Eccleston and Piper as well as their characters, and the pacing of the first episode. His only criticism was about the new TARDIS interior, though he did comment that he was "also a bit dismayed that more wasn't made of the show's incidental music, which seemed fairly anonymous in the background".[]

Robin Oliver of The Sydney Morning Herald praised Davies for taking "an adult approach to one of television's most famous characters" that children would appreciate, and that he reinvented it in a way that would be "competitive in a high-tech market". Oliver also wrote that older viewers would find Eccleston "easily the best time lord since Tom Baker".[] Reviewing the first episode, The Stage's Harry Venning hailed it as a "fabulous, imaginative, funny and sometimes frightening reinvention" and particularly praised Rose for being an improvement upon previous female companions who were "fit only to scream or be captured". However, he found Eccleston to be "the show's biggest disappointment" as he looked "uncomfortable playing fantasy".[]Digital Spy's Dek Hogan found the final episode anticlimactic, but overall said that the series was "excellent Saturday night telly of the kind that many of us thought the BBC had forgotten how to make". He praised Eccleston's performance and named "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" as the best episodes.[] Arnold T Blumburg of Now Playing gave the series a grade of A-, praising its variety. However, he was critical of Davies' "annoying tendency to play to the lowest common denominator with toilet humor", but felt that from "Dalek" on the series was more dramatic and sophisticated.[]

DVD Talk's John Sinnott rated the first series four and a half out of five stars, writing that it "keeps a lot of the charm and excitement of the original (as well as the premise), while making the series easily accessible for new viewers". Sinnott praised the faster pace and the design changes that made it feel "fresh", as well as Eccleston's Doctor. However, he felt that Piper only did a "credible" job as Eccleston eclipsed her, and said that the writing was "uneven" with many of the episodes "just slightly flawed".[78] Looking back on the series in , Stephen Kelly of The Guardian wrote, "Eccleston's Doctor may have had many faults&#;– looking like an EastEnders extra and bellowing "FANTASTIC!" at every opportunity being two of them&#;– but he was merely a reflection of a show that, at the time, still didn't know what it wanted to be. The first series of the revived Doctor Who&#;– which featured farting aliens&#;– was a world away from the intelligent, populist science-fiction we know it as now. But then, it is thanks to Eccleston that it got this far at all&#;– a big, respectable name who laid the foundations for Tennant to swag away with the show."[]

However, not everyone was pleased with the new production. Some fans criticised the new logo and perceived changes to the TARDIS model. According to various news sources, members of the production team even received hate mail and death threats.[][] "The Unquiet Dead" was criticised by parents, who felt that the episode was "too scary" for their young children; the BBC dismissed the complaints, saying that it had never been intended for the youngest of children.[]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Doctor Who


Further information: Doctor Who: Original Television Soundtrack

Selected pieces of score from this series, alongside material from the second series and "The Runaway Bride", as composed by Murray Gold, were released on 4 December by Silva Screen Records.[]

Murray Gold's arrangement of the main theme featured samples from the original with further elements added: an orchestral sound of low horns, strings and percussion and part of the Dalek ray-gun and TARDIS materialisation sound effects. Included on the album are two versions of the theme: the second opening version, as arranged by Gold, and a longer arrangement that includes the middle eight, after Gold omitted the "middle eight" from both the opening and closing credits. Gold has said that his interpretation was driven by the title visual sequence he was given to work around. Often erroneously cited as being the same as the end credits version, this second version is in fact a new arrangement and recording.[][]


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