Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner (it's difficult keeping up with friends when your day job involves flitting through time and space), his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger.
Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner (it's difficult keeping up with friends when your day job involves flitting through time and space), his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to human relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs new assistant Rose. Rose is a shop-girl from the present day. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soulmates. They understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination. She starts out as an innocent, unfettered by worldly concerns. But she ends up an adventurer who, by the end of the series, can never go home again...
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Look Who's back! Nine years after the one-off Paul McGann TV movie, sixteen after the end of the show proper, top TV writer and lifelong Who fan Russell T Davies presides over a revival of "Doctor Who", still the world's longest running TV sci-fi show.
Gone are the wobbly sets and low production values; this is top piece of BBC drama and has the budget to match. The TARDIS control room is a huge, beautiful, semi-organic space, and the alien creatures the Doctor meets are every bit a match for those of George Lucas!
Christopher Eccleston is a suitably modern Ninth Doctor, clad in a cool black leather jacket and with a distinctly Northern accent: "Lots of planets have a North," he protests, displaying a hitherto undemonstrated gift for humour.
Billie Piper is a revelation as Rose, a strong-willed, ordinary girl whose encounter with the Doctor leads her to travel to unimaginable past and future locations. She and Eccleston make a great team in a show that became a TV phenomenon in 2005, proving that the concept of teatime family entertainment was far from dead.
"Doctor Who" for the 21st century, Series 1 saw the return of classic series baddies the Autons - plastic dummies animated by the evil Nestene Consciousness - and fascist pepperpots the Daleks, who have never been so cool. New creatures include the gaseous Gelth and flatulent green invaders the Slitheen.
With a team of top writers, Russell T Davies has made "Doctor Who" a hit all over again!