It was always going to be a risk for the BBC to revamp Doctor Who
--few television programmes inspire as much rabid and cultish adoration. With the 2005 series, however, the BBC have really outdone themselves. Their updated Doctor Who
is a revelation: a cult science fiction series that has real mass appeal, and works for both children and their parents. Christopher Eccleston is an inspired and charismatic Doctor--he leaps around the sets with an unrestrained glee, like hes a child running amok in a toy shop. His enthusiasm in downright infectious. His sidekick Rose (Billie Piper) adds a real human touch, particularly as she gradually and believably matures from in-over-her-head city kid to tough-minded interplanetary hero. Much of the credit must go to writer Russell Davies, who has a much-practiced knack for finding popular appeal without dumbing-down his ideas, and who appears to have let his imagination run riot. Even the special effects, whilst not of a big-budget cinematic quality, still manage to strike a balance between cheesiness and realism. Thrilling, funny and thoroughly entertaining, this Doctor Who
is a hero for the new millennium. --Robert Burrow
All 13 episodes of the relaunched version of the BBC television sci-fi classic, written by Russell T. Davies and starring Christopher Eccleston as the legendary Time Lord. In this series, the Doctor meets new companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) while saving her from the living-plastic Nestene Consciousness, before taking her on adventures through time and space, where she meets Charles Dickens (Simon Callow), tries to save her father from dying when she was a child, and helps the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) battle the evil Daleks and save the world. Episodes are: 'Rose'; 'The End of the World'; 'The Unquiet Dead'; 'Aliens of London'; 'World War Three'; 'Dalek'; 'The Long Game'; 'Father's Day'; 'The Empty Child'; 'The Doctor Dances'; 'Boom Town'; 'Bad Wolf'; and 'The Parting of the Ways'.