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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Doctor enters the new millennium with panache, 25 July 2005
I don't give a lot of 5-star reviews, but this gets one. Starting from the 1980's reruns on PBS in the U.S., I've watched Doctor Who for a long time - but we haven't HAD any Doctor to watch for an equally long time! This series more than makes up for it.
After watching the first six episodes, I can honestly say that Christopher Eccleston is the best Doctor yet. When we first see him in "Rose", he's apparently just recently regenerated - he makes reference to his face being "not a bad job - except for those ears!" - and shows the same post-regeneration instability and confusion we've come to expect from our Doctors. Which, if you think about it, is similar to the disorientation you'll experience when you see things like the Internet and cell phones in the world of Doctor Who.
Eccleston combines sharp wit with similarly sharp dramatic flair, yet often he shows the same wide-eyed amazement that Tom Baker exhibited.
Billie Piper's Rose is, so far, the typical Doctor companion - easy on the eyes and often getting into scrapes that the Doctor has to pull her out of. But in "Rose", she also saves the Doctor's life - something you couldn't say about most of the prior companions. Some have complained that Piper is a one-dimensional actress, but as the show has developed, she has exhibited a considerable range of skill. So, don't write her off as another screaming, useless companion.
So far, the series has everything - honesty to the original concept, humour, wit, and action. Wit? Yes. Lots of it. The shows are sprinkled with clever jokes (and a repeated meme) which will make you chuckle and sometimes even laugh out loud. You'll also understand why the Doctor has a northern accent...
Oh, yes, and I should mention the special effects. While I will always have a special place in my heart for the foam boulders and rubber monsters of the original series, it's nice to see this show with the effects and graphics it always deserved. Hopefully, they will at some point film some of the scripts Douglas Adams wrote which were never shot because they called for effects far beyond what the BBC (or any network) of the 1980s could produce.