Doctor Who

Saturday 8:00 PM on BBC America Premiered Mar 26, 2005 In Season



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Doctor Who Fan Reviews page 9 of 13

out of 10
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  • This is the longest running sci-fi show in history for a good reason... it's BRILLIANT!

    Doctor Who was launched upon the world the same year I was: 1963. I was too young at the time (7 months old) to enjoy the first series when it premiered, but as soon as I became aware of it in the mid-1970s I was hooked. I can't explain exactly what it is about the show that keeps me coming back. The premise itself is one reason — an eccentric Time Lord knocking about the space-time continuum in a navigationally-challenged 1950s-era police call box. I particularly enjoyed Tom Baker's take on the Doctor, what with his fondness for jelly babies. The sheer variety of locations, eras, companions and aliens of every imaginable shape, size and color made for a thoroughly entertaining, if somewhat bewildering, escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. On particularly rough days, I found it relaxing, if not somewhat therapeutic, to flip on the telly and temporarily lose myself in the universe of Doctor Who. And, in case you're wondering, yes I do have a life, I've dated many girls (two of them were also Doctor Who fans!), I was married for 6 years and have two children. Oh, and I don't live in my parents basement!

    Anyway, this new series is the best of all. Although I became somewhat attached to Chris Eccleston's portrayal, David Tennant is starting to grow on me. Long live the Doctor!!!
  • The Doctor is back with new companions and new friends!

    Doctor Who and his marvelous time machine, the TARDIS have returned to save the world from the Cybermen and Daleks once again. But this time, he has Rose Tyler and Mickey by his side, they can't loose. Watch as they travel the universe and even meet up with K-9 again!
  • I never thought I\'d find another \"Dr\" I\'d like, but, of course, they killed the guy off at season\'s end!

    Bringing Dr Who into the 21st century probably wasn\'t an easy task, even for Time Lords! ; )

    But they did so, quite well!

    TV\'s longest-running sci-fi series (even if you ignore the multi-year gaps and the horrible American (FOX) movie) has brought a new vibrancy to the characters. Chrisopher Eccleston (the 9th Dr) combines the spirt of all the previous Dr\'s, with his cautious exuberance and serious playfulness (if you don\'t understand these seeming contradictions, then you need to view some old videos of the original series!), and the new \"companion\", Billie Piper, brings an edginess that hasn\'t been seen since \"Leela\" (they made Rose\'s boyfriend too wimpy, IMHO).

    However, I think they mucked with the TARDIS interior too much (too busy and confusing looking; bring back the simplicity and austerity of the original Tardises, and spend the money for other things!), and we need to get out of our solar system (orbitting space stations don\'t count!).
    And, I think it\'s a mistake to bring back old characters, as the web seems to imply. I want new things, but not to the point where we see a new Dr every season! There are only supposed to be 12 Dr\'s, ya know!
    (okay, who wants to start the rumors that the next Dr
    will be a woman, or a black, or a black woman? And shouldn\'t she be Jewish as well? (a nice Jewish timelord who\'s also a doctor? Oy!) ; )

    Despite the flaws, the series that aired on the SciFi channel this past year was wonderful, though I had a problem with the \"neat\" ending to the final show, vis-a-vis, the \"kiss of death\" for the Dr (let\'s not have any hanky-panky with the companions!). ; )

    I\'m looking forward to the upcoming season!
  • This review would have a higher mark, but the 2nd season tarnishes it slightly. Still an awesome, action-packed show though!

    I'll admit, I'm not the world's biggest Doctor Who fan. My mate is though, so I'm always kept well informed of past references and I've sat though a fair few epiodes in his huge backa catalogue of videos. But to be honest, you don't really need that kind of background information if you're a new fan. The 9th Doctor was a perfect re-introduction to a classic sci-fi character.

    So die-hard fans complained about the rushed stories and reduced running time, but let's face it, a lot of the classic Who was over-padded with wasted minutes. This new season was intentionally a fast-paced rollercoaster that could grab the attention a new audience on a dead Saturday night. Eccleston's Doctor is up there as my favourite. Playful and childish with a menacing ruthless streak just under the surface. He was also more emotional; a man with all the knowledge, but attached with the outsider loneliness that came with it. Another complaint was that he was less pro-active than previous Doctors. But this was because this series was about Rose's perspective of events. A new companion for a new series and the idea of her being our eyes through the Doctor's world was perfectly written. She made a great companion, one who was ready to battle for the Doctor but also showed a human side. Something that was missing from the last few companions.

    Then came the 10th Doctor and a new series attitude that decided it could do whatever it wanted, now it was successful prime time. Tennent's Doctor is currently way too erratic, jumping from one emotion to the other making for a disjointed, unconvincing, personality. It doesn't really work when he's crazy then moments later is required to put in a serious personal performance. Rose became far more resourceful than allowed, giving way to too many times where people just accepted her giving orders (see: The Satan Pit), despite being a complete stranger. It never felt like she was in danger. A few episodes feel a lot like re-runs, e.g. The Idiot Lantern and Fear Her have practically the same set-up before slightly going seperate ways halfway through. The writing is too self-concious at times (the need for post-modern referencing puts Tarantino to shame), thus leaving this series less cohesive than the first one. It did end on a brilliant (if full of holes) series finale and hopefully they can calm down a bit and focus on the writing like the first series again.

    Other than that, it's still an awesome series for oldies and newbies alike. Just don't listen to the die-hard's complaints.
  • Those Magnificent Men In Their Travelling Machines

    As a fan of the original Dr Who, I was overjoyed when it was announced that the series was being renewed. I hotly anticipated the first new episode on March 26 2005 and was impressed from the get-go. And the show has been consistently brilliant since then. Visually stunning, with a great team of writers and directors on board, creating wonderful, funny, scary, tense and spectacular scenarios for the Doctor and his companion to encounter.

    Christopher Eccleston played the ninth incarnation of the Doctor as quite light, but with hints to the darkness beneath. His Doctor was battle-scarred, haunted by the Time War and the terrible legacy of being the last of the Timelords. David Tennant has a completely different take on his version of the Doctor: more bookish sometimes, humorous yet still ready to defend himself if needs be. Billie Piper was truly impressive as Rose Tyler, the Doctor's latest companion. The production staff also worked hard to get clearance to use the Doctor's most iconic enemies too: the Daleks and the Cybermen... wouldn't be the same without them.

    There have been some remarkably strong episodes, most notably 'Dalek', 'The Empty Child', 'The Parting Of The Ways', 'School Reunion', 'The Impossible Planet' and 'Army Of Ghosts'. But each episode brings something special. If you're a fan of the old series, you'll find this very true to that original spirit. If you're a sci-fi fan (or like quality TV in general), don't miss this show!
  • Better than expected -- from a Tom Baker fan.

    Okay -- I was reluctant to watch the new Dr. Who on Sci-Fi because I am a long time Tom Baker fan. This guy won me over immediately. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed again. The story was more appropriate for the present day. The trashing of the Tardis hilarious. The fact that they returned to London so often and in almost real time (or as close as the Tardis can get) was inspired. The laser being back was a nice salute to the old. The Daleks another salute. Over all well done and looking foward to the next.
  • I love British television.

    I haven't really watched the old series. I'm actually a new fan of this show. I learned about it when I was just on the internet. I saw something about the Doctor. The rest was history. The first episode I watched was Father's Day. It was great. Then, I watched Doomsday. It was a little campy, but it was good. This series isn't just famous for being a continuation. It's good by itself. It's more realistic. The Doctor isn't just some eccentric, old man who can give you a few laughs and some wonder anymore. Now, he's progressed. Next year, it should be good.
  • It was a classic back in 1963, and it still is now. Refreshing it for the next generation was a good idea. And it still keeps that old "Mystery Doctor" charm that all Doctors and actors have carried. It's good watching. And good pie. Maybe, if you eat pie

    I got into this program by watching an ad for "The Empty Child". The start wasn't awesome, but when I saw the gasmask morphing onto Constantine's face, I was hooked. It looked awesome. I not EC, so I saw DD up to PW. Doctor Who revived is goooood! I loved it, and so will you. Unless you hate sci-fi. If so, it's your choice. I love Daleks. They're exterminalicious! Yummy! I could use them for my salt and pepper shakers! I love salt. But not pepper. Doctor Who is! Just that!!! Wow! But I'm as dead as a dodo. As dead as a dodo. Which means I'm not here. I'm creepy. Wooooooooooooooo....
  • Extremely creative and imaginative scifi. Star Trek and Battlstar Galactica (2003) fans should DEFINITELY check this out.

    This show has absolute top notch talent working on it. From the writers to the actors to the effects - it's all a treat. As with games and movies, eye candy alone won't do it in this day and age, and Doctor Who delivers bigtime in the most important area of scifi - the stories. This is some of the most creative and imaginative stuff I've ever seen... amazing stuff. The concepts behind almost every story are great, and it all comes together nicely with excellent writing. Very very few plots holes, the writers are not keen to sit on their bums . Each script must be reworked quite a bit (unless the writers are gods) before production starts.
    All I can say is if you appreciate great scifi and wanna live vicariously through some amazing times, then check out The Doctor.
  • The Doctor!!! I think that David Tennnant bring new life to Doctor Who!! He is the best Doctor that I have seen!! And also he is a very funny actor!!

    The Doctor!!!
    I think that David Tennnant bring new life to Doctor Who!!
    He is the best Doctor that I have seen!!
    And also he is a very funny actor!!
    I think that Doctor Who is one of the best programs televison!!! It has been on televison for over 42 years! (I havn't seen evert episode, But) And it still is as brilliant as when started. My favorite episodes would be the new ones with David Tennant. Because I think that he is a fantastic actor. I like the episodes Tooth And Claw, The Girl In The Fireplace, And New Earth!!!!!! A very good show!!!!!
  • we do it again doctor who returns in spectacular form!

    the doctor a alein with two hearts a man who is weird but wonderful

    i love doctor who. . . i love evrything about it the evil pepperpot hide behind the sofa darleks to the dark cold caculating emotionless cybermen who will stop at nothing any deserving sci-fi fan must own atleast 1 of doctor who\\\'s 10 seasons this is britans best loved sci-fi and i eagrly await david tennants 2nd seson as a tom baker style doctor athough i like david tennant i think my personal favoroute has to be christiphor ecclston he could work wonders talk increbly fast, become angry suddenly or be calm and collected his companion billie piper a.k.a rose has to be one of the best companions bring a saucy but informed role to doctor who something it despretly lacked. the last two shows (badwolf, parting of the ways) was by far the doctor who\\\'s most action packed episodes i have seen but other episodes (boom town) was something of a let down this is why i havent given it top marks
  • A personal favorite of mine!

    Dr Who is set in the future like the 25th century
    I have lost count of how many actors have played the Doctors and only know Tom Baker is the most popular Dr Who
    As the new doctor tries to catch ailens who could alter the test of time with his feisty female sidekick.
    Good show on for Sci-Fi Friday night!
  • Doctor Who is about an alien that travels through time solve problems wherever he goes. Aided by his companions he prevents disaster after disaster.

    I used to watch the original series in the 70's and 80's on public televison. The special effects were weak but the adventure was still fun. Well now the Doctor is back and the special effects are finally with the times. This is the Tenth actor to portray the Doctor. Unlike James Bond where you ignore such changes. The Doctor's changes are actually a part of the show.

    This Doctor was the most stable I've ever seen. Most serious and dire about the situation. The adventures were very good and didn't give up that british quirkiness and humor. The Doctor's companion this time was Rose. She is very different from her predecessor. She is far more outspoken and emotional. Her adventures with the Doctor seem to have a maturing effect on her as the season progresses.

    Doctor Who is one of the longest running science fiction ever. And, I'm glad to see it return in such a stylish fashion.
  • The briliant Doctor Who returns!

    I am too young to hvae watched the original Doctor Who, so for me these new series are like a whoe new thing. Of course I had heard about the old doctor who's with their wierd scarves, haircuts and generally plastic cup created enemies.

    When first sitting down to watch Doctor Who I didn't expect much, but a combination of the special effects, brilliant actors and the entertainig plots have got me hooked.

    The writers are a;lways coming up with new monsters with evil schemes and the episodes are never predictable.

    Although scary at times fr younger children, this new series of Doctor Who can appeal to the whole family. With such a wide range of merchandise and such a large amount of media attention Doctor Who has become a phenomenon again, and I am all the better for it.
  • Fantastic Show about An Alien Doctor and His Sidekick, played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, Christopher portrays the Doctor as a humorous/quirky/nerdy sort of character, and Billie portrays Rose as a strong and confident woman.

    Doctor Who Is A Fantastic Sci-Fi show Written by Russell.T.Davis, Starring Christopher Eccleston as the Funny, Quirky Doctor, and Billie Piper as the Strong Confident side kick.
    The 2005 episodes of Doctor Who where my first experience of this exciting adventure, and i fell in love with the show immeadiately, from the beggining of the show to the end you are taken on an exciting journey of self discovery, sadness, happiness and lonelieness.
    We see the pair fight Dalek\'s and Ghosts they are an ultimate pair and they work well in a world where they spend every day together which i think is portrayed through the show itself, you can see that there is an electricity between Rose and The Doctor ( Billie and Christopher) which in many shows these days isn\'t always visible. And this show isn\'t just for young children it\'s for all ages to enjoy, which is nice to watch as there are not mant family shows before the Watershed!
  • Fantastic!

    It turns what would seem like a stupid show that would make you say "yeah that could happen" into the 1 of greatest shows of all time. It's clever, (i.e. traveling through time in an old polce call box) funny (i.e. traveling through time in an old police call box) and generally great (i.e. traveling through time in an old police call box).
    More examples of being funny "why would you want a sonic screw driver?" "have you ever had to put up a load of cabinets?" and "Oh look rocks."
    Final words: If you havn't watched this yet I will hubt you down and kill you!
  • Fantastic!

    Doctor Who was a personal favorite for me, growing up. Tom Baker was like the uncle I never got to meet. I watched the episodes with the fellow from Great Expectations (from Vet to Time Traveler...hmmm), but when the Doctor changed to Colin Baker, I can remember thinking "Oh, this is just getting too silly. They are just normal people trying to play Doctor Who!" and I quit watching it, cold turkey, which was quite odd because I loved the show.

    Now an updated version has come around, and it's everything Doctor Who could have ever been had they had computer graphic designers and more of a budget.

    Thank you Russell T. Davies, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Billie Piper: you've not only treated the show with respect, but helped it blossom to the amazing show it is now. It's such a treat to watch. The only show I like as much right now is "Lost". We'll be listening to the podcasts and watching the blog.

    Keep up the great work!
  • the doctor and rose and many other happenings around the earth and the universe, read on...............

    Back in 2005 the 9th doctor returned to our screens with a fantasic series because we met rose revisit the daleks and the tardis and see many different lifeforms challenging the doctor to his limit. This doctor blended with with rose but this would only last one series when christopher called it 'quits'
    so the next series brings us david as the tenth doctor, very much like tom baker and brought the best out of rose and the sci fi show, and the cybermen return and have the biggest battle yet with the daleks.

    this show is just great and i am really glad they decided to bring the show back
  • The Doctor travels through time with his companion Rose Tyler dealing with one mis-adventure after another.

    This is one of those shows that I\'m angry at myself for not having watched sooner. Despite the sub-par special effects, this show has enough charm and plot twists to more than make up for it. The show has the same charm as previous renditions of the Doctor, and any show that can switch locations from millions of years into Earths future, to war-torn 1941 England, to underground alien museums is always going to interesting. There are even nods to the earlier runs of Doctor Who. It's always fun to see how the Doctor will bumble his way to saving the world.
  • Completely amazing!

    At the beginning of the first season, my mother didn't exactly like nine, saying he just wasn't the doctor, and that three was the best. Pfft, she changed her tune during parting of the ways.

    Well, we have ten now, and I do think he's much better than nine- just the exact blend of quirkiness and some 'ooh, you're so dead' moments thrown in for good measure. However, some of the last few episodes (Army Of Ghosts/Doomsday in particular) have been lacking... but to this, I say that Mr. Davies needs to watch a few better written episodes with different characters facing off against their biggest foes (Two that come to mind are the "Dracula" episode of Buffy and Danny Phantom- "The Ultimate Enemy") but other than's all good.

    Can't wait for the next season- I hope it's fantastic.
  • The Doctor is back in town.

    I, like many other people, grew up watching Doctor Who and spent most of my time hiding behind cushions whenever the Daleks or the Cybermen came on screen. Yet when i heard they were remaking it, i couldn't wait. I assumed that they could only make it better. And they definitely achieved that.

    The first of the new series was absolutely fabulous. Christopher Eccleston was marvellous as the Doctor, even mocking his own appearance. So i was a little nervous when i heard that Eccleston was leaving and David Tennant was replacing him. Tennant is a great actor, but i was unsure whether he could outdo Eccleston. But i needn't have bothered worrying.

    Tennant is brilliant Doctor, and i would even go so far as saying he's hot in a geeky kind of way. And he wears Converses, need i say more?

    Admittedly some of the episodes in this series were a little duff, but the episodes with the Daleks and Cybermen to name but a few, more than made up for them. The only thing that annoys me about this programme is Billie Piper, but as she's now left.. things are looking up!
  • Hes back, and better than ever!

    With the advent of serious budgets for Primtime TV shows Doctor Who has finally given a push off to the wobbly sets, cardboard backgrounds and scenery (which i suppose added a charm to the show in itself) and gave way to the serious effects and brilliant production levels the shows great storytelling and scriptwriting has always deserved. The storylines have been upped the ante in terms of quality also, though reformatted to be all resolved in one episode as opposed to the standard 4 to 6 and the acting of Ecclestone and Tennant is nothing short of magnifiecent as is worthy of the character they play, there really is nothing bad one can say about this show only that i hope they keep up the great work on series 3 and hopefully 4 and beyond...
  • Who'd have thought..?

    I, like many of my generation, grew up with Doctor Who. Many were the hours I was caught up in the excitement, cowered behind the sofa from the daleks, and looked up in admiration at the Doctor.

    When first I had Christopher Eccleston described to me as the doctor, I was highly dubious. He didn't sound anything like the doctors I knew and loved.
    The Doctor was a grave man, distinguished, intelligent... In other words, the quintessential British gentleman.

    But on the other hand, I was intrigued, so I ended up renting the new season. Lo and behold, instead of the distinguished Doctor, I was faced with a bumbling buffoon!

    And you know what?

    I love him!

    chris eccleston portrays a Doctor wildly different on so many levels from the other Doctors, but it works! I loved the show, and am still trying to get used to David Tennant. Personally, if we never had any other Doctor than Eccleston again, I would be terribly happy :-)
  • This new series of Doctor Who launched itself off in 2005, and many wondered if it would hold up to its 50 year old appeal. Christopher Eccleston, and now David Tennant, show bravery, cleverness and a new kind of humanity in this old family favourite.

    I never watched the old series of Doctor Who. I remember the first episode i ever saw was \"The Empty Child\" and if you\'ve seen it... then it probably wasn\'t the best episode to start with (shudder). Eventually, with the help of my friend Jenny, i started watching the show and, gee, i think i fell in love right there and then.
    The Doctor was Christopher Eccleston at the time, and his Northern accent and fabulous acting sucked me into the show. It was still completely understandable even though i had not watched the previous Doctor Whos, and i loved each and every episode and had every intention of buying the boxset. (If i ever find the money)
    Billie Piper also adds the Earth connection to the show as Rose, and i loved her more and more every episode.
    Now, after Parting of the ways i was pretty upset that they got tid of the 9th Doctor. But i have to say, even though i still love Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor more, i humbly welcome David Tennant in \'The Christmas Invasion\" and can\'t wait for the series to resume in Australia so that we can see the 2nd season with him not just lying around and sweating.
    An absolutely FANTASTIC show and I\'d recommend it to anyone, anywhere, any age.
  • The new show of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston at the ninth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler the new Companion and of course David Tennant as the 10th Doctor in the season 2 and the other one.

    This is a very good show, i never watch the original series but after being addicted to this one i want to see the original for help me to know more about the Doctor. I am so happy that in Quebec they decide to put this series. She is my favorite now and she win against Supernatural, that is an exploit, because Supernatural was for one year my series preferred.
  • Sequel to the long standing sci-fi classic.

    Being a long time fan of the original Dr. Who program, I was thrilled to hear Sci-Fi was going to run the Dr.Who "sequel".

    My excitement was however.....short lived. The new companion Rose Tyler "Billie Piper" was a breathe of fresh. She was cute and kind of feisty. Reminds of some of the female companions during the Tom Baker period. The new Doctor "Christopher Eccleston", I have mixed feelings about. The whole "survivor's guilt" complex was taken way to far and got old fast.

    The good eps are to few and far between. An outstanding episode like "The Unquiet Dead" (A Time Travelers Delight) was followed by "Aliens in London". What a train wreck that episode was!!! Aliens with cupid doll face and potbellies who were the skins of their victims so they can pass for human. Good news though you can tell that there aliens by.....the smell of their farts?!? CHECK PLEASE!!
    Look, Its not a horrible show but it is certainly not a great one. It is a shame....I really wanted to like this one.
  • A "regenerated" show thats better than the original

    Sorry about the pun, but those who watch the show would get it.
    The Doctor is an alien timetraveler now as a Timelord. A few years ago the show Doctor Who was an out dated, typical British sci-fi show that was needless to say, rubbish.
    But in 2005 the BBC allowed a new version of the show to be aired. And unlike most shows that attempt to come back, it was much better than the original (but thats not hard considering the original).
    Armed with new computer graphics, new enemies, some good old enemies and a new sidekick, Doctor Who entered the 21st century and became very entertaining. I watch it every week.
  • i love it.

    this is a great remake of an already great idea. the show is just brilliant.the acotrs are good the plot is good an the places that it is filmed ar great locations all round this is a very well pt together show. this probably will set a trend fro these types of shows but none of those shows couldlive up to the almight doctor who. i have lost intrest in it though because it does get boring but i do go back to it so it can be good and bad. just try and keep with it and youll like it.
  • Who is great

    I never watched the original when it ran on my local PBS station on Sunday evenings. Then when I heard SciFi was picking up the first season for the states I gave it a chance and I thought it was great. It has good humor with most it coming from the Doctor. Plus it has good weird moments in it. I just hope that Scifi picks up season 2 for the states and it spin off Torchwood when that comes out.
  • glad they didn't try to americanize it

    i used to watch the original doctor who series on pbs when i was a kid. tom baker is without a doubt my favorite. my favorite storyline was trial of the time lord. i watched the fox 2 hour movie in the early 90's and felt it was crap. it was like they tried to hard to pander to the american audience. i'm glad they haven't done that this time around.
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