Doctor Who: Season 1 (2005)

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Air date: Mar 17, 2006

The Doctor meets Rose Tyler, who soon comes to realize that all of planet Earth is in danger.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2006

The Doctor takes Rose on her first voyage through time to witness the death of Earth.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2006

The Doctor and Rose return to 1869, where Charles Dickens joins them in the battle against the Gelth.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2006

Part 1 of 2. A spaceship crashes into the Thames, causing the world to panic.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2006

Conclusion. The Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones are trapped inside Downing Street while outside, interplanetary war looms.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2006

A billionaire in Utah holds a relic of an alien race that is one of the Doctor's oldest enemies.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2006

In the far future, Adam learns what it takes to be the Time Lord's companion.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2006

Rose travels back to the day in 1987 when her father died. When she interferes, the results aren't what she expected: the monstrous Reapers devour mankind.

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Air date: May 5, 2006

Part 1 of 2. During the London blitz of 1941, an unearthly child haunts bombing sites.

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Air date: May 12, 2006

Conclusion. With the plague spreading throughout London, the Doctor and Rose strike a deal with con man Captain Jack (John Barrowman).

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In a bid to rebrand the iconic Doctor, the BBC shakes off the kitschy sets of old and fashion a brand new start for the franchise. The ninth incarnation of the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his new companion Rose (U.K. pop starlet Billie Piper) embark on yet more far-flung and improbable adventures: traveling 5,000,000,000 years into the future as the Earth is about to be swallowed by the sun, escaping from a mysterious space-station where the contestants are trapped in demented versions of popular reality-TV shows, and facing an old and terrible menace, the Daleks.

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who Season 1

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To my novice's eye, it's pretty decent hokum-fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.

Mar 17, 2006 | Full Review…

Eccleston is such an electrifying actor that he conveys the doctor's alien status (he is 900 years old with two hearts) by the means of wide-eyed, slightly unhinged over-enthusiasm.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Fast, funny, scary and beautifully acted, it manages to be vibrant and fresh to appeal to a new audience while remaining utterly faithful to the spirit of the old show.

Oct 6, 2018 | Full Review…

If the program was inquisitive science fiction in 1963 and an alien invasion thriller in 1970, then in 2005 it must be considered a character drama.

Nov 27, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The thrill-filled cliffhangers of yore are gone, taking with them with the child's urge to watch TV from behind the sofa, breath bated.

Mar 17, 2006 | Full Review…

Between the Doctor and Rose there is genuine, old-fashioned chemistry, and their interaction, which occasionally takes on the aspect of screwball comedy, is much the best thing in the show.

Mar 17, 2006 | Full Review…

The stories may seem a little silly (the first foes are mannequins that come to life) but it's fairly lively and fun.

Feb 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a decidedly British sensibility that mixes some state-of-the-art effects with stuff that looks, well, decidedly cheesy. And it's an odd combination of action, adventure and wackiness - an odd combination that somehow works.

Feb 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Some of the pop-culture humor and creatures owe a nod to Farscape, but the camp level is high and can be mighty funny.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Think big. Think bold. Think fantastic! For the very first time, Doctor Who achieves a perfect blend of big screen and small screen.

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The genius of the character development is that Rose does not become more powerful, or blessed with some macguffin of plot relevance.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Thundered back onto the BBC in a manner that honored the series' canon while also injecting new energy and reestablishing a show previously aimed primarily at children as one sophisticated enough that adult geeks could love it unabashedly. [Blu-ray]

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 1

  • Apr 04, 2021
    It was my first season of Doctor who. I watch it in 2005 and I love to re-watch it. So interesting stories.
  • Apr 01, 2021
    man i love this program i saw this on netflix (now it has been delated) but it's so good Christopher Eccleston while i respect his choice i wish he was in it way more he was a amazing doctor and i wished he was in it more. But no show is perfect and this in my opinion is when Rose comes into play not that she's a bad character i mean she's alright but her choices and the way she has been done as a character she has to be the worst sidekick (in my opinion) . But i'm only in the 4th season and i've only seen 3 sidekicks. other then that great show i'm glad i got into it
  • Jan 10, 2021
    It is a funny, beautiful and scary season that manages it to bring the doctor back to the TV-screen by having many great episodes that establish the doctor as the alien he is by showing him as a human but have Christopher Eccleston acting perfectly as someone who does not belong here. He is the energy of the doctor himself and manages it to think that he is on top of the humans. The dynamic between Rose and the Doctor works perfectly as both of them are adventurous and want to see more while having these dangers around them. They fit each other nicely. But the season shows a dark side of their ways of doing things as the humans got into war as he freed Satellite 5 and later recognizes that he was the one who let the planet be in a worse position than before as he wanted to help. The Story Dalek brings the old enemy "the Dalek" back and establishes them as one of the greatest threads of them all as this one Dalek is destroying every single armed human in front of him with it's own weapons and some tricks that show how intelligent it can be. Sometimes the stories could be a little bit more rounded up, but all of them fit into the dynamic nicely. Unfortunately Christopher Eccleston was leaving Doctor Who in the first season so that we cannot see more of his incarnation.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    The return of the Doctor! This season made the impossible and Ecclestone must be praised for this! Ok, not all the episodes are a 10, and a few of them are really too much 2000s, but it's a great season!
  • Dec 24, 2020
    Great reboot of the classic Doctor Who. Very enjoyable
  • Dec 13, 2020
    Eccleston was a grossly underrated Doctor, which I think is because his episodes were almost all horrible. Davies is one of the most overrated DW writers and Moffat is the most underrated. The Empty Child two parter were the best episodes of this season, both penned by Moffat. Anyway, I would've truly loved to see more of Eccleston and less of the crap episodes he was put in.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    this is a pretty good series of Doctor who. Christopher Eccleston is excellent in the role along with Billie Piper. there are many good and bad episodes with the good being Dalek and the Empty Child/the Doctor Dances but Unfortunately there are disappointments such as the Unquiet Dead, The Long Game and Fathers Day. Overall this is a solid kick start to Modern Era Doctor who.
  • May 17, 2020
    it has Clive in it YUSSSSSSSSSSS :D
  • May 07, 2020
    Doctor Who is back, and with a very fresh coat of paint indeed. Immediately the classic theme from 1963 has been taken and given a new orchestral makeover, dragging it into the 21st century whilst still retaining the eeriness of the original serial. Christopher Eccleston was the perfect man to revive the titular Doctor, he brought all the enigmatic charm, mixed with hints of the long, tumultuous history the Doctor has experienced; Eccleston is such an underrated actor, and it was such a shame he decided to leave after just the one series, because the fact that even over such a short space of time, his impact is still felt so strongly, speaks volumes about his stellar performance, and embodiment of the character. Billie Piper has at this stage become synonymous with Doctor Who, and is still many fans' favourite companion, and for me I would definitely put her in my top 3 along with Clara and Donna. There's plenty of hints to classic Who, with familiar enemies popping up, the ever present Tardis has been given a stunning, battle-worn new look, and episode lengths doubling from 20 to 40 minutes means far more action for your money. The revival of this classic of British television could not have been more perfectly handled, and Russell T Davies should be extremely proud of himself for how he ran the show from this point until 2010.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    Great return for Doctor Who! The right mix between funny and thrilling, scary and emotional. Good work!

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