Doctor Who: Season 1 (2006)


Season 1
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Air date: Mar 17, 2006
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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

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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…

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

Mar 17, 2006 | Full Review…
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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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 1

  • Aug 01, 2019
    Without it, the future of Doctor Who would be unsteady. Shows an amazing obscurity with the Whoniverse.
  • May 14, 2019
    This was a rough start, but Christopher Ecclestons underrated performance and his excellently crafted chemistry with Rose is what got me hooked with this series and I am glad i did because this has suddenly become my favorite TV show. This does a good job of building the world for newcomers to the show such as myself, but it also acknowledges the past series and the events that took place then. I really like the daleks and the emotion that is shown by Eccleston as the doctor when they meet and it is really well acted. I really loved Jack Harkness and thought that John Barrowman was a great comic relief character that was perfect and was just what the somewhat dark and dreadful tone of this season had, he was just the best . The romance with Rose and Mickey is completely disposable, as it does not add to the show in any way, it actually hinders it a little bit. Also, Jackie Tyler did come out as very annoying and not funny at all as a sort of comic relief character so im glad when Jack came and filled that role perfectly. All around, its a pretty OK season with great characters and a good past and some pretty good acting, and some great character development for everybody.
  • Apr 15, 2019
    Fabulous series. Loved it. A few weak stories but there are some cracking ones to.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Not impressed so far. Eccleston isn't a bad actor or anything, but when you have the whole history of Doctor Who behind you, it is really hard to reboot in a sort of hamfisted sort of way as this. I grew up and loved Tom Baker's Doctor. And I have to admit, if I had to go back and watch him now, it would come off as cheesy. This reboot is maybe not QUITE as cheesy as 70s Dr Who, but it isn't far behind. Even the computer effects are bad. The first couple of episodes were cheesy, but the character and story arc started to develop half way in to the series. It is too bad Eccelston quit - his initial goofy character was just starting to get going.
  • Mar 04, 2019
    Outstanding on every level, the feel takes off straight away. Enjoyed every moment of it. Eccleston is amazing as The Doctor, and the dark tone of the series is what separates it from everything that came after this season. Want to start watching Doctor Who? Begin by watching this series, it's a total fresh start from an old revived franchise.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    the fresh beginning.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Growing up on the original series (mostly reruns with Tom Baker as the Doctor) as a child, it was really exciting to see Doctor Who get the budget to give Doctor Who the modern high-quality TV special effects it deserves. Seeing what a Dalek debut in this series with all the new fancy special effects that show what a military threat it really is (rather than a vacuum cleaner on rollers like in the original series) was a treat. The show introduced Rose as a strong female character and pansexual character (Captain Jack Harkness) without rubbing it in your face or being preachy about it (unlike the mess that it season 11). The first time I watched Season 1, I was not sure if I liked Eccleston as The Doctor, he reminded me of a bit of a clown-like Tom Baker version of The Doctor but he looked really cool in his leather jacket so the two clashing ideas made me feel some dissonance. However, I have watched Season 1 at least once more since then and he grew on my the second time I saw season 1. The stories were great and the show was true to the original series roots by including classic Doctor Who monsters and classic Doctor Who alien races into the show. This was a great start to a modern spin on a great old classic show I loved as a child.
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Was worried to see this epic show return after so long but Eccleston makes the doctor his own and possibly the strongest, making you feel both the excitement and the hidden pain that this doctor feels. There are classic episodes and Piper and Barrowman make good companions.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Great stories accompanied by superb acting ,terrifying monsters and a brilliant score. The only reason I'm giving this only 4.5 stars is because the CGI is bad and this season has not aged well. Apart from that: Fantastic!
  • Jan 04, 2019
    I loved the 9th doctor! Too bad this version got only one season!

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