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Series 1 of Doctor Who ran from 26 March 2005 to 18 June 2005. It was the first series produced by BBC Wales. It starred Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. The series opened with Rose and concluded with The Parting of the Ways.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Production
- 3 Cast
- 4 Television stories
- 5 Adaptations and merchandising
- 6 Stories set during this season
- 7 Promotional trailers
- 8 Footnotes
- 9 External links
Series 1 introduced the Ninth Doctor, along with new companion Rose Tyler. It dealt with the words "Bad Wolf" being spread across time and space, which was the main arc of the series. This meme was seen in the majority of the episodes.
Series 1 also provided the first major information about the Last Great Time War. The Parting of the Ways featured the revived series' first regeneration. The season also introduced Jack Harkness, planting the seed for the spin-off Torchwood.
Series 1 consisted of ten stories and thirteen episodes. Its head writer was Russell T Davies, and thus the series was the start of what fans colloquially refer to as the "RTD era", coming nearly sixteen years after the previous season, though only nine years after the last television story. But credit for the series hardly belonged to RTD alone. The struggles to bring Doctor Who back to BBC One after such a long absence are the subject of several documentaries and behind-the-scenes explorations, all of which confirm that series 1 was the result of the struggles of several individuals apart from RTD himself — notably BBC execs Jane Tranter and Lorraine Heggessey, as well as RTD's fellow executive producers, Julie Gardner and Mal Young.
Their pitch was successful, with RTD's desires to have the series be a continuation, rather than a reboot, of the original being successful. As such, series 1 saw many of the classic era's elements remain, notably the Doctor's history as a Time Lord, his use of the sonic screwdriver, his TARDIS, and the return of his original nemesis the Daleks. The series also brought the return of individual episode titles for the first time since The Gunfighters in season 3.
Though RTD wrote the bulk of the series, he also brought in Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell and Steven Moffat on the basis of their previous Doctor Who writing work for the Virgin New Adventures and Short Trips ranges. With Gatiss and Cornell, he actively told them that he wanted their scripts to be similar in tone to what they had written for the VNAs.
Ultimately, the decision to make the series in Cardiff rather than London not only changed the face of Doctor Who, but also reshaped the British television industry. A then-sleepy satellite of the BBC was transformed by this series' success into a major hub of British television production. Series 1 was characterised not just by its unexpected success with the British public, but also by the teething problems inherent in filming a major, special-effects-heavy series in a country that, until then, had little experience with that kind of production.
Series 1 was unusually well-received. It won the National Television Award and BAFTA for "Best Drama Series", confirming its popular and critical success. Its BAFTA nomination was the first for the series since season 15 and the first ever for the programme in an "adult" category. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first time that a series of Doctor Who had actually won a BAFTA. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper both won National Television Awards for "Favourite Actor" and "Favourite Actress". Writer Steven Moffat also began a three-year domination of the Hugo Award "Short Form Presentation" category by winning one for his The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances two-parter. John Barrowman's Jack Harkness, who was introduced in this story, would go on to have a profound impact on the shape and scope of the Doctor Who universe.
Unlike the more recent series, series 1 was produced under a partnership deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It was also the first whole series of Doctor Who to be broadcast on a national, commercial network in the United States, thanks to a late deal with the Sci-Fi Channel.
- Jackie Tyler - Camille Coduri
- Mickey Smith - Noel Clarke, Casey Dyer
- Autons - Alan Ruscoe, Paul Kasey, David Sant, Elizabeth Fost, Helen Otway
- Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 - Zoë Wanamaker
- Trinity Wells - Lachele Carl
- Harriet Jones - Penelope Wilton
- Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen - Annette Badland, Alan Ruscoe
- Adam Mitchell - Bruno Langley
- Captain Jack Harkness - John Barrowman
- Daleks - operated by Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, David Hankinson and voiced by Nicholas Briggs
- Clive Finch - Mark Benton
- Nestene Consciousness - Nicholas Briggs
- Jabe - Yasmin Bannerman
- Gwyneth - Eve Myles
- Charles Dickens - Simon Callow
- Gelth – Zoe Thorne
- Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen - David Verrey
- Toshiko Sato - Naoko Mori
- Henry van Statten - Corey Johnson
- Cathica Santini Khadeni - Christine Adams
- The Editor - Simon Pegg
- Peter Tyler - Shaun Dingwall
- Jamie - Albert Valentine
- Nancy - Florence Hoath
- Doctor Constantine - Richard Wilson
- Lynda Moss - Jo Joyner
- Rodrick - Paterson Joseph
- Controller - Martha Cope
Story formats and arc
Series 1 saw a recreation of the show's format for its episodes. Rather than spending multiple 30 minute episodes on a single story, as the classic series had grown accustomed to, Davies and the new team changed the format to loosely follow one 45 minute episode per story. They also included two-parter stories spaced over the whole series, concluding with a two-parter finale. Given the series success, the format set by series 1 has been followed nearly identically by all subsequent series to date.
Series 1 also began the use of a loose story arc to tie the series together, notably hinting towards a "big bad" the Doctor and his companions would have to learn about and overcome by the series conclusion. For series 1, it was the Bad Wolf meme, hidden throughout each episode in some way, whether mentioned in dialogue or messaged on the surface of an object, even the TARDIS.
|1||Rose||Russell T Davies||Keith Boak||First episode of the revived series. First appearances of the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler and Mickey Smith. Reintroduction of the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness. First appearance of the blue diode sonic screwdriver model.|
|2||The End of the World||Euros Lyn||First appearance of the Face of Boe and Cassandra. Introduction of the Bad Wolf meme. First mention of the Last Great Time War. Debut of the psychic paper. First time a confirmed LGBTIQ character appears in a televised story.|
|3||The Unquiet Dead||Mark Gatiss||Introduction of the Cardiff Rift.|
|4 & 5||Aliens of London / World War Three||Russell T Davies||Keith Boak||First appearance of Toshiko Sato, Harriet Jones and the Slitheen family.|
|6||Dalek||Robert Shearman||Joe Ahearne||Reintroduction of the Daleks, and first appearance of Adam Mitchell. First mention of the Doctor's part in the Time War.|
|7||The Long Game||Russell T Davies||Brian Grant||Final televised appearance of Adam Mitchell. First appearance of Satellite 5.|
|8||Father's Day||Paul Cornell||Joe Ahearne||Introduction of Pete Tyler.|
|9 & 10||The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances||Steven Moffat||James Hawes||First appearance of Jack Harkness.|
|11||Boom Town||Russell T Davies||Joe Ahearne||Reappearance of Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen.|
|12 & 13||Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways||Final regular appearance of the Ninth Doctor. First appearance of the Tenth Doctor. Last appearance of Jack Harkness as a travelling companion. First mention of Torchwood. Resolution of the Bad Wolf arc.|
Adaptations and merchandising
All episodes of series 1 were released on VHS by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment in November 2005.
All episodes of series 1 were released in 2005 in both individual volumes and in boxset form by 2|Entertain and Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment for Region 2 and in 2006 by Warner Home Video for Region 1.
|name||Number and duration
|R2 release date||R4 release date||R1 release date|
|Doctor Who: Volume 1
The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead
|3 × 45 min.||16 May 2005||17 June 2005||7 November 2006|
|Doctor Who: Volume 2
Aliens of London /
World War Three
|3 × 45 min.||13 June 2005||3 August 2005||7 November 2006|
|Doctor Who: Volume 3
The Long Game
The Empty Child/
The Doctor Dances
|4 × 45 min.||1 August 2005||31 August 2005||7 November 2006|
|Doctor Who: Volume 4
The Parting of the Ways
|3 × 45 min.||5 September 2005||6 October 2005||7 November 2006|
|Doctor Who: The Complete First Series
Disc 1: Episodes 1-3 Disc 2: Episodes 4-6 Disc 3: Episodes 7-10 Disc 4: Episodes 11-13 Disc 5: Confidentials
|13 × 45 min.||21 November 2005||8 December 2005||14 February 2006 (Canada)|
4 July 2006 (US)
Series 1 was included in the Doctor Who: Complete Series 1-7 Bluray boxset, released on November 5th, 2013 in the US and November 4th, 2013 in the UK.
In March 2017, an Amazon exclusive steelbook containing the thirteen episodes was announced.
Stories set during this season
- The Clockwise Man
- The Monster Inside
- Winner Takes All
- The Deviant Strain
- Only Human
- The Stealer of Dreams
- Weapons of Past Destruction
- The Transformed
- Official Secrets
- Slaver's Song
- Secret Agent Man
- The Bidding War
For the series, several promotional trailers were created, utilising specially shot footage of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper breaking the fourth wall and addressing viewers.
- The show's main trailer begins with an explosion rushing through a tunnel and the Doctor running. He enters the TARDIS and asks the viewer: "Do you want to come with me?" He walks around the console room, warning of the dangers that lie ahead, but promising "the trip of a lifetime." This promo uses an early arrangement of the Doctor Who theme that was replaced by a more upbeat arrangement for the series itself.
- Rose, in the console room, tells the viewer about the choice she had to make - working in a dull shop or chasing monsters. As the camera pulls back to show the Doctor standing behind her, she says, "What do you think?"
- Several short, wordless five-second "stings" were also produced. These showed close-ups of the Doctor, Rose, the two together, and the TARDIS. No series logo or title is shown, with only a snippet of the Doctor Who theme or the TARDIS sound effect to identify the programme.
- Aldridge, Mark; Murray, Andy, T is for Television: The Small Screen Adventures of Russell T Davies. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd.
- BBC investigates Doctor Who leak. BBC NEWS - Entertainment (Tuesday, 8 March, 2005). Retrieved on 2nd August 2011.
- Despite being credited as "Doctor Who" onscreen for the entirety of this series, the Ninth Doctor is credited on all episode pages on the official Doctor Who website (barring Rose) as 'The Doctor'.