Tardis

New to Doctor Who or returning after a break? Check out our guides designed to help you find your way!

READ MORE

Tardis
Advertisement
Tardis
RealWorld

You may wish to consult Series 2 for other, similarly-named pages.

Series 2 of Doctor Who ran from 18 November 2005 to 8 July 2006 . It starred David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler and Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith. The regular series was preceded by The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005)., opened with New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). and concluded with Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006)..

Overview[]

It consisted of twelve stories and fifteen episodes. It was David Tennant's first full series as the Tenth Doctor, wrote out Billie Piper's Rose Tyler and briefly introduced the character of Donna Noble. Significantly, series 2 also served as a mild advertisement for the then-forthcoming Torchwood television series, since its main story arc established the origins of the Torchwood Institute.

Unlike series 1, the main production team did not feature Mal Young. Instead, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner carried on as executive producers and Phil Collinson continued in his role as the main producer — an arrangement that persisted through to series 4's Journey's End [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)..

Everything from the 2005 Children in Need Special to Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). was a part of the series 2 production block — though the "regular season" is typically characterised as the stories from New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). to Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006)..

Production[]

The main story arc for the season was the Torchwood Institute, referenced only twice previously, which served to lead up to the final episodes as well as the Torchwood spinoff series. A secondary arc dealt with the development of the love story between Rose and the Doctor. Series 2 saw the return of the Cybermen to television and the return of companions Sarah Jane Smith and K9. Both were last seen (notwithstanding independent, fan-made productions) in 1983; their successful return sparked the commissioning of a second spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, for CBBC. The series 2 finale saw the introduction of Donna Noble.

This was the first series to feature a "Doctor-lite" episode. These were episodes in which the Doctor (and, usually, his companion) only appears in one or two scenes, with the story carried by new, supporting characters. This allowed David Tennant to film two episodes at the same time, and let the production team speed up the filming schedule. Love & Monsters [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). was the first episode to use this innovation, though it did not receive the same level of acclaim as later Doctor-lite episodes such as Blink [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow (Steven Moffat), Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007). and Turn Left [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)..

Each episode (not counting the specials) was accompanied by a short teaser "Tardisode" which was only viewable on the Internet; this experiment was not repeated for succeeding seasons, though several online prequels would once again be produced for series 6; the Tardisodes were the first BBC-filmed Doctor Who productions since TV: Mission to the Unknown in which neither the Doctor nor a companion appeared (with the exception of the Tardisode for TV: School Reunion [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). which featured Mickey Smith).

Cast[]

Recurring[]

Guest[]

Television stories[]

Mini-episode[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Children in Need Special Russell T Davies Euros Lyn No official title given for mini-episode, though sometimes referred to as "Born Again"[1][2].

Christmas special[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005). Russell T Davies James Hawes First encounter with the Torchwood Institute's operations.

Regular season[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Tardisode Notes
1 New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Russell T Davies James Hawes 1 First episode set off of Earth. First appearance of New Earth and Hame. First mention of the Face of Boe's secret. Final appearance of Cassandra.
2 Tooth and Claw [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Euros Lyn 2 Founding of Torchwood.
3 School Reunion [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Toby Whithouse James Hawes 3 Reintroduction of Sarah Jane Smith. Final appearance of K9 Mark III and first appearance of K9 Mark IV. Mickey Smith joins the TARDIS crew.
4 The Girl in the Fireplace [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Steven Moffat Euros Lyn 4
5 & 6 Rise of the Cybermen [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). / The Age of Steel [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Tom MacRae Graeme Harper 5 & 6 Introduction to Pete's World. First appearance of the Cybus Industries Cybermen. Final appearance of Mickey Smith as a travelling companion.
7 The Idiot's Lantern [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Mark Gatiss Euros Lyn 7 First appearance of the recurring Magpie Electricals brand.
8 & 9 The Impossible Planet [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). / The Satan Pit [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Matt Jones James Strong 8 & 9 First appearance of the Ood.
10 Love & Monsters [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Russell T Davies Dan Zeff 10 First official Doctor-lite episode.
11 Fear Her [+]Matthew Graham, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Matthew Graham Euros Lyn 11
12 & 13 Army of Ghosts [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). / Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). Russell T Davies Graeme Harper 12 &13 Final regular appearances of Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler. Formal introduction of Torchwood. Destruction of Torchwood One and resolution of the Torchwood arc. First appearances of the Cult of Skaro and Donna Noble. Freema Agyeman's first acting appearance in the show.

Adaptations and merchandising[]

Home media[]

VHS[]

This section's awfully stubby.

This section needs images and possibly a table added.

All episodes of Series 2 including the Born Again [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who (BBC One, 2005). and The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005). were released in July 2006 by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

DVD[]

This section's awfully stubby.

This section need images added.

All episodes of Series 2 were released in 2006 in both individual volumes and in box set form by 2|Entertain for Regions 2 and 4, and by Warner Home Video for Region 1.

In 2014 the series was re-released on DVD in the US, split into two volumes labelled "Part One" and "Part Two" respectively, mimicking the home video release of Series 6 and 7. This release is missing much of the bonus content seen on the previous box set. Re-packaged versions of the complete series were also made available.

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 1
The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005).
New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
1 x 60 min.
1 × 45 min.
1 May 2006 20 July 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 2
Tooth and Claw [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
School Reunion [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Girl in the Fireplace [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
3 × 45 min. 5 June 2006 17 August 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 3
Rise of the Cybermen [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
The Age of Steel [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Idiot's Lantern [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
3 × 45 min. 10 July 2006 10 September 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 4
The Impossible Planet [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
The Satan Pit [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Love & Monsters [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
3 × 45 min. 7 August 2006 5 October 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 5
Fear Her [+]Matthew Graham, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Army of Ghosts [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
3 × 45 min. 25 September 2006 2 November 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series 1 x 60 min.
13 × 45 min.
20 November 2006 6 December 2006 16 January 2007 (US)
6 February 2007 (Canada)
Doctor Who: Series Two, Part One
The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005).
New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Tooth and Claw [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
School Reunion [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Girl in the Fireplace [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Rise of the Cybermen [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
The Age of Steel [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Making of Doctor Who Series 2, Part 1
1 x 60 min.
6 x 45 min.
1 x 20 min.
8 April 2014 TBA 8 April 2014
Doctor Who: Series Two, Part Two
The Idiot's Lantern [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Impossible Planet [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
The Satan Pit [+]Matt Jones, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Love & Monsters [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Fear Her [+]Matthew Graham, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
Army of Ghosts [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006). /
Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).
The Making of Doctor Who Series 2, Part 2
7 × 45 min.
1 x 20 min.
13 May 2014 TBA 13 May 2014

Blu-ray[]

This section's awfully stubby.

This section need to have images added and possibly a table.

Series 2 was included in the Doctor Who: Complete Series 1-7 Blu-ray boxset, released on 4 November, 2013 in the UK and 5 November, 2013 in the US. In 2015, Series 1-4 were reissued on Blu-ray individually.

Series 2 was upscaled to HD along with Series 1, 3 and 4 and released on 21 November 2023 in a limited edition Blu-ray box set containing every "New Who" series up to Series 13[3] or in a seperate box set containing only the first four upscaled series on 27 November 2023.[4][5]

Stories set before this series[]

Sarah Jane Smith[]

Main article: Sarah Jane Smith (audio series)

Stories set during this series[]

Novels[]

Audio stories[]

Promotional trailer[]

  • A trailer using specially shot footage of the Doctor was created to promote the new season.

External links[]

Advertisement