After just one series of the new Doctor Who hitting the airwaves, actor Christopher Eccleston decided to leave the role and it went to David Tennant.
The Tenth Doctor
Continuing to travel with Rose Tyler, The Doctor travels to the far future and then Victorian Scotland (to house called Torchwood), before meeting up with old companion’s Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 (leaving them to battle aliens as Earths defenders), before being joined on their travels by Rose’s boyfriend Mickey Smith, the Trio eventually faces off against Cybermen from a parallel world where Mickey decides to remain. Rose and the Doctor continue to travel witnessing the coronation of Elizabeth the Second before encountering the Ood for the first time on a planet that seemingly holds the Devil himself as prisoner. The Doctor and Rose return to Earth just in time to foil a breach into their own universe by the Cybermen brought about by the alien hunting Torchwood Institute during this invasion a force of Daleks (the Cult of Skaro who had escaped the time war) also find their way to the Torchwood Institute, with the help of Mickey Smith, the Cybermen and Daleks are forced into the void between universes, but at the cost of Mickey, Rose and her mother being sent to the Parallel Earth.
The Doctor begins travelling alone, and encounters (for the first time) Donna Noble, who opts not to travel with the Doctor. He then meets Martha Jones, a Medical Student from London, the two battle the alien Judoon, travel back to Shakespeare’s London to defeat the Carianites and then head to the future to battle the Doctor’s old foes the Macra, before receiving a message from the Face of Boe, proclaiming to the Doctor “You Are Not Alone”. At this point the Doctor and Martha discover the Dalek’s in New York trying to create a Dalek Human Hybrid, which results in the death of all but one members of the Cult of Skaro. In an effort to avoid capture the Doctor rewrites his biology to become human (storing his Time Lord self in a rather unique pocket watch) and spends a month teaching at a boys school in 1913 England, upon becoming a Time Lord once more the Doctor and Martha Land in Cardiff where they are joined by none other than the now immortal Captain Jack Harkness, and end up at the end of the universe. There they discover the last survivors of humanity, amongst them a Professor Yana. The Doctor, Jack and Martha help Professor Yana get the survivors to their promised Utopia, but Martha discovers the Professor is in possession of rather unique pocket watch, upon opening the watch he regains his memories to reveal that he is in fact the Time Lord known as The Master. The Master regenerates into a younger form, steals the Doctor’s Tardis and flees to 21st century Earth Leaving Jack, Martha and the Doctor stranded and overrun. They manage to escape to Earth with the use of Jack’s Vortex Manipulator only to discover that the Master has been active on Earth for 18 months and is now the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (posing under the name Harold Saxon), The Master manages to create a distorted dystopia which he rules as dictator, before the Doctor sucessfully resets the timeline, but the Master is fatally shot and dies, the Doctor cremates him, leaving only a ring as his only legacy. Its at this point that owing to the trauma she and her family suffered at the hands of the Master, Martha opts to remain on Earth to join UNIT and Jack decides to rejoin his Torchwood team in Cardiff, bestowing on the Doctor the gift of his own hand.
The doctor then meets back up with Donna Nobel, travelling to Pompeii and the Planet of the Ood before defeating the Sontaran’s on Earth. The Doctor and Donna then travel to the library planet where the Doctor meets a woman called River Song, who seems to know him, but The Doctor has no idea where from, or when. The Doctor and Donna then learn that Rose Tyler is coming back to their Earth, but this heralds with it the arrival of the Daleks who capture the earth and 26 other planets. During the course of which Sarah Jane Smith, Torchwood, Rose Tyler and Martha Jones work together to bring the Doctor to Earth, Upon arriving though the Doctor is shot by a Dalek, but instead of regenerating the Doctor heals himself and dumps the regeneration energy into his handy spare hand (costing him a regeneration in the process) This hand later grows into a second (although half human) Doctor, who passes on his mind to Donna. The Two Doctors, Donna, Captain Jack, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose, her mother, Mickey Smith and Martha all join forces to defeat the Dalek’s now being helped by none other than Davros, their own creator. The Doctor returns Jack, Sarah Jane, Martha and Mickey to Earth, before returning Rose and Her Mother to the Parallel world where she stays with the Half Human Doctor. The Doctor and Donna return to their universe, where the Doctor then wipes Donna’s mind (owing to the strain of absorbing a Time Lord consciousness) and returns here to her mother and grandfather Wilfred.
The Doctor then opts to travel alone, battling the Cybermen in Victorian England, before defeating a planet eating swarm at Easter, and then goes on to the first human expedition to Mars, where the human colonists fall victim to a martian plague. The Doctor tries to change time which results in a woman’s suicide, mortified the Doctor is then summoned to the planet of the Ood, stopping in Elizabethan England along the way, The Ood show the Doctor that the Master has returned and will be instrumental in bringing back the Time Lords. The Doctor heads straight to earth to stop The Master, whose physical form is not stable, but gives the Master control of electricity, battles the Doctor, but is captured by human agents. The Doctor, working with Wilfred (Donna’s Grandfather) tracks down the Master, where he then manages to open a gateway to a timelocked Gallifrey. The Time Lord President Rassilon reveals that he is responsible for the Master’s madness (as a means of escaping the Time War) and begins a Nuclear reaction that will wipe out the Universe, so that the Time Lords may ascend as beings of pure intellect. The Time Lords plan is foiled by the Master, whom they would not have allowed to ascend owing to the madness they inflicted upon him, The Master sacrifices himself in order to trap the Time Lords back within the Time War. In order to safe Wilfred from the dangerous radiation build up the Doctor absorbs the harmful radiation, triggering his regeneration into the 11th Doctor.
Stand Out Stories
- The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit- It was a really cool premise, and one of the first, and only times, Doctor Who has ever really looked at the whole good and evil aspect of religion.
- Utopia/ The Sound of Drums/ The Last Of The Time Lords- It introduced John Simm as the Master and lent something fantastic to the new series, which was both evil, and at the same time wasn’t afraid to be a little bit silly with the whole notion of it.
- The Waters of Mars- This one of those times that we get to see the dark side of The Doctor, this is a Doctor unfettered by convention, rules and regulation and really corrupts the image of who he is, it shows him as the real lord of time, a man answerable to no one, except himself, and it takes that all away from him in an instant.
- The End of Time- Possibly the finest episode of the entire revamped series, it shows the origins of the Master and The Doctor and how these one time friends can look at the same thing and see something completely different, but at the same time, it shows that even after everything, these two Time Lord’s still deeply care for each other, and probably always will.
- Planet of The Dead- The story itself wasn’t bad, I just think it was Lee Evans who put me off. Also The Idea of an Easter Special just seems a little bit on the weird side as well.
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