Doctor Who (series 1)

Doctor Who (series 1)
Doctor Who series 1
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Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 13
Original channel BBC One
Original run 26 March 2005 (2005-03-26) – 18 June 2005 (2005-06-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 4 July 2006 (2006-07-04)[1]
Region 2 21 November 2005 (2005-11-21)
Region 4 8 December 2005 (2005-12-08)
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The first series of British science fiction series Doctor Who began on 26 March 2005 with the episode "Rose", which marked the end of the programme's 16-year absence from episodic television following its cancellation in 1989, and aired its finale episode "The Parting of the Ways" on 18 June 2005. The show was revived by long time Doctor Who fan Russell T Davies, who had been lobbying the BBC since the late-90s to bring the show back. The first series comprised 13 episodes, eight of which Davies wrote. Davies, Julie Gardner and Mal Young served as executive producers, Phil Collinson as producer.

The show depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric Time Lord known as The Doctor who travels through time and space in his time machine, the TARDIS, which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and saves civilizations, helping people and righting wrongs. The first series features Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor, marking it his first and only series playing The Doctor. Billie Piper as his first and main companion Rose Tyler, whom he plucks from obscurity on the planet Earth and to whom he grows increasingly attached. He also travels briefly with unruly boy-genius Adam Mitchell, played by Bruno Langley, and with 51st-century con man and former 'Time Agent' Captain Jack Harkness, portrayed by John Barrowman. The episodes in series one adopt a loose story arc, "Bad Wolf" is a recurring phrase which first appeared in "The End of the World", and then grew in prominence. The Doctor and Rose first realised the phrase had been following them around in "Boom Town", and these occurrences are recounted in the episode "Bad Wolf". The meaning of the phrase is ultimately explained in "The Parting of the Ways", where it was revealed to be a message spread by Rose throughout time after infusing herself with the power at the heart of the TARDIS. The phrase reappears in later episodes of the programme, usually in relation to Rose.

The series premiere was watched by 10.81 million viewers and four days after the premiere aired Doctor Who was renewed for a Christmas Special as well as a second series. Series one was well received by both critics and fans, it won for the first time in Doctor Who's history a prestigious BAFTA Award. Most surprising was the approval from Michael Grade, who had previously forced an 18-month hiatus on the show in 1985, and has postponed Doctor Who out of personal dislike on several occasions. The show's popularity ultimately led to a resurgence in family-oriented Saturday night drama.


List of episodes

Story No. Episode Title Directed by Written by UK viewers[2]
AI[3] Original air date Production
157 1 "Rose" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 10.81 81 26 March 2005 (2005-03-26) 1.1
Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt! 
158 2 "The End of the World" Euros Lyn Russell T Davies 7.97 79 2 April 2005 (2005-04-02) 1.2
The Doctor takes Rose on her first trip through time to the year five billion, where they join a group of alien delegates preparing to watch the Earth being consumed by the sun. But there's a traitor on board who's plotting to kill them all. 
159 3 "The Unquiet Dead" Euros Lyn Mark Gatiss 8.86 80 9 April 2005 (2005-04-09) 1.3
The Doctor has great expectations for his latest adventure when he and Rose join forces with Charles Dickens to investigate a mysterious plague of zombies. 
160a 4 "Aliens of London" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 7.63 81 16 April 2005 (2005-04-16) 1.4
The Doctor returns Rose to her own time - well, sort of - but her family reunion is ruined when a spaceship crashes in the middle of London. What is the origin of the spaceship, and where has the Prime Minister gone in this time of crisis? 
160b 5 "World War Three" Keith Boak Russell T Davies 7.98 82 23 April 2005 (2005-04-23) 1.5
The fiendish Slitheen have been unmasked as the ones who crashed the spaceship into London as part of a ruse to trigger World War Three. But how can The Doctor save the planet when he's trapped inside a locked room? 
161 6 "Dalek" Joe Ahearne Robert Shearman 8.63 84 30 April 2005 (2005-04-30) 1.6
The TARDIS is drawn off course by a signal, Rose and The Doctor end up near Salt Lake City, Utah in 2012, in an underground bunker owned by Henry van Statten, a rich collector of alien artefacts. The Doctor encounters his one living exhibit which the Doctor is horrified to discover is a Dalek that survived the Time War, the last survivor of a race of genetically manipulated mutants bound on purging the universe of all non-Dalek life and The Doctor's greatest enemy. 
162 7 "The Long Game" Brian Grant Russell T Davies 8.01 81 7 May 2005 (2005-05-07) 1.7
The Doctor and Rose arrive in the year 200,000 to see The Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. But something has gone wrong - someone is holding back the development of mankind. Who could have done this? And why? 
163 8 "Father's Day" Joe Ahearne Paul Cornell 8.06 83 14 May 2005 (2005-05-14) 1.8
The Doctor takes Rose back to the day her father died, but when she tries to save him she creates a paradox that damages time and space. As the universe starts to come apart, the monstrous Reapers - creatures that feed on time distortions - begin to consume the Earth. And this time The Doctor might not be able to save the day! 
164a 9 "The Empty Child" James Hawes Steven Moffat 7.11 84 21 May 2005 (2005-05-21) 1.9
The emergency signal from an out-of-control timeship lands the Doctor and Rose in the middle of London in World War II. As Rose grows close to a mysterious American named Jack, The Doctor pursues a ghostly, deformed child through the fog. 
164b 10 "The Doctor Dances" James Hawes Steven Moffat 6.86 85 28 May 2005 (2005-05-28) 1.10
Albion Hospital is overrun with the Empty Child's zombified victims. Worse, The Doctor, Rose and Jack are trapped in there with them. Their only chance of stopping the Child lies in a crater outside the hospital - but they have only minutes before German bombs destroy it! 
165 11 "Boom Town" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 7.68 82 4 June 2005 (2005-06-04) 1.11
Stopping off in present-day Cardiff to recharge the TARDIS, The Doctor, Rose and Jack encounter an old foe in the midst of hatching a scheme that could tear apart the entire planet. 
166a 12 "Bad Wolf" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 6.81 85 11 June 2005 (2005-06-11) 1.12
Jack, The Doctor and Rose have been kidnapped and forced to play terrible and deadly games. But what happens to the bodies of the murdered contestants? And what sinister plot do the games hide? 
166b 13 "The Parting of the Ways" Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 6.91 89 18 June 2005 (2005-06-18) 1.13
The Dalek fleet is poised to destroy the Earth and only The Doctor, Rose, and Jack can stop them. But will it mean the death of the Doctor? 


Main cast

The production team was tasked with finding a suitable actor for the role of the Doctor. Most notably, they approached seminal film stars Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson for the role. By the time Young had suggested actor Christopher Eccleston to Davies, Eccleston was one of only three left in the running for the role: the other two candidates are rumoured in the industry to have been Alan Davies and Bill Nighy.[4] His involvement in the programme was announced on 20 March 2004 following months of speculation.[5] In the April 2004 issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Davies announced that Eccleston's Doctor would indeed be the Ninth Doctor, relegating Grant's Shalka Doctor to non-official status. Russell T Davies revealed that Eccleston asked for the role in an e-mail.[6]

Eccleston's intent to leave was revealed on 30 March 2005, shortly after the broadcast of the first episode. Series one was Christopher Eccleston's first and only series in the role of The Doctor. The BBC released a statement, attributed to Eccleston, saying that he had decided to leave because he feared becoming typecast. On the 4 April, the BBC revealed that Eccleston's "statement" was falsely attributed and released without his consent. The BBC admitted that they had broken an agreement made in January not to disclose publicly that he only intended to do one season.[7] In a 2010 interview, Eccleston revealed that he left the show because he "didn't enjoy the environment and the culture that [they], the cast and crew, had to work in", but that he was proud of having played the role.[8][9] Eccleston's contract was for a single year because at the time it was uncertain whether the show would continue beyond a single revival series.[10]

A woman in late 20s with blonde hair and brown eyes, smiling, wearing a white T-shirt, a black tank top and a pink scarf.
Billie Piper, who portrays Rose Tyler, was welcomed by fans.

After the announcement that the show would be returning, the BBC revealed the name of the new companion, Rose Tyler, on 28 March 2004. It was announced at the same time that former pop star Billie Piper was being considered for the role.[11] Piper was announced as portraying Rose Tyler on 24 May,[12][13] a character which fulfilled the role of permanent companion during the series, and was welcomed by fans of the show.[14] Actress Georgia Moffett, daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison and who would later appear as the title role in the series 4 episode "The Doctor's Daughter", also auditioned for the role.[15][unreliable source?] The original conception of Tyler was slightly different. Paul Abbott was scheduled to write an episode for series one which would have revealed that Rose's entire life had been manipulated by the Doctor in order to mould her into an ideal companion. Davies eventually wrote "Boom Town" to replace it when Abbott, after months of development, realised he was too busy to work on the script.[16][17]

Recurring and guest cast

The character of Adam Mitchell was first conceived, along with Henry van Statten, during Davies' pitch to the BBC, in a story heavily based on Robert Shearman's audio play Jubilee called "Return of the Daleks". The production team had always intended for Adam to join the TARDIS after Rose developed a liking for him. To play this role, Bruno Langley was chosen, mostly for his role on Coronation Street as Todd Grimshaw. It was never intended for Adam to be a long-term companion, Davies wanted to show that not everyone is suitable to join the TARDIS crew and dubbed him "The Companion That Couldn't", he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion".[18]

John Barrowman appears as Captain Jack Harkness a character introduced in "The Empty Child" where he joined the TARDIS crew for the final five episodes of the series. In naming the character Davies drew inspiration from the Marvel Comics character Agatha Harkness.[19] Jack's appearances were conceived with the intention of forming a character arc in which Jack is transformed from a coward to a hero,[20] and Barrowman consciously minded this in his portrayal of the character.[21] Following on that arc, the character's debut episode would leave his morality as ambiguous, publicity materials asking, "is he a force for good or ill?"[22] Barrowman himself was a key factor in the conception of Captain Jack. Barrowman says that at the time of his initial casting, Davies and co-executive producer, Julie Gardner had explained to him that they "basically wrote the character around [John]".[23] Davies had singled out Barrowman for the part. On meeting him, Barrowman tried out the character using his native Scottish accent, his normal American accent, and an English accent; Davies decided it "made it bigger if it was an American accent".[24] Barrowman recounts Davies as having been searching for an actor with a "matinée idol [quality]", telling him that "the only one in the whole of Britain who could do it was you".[23]

David Tennant had been offered the role of the Doctor when he was watching a pre-transmission copy of Casanova with Davies and Gardner. Tennant initially believed the offer was a joke, but after he realised they were serious, he accepted the role and first appeared in the series finale "The Parting of the Ways".[25][26] Eccleston's replacement, Tennant, was announced on 16 April 2005.[27]

Other recurring characters for the series included Camille Coduri as Rose's mother Jackie Tyler, and Noel Clarke as Rose's boyfriend Mickey Smith.

Other actors included Mark Benton, Zoë Wanamaker, Simon Callow, Eve Myles, Penelope Wilton, Annette Badland, Matt Baker, Andrew Marr, Corey Johnson, Simon Pegg, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Tamsin Greig, Florence Hoath, Richard Wilson, Jo Joyner, Davina McCall, Paterson Joseph, Anne Robinson, Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine and Shaun Dingwall as Rose's father Pete Tyler.



During the late-90s, Davies, a life-long Doctor Who fan, lobbied the BBC to revive the show from its hiatus and reached the discussion stages in late 1998 and early 2002.[28] His proposals would update the show to be better suited for a 21st-century audience, including the transition from videotape to film, doubling the length of each episode from twenty-five minutes to fifty, keeping the Doctor primarily on Earth in the style of the Third Doctor UNIT episodes, and removing "excess baggage" such as Gallifrey and the Time Lords.[28] His pitch competed against three others: Dan Freedman's fantasy retelling, Matthew Graham's Gothic-styled pitch, and Mark Gatiss' reboot, which would make the Doctor the audience surrogate character, instead of his companions.[29]

In August 2003, the BBC had resolved the issues regarding production rights that had surfaced as a result of the jointly produced Universal Studios–BBC–Fox 1996 Doctor Who film, leading the Controller of BBC One Lorraine Heggessey and Controller of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter to approach Gardner and Davies to create a revival of the series to air in a primetime slot on Saturday nights, as part of the BBC's plan to devolve production to its regional bases. By mid-September, they accepted the deal to produce the series alongside Casanova.[30]

We were told that bringing it back would be impossible, that we would never capture this generation of children. But we did it.

Russell T Davies, 2006 BAFTAs[31]

Following Scream of the Shalka, an animated episode which was shown on the Doctor Who website, the 'real' return of Doctor Who was announced on 26 September 2003 in a press release from the BBC.[32]

Davies voluntarily wrote a pitch for Doctor Who, this was the first time he did. Davis regularly opted to outline concepts of shows to commissioning executives and offer to write the pilot episode, because he felt that a pitch made him "feel like [he's] killing the work".[33] The fifteen-page pitch outlined a Doctor who was "your best friend; someone you want to be with all the time", the eighteen-year-old Rose Tyler as a "perfect match" for the new Doctor, avoidance of the forty-year back story "except for the good bits", the retention of the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver, and Daleks, removal of the Time Lords, and a greater focus on humanity.[33] His pitch was submitted for the first production meeting in December 2003, with a series of thirteen episodes obtained by pressure from BBC Worldwide and a workable budget from Julie Gardner.[33]

By early 2004, the show had settled into a regular production cycle. Davies, Gardner, and BBC Controller of Drama Mal Young took posts as executive producers, although Young vacated the role at the end of the series. Phil Collinson, an old colleague from Granada, took the role of producer.[34] Keith Boak, Euros Lyn, Joe Ahearne, Brian Grant and James Hawes directed the series. Davies' official role as head writer and executive producer, or "showrunner", consisted of laying a skeletal plot for the entire series, holding "tone meetings" to correctly identify the tone of an episode, often being described in one word—for example, the "tone word" for Moffat's "The Empty Child" was "romantic"—and overseeing all aspects of production.[34] During early production the word "Torchwood", an anagram of "Doctor Who", was used as a title ruse for the series while filming its first few episodes and on the daily rushes to ensure they were not intercepted.[35] The word "Torchwood" was later seeded in Doctor Who and became the name of the spin-off series Torchwood.


A bespectacled man in a black jacket, waistcoat, and tie, pink shirt, and jeans, sitting with his back to a marble-effect wall.
Russell T Davies tried to revive the show since the late-90s and wrote the stories for eight of the 13 episode in the first series.

Davies was assigned as head writer and executive producer for the series. The first series of Doctor Who featured eight scripts by Davies, the remainder being allocated to experienced drama writers and previous writers for the show's ancillary releases:[36] Steven Moffat penned a two-episode story, while Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, and Paul Cornell each wrote one script.[36] Davies also approached his old friend Paul Abbott and Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling to write for the series, but both declined due to existing commitments.[36] Shortly after securing writers for the show, Davies stated that he had no intention to approach writers for the old series; the only writer he would have wished to work with was Robert Holmes, who died in May 1986,[36] halfway through writing his contribution to The Trial of a Time Lord.[37]

Elwen Rowlands and Helen Raynor served as script editors for series one. They were hired simultaneous, marking the first time Doctor Who had female script editors. Rowlands left after the first series for Life on Mars.[38] Compared to the original series the role of the script editors was significantly diminished, with the head writer taking most of those responsibilities. Unlike the original series they do not have the power to commission scripts. Instead, they act as liaisons between the production staff and the screenwriter, before passing their joint work to the head writer for a "final polish". Raynor said that the job is not a creative one, "you are a part of it, but you aren't driving it."[38]

Under producer Davies, the new series had a faster pace than those of the classic series. Rather than four- to six-part serials of 25-minute episodes, most of the Ninth Doctor's stories consisted of individual 45-minute episodes, with only three stories out of ten being two-parters. The thirteen episodes were, however, loosely connected in a series-long story arc which brought their disparate threads together in the series finale. Davies took cues from American fantasy television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, most notably Buffy's concepts of series-long story arcs and the "Big Bad".[39] Also, like the original series, stories often flowed directly into one another or were linked together in some way. Notably, in common only with seasons 7 and 26 of the original series, every story of the season takes place on or near Earth. This fact is directly addressed in the original novel The Monsters Inside, in which Rose and the Doctor joke about the fact that all their adventures to date have taken place on Earth or on neighbouring space stations.

The stories of series one varied quite significantly in tone, with the production team showcasing the various genres inhabited by Doctor Who over the years. Examples include the "pseudo-historical" story "The Unquiet Dead"; the far-future whodunnit of "The End of the World"; Earthbound alien invasion stories in "Rose" and "Aliens of London"/"World War Three"; "base under siege" in "Dalek" and horror in "The Empty Child". Even the spin-off media were represented, with "Dalek" taking elements from writer Rob Shearman's own audio play Jubilee and the emotional content of Paul Cornell's "Father's Day" drawing on the tone of Cornell's novels in the Virgin New Adventures line. Davies had asked both Shearman and Cornell to write their scripts with those respective styles in mind. The episode "Boom Town" included a reference to the novel The Monsters Inside, becoming the first episode to acknowledge (albeit in a subtle way) spin-off fiction.

Production blocks

Block[40] Title Directed by Written by Code
1 "Rose"
"Aliens of London"
"World War Three"
Keith Boak Russell T Davies 1.1
2 "The End of the World"
"The Unquiet Dead"
Euros Lyn Russell T Davies
Mark Gatiss
3 "Dalek"
"Father's Day"
Joe Ahearne Robert Shearman
Paul Cornell
4 "The Long Game" Brian Grant Russell T Davies 1.7
5 "The Empty Child"
"The Doctor Dances"
James Hawes Steven Moffat 1.9
6 "Boom Town"
"Bad Wolf"
"The Parting of the Ways"
Joe Ahearne Russell T Davies 1.11


Principal photography for the series began on 18 July 2004 on location in Cardiff for "Rose".[41] The series was filmed across South East Wales, most of which in or around Cardiff.[42] The start of filming created stress among the production team because of unseen circumstances: several scenes from the first block had to be re-shot because the original footage was unusable; the Slitheen prosthetics for "Aliens of London", "World War Three", and "Boom Town" were noticeably different from their computer-generated counterparts; and, most notably, the BBC came to a gridlock with the Terry Nation estate to secure the Daleks for the sixth episode of the series, to be written by Rob Shearman.[43] After the first production block, which he described as "hitting a brick wall", the show's production was markedly eased as the crew familiarised themselves.[43] Filming concluded on 23 March 2005.[44] David Tennant who was cast as Eccleston's replacement,[27] recorded his appearance at the end of "The Parting of the Ways" on 21 April.[44]



A geometrical symmetric lens shape with the words Doctor Who in all-caps flying trough green and red wormhole effect.
The title card for series 1 of Doctor Who features the new logo, which some fans disliked so much they sent hate mail to the production team.

The new logo and trailers were posted on the BBC website. A media blitz including billboards and posters across the UK started early March 2005. Television trailers started showing up on 5 March and radio advertisements started two weeks before the series premier and ran till the second episode aired. The official Doctor Who website was launched with exclusive content such as games and new Ninth Doctor information.[45]


A rough cut of the premiere was leaked onto the internet three weeks before the scheduled series premiere.[6][46] This attracted much media attention and discussion amongst fans, and caused interest in the show to skyrocket.[47] The BBC released a statement that the source of the leak appears to be connected to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which responded by stating that they "are looking into it. That's all I can say at this point because we don't know exactly what happened. It certainly wasn't done intentionally."[46] Asa Bailey, founder of the Viral Advertising Association, said that the BBC hired them for viral marketing strategies, and that he told "them they should release things before their time", to create a "cool factor". Both the BBC and CBC denied any involvement, but Bailey believes that to be disingenuous, saying that it is "the best viral advert they could have done".[47] The leak was ultimately traced to a third party company in Canada which had a legitimate preview copy. The employee responsible was fired by the company.[48]


"Rose" finally saw transmission on schedule on 26 March at 7 pm on BBC One, the first regular episode of Doctor Who for over 15 years. To complement the series, BBC Wales also produced Doctor Who Confidential, a 13-part documentary series with each episode broadcast on BBC Three immediately after the end of the weekly instalment on BBC One. The series aired for 13 consecutive weeks, airing its finale episode, "The Parting of the Ways", on 18 June 2005. Davies had requested that the two first episodes were broadcast back-to-back, but the request was given to the BBC just two weeks before transmission, at which point everything was already set.[49] In some regions, the first few minutes of the original BBC broadcast of "Rose" on March 26 were marred by the accidental mixing of a few seconds of sound from Graham Norton hosting Strictly Dance Fever.[50]

The Sci Fi Channel originally passed on the new series as it found it lacking and believed it did not fit in its schedule,[45] but the network later changed its mind. After it was announced that the first series would start in March 2006, Sci Fi Channel Executive Vice President Thomas Vitale called Doctor Who "a true sci-fi classic", with creative storytelling and colorful history, and was excited to add it to its line up. The network also took an option on the second series. Candace Carlisle from BBC Worldwide found The Sci Fi Channel the perfect home for Doctor Who.[51] Doctor Who finally debuted in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel on 17 March 2006 with the first two episodes airing back-to-back, one year after the Canadian and UK showings.[49][52] The series concluded its initial U.S. broadcast on 9 June 2006.[53]


Critical reception

In April 2004, Michael Grade returned to the BBC, this time as the Chairman of the Board of Governors, although this position does not involve any commissioning or editorial responsibilities.[54] Although he was quoted as being generally indifferent to the new series,[citation needed] he eventually wrote an e-mail to the Director-General of the BBC Mark Thompson in June 2005, after the successful new first series, voicing approval for its popularity. He also declared, "I never dreamed I would ever write this. I must be going soft!"[55]

However, not everyone was pleased with the new production. Some fans criticised the new logo and perceived changes to the TARDIS model. According to various news sources, members of the production team even received hate mail and death threats.[56][57]

The series received critical acclaim.[51]


"Rose" received average overnight ratings of 9.9 million viewers, peaking at 10.5 million, respectively 43.2% and 44.3% of all viewers at that time. The final figure for the episode, including video recordings watched within a week of transmission, was 10.81 million, making it the third highest for BBC One that week and seventh across all channels. The pilot episode was the highest rated episode of the first series.[50][58] The penultimate episode, "Bad Wolf", received the lowest viewers of the series with just 6.81 million viewers.[2] The series also garners the highest audience Appreciation Index of any non-soap drama on television.[59] Besides the second episode, "The End of the World", which garnered a 79% rating, the lowest of the series, all episodes received an AI above 80%. The series finale "The Parting of the Ways" was the highest rated episode with an AI of 89%.[3] The success of the launch saw the BBC's Head of Drama Jane Tranter confirming on 30 March that the series would return both for a Christmas Special in December 2005 and a full second series in 2006.[60]

The initial Sci Fi Channel broadcasts of series one attained an average Nielsen Rating of 1.3, representing 1.5 million viewers in total.[53] Although these ratings were less than those reached by Sci Fi's original series Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, they reflect a 44% increase in ratings and a 56% increase in viewership over the same timeslot in the second quarter of 2005, as well as increases of 56% and 57% in two key demographics.[53][61]

Awards and nominations

  • The BAFTA nominations, released on 27 March 2006, revealed that Doctor Who had been shortlisted in the "Drama Series" category. This is the highest-profile and most prestigious British television award for which the series has ever been nominated. Doctor Who was also nominated in several other categories in the BAFTA Craft Awards, including Writer (Russell T Davies), Director (Joe Ahearne), and Break-through Talent (production designer Edward Thomas). However, it did not win any of its categories at the Craft Awards.[citation needed]
  • On 22 April 2006, the programme won five categories (out of fourteen nominations) at the lower-profile BAFTA Cymru awards, given to programmes made in Wales. It won Best Drama Series, Drama Director (James Hawes), Costume, Make-up and Photography Direction. Russell T Davies also won the Siân Phillips Award for Outstanding Contribution to Network Television.[62]
  • On 7 May 2006, the winners of the British Academy Television Awards were announced, and Doctor Who won both of the categories it was nominated for, the Best Drama Series and audience-voted Pioneer Award. Russell T Davies also won the Dennis Potter Award for Outstanding Writing for Television.[63] It is the only series in the show's history to win a BAFTA.
  • In 2005, at the National Television Awards, Doctor Who won "Most Popular Drama", Christopher Eccleston won "Most Popular Actor" and Billie Piper won "Most Popular Actress".[64]
  • Several episodes of the 2005 series of Doctor Who were nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: "Dalek", "Father's Day" and the double episode "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances". At a ceremony at the Worldcon (L.A. Con IV) in Los Angeles on 27 August 2006, the Hugo was awarded to "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances".[65] "Dalek" and "Father's Day" came in second and third places respectively.[66]
  • A scene from "The Doctor Dances" won "Golden Moment" in the BBC's "2005 TV Moments" awards.[67]
  • Doctor Who dominated all the categories in's online "Best of Drama" poll in both 2005. Eccleston for Best Actor with 59.42%,[68] Piper for Best Actress with a voting of 59.76%,[69] plus she won the Most Desirable Star with 26.47%.[70] 71.17% made the Doctor Who website the Best Drama Website.[71] With an excellent 8.63% the 1st Favourite Moment is when the Daleks returned in "Dalek".[72] Best Villain was won by all the Daleks with a voting of 46.40%.[73]
  • The programme also won the Broadcast Magazine Award for Best Drama.[74]
  • Eccleston was awarded the TV Quick and TV Choice award for Best Actor in 2005.[75]
  • Doctor Who was nominated in the Best Drama Series category at the 2006 Royal Television Society awards,[76] but lost to BBC Three's medical drama Bodies.[77]
  • Doctor Who also received several nominations for the 2006 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards: the programme for Best Drama, Eccleston for Best Actor (David Tennant was also nominated for Secret Smile), Piper for Best Actress and Davies for Best Writer. However, it did not win any of these categories.[78]


Selected pieces of score from this series (alongside material from Series 2 and "The Runaway Bride"), as composed by Murray Gold, were released on 4 December 2006 by Silva Screen Records


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