The Tenth Doctor (2005-2010)
Specials (2005) Specials (2005): A New And Glorious Morn
A Doctor Who Christmas special is broadcast for the first time.

Specials (2007): Golden Days Of Yore
First appearances of Astrid and Wilf.
Specials (2007)
Season Twenty-Eight (2006) Season Twenty-Eight (2006): Lonely Gods
First appearances of the Torchwood Institute, the parallel-universe Cybermen and the Ood.
Season Thirty (2008): Lost Horizons
First appearances of River Song and Jenny, the Doctor's daughter.
Season Thirty (2008)
Special (2006) Special (2006): A Spaceman Came Travelling
First appearance of Donna.
Specials (2008-10): Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
First appearances of Jackson, Christina and Adelaide.
Specials (2008-10)
Season Twenty-Nine (2007) Season Twenty-Nine (2007): The Measure Of A Man
First appearances of Martha, the resurrected Master, the Judoon and the Weeping Angels.

Specials (2005): A New And Glorious Morn

The Doctor
The Tenth Doctor

David Tennant played the Doctor from The Parting Of The Ways in June 2005 to The End Of Time in January 2010. He returned for The Day Of The Doctor in November 2013. He also appeared in The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith, part of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Production Team

With his departure from the BBC, Mal Young also stepped down from his post as one of Doctor Who's executive producers; he was not replaced.

The Stories
Children In Need Special (2005)
Children In Need Special (2005) by Russell T Davies, directed by Euros Lyn
Rose confronts the stranger who claims to be the Doctor. But even as the man tries to convince her of his true identity, something appears to have gone badly wrong with the change he's just experienced.
The Christmas Invasion
The Christmas Invasion by Russell T Davies, directed by James Hawes
The TARDIS brings Rose and a comatose Doctor back to London on Christmas Eve. As Jackie and Mickey help Rose care for the ailing Time Lord, a recently-launched British space probe attracts the attention of the warlike Sycorax. Prime Minister Harriet Jones and UNIT staunchly defy the aliens -- until the Sycorax use blood technology to take control of fully one-third of the planet's population, threatening the lives of two billion people unless they are declared masters of the Earth.

Making History

With the return of Doctor Who proving to be a massive success, the BBC elected to commission not just a second season, but also -- for the first time in the programme's history -- a Christmas special, which would serve to introduce the Tenth Doctor to his audience. Subsequently, it was decided to presage The Christmas Invasion with a mini-episode to air during the 2005 Child In Need telethon. (This was the second time that new Doctor Who material had aired during the charity appeal, the first being Dimensions In Time in 1993.)

Season Twenty-Eight (2006): Lonely Gods

The Stories
New Earth
New Earth by Russell T Davies, directed by James Hawes
The Doctor is summoned to a hospital on New Earth in the far future. The facility is run by the cat-like Sisters of Plenitude, and the Doctor is astonished to find that the Sisters' medical technology is centuries ahead of its time. Meanwhile, Rose is lured into a trap by Cassandra, the last human, who aims to restore her long-lost beauty while uncovering the secrets of the Sisters of Plenitude.
Tooth And Claw
Tooth And Claw by Russell T Davies, directed by Euros Lyn
In 1879 Scotland, the Doctor and Rose encounter Queen Victoria journeying to Balmoral, and join her coterie. They stop for the night at Torchwood House, estate of Sir Robert MacLeish, but are unaware that the premises have been taken over by an order of corrupted monks. The monks are somehow tied to the legends of werewolves in the region -- and to an alien force with sinister plans for the monarch herself.
School Reunion
School Reunion by Toby Whithouse, directed by James Hawes
Mickey summons the Doctor and Rose to Deffry Vale High School, which he beliueves has been infiltrated by aliens. Posing as a teacher, the Doctor encounters abnormally intelligent students, a peculiar lunch programme, and the sinister headmaster, Lucas Finch. But the Doctor isn't the only person suspicious of Deffry Vale: also investigating the school is a journalist by the name of Sarah Jane Smith...
Mickey asks to accompany the Doctor and Rose on a regular basis.
The Girl In The Fireplace
The Girl In The Fireplace by Steven Moffat, directed by Euros Lyn
In the eighteenth century, Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, is stalked throughout her life by sinister clockwork robots waiting for... something. Three thousand years later, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey find themselves on a derelict spaceship generating a vast amount of energy for reasons unknown. Somehow, the two mysteries are related, and only the Doctor can save Madame de Pompadour -- but at what cost to himself?
Rise Of The Cybermen / The Age Of Steel
Rise Of The Cybermen / The Age Of Steel by Tom MacRae, directed by Graeme Harper
The TARDIS is hurtled into a parallel universe where Rose discovers that her father, Pete, is still alive. A rich man in this reality, Peter Tyler is in business with the wealthy and powerful John Lumic, who is seeking to stave off his approaching demise by any means necessary. At the same time, Mickey learns that his counterpart, Ricky, is the leader of a resistance movement trying to prevent Lumic from giving humanity the ultimate upgrade. Much to the Doctor's horror, Lumic's plan is one he has seen executed before: the creation of the Cybermen.
Mickey decides to stay on the parallel Earth to replace Ricky and combat the menace of the Cybermen.
The Idiot's Lantern
The Idiot's Lantern by Mark Gatiss, directed by Euros Lyn
Strange things are happening in 1953 London, in the days leading up to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Mr Magpie is practically giving away television sets, despite the fact that they're the cutting edge of new technology. Black-suited policemen are taking away people in the middle of the night. And something is turning normal men and women into faceless monsters. It's up to the Doctor to stop the Wire from killing millions, even as Rose becomes its latest victim...
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit by Matt Jones, directed by James Strong
The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Rose to an Earth research base on a planet which, against all the laws of physics, is orbiting a black hole. The crew are drilling into the surface, trying to unearth the power source counteracting the black hole's massive gravitational pull. But Toby Zed, the archaeologist trying to decipher ancient runes found on the planet, is being haunted by a malevolent voice. And the Ood, the servitor race staffing the base, seem to be falling under the sway of an evil from the dawn of time...
Love And Monsters
Love & Monsters by Russell T Davies, directed by Dan Zeff
Elton Pope encountered the Doctor as a small boy, and has been looking for him ever since. As an adult, Elton befriends other like-minded individuals, and the result is the formation of a group called LINDA -- ostensibly an investigatory organisation, but really just a small social club. All that changes, though, when LINDA gains a new member in the form of the enigmatic Victor Kennedy, a man who has his own motives for tracking down the Doctor.
Fear Her
Fear Her by Matthew Graham, directed by Euros Lyn
In 2012, London is gearing up to host the Olympic Summer Games. But in a neighbourhood along the route of the Olympic torch, children are vanishing in broad daylight. Investigating, the Doctor and Rose come to believe that the person responsible is a young girl named Chloe. But how can a seemingly ordinary child possess power of such magnitude? And who will be her next victim?
Army Of Ghosts / Doomsday
Army Of Ghosts / Doomsday by Russell T Davies, directed by Graeme Harper
Returning to Earth in the modern day, the Doctor and Rose discover that humanity has embraced what are believed to be ghosts come back from the dead. Suspicious, the Doctor follows the trail of the ghosts to the headquarters of the sinister Torchwood Institute, which has been established to deal with alien incursions on British soil. But Torchwood itself has been compromised, and may be the first casualty in a transdimensional war which will engulf the Earth -- a war between the Cybermen and the Daleks.
Rose is forced to escape forever to a parallel world when the Doctor banishes the Daleks and the Cybermen to the void between universes.

Making History

Despite the abrupt change in lead actor, the new Doctor Who series' second season continued in much the same vein as the first. A milestone was reached in its final story, Army Of Ghosts / Doomsday, which brought the Daleks and the Cybermen into conflict with one another for the first time in the programme's history.

Special (2006): A Spaceman Came Travelling

Companions and Recurring Characters

Donna Noble was an office temp who was rescued by the Doctor from the Empress of the Racnoss. She later sought him out and joined him aboard the TARDIS.

Catherine Tate played Donna from Doomsday in July 2006 to The Runaway Bride in December 2006, from Partners In Crime in April 2008 to Journey's End in July 2008, and in The End Of Time in December 2009/January 2010.

Donna Noble

The Story
The Runaway Bride
The Runaway Bride by Russell T Davies, directed by Euros Lyn
While walking down the aisle on her wedding day, Donna Noble somehow vanishes, to reappear in the TARDIS console room. The Doctor is faced with solving the riddle of how this virtually impossible feat was achieved, while simultaneously trying to return Donna to the church. It soon becomes clear that Donna is the key to revivification of an ancient evil, the culmination of a plan older than the Earth itself.
Donna briefly joins the Doctor to discover why she's been teleported aboard the TARDIS, but leaves him when she realises she's not cut out for his way of life.

Making History

So successful was the first season of the new Doctor Who series that one June 15th, 2005, it was announced that the programme would continue to a second Christmas special and a third season on the air -- despite the fact that even the first of these would not see transmission for more than a year and a half.

Season Twenty-Nine (2007): The Measure Of A Man

Companions and Recurring Characters

Martha Jones was a medical student who encountered the Doctor when her hospital was teleported to the Moon by the Judoon.

Freema Agyeman played Martha from Smith And Jones in March 2007 to Last Of The Time Lords in June 2007, from The Sontaran Stratagem in April 2008 to The Doctor's Daughter in May 2008, in The Stolen Earth / Journey's End in June/July 2008, and in The End Of Time in January 2010.

Martha Jones

Martha's mother, Francine Jones, allowed her mistrust of the Doctor to deliver her into the clutches of the Master.

Adjoa Andoh played Francine on a recurring basis from Smith And Jones in March 2007 to Journey's End in July 2008.

Francine Jones

Sister to Martha, Tish Jones unknowingly worked for the Master when she became an assistant to the misguided Professor Lazarus.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw played Tish on a recurring basis from Smith And Jones in March 2007 to Last Of The Time Lords in June 2007.

Tish Jones

Leo Jones was Martha's brother, and the only member of their family to escape the trap laid by the Master.

Reggie Yates played Leo on a recurring basis from Smith And Jones in March 2007 to The Sound Of Drums in June 2007.

Leo Jones

Newly regenerated after being resurrected to fight in the Time War, the Master scaled new heights of ambition and madness.

John Simm played the Master on a recurring basis from Utopia in June 2007 to The End Of Time in January 2010, and then again World Enough And Time / The Doctor Falls (June/July 2017).

The Master

The Production Team

The first two seasons of Doctor Who had proven to be a demanding workload on producer Phil Collinson, particularly during those periods when multiple recording blocks overlapped. To ease this burden, Susie Liggat was brought on board to produce Human Nature / The Family Of Blood, which was made at the same time as Blink. Collinson retained an executive producer credit on these two episodes.

The Stories
Smith And Jones
Smith And Jones by Russell T Davies, directed by Charles Palmer
Intergalactic policemen called the Judoon hijack an entire Earth hospital to the Moon. They are tracking a blood-sucking alien fugitive called a Plasmavore... and the Plasmavore will stop at nothing to avoid capture. Fortunately, amongst those kidnapped by the Judoon is medical student Martha Jones, who finds herself forging an unlikely alliance with a strange patient who calls himself “the Doctor”.
The Doctor invites Martha to join him as thanks for saving his life on the Moon.
The Shakespeare Code
The Shakespeare Code by Gareth Roberts, directed by Charles Palmer
England, 1599. In the shadow of the Globe Theatre, a man has drowned in the street, while a woman dies of fright. William Shakespeare is about to premiere Love's Labour's Won, which the Doctor knows only as the Bard's fabled “lost” play. And Martha Jones swears she's seen a witch. Fires burn and cauldrons bubble as the Doctor races to prevent Shakespeare from unwittingly unleashing an ancient evil upon the world.
Gridlock by Russell T Davies, directed by Richard Clark
The Doctor takes Martha to New Earth, thirty years after his last visit. Within minutes, Martha is kidnapped and finds herself a captive on the Motorway, a seemingly endlessly congested traffic conduit on which thousands of people have become trapped -- in some cases for decades. And rumours abound that there are creatures in the depths of the Motorway, living... and feeding.
Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution Of The Daleks
Daleks In Manhattan / Evolution Of The Daleks by Helen Raynor, directed by James Strong
No sooner has the TARDIS brought the Doctor and Martha to New York City in the early days of the Great Depression than the travellers learn of a rash of disappearances amongst a burgeoning “Hooverville” transient community. With the help of Solomon, the Hooverville's unofficial mayor, the Doctor discovers a race of genetically-engineered Pig Men living in the sewers. Their masters are none other than the dreaded Daleks, who have perverted the construction of the Empire State Building in order to spearhead the next stage in their race's evolution.
The Lazarus Experiment
The Lazarus Experiment by Stephen Greenhorn, directed by Richard Clark
The Doctor brings Martha home, on the day after she joined him in the TARDIS. Almost immediately, she learns that her sister, Tish, has been working for the venerable Professor Lazarus, who has invented a machine which allows him to restore his own youth. But the Doctor knows that this kind of technology must have consequences -- consequences he may not be able to prevent, as agents of the enigmatic Mr Saxon begin to take an unhealthy interest in him.
42 by Chris Chibnall, directed by Graeme Harper
The Doctor and Martha find themselves trapped on board a spaceship spiralling into a sun. To complicate matters further, one of the crew has seemingly become possessed and has started murdering his compatriots, having somehow gained the ability to incinerate at a glance. The time travellers have just 42 minutes to avert disaster or they, and everyone on board the vessel, will burn alive.
Human Nature / The Family Of Blood
Human Nature / The Family Of Blood by Paul Cornell, directed by Charles Palmer
In 1913, Farringham School for Boys is a normal place bothered only by rather common complications. Oft-bullied Tim Latimer shows flashes of preternatural insight. New maid Martha Jones is distractingly feisty. And John Smith -- the latest addition to the faculty -- is becoming close with the school nurse, Joan Redfern. But Smith also dreams of being an adventurer in time and space known as “the Doctor”, and the appearance of ominous lights in the sky above Farringham may force him to confront the truth about himself.
Blink by Steven Moffat, directed by Hettie MacDonald
While exploring an abandoned house, Sally Sparrow discovers a message left for her, concealed behind wallpaper, in 1969 -- a message left by a mysterious figure called “the Doctor”. What starts off as an intriguing puzzle suddenly becomes deadly serious when one of Sally's friends disappears in the house, cast backward in time to 1920. Key to these events are four statues which seem to move of their own accord... but what are the Weeping Angels?
Utopia by Russell T Davies, directed by Graeme Harper
When the TARDIS lands in modern-day Wales, Captain Jack Harkness hitches a ride, inadvertently sending the time machine to the very end of the universe. In that time, the vestiges of humanity are marooned on the planet Malcassairo, where they are preyed upon by the savage Futurekind. The elderly Professor Yana is trying to perfect a rocketship which will take his people to a fabled utopia beyond the dying stars -- but the Doctor may discover too late that there is more to Yana than even the professor realises.
Hearing the TARDIS materialising in Cardiff, Jack forcibly rejoins the Doctor in his travels.
The Sound Of Drums / Last Of The Time Lords
The Sound Of Drums / Last Of The Time Lords by Russell T Davies, directed by Colin Teague
The Doctor, Martha and Jack escape back to modern-day Earth, where they discover that the Master -- masquerading as Harold Saxon -- has just been elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. Before they can intervene, the Master announces to the world that Britain has made first contact with an alien species: the Toclafane. But the Toclafane are not the benevolent creatures the Master is pretending... and with the Doctor declared public enemy number one, it looks like there may be nothing to come between his Time Lord nemesis and the end of the world.
Knowing that her love for the Doctor will never be requited, Martha decides to return to her own life. Jack leaves the Doctor to continue his work with Torchwood.

Making History

Having resurrected the Daleks and the Cybermen in previous years, for Doctor Who's third season back on the air, Davies decided to bring back the Master -- the last of the programme's three most prominent villains. He had long concealed his intentions by avowing in interviews that he disliked the character, in order to make his reappearance in Utopia all the more surprising. The production team found themselves willing to experiment all the more in this season: although Utopia and The Sound Of Drums / Last Of The Time Lords comprised two different productions, they nonetheless formed the series' first three-part narrative since its return.

Specials (2007): Golden Days Of Yore

Companions and Recurring Characters

Astrid Peth was a waitress aboard the spaceship Titanic who helped the Doctor stop the stricken vessel from crashing into the Earth.

Kylie Minogue played Astrid in Voyage Of The Damned in December 2007.


Wilfred Mott was Donna Noble's grandfather, who first met the Doctor after the Time Lord had briefly teleported to Earth at Christmastime from the spaceship Titanic.

Bernard Cribbins played Wilf on a recurring basis from Voyage Of The Damned in December 2007 to The End Of Time in January 2010.


The Stories
Time Crash
Time Crash by Steven Moffat, directed by Graeme Harper
Something goes wrong with the TARDIS, bringing the Doctor into a confrontation with his fifth incarnation. The two Doctors must find a way to work together before their time machine is utterly annihilated.
Voyage Of The Damned
Voyage Of The Damned by Russell T Davies, directed by James Strong
The TARDIS encounters a luxury spaceship suspiciously called the Titanic, which is in orbit around the Earth as part of a sightseeing cruise to visit England at Christmastime. But no sooner has the Doctor arrived than things start to go very wrong, when the vessel's captain intentionally steers the Titanic into a meteor storm. As the crippled Titanic tumbles on a collision course towards the Earth, the Doctor -- aided only by a plucky waitress named Astrid and a motley group of survivors -- must get to the bottom of the sabotage.
Astrid throws her lot in with the Doctor, only to sacrifice her life to save him from Max Capricorn.

Making History

At the launch party for Doctor Who's third season on March 21st, 2007, BBC Fiction Controller Jane Tranter confirmed that the programme would return for a fourth season in 2008. Executive producer Russell T Davies subsequently acknowledged that there would also be a Christmas special preceding it in 2007. Meanwhile, for the second time in three years, the Doctor Who team contributed a short episode to support the Children In Need telethon. Entitled Time Crash, this saw the return of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor alongside David Tennant, marking the first time since the new series began that two incarnations of the Doctor had met each other.

Season Thirty (2008): Lost Horizons

Companions and Recurring Characters

Sylvia Noble had an uneasy relationship with her daughter, Donna, and struggled to be supportive during her travels in the TARDIS.

Jacqueline King played Sylvia on a recurring basis from The Runaway Bride in December 2006 to The End Of Time in January 2010.

Sylvia Noble

Adventurer and archaeologist River Song was born Melody Pond to two of the Doctor's companions. She was kidnapped by the Silence and trained to assassinate the Doctor, but the two would go on to have a much more complex relationship as their timelines intertwined in dizzying patterns.

Alex Kingston played River on a recurring basis from Silence In The Library in May 2008 to The Husbands Of River Song in December 2015.

River Song

The Stories
Partners In Crime
Partners In Crime by Russell T Davies, directed by James Strong
Donna Noble has come to realise that she made a mistake when she declined the Doctor's offer to travel with him in the TARDIS. Now she finds herself seeking out every hint of the unusual and the unexplained, in the hope of running into him again. Her plan succeeds when both she and the Doctor begin to investigate a company run by the sinister Miss Foster which offers a suspiciously effective diet pill. They discover that Miss Foster is actually using the human race as the breeding ground for the alien Adipose -- and millions of lives are at risk.
Having finally been reunited with the Doctor, Donna joins him aboard the TARDIS.
The Fires Of Pompeii
The Fires Of Pompeii by James Moran, directed by Colin Teague
A planned trip to Ancient Rome sees the time travellers land instead in Pompeii, AD 79. The Doctor knows that they have arrived on the eve of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, but before he and Donna can retreat to the TARDIS, they discover that there is an alien presence at work in the city. Seers are exhibiting extraordinary flashes of precognition and telepathy, even as they slowly turn to stone. Soon it appears that the destruction of Pompeii may not be a natural occurrence at all, but the work of the volcanic Pyroviles.
Planet Of The Ood
Planet Of The Ood by Keith Temple, directed by Graeme Harper
The Doctor takes Donna to the Ood-Sphere in the year 4126. This is the planet where Ood are bred by the Ood Operations company, to be distributed as willing servants to humanity throughout the cosmos. But something is going wrong with the Ood: their eyes are turning red, leading to acts of murder and ultimately a feral state. The search for answers leads the time travellers to uncover the terrible truth behind the origins of the Ood race.
The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky
The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky by Helen Raynor, directed by Douglas Mackinnon
UNIT is investigating ATMOS, a new device which somehow cleanses the exhaust from automobiles. The Taskforce believes that ATMOS is alien technology, and so their newest recruit -- Martha Jones, now a fully-credentialled physician -- calls the Doctor back to Earth for assistance. ATMOS is purported to be the invention of child genius Luke Rattigan, but the Doctor soon discovers that Rattigan is working with the Sontarans, who have used ATMOS to turn four hundred million cars into deadly weapons.
Having helped defeat the Sontarans, Martha is whisked away in the TARDIS when it unexpectedly dematerialises.
The Doctor's Daughter
The Doctor's Daughter by Stephen Greenhorn, directed by Alice Troughton
The TARDIS is drawn to the planet Messaline, depositing the Doctor, Donna and Martha in the midst of a war between human colonists and the piscene Hath which has been waging for generations. Martha is kidnapped by the Hath, while the Doctor and Donna discover that the humans breed by accelerated progenation: recombining a single individual's DNA to produce a new, adult person, ready for battle. Subjected to this process, the Doctor abruptly comes face to face with his daughter, Jenny, even as Donna begins to discover that there is more to the war on Messaline than meets the eye.
The crisis on Messaline resolved, the Doctor brings Martha home.
The Unicorn And The Wasp
The Unicorn And The Wasp by Gareth Roberts, directed by Graeme Harper
The Doctor and Donna arrive at an English country manor in 1926 amidst rumours that a jewel thief nicknamed “the Unicorn” is at large. But these stories are overshadowed by a murder in the library, and the timely arrival of famed suspense novelist Agatha Christie -- during a period in history when the Doctor knows that she is supposed to have vanished without explanation for several days. As the body count starts to climb, Donna is menaced by what appears to be a giant wasp, and only the Queen of Crime can help the Doctor to unravel the mystery.
Silence In The Library / Forest Of The Dead
Silence In The Library / Forest Of The Dead by Steven Moffat, directed by Euros Lyn
An enigmatic message sends the Doctor and Donna to a planet-sized library. They arrive to find the world deserted, except for an archaeological expedition led by Professor River Song, who claims to know the Doctor of old. Joining forces, the Doctor and River investigate the mystery of why the library was sealed off a century earlier. But the shadows are alive with a flesh-consuming intelligence... and somewhere, a little girl believes that all of these events are playing out in her mind.
Midnight by Russell T Davies, directed by Alice Troughton
The sun of the planet Midnight is hostile to all life, but a leisure complex has been constructed there which filters out its deadly radiation. While Donna enjoys some rest and relaxation, the Doctor takes a shuttle to a famed Midnight attraction. But en route, the shuttle mysteriously comes to a stop and, impossibly, something begins banging on the exterior. As a strange intelligence infests one of the passengers, the Doctor finds himself fighting a losing battle against a rising tide of panic and paranoia.
Turn Left
Turn Left by Russell T Davies, directed by Graeme Harper
On the planet Shan Shen, Donna meets a mysterious fortune teller. The woman persuades Donna to reveal the events which culminated in her original meeting with the Doctor -- and then Donna's world suddenly changes, as those very events are undone. Now Donna Noble lives in a world without the Doctor: a world in which London is destroyed by the spaceship Titanic, America is devastated by the Adipose, and the entire planet is nearly annihilated by the Sontarans. Only an enigmatic blonde traveller from a parallel universe can help Donna restore the original course of history, and prepare her to face the oncoming darkness.
The Stolen Earth / Journey's End
The Stolen Earth / Journey's End by Russell T Davies, directed by Graeme Harper
Davros, creator of the Daleks, is saved from the Time War by an insane Dalek Caan. At Davros' instruction, his resurrected race of Daleks transports the Earth and twenty-six other planets to the Medusa Cascade. Former Prime Minister Harriet Jones sacrifices her life to reunite the Doctor's past companions -- Martha, Jack and Sarah Jane -- while Rose searches desperately for the Doctor and Donna. Separately or together, they must find a way to stop the Daleks' plot to obliterate all of time and space.
The Doctor is forced to wipe Donna's memories of their time together, and returns her to her family.

Making History

The announcement of the new Doctor Who series' fourth season came at the launch party for its third slate of episodes, on March 21st, 2007. During the filming and broadcast of the season, it was revealed that all three key production team members -- Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson -- were planning to leave Doctor Who. The fourth season thus became an embodiment of the end of an era, reuniting many of the characters who had made their mark since Doctor Who's return in 2005. Davies also continued to gradually resurrect classic characters from the original series, introducing both the Sontarans and Davros to a new viewing audience.

But the enduring success of the Doctor Who revival was made emphatically clear when the final episode, Journey's End, rose to the top of Britain's weekly viewing charts -- the first time Doctor Who had ever earned a Number One berth. Coupled with an astronomically high Audience Appreciation index, this meant that Journey's End was not only the most successful Doctor Who episode ever made, but one of the UK's all-time most popular dramas.

Specials (2008-10): Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

Companions and Recurring Characters

Jackson Lake was a schoolteacher in Victorian London who came to believe that he was the Doctor as the result of a traumatic encounter with the Cybermen.

David Morrissey played Jackson in The Next Doctor in December 2008.

Jackson Lake

Lady Christina de Souza was a cat burglar who found herself fighting for her life alongside the Doctor on the devastated planet San Helios.

Michelle Ryan played Christina in Planet Of The Dead in April 2009.

Lady Christina de 

Adelaide Brooke was the commander of a doomed human expedition to Mars in 2058.

Lindsay Duncan played Adelaide in The Waters Of Mars in November 2009.

Adelaide Brooke

The Production Team

With Phil Collinson having left Doctor Who upon the completion of its fourth season, it was decided to bring several temporary producers aboard for the series of specials which followed. After Collinson's regular replacement, Susie Liggat, returned for The Next Doctor, former production manager Tracie Simpson seized the helm for Planet Of The Dead. Nikki Wilson (nee Smith), producer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, then took over for The Waters Of Mars before Simpson oversaw The End Of Time.

The Stories
The Next Doctor
The Next Doctor by Russell T Davies, directed by Andy Goddard
The Doctor arrives in 1851 London on Christmas Eve. To his surprise, he finds another Doctor active in the city -- but one with no memory of past incarnations, and sporting a suspiciously conventional sonic screwdriver. Nonetheless, the other Doctor and his companion, Rosita, have uncovered Cyberman activity in London. Men have been murdered and children have disappeared. It is up to the two Doctors to find a way to stop the Cybermen and their ally, the ruthless Miss Hartigan, from setting in motion the rise of the CyberKing.
Believing himself to be the Doctor, Jackson Lake teams up with the real Doctor, but stays in 1851 to raise his son.
Planet Of The Dead
Planet Of The Dead by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, directed by James Strong
Tracking a mysterious energy signal, the Doctor boards a London bus upon which cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza is also a passenger. Suddenly, the bus is catapulted through a wormhole to San Helios, on the other side of the universe. The planet seems to be just one enormous desert, but after encountering stranded Tritovore traders, the Doctor and Christina learn that San Helios is meant to be a bustling world of billions. Soon, it becomes clear that the wormhole and the devastation of San Helios are linked... and the Earth may be destined for a similar fate.
Although they make an excellent team on San Helios, the Doctor -- unwilling to ever lose another companion -- refuses to invite Christina aboard the TARDIS.
The Waters Of Mars
The Waters Of Mars by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, directed by Graeme Harper
The Doctor lands on Mars on November 21st, 2059. There, Bowie Base One -- the first human colony on the Red Planet -- is destined to be overrun by an intelligent, contagious contaminant freed from the glacier which provides the base with its water. The self-destruct mechanism will be activated, destroying colonists and contaminant alike. The Doctor knows that this event must happen: it is a pivotal moment in human history. But can he force himself to walk away without trying to save the day?
After helping the Doctor save as many people as possible from Bowie Base One, Adelaide commits suicide in order to preserve history.
The End Of Time
The End Of Time by Russell T Davies, directed by Euros Lyn
Schemes set in motion long ago lead to the resurrection of the Master, albeit in a form that hovers between life and death. He sets his sights on the Immortality Gate, an alien device which has fallen into the hands of the unscrupulous Joshua Naismith. Warned of the Master's return by the Ood, the Doctor travels to modern-day Earth to confront his archnemesis, only to find himself unexpectedly assisted by Wilfred Mott as the threads of prophecy pull tighter. But neither the Doctor nor the Master is aware that, beyond the Immortality Gate, an even greater threat to all of time and space lies waiting...
The Doctor sacrifices himself to save Wilf from a lethal dose of radiation, and manages to stave off his regeneration long enough to visit his friends one last time.

Making History

With Doctor Who now an indisputable success, the production team and the BBC became concerned about the possibility of the programme becoming oversaturated, and the general public growing weary of it. To this end, it was agreed that the show would be rested for a year after its fourth season, with the gap filled by a series of specials. As a result, although September 3rd, 2007, saw the announcement of Doctor Who's renewal for a fifth season, it was confirmed that this would not air until the spring of 2010.

The five “special” episodes designed to bridge the fourth and fifth seasons would come to be transitional in many respects. Not only would the second of these, Planet Of The Dead, involve High Definition filming for the first time; and not only would each one feature a unique, one-off “companion” for the Doctor; but it gradually became clear that, by the end of the specials, many key figures would have departed from Doctor Who. One by one, executive producer Julie Gardner, executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies, and finally David Tennant himself all announced that they would be moving on to new challenges. As a result, the specials would now serve as the culmination of the first era of the revived Doctor Who, paving the way for a new Doctor and a new production team in the new decade.