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  • Starring: David Morrissey, Kylie Minogue, Jenna-Louise Coleman
  • Summary: Christopher Eccleston becomes the ninth actor to take on the role of the time-travelling title character in the BBC's latest incarnation (the first in 16 years) of its venerable sci-fi franchise, airing in the U.S. for the first time after becoming an unexpected hit in Britain last year.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Robert Holmes, Malcolm Hulke, Bob Baker
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Mar 26, 2005
  • Episode Length: 45
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. If you're looking for allegorical, intriguing science fiction, this isn't it. If you're OK with rapid-fire, light-hearted dialogue with an occasional dig at politics and culture, this "Doctor Who" is your cup of tea.
  2. Silly, sophomoric stuff that is sure to please its television audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Sharon Eberson
    70
    Some of the pop-culture humor and creatures owe a nod to "Farscape," but the camp level is high and can be mighty funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    This remake achieves an Avengers-like balance of cheeky wit amid the cheesiness.
  5. Despite a few missteps, there's much to recommend.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    It's pretty decent hokum--fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
  1. JohnD
    Mar 17, 2006
    10
    This is an amazingly successful relaunch of the beloved sci-fi series - both conceptually and commercially. Give it a try! Just don't be This is an amazingly successful relaunch of the beloved sci-fi series - both conceptually and commercially. Give it a try! Just don't be scared off by the first episode ("Rose"), which is the weakest of the season. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2011
    10
    As an American, British TV was irrelevant to me. That was until I stumbled on this masterpiece. About one year ago I discovered the TV showAs an American, British TV was irrelevant to me. That was until I stumbled on this masterpiece. About one year ago I discovered the TV show and soon watched every episode, eventually reaching Season 6, which I loved. If you are a fan of Sci-fi or just very intellectual story-telling, check this show out. Expand
  3. LuthienA.
    Sep 10, 2007
    10
    My favourite TV show of all time - and I 've never even seen Old Who. This was my introduction to Doctor Who, and I was hooked from the My favourite TV show of all time - and I 've never even seen Old Who. This was my introduction to Doctor Who, and I was hooked from the first episode. They get progressively scarier episode by episode, and season by season. I can personally recommend the episodes 'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances' from this season; the episodes 'The Impossible Planet' and 'Satan's Pit' from the 2006 season, and 'Blink' from the 2007 season for people looking for thrills. Much love for Christopher Eccleston - my first Doctor. However, must say that David Tennant is my favourite. I miss Rose so much.( Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    How can you not love this TV show?

    It's simply perfect. The casting, the writing...everything. David Tennant will always be my favourite
    How can you not love this TV show?

    It's simply perfect. The casting, the writing...everything. David Tennant will always be my favourite Doctor but the other 10 Doctors and John Hurt are great too. Jenna Coleman has quickly become my favourite companion; she's the perfect archetypal companion. Cheeky, smart and full of personality: everything you could possibly want in a companion.

    As for eras, I particularly like the Moffat Era. It has a incredibly interesting dark fairytale tone that simply just suits Doctor Who. It's a tone that neatly sums up the 11th Doctor and Amy's relationship too. Steven Moffat has got it all right.
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  5. Jun 20, 2011
    10
    This is the best TV show ever. Every episode is something new, and unpredictable. Great dialogues, clever stories and actors. It deserve to beThis is the best TV show ever. Every episode is something new, and unpredictable. Great dialogues, clever stories and actors. It deserve to be CULT. It´s from episode to episode better. Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    The revival of a classic series. However, 2005's season with Cristopher Ecclestone doesn't stand up against the other seasons, and felt likeThe revival of a classic series. However, 2005's season with Cristopher Ecclestone doesn't stand up against the other seasons, and felt like it was just showing off all their new special effects most of the time. Expand
  7. Jun 1, 2013
    0
    The episode I saw yesterday featured airplanes (WWII) with rotors, flying in space and shooting lasers, which was ridiculously dumb. TheThe episode I saw yesterday featured airplanes (WWII) with rotors, flying in space and shooting lasers, which was ridiculously dumb. The Daleks look like tin cans with antennas, on wheels. These things do not seems intelligent, or threatening enough for me. These thing can no even shoot accurately, and the Doctor can simply run away from a dozen, without getting injured. I love science-fiction (the serious kind), but it needs to contain science (at least be a little bit plausible) and not fantasy. I do not like this show being called science-fiction for these reasons. I think it is light entertainment, but it is too light for me. I would prefer a more challenging show. The CGI and the production values are rather cheap, but that would not be a problem for me. Overall It is not for me. Expand

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