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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: 71 out of 77
  2. Negative: 2 out of 77
  1. Sep 24, 2013
    10
    Fantastic show! Everything is so amazingly written and the story lines are always clever and emotional! It will get you hooked real fast, especially if you are a sci fi fan! It takes some moments in history and rewrites them to make them work for the show in a brilliant way! Love it all the way to the latest 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 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. 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 scared off by the first episode ("Rose"), which is the weakest of the season. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2010
    10
    I fell for Doctor Who this season. I hadn't much liked it when I was a kid but this is brilliant. Christopher Eccelston is brilliant as The Doctor, quirky, funny, serious, mysterious. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    IT ROCKS! WONDERFUL PLACES, AMAZING PERFORMANCE AND INTELLIGENT DIALOGUES AND EPISODES. THE BEST SCI-FI TV SERIES EVER. WHAT CAN I REQUEST MORE? I'D SPEND MY WHOLE SUMMER, WATCHING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN! Expand
  6. RobertS
    Mar 17, 2006
    9
    This show is brilliant and fun. Although it pays its respect to its predecessor, it isn't bogged down by it. In terms of broad appeal, family friendliness and thrills, this is easily one of the best fantasy dramas on television in years. Thank you, BBC, and thank you Sci Fi Channel! 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. 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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