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The Whys and Whats of Who 2005-03-26
Doctor faces a high-tech challenge 2005-03-26
Blonde Bombshell 2005-03-26
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Just what the Doctor ordered 2005-03-28
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The Right Medicine? 2005-03-30
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Who's Afraid? 2005-04-19
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Just what the Doctor ordered (2005)

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  • Publication: The Times
  • Date: 2005-03-28
  • Author: Paul Hoggart
  • Page: Weekend, p. 23
  • Language: English

LORRAINE HEGGESSEY has taken some stick as Controller of BBC One, but the quest for good popular entertainment is never easy, and she must feel a twinge that two of her most successful commissions are being celebrated as she departs. Both involved reinterpretations of past glories. Last year Strictly Come Dancing revived both ballroom-dancing and Bruce Forsyth to popular approval. Now Doctor Who returns after 16 years, presumably spent in some kind of time-vortex.

The gaunt, glowering and usually working-class Christopher Eccleston seemed an odd choice for the Time Lord, but he gives the role a surprisingly warm, dotty energy, even joking about his northern accent. Baby-faced Billie Piper is a suitably cute but feisty assistant, and Russell T. Davies script has enough verve, wit and clever allusions to keep ageing fans of Doctors past chortling merrily.

Much of the action involved the familiar world made evil, and contrived to be funny and scary at once: killer mannequins, man-eating wheelie-bins and the London Eye as a transmitter of deadly signals. The special effects were impressive for a children's TV show, and I enjoyed the new interior of the Tardis, evocative of H. R. Giger's designs for Alien. Revivals are always risky, but the new Doctor Who is a joyful, exuberant reinvention and a fine legacy from Ms Heggessey.

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