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The Times coverage of series 1 date
The thrill of the chaise 2005-03-06
Elevate, exterminate: Daleks conquer stairs in new Doctor Who 2005-03-06
For 25 years, Doctor Who's creaky charm captivated a nation 2005-03-06
The Doctor faces his newest adversary ... the Canadians 2005-03-09
Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show 2005-03-10
Forgotten timelord 2005-03-11
The Return of the Time Lord 2005-03-18
Billie the kid 2005-03-19
Piper at the gates of dim 2005-03-21
Doctor faces a high-tech challenge 2005-03-26
Blonde Bombshell 2005-03-26
The Whys and Whats of Who 2005-03-26
Oh Lord, he's still stuck in the past 2005-03-27
Just what the Doctor ordered 2005-03-28
Who's the daddy as 10m find time to see the Doctor 2005-03-28
The Right Medicine? 2005-03-30
He saves the world and BBC, then Dr Who quits 2005-03-31
Casanova actor seduces the Doctor Who casting agent 2005-04-01
Dr Who too scary for young children 2005-04-14
BBC climbs down over Doctor Who fear factor 2005-04-15
Casanova regenerates into the new Doctor Who 2005-04-16
Who's Afraid? 2005-04-19
Nigel Andrew's View 2005-04-23
Rovers' returns 2005-04-29
Back behind the sofa — it's a Dalek 2005-05-02
Wanted: One Time Lord, Tardis optional 2005-05-06
Let's not be beastly to Daleks 2005-05-16
An absurd ruling takes the fun out of Doctor Who 2005-05-16
Unsuitable for children 2005-05-17
The censors ... will ... exterminate 2005-05-17
Doctor treated 2005-05-19
Legislate! Legislate! 2005-05-19
BBC advises Doctor Who fans to stay offline until the bitter end 2005-06-14
Sought, located 2005-06-15
The Doctor's fate is sealed with a first kiss — or two 2005-06-16
I'm prepared for my role as BBC Man, but how to fit Big Specs into the new Dr Who? 2005-06-25

The Doctor faces his newest adversary ... the Canadians (2005)

2005-03-09 Times.jpg


DOCTOR WHO has overcome Daleks and cybermen, but his latest adversaries are villains even his imaginative creators could not have foreseen. The first episode of the BBC's new series has been stolen by pirates and released on the internet.

The BBC reacted angrily yesterday to news that fans have been able to download copies of the first instalment of the series after a security breach.

The Doctor's adventures, including clashes with monsters disguised as wheelie bins, can be found on p2p, or peer-to-peer, file-sharing networks.

The episode, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the eponymous timelord and Billie Piper as his assistant, shows the Doctor grappling with shape-shifting Autons. The plastic aliens, who resemble shop dummies, take over a London department store where Rose Tyler, Piper's character, works. The aliens are foiled in their attempt to strangle the leather-jacketed hero when the Doctor produces his sonic screwdriver and instead pursue his friend Mickey by impersonating wheelie bins. The portable dustbins succeed and assume his identity.

The BBC is investigating the leak, which it believes started in Canada. Its production partner. The Canadian Broadcasting corporation (CBC). is thought to have given some episodes to a third party.

It is a significant breach of copyright which is currently under investigation." a BBC spokesman said. "We would urge viewer not to spoil their enjoyment and to wait for the finished version."

CBC denied being the source of the leak. "CBC took all necessary and appropriate precautions to preserve confidentiality of the programme." it said last night "Our investigations to date indicate that CBC was not the source of the leak"

The wheelie-bin terror is one of dozens of new monsters that the Doctor faces in the new series, which receives its first official broadcast on March 26.

The Autons, which featured in the original series, will be joined by Tree People. Other creatures include Slitheens.

Caption: Christopher Ecclesion as the Doctor in a fight in the new series


William Hartnell (1963-66)

Patrick Troughton (1966-69)

Jon Pertwee (1970-74)

Tom Baker (1974-81)

Peter Davison (1982-83)

Colin Baker (1984-86)

Sylvester McCoy (1987-89)

Paul McGann (1996: Doctor Who: The Movie)

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