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The Times coverage of series 1date
BBC canned HD deal for Doctor Who2005-03-01
Interview with Kate Orman: Dr Who Author2005-03-01
The Doctor will see you now ...2005-03-01
Alehouse Rock2005-03-01
For 25 years, Doctor Who's creaky charm captivated a nation2005-03-06
The thrill of the chaise2005-03-06
What's Up Doc? (The Observer)2005-03-06
Elevate, exterminate: Daleks conquer stairs in new Doctor Who2005-03-06
Quick! Behind the sofa!2005-03-07
Let's hope Time Lord Christopher Eccleston is happy with his performance2005-03-07
Exterbinate!2005-03-08
Net pirates steal preview of Doctor Who comeback2005-03-08
The Doctor faces his newest adversary ... the Canadians2005-03-09
Carry on Doctor (Time Out London)2005-03-09
Eccleston and Billie, just what the Doctor ordered2005-03-09
The good doctor2005-03-09
BBC hopes for a rescue by Doctor Who2005-03-09
Top of the docs2005-03-09
Billie plots return to pop2005-03-09
Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show2005-03-10
Doctor Who And A Scary £10m Gamble2005-03-10
Doctor Who Whodunit2005-03-10
Flying Daleks and Hollywood-style special effects as BBC aims to get families cowering behind sofas again with revival of TV series2005-03-10
Doctor Who leak previews future of broadcast content2005-03-10
Who's a bit camp2005-03-10
Dr Who save my life says Billie Piper2005-03-10
Who's who of monsters2005-03-10
See Who Jimmy2005-03-10
Why can't daleks go up stairs?2005-03-10
Forgotten timelord2005-03-11
Who's who?2005-03-12
Everyone has a favourite Doctor Who as a matter of accident of birth, not of taste2005-03-12
Carry On Doctor2005-03-13
Billie Bardot2005-03-13
Another dimension2005-03-14
Doctor Who's new assistant2005-03-14
Media Tarts2005-03-14
Tom Baker voted top Doctor2005-03-14
Just what the Doctor ordered (2005)2005-03-17
The Doctor goes space age2005-03-17
The Return of the Time Lord2005-03-18
Billie the kid2005-03-19
Who said what?2005-03-19
The A-Z of Doctor Who2005-03-19
It's properly scary and funny2005-03-19
What Makes Who Special2005-03-19
A tale of British boffins2005-03-19
Radio choice2005-03-19
I've Fallen for a Dalek2005-03-19
Who?2005-03-19
A Time Lord Timeline2005-03-19
Billie's big comeback?2005-03-19
My sweet Time Lord: Are Sixties Daleks worth anything?2005-03-20
The Doctor's Darlings2005-03-20
What's Up Doc?2005-03-20
Dr Who: talking about my generation2005-03-20
Doctor New (Sunday Life)2005-03-20
Who Dunnit Once ... but can cult sci-fi classic save BBC again?2005-03-21
I chased an actor dressed up as an alien pig on my first day ... it was bonkers2005-03-21
Carry on Doctor (The Guardian)2005-03-21
Rhodri Who? Minister mistaken for alien2005-03-21
Chris Eccleston and I have shared a lot2005-03-21
Billie and I have on-screen chemistry2005-03-21
I don't regret leaving The Street2005-03-21
Piper at the gates of dim2005-03-21
Doctor Who (2005)2005-03-22
Inside the Tardis2005-03-22
Who's the baddy!2005-03-22
Ex-singer is taking on aliens2005-03-22
Doctor Boo!2005-03-23
In short, I have a vanishingly small part in the new run of Doctor Who2005-03-23
The Who-Sual Suspects2005-03-23
Dr Who's Who2005-03-23
Doctor Who: funny he never married ...2005-03-24
Who's this in a dogs' home?2005-03-24
Looka-Yikes2005-03-24
A new Who does it2005-03-24
Who's That Girl (2005)2005-03-24
Timely return2005-03-24
Sexterminate! Sexterminate!2005-03-24
The Great Doctor Who Quiz2005-03-25
Doc foe dies of old age2005-03-25
I fear future as the Timelord, admits Dr Who2005-03-25
The Whys and Whats of Who2005-03-26
Blonde Bombshell2005-03-26
Piper calls the tune2005-03-26
Mr TARDIS2005-03-26
Who's the daddy?2005-03-26
The effects2005-03-26
The creatures2005-03-26
Bring on those nightmares!2005-03-26
Oh, My Time Lord2005-03-26
Return of the Daleks2005-03-26
Doctor Who returns2005-03-26
It's about Time (The Northern Echo)2005-03-26
The sexiest Time Lord yet2005-03-26
Doctor Who arrives in modern times. And it works2005-03-26
Your handy cut-out guide to the greatest day on telly - ever2005-03-26
The BBC has no qualms about reviving old series2005-03-26
Best Regeneration2005-03-26
One of the scariest programmes (if you're eight years old)2005-03-26
Children can't say they've had a proper upbringing until they've spent a Saturday evening hiding behind the sofa with one eye on Doctor Who2005-03-26
A timely return for the Doctor2005-03-26
The prognosis for feminism is not good2005-03-26
That's the wonder of Who...2005-03-26
Dalektable!2005-03-26
Older time-travellers left on different planet2005-03-26
Heroes & Villains2005-03-26
The Who Was Who in Dr Who2005-03-26
Doctor faces a high-tech challenge2005-03-26
Watch This2005-03-26
Who dares..2005-03-26
He's no dummy2005-03-26
Doctor in the house!2005-03-26
Doctor in Love2005-03-26
Lording it2005-03-26
Who's the greatest!2005-03-26
The Doctor Will See You Now...2005-03-26
Corrie's Tricky Dicky is most chilling TV clip2005-03-26
Oh Lord, he's still stuck in the past2005-03-27
Your worst nightmare .. new Daleks that can go UPSTAIRS!2005-03-27
Who the man..new Doc is wheelie cool2005-03-27
Now All-Out Dalek War2005-03-27
Doc's grin and tonic2005-03-27
BBC cashes in as new Doctor hits the screens2005-03-27
Doctor prescribes a cure for Beeb's terminal misery2005-03-27
Can Doctor Who Dec Ant?2005-03-27
Just what the Doctor ordered2005-03-28
Who's the daddy as 10m find time to see the Doctor2005-03-28
Run for your life2005-03-28
Ten million welcome back the Doctor2005-03-28
Express Charts2005-03-28
Who's the daddy (The Sun)2005-03-28
Dr Who wins Saturday night TV ratings war2005-03-28
This Doctor is the right prescription2005-03-28
Jason Flemyng2005-03-29
The Right Medicine?2005-03-30
The Daleks Tried, The Cybermen Tried ... But It Finally Took A N.Wales Gardener To Destroy The Tardis2005-03-30
New Dr Who let down by same old cheesy effects2005-03-30
We'll Exterminate All the Other Toys2005-03-30
Prepare for an invasion of the Dr Who toys2005-03-30
Canadian TV worker fired for leaking Doctor Who2005-03-30
I quit as Dr Who2005-03-31
He saves the world and BBC, then Dr Who quits2005-03-31
Doctor Woo2005-03-31
Doctor Who Quits2005-03-31
Who better to win the battle2005-03-31
Dr Who star makes way for Casanova2005-03-31
BBC's anger at the vanishing Doctor Who2005-04-01
Casanova actor seduces the Doctor Who casting agent2005-04-01
How Casanova made his next conquest a dalek2005-04-01
Greg's giggle2005-04-01
Who It All Again2005-04-01
I am not Spock: how some actors never manage to escape from their most famous characters2005-04-01
And the date of the election is ...2005-04-01
Who do you think you are?2005-04-01
Feeling like a completely new man2005-04-01
Origin of species2005-04-02
Carry on, Doctor Who2005-04-02
The Doctor returns2005-04-02
Doctoring the results2005-04-02
Dr Who-Ha2005-04-02
Dr Who Website In Meltdown2005-04-02
Who's in a £50m Mess2005-04-02
Dr Who Told Beeb He'd Stay In Show2005-04-03
Mystery man returns2005-04-03
Who Cares If Time Lord Leaves Early?2005-04-04
Dr. Who wants to see you—again2005-04-04
Tree's a crowd2005-04-04
Dr Who viewers fall 2.6m2005-04-04
Forget the laughs, Doc, give us fear2005-04-04
Just look who's on the slide2005-04-04
Canada hears a Who2005-04-05
BBC says sorry to new Dr Who over typecasting claim2005-04-05
Who's back. And Who's looking vastly entertaining2005-04-05
Rose in kidnap2005-04-06
Doctor new2005-04-07
Doctor in tune with past2005-04-07
Meet the Next P.M. ... and he's full of hot air like Blair2005-04-07
Letters2005-04-09
Their mutual friend2005-04-09
Billie's new role as Chris backs an Idiot2005-04-10
Rose2005-04-11
Twisting the night away2005-04-11
The traveller in time2005-04-11
Who broke Big Ben?2005-04-13
Billie Pins Down Celeb Wrestlers2005-04-13
Dr Who too scary for young children2005-04-14
Doctor Who is too scary for children2005-04-14
Who-ray! the doctor is in2005-04-14
BBC climbs down over Doctor Who fear factor2005-04-15
Too frightening for parents?2005-04-15
Close encounters2005-04-15
Destroy Ant and Dec!2005-04-15
Killing time2005-04-16
Casanova regenerates into the new Doctor Who2005-04-16
Casanova's next conquest is the Tardis2005-04-16
David's the new Doc2005-04-16
Wild about the boy2005-04-16
Today's TV with Mike Ward2005-04-16
Casanova Will Be the New Dr Who2005-04-16
Political prisoners2005-04-16
She's out of this world2005-04-16
Alison Graham On... Who's The Doctor2005-04-16
Beam me up, scotty! There's klingons on the seafront2005-04-18
More outrage as Dr Who 'crucified'2005-04-18
Your View: Doctor Always Was A Thriller2005-04-19
Who's Afraid?2005-04-19
Doctor Who brought back to life in new series2005-04-19
Who knew Doctor Who revival would be so good?2005-04-19
Doctor Who gets 10th face2005-04-20
This is a wind up2005-04-20
A Famous Dram For The New Dr Who2005-04-22
The face of evil?2005-04-23
Fair and square2005-04-23
Nigel Andrew's View2005-04-23
World war2005-04-23
Flight Of The Dalek2005-04-24
Who's who in pop's Tardis2005-04-24
Dr Who's T-Rusted Sidekick2005-04-25
Dr Who gets political2005-04-25
Exterminate Chris!2005-04-25
Chris Eccleston explains why he left Dr Who2005-04-26
Shocker for Doc2005-04-26
Posh 'n Becks crisis--latest2005-04-26
I Wanted to Exterminate the Daleks2005-04-26
Doctor Feud2005-04-26
Daleks v Girls on Girls Action2005-04-27
Rovers' returns2005-04-29
Give the man a BAFTA2005-04-29
Tinpot dictator2005-04-30
Quickie...2005-04-30
Gwen Stefani must be a secret fan of Doctor Who2005-04-30
It's just out of this world!2005-04-30
From Gay to Geek2005-04-30
Exterminate! Exterminate!2005-04-30
Reader Rant2005-04-30
Keep us hanging on ...2005-04-30
Cheapskaaates2005-04-30
Doctor's deadliest enemy2005-04-30
Inventor of Daleks only earned £80!!!2005-04-30
Exterminate the Wrestlers2005-04-30
So, the story we've all been waiting for2005-04-30
This is what we've been waiting for2005-04-30
Be afraid, be very afraid... The Daleks are coming back to a living room near you!2005-04-30
Return of the Daleks!2005-04-30
D-aargh-lek's wimpy ending2005-05-01
The softer side of the sole remaining Dalek2005-05-02
Back behind the sofa — it's a Dalek2005-05-02
£2m sales for the man who makes Daleks2005-05-02
Dalek Roy Yearns To Obey Orders2005-05-02
Trust invaded by zombies, pigs and walking dummies2005-05-05
Wanted: One Time Lord, Tardis optional2005-05-06
The naked Dalek2005-05-07
Free Doctor Who and Friends CD inside today plus bonus Star Wars track2005-05-07
It takes three ...2005-05-07
Today's TV with Mike Ward (2005-05-07)2005-05-07
Dr Who's new enemy: Star Wars!2005-05-11
Unholy terror2005-05-14
The galactic cardboard fantasy sets exterminated as a sexy new doctor materialises on our television screens time for fans old and new to find out who is who2005-05-14
Doctor Phew!2005-05-14
A well-crafted machine2005-05-14
From Daleks To Dracula!2005-05-15
Let's not be beastly to Daleks2005-05-16
An absurd ruling takes the fun out of Doctor Who2005-05-16
Unsuitable for children2005-05-17
The censors ... will ... exterminate2005-05-17
The Daleks in my bedroom2005-05-18
Doctor treated2005-05-19
Legislate! Legislate!2005-05-19
Streaming for more?2005-05-19
Hamlet2005-05-19
It helps to be a Time Lord2005-05-20
Brits Still Enjoying 'Doctor Who' Antics2005-05-20
Dreams and Nightmares2005-05-21
A doctor so sexy it's scary2005-05-21
The timely Doctor Who saves family audience Daleks make a welcome return to the living room2005-05-21
Being true to Dr Who2005-05-22
Billie: It's Ta-ta to the Tardis2005-05-23
Who's the daddy (The Stage)2005-05-26
Tranter promises more family drama on weekend2005-05-26
Who's a lucky devil2005-05-26
To be continued...2005-05-28
Just what the 'Doctor Who' ordered2005-05-28
Time Lord travelling again, this time to the stage2005-05-31
Time teamer2005-06-02
I'm Trapped in Crash Wreck ... Tape Dr Who!2005-06-02
Boom Town2005-06-03
What's next, Doc?2005-06-04
Death of the Doctor2005-06-04
Colin checks out Who wears what2005-06-04
Reality can be a killer2005-06-11
Geoffrey Toone2005-06-12
BBC advises Doctor Who fans to stay offline until the bitter end2005-06-14
Sought, located2005-06-15
The Doctor's fate is sealed with a first kiss — or two2005-06-16
Who Lets The Dog Out2005-06-18
They're back ... and this time it's war!2005-06-18
Doctor Ooooh!2005-06-18
Time up for Chris2005-06-18
Do catch the last in the current series of Dr Who2005-06-18
Silly Billie just lost the plot2005-06-22
Series 3 for Who2005-06-24
I'm prepared for my role as BBC Man, but how to fit Big Specs into the new Dr Who?2005-06-25
Awkward squad2005-06-27
Soundbites2005-07-01
Doctor who? (Idea)2005-07-01

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Debate the issues of the day with other Times readers

THE RIGHT MEDICINE?

What did you think of the new Doctor Who? Is the series the way forward for the BBC?

AFTER years of suffering so-called reality shows, mind-numbing makeover programmes and puerile pop wannabe waffle, at last we have a return to the thoroughly entertaining adventure series in Doctor Who. It's the best thing the BBC has produced in a long time Those of us who remember such great adventure series as The Saint and The Avengers have learnt to appreciate good television. If a 42-year-old children's sci-fi series can knock Ant and Dec off the top of the TV ratings, then I think the rest of the channels had better wake up.

Terry Doyle, Birmingham

Plastic story

WHAT a disappointment. People turning into plastic mannequins may have excited audiences at one time, but in today's world you cannot simply create a slapdash, weak and frankly boring storyline like this. I expected to be wowed by the first episode but was left in a worried state — is this the best the BBC can manage?

Ryan Ayrton, Halifax, West Yorkshire

The good Doctor

ABSOLUTELY — the new series of Doctor Who is the way forward for the BBC. Saturday's episode was clever, with canny casting and witty dialogue. Talent contests and reality shows are undeniably popular, but we've reached saturation point. Something like Doctor Who reminds us that television can give us much more intelligent and thought-provoking stuff. Long may the Doctor continue.

Ben Morris

Out of time lord

I THOUGHT Saturday's episode fell rather short of previous Doctor Who stories. The three-quarter-hour episode was not long enough to introduce a new Doctor and complete the storyline, which finished too quickly. I hope the forthcoming episodes are better, otherwise I shall be voting this Doctor a flop.

Tony Britton, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Alienation

I WAS astonished at the favourable press you gave to the latest version of Doctor Who. After weeks of anticipation I and two friends settled down to this sacrilege. If there are scores of unemployed actors, how did Billie Piper get cast? Her inability to act is painful to watch. Eccleston is a bold choice for the Doctor, but he struggles with an inane script. They risk alienating all their potential viewers: fame academy fans won't get it, sci-fi fans will turn off. Bring back Blake's 7.

Ruth Barber, King's Lynn

Everything you need

IF YOU want television that's genuinely aimed at all the family, that boasts wit, intelligence. a moral code and super aliens and special effects, and which can pay for itself with fabulous merchandising — then yes, Doctor Who is the answer.

David A. Jacovelli,

Stay the course

THE ratings success for Doctor Who on Saturday shows that it can still have appeal to a wider audience, beyond the hardcore fans. I think it can continue to be a success for. the BBC. In America, expensive science fiction programming is in decline. Shows such as the latest Star Trek series,' Enterprise, have been cancelled because they are not economically viable compared with cheaply made reality TV which bring ratings and revenue. Of course, as a public broadcaster the situation with the BBC is slightly different, but Doctor Who must maintain its momentum throughout the first series to ensure a long-term future. So far, I don't think it will disappoint. Richard Warner, East Sussex

Sexy retro

SATURDAY'S programme struck a fantastic balance between hilarity and tension, sex appeal and stiff alien retro. The script was at times slapstick, but this just added to the fun. Christopher Eccleston is a manic and sexy Doctor, Billie Piper is a beautiful and capable assistant. Well done the BBC. Rebecca Rogers, Bath

So far so good

YES, we must have a Doctor Who for the 21st century and beyond. The BBC have done a good job so far. I await clever, troubling and original stories as time goes on.

Andy Tyler, King's Lynn Att.

Wit and science

I MUST congratulate the BBC on the impressive job it has done in bringing this classic but elderly series back with such vigour and mainstream appeal. Russell T. Davies is a very talented writer, and the main actors played their roles superbly. Doctor Who's appeal lies, it seems to me, in its distinctively British flavour, a hero who is a man of thought and science, anti-violence and compassion, who never uses guns, pilots a weaponless craft which looks like a police box and uses a wit sharper than Oscar Wilde. The new series seems to retain the 'feel of the old ones admirably, and was a visual and dramatic tour de force. I hope it sets a precedent.

Robert Pope

Cut the camp

I DISLIKED this Doctor Who just as I disliked the 1996 film flop and most of the series in the 1980s. However, I respect the fact that many enjoyed it and I am glad that the Time Lord's fortunes seem to be waxing again. There was a tiny spark of vintage Doc in the all-too-brief Auton invasion scenes. The programme must avoid the sense of camp pastiche that haunted the show in the 1980s and still dogs the new version, giving way to intelligent production values which underpinned the vintage episodes of the 1960s and 1970s. Overall, it felt more like CBeebies than science fiction. And let's restore the classic Delia Derbyshire arrangement of Ron Grainer's timeless theme tune. Name and address supplied

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