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coverage of series 2, 2006

  1. All aboard the TARDIS (15 April)
  2. Bad wolf? | Royal prey (22 April)
  3. Friends reunited (29 April)
  4. Tick tock! | Letters (6 May)
  5. Heavy metal (13 May)
  6. The Mick of Time | Letters (20 May)
  7. Do not adjust... | Letters (27 May)
  8. Ood ... you are awful (3 June)
  9. Talk of the devil | Letters (10 June)
  10. Careful what you wish for ... (17 June)
  11. Unearthly child (24 June)
  12. Time to move on | Letters (1 July)
  13. On the set with ... David Tennant (8 July) |
    Letters (July 22)
  14. The Claus of doom (23 December) | Letters (14 January)

coverage of other series
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The threat to the universe doesn't always come from aggressive aliens. In this week's Doctor Who, writer Matthew Graham (left) brings it closer to home ...

Just this episode to go before the ticker-pumping, time-defying, zillion-effects, end-of-season, two-part finale. And what does writer Matthew Graham have in store? "It's really quite a creepy story, which hopefully will tap into psychological fears — a bit like 'Are you my mummy?' did," he says, referring to last year's story The Empty Child.

"There's something iconic [in this week's episode] to do with things that children have in their bedroom, that could be rather scary if we get it right." Precedent suggests that they will.

"There's only one proper child role," he continues, "and you'll discover she isn't all she seems. Writing for her was wonderful because you're writing creepy lines, but for this innocent child." As the father of two notes: "Kids can be quite creepy without even trying." Hence his episode title: Fear Her. It's set in London at the time of the 2012 Olympics. All the cars look modem, and plasma TV comes as standard — "And that's largely it, in terms of making it look like the future. That's great. Because the most exciting thing about

Doctor Who is having the Tardis pitching up at the bottom of your garden, or at the end of the road, and that's what the storyline taps into."

Matthew Graham is no stranger to what makes drama work. He has written for EastEnders, This Life, Spooks and Hustle, and co-created Life on Mars, another time-travelling hit. He was also privy to executive producer Russell T Davies's first pitch for the new Doctor Who. "It was something like 'a boy and a girl running across the universe, having fun in time and space'. Everything about it was designed to make you think this was going to be fast and about friends facing adversity together — not about a ighly sophisticated 900-year-old being with two hearts and his immature, naive, earthbound sidekick. Doctor Who is oyes ilo with heart under Russell."

Davies's approach to the sh clearly one that suits Graham. so light and effortless," he say the more you watch, the more realise that that's the only wa You don't need any more pm science fiction. You just want that fun, and it connects so with the audience.

"It's the best Doctor Who Because of the heart. Christo Eccleston is a fine, fine actor, but don't think you would ever say that main talent as an actor is his effortil charm. Whereas David Tennant at man is effortlessly charming, and a'. the Doctor— and in any role he phis — he brings lots of warmth and childishness to it, without losing his dignity. The story was a joy to write."

Caption: ROOM WITH A BOG, An ordinary British household conceals a fearful power that emanates from Chloe (Abisola Agbajel)

Caption: SSHH, YOU KNOW WHO! It's Rose (Billie Piper) and the Doctor (David Tennant), of course, but will they have to tread carefully around young Chloe (above)?

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