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coverage of series 1, 2005

  1. Bring on those nightmares! | That's the wonder of Who... | listings (26 March)
  2. Origin of species (2 April)
  3. Their mutual friend | letters (9 April)
  4. Killing time (16 April)
  5. The face of evil? (23 April)
  6. Tinpot dictator (30 April)
  7. The naked Dalek | letters (7 May)
  8. Unholy terror (14 May)
  9. Dreams and nightmares (21 May)
  10. To be continued... (28 May)
  11. What's next, Doc? (4 June)
  12. Reality can be a killer (11 June)
  13. They're back ... and this time it's war! (18 June)

coverage of other series
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That's the wonder of Who...

"I just want to make him the best character ever. He should be so fascinating, he's radioactive. He's funny, clever, wild and fast, your best friend times 500."

This is writer Russell T Davies talking to RT back in November 2003 about his plans for the first new TV series of Doctor Who for 16 years.

Well, at least you can't accuse him of aiming low.

He went on: "The trick is to make it more real in terms of the very first episode having genuine wonderment. I can fairly confidently predict that there will be a young female companion who will discover that she can explore time and space. If you watch Doctor Who you can take that for granted, but it's the most astonishing concept. It's really time to go back to basics on that."

Davies couldn't have had a tougher job. He's been charged with reinventing Doctor Who not just for the original fans but also for a new generation of younger viewers, likely to have an inbuilt resistance. ("Me? Watch something my parents used to watch? Oh pur-leese.") And, of course, those children will have been weaned on a viewing diet of astonishingly sophisticated special effects, rather than a programme famed for its wobbly sets and stray boom mikes (although, as Davies assured RT, "I'm 6ft 6in. I personally will eliminate wobble").

But that was then and this is now. With Doctor Who and his Tardis set to invade our Saturday teatimes once more, the big question is: has Davies pulled it off?

And you know what? I rather think he has.

We celebrate the return of the Doctor this week with our unique open-up cover, plus a 16-page special supplement. It feels like the least we can do to w welcome back a very old friend indeed. Enjoy!

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