Doctor Who 50th anniversary
Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further, John Hurt is not the name of the Doctor. I’m referring to all those people who tweeted that John Hurt was the Doctor’s name at the end of The Name of the Doctor. Phew, now we’ve got that out of the way we can carry on.
Between 2008-2009 Doctor Who had a hiatus of sorts. Instead of a full series there were several specials that saw the Doctor (David Tennant) travelling without a regular companion.
This is David Tennant’s last full series as the Doctor before he decided to leave and become a hard-bitten cop on Broadchurch and play Hamlet alongside Patrick Stewart a.ka. Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
‘Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.’ Those are the most chilling words ever to be said on Doctor Who.
Another year and another Doctor, Christopher Eccleston only stayed for one series before moving on to other projects. The ninth Doctor regenerated after kissing Rose and absorbing all the power from the time vortex at the end of The Parting of Ways. And so the era of David Tennant’s tenth incarnation commenced.
It all started at a party. Writer Russell T. Davies had a brief conversation with television executive Jane Tranter about resurrecting Doctor Who. Davies had been campaigning for years to get Doctor Who back on the box and finally here was his chance.
Doctor Who had been off the air since 1989 and this was the first attempt to revive the series. The show had been kept alive in the intermediate years through audio plays and novelizations but finally here was a ‘backdoor pilot’ that brought the Doctor back on our screens. It was to be a short-lived re-appearance.
It was the end of Doctor Who but no one really knew it, not even the cast who only found out after the series had been completed. Survival marked the end of Sylvester McCoy’s era. The serial saw Ace return to her home in Perivale in the suburbs of North West London.
This serial has the best musical opening number to an episode of Doctor Who ever – it even trumps the Master’s song at the start of Last of the Time Lords.
We have a new Doctor and this one is a funny little man in the form of Sylvester McCoy.
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