Rose
Episode / February 6, 2016

Aired 26 March 2005 Following the failed TV Movie in 1996, the chances of ever seeing Doctor Who on screens again seemed miniscule, novelizations and audios the only ongoing sources of new adventures for the erstwhile Time Lord. In the early 2000s, though, dramatic series with a sci-fi/fantasy twist really started to resonate with audiences looking for an escape, with franchises like Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer proving immensely popular. Spurred on by the persistence of Russell T Davies, a massive Doctor Who fan who had already made his name with hits such as Queer as Folk and The Second Coming, the BBC executives finally greenlit the production of thirteen new episodes of Doctor Who to air in 2005, hoping to recapture the magic that had originally made the franchise so popular while giving it a much-needed update for modern audiences. As the first episode of the new era of Doctor Who, ‘Rose’ sets off to do the seemingly impossible: reintroduce the Doctor and the TARDIS, bring aboard a dynamic new companion, and tell a story with the traditional alien presence that keeps audiences engaged and interested. Featuring a snappy 45-minute format for its self-contained episodes, the programme…