Ninth Doctor (2005)

Before Rose there was Scream of the Shalka (2003), an animated webcast reviving Doctor Who with a new, ninth, Doctor. Jon Arnold considers how Paul Cornell’s script reinvents the Doctor, his companions and universe, and how it nevertheless falls short of 2005’s successful revival.
Doctor Who’s return in Rose (2005) triumphantly re-imagines the series for the 21st century, grounding it in a world of council estates, soap operas and reality TV, and showing us its new Doctor through the eyes of Rose Tyler. Jon Arnold analyses how it succeeds so dramatically.
In Robert Shearman’s only televised Doctor Who story, Dalek (2005) reintroduces the iconic monster in an open conversation between the revived series and its parent. Billy Seguire explains how the episode explores fandom, adaptation, internet culture, and post-war trauma, in a context rich with dramatic irony.