, Adam Mitchell joins the Doctor and Rose in the episode "Dalek". Doctor Who BBC. With the past and future in the balance, can the Doctor stop the evil Fisher King? Season 2. England, 1651. ", to which the Doctor responds, "Lots of planets have a north!" In a town that never was, the Doctor and his friends are being stalked by a mysterious figure.  Commentators on the series noted the romantic tension between the two characters. Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 1 (DVD) Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman as Clara in the first six thrilling episodes of Series Nine. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they're relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Created by Sydney Newman. Following the resolution of the situation, Jack prepares to sacrifice himself in "The Doctor Dances", but the Doctor saves him and invites him on board the TARDIS. He avoids thinking about his past because "there's some pain there" – and his only concern regarding the future is that "it's there". The Ninth Doctor first appears in the episode "Rose" where he rescues 19-year-old shopgirl Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) from an Auton attack in the department store where she works. Season 5. However, when this arc was vetoed by both Russell T Davies and series producer Julie Gardner the creative team felt unable to regenerate the Doctor without Destrii's presence and the decision was made not to depict the regeneration in the comic strip. After Rose helps the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness (living plastic), he invites her to travel with him in the TARDIS. Rate. If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts... how far might the Doctor go? Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Season 10.  In a Doctor Who Magazine poll in 2006 Eccleston was voted the third greatest Doctor behind those portrayed by Tom Baker and David Tennant. Remembered for its primitive special effects and compelling story lines, Doctor Who became a landmark of British pop culture. The actor described the character as "brutal at times" and "confrontational" and "inflexible" stating that he "sometimes creates carnage" and that "there's nobody like him in Disney".  He said, "I wasn't comfortable. The Doctor and Clara have 12 hours to turn a peaceful village into strong fighters, ready for the deadly Mire. ", "Doctor Who: David Tennant tops US 'Favorite Doctor' poll", Ninth Doctor's Theme Music QuickTime file, List of actors who have played the Doctor, List of actors considered for the part of the Doctor, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ninth_Doctor&oldid=994565849, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Pages using citations with accessdate and no URL, Articles with dead external links from June 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 11:06. When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend, the Doctor. " However Harry Venning of The Stage, whilst enthusiastic about the revival of the show, labelled Eccleston as the "show's biggest disappointment" following the premiere episode, stating he looked uncomfortable in a fantasy role.  Executive producer Julie Gardner observed that the Ninth Doctor gave Eccleston the chance to be "very intense but also frivolous as well.  John Barrowman, reflecting on the interrelationships between The Doctor, Jack and Rose, felt that "the subtle sexual chemistry between all three characters... was always in play" with the caveat that "the relationships were by no means driven by desire". Destiny of the Doctor: Night of the Whisper, "What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow", "The Launch of the Powerpuff Girls – IDW Solicitations For September 2013, Including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Doctor Who, GI Joe And Locke And Key", "The Ninth Doctor Chronicles - Doctor Who - The New Series - Big Finish", "Christopher Eccleston returns to Doctor Who", "Doctor Who regeneration was 'modelled on LSD trips, "Richard E Grant's emergence as the ninth Doctor Who", "Eccleston quit Doctor Who to be his 'own man, "Eccleston promised to film new 'Dr Who'? He compares the Ninth Doctor to the First Doctor (William Hartnell) in that both characters are "an unknown who remains aggressively weird until his new-found human friends soften him up". Sci-fi drama. The series resumed in 2005.  Between 1963 and 1989 seven different actors played the part. After Rose helps the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness (living plastic), he invites her to travel with him in the TARDIS. This was originally developed as an official continuation to series, and featured Richard E Grant in the role of the Doctor. On 9 August 2020, Big Finish announced that Christopher Eccleston would reprise his role as the Ninth Doctor in a new series entitled The Ninth Doctor Adventures, consisting of four box-sets each containing three episodes.  SFX magazine also commented on the "intoxicatingly flirtatious dynamic" and compared the trio to "a Buffy-style Scooby gang who can quip in the face of danger". In regards to the Doctor's costume, consisting of simply a black leather pea coat and dark trousers, Eccleston stated, "I didn't want the costume to be my performance" and that "I wanted any flamboyance and colour to come out of my acting. The Doctor and Clara have 12 hours to turn a peaceful village into strong fighters, ready for the deadly Mire. Track Doctor Who season 9 episodes.  Other actors linked to the role included Bill Nighy, Richard E Grant, Anthony Head, Eddie Izzard, Hugh Grant and Alan Davies. Blair ends his retrospective by noting that without the foundations laid by Eccleston the show "wouldn't have been able to move onwards towards the even more popular David Tennant era". Season 9. , A loose story arc that informed the Doctor's characterisation during the 2005 series is his feelings regarding the destruction of his own race, the Time Lords, which occurred offscreen before episode one. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they’re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Editors' Picks: Streaming at Home for the Holidays, What IMDb Editors Are Thankful for This Year, Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Reboots and Remakes, January Picks: The Movies and TV Shows You Can't Miss, January TV Calendar: New and Returning Shows. Remarking on this aspect of his characterisation Eccleston states that the character "is a scientist and an intellectual, and a lot of people seem to think you can only be those things if you speak with received pronunciation which, of course, is rubbish."  In contrast with previous Doctors, the Ninth Doctor speaks with a distinct Northern dialect, mirroring Eccleston's natural Manchester dialect. Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself.  In "Bad Wolf", the Doctor, Rose and Jack find themselves at the mercy of the Bad Wolf Corporation based on Satellite Five. Because of his actions, he is treated like an Internet predator by Rose's mother Jackie (Camille Coduri) and Rose's boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clarke) has become Rose's murder suspect. " Gavin Fuller of The Daily Telegraph named him the ninth best Doctor, noting that Eccleston was "a serious actor" and "his attempts at a lighter style could seem a tad forced", though this was "offset by his showdowns against the Daleks". , Adam Mitchell (Bruno Langley) joins the Doctor and Rose as companion at the end of "Dalek".  Richard Henley Davis of The Economic Voice also notes that Tennant "had big boots to fill after Christopher Eccleston's Doctor Who, which many believe to be the greatest incarnation of the lunatic time lord. Davies felt it was important to take the Doctor away from mythological off stage concepts such as the Time War and provide a conclusion that focused on the relationship between the character and Rose. I don't know about you, but I still want to know if Osgood was human or Zygon. He instantly showed that he was an adventure-seeker and knew how to have fun. The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. 2.  In the press-pack for the series he states that he had emailed the writer to declare his interest in the role. And more importantly, who composed Beethoven's 5th. In their book Who is the Doctor?, Graeme Burk and Robert Smith described the climactic kiss between the Ninth Doctor and Rose in "The Parting of the Ways" as being something "we all secretly wanted, even though it ultimately killed him". The Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann, appeared in a BBC/Fox co-produced television film in 1996, however this did not lead to a full series.  In "Aliens of London", when taking Rose home, the Doctor accidentally returns to Earth 12 months after they left. This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station. He refrains once Rose calls him out on this. With Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith. Who is the Hybrid? Jack's appearances were conceived with the intention of forming a character arc in which Jack is transformed from a coward to a hero. Davies stated that he "always wanted to do a show with someone who was a rubbish companion" and dubbed Adam "the companion that couldn't".  Upon returning Adam home, the Doctor informs him that "I only take the best. Having absorbed the energies of the time vortex, Rose is able to return to the Doctor and destroy the Daleks.  Piper remarked that the Doctor challenges Rose more than anyone else in her life and that he in turn sees in her "she has huge potential, to be someone really, really great.  The Monsters Inside depicts the Doctor taking Rose to her first alien planet, Justicia. After consideration, he decided not to return to the series. However, when Pete dies to restore the timeline he shows compassion and encourages her to sit by his side as he passes away. The character featured in comic strips in Doctor Who Magazine between 2005 and 2006 as well as in several short stories in the Doctor Who Annual 2006. When a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song's squad and hurled into a chase across the galaxy. The Doctor and Clara find themselves on a underwater station where the crew live in fear of deadly ghosts which have taken over the station. In his retrospective of the character, he states that Eccleston's casting proved that the revival of the show "was not a light entertainment concern". Julie Gardner felt that the young actress and former pop star was perfect as a "unique" and "dynamic" companion for the Doctor. The series began filming on 5 January 2015, for an airdate on 19 September 2015. , Like Delingpole, Andrew Blair found similarities between the Ninth Doctor era and the Third Doctor era, summarising Eccleston's single series as "a modern day season seven".  Eccleston began studio recording for the first box set - Ravagers - on the 14th December 2020. " In a 2005 interview Tennant himself stated "there's an awful lot to live up to" after taking on the role from Eccleston, having admired his performances as a viewer. Eccleston felt that the episode "Dalek" showed the audience why his Doctor is the way he is and "how he feels about his past". Maisie Williams talks about crossing fandoms, celebrates her birthday with an impromptu quiz, and generally everyone has a lot of fun, as Rufus Hound gives us a unique view of what it’s like to make Doctor Who. Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help.  John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack, felt that the Doctor's decision to save Rose enabled a catharsis; as he sacrifices himself to save her he is "letting go of the burden of the Time Lords being destroyed". I'm very proud of it. I thought 'If I stay in this job, I'm going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.' Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor was the first incarnation of the immortal Time Lord for an entirely new generation. Doctor Who. Doctor Who, British science fiction TV series produced by the BBC. , On 30 March 2005 the BBC confirmed that Eccleston would not be staying in the role for a second series, claiming that he was scared of being typecast.  The casting of Billie Piper as the Ninth Doctor's primary female companion Rose Tyler was announced in May 2004. 7. The Doctor, Rose and Jack form a close team but are separated in the series finale in which each character has to make difficult choices and face sacrifice. 9. [a] The Ninth Doctor appeared in the Penguin Fiftieth Anniversary eBook novella The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson. , —Eccleston on the relationship between the Doctor and Rose, Since 1963, the Doctor has travelled with various companions who generally serve to remind him of his "moral duty". No regenerations this time. She cited the high viewing figures of Eccleston's debut episode—over 10 million—as proof that audiences were ready to welcome in a new era of the show. They love each other. , Eccleston stated in April 2004 that he did not believe his Doctor would be "as eccentric and as foppish as he was in some of his incarnations".  Eccleston cited the quality of the scripts as a reason for joining the cast, stating in an interview on BBC's Breakfast programme that he was "excited" about working with Davies. Doctor Who Season 9 Episode 5 further connected Twelve to David Tennant's run, as well as the theme of playing God. With the Zygons invading England, and UNIT neutralized, the Doctor stands alone to stop the Zygons from taking over the entire planet. It is revealed that the Doctor's own species, the Time Lords, have been destroyed and the Doctor is the last of his kind.  Following from this, they visit Cardiff in 1869 in "The Unquiet Dead", where they encounter author Charles Dickens, of whom the Doctor claims to be a big fan. 9) Sleep No More . Season 9. 10. When faced with a near-death situation, the Doctor tells Rose that he was glad to have met her. The Doctor raises the stakes in a different but very welcome approach. ", "What if Eccleston Had Returned for 50th? It … He felt that the "brusque, sarky and virile" Ninth Doctor "transports us back to the golden era of Jon Pertwee when the series still had that edge of darkness. Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman and guests including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.  On their first trip in "The End of the World", the Doctor takes Rose to witness the destruction of planet Earth in the year five billion. Rate. Please note that this Extra contains spoilers, so make sure you’ve watched both episodes first. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? Fuller also was disappointed that his "time was over all too swiftly". Who are these creatures, and are they enemies to be fought, or friends who might possibly save the Doctor from certain doom on the gallows? And how can he save his friends?  All of the Ninth Doctor novels except Only Human make reference to the "Bad Wolf" story arc of the first series although in keeping with the TV series, the Doctor does not acknowledge these as significant. The Ninth Doctor made his first official, original audio story appearance in Big Finish/AudioGo's Destiny of the Doctor: Night of the Whisper, released in September 2013 for 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Buy Doctor Who, Season 9 - Microsoft Store.  In 2019, Nicholas Briggs narrated a short trip from the Ninth Doctor era titled Battle Scars.  In promoting the online serial, Grant was referred to as the official Ninth Doctor by the BBC. This is addressed in "Rose" when Rose Tyler asks the Doctor, "If you're an alien, how come you sound like you're from the North? But despite this, he also had stoic manners, and he hid a darker truth that he carried along with him. Over the years, the Doctor has survived a hell of a lot of dangerous encounters. 4. Season 4. Santa Claus! Explore the characters, read the latest Doctor Who news and view games to play. Eccleston enjoyed having the chance to work on a series aimed at a different demographic than his previous work, noting that "it's aimed at families, so I'm kind of acting for children and I feel very lucky to be able to do that". Binge watch episodes of Doctor Who entire season 9 only on Disney+ Hotstar ", "Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: The Day of the Doctor", "Who is this Doctor? ", Ahead of the series premiere on Australian Network ABC the Sydney Morning Herald's Robin Oliver predicted that older viewers "will find Eccleston easily the best time lord since Tom Baker. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth. A deadly highwayman known only as 'The Knightmare' plagues the dark streets of London, his fire-breathing accomplice by his side. Tweet. BBC. HD; CC;  Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, stated in the announcement of his casting that casting an actor of Eccleston's reputation signalled "our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st century, as well as retaining its core traditional values – to be surprising, edgy and eccentric". Season 6. I've got Rose".  Eccleston felt that the character ultimately provides a life-affirming message stating that "In everything the Doctor does, he is saying 'it's great to be alive'. She said about the matter: "I have left the TARDIS and I've filmed my last scenes. Watch Doctor Who, past, present and future adventures DOCTOR WHO? The regeneration scene is cut short before Eccleston's likeness can be fully seen, as the actor declined to return for the episode and showrunner Steven Moffat wished to honour Eccleston's decision. Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. It consisted of ten stories and fourteen episodes. The show’s original run lasted 26 years, from 1963 to 1989. And I think it's more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left. As the footage plays out, a horrifying secret is uncovered. The character was first conceived during Russell T Davies' 2003 pitch to the BBC: it was always the intention for Adam to join the TARDIS team after Rose developed a liking for him. Season 11. On 4 April they admitted that this statement had been made without consulting the actor, and were forced to apologise. , The Doctor had been played by eight actors between when the series began in 1963 and the casting of Christopher Eccleston; the concept of regeneration—a process in which the title character takes on a new body and identity—had been introduced in 1966 to allow the production team to change lead actors. , In the essay "Flood Barriers" in the 2007 Panini Books reprint collection of Eighth Doctor comic strips from Doctor Who Magazine strip editor Clayton Hickman reveals that Russell T Davies had authorised the comic strip to depict the Eighth Doctor's regeneration into the Ninth at the end of the story arc, The Flood. 1. 6.  Russell T Davies remarked that the Ninth Doctor carries a lot of survival guilt; this is why he "strides through the universe wearing a dark leather peacoat saying "Don't touch me"". … Their investigation leads them to a hidden street in the middle of London, the discovery that Rigsy has been issued a death sentence, and one of them facing the choice of having to make the ultimate sacrifice; to face the Raven! Zygons, a shape-shifting alien race, and humans live in peace together on earth, but a group of rogue zygons threaten the peace between humans and zygons. On their first trip in "The End of the World", the Doctor takes Rose to witness the destruction of planet Earth in the year five billion. He was the production team's first choice for the character. In Season 9 of this iconic sci-fi series, Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald. Rate. 24 Oct. 2015 The Woman Who Lived. The Ninth Doctor was the first regeneration that was the last of its kind, seeing as how Gallifrey and the Time Lords were all wiped out in-between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors. Doctor Who: 9 Reveals From The Revolution Of The Daleks Trailer. , Christopher Eccleston's casting as the Ninth Doctor was announced on 22 March 2004. By Noam Cohen • 10/18/15 4:31pm. And what is the Doctor's confession? Briggs reprised the role for The Ninth Doctor Chronicles, released in May 2017. Kelly believed that Eccleston was believable as a man who had destroyed two civilisations and was dealing with the repercussions and could have brought more to the show had Eccleston stayed for a second series. Series 12. There's something clearly more than human here, and that includes the loot as much as the outlaws. Season 9. The regular series consisted of 12 episodes.  He felt that being cast by Davies in the series was a "risk" because as an actor he is not known for "charm or comedy" and anticipated a potential backlash due to being built up as "an actor of stature" and the difference between his own interpretation of the character and past doctors.  In "The Empty Child", after encountering Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) (a con artist and former Time Agent from the 51st century) in 1941, the Doctor realises Jack had caused a deadly nanotechnological plague to sweep through the human race, turning humans into gas-mask zombies. Episode 9 Doctor Who Extra: The Girl Who Died & The Woman Who Lived. (TV: Twice Upon a Time) When the Third Doctor met J… It is revealed that the Doctor's own species, the Time Lords, have been destroyed and th… " According to the Sunday Mirror, an interview for BBC's Doctor Who website that was taken down after his departure revealed that Eccleston had planned to stay for two or three more years. I've got to admit, the Caecilius flashback was cool. The Ninth Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who.  After Mickey helps the Doctor and Rose defeat the Slitheen by firing a missile at their base at 10 Downing Street in "World War Three", the Doctor offers Mickey a place in the TARDIS with them but he refuses. The Mire are the deadliest mercenaries in the galaxy, famed for showing no mercy and Ashildr has just declared war on them.  Eccleston was named Best Actor with 59.42% of the vote in BBC.co.uk's online "Best of Drama" poll in 2005. 0.  A 2012 poll conducted by the United States media news magazine Entertainment Weekly resulted in Eccleston being voted the fourth most popular Doctor, behind David Tennant, Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) and Tom Baker. In the episode "The Parting of the Ways" the Doctor sacrifices his ninth life to save Rose. And will there be mercy? 7.4 (4,171) 0. " He later opined that Rose is not as "vulnerable" as previous companions and that "she's as brave and courageous and intelligent as he is" citing the fact that she saves the Doctor's life. But where is he and what is he hiding from? However, the damage to his cells causes him to regenerate and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) takes his place. 2016 X-Ray 13+.  Press for the series focused heavily on the fact that Rose was to be more independent and courageous than previous companions. Error: please try again. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest … Blair also felt that the Ninth Doctor's relationship with the Doctor's arch enemies the Daleks was more successful than in other incarnations giving particular praise to Eccleston's "spittle-enhanced and terrifyingly furious reaction" to the monsters in "Dalek". Matthew Sweet of The Evening Standard highlighted the dichotomy of the character being "brave and wise and brilliant" but also "rough and ready" and "down-to-earth". (AUDIO: Falling) The First Doctor was shown footage of the Ninth Doctor, as well as his ten other successors, by the Testimony when he expressed doubt over the Twelfth Doctor's identity. Season 10. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) are back in Series 9 of Doctor Who landing on 19th September. He also briefly travels with Adam Mitchell (Bruno Langley), a self-serving boy genius who acts as a foil to the companions but ultimately proves unworthy, and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a reformed con man from the 51st century. " Eccleston thought that as the Doctor he should show a "slight dark side" but also bring out a lighter side. , James Delingpole of The Spectator noted that subsequent to Fourth Doctor Tom Baker's departure and prior to Eccleston, actors who portrayed the Doctor had a tendency to play the role "too camp, knowing, lovable or twee". But the most important thing is that I did it, not that I left. It was radio-controlled, and, because it was based on 1970s-era analog RC gear, the original K-9 was a fairly unreliable prop, as were most RC props of the era, like the R2-D2 robot prop used in “Star Wars.” Jenna Coleman and Maisie Williams in Doctor Who.  Fraser McAlpine, reviewing Adam's appearances as companion for BBC America's Anglophenia blog, described Adam as fulfilling a role as "the companion that proves the worth of all of the other companions". However he notes that due to the brevity of the Ninth Doctor's era Tennant subsequently had time to make his character more established.  However, following the September 2003 announcement that the series would return to television with a new actor in the title role, the canonical status of the so-called "Shalka Doctor" was left in doubt.  Steven Moffat, who wrote "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" for Eccleston's Doctor and would become Doctor Who executive producer in 2010, observed that in 2005 there was a distinct lack of science fiction and fantasy drama in the UK. ", Eccleston felt that as a character his Doctor lives solely for the present.  However, he also drew out differences between the Doctor and traditional children's heroes. Rose mentions the visit to Justicia in the first series episode "Boom Town" which aired 4 June 2005 in an example of the television series referencing the novels.  Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy praised Eccleston as being "quite alien" as the Doctor and that "we were not sure if he was on the edge of insanity or not, which was rather good. Series 9 was Coleman's last. "Doctor Who" bursts back onto our TV screens today -- and the show's not messing around.  Russell T Davies characterised the character as a "stripped down" version of previous Doctors. Sleep No More. " Marena Manzoufas, head of ABC programming, commented after picking up the series that Eccleston "has brought a new dynamic energy to the role" and the show would appeal to both long time viewers and new fans.