The Tenth Doctor

  Opening Sequence Titles by the Mill and BBC, 2005-2008                                                                                  



"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect... but actually... from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff..."
(The Doctor, Blink)

Starring David Tennant (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler, Rose's Mum), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler, Rose's Dad),  Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones, Martha's Mum), Trevor Laird (Clive Jones, Martha's Dad), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Letitia Jones, Martha's Sister), Reggie Yates (Leo Jones, Martha's Brother), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of Daleks, Cybermen), Derek Jacobi (Professor Yana), John Simm (Harold Saxon), Alexandra Moen (Lucy Saxon), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble, Donna's Mum), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott, Donna's Grandfather), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), John Leeson (Voice of K9)

Series 2 (2005-2006)


Rose Tyler 

Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place

 Children in Need Special 2005 (short film) 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Euros Lyn

The Doctor has regenerated and tries to convince Rose he is the same man as she has been traveling with.

17 November 2005  ?                       TARDIS 
2.X The Christmas Invasion 

Christmas Special 2005

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by James Hawes

Rose, Jackie and Mickey try to find out who is contacting Earth from a British satellite, while the Doctor is unconscious after his regeneration.

25 December 2005 December 2006 *    London, England
 Attack of the Graske 

Interactive Episode

Written by Gareth Roberts, Directed by Ashley Way

The Doctor helps the viewer to investigate the Graske in an interactive adventure.

25 December 2005 25 December 2006, 1883  TARDIS, London, Griffoth  
2.1 New Earth 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by James Hawes

On New Earth, a hospital run by cat nuns is hiding a dark secret.

Review of "New Earth" (spoiler warning for this episode)

15 April 2006   5,000,000,023  New Earth 
2.2 Tooth and Claw 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Euros Lyn

Queen Victoria stays at a Scottish manor where a beast is lurking.

22 April 2006    1879  Scotland, Earth 
2.3 School Reunion 

Written by Toby Whithouse, Directed by James Hawes

While working undercover at Delfry Vale School, the Doctor meets his former companions Sarah Jane Smith and K9 who also have suspicions about the faculty and staff.

29 April 2006 2007  London, England 
2.4 The Girl in the Fireplace 

Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Euros Lyn

In a future spaceship, there is a time window to 18th century France through which the Doctor meets Reinette.

Winner of the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

6 May 2006 18th, 51st Century  France; Space ship 

Rise of the Cybermen (Part 1)   

The Age of Steel (Part 2) 

Written by Tom MacRae, Directed by Graeme Harper

The TARDIS is shifted into a parallel dimension where John Lumic is converting humans to Cybermen.

Inspired by the Big Finish audio drama "Spare Parts" by Marc Platt with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa.

13 May 2006

20 May 2006   

20-Point-7 parallel London, Earth 
2.7  The Idiot's Lantern 

Written by Mark Gatiss, Directed by Euros Lyn

In anticipation of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, television sales are on the rise but people are being abducted and getting energy drained from their faces in connection with the new technology.

Review of "The Idiot's Lantern"

The BBC has a documentary about the real announcers, Alexandra Palace and short films on British television (including one with Dalek toys from the 1960s!) called "The Bits in Between" at the BBC archive website.

27 May 2006  1953 London, Earth 

The Impossible Planet (Part 1)

The Satan Pit (Part 2) 

Written by Matt Jones, Directed by James Strong

On a planetary base orbiting a black hole, the crew are threatened by mysterious earthquakes, and the humans' servants, the Ood, are being controlled by an unseen force.

3 June 2006 

10 June 2006 
42nd Century  Sanctuary Base 6 
2.10 Love & Monsters 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Dan Zeff

A group of fans of the Doctor gather to celebrate his accomplishments, but Elton Pope soon discovers the dangers of his world as well.

Review of "Love & Monsters"

17 June 2006 2007  London, Earth 
2.11 Fear Her 

Written by Matthew Graham, Directed by Euros Lyn

As the 2012 Olympics in London approaches, people are disappearing around Dame Kelly Holmes Close, which the Doctor traces to the drawings of a young girl called Chloe.

Review of "Fear Her"

24 June 2006    2012   London, Earth 


Army of Ghosts (Part 1) 

Doomsday (Part 2) 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Graeme Harper

Jackie informs the Doctor and Rose of the appearance of ghosts all over the world.  However, they are being traced to Torchwood, and are not as benign as they first seem.

1 July 2006 

8 July 2006 
2007 London, Earth 

Bad Wolf Bay, Norway, Parallel Earth

BBC Books Novels: The Tenth Doctor and Rose

13 April 2006
The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards
The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner
The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole

21 September 2006
The Nightmare of Black Island by Mike Tucker
The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole
The Price of Paradise by Colin Brake

BBC Books Quick Reads

19 May 2006

I am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts

 Series 3 (2006-2007)


Donna Noble 

Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place

3.X The Runaway Bride   

Christmas Special 2006

Written by Russell T. Davies,  Directed by Euros Lyn

Donna Noble, who was about to be married, finds herself aboard the TARDIS and demands to be taken back to the ceremony.

25 December 2006 December 2007                      London, Earth


Martha Jones

Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place

3.1Smith and Jones   

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Charles Palmer 

A London hospital is transported to the Moon by the alien police called the Judoon, who are looking for a criminal.  Medical student Martha Jones helps the Doctor to manage the situation.

31 March 2007 2007                  London, Earth; The Moon
3.2 The Shakespeare Code 

Written by Gareth Roberts, Directed by Charles Palmer

In Shakespeare's London, witches are conspiring to bring others of their kind into this dimension.

7 April 2007    1599   London, Earth 
3.3 Gridlock 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Richard Clark

The Doctor  returns to New Earth, where pollution and traffic have gotten out of hand.

Pictures from "Gridlock": Now with more kittens!

14 April 2007 5,000,000,053 New Earth 


Daleks in Manhattan (Part 1) 

Evolution of the Daleks (Part 2)

Written by Helen Raynor, Directed by James Strong

In 1930, the Cult of Skaro plot to increase their numbers using the Empire State Building as their base. 

21 April 2007 

28 April 2007
1 November 1930 New York, USA, Earth 
3.6 The Lazarus Experiment 

Written by Stephen Greenhorn, Directed by Richard Clark

Martha's sister Tish is an employee of an elderly scientist who believes  he has discovered the secret of becoming youthful again.

5 May 2007 2007  London, Earth 
3.7 42 

Written by Chris Chibnall, Directed by Graeme Harper

In a race against time, the Doctor must stop a spaceship from colliding with a sun.

19 May 2007  Future  SS Pentallian, Toraji System 

Human Nature (Part 1) 

The Family of Blood (Part 2)

Written by Paul Cornell, Directed by Charles Palmer

John Smith, a schoolteacher in England, is experiencing fantasies of space travel while his maid Martha tries to prevent aliens from taking over.

Nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

26 May 2007 

2 June 2007
2007, 1913 Farringham, Herefordshire, England 
3.10 Blink 

Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Hettie MacDonald

Sally Sparrow investigates why people keep disappearing after she visits an old house, and who is leaving messages for her.

Inspired by the story "What I did on my Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow" by Steven Moffat which appeared in the Doctor Who Annual 2006, featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose.

Nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

9 June 2007 2007, 5 Dec. 1920, 1969, 2008 London & Hull, England 


Utopia (Part 1) 

The Sound of Drums (Part 2)

Last of the Time Lords (Part 3)

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Graeme Harper (Utopia) and Colin Teague ("The Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords")

The Doctor stops in Cardiff to re-fuel the TARDIS from the Rift, but picks up Captain Jack Harkness who hitches a ride on the ship to the end of the universe.  What they discover there has repercussions in the present day. 

16 June 2007 

23 June 2007

30 June 2007 


2008, 2007 

London, Earth, Valiant
 Time Crash 

Children in Need Special 2007 (short film)

Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Graeme Harper

With the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

The Tenth Doctor is surprised to find his fifth incarnation in his TARDIS, as the two doctors' ships have merged.         

16 November 2007  TARDIS 


Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place

3.X The Infinite Quest (13 short Episodes) 

Totally Doctor Who Animated Special 2007

Written by Alan Barnes, Directed by Gary Russell

The Doctor and Martha collect datachips to power an alien spaceship in order to stop Baltazar who wants to take over Earth.

2 April to 30 June 2007 40th Century                     Bouken, Volag-Noc

BBC Books Novels: The Tenth Doctor and Martha 

19 April 2007

Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole
The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner
Wooden Heart by Martin Day

6 September 2007
Wetworld by Mark Michalowski
Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
Sick Building by Paul Magrs

27 December 2007
Peacemaker by James Swallow
The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier
Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale

1 May 2008

Martha in the Mirror by Justin Richards
Snowglobe 7 by Mike Tucker
The Many Hands by Dale Smith


BBC Books Quick Reads

1 March 2007
Made of Steel by Terrance Dicks

6 March 2008
Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks


Decide Your Destiny Books

5 July 2007

The Spaceship Graveyard by Colin Brake
Alien Arena by Richard Dungworth
The Time Crocodile by Colin Brake
The Corinthian Project by Davey Moore

4 October 2007
The Crystal Snare by Richard Dungworth
War of the Robots by Trevor Baxendale
Dark Planet by Davey Moore
The Haunted Wagon Train by Colin Brake
Frozen Earth by Kay Woodward



 Series 4 (2007-2008)


Astrid Peth

Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place


Voyage Of The Damned 

Christmas Special 2007 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by James Strong

The Doctor finds himself aboard a ship called the Titanic. 

25 December 2007  December 2008London; Space  




Donna Noble

Rose Tyler in Doctor Who Series Four

Episode Setting            

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place


Partners in Crime    

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by James Strong

Donna is trying to find the Doctor while investigating Adipose Industries, which promises a revolutionary weight-loss pill.

Rose in "Partners in Crime"

Review of "Partners in Crime" (contains plot details)

 5 April 2008  2008London, England  
4.2 The Fires of Pompeii 

Written by James Moran, Directed by Colin Teague

The Doctor and Donna arrive in Pompeii just before the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius.

Review of "The Fires of Pompeii" (contains plot details)

12 April 2008 79 AD Pompeii 
4.3 Planet of the Ood  

Written by Keith Temple, Directed by Graeme Harper

The Doctor and Donna arrive on the Ood-Sphere during the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, and find that the Ood are being enslaved by human colonists.

Review of "Planet of the Ood" (contains plot details)

19 April 2008 4126 The Ood-Sphere 
4.4 The Sontaran Stratagem (Part 1) 

Written by Helen Raynor, Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Martha Jones calls the Doctor back to Earth, where UNIT discovers a Sontaran plot to destroy humanity.

Review of "The Sontaran Stratagem" (contains plot details)

26 April 2008 2008               London, England, Earth 
4.5 The Poison Sky (Part 2) 

Written by Helen Raynor, Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

As the Atmos devices in peoples' cars set off deadly pollution of the Earth's atmosphere, the Doctor tries to save the Earth.

Rose in "The Poison Sky"

Review of "The Poison Sky" (plot details)

3 May 2008 2008                London, England, Earth 
4.6 The Doctor's Daughter 

 Written by Stephen Greenhorn, Directed by Alice Troughton

The Doctor is drawn to the planet Messaline, where war has been going on for many generations.  He is then confronted with a young woman who he knows is his daughter!

            Review of "The Doctor's Daughter" (contains plot details)

10 May 2008   Messaline 
4.7 The Unicorn and the Wasp 

Written by Gareth Roberts, Directed by Graeme Harper

At a British manor owned by Lady Eddison, the time travelers find Agatha Christie and a murder mystery.   

Review of "The Unicorn and the Wasp" (contains plot details)

Agatha Christie in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Pictures

17 May 2008 1926 Britain 
4.8 Silence in the Library (Part 1)

 Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Euros Lyn

A young girl visits a space library in her mind, and must figure out what is fantasy or reality when a man called the Doctor communicates with her from far away. 

Review of "Silence in the Library" (major plot developments!)

31 May 2008 51st century The Library 
4.9 Forest of the Dead (Part 2) 

Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Euros Lyn

The Doctor must save the library from the Vashta Nerada.

Review of "Forest of the Dead" (spoilers!)

7 June 2008 51st century The Library 
4.10 Midnight 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Alice Troughton

The Doctor and Donna take separate vacations on the planet Midnight.  The Time Lord opts to take a bus trip to explore the planet further, but finds an alien threat to the passengers.

Rose in "Midnight"

Review of "Midnight" (spoiler alert!)

"Midnight" is the 200th Doctor Who story since 1963, and the fiftieth episode since 2005.

14 June 2008    Midnight 
4.11 Turn Left  

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Graeme Harper

Because a choice Donna made in the past is changed, the world is in danger and the Doctor is gone.  Only Rose Tyler, traveling between the dimensions, can help Donna to get her former life back.

Rose in the Trailer for Series Four

Review of "Turn Left" (major spoilers!)

Pictures of the episode's ending (spoiler alert)

21 June 2008 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009planet Shan Shen 

England, Earth 
4.12 The Stolen Earth (Part 1) 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Graeme Harper

The Doctor discovers that the Earth has been stolen and taken somewhere else in space.  His companions band together to bring him to Earth and help them resist the Daleks' takeover of the planet.

Pictures of characters in "The Stolen Earth" Trailer

Review of "The Stolen Earth" (major spoilers!)

Pictures of the ending to "The Stolen Earth" (spoiler alert!)

 28 June 2008 2008 London, New York, Earth 

Medusa Cascade, 

Shadow Proclamation
4.13 Journey's End (Part 2) 

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Graeme Harper

The heroes of Earth battle the Dalek Empire.

Review of "Journey's End" (Warning!  Series Four Ending Spoilers!)

This episode was the first Doctor Who show in 45 years to be the top television of the week in Britain, with 10.57 million viewers.

5 July 2008 2008 Medusa Cascade 

London, England, Earth

Bad Wolf Bay, Norway, Parallel Earth


Audio Book

8 May 2008

Pest Control by Peter Anghelides, Read by David Tennant


BBC Books Novels: The Tenth Doctor and Donna

September 2008

Ghosts of India by Mark Morris
Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham

26 December 2008

Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell


Doctor Who: Proms Cutaway: Music of the Spheres     27 July 2008                    setting: inside the TARDIS

            Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Euros Lyn

            Whilst composing a symphony, the Doctor discovers a Graske in his TARDIS and a dimensional portal which allows him to communicate with the Royal Albert Hall during the Doctor Who Prom concert.

            This is part of the Doctor Who Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring music from the show and other compositions related to space.  The concert is hosted by Freema Agyeman and features appearances by Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Cybermen and Daleks, and many more. 

The BBC's Children in Need Presentation featured the opening scene of the Doctor Who  Christmas Special "The Next Doctor" and aired on 14 November 2008. 

                                                                                                                                      Episode Setting

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place


The Next Doctor

(Christmas Special)

Written by Russell T. Davies, Directed by Andy Goddard

Featuring the return of the Cybermen, in a Victorian England setting

Guest starring David Morrissey, Dervla Kirwan (Miss Hartigan), Velile Tshabalala (Rosita).

Julie Gardner, co-executive producer of Doctor Who, discusses the upcoming specials in the Telegraph article "The Doctor's plans to travel forward in time."

My review of "The Next Doctor"

 25 December 2008  24 December 1851England  


BBC Books Novels: The Tenth Doctor

26 December 2008

The Eyeless by Lance Parkin

The Story of Martha by Dan Abnett with David Roden, Steve Lockley, Paul Lewis, Robert Shearman & Simon Jowett


April 2009

Judgement of the Judoon by Colin Brake

Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale

The Slitheen Excursion by Simon Guerrier


BBC Books Quick Reads: The Tenth Doctor

The Sontaran Games by Jacqueline Rayner


Four Doctor Who specials airing in 2009, produced by Russell T. Davies.

                                                                                                                                        Episode Setting

 Episode     Title                                                                  Airdate                           Time                Place


Planet of the Dead

(Easter Special)

Written by Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts, Directed by James Strong

11 April 2009  

Easter 2010
San Helios
4.16 The Waters of Mars 
(Autumn Special) 

15 November 2009 21 November 2059 Bowie Base One 
(Animated special)
21-27 November 2009 1958 Area 51, Nevada

The End of Time Part 1 
(Christmas Special)

The End of Time Part 2
(New Year's Special)

25 December 2009 

1 January 2010
December 2009-January 2010