on November 30, 2005
Dr. Who is Forty (actually he's 900, but like the Doctor, the show had been around in one form or another since 1964). During March and through June the BBC celebrated by bringing the show back to television for its 27th season (or as it is more consistently called: SEASON ONE)in a glossy, fast-paced enough to satisfy contemporary audiences, while still conscious of its roots. This hardback book contains all 13 season one scripts for the 2005 rebirth of the longest running sci-fi series in TV history. Seven of these scripts are by Russell T. Davies, with the remaining 6 by Steven Moffat, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell and Mark Gatiss. Each provides an insightful intro for their scripts revealing their inspirations and changes they had to make to bringing the stories to screen. These writers clearly have a respect and understanding of the UK icon, which evident in Davies' final remarks:
"There are some people in the TV industry who have asked archly, why I'm now writing genre, instead of drama. Obviously, they've never watch a single episode of Doctor Who. It's the best drama in the world."
Doctor Who has always has a voice defined by the decade each in tune with its era and this holds true to the new Doctor Who. This Doctor is almost child-like in his enthusiasm and wonder. Featuring the Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston, infusing the character with great humanity, while remaining mysterious and alien, along with his companion Rose played by Billie Piper, growing from an awed slacker to a seasoned space adventurer. However, the format of the show has changed to 45 min. parts, some ending with cliffhangers, some without. The Shooting Scripts contains explanatory notes on the scriptwriting process, giving a unique insight into how the writers visualized their stories and OVER a THOUSAND corresponding PHOTOS from the 2005 season. This book has the same style and format used by other recent Dr. Who publications, it has an attractive cover and interior graphics are nice. But MORE importantly the collection gives fans an insider's look at how the show works. But. EVEN more importantly, with the absence of the old Target Books episode by episode TV-tie-ins, this is the one of the few ways for AMERICAN fans see the NEW SERIES before the region 1 DVD release (watch AMAZON.CA in February)
The First story: "ROSE" introduces Rose Tyler who is attacked by mannequins (or AUTONS) in the department store where she works. She meets the Doctor (in his new regenerated form his 9th) and the pair end up fighting to save the world.
DOCTOR: Hello Rose Tyler, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
Next in "THE END of the WORLD" The Doctor offers Rose a chance to go anyplace, anytime, they end up in the 5 Billion years in the future above the Earth just before it ends. But someone has sabotaged observation satellite they're on. . . .Rose finds the aliens on board, so alien...
ROSE: Who are you then, Doctor? What kind of alien are you?...Tell me who you are?!
DOCTOR: This is who I am, right here, RIGHT NOW! All that counts is here and now and this is me!
In "THE UNQUIET DEAD" The DOCTOR and ROSE Travel back to see Charles Dickens, a ghostly apparition and an investigation leading to a undertaker's office where the dead keep getting out of their coffins. Once Dickens becomes involved and the Doctor gushes...
DOCTOR: Charles Dickens! You're Brilliant, you are! Completely 100% brilliant! I've read'em all!....I'M YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN, that's me!
In the "ALIENS of LONDON" The Doctor takes Rose home (mistakenly) 12 months later. We learn what happens back home when a companion up and leaves with the Doctor. The pair deal with Rose's Mum, who thought she was dead, and the ex-boyfriend who has been the main suspect. But when a spaceship crash-lands in the Thames, the whole world goes on Red Alert. In "WORLD WAR III (a.k.a. 10 Downing Street )" The "Aliens of London" continue with the Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street as the gassy alien posers edge the world toward intergalactic war.
DOCTOR: This is why I travel, Rose: to see history happening, right in front of us.
In "DALEK" Beneath the Salt Plains of Utah, the billionaire collector Henry Van Statten holds the last relic of an alien race and the one living exhibit in the museum is a....you know what.
DOCTOR: The stuff of nightmares reduced to an exhibit. I'm getting old.
In "THE LONG GAME" the Doctor takes another new compainon to the far future...
DOCTOR: Thing is...time travel, it's like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook, you've got to throw yourself into it, eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers, ... stop asking questions and do it!
In episode 8, FATHER'S DAY, The Doctor takes Rose back in time to meet her long-dead Father, but the Tylers finds themselves battling the Reapers.
DOCTOR: Your wish is my command. But be careful what you wish for...
In the 9th episode, THE EMPTY CHILD. Its London, 1941, the Blitz. A mysterious child terroises Homeless children in this 2 part storyline.The Empty Child story continues in The DOCTOR DANCES. The Child's plague is spreading throughout wartime London, and so is its zombie army. Spin-off character Capt. Jack Harkness is introduced...
ROSE: You used to be a Time Agent, now you're some kind of freelancer.
JACK: That's a little harsh- I prefer to think of myself as a criminal.
In episode 11, BOOM TOWN a plan to build a nuclear power station in Cardiff City disguises an alien plot to rip the world apart and a returning villain...
MARGARET: What did I ever do to you?
DOCTOR:You tried to kill me & destroy this entire planet.
MARGARET: Apart from that?
In the 12th episode, BAD WOLF, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack have to fight for their lives on a familiar game show. Continuing with the return of an old enemy In the season finale, THE PARTING of the WAYS, Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test and the Doctor says goodbye...sort of...
DOCTOR: ROSE...you were FANTASTIC. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC...
and'd you know what? SO WAS I.