hen Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor, her life will never be the same again. Soon, she realizes that her mum, her boyfriend, and the whole of planet Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue box.
A great, exciting and whirlwind of an adventure for an opening! We were thrown through the time vortex with the TARDIS in a, what was in 2005, an outstanding and beautifully editied verison of the opening titles. Today, though, it's not so 'wow'. After the opening titles and the name of the story, we have an establishing shot of planet Earth.
'Sol 3' to many of us Sci-Fi buffs. The quick montage of Rose Tyler's everyday life or work, eating, sleeping, seeing the boyfriend, continuing serenely as it has for most of her life, until the end of her shift, when she must venture in to the lower levels of Harrods (Cardiff's House of Fraser to some of us).
It is, at this moment, that the fans who have waited since the 1996 television movie, were reintroduced to the Doctor. A northerner in a leather jacket, the antagonists for this 45 minute episode, were the creation of Robert Holmes.
Dr Who created the Autons and the Nesten Consciousness for Jon Pertwee's first serial Spearhead from Space (1970), and then brought them back to introduce fans to Jo Grant and the Doctor's Moriarty - the Master in Terror of the Autons (1971).
The Doctor was back and it was certainly about time! The reason to why it came back with such force and popularity, was due to the alterations from having serial stories, to having just one episode to tell the Doctor's latest adventure. This came along with a great story-arc that kept the audience's attention. The series made homages to its original sources, with the odd two-part serials, during its mid-run.
The episodes were also modernized for a younger audience, and with Russell T Davies' writing, he introduced homosexuality to Doctor Who. Something that was never achieved before in the show.
The writing, as ever from Davies, was witty, gripping and entertaining. The Doctor was once again shrouded in mystery and came across as more of an anonymous figure. Not many of his new viewers were aware just yet, that he was a Time Lord from Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterborous.
All the newer viewers were aware of what he was - an alien who had a ship that was called a TARDIS and he fought in a Time War. BANG!
The show was back, mystery central! Filmed in and around Cardiff, with the odd scene done in London, just to keep audience members convinced that the stories were, in fact, set in 21st Century London, unless you made regular visits to Cardiff and played a game of 'spot the streets of Cardiff.'
The Doctor was back and he was here to stay in his rightful place on BBC One, every Saturday at teatime, but instead of it being after the football results, he sat before either The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing or the National Lottery.
The show also rivalled against Simon Cowell's The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent on ITV, and even though this story is 10 years old, like many gold gems in the show's history, this was, and still is, an outstanding story and gives Doctor Who a great reputation.
If it wasn't for Russell T Davies placing the steppingstones for New-Who, many fans today would have to sit back and only listen to the Eighth Doctor battling Daleks and many wicked and evil creatures, on BBC Radio Four.
Therefore, I give this story a nine out of ten shop window dummies.