01 - Rose Tyler encountered a man who predicted she would have a great year. Unbeknownst to her, he was the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, whom she had not yet met in her personal timeline. After she left, the Doctor succumbed to radiation poisoning and staggered towards his TARDIS, encouraged by a vision of Ood Sigma. After dematerialising the TARDIS, he regenerated into his eleventh incarnation. Due to the difficulty of the regeneration, he released large amounts of energy, wrecking the control room and sending the TARDIS crashing. (TV: The End of Time)
Since the regeneration occurred after the Doctor dematerialised the TARDIS, it was unclear whether this event actually occurred on 1 January 2005.
05 - Rose Tyler investigated the identity of the Ninth Doctor, talking to conspiracy theorist Clive Finch about his website on the Doctor at whoisdoctorwho.co.uk. Rose's boyfriend, Mickey, was abducted by Autons and replaced with an Auton duplicate. Using the head of this Auton, the Doctor tracked the the Nestene Consciousness' signal. It had been rendered a scavenger without protein planets by a war the Doctor fought in. Rose rescued Mickey (and later, the Doctor) and destroyed the Consciousness with anti-plastic. She joined the Doctor on his travels. Meanwhile, Clive was killed by the Autons. (TV: Rose) Ellie Oswald, the mother of Clara Oswald and the wife of Dave Oswald, also died on this date. As well as her husband and daughter, her funeral was attended by the Eleventh Doctor.(TV: The Rings of Akhaten)
22 - While in her Aunt's house in Devon, Sally Sparrow tore off a piece of wallpaper, revealing a message from 1985 asking for help. After later finding a photograph with the Ninth Doctor asking to look through the wallpaper again, she found another message leading her to play a video recording of the Doctor in 1985; the Doctor communicating to Sally through already having the conversation from Sally's uncompleted Christmas homework. The Doctor explained that the TARDIS had "burped" forward in time twenty years and needed Sally's help. Sally's future self appeared, telling Sally to hit the TARDIS reset button to reach the Doctor. The Doctor told Sally to finish her homework detailing this conversation and the messages left to her first, which she did. Sally then piloted the TARDIS to the Doctor to rescue him. (PROSE: What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow)
Londonpolice, including DI Billy Shipton, began investigating the disappearance of people from an abandoned house called Wester Drumlins. The police began collecting as evidence vehicles left abandoned by those who had disappeared, at one point taking a police box from the scene. (TV: Blink)
For most of 2005, Mickey Smith lived with accusations he had kidnapped or killed Rose Tyler. He was taken in for police questioning about her disappearance five times from early 2005 to early 2006. Jackie Tyler fueled the mistrust of him around the Powell Estate with a "whisper campaign". Understandably, Jackie devoted considerable time to the search for her daughter. (TV: Aliens of London) Mickey took over the whoisdoctorwho.co.uk website. [source needed]
Owen Harper's fiancée, Katie Russell, who had been diagnosed with the youngest ever case of early-onset Alzheimer's, was put into surgery after she was found to have a growth in her brain. The tumour was actually an alien parasite. It released deadly gas during the operation, killing Katie and the medical staff. Owen encountered Captain Jack Harkness, who recovered Katie's brain and erased the video evidence of what had happened. (TV: Fragments)
Sophie Okonedo, who provided the voice of Alison Cheney in the webcast WC: Scream of the Shalka, was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. Okonedo became the first actor to have played a Doctor or companion in an official Doctor Who production to have been nominated for an Oscar. She did not win.
At some point in January, the BBC was made aware that Christopher Eccleston was not taking part in a second series of Doctor Who. According to a 4th April press release, the BBC agreed not to announce this to the public. It was later revealed that Russell T Davies had hoped to keep the actor's departure secret until the regeneration in TV: The Parting of the Ways was broadcast.
05 - At the conclusion of a Saturday Night Live sketch on public access television pledge drives, TV celebrity Paris Hilton donned the Fourth Doctor's hat and scarf and referred to the Daleks and the TARDIS. The sketch was widely circulated among science fiction fandom, in part via the recently introduced video-sharing website YouTube. In the coming years, YouTube was a major outlet for the distribution of fan-made music videos, clips and other material related to Doctor Who and its spinoffs.
As early reviews of the new Doctor Who series began to appear, IGN Filmforce reported the American cable broadcaster Sci-Fi Channel, considered the most likely US broadcast home for the series, had chosen not to purchase it. Although there was talk of a related cable network, Universal HD, picking up the series, for the time being United States viewers would not be able to see the new series, with the exception of those close enough to Canada to receive the CBC broadcasts, which was now the North American premiere of the series.
09 - BBC Radio 4's Today ran a feature on the new series.
12 - Whether by coincidence or design (as the impending change of lead actor was already known behind the scenes), this week's cover of Radio Times featured yet-to-be-announced Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in a very Doctor-like pose promoting the mini-series Casanova - right next to a headline promoting the return of Doctor Who. This was the first of many Radio Times covers for Tennant over the next few years.
22 - Project WhoBigger on the Inside, the first episode of a two-part behind-the-scenes documentary on the return of Doctor Who, was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 (later released on the CD Project: WHO?).
26 - In conjunction with the debut of the new series, BBC Three premiered its behind-the-scenes series, Doctor Who Confidential, the same night. A new episode of Confidential followed the broadcast of each new episode of Doctor Who.
26 - Radio Times featured Doctor Who on its cover. With the arrival of the new series, the Radio Times began featuring the series on a more frequent basis (something they had not done since the early 1970s).
30 - A publicity branch of the BBC prematurely announced Christopher Eccleston would not return for a second series as the Ninth Doctor, citing his desire to not be typecast. This reason was denied immediately by Eccleston and the BBC ultimately retracted it. Eccelston later stated he left because he disliked the working environment.  In his 2008 book The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies confirmed that Eccleston's departure was intended to be kept secret until the final moments of TV: The Parting of the Ways.
04 - The BBC retracted part of its 30th March announcement of the departure of Christopher Eccleston, indicating it released the information with incorrect attribution and without the actor's consent.[source needed]
16 - TV: Aliens of London was first broadcast. This episode reintroduced UNIT (last referenced on television in TV: Battlefield), establishing that all modern-day stories in the Doctor Who franchise from this point on (spinoffs included) took place approximately one year ahead of their real-life broadcast date. This was the first appearance of the Slitheen. For the first time since TV: The Gunfighters, a multi-part story carried different episode titles.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Canada began airing the new series, the first time the CBC had aired Doctor Who since the mid-1960s. For the CBC broadcasts, Christopher Eccleston videotaped special introductions and promotions for a contest sponsored by TV Guide, the first prize being a trip to London to visit the set of Doctor Who. These broadcasts were promoted as the North American debut of the series, as no other broadcaster on the continent had yet picked up the revived series.
16 - In the UK, BBC Video released Doctor Who: Volume 1 with the episodes TV: Rose, The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead. This was the first of a series of "vanilla" (extras-free) DVDs released by BBC Video featuring episodes from a still-underway season and the first new-series episodes (and first Ninth Doctor episodes) to be released to home video.
PROSE: Island of Death was first published. It was the final PDA novel to feature the Third Doctor and the last Third Doctor original novel to date. The PDA series returned to monthly released for the remainder of the year as the final books in the line were published.
Doctor Who Annual 2006 was first published. This marked the return of the Doctor Who annual, a once-traditional publication that was issued during most of the run of the original series. Marvel Comics last made an attempt at reviving the format in the early 1990s.
BBC Video released the DVD Doctor Who: Volume 4, featuring the episodes TV: Boom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways. This concluded the series of "vanilla" DVD released of episodes from the first revival season. Discounting the unique appearance of the Eighth Doctor, the Ninth Doctor became the first Doctor to have his complete era released to DVD.
21 - The complete Series 1 (2005) of Doctor Who was released to DVD in the UK as a box set. This was the first time a complete season of Doctor Who was released all at once (although all episodes had been issued previously in vanilla editions). Included was a bonus disc featuring the first DVD release of episodes of Doctor Who Confidential, although due to licensing and appearance rights issues, the practice of releasing edited-down versions (retitled Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown) to DVD was begun.
25 - TV: The Christmas Invasion was first broadcast, officially launching the Tenth Doctor era. The episode's closing credits introduced a modified arrangement of the Doctor Who theme, restoring the "middle 8" section not used during Series 1. At the behest of star David Tennant, the lead character was once again identified in the closing credits as "The Doctor".
26 - TV: The Christmas Invasion aired on the CBC in Canada. For this broadcast, Billie Piper videotaped a special introduction. This marked the last time (to date) that the CBC's broadcasts of the series more-or-less coincided with that of the BBC.
Broadcast of the revived series in the United States was delayed when the American Sci-Fi Channel unexpectedly passed on the series. Reasons cited in media and fan forums included the show being "too British" and concerns over the quality of the preview episodes seen.[source needed] Sci-Fi eventually reversed its decision and the series was broadcast at a later date. The network subsequently picked up further seasons in a more timely manner.
Following the conclusion of the 2005 Doctor Who series, the BBC announced it had commissioned the franchise's first spin-off series, Torchwood, to debut in 2006 and star John Barrowman reprising his role of Jack Harkness.
Autumn: During production of the 2006 series, the media reported that Billie Piper would leave the series at the end of the season.[source needed]
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