24 - Daniel Thompson, age four, was struck by a vehicle and hospitalised at St. Nicholas's Hospital in London. The Doctor, in his tenth incarnation, only older than his encounter with the Sycorax, shared an adventure with Daniel and spent time at St. Nicholas's Hospital waiting for Daniel to recover. (Times Online: Deep and Dreamless Sleep)
This meant there were two versions of the Tenth Doctor in London at the same time.
Ursula Blake snapped a photo of the Tenth Doctor celebrating with Rose Tyler in London. Meanwhile, on the Internet, there began frantic speculation among conspiracy theorists as to what had really happened during the Sycorax invasion. (TV: Love & Monsters)
The Seventh Doctor and Ruby Duvall stopped the Cybermen's attempt to conquer Earth by preventing the magnetic field reversal that would have created worldwide chaos under which the Cybermen planned to invade. (PROSE: Iceberg)
After the they met up in Cardiff, but before Christmas: Mickey helped Rose to get back to the Ninth Doctor by connecting a truck to the Heart of the TARDIS to open it. In doing so, Rose allowed the Heart to get inside her head and pilot her to the Game Station in 200,100. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
The American network Sci-Fi Channel announced it had bought the rights to air the new version of Doctor Who. The first series aired beginning in March 2006, a year after their UK and Canadian broadcasts, and the network had the option of airing Series 2 as well.
14 - Doctor Who: The Complete First Series, the DVD box set featuring the complete 2005 seasons, was released to Region 1. Due to the fact that the series had yet to be aired in the United States, for which the Sci-Fi Channel belatedly obtained the rights, the set was released on this date only in Canada. American consumers were still able to order it from Canada. The American release occurred later in the summer.
Approximately one week prior to the broadcast of TV: New Earth, the BBC released the first Tardisode. These mini-episodes, available online or via mobile phone, featured specially shot scenes setting up elements of the episode to come.
05 - BBC Magazines launched Doctor Who Adventures, a weekly magazine promoting the Doctor Who franchise aimed at younger readers (no relation to Doctor Who Magazine). Unlike DWM, it was not distributed internationally.
13 - The first episode of Totally Doctor Who aired in the UK. Similar in some ways to Doctor Who Confidential, this BBC series also took a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, but with the focus on a kid-friendly point of view.
15 - Beginning with the day's issue, the BBC's promotional magazine, Radio Times, began extensive coverage of Doctor Who, with weekly features called "Who's Watch" that ran for the duration of each new season.
29 - TV: School Reunion was first broadcast. This landmark episode returned Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and John Leeson as K9 to Doctor Who. It set the groundwork for the later spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures. This episode was also the first to definitively link the new series to the 1963-89 classic series in direct continuity. Anthony Stewart Head, a frequent voiceover contributor to various Doctor Who projects, made his first and, to date only, on-screen appearance. Mickey Smith, played by Noel Clarke, graduated from recurring character to companion with this episode becoming, in the process, the first-ever non-Caucasian television companion (although there had been others in the comic strips previously).
29 - BBC Radio Wales broadcast Back in Time - Adventures in Sound.
PROSE: I am a Dalek was first released, launching the BBC Quick Reads novella series, aimed at promoting literacy. The books were roughly the length of one of the shorter Target novelisations and although they were considered part of the BBC New Series Adventures line, were published in paperback. Annual releases of Quick Reads books continued for the next several years.
1 - BBC Video continued its "vanilla" releases of new-series episodes with Doctor Who: Series 2 Volume 1 featuring TV: The Christmas Invasion and New Earth. Not counting his cameo at the end of Series 1, this was the first full DVD release featuring the Tenth Doctor.
17 - TV: Love & Monsters was first broadcast. It was the first "Doctor-lite" episode; beginning this season, the filming schedule demanded at least one episode feature only a brief appearance by the Doctor. The monster featured in this episode was designed by a contest entrant.
8 - TV: Doomsday was first broadcast, concluding the second season of the revived series. Billie Piper, Noel Clarke and Camille Coduri left the series with this episode. In a surprise cliffhanger, successfully kept secret from Internet spoilers and the press, popular comic actress Catherine Tate appeared for the first time as Donna Noble, although the character's name was not revealed until months later. This episode was also historic for featuring the first on-screen interaction between Daleks and Cybermen. The broadcast was followed by the final episode of Doctor Who Confidential's second season. The events of Doomsday formed a major piece of backstory for the soon-to-debut spin-off series, Torchwood.
18 - Doctor Who fan sites, including Outpost Gallifrey, began reporting that plans were afoot for a third Doctor Who spinoff series to feature K9. The series would be a non-BBC production; it took several more years before the K9 TV series finally got off the ground, however.
Doctor Who won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, the first time the Doctor Who franchise won an international award of this magnitude. The award was presented for the Steven Moffat two-parter TV: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Two other episodes from the 2005 series were also nominated in this category: TV: Father's Day and TV: Dalek. The competition in the category also included "Pegasus", an episode of Battlestar Galactica; Jack-Jack Attack, an animated short spun-off from the film The Incredibles; Lucas Back in Anger, a short film; and, controversially, the opening segment of the previous year's Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony. Moffat was nominated for his Doctor Who episodes for the next three consecutive years, winning the award in 2007 and 2008 and coming a close second place in 2009.
24 - The International Astronomical Union approved an official definition of the term "planet" which resulted in Pluto and several newly discovered Pluto-like worlds being disqualified from planetary status. The decision was immediately controversial, with attempts at overturning it expected in the future. The Doctor Who franchise, retroactively, had made its opinion known by establishing Pluto as a planet in TV: The Sun Makers.
6 - TV: The Invasion was released to DVD in the UK. This release was notable for including two episodes currently lost from the BBC Archives, but restored using animation, an experiment that was not repeated until the 2011 announcement that animation would again be used for the missing episodes of The Reign of Terror.
7 - In Region 1 (North America), BBC Video redistributed the episodes of Series 1 in the same four-volume "vanilla" (no-extras) sets the company had issued in the UK in mid-2005. The full-season box set remained in print.
19 - TV: Countrycide was first broadcast. This episode was notable for being the very first televised Doctor Who franchise storyline that contained no actual science fiction or fantasy elements (beyond the presence of Jack Harkness).
20 - BBC Video released the Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series DVD box set in the UK.
26 - BBC Video began issuing Torchwood episodes in "vanilla" (no-extras) DVD editions, similar in format to the Doctor Who releases over the previous two years. Torchwood: Series 1 Part 1 was released.
22 - Julie Gardner appeared on the Richard Evans radio call-in program on BBC Radio Wales. During the broadcast, David Tennant called in as a joke, pretending to be a long-lost relative of Julie's who wanted a role on Doctor Who.
24 - TV: Combat was first broadcast. The episode was written by Noel Clarke, the first Doctor Who franchise regular to write a televised episode.
Christopher Eccleston earned a recurring role in the NBC series Heroes. While Eccleston wasn't the first to get a role on American TV after his tenure as the Doctor (he was preceded by Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker in this regard), he was the first to gain a recurring role in an American series. His role as Claude, the Invisible Man, included a reference to the Doctor in that he uttered the catchphrase, "Fantastic!". He also shared several scenes with Eric Roberts, who played the Master in the 1996 TV movie. Eccleston appeared in five episodes broadcast in early 2007.
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