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Series 2
28th season since 1963
15 episodes comprising 12 stories
starting with Children in Need Special
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Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Rose, Mickey
Main enemy: Torchwood Institute, Cybermen, Cult of Skaro
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Producer(s): Phil Collinson
Series details
Start date: 18 November 2005
End date: 8 July 2006
Premiere network: BBC One
Typical episode length: 45'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376
DWMSE: 14, 24
Key reference books about the season: About Time 7
Confidential: Series 2 (CON)
Totally Doctor Who: Series 1 (TDW)
Action figures for this series
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Series 2 of Doctor Who was David Tennant's first full series as the Tenth Doctor. It wrote out Billie Piper's Rose Tyler and briefly introduced the character of Donna Noble. Significantly, series 2 also served as a mild advertisement for the then-forthcoming Torchwood television series, since its main story arc established the origins of the Torchwood Institute.

Unlike series 1, the main production team did not feature Mal Young. Instead, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner carried on as executive producers and Phil Collinson continued in his role as the main producer — an arrangement that persisted through to series 4's Journey's End.

Everything from the 2005 Children in Need Special to Doomsday was a part of the series 2 production block — though the "regular season" is typically characterised as the stories from New Earth to Doomsday.

Overview Edit

The main story arc for the season was the Torchwood Institute, referenced only twice previously, which served to lead up to the final episodes as well as the Torchwood spinoff series. A secondary arc dealt with the development of the love story between Rose and the Doctor. Series 2 saw the return of the Cybermen to television, and the return of companions Sarah Jane Smith and K9. Both were last seen (notwithstanding independent, fan-made productions) in 1983; their successful return sparked the commissioning of a second spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, for CBBC. The series 2 finale saw the introduction of Donna Noble.

This was the first series to feature a "Doctor-lite" episode. These were episodes in which the Doctor (and, usually, his companion) only appears in one or two scenes, with the story carried by new, supporting characters. This allowed David Tennant to film two episodes at the same time. Love & Monsters was the first episode to use this innovation, though it did not receive the same level of acclaim as later Doctor-lite episodes such as Blink and Turn Left.

Each episode (not counting the specials) was accompanied by a short teaser "Tardisode" which was only viewable on the Internet; this experiment was not repeated for succeeding seasons, though several online prequels would once again be produced for series 6; the Tardisodes were the first BBC-filmed Doctor Who productions since TV: Mission to the Unknown in which neither the Doctor nor a companion appeared (with the exception of the Tardisode for TV: School Reunion which featured Mickey Smith).

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Television stories Edit

Mini-episode Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Children in Need SpecialRussell T DaviesEuros Lyn Follows on from The Parting of the Ways. No official title given for mini-episode, though sometimes referred to as "Born Again".

Christmas special Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
N/A The Christmas InvasionRussell T DaviesJames HawesIntroduction of the Sycorax and reappearance of Harriet Jones. First encounter with the Torchwood Institute's operations.

Regular season Edit

Title Writer Director Tardisode Notes
1 New EarthRussell T DaviesJames Hawes1Final appearance of Cassandra and reappearance of the Face of Boe.
2 Tooth and ClawRussell T DaviesEuros Lyn2Founding of Torchwood.
3 School ReunionToby WhithouseJames Hawes3Reintroduction of Sarah Jane Smith. Final appearance of K9 Mark III and first appearance of Mark IV. Mickey Smith joins the TARDIS crew.
4 The Girl in the FireplaceSteven MoffatEuros Lyn4 Introduction of Clockwork Droids.
5 & 6 Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of SteelTom MacRaeGraeme Harper5 & 6Reintroduction of the Cybermen (albeit a parallel version). First appearance of Pete Tyler's parallel world counterpart. Final regular appearance of Mickey Smith.
7 The Idiot's LanternMark GatissEuros Lyn7First appearance of the recurring Magpie Electricals brand.
8 & 9 The Impossible Planet / The Satan PitMatt JonesJames Strong8 & 9First appearance of the Ood. First appearance of the Beast, allegedly the ultimate evil, as well as hints of a higher power that existed before the dawn of the universe. Foreshadowing of the Battle of Canary Wharf.
10 Love & MonstersRussell T DaviesDan Zeff10First Doctor-lite episode. Mentions all RTD series arcs at once in a single story- ongoing, resolved, and incoming plot arcs- Bad Wolf, Torchwood, Mr. Saxon, and Clom, later cited as one of the missing planets.
11 Fear HerMatthew GrahamEuros Lyn11First story of Doctor Who to prominently address the issue of child abuse.
12 & 13 Army of Ghosts / DoomsdayRussell T DaviesGraeme Harper12 &13Reappearance of Mickey Smith and Pete Tyler. Reappearance of Cybermen and Daleks. Final regular appearances of Rose Tyler and Jackie Tyler. Formal introduction of Torchwood and resolution of Torchwood arc. First appearances of the Cult of Skaro and Donna Noble.

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

All episodes of series 2 including the Children In Need special and The Christmas Invasion were released in July 2006 by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

DVD Edit

All episodes of series 2 were released in 2006 in both individual volumes and in boxset form by 2|Entertain and Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment for Region 2, in 2006 by Warner Home Video for Region 1. However, in region 4 volumes 3, 4 and 5 along with the complete box set were released by CTHE under the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment name.

In 2014 the series was re-released on DVD in the US, split into two volumes labeled "Part One" and "Part Two" respectively, mimicking the home video release of Series 6 and 7. This release is missing much of the bonus content seen on the previous box set. Re-packaged versions of the complete series were also made available.

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 1
The Christmas Invasion
New Earth
1 x 60 min.
1 × 45 min.
1 May 2006 20 July 2006
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 2
Tooth and Claw
School Reunion
The Girl in the Fireplace
3 × 45 min. 5 June 2006 17 August 2006
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 3
Rise of the Cybermen /
The Age of Steel
The Idiot's Lantern
3 × 45 min. 10 July 2006 7 September 2006
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 4
The Impossible Planet /
The Satan Pit
Love & Monsters
3 × 45 min. 10 July 2006 5 October 2006
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 5
Fear Her
Army of Ghosts /
3 × 45 min. 10 July 2006 2 November 2006
Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series 1 x 60 min.
13 × 45 min.
10 July 2006 6 December 2006 16 January 2007 (US)
6 February 2007 (Canada)
Doctor Who: Series Two, Part One
The Christmas Invasion
New Earth
Tooth and Claw
School Reunion
The Girl in the Fireplace
Rise of the Cybermen /
The Age of Steel
The Making of Doctor Who Series 2, Part 1
1 x 60 min.
6 × 45 min.
8 April 2014 TBA 8 April 2014
Doctor Who: Series Two, Part Two
The Idiot's Lantern
The Impossible Planet /
The Satan Pit
Love & Monsters
Fear Her
Army of Ghosts /
The Making of Doctor Who Series 2, Part 2
7 × 45 min.
1 x 20 min.
13 May 2014 TBA 13 May 2014

Bluray Edit

Series 2 was included in the Doctor Who: Complete Series 1-7 Bluray boxset, released on November 5th, 2013 in the US and November 4th, 2013 in the UK.

Novels Edit

Promotional trailer Edit

  • A trailer using specially shot footage of the Doctor was created to promote the new season.

External links Edit

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