On 26 March, 2005, at 7 p.m., “Rose” was first broadcast on BBC1. The episode was written by Russell T Davies, and starred Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as the eponymous Rose.
In total, almost 11 million viewers proved the naysayers wrong. Doctor Who proved to be a popular and continuing success, and Davies showed that family television viewing was alive and kicking.
In one week’s time, the whole process starts again. On 3 April, 2010, at 6.25 p.m., BBC1 will broadcast Matt Smith’s first full episode, “The Eleventh Hour”.
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