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Nine Years Ago Today: “Run!”

Today is March 26th, and long-standing fans will know that this is the day Doctor Who returned in 2005! To celebrate this, we’ve got a video clip for you to enjoy above.

It seems crazy to think of now, after a worldwide box office smash and eight full series of the show, but nine years ago, Rose was not only the Doctor’s first real appearance on TV since 1989, it was considered a massive risk for the BBC and for everyone involved, from Russell T Davies, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper all the way down to the ladies making the tea.

History often smiles fondly on risk takers, however, and a few days later the return was considered triumphant (incidentally, you can relive the emotions of those days in Ultimate Regeneration, available in the Kasterborous Store in eBook and print format).

Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide’s website has commissioned three exclusive new images of the era from Doctor Who illustrator Lee Binding, whose work you will have seen in the Series 7 movie-style episode posters and The Day of the Doctor art, as well as most of the recent classic DVD covers. We’ve shared the image of the Ninth Doctor below – head to’s wallpaper downloads page to see the Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness images, which can be enjoyed on your PC desktop, tablet, smartphone or Facebook cover!

dw-s1-anniversary-artSo, while we’re reminiscing, why don’t you think back and recall your thoughts and emotions as you sat there on that fateful Saturday night nine years ago, as the Doctor returned to television for the first time in 16 years?

Then, share them below!


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