As announced on Outpost Gallifrey today, the BBC has confirmed that on April 15th, the legendary British Sci-Fi series will return with â€śNew Earth,â€ť the first episode of Series 2 and the first one-hour adventure since â€śThe Christmas Invasionâ€ť last December. After the long wait between episodes, the question still needs to be asked: Can David Tennantâ€™s Doctor take center stage?
In the very first season in 1963, The Doctor (then played by William Hartnell) was more of a background character whose companions were at the forefront of the action while the Doctor figured a way out of the situation given in an episode. Later on, the producers of the series found a way to manage the characters so that both would be allowed ample screen time. Series 1 felt more like a return to those early years, which is fine, but not for every episode.
When Tennant took over the role from Christopher Eccelston (who played the Doctor for Series 1) in â€śThe Parting Of The Ways,â€ť it finally seemed like an actor had stepped in with enthusiasm and interest in the character. As luck would have it, we got our chance a few months before Christmas with the mini-segment â€śChildren-In-Needâ€ť special. Now with this excitement and joy with a new Doctor at hand, we had to deal with whether the result was worth it. For the CID special, I didnâ€™t feel it.
Fans who love the series will remember that in 1984, Peter Davidson handed the role over to Colin Baker in a controversial change of tone for the character of the Doctor. Instead of being a character who was interested in people and science, he seemed to turn into a person who saw more perfection in science, and was more irritated with people. This was more a matter of behind-the-scenes meddling than a concern with Colin himself. Unfortunately, by 1986, after the â€śTrial of a Timelordâ€ť season, he was sacked — it seemed the writers decided to run that for Tennantâ€™s first few minutes.