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Doctor Who TV Show The Complete Second Series

Updated on January 26, 2023
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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She is an expert on all things Doctor Who

David Tennant in Doctor Who
David Tennant in Doctor Who | Source

Doctor Who Episodes Review

A comprehensive review of every episode of the second series of the Doctor Who TV show. David Tennant played the role of The Doctor. I have also included reviews of many of the extras available.

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The Doctor's companion in this second series is Rose Tyler played by Billie Piper. Rose was with the first Doctor last year and Billie Piper continued in the role as Rose alongside the new incarnation.

Synopsis of the First Series

Doctor Who returned to BBC TV in 2005. The Ninth Doctor was played by Christopher Eccleston The Doctor had survived the Time War between his planet Gallifrey and the Daleks. His family and all other Time Lords were killed. He came to earth on Christmas Eve and met a young girl called Rose Tyler.

She was a teenager from a housing estate in London. The Doctor and Rose successfully fought off the aliens who wanted to take over the earth. She then joined him in the TARDIS on his travels. Rose managed to bring back The Doctor’s love of adventure and he began to enjoy his life again. After many exciting encounters with various aliens the Daleks again threatened Earth.

Rose saved the Doctor from the Daleks but in doing she put her own life in danger. The Doctor saved her but this meant that would die instead. Because he is a Time Lord he was able to regenerate into a new human body.

The Tenth Doctor

He re generated into another human body and the actor David Tennant became The Tenth Doctor. This happened in front of Rose in the TARDIS and she became very frightened and confused.

There are 14 episodes on six discs on this Doctor Who DVD Second Series Box Set. Here is a review of everything in the Box Set if you are planning to buy Doctor Who Christmas gifts.

The Christmas Invasion: The 2005 Christmas Special

The TARDIS crash lands on Earth with Rose and the new Doctor aboard. Rose is still confused that The Doctor has changed. Her mother and Mickey arrive and before she can explain the Doctor collapses. They take him to the flat where he lies unconscious. He has not finished re generating yet and cannot help Rose and Mickey fight the aliens.

At first Rose wants her Doctor back because she can not get used to this new man. The Doctor still has his memories of all his previous nine regenerations. Eventually he recovers and saves earth from the invading aliens. Then Rose realises he is still The Doctor that she has been travelling around the galaxy with all the time. So once again Rose Tyler and The Doctor go back into the TARDIS and continue their adventures.

David Tennant in Doctor Who
David Tennant in Doctor Who | Source

Episode Guide

A List of every episode of Doctor Who second season

Episode 1. New Earth

The Doctor and Rose visit New York billions years in the future. He has received a message on his Physic paper from his friend The Face of Boe. But a virus breaks out in the hospital. The Doctor and Rose save the people in the hospital from the virus. The Face of Boe tells the Doctor that he will see him one more time before he dies and will give him a very important message.

Episode 2. Tooth and Claw

The Doctor and Rose go back in time to Scotland during the reign of Queen Victoria. They save the Queen from a werewolf but after meeting The Doctor. Queen Victoria was not very impressed by him. She decides to set up a secret organisation called The Torchwood Institute to protect the earth from aliens.

Episode 3. School Reunion

Rose left her school friend and boyfriend Mickey Smith when she went off with the Doctor. He calls them back because he believes something is wrong at their old school. He is correct as the school and the children have been taken over by aliens. The Doctor and Rose also meet an old companion of his from years ago.

She is Mary Jane Smith and helps them defeat the aliens. The Doctor and Rose ask her to rejoin them in the TARDIS but she declines. Mickey in turn asks the Doctor and Rose can he join them and they agree.

Episode 4. The Girl In The Fireplace

Madame de Pompadour first meets the Doctor when she is a very young child. He is on a spaceship 50,000 years in the future with Rose and Mickey. The spaceship has time windows and the clockwork men are after Madame de Pompadour. The Doctor meets her in different timelines and the little girl grows up and becomes the lover of King Charles of France.

The Doctor saves her from the aliens but also falls in love with her. He asks her does she want a trip on the TARDIS and she says yes. He goes through the time vortex to tell Mickey and Rose that he is alright and then goes back to get Madame de Pompadour. But time has shifted again and he is too late as she has died of an illness in her own time.

Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler | Source

Episode 5 and 6 . Rise of The Cybermen and The Age of Steel

The TARDIS goes out of control and ends up on a parallel Earth. The deadly Cybermen are taking over the humans on this earth. The Cybermen take control of London but the Doctor, Rose, her father and Mickey save the planet and defeat them. Mickey decides to stay on this alternative earth because his granny is alive there. The Doctor and Rose return home to their Earth.

Episode 7. The Idiot's Lantern

It is 1953 and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A monster is slowly taking over the population of earth through the new televisions that many people are buying to watch the Coronation.

Episode 8 and 9. The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit

Rose and the Doctor get trapped on a space station in orbit of a Black Hole. Something terrible down in the depths of the station, looking like the Devil tries to escape. We are introduced to a race called the Ood who are treated like slaves.

The Doctor and the monster have a battle of wits and the Doctor defeats the Devil. He is trapped and about to die when the TARDIS appears and the Doctor is saved. He in turn then saves the surviving members of the space station and Rose. He is unable to save the Ood.

Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith | Source

Episode 10. Love and Monsters

A young man has become obsessed with the Doctor and meets other people who want to prove he exists too and meet him. They form a group and become great friends at their weekly meetings. But they are then joined by a human eating monster who pretends that he can help them find the Doctor. Most of the friends are killed.

The Doctor finally arrives just in time to save the young man. Then he remembers that as a child the Doctor was in his house when his mother died. The Doctor apologises for being unable to save his mother at the time.

Episode 11. Fear Her

The Doctor brings Rose forward in time to see the London 2012 Olympics. After getting the better of the aliens Rose and The Doctor head off to the Olympics. She tells him they are going to enjoy each others company for ever because they are meant to be together always. The Doctor agrees but then gets this terrible premonition of impending doom.

Episode 12 and 13. Army Of Ghosts and Doomsday

The Doctor and Rose visit Rose’s mother and are surprised that the people of earth are welcoming ghosts who arrive at certain times during the day. The Doctor tracks down the signal and ends up at the TorchwoodTower in Canary Warf. But the Cybermen are in fact the so called friendly ghosts and they come in their millions to invade earth.

The Daleks have also arrived through to earth and the Daleks and Cybermen begin to fight each other. This gives the Doctor, Rose and her mother time to work out a plan. Rose’s father and Mickey arrive from the alternative world to help them. The plan works but Rose gets trapped in the alternative world with her parents and Mickey.

The Doctor and Rose are separated and even though as a Time Lord he can usually fix things he can not get Rose back from the alternative world. He manages to use a hologram to say goodbye and they both admit they love each other. The Doctor is now on his own.

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I bought this Doctor Who box set for the extras that are in it. I have outlined them below so that you can see what you are getting.

David Tennant Video Diaries

David Tennant starts his video diary in his London apartment and explains how nervous he is about being the new Doctor on Doctor Who but that he still can’t wait to get started.

He shows us his new outfit and explains how pleased he is. He brings us on the nine month journey of filming the Doctor Who series and getting to know the other actors and staff.

Billie Piper Video Diaries

Billie Piper also shoots her own video diary in this series. We get to know her as an actor and see her interacting with David Tennant on the set of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Confidential

There are many of the Doctor Who Confidential shows on the box set too. We see how they produce the special effects and hear from the writers and producers.

Deleted Scenes

These are always nice to see because a lot of scenes are cut out in order to fit in with the time restrictions of the show on BBC TV. There is a lovely deleted scene in the episode Army of Ghosts. At the very beginning we see the TARDIS landing at Rose’s housing estate as the Doctor and Rose are on a visit to her mother.

The deleted scene is as they come out of the TARDIS and walk towards the flat. Both The Doctor and Rose are happy and laughing as they head over to the flat. There is a very shortened version that was broadcast but this scene is nice and a shame they had to cut it.


The actors mistakes as they film the scenes are always worth watching and gives everyone a laugh.

Children in Need BBC

This scene is about seven minutes long and was made especially for the Children in Need show. It takes place in the TARDIS and we see The Doctor still re generating and the reaction of Rose. This is an excellent scene and one of my favourites.

Introduction to Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures

Torchwood is a new Doctor Who spin-off series with John Barrowman as Captain Jack. This new series is strictly adults only.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a new Doctor Who spin-off series and is aimed at a very young audience.


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