Since I started watching Torchwood, and realized it was a spin-off of the new Dr. Who reincarnation, I decided to start watching Dr. Who as well.
This is the 9th Doctor, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, who I find endearingly hot. Does that make sense? He is so dorky with his big ears and big nose and I loved him as the Doctor. I loved hearing "FANTASTIC!" all the time on the show. This is also Billie Piper who plays Rose Tyler; she of the overbite, slightly annoying accent (what is it called; cockney?) and WAY too much mascara. I'm serious! Have you seen the clumps that pass for lashes? Yeesh. I never quite understood why the Doctor chose Rose. Yes, he saved her in "Rose" but he's saved plenty of people, no? She just seemed vapid, had a boyfriend Mickey and a mom to take care of. Maybe he just liked her looks.
The episodes, much like Torchwood, are Sci-Fi silliness, but more family-oriented, while Torchwood is definitely for the grown-ups. "Rose" deals with saving Rose, and Mickey, from attacking plastic, mostly mannequins and garbage bins. There's one with a huge piece of skin stretched on a canvas, Cassandra, who calls herself the last human alive when they travel 5 billion years in the future. That was funny. One episode introduces us to the actress Eve Miles, who later takes on the role of Gwen (she of the googly-eyes) from Torchwood, and another one has Naoko Mori who plays Tosh in Torchwood.
There are aliens in human-suits, we meet Charles Dickens, and we get to meet the dreaded Dalek race from series' past. All the while, Rose and The Dr. develop a close bond that never crosses into the romantic. It's slightly on the surface, but never pushes through.
I liked "Father's Day." "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" were totally creepy-good, and introduces us to Captain Jack. Yay! "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of Ways" brought together the Bad Wolf story arc, and looking back, I think it's why Captain Jack can't die in Torchwood.
It was sad to see Dr. # 9 leave, (Various rumors, from "he only signed one contract" by the show to "I hated the work environment" from the actor, abound) but curious to see this David Tennant fella I saw in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." On to Season 2.