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50 Glorious Years: Episode 44 - 2006

Doctor Who followed up its successful return in 2005 by being just as successful in 2006. With a new Doctor in hand, the importance of Who’s success in 2006 is easy to take for granted. Audiences may not have been so ready for another actor in the lead role, but like the Daleks did 40 years earlier, the popularity of Billie Piper helped smooth over the transition to the new Doctor. Tennant and Piper were only together on screen for one season as a regular TARDIS team, but they have perhaps gone down as the most popular one for the new series all these years later.

The success of the 28th season of Doctor Who in 2006 meant a number of things. It meant that the show could, in modern times, survive a change of lead actor just like the classic series could. It meant that the popularity of the show wasn’t a one-off novelty to bring it back just for a year to see what it would be like in the present day. And most of all, it meant that Doctor Who‘s long-term future was once again secure.

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