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50 Glorious Years: Episode 48 - 2010

2010 was “The Year We Survived RTD” for Doctor Who. Only a few years later it is easy to forget that there was some uncertainty (within fandom and within the BBC) that Doctor Who could still thrive or even survive without Russell T. Davies at the helm. The RTD & Tennant era’s had ended on a high in popularity, making it all the more impressive that a new showrunner and a virtually unknown actor in the lead role could pick things up where the previous era had left off. Doctor Who didn’t miss a beat with an entirely new cast, other than the occasional appearance of Alex Kingston as River Song (who had only featured in one previous story in 2008) - a testament to the skill of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, as well as Steven Moffat and the rest of the new production team.

Doctor Who had 15 new episodes in 2010, a high for the new series that hasn’t been matched before or since. The Matt Smith-era had begun…

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