DOCTOR WHO & RELATED SERIES: THE RECENT YEARS, A TIME LINE

Our favorite Time Lord has gotten a lot of web space here and on other Internet sites.

I started the time line below at the beginning of the new era (2005), and have been keeping it up to date as each new episode airs here in America of Doctor Who and its spinoffs: Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

With the new season (# 6 for the current series, the second for Doctor #11, Matt Smith) fast approaching, I thought I would share my notes with everyone.

The actual time line appears in the next post.

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Doctor Who Season 1 (2005) Christopher Eccleston
NOTE:
Whether the ninth Doctor is just a result of or actually fought in the often referenced Time War between Gallifrey and the Daleks is uncertain, since this event has never been committed to film and continuity varies between the books and the audio dramas.

Rose (The ‘new’ Doctor meets Rose Tyler, who becomes the first travelling companion of the new era for the series)
The End of the World
The Unquiet Dead (Does Charles Dickens believe in ghosts?)
Aliens of London/World War Three (2 parter)
Dalek (the only other survivor of the Time War?)
The Long Game
Father’s Day
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
(2 parter) (Introduction of Captain Jack Harkness)
Boom Town
Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
(2 part season finale)
(Rose inadvertently alters Captain Jack’s life and Eccleston’s Doctor regenerates into David Tennant’s, who carries on from this point forward)

 

2005 Doctor Who Children In Need Charity Segment
(Extended footage of Rose meeting the Tenth Doctor. Served as prelude to next entry.)


2005 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: The Christmas Invasion


Doctor Who Season 2 (2006)
New Earth
Tooth and Claw
(First seeds of Torchwood spinoff planted, courtsey of Queen Victoria)
School Reunion (The return of Sarah Jane Smith)
The Girl in the Fireplace
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (2 parter)
The Idiot’s Lantern
The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (2 parter)
Love and Monsters
Fear Her
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
(2 part season finale)
(The Doctor’s first encounter with Torchwood proper and departure of Rose Tyler to alternate Earth at end.)

 

Torchwood Season 1 (2006)
Everything Changes
Day One
Ghost Machine
Cyber Woman
(epilogue to Doctor Who Season 2 finale)
Small Worlds
Countrycide
Greeks Bearing Gifts
They Keep Killing Suzie
(Follow up to first episode of the season)
Random Shoes
Out of Time
Combat
Captain Jack Harkness/End of Days
(2 part season finale)
(Captain Jack goes directly to his Doctor Who Season 3 appearance from here)

 

2006 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: The Runaway Bride
(the Doctor meets Donna Noble)

 

2007 New Year’s Day Movie: Invasion of the Bane
(The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot)

 

Doctor Who Season 3 (2007)
Smith and Jones (The Doctor meets Martha Jones, who becomes the new travelling companion)

The Shakespeare Code (the Doctor meets the Bard)
Gridlock
Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks (2 parter)
The Lazarus Experiment
42
Human Nature/The Family of Blood
(2 parter) (Paul Cornell adapts his seventh Doctor novel ‘Human Nature’ for television)
Blink
Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords

(3 part season finale)
(Captain Jack Harkness appears at start of Utopia directly from the Season 1 finale of Torchwood and Martha leaves at end after a climatic battle against the Master!)

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1 (2007)
(Every adventure in each season is two half-hour episodes long) (Pilot considered part of Season 1)

Revenge of the Slitheen
Eye of the Gorgon
Warriors of Kudlak
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
The Lost Boy
(season finale)

 

2007 Doctor Who Children In Need Charity Segment: Time Crash
(David Tennant’s Doctor meets Peter Davison’s Doctor. Occurs between end of Season 3 and next entry without affecting continuity on either side of event.)


2007 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: Voyage of the Damned


Torchwood Season 2 (2008)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
(Just how much time elapsed since Doctor Who Season 3 finale is questionable since I thought the clock was reset at the end of The Last of the Time Lords)
Sleeper
To the Last Man
Meat
Adam
Reset
(Martha Jones, now a full medical doctor for UNIT, starts guest appearance)
Dead Man Walking
A Day In The Death
(Martha leaves at end of episode to return to UNIT)
Something Borrowed (Gwen marries Rhys)
From Out of the Rain
Adrift
Fragments/Exit Wounds
(2 part season finale)

 

Doctor Who Season 4 (2008)
Partners In Crime (Donna from the 2006 Christmas movie returns, becomes new travelling companion)
The Fires of Pompeii
Planet of the Ood
The Sontaran Stragetem/The Poison Sky
(2 parter) (Martha Jones returns and the Doctor’s first official adventure with UNIT in the new series, although they have been referenced in past episodes.)
The Doctor’s Daughter (no folks, that is NOT a typo!)
The Unicorn and the Wasp (with Agatha Christie)
Silence In the Library/Forest of the Dead (2 parter) (First and last appearance of Professor River Song)
Midnight
Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End
(3 part Season Finale)
(Rose Tyler returns for entire story arc)
(In the latter two episodes, the main casts from The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood appear after their respective season finales)

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 2 (2008)

Although it has yet to air in the United States, available on DVD.

The Last Sontaran (Epilogue to The Sontaran Stragetem/The Poison Sky)

The Day of the Clown

Secrets of the Stars

The Mark of the Berserker

The Temptation of Sarah Jane

Enemy of the Bane (Season finale. Guest starring Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier General Lethbridge-Stewart!)

 

2008 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: The Next Doctor

2009 Doctor Who Spring Movie: Planet of the Dead


Sarah Jane Adventures 2009 Comedy Relief Charity Segment: From Raxacoricofallapatorius, with Love


Torchwood Season 3

Children of Earth (Umbrella title for five part serial, no individual episode titles)


The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 3 (2009)

Has yet to air in the United States but is available on DVD.

Prisoner of the Judoon

The Mad Woman In The Attic

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (Featuring David Tennant as the Doctor!)

The Eternity Trap

Mona Lisa’s Revenge

The Gift (season finale)


2009 Doctor Who Fall Movie: The Waters of Mars


2009 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: The End of Time, part 1 (of 2)

2010 Doctor Who New Year’s Day Movie: The End of Time, part 2 (of 2)
(Ends with cameos of all the major characters from David Tennant’s tenure before he regenerates into Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. The Tennant movies can be considered either part of an extended Season 4 or separate entities/specials.)


Doctor Who Season 5 (2010)

The Eleventh Hour (Smith takes over as the Eleventh Doctor) (Meets new companion Amy Pond and has to keep the TARDIS from exploding, among other things)

The Beast Below

Victory of the Daleks (Thanks to the Doctor, the Daleks regenerate!)

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (2 parter) (DOCTOR River Song returns, and yes: the parallels to Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead are intentional.)

The Vampires of Venice

Amy’s Choice (First appearance of the Dream Lord, another Valeyard?)

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood (The return of the Silurians and Rory dies during part 2)

Vincent (Van Gogh) and the Doctor

The Lodger

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (2 parter) (With ALL his enemies against him, can the Doctor save the universe and still make it to Amy’s wedding to Rory on time? Features River Song and resolves the dilemma of the cracks in the universe, but not the silence threatening the universe.)

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 4 (2010)

STILL no United States broadcaster! Will be on DVD eventually.

Show has been renewed through Season 6, and season 4 WILL feature a team up with the Eleventh Doctor and the return of former companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning)!

 

The 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Movie: A Christmas Carol (with newlyweds Rory and Amy)

 

Doctor Who 2011 Comedy Relief Charity Segment: Space/Time (Two part mini-adventure with newlyweds Amy and Rory. Canonicity questionable, but does not affect events on either side of it.)

 

Doctor Who Season 6>Part 1? (2011)

Season 6 will start with The Doctor and the newlyweds, and some scenes of the opening adventure (if not additional footage to be used elsewhere within the course of the season as well) were filmed in the United States! Season is rumored to be in split in two with a mid-season cliffhanger in between. Details to be announced, but will be followed by a 2011 Christmas movie.

 

Torchwood Season 4 (2011)

To be first aired on the Starz Cable channel Summer 2011.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 5 (2011)

Doctor Who Season 6>Part 2 (If the season IS split in two)

Both are scheduled for this fall, so which is first, and if one affects/crosses over with the other, remains to be seen.

 

I know some of the above details seem a bit cryptic, but besides not wanting to spoil anything for someone who somehow might not have seen everything (like the unaired Sarah Jane Adventures), I prefer to deal in facts and not rumors. So until I see an episode for myself...

That's neat, Lee. Thanks for sharing.
You should check out the "Timeline" group.
So is this still the British version of the Torchwood to be aired this year or the rumored American version?
It will be the joint Starz/BBC production.

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