Russell T. Davies Retrospective

We discussed a different episode written by Russell T. Davies every week. Russell was, of course, the showrunner who led the successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005.

This series follows a retrospective of Steven Moffat episodes, which can be found here.

You can also discuss episodes by new showrunner Chris Chibnall here.

More Doctor Who episode and story discussions can be found here

The End of Time


Russell’s and David’s finale. The Doctor returns to Earth. He finds the population haunted by nightmares and an old enemy is reborn.

The Waters of Mars


On Mars the Doctor encounters the first human colony. The base comes under attack and the Doctor must make some difficult decisions.

Planet of the Dead


The Doctor, Lady Christina de Souza and other bus passengers are transported to a barren desert planet. And the Swarm draws closer.

The Next Doctor


The Doctor arrives in Victorian London. The Cybermen are on the move, and the only one who can stop them is the Doctor… and, erm, the other Doctor?

The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End


The Earth has moved and the Doctor tries to find it before the Daleks destroy it. On Earth a bunch of ex-companions and allies form a resistance.

Turn Left


An alternate universe story. With the Doctor missing, Donna must work with Rose to prevent darkness encompassing the whole of the universe.



While visiting Midnight, a beautiful, luxury planet, the Doctor goes on a trip and a terrifying problem arises that leaves him powerless.

Partners in Crime


During an alien emergency in London, Donna searches for an old friend. But can the Doctor halt the plans of the mysterious Miss Foster?

Voyage of the Damned


A spacecraft on a collision course with Earth, killer robot angels and an evil mastermind – just another Christmas for the Doctor…

The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords


The Doctor, Martha and Jack return to present day London and discover that the Prime Minister, Harold Saxon, is actually the Master.



Captain Jack is back, and the TARDIS is thrown to the end of the universe. The last remnants of humanity struggle to reach “Utopia”.



The Doctor takes Martha to New New York only to discover that the inhabitants live in perpetual gridlock within the Motorway.

Smith and Jones


After Donna turned him down at Christmas, the Doctor gets a new companion… Trainee doctor Martha Jones.

The Runaway Bride


A Christmas Special. Bride-to-be Donna vanishes as she walks down the aisle. To her astonishment, and the Doctor’s, she re-appears in the TARDIS.

Army of Ghosts / Doomsday


Ghosts are appearing across the world and the human race welcome them. But monstrous foes return as two universes collide.

Love and Monsters


Elton joins a group of like-minded people hoping to find our more about The Doctor. When the mysterious Victor Kennedy joins the fun soon stops

Tooth and Claw


The Doctor and Rose meet Queen Victoria and travel with her to spend the night at the Torchwood Estate. And there’s a full moon due.

New Earth


The Doctor takes Rose to New Earth where the feline Sisters of Plenitude can cure any diseases and an old enemy is out for revenge.

The Christmas Invasion


A new Doctor! The whole of mankind falls under the shadow of The Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor’s help, but can she trust this new man.

The Parting of the Ways


The Dalek fleet begin their invasion. The Doctor may have to sacrifice everyone on Earth to save every other living creature in the Universe.

Bad Wolf


The Doctor, Rose and Jack wake up in futuristic reality shows but something unusual is happening, and the losing contestants are being disintergrated.

Boom Town


The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack stop off in Cardiff to recharge the TARDIS and come upon an enemy hatching another plan to destroy Earth.

The Long Game


The Doctor, Rose and Adam arrive on a space station that transmits programmes to Earth. They soon discover that people are disappearing.

Aliens of London / World War Three


A spaceship crashes into Big Ben and lands in the Thames. Soon, all is not as it seems with the residents of 10 Downing Street.

The End of the World

The End of the World

The Doctor takes Rose to the year five billion, when the Sun is about to expand and swallow the Earth.



In 2005, Saturday nights were about to become interesting for Rose Tyler, and a new audience for Doctor Who.