Reaching the year 2005 felt exciting in itself. Sci-fi fans had a lot to look forward to that year. The (all-too-brief) return of Firefly, this time on the big screen. The fall of the Jedi and the birth of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But for British sci-fi fans, the return of Doctor Who was definitely the most exciting.
However, the wait still dragged out. After waiting for the whole of 2004, we still had to wait almost a quarter of a year longer to see our favorite series return.
March itself was a good month, at least. We saw interviews with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. We saw brand new trailers – including a particularly exciting one of the Doctor running from an explosion! We even saw billboards! Billboards! For Doctor Who!
Of course, we also had the episode leak early. A copy of Rose – one that wasn’t quite ready and didn’t have composer Murray Gold’s arrangement of the theme tune – was leaked online. A bit of a shame that happened. Yes, the BBC had been making us wait for the series for a long time, but with good reason. It was all about building up the hype and anticipation. The leak went against that, but it certainly didn’t ruin it.
Eventually, March 26th, 2005 finally arrived. All of us old-school Whovians were anticipating what the episode would be like. (Well, those of us who hadn’t watched the leaked copy, at least.) How different would it be? Would it live up to the legacy of the original series? Would we end up hating it?