David Tennant and Billie Piper – rare Doctor Who photos from ten years ago

Remarkable photographs from the Radio Times Archive of the stars, crew and writers of Doctor Who

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Amazingly, ten years have passed since the launch of series two of Doctor Who – David Tennant’s first full term in charge of the Tardis with Billie Piper at his side as Rose Tyler. Episode one, New Earth, first aired on BBC1 on Saturday 15 April 2006.

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To celebrate, we’ve delved deep into the Radio Times Archive to dig out some rare and fabulous images, many of which have never been published before.

Photographers: Matt Holyoak, Dan Goldsmith and Ben Gold.
All images: copyright Radio Times Archive

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The assembled cast and crew of Doctor Who 2006
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Daleks photographed for the RT Doctor Who finale/World Cup covers
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Cybermen photographed for the RT Doctor Who finale/World Cup covers
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The Cyber Controller (an alternative shot from RT’s cover shoot)
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Costume designer Louise Page
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Matthew Graham
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Matthew Graham
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Matthew Graham, writer of episode 11, Fear Her
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Matt Jones
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Matt Jones
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Matt Jones
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Matt Jones, writer of episodes 8 and 9, The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit
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Mark Gatiss
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Mark Gatiss, writer of episode 7, The Idiot’s Lantern
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Tom MacRae
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Tom MacRae
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Tom MacRae, writer of episodes 5 and 6, Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel
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Steven Moffat
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Steven Moffat
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Steven Moffat, writer of episode 4, The Girl in the Fireplace
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Toby Whithouse
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Toby Whithouse
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Toby Whithouse, writer of episode 3, School Reunion
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Noel Clarke as Mickey
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Noel Clarke as Mickey
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Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith
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Camille Coduri as Jackie
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Camille Coduri as Jackie
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Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler
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Executive producer Julie Gardner
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Executive producer Julie Gardner
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Showrunner Russell T Davies
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Masking up the Cyber Controller.
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Cybermen on standby.
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Cyberman cybershade
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Daleks prepare for their cover shoot.
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The final image. (Photographed by Matt Holyoak. Copyright Radio Times Archive)
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Positions please…
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The shot is lined up.
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A final touch of make-up.
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David Tennant, Billie Piper and Elisabeth Sladen are shown the line-up by photographer Matt Holyoak.
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Photographer Matt Holyoak runs through his ideas with David Tennant and Billie Piper.
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Elisabeth Sladen joins in.
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K.9 and the alien creatures assemble.
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People stand in for a line-up before the actors arrive.
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RT’s art director Paul Smith with photographer Matt Holyoak.
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The set under preparation.
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A scaled-down model of the set for the RT photo shoot

Read our newly updated review of New Earth (series 2, episode 1)

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