David Tennant and Billie Piper – rare Doctor Who photos from 2006

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

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First published in 2016

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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.

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

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

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