8. 'Nice to Meet You, Rose. Run for Your Life!'
Premiere: March 26, 2005
The stakes could hardly have been higher when Doctor Who returned to the airwaves, but "Rose" met and exceeded expectations. You got the rubbery, visceral Ninth Doctor of Christopher Eccleston, who sadly only turned in one season. You got a conscious tie to vintage Who in the Autons, lethal animated plastic people introduced during the Third Doctor's run. And in Rose Tyler, played by former pop star Billie Piper in a career-altering turn, you got a relatable surrogate through whose eyes a wonderful and dangerous cosmos comes alive brilliantly.