The first episode since 1989 was titled "Rose". London shop associate Rose Tyler stumbled across murderous store mannequins and then came to be rescued by The Doctor. Christopher Eccleston was the first actor of the revived series to portray the legendary Time Lord.
In those early days before Doctor Who became a true global phenomenon, its loyal base of die-hard fans were doing anything to watch the new episodes immediately, instead of waiting a year or so before they aired outside of England. A lot of us learned how to download via torrent because of that first new season of the show, I'm telling ya. We would not be denied our Doctor!
Ten years. Wow. Who would have thought that a full decade later, the Doctor Who mythos would be as world-renowned as it has become? Being a fan since watching the Tom Baker episodes on PBS, I can still hardly believe it.
Happy anniversary Doctor Who. Don't go on hiatus again, ever!