Doctor Who

Doctor WhoNetwork: BBC
Episodes: 703, half-hour and hour
Seasons: 26

TV show dates: November 23, 1963 — December 6, 1989
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O’Brien, Peter Purves, Adrienne Hill, Jean Marsh, Jackie Lane, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Hamish Wilson, Deborah Watling, Wendy Padbury, Katy Manning, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Gerald Flood, Nicola Bryant, and Bonnie Langford.

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TV show description:
A mysterious time-traveler, The Doctor, and his companions explore time and space while solving problems and righting wrongs.

They travel in an unreliable old time machine known as the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space). It’s much larger on the inside but, due to a chronic malfunction, its exterior is stuck in the shape of a 1950s British police box.

The Doctor frequently clashes with villains like Davros and his mutant creations known as the Daleks who seek to “exterminate” all in their path.

As a Time Lord, the Doctor is able to regenerate his body whenever he is near death (providing a convenient way to recast the actor when needed) and the new incarnations each have their own quirks and abilities.

Following the end of the series, the Doctor returned in a 1996 film and then, in a new series in 2005.
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  1. says

    This has probably been asked before, but why do you describe Doctor Who’s 20th and 21st century incarnations as distinct series? Given that the shows have been produced and broadcast by the same broadcaster since 1963, and retain the same continuity (such as it is) in its characters, surely it’s not just because they opted to describe the show’s 27th season as “Series 1” in 2005?

    • says

      As I recall, their calling it “series one” was part of the reason. When they were describing the new series, it also seemed more like a reboot than a revival at the time.

      • says

        Thanks for the info; it was a slightly odd situation, I guess: it was promoted as a new series in 2005, while always recognising that it had been around before – the broadcast of “Rose”, for instance, was preceded on BBC One by a documentary trailing the new series while also summarising the previous 26 seasons – showrunner Russell T Davies had always told anyone who asked that it was NOT a reboot – at least, not in the traditional sense. (It could be argued that, format-wise, Doctor Who has incorporated regular reboots into its actual format!) Post 50th anniversary, however, even merchandise and non-TV material is increasingly viewing 20th and 21st century Doctor Who as all part of the one series, though; the 16 years it wasn’t in regular production are oddly fading from popular memory. :-)

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