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Original Title :
Doctor Who
Genre :
TV Series / Adventure / Drama / Family / Sci-Fi
Cast :
William Hartnell,Patrick Troughton,Jon Pertwee
Budget :
£4,500,000
Type :
TV Series
Time :
45min
Rating :
8.4/10

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired.

Doctor Who returned to our screens 14 years ago this week. To celebrate, here are 14 of the show's most 'OMG' moments. Series 11 Trailer Clip from The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Doctor Who in Thirteen Words. Episode Two Trailer The Ghost Monument. The New Doctor Who Titles. Episode Three Trailer Rosa. Episode 4 Trailer Arachnids In The UK.

Plus, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole discuss their reactions to becoming the Doctor's new companions. First Female Doctor Jodie Whittaker Feels 'Liberated'.

50's-60's Science Fiction/Fantasy Television Show You Are Most Ashamed You've Never Seen. Regenerations of The Doctor. Aliens Infiltrate Humans. It had been believed by fans that Leela (Louise Jameson) who left at the end of Доктор Кто: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978) to stay on Gallifrey, when she falls in love with Commander Andred (Chris Tranchell) had fought and died in the Time War, when Gallifrey was destroyed by The War Doctor (John Hurt).

Doctor Who site featuring Doctor Who news, Class, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures news, episode guides and features. Series 12 Production Begins. Team TARDIS are back, as filming commences overseas. Official: Series 12 Delayed to 2020. Happy Birthday, Peter Davison. The Fifth Doctor himself is 68 today. Doctor Face-Off Christopher Eccleston vs Paul McGann. The tournament continues. Doctor Face-Off Jon Pertwee vs William Hartnell. Frazer Hines Apparently Not A Fan of PC Storylines in Doctor Who. I don’t want to know about Rosa Parks. Monster of the week, I want. Doctor Face-Off Colin Baker vs Sylvester McCoy.

Season 11 of this science fiction TV series brings the arrival of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. That's when she meets Graham (Bradley Walsh), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yasmin (Mandip Gill), her new companions. The group then embarks in exciting adventures throughout space and time. Doctor Who: Season 11 Teaser - Meet the Thirteenth Doctor. Doctor Who: Season 11 Sneak Peek - The Twelfth Doctor Regenerates. Doctor Who: Season 11 Teaser - New Doctor, New Season, NEW LOGO. Doctor Who: Season 11 Trailer. Doctor Who: Season 11 Comic-Con Trailer. Doctor Who: Season 11 Teaser - It's About Time.

The following is a list of Doctor Who televised stories. Names used are those given by the BBC as of 2019. For the 1963 version of the programme, this means that the list employs the DVD release name in most cases, which may differ from some titles, particularly stories from 1963-1965. The First Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966. The Second Doctor was portrayed by Patrick Troughton from 1966 to 1969. The Third Doctor was portrayed by Jon Pertwee from 1970 to 1974.

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Traveling across time and space, the immortal time-lord known as 'The Doctor' travels across the universe with his many companions and his loyal shape-shifting space-ship: The TARDIS. The Doctor faces many threats across many generations: from The Daleks, The Cybermen and his time-lord adversary The Master to the sinister Davros, creator of The Daleks.
Complete series cast summary:
Tom Baker Tom Baker - Doctor Who 178 episodes, 1974-1984
William Hartnell William Hartnell - Dr. Who / - 144 episodes, 1963-1984
Jon Pertwee Jon Pertwee - Doctor Who / - 132 episodes, 1970-1984
Patrick Troughton Patrick Troughton - Dr. Who / - 131 episodes, 1966-1985
Frazer Hines Frazer Hines - Jamie / - 117 episodes, 1966-1985
Nicholas Courtney Nicholas Courtney - Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / - 109 episodes, 1965-1989
Pat Gorman Pat Gorman - Guard / - 104 episodes, 1964-1985
Elisabeth Sladen Elisabeth Sladen - Sarah Jane Smith 83 episodes, 1973-1984
Jacqueline Hill Jacqueline Hill - Barbara Wright / - 81 episodes, 1963-1980
William Russell William Russell - Ian Chesterton 78 episodes, 1963-1965
Katy Manning Katy Manning - Jo Grant 78 episodes, 1971-1984
John Scott Martin John Scott Martin - Dalek / - 76 episodes, 1965-1988
John Levene John Levene - Sergeant Benton / - 74 episodes, 1967-1983

The distinctive TARDIS sound effect is officially classified as a piece of music and was created by rubbing the bass strings of a piano with a key and playing it back at 10% speed.

The word "Dalek" became so familiar to British audiences that it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

When the script called for him to recite coordinates to program the TARDIS, Tom Baker would sometimes rattle off a string of digits that was actually the telephone number to the "Doctor Who" production office; no one ever caught on.

The longest running sci-fi series ever made for television.

The BBC owns the copyright to the design of the Police Box as used as the design for the TARDIS. It was bought from the Metropolitan Police.

Asteroid 3325, a small main belt asteroid discovered in 1984, is named TARDIS after the Doctor's time/space machine.

Of the 253 episodes of "Doctor Who" that were produced in the 1960s, 97 no longer exist in the BBC Television Archives due to an archive purge between 1972 and 1978, during which BBC Enterprises destroyed the only known copies believing them to be of no future value. The BBC stopped destroying episodes in 1978 when this policy came to the attention of the series' fans. From this point the BBC realized the potential commercial and cultural value of the series and audited their archives that same year. A print of the 1965 episode "The Daleks' Master Plan: Day of Armageddon" was returned by a former BBC engineer in January 2004. In December 2011, a further 2 episodes were recovered, this time from a former ITV engineer: Docteur Who: Air Lock (1965) (Part 3 of the "Galaxy 4" serial) and Docteur Who: The Underwater Menace: Episode 2 (1967). In 2013, the entire story of "The Enemy of the World" and all except one episode of "The Web of Fear" were also recovered from Nigeria. Strangely enough, while all six parts of the latter episode were obtained, the third part went missing before it could be handed to the BBC.

The original pilot episode was rediscovered in 1978 in a mislabeled film can. After an archive purge by the BBC between 1972 and 1978, the film survived by chance and was originally thought lost forever.

The Beatles make a cameo appearance in Docteur Who: The Executioners (1965), in which they're seen on a time scanner performing "Ticket to Ride" on Top of the Pops (1964). Originally, the plan was to have the actual musicians appear as old men, but the idea was vetoed by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Ironically, the footage used in the episode is all that remains of this appearance, as the episode of Top of the Pops (1964) it was taken from was wiped by the BBC.

When the series was syndicated in the US, many stations did not show it in its half-hour long, cliff-hanger format. Instead, a "movie version", made up of all episodes of one adventure, but with the cliff-hanger endings edited out, would be shown. Since the number of episodes used to tell one story would sometimes vary (usually four episodes, but sometimes 6, 7, or only 2), the "movie versions" varied in length. Because of this, many stations showed the movie versions on weekends, in late-night or early-morning slots, where their schedules were more flexible.

Jon Pertwee was fond of using the phrase "reverse the polarity" in his dialog, so the writers made sure his incarnation of The Doctor said it frequently. The most common use was the technobabble sentence "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow", which, due to its popularity with fans, was also used occasionally by later Doctors.

For its entire run, the series did not have a "bible" to keep it consistent. Later in the series run, the producer John Nathan-Turner started consulting fan Ian Levine on continuity matters.

When it became clear that failing health was affecting his performance and relationship with the cast and crew, William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor, was asked to leave the show. Hartnell had a very strained relationship with his second producer, John Wiles, and shortly after Innes Lloyd became the third producer, Lloyd told Hartnell that he was going to be replaced. Rather than cancel a successful series, story editor Gerry Davis came up with the Doctor's ability to regenerate his body when he is near death, which allows for the smooth transition from one actor to another playing the role, although this was not called "regeneration" in the series at the time. The previous production team of Wiles and Donald Tosh had considered replacing Hartnell with an actor who would play the part exactly the same as Hartnell, but Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis preferred the idea the Doctor would become a completely different persona. The term "regenerating" was not introduced until the end of the Third Doctor's era in "Planet of the Spiders".

Many actors were considered for the role of the Doctor over the years. Ron Moody twice declined the role. He was first choice after Hartnell left but refused (as did Peter Jeffrey), and he also turned down the chance again in 1969 when Troughton left. Graham Crowden turned down the role of the Fourth Doctor because he wouldn't commit to the series for three years and veteran British comedian Richard Hearne was also approached but rejected because he wanted to play it in the style of his famous character Mr Pastry. Michael Bentine was also approached to play the Fourth Doctor but he insisted on having a role in the scripting.

Contrary to popular belief, the design of the Daleks was never based on an actual pepper pot and was designed around a seated person. The pepper pot was used by designer Raymond Cusick to demonstrate how he envisaged it moving. A Dalek used in the series was five feet six inches tall, four feet long and three feet wide, weighing 336 pounds. The operator inside worked the Dalek gun, plunger, eye stalk and the lights, while a voice actor in the corner of the studio provided the Dalek voice by speaking into a ring modulator. The operator inside still had to learn the lines even though he didn't speak them, as the lights had to operate in synchronicity with the voice.

TV editing was very difficult in the 1960s, and so (in common with most other British TV drama at the time) many early episodes of "Doctor Who" were recorded "as live". If the actors fluffed their lines, the others had to cover for him/her. There are several obvious instances of this in the series, such as in "The Web Planet" where actor William Hartnell forgot his lines, leading to co-star William Russell to prompt him by asking "What galaxy is that in then, Doctor?". In order to facilitate this style of recording, the actors were allowed a four-day rehearsal period (Monday-Thursday) followed by camera rehearsal on Friday day and the actual studio recording Friday evening. Saturdays were often spent on location recording inserts for future episodes, and the actors were given Sunday off before the process started again for the next episode on Monday morning. Although editing techniques improved over the years, it remained the case that studio scenes would usually be taped almost as live, using a multi-camera system, until the series ended in 1989.

Originally, the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, was to have a different appearance in order to blend in wherever and whenever it materializes due to its "chameleon circuit." However, it was decided that this constant changing of a regular prop would be too expensive. So, it was decided that the circuit would be permanently disabled due to the TARDIS' age, thus retaining the appearance of a 1963 Police Callbox.

The series was originally devised as an educational program for kids, with co-creator Sydney Newman having no intention of featuring "bug eyed monsters." The first episodes featured cavemen. But when the Daleks were introduced, the attitude of the program was forever changed. Even so, the series continued to alternate between science fiction and purely historical stories for several seasons.

Only three of the Dalek "costumes" from the 1960s survive today. One such original prop has been cut open and is at the "Doctor Who" exhibition in Blackpool, where children can climb inside and see what it is like to be a Dalek. One of the Dalek costumes is stored in a glass display case under the stairs in the Southampton branch of the forbidden planet sci-FI stores.

The character of the Doctor was originally conceived by the production team as a grandfather figure and the first three actors to play the Doctor, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, were all over the age of 45 when they were cast in the part. However, the part subsequently became associated with younger actors, all of whom were under 45 when cast. The youngest by far was Peter Davison, who was aged just 29 when he was cast. This trend of casting actors in their twenties, thirties or early forties continued with Le seigneur du temps (1996) and Doctor Who (2005) until 55-year-old Peter Capaldi was cast in 2013, making him the oldest actor since Hartnell to take on the role.

Jon Pertwee had incredible difficulty learning some of the technobabble that the Doctor is famous for, so the crew hid cue cards in the set.

In the 1986 season, Michael Jayston played a potential future incarnation of the Doctor known as the Valeyard, who existed between the Doctor's twelfth and thirteenth incarnations. In the 50th anniversary special in 2013, John Hurt was the main guest star and played the War Doctor, who existed between the eighth and ninth incarnations of the Doctor and was similarly not an official incarnation of the Doctor.

Tom Baker had two different length scarves. A shorter one was used for outdoor shoots to prevent the actor from snagging the scarf in anything as he walked.

According to co-star Peter Purves in an interview, the original actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell, would have been very upset the BBC thought he could be replaced in the part because he had become so attached to it. Nevertheless, Hartnell is sometimes said to have approved of the casting of Patrick Troughton as his replacement because he respected him as an actor, although the decision as to who would follow him was made by series producer Innes Lloyd without Hartnell's input. The actors met each other when filming "The Tenth Planet", and Troughton was so excited to be playing the new Doctor Who, but also admitted to Hartnell that he was scared stiff and Hartnell told Troughton that he will be fine. In the 2013 drama An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), based on real life events in the early years of the series, Hartnell is told by the Head of Drama Sydney Newman that Troughton is to succeed him.

The famous theme music won the accolade of the best sci-fi theme tune in an online vote for website Total Sci-Fi in 2009.

The name of the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, is short for "Time And Relative Dimension In Space". In later serials, this was changed to "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space" (Dimensions in plural), but the series revamp (2005+) has reverted to the singular usage.

Patrick Troughton's regeneration was the only regeneration where we did not see The Doctor regenerate into his new incarnation. When the Second Doctor's regeneration was being filmed, the Third Doctor had yet to be cast and Jon Pertwee was later announced as the third actor to play the Doctor. However, in the following story "Spearhead in Space", we see the newly-regenerated Third Doctor step out of the TARDIS in Troughton's costume and collapse on the ground.

Two reasons are given for the first episode of the first series series being repeated the following week: a) it aired the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and as a result drew lower than expected audiences. b) there was a widespread power failure and the episode was not seen nationwide.

In the 1976 season, The Doctor started operating his TARDIS from the craft's secondary control room, an obviously older version of the main control room with wood paneling and a Victorian design motif. This set was abandoned when it was discovered that the paneling warped while in storage during the hiatus and the series had the Doctor begin using the regular control room again.

Due to ill health, William Hartnell was unable to appear in Docteur Who: The Tenth Planet: Episode 3 (1966), which was also his penultimate episode. Ironically, the final episode of the serial has since been lost and consequently the last surviving episode from the Hartnell era doesn't even feature Hartnell.

The BBC announced an 18-month break in the series in February 1985. The series returned to the air in September 1986. After the series ended in 1989, fans tried again to get the show back, but were unsuccessful. There were numerous "false starts" as attempts were made to produce a feature film based on the series. In the early 1990s, Steven Spielberg was widely reported to have been interested in making a film version and a number of script treatments were written. Ultimately, in 1996, the United States Fox Network co-produced (with the BBC) and aired a TV movie which failed to spark a new series. In late 2003, the BBC announced that it was finally going to be broadcasting a new series of Doctor Who in 2005.

During the 1970s, series stars Tom Baker and Ian Marter (who played Harry Sullivan) wrote a script for a feature film which was titled "Doctor Who Meets Scratchman". It was intended to co-star Vincent Price and would have been directed by James Hill. However, according to Tom Baker, it was never made due to copyright issues.

On five occasions, past Doctor actors have to returned to the series as the Doctor in stories known as "multi-Doctor" stories, meaning that they feature multiple incarnations of the Doctor. In 1973, the tenth anniversary story, The Three Doctors, saw William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton return to the role alongside Jon Pertwee. In 1983, the twentieth anniversary story, The Five Doctors, saw Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee return to the role alongside Peter Davison whilst Richard Hurndall played the role of the first Doctor (William Hartnell, who had passed away some years earlier) and Tom Baker appeared only in footage filmed for a story called Shada (1979), which was abandoned due to strike action. In 1984 Patrick Troughton reprized his role alongside Colin Baker in The Two Doctors. In 2013 David Tennant appeared alongside Matt Smith (10th and 11th Doctors respectively) with John Hurt playing a prieviously unknown 'War' Incarnation between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, in Day of The Doctor (2013), the Fiftieth Anniversary Special. Finally, the First Doctor appears once more in the upcoming 2017 Christmas Special played by David Bradley, who prieviously played Hartnell in the Documentary An Adventure in Time and Space (2013) for the Fiftieth Anniversary.

The pilot episode of the series would have been the first transmitted edition had it not been remounted on the recommendations of BBC executives. It has been shown on television in the UK once, in 1991, and remains the only surviving episode from the 1960s held in its original unedited format.

The format of the show's entire run was a series of cliff-hanger adventure serials. Each of the Doctor's adventures would be told across several half-hour episodes, with a cliff-hanger ending each one. Each "season" of the show would be broken into several stories, taking usually 4 to 6 episodes to play out - on-screen, each individual episode would begin with the title of the story ("The Android Invasion", to name one), followed by the story's author, then what episode the story the audience was watching ("Part One", for example). This method of titling wasn't established until late in the third season; prior to that, every episode was given its own unique title. Because of this, there are no 'official' story titles to the earliest adventures, though semi-official ones have been consistently used on DVDs, books, etc.

As William Hartnell's illness progressed, he started to have memory problems and often forgot his lines. Many unusual ad libbed lines in place of those scripted were passed off as part of the Doctor's character.

Lyrics were added to the theme for a 1972 single by series star Jon Pertwee who chose to recite, not sing, the words. The single was called, "Who Is The Doctor?". It failed to chart in the UK.

K-9 was a constant source of difficulty for the crew: the cameras interfered with the signals from its remote operator, causing it to frequently run amok; it was difficult to frame the prop so that it was visible with the human actors; and the prop sat so low to the ground that even a cigarette butt could stop it dead. The writers didn't care for K-9 either, feeling his extraordinary abilities made solving problems too easy for the Doctor and his companions.

The version of the "Doctor Who" logo that was used from 1970 to 1973 during the Jon Pertwee era would later resurface as the logo for the 1996 revival film, after which it once again became the official logo for most Doctor Who-related merchandise. As of 2005, it is used as the official logo for the "classic series" with a brand new logo used on all merchandise relating to the 2005 revival.

During its 26 years, the series only filmed episodes outside Britain on a few occasions. The first was in 1979 when "City of Death" was filmed in Paris. Later episodes filmed outside the UK were "Arc of Infinity" (Amsterdam), "Planet of Fire" (Canary Islands), and "The Two Doctors" (Spain). Plans to film episodes in the United States and Singapore fell through.

Although a number of spin-offs were considered throughout the course of the programme (including vehicles for the Daleks, for UNIT, and for the Jago and Litefoot characters from the Tom Baker serial "The Talons of Weng Chiang"), only one was ever produced as a pilot. This was K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981), aired initially as a Christmas special. Although it fared well in the ratings, the BBC decided not to proceed with a series. Ironically this featured ex-companions Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and John Leeson as the voice of K9 - both would return for the altogether more successful 21st Century spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007).

David Troughton - Patrick Troughton's son - appeared as an extra alongside his father in "The Enemy of the World". He later played King Peladon in Jon Pertwee's "The Curse of Peladon". He was sharing a flat with an future 6th doctor - Colin Baker - at the time.

Several versions of the theme tune were used over the years, with the most famous being used from 1963 to 1980 (albeit with a slight rearrangement and the addition of an echo chamber effect being added in 1966). A disco version of the tune became a hit in the UK in 1978, and an electronica version reached number 1 in 1988.

The original version of Ron Grainer's theme music was created electronically in 1963 by Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and was one of the first TV themes so created. Ron Grainer tried to have Delia Derbyshire credited as co-writer of the music, to record her contribution, but was prevented from doing so by internal BBC politics which would not allow technicians to receive artistic credits.

None of the UNIT army uniforms survive as they were disposable (and were disposed of).

The motorized K-9 prop was extremely heavy, and a hollow version was constructed for scenes in which the actors had to carry it.

Peter Cushing stated in an interview that he was offered the title role on three occasions after appearing as the Doctor in the 1960s movie adaptations of the series: Producers of the show asked him to play the second, third, and fourth Doctors; he turned them all down, not wanting to make a lengthy commitment to a television program. He later regretted the decision.

David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor, is the son-in-law of Peter Davison, The Fifth Doctor.

In a 2013 interview, Peter Davison expressed regret that flirtation and sexual tension between the Doctor and his companions was never allowed, unlike in the revival Doctor Who (2005). Davison claimed the original series "never quite mastered the whole companion idea". Davison has also claimed his producer, John Nathan-Turner, wouldn't even allow him as the Doctor to put his arms around his female companions in case viewers thought there was something sexual to their relationship. Davison said he was "rather envious" that the Doctor in the revived series has been allowed to French kiss his companions.

Some television reference works erroneously list Terry Nation as the creator of the series. Nation created the Daleks, which were responsible for the its early success. The two 1960s spin-off movies, Dr Who contre les Daleks (1965) and Les Daleks envahissent la Terre (1966), carry the credit "Based on the BBC television serial written by Terry Nation" - referring to the "Doctor Who" scripts written by Nation, upon which the movies were based. Some people misunderstood this credit, believing it was crediting Nation as creating "Doctor Who" itself.

Writer Terry Nation got the idea for the Daleks' wheeled motion seeing the Georgian State Dancers at the theatre: they wore floor-length skirts and bent their knees slightly to glide as if on castors.

The three most popular seasons of the series were broadcast between 1975 and 1977, starred Tom Baker as the Doctor and were produced by Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes. Hinchcliffe and Holmes deliberately made the series darker with the intention of expanding the audience and attracting more older children and adults. They often referenced famous horror novels and movies. During this period the series achieved the best consistent ratings it ever managed, with over 40 episodes seen by more than 10 million viewers. The stories from this period have continued to dominate in fan polls ever since. However, this period of the series also attracted unfavourable attention from television watchdog Mary Whitehouse, who frequently complained that its levels of violence and horror were too frightening for children. The BBC eventually acquiesced and ordered the next producer, Graham Williams, to tone it down on joining the series.

The character 'Doctor Who' was ranked #22 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).

Bessie, who appeared on several occasions in the early 1970s, with the licence plate "WHO 1". This private plate had already been purchased by another party and so the BBC were unable to acquire it for the series. Instead they used a fake "WHO 1" plate on private roads, and the car's actual plate "MTR 5" was used only in long-shots.

Changes to the cast were a regular fixture of the series - only five of the series' 26 seasons (the 8th, 9th, 22nd, 25th and 26th) did not include an arriving or departing regular cast member. Only two regular characters did not get a departure scene: the character of Dodo Chaplet disappeared halfway through the 1966 serial "The War Machines"; the character Liz Shaw simply did not return after the 1970 season. The departures were explained in dialogue in subsequent episodes. Actors Mary Tamm and Colin Baker did not get leaving scenes - their characters (Romana and the Doctor, respectively) returned at the beginning of the following season played by different actors. However, their characters belonged to a race whose appearance, it had already been established, would frequently change thus making the change of actors easy to explain.

William Hartnell had a habit of questioning plot inconsistencies and character anomalies. His attention to detail allowed him provide continuity, even to the extent where he knew what button on the TARDIS console did what. Indeed, in the show's early days, Hartnell had predicted that it would run for years.

Frequently voted the best Doctor, Tom Baker was also one of the least famous when he took the part. Despite his previous membership of the prestigious National Theatre, Baker was an unemployed actor who was working as a hod-carrier when he was approached for the Fourth Doctor. Producer Barry Letts cast Baker as the Doctor after he was recommended to him by the BBC drama director William Slater, who was then serving as Head of Serials at the BBC. Letts became convinced Baker was right for the part after seeing him in Le voyage fantastique de Sinbad (1973). Letts had never heard of Baker before and had considered and even approached several bigger names but they had all been discounted for various reasons.

The last three Doctors in the series, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, all wore costumes with a question mark motif, as did Tom Baker in his last season, in an ironic reference to the title of the series. Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker all had question marks on the collars of their shirts, while Sylvester McCoy had a pullover covered in question marks and an umbrella with a handle in the shape of a question mark. This was the idea of the series' producer at the time, John Nathan-Turner, who believed it made the series more marketable. Tom Baker disliked the introduction of the question mark motif, while Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have all admitted they were never completely happy with their costumes in the series. Davison came up with idea of a cricket theme to his costume but he felt the eventual costume looked too much like it had been designed. Colin Baker wanted a much darker costume instead of the one he ended up with, which he described as "an explosion in a rainbow factory". McCoy intensely disliked his pullover and said he would have insisted on a different one if the series had continued after 1989.

Actors considered to play the Seventh Doctor included Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Ken Campbell, Chris Jury and Alexei Sayle. Jury would later play Deadbeat in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy," while Atkinson would star in the parody Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). Furthermore, Dermot Crowley auditioned for the role and Andrew Sachs put his name forward at that time as well.

Verity Lambert considered Tom Baker's portrayal of the Doctor the best after William Hartnell's original Doctor.

Ian Marter, who played Surgeon Lt. Harry Sullivan, also wrote the novelizations of several Dr. Who stories.

Colin Baker was on the shortlist for at least two guest roles but eventually appeared in the 1983 Peter Davison era story "Arc of Infinity", making him the only actor to play a guest part who then went on to play the Doctor in the original series. Patrick Troughton had been offered a guest part in the 1966 William Hartnell era story "The Gunfighters" shortly before he was cast to replace Hartnell but had been unavailable.

The first six seasons of the series were mostly shot on black and white 405-line videotape (although some later episodes were recorded on 625-line tape and others directly onto 35mm film). Of those black and white episodes all original videotape copies were wiped. The episodes from that period still in existence today exist only in the form of telerecordings (also known as Kinescopes).

When visual effects designer Mat Irvine was asked to build the K9 prop for the serial "The Invisible Enemy", no one told him it would be required beyond that story. Thus, the prop Irvine designed was only capable of traversing the studio floor and proved useless when brought on location for subsequent stories. Irvine eventually built a second K-9 that could cover rougher ground.

Jon Pertwee and Sylvester McCoy are the only two doctors not to have regenerated on screen using the actor from his previous incarnation. Colin Baker refused to appear in the sequence involving him regenerating into Sylvester McCoy, so McCoy performed both parts of the sequence wearing a wig to resemble Baker.

In 2014, the character of Davros, the mad scientist and creator of the Daleks, was voted TV's third nastiest villain in a countdown of TV's Nastiest Villains (2014) for Channel 5.

Romana goes through several "versions" in rapid succession until picking the one regeneration she and The Doctor approve. This second Romana departs simply by exiting the TARDIS with K-9 to be a Time Lord in "E-Space." The Doctor then lifts a new K-9 from a box.

In the first ever story "An Unearthly Child", the First Doctor tells Ian and Barbara that he and Susan are wanderers from the fourth dimension of space and time and that they were cut off from their people. In "The War Games", The Second Doctor revealed to Jamie and Zoe that he had stole the TARDIS and that he ran away from Gallifrey because he was bored and that he wanted to see the universe. With this revelation, this meant that The Doctor had lied to Ian and Barbara about why Susan and himself left Gallifrey.

The series has become synonymous in the British media with low production values and "wobbly sets". Even the official obituary of Jon Pertwee on the BBC News featured reporter Nick Higham stating "the baddies were unconvincing, the sets and acting shaky". When he was cast in the 50th anniversary special, actor John Hurt said his only knowledge of the original series was that "all the scenery used to fall over". Shortly before she died, actress Ingrid Pitt said she missed "the shaky sets, the Marks and Spencers wardrobe, the cardboard walls, Bacofoil interiors and Domestos bottle spaceships" when she watched the 2005 revival of the series. Philip Hinchcliffe stated on the DVD commentary for "The Robots of Death" that he had "tried to take the scenery wobbling out" of Doctor Who during his period as producer (between 1975 and 1977) and "pay more attention to the design". However, he conceded that he had improved it in some stories more than others.

Jon Pertwee's Doctor reflected the popularity of James Bond and his era featured a significant increase in filmed action sequences. The series even had its resident stunt team during this period. Pertwee brought his own love of fast cars, bikes, boats and planes to his action-orientated version of the character.

Tom Baker left the series in 1981 after seven years, because he felt he had done all he could with the part and it was time to move on. Furthermore, he strongly disliked the changes producer John Nathan-Turner made during his final year. Baker claimed that he half-jokingly said he wanted to leave and was half-surprised when the response was, "Okay, when do you want to go?"

Peter Davison left the series in 1984 after three years following Patrick Troughton's advice to limit his tenure in order to avoid typecasting. He was also unhappy with some of John Nathan-Turner's production decisions. Davison admitted that he was dissatisfied with the quality of his second season and he told Nathan-Turner that his third season would be his last. However, he later said that he thought his third season turned out to be an improvement, but by then he had already made the decision to leave.

"Doctor Who" is influenced by the western genre. The Doctor is like The Outsider, whom walks into town from the desert wilderness. He has no name, no explicit background, but the town is in crisis and he is exactly the right person to resolve matters before disappearing again. He can help society, he can set it back on it's right tracks - for his own reasons and perhaps at some costs - but there is no way he can ever fit into it.

Co-creator Sydney Newman, who also devised Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir (1961), never received screen credit as creator of the series or any of its subsequent spin-off films. Newman later took legal action against the BBC in an attempt to be recognized as creator of the series, but failed.

The visual effect used in the original sequence uses a technique called "howl-round" and was designed by graphic designer Bernard Lodge and special effects expert Norman Taylor.

Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and John Leeson (K-9) are the only actors to play the same character in both this series and Doctor Who (2005).

Ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).

During the Tom Baker years, many props from 'Gerry Anderson''s live action series were incorporated into the sets. Notably parts and panels from the main control stations from the Moonbase in Alerte dans l'espace (1970) appear on Nerva Beacon in "Ark in Space" and "Revenge of the Cybermen". Kano's computer control desk from Cosmos 1999 (1975) appears as the control desk for the Guardians in "Underworld".

During Sylvester McCoy's tenure as the Doctor, the actress who played the Doctor's assistant Ace, Sophie Aldred, and the actor who played 'The Master', Anthony Ainley, along with McCoy himself, all share the same birthday (20th August).

Only 6 of the actors playing the Doctor have had their image shown in the opening credits. They include Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy. Of those 6, only Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker had their opening images updated during the series run. Pertwee is the only Doctor Who actor who got a full-body pose (in his updated credits in 1973). Tom Baker is the only Doctor who does not smile in his opening image (though he smiles in the updated credits for the 1980-81 series). Also, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are the only Doctors who had their opening image in motion. Baker's starts with a closed-mouth smile that breaks into a grin, and McCoy's image winks to the viewers.

Doctor Who was in part inspired by the BBC's earlier science-fiction television series The Quatermass Experiment (1953). In 1988 the show paid homage by referring to the character of Bernard Quatermass in the 1988 episode "Remembrance of the Daleks". It is also implied that this episode takes place the day "Doctor Who" made its debut on TV. Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale turned down offers to write for Doctor Who, revealing in subsequent interviews that he disliked the concept of the series and regarded it as unsuitable for children to watch. Nevertheless, several Doctor Who stories were influenced by Kneale's stories.

During his time on the series, Patrick Troughton tended to shun publicity. As he famously told one interviewer, "I think acting is magic. If I tell you all about myself it will spoil it". Years later, he told another interviewer that his greatest concern was that too much publicity would limit his opportunities as a character actor after he left the role.

Although the series is often referred to as a children's programme, it was actually conceived by the BBC's Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, and it was always made within the BBC's drama department for the whole of its 26 years. The series' appeal to adults was confirmed in 1969 when an Audience Research survey commissioned by the new producer, Barry Letts, revealed that 58 per cent of its audience were over the age of 15. The series' script editor between 1974 and 1977, Robert Holmes, admitted in a newspaper interview that he and producer Philip Hinchcliffe saw the core audience as being intelligent fourteen-year-olds and he personally believed the series was not suitable for children under the age of ten unless they were under strict parental guidance.

Of the original four travelers in the TARDIS, only William Russell has yet to make a re-appearance in the series. William Hartnell (The Doctor) reappeared in the 10th season in "The Three Doctors" and reappeared, via archive footage, in the 20th season special, "Docteur Who: The Five Doctors (1983)". Carole Ann Ford (Susan) also reappeared in the 20th season special once again as Susan. Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) returned as Lexa in the Tom Baker's serial "Meglos".

Ron Moody was approached to play the Third Doctor after his success in Oliver! (1968) but he turned down the role. He has stated in interviews that turning down the role of the Third Doctor was the worst thing he ever did professionally; every time he hears the familiar Doctor Who theme tune he kicks himself.

Peter Davison has expressed in several interviews and DVD commentaries his disillusionment with the directors on the series during his period. He has claimed only Graeme Harper on his final serial brought any excitement and invention to the direction. He has also criticised producer John Nathan-Turner, whose main focus, according to Davison, was generating publicity for the series but was not sufficiently interested in the quality of the stories.

Ace's trademark jacket was Sophie Aldred's idea.

In the serial Docteur Who: The Deadly Assassin: Part One (1976), it was established that the Doctor and the Time Lords have only 12 regenerations. However, it was also established in the 20th anniversary special, Docteur Who: The Five Doctors (1983), that the High Council of Time Lords can offer a new life cycle of regenerations. (In the 50th anniversary special, Matt Smith's Doctor was "gifted" an unspecified amount of regeneration "energy", and therefore an unknown number, as of late 2018, of further regenerations in the new cycle, starting with Peter Capaldi becoming Jodie Whitaker's Doctor regeneration).

It's been considered as a possibility that the first ever Dalek story "The Daleks" and "Genesis of the Daleks" may had been major influences behind Terminator (1984). In "The Daleks", Skaro, The Dalek planet has been devastated by a neutron war between the Daleks and the Thals. The Daleks rule Skaro within their city, whilst the Thals live in the radioactive jungle, fighting to survive. In "Genesis of the Daleks", The Time Lords send The Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry back through time to Skaro before the neutron war, when the evil Kaled scientist Davros first created the Daleks and The Doctor sets out on his mission to prevent the Dalek's creation.

Sylvester McCoy hated the question-mark covered pullover he wore.

Jon Pertwee left the series in 1974 after five years due to the death of his friend Roger Delgado, the departure of Katy Manning and the stepping down of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks as producer and script-editor. After his request for a raise was declined, he decided to move on.

Originally Leela was going to die at the end of Docteur Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978), which Leela is killed by a Sontaran trying to save The Doctor's life. The ending was changed because it felt Leela's death would traumatize younger viewers and instead, Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey, when she falls in love with Commander Andred and K9 also decides to stay, so he can look after Leela. Louise Jameson was unhappy with this change.

Peter Davison's real surname is Moffett, but had to change it to avoid confusion with director Peter Moffatt who he worked with on Doctor Who and All Creatures Great and Small with.

Nyssa portrayed by Sarah Sutton was originally not meant to be a companion and one of the few Doctor Who characters not owned by the BBC.

William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton are the only actors to play the Doctor who didn't appear in every episode of their respective tenures. This was due to the extremely punishing production schedule in the 1960s, which was substantially reduced when Jon Pertwee took over the part in 1970.

The Seventh Doctor's Panama hat actually belonged to Sylvester McCoy.

The main character's name is not actually Doctor Who. In fact, his real name is never revealed. Other characters who know him only address him as Doctor, and he only ever introduces himself by saying "I'm the Doctor." The title comes from the idea that, after being told someone is a doctor, you would naturally ask, "Doctor Who?"

In addition to the 97 episodes that no longer exist, some episodes no longer exist in their original format. Four episodes only survive in an edited state - Docteur Who: Checkmate (1965) ("The Time Meddler": Episode 4), Docteur Who: The Final Test (1966), Docteur Who: The War Machines: Episode 3 (1966), and Docteur Who: The War Machines: Episode 4 (1966). Furthermore, eleven episodes only survive in black and white whilst originally filmed in colour - The Ambassadors of Death: Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7, "The Mind of Evil" (all six episodes) and Docteur Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part One (1974). Many of the Jon Pertwee episodes from the early 1970s, made in colour, now only exist as poorer quality NTSC 525-line colour versions recovered from Canada, the original 625-line colour master tapes having been wiped by the BBC in the 1970s, and as 16mm black and white telerecordings which had been kept by BBC Enterprises. For some Pertwee episodes wiped by the BBC, NTSC colour versions were not recovered and they remained only as the 16mm black and white telerecordings for many years. In the early 1990s, three serials (Docteur Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 1 (1970), Docteur Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode One (1971) and Docteur Who: The Dæmons: Episode One (1971)) were restored to colour using the 16mm black and white telerecordings and the colour signal from NTSC domestic recordings to create new master copies on D3 digital tape. Docteur Who: Planet of the Daleks: Episode Three (1973) was restored to colour for the serial's DVD release in 2009 using the colour signal (also known as chroma dots) discovered in the black and white telerecording. All the colour master tapes starring the last four Doctors, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have survived in the BBC archives.

The Whomobile was never actually called that name. It was referred to as The Alien by its producers, but was never named on screen.

Leslie French and Cyril Cusack turned down the part of the first Doctor before William Hartnell was asked.

The show had at least one new writer a season in its 26-season run.

Actors considered to play the Second Doctor included Rupert Davies, Valentine Dyall (later to play the Black Guardian and Slarn), and Michael Hordern. All declined, because they did not want to commit to a long-running series.

Actors considered to play the Fourth Doctor included Michael Bentine, Bernard Cribbins, Graham Crowden, Fulton Mackay and Jim Dale. Crowden would later play Soldeed in "The Horns of Nimon", while Bernard Cribbins, who was in Les Daleks envahissent la Terre (1966), would have a recurring role as Wilfred Mott in the revived series.

Richard Griffiths was briefly considered to play the Fifth Doctor.

Laurence Olivier was once offered a guest role as the "Mutant" in "Revelation of the Daleks" (1985).

All seven incarnations of the Doctor had at least one serial in which they faced the Daleks as the main villains. However, the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors only tackled the Daleks once.

Only the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, never had a serial with the Cybermen as the main villains. However, he did eventually have a scene with the Cybermen when he returned to the series in 1983 for Docteur Who: The Five Doctors (1983).

The Second Doctor could have been a very different character. At various stages, he was going to be a gruff sea captain, have a sardonic Sherlock Holmes-like wit, wear a wig like Harpo Marx and even a blacked up Arabian Nights caricature. It was Sydney Newman who suggested The Cosmic Hobo type. It was Patrick Troughton's idea for him to play the recorder.

Sylvester McCoy had wanted The Seventh Doctor to be darker and stated in an interview that he wanted to bring back the mystery of The Doctor, because he had felt too much had been told about The Doctor and that he wanted The Seventh Doctor to be a mix-up of all the other Doctors that had came before.

Patrick Troughton left the series in 1969 after three years due to exhaustion following the show's demanding work schedule and to avoid being typecast.

When Colin Baker was dropped from the series in 1986 after just two seasons on the orders of senior BBC executive Michael Grade, he became the Doctor with the shortest run of the original series and the first to have been effectively "fired" when he had wanted to continue, a word Baker subsequently used in an interview for The Sun newspaper.

Colin Baker was cast as the Doctor after John Nathan-Turner saw him entertain guests at a wedding they were both at. Script editor Eric Saward disagreed with the casting of Baker, later revealing in a magazine interview that he thought Baker lacked "the energy and eccentricity" the part required. Saward also later said in a documentary about the Sixth Doctor's era (called Trials and Tribulations (2008)) that he thought Baker was not a good enough actor to follow the previous Doctors and carry the series.

The enduring character of the Master, a renegade Time Lord, was created by producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks shortly after they began working together in 1969. They were inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and felt the Doctor needed his own Moriarty. Letts always envisaged the character as being played by Roger Delgado, a British actor of Spanish ancestry who had already established a reputation for playing suave villains (and with whom Letts had worked when he had been an actor himself). Delgado made his debut in 1971 and became a popular member of the cast, appearing regularly until his death in a car accident in 1973. The character was briefly revived by Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes for the 1976 story "The Deadly Assassin" (played by Peter Pratt) but became a regular villain again throughout the 1980s (played by Anthony Ainley) when the series was produced by John Nathan-Turner. According to members of the cast, Ainley enjoyed the part so much he had no interest in playing anything else and would even answer the telephone in character as the Master.

The best-selling 1965 science fiction fantasy novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert was a major influence behind Planet of Fire (#21.13). The same year (#21.13) was broadcast, David Lynch's big screen adaptation of "Dune" was released.

Sophie Aldred presented the CBBC program "Corners" between seasons of "Doctor Who". Whilst rehearsing an edition of the program, Aldred received a telephone call from Sylvester McCoy and told her that the BBC canceled the series.

John Nathan-Turner got the idea of the silent closing credits at the end of the Peter Davison story Earthshock from the long-running ITV soap opera "Coronation Street". In the soap opera, when a popular character died, the closing credits would roll in silence.

In the William Hartnell era, the 1st Doctor had two companions whom were both stranded on another planet in Series 2: Vicki's spaceship had crash landed on Dido and Steven Taylor had crash landed on Mechanus.

Peter Davison made no secret on several interviews he preferred Nyssa as a better companion for his Doctor.

Jon Pertwee later went on to star as the scarecrow Worzel Gummidge in Worzel Gummidge (1979). In Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983), the 3rd Doctor (Pertwee) calls The 2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton) a "scarecrow".

Michael Grade, Controller of BBC One (1984-1987), put the series on an 18 month hiatus in early 1985 and explained his decision at the time by claiming the series was producing disappointing ratings (averaging about seven million during this period) and he accused the series of becoming too violent, losing its imagination and wit and the people making it of becoming complacent. He has admitted in a number of interviews since that he wanted to cancel the series outright in 1985 because he thought the cheap production values were pathetic compared with films like La guerre des étoiles (1977), Rencontres du troisième type (1977) and E.T., l'extra-terrestre (1982). After pressure from fans and a campaign by the British press, Grade brought the series back after the hiatus the following year, although he insisted that star Colin Baker was replaced at the end of that season. Grade, along with BBC Drama Head Jonathan Powell, approved the casting of Sylvester McCoy as the new Doctor and oversaw his first season in the role before leaving for Channel Four in 1987. Powell replaced Grade as BBC One Controller and oversaw two more seasons with McCoy before it was permanently cancelled in 1989 by the BBC's new Head of Series, Peter Cregeen, following four seasons of very poor ratings since Grade's hiatus (only two episodes from these four seasons had won more than six million viewers, proving that the hiatus and the subsequent firing of Colin Baker had completely failed to improve the series' appeal). The last three seasons had been scheduled against Coronation Street (1960), the most popular series on the BBC's rival channel, ITV.

Actors considered to play the First Doctor included Geoffrey Bayldon, Cyril Cusack, Hugh David and Leslie French. Bayldon would later play Organon in "The Creature from the Pit", while David would later direct "The Higlanders" and "Fury from the Deep" and French would play a mathematician in "Silver Nemesis".

Actor Michael Wisher was unable to reprise his role as Davros for the character's second appearance in 1979's "Destiny of the Daleks". However, replacement actor David Gooderson had to wear the same mask which had been designed for Wisher's previous appearance in 1975's "Genesis of the Daleks", so it did not fit him perfectly. The third and final actor to play Davros in the series, 'Terry Molloy', had a new mask sculpted especially for him.

Derrick Sherwin, who was the series' story editor during the Patrick Troughton era and devised the UNIT template for the Jon Pertwee years, twice offered to produce the series independently when he became aware during the 1980s that the BBC wanted to cancel it. His offers were rejected by Michael Grade and later by the BBC's Head of Series Peter Cregeen.

At the end of Docteur Who: Planet of Fire: Part Four (1984), The Doctor promises Peri that he would take her back home to America when she finishes travelling with The Doctor after 3 months. At the end of Docteur Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Fourteen (1986), it was revealed that Peri, whom had been believed to had been killed by Lord Kiv, when her body was taken over by Lord Kiv, was in fact revealed to be very much alive and had married King Yrcanos. Peri's family never learned of her fate. At the beginning of Docteur Who: Planet of Fire: Part Four (1984), Peri was rescued by Turlough, whom saved her from drowning, when she tried to swim to shore, when her stepfather Howard left her stranded on his boat. It would had been assumed by Peri's family and the authorities that Peri may had drowned trying to swim to shore and her body was never found or Peri left Lanzarote and went off with the English boys to Morroco and never returned to the United States.

Katarina (Adrienne Hill) was the first companion to be killed off and was sucked out of airlock after being taken hostage by Kirksen in Docteur Who: The Traitors (1965).

Lois Lane from the "Superman" comics is a major influence behind Sarah Jane Smith.

The series' founding producer, Verity Lambert, considered the Doctor to be an essentially anti-establishment character and she disliked the Jon Pertwee era of the series, finding Pertwee's performance insufficiently quirky and his version of the Doctor too tied to the British establishment. Lambert described this period of the series as "a real mistake" on the DVD commentary for "The Time Meddler". Peter Purves, who played a companion to William Hartnell's Doctor, has concurred with this view on several commentaries, and Donald Tosh, a story editor during the Hartnell era, described the Pertwee era as "the beginning of the end" because the series had "nowhere to go".

When Andrew Cartmel was interviewed for the position of script-editor, he was asked what he hoped to achieve. His response was "I want to take down the government".

Verity Lambert cast William Hartnell as The Doctor after seeing him in Le prix d'un homme (1963). Hartnell saw the role as a relief, as he had been typecast for years in tough-guy roles (policemen, gangsters, soldiers, etc).

When Jon Pertwee heard that Patrick Troughton was leaving the series, he told his agent to put him forward for the role. He was surprised to find out that he was already the second choice of the producer Peter Bryant after Ron Moody, who happened to turn it down.

John Nathan-Turner cast Peter Davison as The Doctor having worked with him on All Creatures Great and Small (1978).

Originally, Series 11 was going to end with "The Final Game" by Robert Sloman. It would be revealed that The Master was in effect with the Doctor's 'dark side' - id to The Doctor's ego and the story would end with The Master dying in an explosion, saving other including The Doctor from destruction. But, Roger Delgado had been killed in a car accident and The Final Game was replaced with Planet of the Spiders, which ended with The Third Doctor dying from radiation poisoning and regenerating into his 4th incarnation.

In real life Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor) married Lalla Ward (Romana) in 1980, but later divorced in 1982. Lalla Ward was born Sarah Ward. One of The 4th Doctor's companions was Sarah Jane-Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and The 4th Doctor's later companion Nyssa of Traken was played by Sarah Sutton.

John Nathan-Turner said he cast Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor because he had "the right combination of light humour, drama and realism, is very popular with children, and has a large following with feminine viewers".

According to numerous accounts from directors and other actors, both William Hartnell and Tom Baker developed a reputation for being domineering, temperamental and difficult to work with on the series. In Hartnell's case this was exacerbated by his declining health.

Tom Baker broke his collarbone during production of Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment: Part One (1975) (TV Episode).

A fan of the series by the name of Chris Chibnall appeared on Open Air (1986) (TV Series) which he criticized the "Trial of a Time Lord" season. Years later, Chris Chibnall would become a regular writer on Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) which he became the revived series 3rd head writer succeeding Steven Moffat in 2017 and he cast his Broadchurch (2013) (TV Series) cast member Jodie Whittaker as The 13th Doctor.

Colin Baker and Louise Jameson are best friends in real life.

In real life, Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor) and Louise Jameson (Leela) are best friends.

By playing the Doctor in seven seasons, Tom Baker was the only actor to play the Doctor in more than five seasons, beating the previous record set by Jon Pertwee, and he eventually overtook William Hartnell's total number of episodes. His seven continuous years in the role is a record that has stood ever since, although Colin Baker said that he had wanted to break it.

Tom Baker went on record to state that working on the series for seven years was the best time of his life.

Louise Jameson named her son Tom Jameson after Tom Baker.

After Nicolas Courtney died in 2011, Colin Baker became the President of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

The series was a childhood favorite of future Doctor Peter Davison.

The Dalek Master Plan, The War Games, The Key to Time and The Trial of a Time Lord are the longest stories in the original series that have more than 6 - 7 episodes. The Dalek Master Plan had 12 episodes, The War Games had 10 episodes, The Key to Time had 26 episodes and The Trial of a Time Lord had 14 episodes. The Key to Time (Season 16) and The Trial of a Time Lord (Season 23) were all one story with a recurring story-arc. In Season 16, The Fourth Doctor, Romana 1 and K9 II are sent on a quest by The White Guardian to seek and retrieve the six segments to the Key to Time and in Season 23, The Sixth Doctor is again put on trial by the Time Lords, which recorded footage from the Doctor's past, present and future are shown and used as evidence against The Doctor, whom stands accused of interfering with the affair of other planets.

It had been believed by fans that Leela (Louise Jameson) who left at the end of Docteur Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978) to stay on Gallifrey, when she falls in love with Commander Andred (Chris Tranchell) had fought and died in the Time War, when Gallifrey was destroyed by The War Doctor (John Hurt). It is revealed in the "Companion Chronicles" audio production The Catalyst (#4.2) it had been revealed Leela survived the destruction of Gallifrey and had been captured by a warrior race called The Z'nai, whom had tortured Leela for information on Gallifrey and later in The Time Vampire (#4.10) the final audio production of the 4th season of "The Companion Chonichles". The fate of Leela was revealed and that she died in the Z'nai prison.

Episodes planned for the unmade Series 27 included - . "Earth Aid" by Ben Aaronovitch, a space opera featuring a race of samurai insect-like aliens called the Metatraxi. It was to open with Ace in the captain's chair of a starship and the story would concern the politics of humanitarian aid.

. "Thin Ice" by Marc Platt, which would have featured The Ice Warriors in London (later Moscow) in 1968. It would have seen the departure of Ace to the Prydonian Academy to become a Time Lord. The story was to introduce a character with underworld connections who was intended to become a recurring character similar to the Brigadier. The character would have a daughter born at the conclusion of the adventure who would be named by the Doctor. The plot would have featured an Ice Warrior's armour in the London Dungeon and two reincarnated Warriors continuing a long rivalry. Platt also intended to have bikers being controlled by the Ice Warriors (and wearing similar helmets), scenes on a terraformed pastoral Mars, and a more mystical bent to the aliens while deepening their history.

. "Crime of the Century" by Andrew Cartmel, which would have introduced a cat burglar/safecracker named Raine Creevey (Beth Chalmers) as the next companion. Her father would have been the character with underworld connections from "Thin Ice".

"Animal" by Andrew Cartmel, in which The Doctor, Raine and UNIT investigate a science laboratory at Margrave University, 2001. The story would have seen the return of Brigadier Winifred Bambera from "Battlefield".

On an similar theme to the family connection, both Yeti stories "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear" feature an father and daughter team of Jack Watling (Professor Travers) and Deborah Watling (Victoria)

Julia Sawalha auditioned for the role of Ace.

Ian Chesterton was named after writer G.K Chesterton.

Mavic Chen, the traitorous Guardian of the Solar System's outfit in the epic Dalek Masterplan story was based after a Medieval English knight's banneret.

1960s producer Innes Lloyd had a policy of using fine name actors in guest roles on the series to heighten its dramatic appeal. The series' final producer, John Nathan-Turner, was also very fond of using big names, especially from comedy. He increasingly turned to stunt casting in an attempt to arrest the decline in the series' ratings in its final seasons. These guest stars included Joan Sims, Richard Briers, Ken Dodd, Peggy Mount, Nicholas Parsons, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace.

The series' story editor towards the end of Patrick Troughton's era, Derrick Sherwin, felt Doctor Who would benefit from being set more on Earth because he felt it would make it more real and believable. He devised UNIT (the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) as a group the Doctor could become allied to on Earth. The new actor to play the Doctor, Jon Pertwee, much preferred stories set on Earth and was comforted by working with the familiar company of the actors portraying the UNIT regulars, such as Nicholas Courtney, John Levene and Richard Franklin. Pertwee later said he would only have done stories set on Earth if it had been his decision. Pertwee era producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks felt it was important to return the Doctor to space travel and set stories on other planets. However, UNIT would continue to appear regularly in the series until the new production team of Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes took over and wrote them out in Tom Baker's second season.

William Hartnell left the series in 1966 after three years, due to illness. He suffered from arteriosclerosis, which affected his memory and his ability to learn his lines. He also disliked the direction the show was taking in his final year and the new production team.

When Andrew Cartmel took over as script-editor, he intended to make the Doctor a mysterious character again. Throughout Seasons 25 and 26, there were hints dropped that the Doctor is an older and much more powerful figure than he lets on. This was dubbed 'The Cartmel Masterplan'. Sadly, the series was axed before anything could be revealed.

John Nathan-Turner actively sought an actor who was reminiscent of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, for the part of the Seventh Doctor. He felt Sylvester McCoy was the man he wanted for the role and cast him as the Doctor after seeing him in a stage version of The Pied Piper of Hamlin.

As of late 2018, the BBC are gradually commissioning animations of full and/or partially incomplete episodes, whilst still searching for "original" copies of the damaged/destroyed/missing/wiped video recordings and/or film versions. Globally, tv and film archives are still cataloguing their archive holdings, so find many "lost" films and tv recordings that may not even be their own Intellectual Property, and occasionally Doctor Who episodes have been found via this way. With digital restoration of both domestic off air sound recordings and various visual records such as stills, 8mm cine film, and new animation techniques, it is becoming common to attempt to re-construct an approximation of the original episodes.

Two stars of the BBC sitcom The Young Ones (1982) had guest roles opposite Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor) and Nicola Bryant (Peri). Alexei Sayle played DJ in "Revelation of the Daleks" and Christopher Ryan played Lord Kiv in "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp".

Although Michael Grade's attempt to cancel the series in 1985 was very controversial among fans, Katy Manning praised it on the DVD commentary for "The Mind of Evil", arguing that the series had declined after Tom Baker, she had lost interest in it and the long rest before its revival in 2005 had done it good, enabling it to come back much better. She said Grade had done "exactly the right thing". Mal Young, who executive-produced the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, also congratulated Grade to his face on "Michael Grade On the Box" on Radio 2, saying he was "absolutely right in killing it off".

Both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were cast by producers who were about to leave the series. Peter Bryant cast Jon Pertwee and never actually got to work with him on the series, having left before Pertwee's first serial went into production. Barry Letts cast Tom Baker and only produced his first serial before handing over to a new producer.

1980s producer John Nathan-Turner and his script editor Eric Saward had problems with their professional relationship, which eventually led to Saward abruptly resigning from the series in 1986 before completing the scripts for the 23rd season.

The series was always run by a staff producer of the BBC. The producer was assisted by a script editor, who was responsible for commissioning scripts and performing rewrites. Both Peter Davison and Steven Moffat have said (on Come in Number Five (2011)) that the series would have been better if it had been produced by a writer, which they said was one of the greatest strengths of the revival Doctor Who (2005), which has a writer as executive producer and "showrunner" in the style of American television. Moffat said the script editors on the original series were "way down from where they should have been" in making creative decisions about the production of the series, while Davison said that he felt his producer, John Nathan-Turner, wasn't qualified to guide the series properly because he wasn't a writer and that's why he was dissatisfied with the standard of much of the writing on the series during his tenure as the Doctor.

In the 1985 story "Vengeance on Varos", The Sixth Doctor and Peri encountered a race of people Varosians whom were entertained by broadcasts of sadistic violence, torture and death. Years later, Colin Baker, a supporter of League Against Cruel Sports and other celebrities such as Tony Robinson, Gemma Atkinson, Annette Crosbie recorded their reactions to horrifying and disgusting footage of animals being cruelly hunted for blood sport. As Baker and the League Against Cruel Sports organization were raising an awareness to stop animals from being cruelly hunted for sport.

The Captain and Mr. Fibili, the antagonists of the 1978 story "The Pirate Planet", were inspired by Captain Hook and Smee from "Peter Pan".

In "The Mind Robber", which took place in the Land of Fiction. The Doctor is told that the man in charge of The Land of Fiction is called The Master. Although The Master did not make his debut in the series until 1971, it's possible, The Doctor may had thought The Master was his former friend turned nemesis, was behind The Land of Fiction. But, it did foreshadow The Master coming into the series three years later.

Jason Connery whom played rebel prisoner Jondar in "Vengeance on Varos", went on to play Robin of Huntington in ITV's Robin of Sherwood (1984) and Forbes Collins who played the Chief Officer in Vengeance of Varos, went on to play King John in BBC's Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989).

Loana, the main protagonist of Un million d'années avant J.C. (1966) is considered an major influence behind Leela.

A third Peladon story set on the medieval planet Peladon never happened. However, in the audio production "The Prisoner of Peladon", which is believed to be set between The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Pealdon, reveals that The Third Doctor had met King Peladon again, and The Third Doctor, without a companion, returns to help King Peladon through a painful period, after Peladon joined the Galactic Federation and has welcomed refugee Ice Warriors and innocent creatures to his world, after they flee from the New Martian Republic. David Troughton whom played King Peladon, returned to provide the voice.

The Trial of a Time Lord season was originally to end with The Sixth Doctor locked forever in a struggle with The Valeyard in a "Time Vent", which may had seen The Doctor escape or be rescued in the next story. But, John Nathan-Turner felt that he didn't want to end the season with a downbeat ending and disagreed with that ending.

Tom Baker worked with four different producers over his record seven-year term as the Doctor, Barry Letts (who cast him and produced his first story), Philip Hinchcliffe, Graham Williams and John Nathan-Turner. Baker later described the producer of his first three seasons, Hinchcliffe, as "amazing" and identified that as his favourite period of his time on the series. He described the next producer, Williams, as "absolutely devoted" but lacking Hinchcliffe's flair, although he admitted that Williams had let him "get away with murder". He acknowledged that his final producer, Nathan-Turner, made changes that he didn't agree with and they "did not see eye-to-eye really about very much". He said they became good friends afterwards and forgot their disagreements. Baker admitted that he may have stayed in the role for one season too many.

The character of Dorothy Gale from "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum influenced Ace (Sophie Aldred) - Ace's real name is Dorothy McShane and Ace found herself on Iceworld, when a timestorm opened up in her bedroom.

The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is obviously suffering from PTSD in Colin Baker's debut story "The Twin Dilemma". The Doctor whom has been traumatized and disturbed by his regeneration. attacks and tries to strangle Peri (Nicole Bryant), when he wrongly believes that she is an alien spy. PTSD is an anxiety disorder. Irritability and aggression and a lack of coping are two of the symptoms of PTSD. The Doctor's PTSD caused The Doctor to be paranoid, attack Peri and made The Doctor confused.

There was a recurring story-arc in Seasons 24, 25 and 26: The Seventh Doctor learns Ace had been brought to Iceworld by a time storm (Dragonfire). A time storm brings Lady Peinforte to 1988 (Silver Nemesis) and Fenric reveals that he used the time storm that brought Ace to Iceworld, so she could travel with The Doctor and be used a weapon against him and The Doctor admits that he knew all along from the moment he first met Ace and that he knew Fenric was also behind the time storm that brought Lady Peinforte to 1988 (The Curse of Fenric).

In The Curse of Fenric from the final season, it is revealed Fenric was behind the time storm that opened up in Ace's bedroom and brought Ace to Iceworld, so he could use Ace as a weapon against The Doctor. And yet, in the 6th season of the new series, Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber) kidnaps River Song (Alex Kingston) whom is revealed as Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) whom happens to have the ability to regenerate and conditions her a weapon to assassinate The Doctor (Matt Smith).

In Sarah Jane Smith's background: Sarah Jane was raised by Aunty Lavinia, when her parents died in a car accident, 3 months after she was born.

There were 14 recurring story-arcs throughout the series: Marc Cory and the Dalek's plot to use the Time Destructor (Series 3). The Daleks (Series 4). The Cybermen (Series 5). The Master (Series 8). The Time Lords sending The Doctor and Jo to Peladon and Solos on assignments (Series 9). The Doctor and Jo discovering The Master is working with the Daleks in The Master's scheme to trigger a war between Earth and Draconia and follow The Daleks's to their base on Spiridon (Series 10). The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry arrival on Nerva Beacon and leaving Nerva Beacon to prepare Earth for the arrival of the humans on Nerva Beacon and returning to Nerva Beacon following the Skaro mission (Series 12). The Doctor forced to take Sarah Jane home when he is summoned back to Gallifrey and finding himself the prime suspect of the President of High Council of Time Lord's assassination (Series 14). The White Guardian sending The Doctor, Romana and K-9 to find the six segments to the Key to Time (Series 17). The Doctor and Romana going to E-Space and the return of the Master (Series 18). The Black Guardian using Turlough as his agent as he seeks revenge upon The Doctor (Series 20). The Doctor standing trial for his life by the Time Lords (Series 23). Ace being brought to Iceworld and Lady Feinforte being brought to 1988 by another Time Storm, which Fenric was behind (Series 24, 25 and 26).

6 stories were written for Season 23, but were abandoned: "The Nightmare Fair" which The Doctor and Peri fought The Celestial Toymaker in Blackpool. "The Ultimate Evil" which The Doctor and Peri learn an evil alien dwarf is using a deep space ray to turn the peace loving inhabitants of a holiday planet into raging killers. "Yellow Fever and How to Cure It" which The Doctor and Peri fought the Autons in Singapore. "Mission to Magnus" which The Doctor and Peri learn Sil is working for The Ice Warriors. "The Hollows of Time" which the Tractators returned and "The Children of January" which The Doctor and Peri encountered a race of runaway proto-humans.

Famous actors who have publicly said that they wanted to play the Doctor but were not approached include Julian Glover and Nigel Havers. Andrew Sachs later said in an interview that he regretted not winning the role of the Seventh Doctor despite putting his name forward for it. Following his guest appearance in 1985, left-wing alternative comedian Alexei Sayle also said that he wanted to be the first "socialist" Doctor.

Lots of people had told Sylvester McCoy that he would make a really good Doctor Who years before he was cast in the role.

The series was twice the subject of behind-the-scenes documentaries. The first was the BBC's own The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977), which went behind the scenes of Docteur Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977). The second was The Making of Doctor Who (1988), a documentary by the New Jersey Network in the United States which went behind the scenes of the 25th anniversary story Docteur Who: Silver Nemesis: Part One (1988).

When Tom Baker announced his departure from the series in 1980, he suggested to the press that his successor might be a woman. In 2017 in Doctor Who (2005), this finally became a reality when Chris Chibnall cast Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

3 weeks after the broadcast of Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen: Part One (1985), the cartoon Cosmocats (1985) premiered on American television. In the series, the Thundercats led by Lion-O relocate to the planet Third Earth, following the destruction of their planet Thundera. In Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen: Part One (1967) and Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen: Part Two (1985), the Cybermen relocate to the planet Telos following the destruction of their planet Mondas (See: Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet: Part Four (1966).).

Blake's 7 (1978) (TV Series) stars Paul Darrow and Jaqueline Pearce had guest roles in Series 22. Jacqueline Pearce played Chasini in Doctor Who: The Two Doctors: Part One (1985) and Paul Darrow played Tekker in Doctor Who: Timelash: Part One (1985). Colin Baker (The Doctor) appear in it's 3rd season as Bayban the Berserker in Blake's 7: City at the Edge of the World (1980) (TV Series).

Ace's story was at the heart of the show's 26th and final season, which had a trilogy of adventures which is about Ace's gradual transformation from adolescence to womanhood and the arc of series 26 was Ace's journey. According to Sophie Aldred (Ace) in an interview, "Ghost Light" is about Ace's past fears. "The Curse of Fenric" is about Ace's present fears and "Survival" is about Ace's future fears.

Sylvester McCoy's 100 year old grandmother passed away prior to Sylvester McCoy being cast as The 7th Doctor and he used her sadness of outliving a lot of people and friends for the darker aspect of his version of The Doctor.

After Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen: Part Four (1975) (TV Episode), the Cybermen weren't seen again until Doctor Who: Earthshock: Part One (1982) (TV Series). Incidentally, Noel Clarke whom played Mickey Smith in the revived series was born in 1975 and Billie Piper whom played Rose Tyler in the revived series was born in 1982.

Louise Jameson was not happy with Leela's departure at the end of "The Invasion of Time" when Leela elects to stay on Gallifrey when she falls in love with Commander Andred. Louise Jameson didn't like her character's exit because Leela falls in love with someone she hardly knows. Originally, Leela was to die saving The Doctor from a Sontaran, but it was changed because it was felt Leela's death would be too traumatic for younger viewers.

Mary Tamm was not able to return for Series 17 because she was pregnant. Since the character of Romana was a Time Lady, it was decided that Romana was to regenerate at the beginning of Series 17 and when Lalla Ward was cast. Series 17 opens with Romana entering the TARDIS console room in her new form which she modeled after Princess Astra, which Lalla Ward played in the last story of the previous season "The Armageddon Factor". This was done because Mary Tamm could not go the studio to film the regeneration.

The Key to Time season came about because producer Graham Williams wanted to do something different with the series and he wrote the storyline which The White Guardian recruits The Doctor to find the six segments to the Key to Time.

Frazer Hines had fallen ill with chicken pox during production of Doctor Who: The Mind Robber: Episode 1 (1968) and due to the nature of the story, writer Peter Ling wrote into the script that Jamie loses his face and The Doctor had to find and put together the right pieces of Jamie's face, but gets it wrong and hence allowing Hamish Wilson to fill in for Frazer Hines until he got better.

Louise Jameson wore brown contact lenses that made everything look red and the actress found the contact lenses to work with. In the ending of the Series 15 story "The Horror of Fang Rock", it was written into the script that Leela gets blinded by an explosion, but she regains her eyesight a moment later and eyes change from brown to blue and this allowed Louise Jameson to keep her own natural eye color.

Following his departure from the series, Matthew Waterhouse starred in The Killing Edge (1984) a science fiction film about a man searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic wasteland as he avoids deadly robots.

Both the Sixth Doctor's Era And The Seventh Doctor's Era end on 6 December. Baker's ended with Trial of A Time Lord: Part Fourteen (6/12/86) McCoy's ended with Survival: Part Three (6/12/1989)

Tony Selby nicknamed his character Sebalom Glitz "Arthur Daley in space".

Tom Baker was unwell during production of Series 18.

Tom Baker was cast as The 4th Doctor when outgoing producer Barry Letts and outgoing script editor Terrance Dicks went to see The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) on the big screen, which Tom Baker starred in the film as Koruan.

The First Doctor, William Hartnell, had many stories which were set in a historical context as part of the series' educational remit. However, these were mostly phased out during the Patrick Troughton era as producer Innes Lloyd didn't like them and felt they didn't perform well in the ratings. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, only had one historical story in his five seasons on the series, which was Docteur Who: The Time Warrior: Part One (1973), a story set in England during the Middle Ages.

A special TV serial named "Doctor Who: Shada" was produced by BBC in 1980, with Tom Baker as Fourth Doctor, but it never was completed nor aired. Therefore, in 1992 it was launched direct-to-video, with the scenes filmed in 1980 despite to be unfinished. Finally, in summer 2017 it was newly recorded with dialogue from the original cast, newly filmed with live-action material, newly recorded using incidental music and sound effects and a new 2D animation footage to complete the missing segments, inserted between 1980 live-action sequences.

German TV channel ZDF considered to order the series in 1968. After watching the episode 'The Ice Warriors', the executives rejected the series and criticized several aspects, such as the costumes, the sets and even the scripts. Despite that, Doctor Who could still be watched in certain regions in Germany through the military channel BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service), but only in English. In November 1989, RTL Plus started to broadcast the entire Sylvester McCoy era, beginning with Docteur Who: Time and the Rani: Part One (1987). When the BBC canceled the series, RTL Plus had a lack of interest to show any of the previous seasons. Later, the series went to VOX, where they broadcast the entire Colin Baker era and Docteur Who: The Five Doctors (1983), with rebroadcasting of the McCoy era. In 2014, Polyband started the German DVD release of those seasons and later added the TV movie Le seigneur du temps (1996), which was previously available on VHS. Since 2017, starting with "The Caves of Androzani", Polyband is releasing several of the classic episodes that were previously unseen in Germany, complete with a German audio track.

Louise Jameson admitted in an interview her favorite Doctor was William Hartnell.

Future Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Jodie Whittaker were born during the run of the series.

When writing the scripts for 'Mindwarp' from the Trial of a Time Lord season. Phillip Martin wrote the character of King Yrcanos with Brian Blessed in-mind, which Brian Blessed was cast.

The Key to Time season came about because producer Graham Williams had wanted to do something with the series and decided that The Doctor would set off on a quest to search for the six segments of The Key To Time with K-9 and his new companion Romana.

John-Nathan Turner was the longest-serving producer of the series which he produced the series from 1980 - 1989.

Future companions Billie Piper. Noel Clarke. Camille Coduri. John Barrowman. Catherine Tate. Freema Agyeman. Alex Kingston. Karen Gillan. Arthur Darvill. Jenna Coleman. Samuel Anderson. Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas were born during the run of the series.

The day after Patrick Troughton died, the Chicago Public Television series aired Doctor Who: The Three Doctors: Part One (1972) (TV Episode) respectfully in his memory.

Deborah Waitling went on record in an interview that Patrick Troughton was like a second father to her.

The show was supposedly pitched as a 'hard science fiction' TV series, originally.

2 weeks after the BBC1 broadcast of "Attack of the Cybermen", the cartoon Cosmocats (1985) premiered on American television. The cartoon followed the Thundercats as they relocate to the planet Third Earth following the destruction of their planet Thundera. The Cybermen relocate to Telos following the destruction of Mondas.

Originally, William Hartnell was to leave the series in "The Celestial Toymaker" which The Doctor would vanish and reappear with a new actor as The Doctor. But, it was dropped.

The 1st Doctor's companion Katarina was killed off because it had been felt the Trojan woman had proved too many technical difficulties and it was decided Katarina was to die in "The Dalek Masterplan".

Andrew Cartmel joined the series as script editor following the departures of Colin Baker and Eric Saward. Ironically, Andrew Cartmel joined the show which was Bonnie Langford's 2nd and last season as The 6th and 7th Doctor's companion Melanie Bush.

Before the BBC1 transmission of Docteur Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Two (1986) there was a trailer for the Children's show Eureka (1981). Sylvester McCoy whom starred in that show replaced Colin Baker as The Seventh Doctor.

Colin Baker appeared in Roland Rat: The Series (1986) during the broadcast of The Trial of a Time Lord season.

Its unclear exactly just how Ron Grainer's original version of the Doctor Who theme music sounded, before Delia Derbyshire worked her Radiophonic Workshop sound design skills on it, especially considering that he then wanted her to have a shared writing credit on her Arrangement of it. However, musical comedian, and actor in "Nu-Who", Bill Bailey's lovingly kitsch Belgian Jazz piano re-imagining of the Doctor Who theme, entitled "Dr Qui", may not be too far from Ron Grainer's original piano version.

It was script editor Andrew Cartmel's idea that The Seventh Doctor should be darker, cunning and manipulative.

In "Frontier in Space", The Third Doctor and Jo Grant discover that The Master schemes to trigger a war between Earth and Draconia. In Demain ne meurt jamais (1997), James Bond set out to stop media mogul Elliot Carver from triggering a war between England and China. Jonathan Pryce later played The Master in Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999).

Actor, comedian, writer and author Charlie Higson modeled his character Colin Hunt on The Fast Show (1994) after Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor). Colin Hunt has curly hair, wears a multicolored shirt and yellow trousers and his name happens to be 'Colin'.

Adric, companion of the 4th and 5th Doctor was based after the Artful Dodger from the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist".

The Fifth and Sixth Doctor's companion is called Perpugilliam Brown nicknamed "Peri". The 7th Doctor's companion Ace comes from Perivale.

During the closing credits of Doctor Who: Survival: Part Four (1989) (TV Episode), there was no voiceover announcing that it was the final of the series and that the series would not return the following year and that there wouldn't be a 27th season.

In the audio production "Roses", Susan's real name is revealed as Arkytior, which is the word "rose' in High Gallifreyan. The 9th and 10th Doctor's companion was called Rose Tyler.

A 4 part story written for Series 27 which never got made due to the cancellation of the series titled "Ice Time" was planned to be Ace's farewell story, which in that story The Doctor and Ace fought two factions of Ice Warriors battling in 1960s London and it was to had ended with Ace leave the TARDIS to join the Time Lord Academy on Gallifrey.

In the backstory behind The Doctor and Susan's arrival in 1963. Susan had chosen the name Susan Foreman. We never learn what Susan's real name is. In the 20th anniversary special, when The 1st Doctor and Susan finds themselves back on Gallifrey in The Death Zone, The Doctor calls her Susan, but not by her real name. But, in the audio production "Roses", Susan's real name is revealed as Arkytior, which means "Rose" in High Gallifreyan.

Nyssa of Traken's father Tremas is played in Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken: Part One (1981) by Anthony Ainley. Tremas is an anagram of Master and this hints and foreshadows Tremas's fate at the end of Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken: Part Four (1981).

In the Trial of a Time Lord scene, The Valeyard (Michael Jayston) is revealed by The Master as an evil future incarnation of The Doctor whom exists somewhere between his 12th and final incarnation. However in Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) The 10th (David Tennant) and 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) whom are later revealed to be the 12th and 13th Doctor doesn't become The Valeyard.

"Dark Dimension", a direct-to-video feature film which was written to mark the 30th anniversary of the series was planned, but never produced and would had featured the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Doctor, Ace, Brigadeer Lethbridge-Stewart, the Daleks and the Cybermen and the story would had focused on the 4th Doctor's regeneration being stopped and dies, which creates a dark dimension and The Doctor is tasked to fix time, so his future incarnations could continue to exist.

Although The Doctor can "regenerate" and he can change his face and his body and make himself younger when his body is worn out and mortally wounded. The Doctor can still age like a normal human. It's obvious the 1st Doctor started off as a young man but had aged and grown out prior to stealing the TARDIS and leaving Gallifrey with Susan. In the Colin Baker story The Two Doctors, The 2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton whom was 64) has grey hair. In the 30th anniversary story Dimensions in Time, The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker whom was 59) had short white hair. In the short David Tennant story Time Crash, The 5th Doctor (Peter Davison whom was 55) was older and was slightly balding. In the Matt Smith farewell story The Time of the Doctor, The 11th Doctor ages into a frail old man.

In the audio production "The Companion Chronicles: The Catalyst", it's revealed Leela survived the Time War on Gallifrey, when The War Doctor destroyed Gallifrey with The Moment. Leela had been captured by a warrior race called The Z'Nai whom captured and tortured Leela for information concerning Gallifrey.

The Master meeting The Cybermen and forming a temporary alliance with them until leading them across a chessboard trap which they are destroyed and The Master tricks the Cyber-Leader to cross before fatally blasting them is a strong foreshadowing of Doctor Who: The World Enough of Time (2017) (TV Episode) which revealed The Master helped create The Cybermen.

When The 4th Doctor drops off Sarah Jane Smith in Aberdeen at the end of Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear: Part Four (1976) (TV Episode) Sarah comes across a dog lying on the pavement. This is a foreshadowing of The Doctor giving Sarah K9 Mark III as a gift in K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV Episode).

In the final scene of Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear: Part Four (1976) (TV Episode), a dog can be seen lying on a pavement when The Doctor drops off Sarah. This foreshadowed The Doctor giving K-9 Mark III to Sarah as a gift in K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981) (TV Movie).

In Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) (TV Episode) it's revealed The First Doctor (William Hartnell) was refusing to undergo his first regeneration in Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet: Episode 4 (1966) (TV Episode).

In Docteur Who: Time and the Rani: Part One (1987) the 6th Doctor regenerates when the TARDIS crashes on Lakertya which The 6th Doctor's fate is unclear and it is assumed by fans that he regenerated when he hit his head on the TARDIS console. However, the 6th Doctor's fate is resolved in the audio production "The Last Adventure", which it is revealed the 6th Doctor dies destroying the Valeyard by beams of radiation from Lakertya which caused the TARDIS to crash on the planet and moments before his regeneration, the 6th Doctor hears the voice of his 7th incarnation saying "I will regeneration" and the 6th and the 7th Doctor both say "Our future is in safe hands.".

In Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (2017) it was revealed the 1st Doctor was refusing to regenerate as he was afraid, following the destruction of Mondas. David Bradley played the role due to the death of William Hartnell in 1975.

The second companion to leave the show by dying was the teenaged Adric, whose most noteworthy attribute seemed to be a gold badge for mathematical excellence. He was killed off in Docteur Who: Earthshock: Part Four (1982).

6 stories had been written for the 23rd season in 1986, but were abandoned, when the BBC announced that the series was to be taken off the air for 18 months due to the series for being too violet. The 6 stories that were written, but not got filmed is as follows: "The Nightmare Fair" which The Doctor and Peri fought The Celestial Toymaker in Blackpool. "The Ultimate Evil" which The Doctor and Peri learn that that an evil alien dwarf is using a deep space ray to turn the peace loving inhabitants of a holiday planet into raging killers. "Yellow Fever and How To Cure It" which The Doctor and Peri fought the Autons in Singapore. "Mission to Magnus" which The Doctor and Peri learn Sil is working for The Ice Warriors. "The Hollows of Time" which The Tractators returned and "The Children of January", which The Doctor and Peri encounter a race of runaway proto-humans. When the series returned in 1986, Season 26 became "The Trial of a Time Lord" which was a single story and saw The Doctor again stand trial by The Time Lords and recorded footage of events from The Doctor's past, present and future in the Matrix was used as evidence against him and the season ended with The Doctor discovering the court prosecutor The Valeyard is an evil future incarnation of himself and that the High Council used him to alter the evidence in the Matrix in order to cover up The Doctor's discoveries about the planet Ravalox. The season saw the dramatic departure of Nicola Bryant as Peri and the introduction of The Doctor's new companion Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) and it was also Colin Baker's final season as The Doctor.

5 episodes for Series 27 had been commissioned and written, but were never producer or filmed due to the cancellation of the series on December 6th 1989: "Earth Aid", a 3 part story by Ben Aaronovitch which saw The Doctor and Ace battle the Atraxi aboard a spaceship. "Thin Ice" a 4 part story by Marc Platt saw the long awaited return of The Ice Warriors as The Doctor and Ace encountered the Ice Warriors in the early 1960s and the story ended with Ace's departure and The Doctor deciding to take her to Gallifrey, so Ace can join the Time Lord Academy. "Action At A Distance" a 4 part story by Andrew Cartmel introduced The Doctor's new companion Katie De Luna, a upper class cat burglar and The Doctor and Katie assist Brigadier Bambera and UNIT in investigating alien signals and dealing with the mafia and The Doctor again fights the Atraxi. "Alixion" a story by Robin Mukherjee would had been the last ever Doctor Who story and would had ended the series for good and in that story, The Doctor and Katie encounter a abbot feeding humans on giant beetles to feed on their elixir and wanted to feed on The Doctor and it would had ended with The Doctor and Katie living to die another day and Katie questioning why everything has to die.

The 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) wears a Cat badge on the lapel of his multicolored jacket. A foreshadowing of The 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) encountering The Cheeta People in Doctor Who: Survival: Part One (1989). However, writer David Weir had written an 6 part story for Series 15 entitled "Killers Of The Dark" about a race of cat people with ties to Gallifrey. But, the story was abandoned due to costs and was replaced by Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time: Part One (1978).

The voiceover announcer's continuity announcement of Doctor Who: Survival: Part 4 (1989) (TV Episode) which he said "Now. The planet of the Cheeta People provides the final battlefield for survival between The Master and Doctor Who." hinted that it was the final episode of Doctor Who (1963) (TV Episode).

Doctor Who: World Enough and Time (2017) and Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls (2017) revealed the genesis of the Cybermen. A genesis of the Cybermen story was planned, but was never made. It later was adapted into the audio adventure Spare Parts featuring the 5th Doctor.


User reviews

WUNDERKIND

WUNDERKIND

`Doctor Who', in a nutshell, is probably the most imaginative show ever created. Initially, it was about an eccentric time-traveller from another planet, who looked human and affected an English manner and style. The interior of his time machine (called a TARDIS) was huge and highly advanced, but the exterior quaintly resembled an English public call box. The Doctor was a self-imposed exile from a race of powerful beings called the Time Lords. The Time Lords observed history, but never interfered with it. This bored the almighty heck out of the Doctor, so he made off with an older TARDIS and decided to see the Universe for himself.

When the original actor who played the Doctor decided to leave the show, the writers came up with the inventive concept of `regeneration'. Whenever the Doctor was close to death, or actually killed, he would `regenerate' into a new body (and persona). The show went through seven highly talented actors in this fashion.

The format of the show was highly adaptable. Didn't like the way the show was going? Just wait two or three years. The style always seemed to change whenever there was a change of Doctor, producer and/or script editor. The series went from educational children's drama to monster show to intelligent adult sci-fi/drama to gothic horror to high camp, et cetera, et cetera, and so forth.

This was a wonderful, imaginative, fun show when it was on. I was sad to see it go.
Jorad

Jorad

Doctor Who ran for 26 years, and its last episode was as fresh and imaginative as its first.

The show chronicles the adventures of a time-and-space traveling alien who wanders the universe battling evil conquerors, ruthless corporations, and other exploiters of the innocent and oppressed. Every few weeks, the Doctor would travel to a different planet or time, allowing the show's cast, setting, and tone to constantly change. Even the Doctor himself was periodically replaced by a new actor, "regenerating" his body whenever he was on the verge of death. This format gave the show an amazing freshness and allowed it to last for over a quarter of a century without becoming stale.

Since the show's cancellation, Doctor Who has been sustained by hundreds of books and radio shows. Although the concept is beginning to seem a bit old now, great "Who" stories are still coming out all the time.

Television remains the ultimate format for Doctor Who, however, and the series has something to offer for just about everyone. The early episodes, starring William Hartnell, were mysterious and realistic in tone, and are terribly underrated by the show's fans. Tom Baker, the most popular Doctor internationally, had a succession of wild and colorful adventures that are more entertaining and a lot funnier than most of the sitcoms on TV today. In its dying days, when Sylvester McCoy was in the lead role, Doctor Who became highly allegorical and politically charged.

Every Doctor's era has some merit, though some are obviously more inspired than others. In the early 70s and early 80s in particular, the show suffered from some poor production values and repetitive plots, but even the bad episodes are fun to watch and often redeemed by some strength – good performances, an interesting plot twist, etc.

Lovers of modern, flashy science fiction will probably laugh Doctor Who off the screen because of its modest special effects, but nevertheless it remains one of the most visually inventive TV shows ever made. Episodes like Tomb of the Cybermen and Remembrance of the Daleks contain unforgettable images that stack up to anything Hollywood produced on a 100x bigger budget. If you want to pick the show's visuals apart, you can, but you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't suspend your disbelief and allow yourself to be drawn into the Doctor's universe.

I may be in the minority, but I enjoyed the 1996 TV Movie that attempted to resurrect Doctor Who years after its cancellation. I don't buy the argument that Doctor Who couldn't survive in today's big-budget entertainment arena. The intelligence of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies has convinced me that a slick, cerebral version of Doctor Who could be produced today that would be faithful to the not-so-slick, cerebral original. But regardless of whether Doctor Who returns or not, it remains one of the great TV shows of all time. It still wins awards even today, and enjoys widespread popular and critical acclaim. Even Doctor Who's detractors only serve to prove that the show is famous enough to draw criticism!

In short, Doctor Who is smart, fun, and endlessly creative. It has kept me entertained for over fifteen years, and my enthusiasm for it has barely waned. Science fiction is in a dumb rut right now, so you could do a lot worse than look back at this show, one of the genre's crowning achievements.
Ygglune

Ygglune

This series is just too huge to put into words. Classic Who has so many different styles and stories and protagonists. It's amazing concepts and different, iconic things.things that are just common knowledge in our culture today. Eight Doctors. Eight eras. There's just too much of it to put into words. Doctor Who is just part of British culture due to this fine, twenty six season long story of a time travelling alien.

Each Doctor's era is very different. They seem to have the same style as the Doctor. The Doctor ran the show, with the exception of the First Doctor (William Hartnell) to a degree, who let his companions take charge. Each Doctor had unique personalities, and the style and stories of Classic Who matched the Doctor they were assigned to.

The First Doctor was more of an adviser and let his companions take control, but he was still a crazy, lovable alien just like his other incarnations. The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) is my favourite, he's very childish but intelligent and was grown up when he needed to be. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was the earthbound Doctor started off as arrogant and annoyed, but gradually became more loving. The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) arguably made the show popular and is the most known Classic Doctor. He's also arguably the most childish and always had that huge smile.

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) was the youngest Classic Doctor, but acted like the oldest at times. He's arguably the most unlucky Doctor as he just wants fun but death surrounds him. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is arguably (yes, again) the most disliked Doctor due to his arrogance and choice of clothing (not his fault). He was very childish and serious most of the time. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) was the clown to start off with, but gradually got much darker and more manipulative but always remained childish. The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) was probably the most human Doctor, and seemed to be one of the most childish but had a hidden sadness and rage, leading into New Who.

The TARDIS is the Doctor's iconic time and space travelling machine. It has became so iconic in British culture that if a child sees an old police box, he'll/she'll probably shout "TARDIS!" and point. The Master is the Doctor's nemesis, his Moriarty, who can also regenerate when injured as they are both the aliens called Time Lords from Gallifrey. Daleks are another iconic thing in Britain now, try and find somebody who doesn't know what one is.

Of course, these are only brief descriptions and don't go into each era, which usually matches the Doctor at the time. The series is so massive that I could describe it for hours. So impressive. A small concept became such an iconic show. Possibly more famous than Robin Hood, another British achievement.

I gave this series a 9 for a reason, though. I believe the pacing is too slow. It's hard to pay attention much of the time as things take so long to happen. This was normal at the time of 1960s Doctor Who, but not the extent this series. As fun and interesting as it is, it can bore me to a very large extent. If only each story was cut in half, bar some of the better paces stories.

So a huge cultural thing, but the series itself has a number of problems. The concepts are so genius, though, that these can be forgiven. I just find the series hard to watch a lot of the time. I'll review New Who (2005-) separately.
showtime

showtime

If there is one thing Doctor Who could teach the people of today, it would be "special effects do not make a movie/show". Movies and shows these days tend to rely more on special effects and less on plot. They're all show and little go. Doctor Who made up for it's lack of a high budget with it's strong plots and acting. I'd rather watch the all teeth and curls Tom Baker than watch the kid who played Anakin Skywalker in Phantom Menace. And I'd rather watch a pepperpot with a plunger sticking out of it repeating "Exterminate!" than watch Jar Jar "meesa no likea yous" Binks and the "extraordinary" fact that he's completely CGI.
skriper

skriper

Doctor Who was my childhood. This show was, and still is, awesome. Right from the start, it was set apart from sci-fi shows at the time. This show was originally intended to be educational. But all that changed one fateful day in 1963. Yes, that's right, I'm talking about... the Daleks.

These monsters were one of the few things from sci-fi that could illicit pure, unadulterated terror in me. Other monsters eventually cropped up over the years, like the Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians, Sea Devils, the Master, the list goes on...

In short, there is a reason this show has spawned countless spin- offs, a TV movie, and has lasted for 50 years.

It is because it is a staple of British television. Even cancellation couldn't stop this gem.

After 16 years in development hell, barring the aforementioned movie, Doctor Who returned.
you secret

you secret

I guess the only way you can do it is just to go over your own experience with the show. I grew up in Australia, the Australian bush specifically. The first doctor I was old enough to actually appreciate was Slyvester McCoy. I had seen all the Pertwee and Tom Baker episodes as a kid but hadn't taken them in, so my first episode I have any real memory of is Time and the Rani. And I was hooked pretty much from there. As a child of 7, I had no concept of good Doctor Who or bad Doctor Who, or, as I prefer to call them both as a grown adult; "Doctor Who." I just knew he was a Time Lord, from the planet Gallifrey, that he drifted around through time and space in a Police Box and helped people. I didn't care about effects or acting, I just liked the premise.

It took about 5 years after the McCoy era ended in 1990 (in Australia) for the show to return, at 4am in the morning, and it was Peter Davison episodes they were showing. Every morning I would get up and watch the show and Davison ended up becoming MY Doctor.

I spent a lot of the so called "Wilderness years" watching the old episodes, becoming acquainted with Hartnell's Doctor and re watching some Tom Baker episodes I never really followed as a child. I could see the changing world views on show, from the fear of nuclear destruction in The Daleks to the sympathetic look at Christianity in The Romans, to attacks on consumerism in the Sun Makers and anti-Thatcher sentiments of the Happiness Patrol and the increasing prominence of secular humanism within the show's ideals.

I could notice stylistic changes from action oriented in early 70s, to hammer horror influences in the mid 70s, to bonkers Monty Python silliness in the late 70s and then glossy and pessimistic kill fests in the early to mid 80s. I came to admire the way the show changed and adapted as it got older. Season 22 was a disaster, both stylistically and thematically, but it was the only real clunker the show had in its original run which lasted 26 seasons. The key idea that the show had to keep was that the Doctor was an alien with a magic box who flies into a town, finds a problem, fixes said problem, and flies off.

I'll list briefly the episodes that I enjoyed the most as a youngling and then take off, probably not having achieved anything apart from indulging myself.

Remembrance of the Daleks- First episode I ever watched obsessively. Devious doctor, dalek civil war, creepy little girl, lots of deaths and a satisfying resolution. I hear criticism of this being too continuity heavy. All I will say is I was 8, and had no problems understanding that the daleks were fighting each other over Davros, the doctor had left the hand in a previous incarnation and he had got it from his home planet. Kids really aren't as stupid as some adults seems to think. As Peter Davison later paraphrased "The challenge with writing Doctor Who is keeping it simple enough for the adults to follow, but complicated enough for the kids to stay interested." Deadly Assassin- loved it. Crispy Master. Decadent Gallifrey. Awesome Castellan. Big stakes and Tom Baker at his best. This was another one fans at the time hated because it showed the Time Lords and Gallifrey in a different light to ever before.

The Romans- got the VHS in 1996(I think) and loved this one. Ian became one of my favourite companions. Felt like such an epic. Again was criticized for its tone, but out of context it's a fun epic romp.

Anyway, that's my personal experience with Doctor Who. Thanks for reading.
Umi

Umi

It is now wonder this show has run for as long as it has. I'm reviewing the classic series only, although why it's split into two I've never fathomed out. Seven actors held the mantle of being the Doctor, credit to William Hartnell, for being the hook, for gripping the initial viewers, and credit to Patrick Troughton for doing the unthinkable and taking over the lead role.

I love how each generation of my friends had a 'Doctor,' and how passionate they felt towards theirs. I grew up with Sylvester as mine, and sadly by then the show was in a huge decline and subsequently ended up being axed.

Purple patch of the show for me Series 13, Tom and Lis on supreme form, fantastic production values, and writing to match, the whole Gothic horror format worked amazingly well. Such a shame that the quality went out of the show during the late eighties for the most part, but there are definite hidden gems in there, Remembrance of the Daleks being a prime example.

I'm sure we all know parts of the series inside out, so doing a general review is quite difficult, all I can say is that I've loved this show since I was young and continue to do so.

Highlights, Caves of Androzani, Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars, to name but a few.

Legendary 10/10
Felolak

Felolak

'Dr.Who' was the first television programme I got hooked on. It was 1968, when Patrick Troughton was the incumbent. The story, a repeat of 'Evil Of The Daleks', was the most incredible thing I'd ever seen. Wild horses couldn't have dragged me away from the set at the same time the following week. Dalekmania had passed by then, so I never got my toy, but I did get a Dalek colouring book on Christmas morning, as well as that year's 'Dr.Who' annual. As the '60's gave way to the '70's, my interest in the show intensified as Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker steered a successful course through the choppy seas of T.V. ratings. I started to lose interest in the '80's though, though that was probably my fault for growing up. When it ended in 1989, I wasn't surprised. Now its back - and a whole new generation of children are just as excited about 'Dr.Who' as I was back in 1968 - my enthusiasm has rekindled. We can all look back on the 1963/89 series as 'the classic years' even though as far as I'm concerned they're not over yet.
GawelleN

GawelleN

After a wait of almost sixteen years and with only just over a week to go before the new series of "Doctor Who" begins, let's hope that some classics are on the way to warrant all the hype and, above all, that the show remains true to its original spirit and is as fun as it always was. With that in mind, I thought it might be an opportune time to reflect on some of the great stories of the past.

From First Doctor William Hartnell's era, my choice of favourite story would have to be "The Dalek Invasion of Earth". The use of extensive location filming enhances its atmosphere greatly. I know that, forty years on, the Robomen look and sound silly and the flying saucer is obviously dangled from a piece of string but the serial's shortcomings are compensated by the imagery of the Dalek rising from the River Thames and a group of them patrolling Trafalgar Square, not to mention crossing Westminster Bridge in the trailer. And then there is the sensitive ending marking Carole Ann Ford's departure from the series after playing the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, for ten stories...

So many perfect serials from Second Doctor Patrick Troughton's time on the show! "Fury from the Deep" is my choice because it frightened me more than anything else I'd ever seen. It has several excellent cliffhangers and I'll never forget one of the characters walking out to sea and not stopping as she becomes totally immersed by the water or Victoria trapped in a locked room as the seaweed and foam threaten to engulf her. I long to see this story again but, alas, it seems gone forever.

I love the first six serials of the Jon Pertwee era because they are complex and challenging. Of the six, "The Mind of Evil" is my favourite though writer Don Houghton's other serial, "Inferno", comes a close second. The reason I like it is because the idea of a parasite feeding off the fear in men's minds is so much more frightening than some lumbering monster!

My favourite Tom Baker serial is "Genesis of the Daleks" despite the BBC always falling back on it for repeat seasons! Writer Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, devised the character of Davros in order to raise the standard of dialogue between hero and enemy, succeeding here in discussing many moral issues. Sarah Jane Smith seemingly falling to her death from the rocket scaffolding, as she tries to make her escape, and the freeze frame is another moment that will always stay with me.

Cliffhangers play an important part in making a good serial and "The Caves of Androzani" boasts two of the finest. When Peter Davison's Doctor and new companion Peri are shot dead at the end of the first episode I didn't foresee the resolution. It's a shame it took until the last story of this era to get it right but director Graeme Harper presents us with a thoroughly gripping tour de force. Christopher Gable is electrifying as Sharaz Jek and I love the scene of the dying Doctor, coat caked in mud, struggling to carry his companion back to the TARDIS in an act of self-sacrifice that leads to his premature regeneration at the story's close.

"Revelation of the Daleks" is "Doctor Who" for adults. Writer Eric Saward presents us with an alternative take on the Doctor through the character of Orcini, and his sidekick with personal hygiene problems, which is why Colin Baker's Doctor doesn't really enter the fray until over halfway through. Nicola Bryant, as Peri, is lucky to have worked with Harper on both his serials which may account for why she is one of my favourite companions. There are moments of real pathos in this serial such as Natasha discovering what has really become of her father and the death of Jobel, which is no mean feat when you consider the ghastly nature of his character!

Finally, from Sylvester McCoy's three years on the show, my choice has to be "The Curse of Fenric". This period has come in for much criticism when, certainly during the last two years, the show was actually beginning to find its feet again. It wasn't all played for laughs as is often suggested. One of the scariest things in this serial isn't the Haemovores or the rather placid Ancient One but the transformation of the two girls into vampires because the allegory, equating loose morality with bodily decay, is far more frightening than any monster could be, even when those monsters are well-realised. The story contains some very memorable dialogue too. Who can forget the chilling menace of "We play the contest again... Time Lord"?

And, if I was only allowed just one of the seven to take to my mythical island it would have to be, if it still existed in the BBC's archive, "Fury from the Deep". I don't think I would be disappointed, given the opportunity to see it again, as anything that can leave such an indelible mark on the memory has to have been an extremely powerful piece.
Punind

Punind

I think it's hard to even glance at the science fiction television scene without knowing about Doctor Who. There are many people I've come across who are fans and almost all of them have a different answer to the question (the question I always ask when I find this out) "Who's your favourite Doctor?" Everyone has a different opinion and the reason for that is something I'll get into later, either way each has it's own era which I'll get into. Either way, the plot is simple, an alien takes his granddaughter and 2 schoolteachers inside a telephone box that's bigger on the inside and is convinced to use the ability to travel anywhere in the universe at any time to save lives, the people he travels with changes and every time he dies he gets a new body.

The First Doctor is one that I'm sorry to say does not age well. His granddaughter is easily one of the most useless companions the show's ever had. I'd say his stories are slow and sometimes due to William Hartnell's decaying health that he seemed like a background character in his own show. I don't blame anyone for that, really. That and the show doesn't have it's comedic charm that it'll later have. With that said there are some endearing moments from these years and some of them hold up better then others.

The Second Doctor is where the show hit it's stride with bar none the one with the most influence on how future incarnations are to be played. Usually the most distinctive thing he's done that will sometimes get used by other incarnations is that he would usually fool his enemies into thinking he's an idiot or not as smart.

The Third Doctor's era is probably the most distinctive out of all of them because it changes it's premise and easily has the biggest change in the history of the show since the jump between this show and the newer one. I'd say some of his later ones are worth watching first just to get a gist of him actually doing what the show is about but I'd also say that if you want a kind of pre-cursor to shows like The X Files (except with the tone of Doctor Who) then I'd suggest stories like The Silurians. With all that said I do like Pertwee as The Doctor, kind of reminds me of what I thought when I thought of Sherlock Holmes before I saw any adaptation as a kid.

The Fourth Doctor is my favourite with my second favourite being... The second. His time on the show was so long that if you see a story from 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1981 then you'll see how different his era can be. I discovered the show through arguably one of the best stories of the entire 52 year run and Tom Baker can do effective build-up and also is by far the strangest and most unpredictable incarnation of the character.

The Fifth Doctor is where things got a little shaky... I mean, the most iconic incarnation of the character just left, how can they top that? Well, they went the route of making him the most human incarnation of the character. I do really like his performance and there are some things that still hold up, so even though it's after Baker, it's not an act of just "Go up until this point - then stop".

The Sixth... despite his reputation is not that bad. The writing here is where the show becomes the shadow of what it once was and never goes back on track. I'm not apt to blame Colin Baker for this, he seriously is trying but the problem is that despite some okay story-lines, those "Okay" ones were the best of them, like the BBC was just making more of the show out of obligation.

Finally the seventh... His just seems like they wanted one thing and after a year just threw up their arms and just asked for something else instead. His era started out like a bad remake of Troughton's era without using his being goofy to make his enemies underestimate him. This is where I think the show just gave up... Until his second and third year. He was changed from the goofy one nobody takes seriously because he's the goofy one nobody takes seriously to by far the most meticulous planner out of all the incarnations. Revelation Of The Daleks is a story where all he had to do was (using a chess metaphor) move the pieces around so he can do his final move which he made before the episode even started. Unfortunately though, instead of opening a new era, the BBC decided to cancel the show because... Well, nothing competes with 4... Except 2.

In conclusion, I know this isn't a linear review but I don't think I can talk about the show without splitting it up into these eras. I can't list all my pros and cons because this is the show that what one era does right, another era does wrong or vise versa. I could have gone into a lot more detail about things like why Colin Baker is not to blame for his era even going as far to say that he had very little control in anything, asking to dress in all black so The Doctor can blend into the night and instead greeted with... Well if you've seen his costume, you'll know why he hates it. There are so many different retrospectives and opinions if you want to start with something I'd suggest watching them. This show is something that lasts a lifetime.
Kamuro

Kamuro

The sheer volume of Doctor Who episodes makes briefly commenting on all aspects of this wonderful show a challenge. However, I can make some recommendations for new viewers.

If the ONLY thing you want from science fiction is special effects, then Doctor Who is not for you. The quality of the effects are often admirable when the shoestring production budget considerations are factored in, but Doctor Who never really equaled the special effects of other shows. What Doctor Who does deliver is keen attention to character, dialogue, and plot. Doctor Who was always something more than its 1963 b&w kid's show origins suggest, and over the years it evolved into a program that could make some very clever, thought-provoking comments and observations while at the same time delivering a fun and suspenseful adventure.

Cliffhangers were what made me a fan from the beginning. Unfortunately, Doctor Who tends to be shown now in movie-style blocks. This dilutes those marvelous cliffhangers. Every episode of the show is about a half-hour, but most stories had at least 4 parts. At the end of each part, the Doctor or one of his many companions faces seemingly absolute, inescapable doom of some kind or another. I was lucky enough to first see Doctor Who on PBS, one half-hour episode per week-night. My friends and I had to wait a whole agonizing day to see the Doctor's clever escape or rescue. I don't know how the UK fans had the patience to wait a week. If you can, you should try to preserve the breaks too in order to get a real sense of the show, even if you just pause a few moments between parts.

One more thing to remember is that the Doctor is enigmatic. We still don't know everything there is to know about this renegade Time Lord. Part of the fun of the show is learning about the complex character and his history. But rest assured, his hearts are always in the right place.

So which episode should you start with? Every fan has a favorite Doctor and episode. I think you can't go wrong with "Remembrance of the Daleks" (1988). The 7th Doctor and Ace are a great team. Or try "City of Death" (1979), a terrific 4th Doctor and Romana story set in Paris. But ask around and check the web; other fans will send you in other directions. That's the most fun thing about discovering this show, there are so many directions to explore.
felt boot

felt boot

This is perhaps one of the finest sci-fi series ever made. The idea is simple; a timelord who travels through time and space in a TARDIS (in the shape of an old Police Box)with various companions to fight the forces of evil in the Universe.

The budget was never large, but the ideas and effort were outstanding. It started going downhill after Peter Davison finished his turn as the Doctor, mainly due to poor stories and weaker scripts, but with the right budget and some seasoned writers, this show could be very great again.

Well worth watching for the ideas alone - especially some of those in the Tom Baker era, this has a massive worldwide following and deservedly so.
Cordantrius

Cordantrius

Without doubt the best thing about DOCTOR WHO is its format. The premise of a space craft being able to visit any time period or any planet means the possibilities are limitless . However it`s a series often ridiculed and no television show is producer proof , a fact that shows up in the late 70s and 80s

Created in 1963 by Sydney Newman the first producer was Verity Lambert a woman who would later become a legend of broadcasting in the 70s up till today. Lambert`s talent shines through in the early episodes with William Hartnell as the Doctor. True it`s got a budget of sixpence and the sets are as big as a cupboard but the production has excellent writers and is treated with absolute respect most of all from the actors who always manage to suspend our disbelief with convincing acting , especially William Russell who plays Ian Chesterton . Ian plays the typical heroic figure to Hartnell`s atypical antihero, and it`s intresting to note the antagonistic approach towards the early tardis crew. Also interesting to note that each SF story was followed by a historical story . Strangely the SF ones have dated very badly

By the time Patrick Troughton took over as the Doctor , Dalekmania , antagonism between the changing tardis crew , and historical stories had disappeared and in it`s place we had more formuliac and scarier stories in their place. Unfortunately the BBC junked most of this eras mastertapes so we only have a brief taste of this era, but Troughton never gave a bad performance and his assistants were sexy

Jon Pertwee , colour , and an entirely Earthbound format was introduced in 1970 . I`m not alone in saying this was the best era and was when I first started watching the show aged about four years old though I had to watch it behind the couch. Every Saturday afternoon was the highlight of my life , all my friends watched it as the viewing figures climbed. Alas the Pertwee era hasn`t aged very well as I found out watching the repeats over 20 years later.

Tom Baker had an era of two halves when he took over from Pertwee. Coinciding with the change of actors we had a change of producers as Barry Letts gave way to Phillip Hinchcliffe who took DOCTOR WHO to even greater heights 14 million viewers would tune in as the show became more adult and terrifying , concerned mothers and viewers pressure groups would bombard the BBC with complaints about the horror on show which meant when Hinchcliffe was replaced with Graham Williams in 1977 and with it ended the programme`s most acclaimed period. It probably wasn`t William`s fault but DOCTOR WHO soon started becoming very silly , the monsters were laughable and Tom Baker seemed to be taking the p***.

In 1980 John Nathan Turner took over the producer reins and when Baker left the following year he cast Peter Davison as the Doctor. The early Davison episodes were certainly an improvement on the latter Baker era , KINDA for example features a guest appearance by Simon Rouse of THE BILL fame and gives the greatest performance in the show`s history , while THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI often wins fan polls as the greatest ever DOCTOR WHO story but the cracks were starting to show as Nathan Turner started introducing more and more old foes and when Colin Baker was ( Mis)cast as the Doctor in 1984 his whole first season featured old enemies and anorakish references to the past. This led to the BBC putting the show on hold for a year

The show returned in 1986 worse than ever and now cut to 14 episodes a year, Colin Baker was sacked and replaced by Sylvester McCoy who was an even bigger disaster than Baker and by the time the show was axed in 1989 it only had something like 3 million viewers. As a fan I`d describe it as a mercy killing.

So ended a once great television series . It has become a fondly remembered legend and there`s often rumours of a Hollywood remake , but as the American 1996 TVM showed megabuck budgets can`t enhance a poor script. DOCTOR WHO works best as a memory
santa

santa

"Dr. Who" is so well known and so legendary, it's a stress trying to write something new about it. For many, including myself, it represents a world of incredible wonders and many memorable relationships with a handful of Doctors and three times as many "assistants". Of course, the Daleks ARE "Dr. Who", there's no getting around that, but the Cybermen ran a fair race with them, too.

For me, however, "Dr. Who" is Linx, the helmeted Sontaran who appeared in the episode "The Time Warrior". At the end of the first ep, he removes his cover to reveal pure alien ugliness, and there the ep ended. I have always loved those cliffhangers where a putrid looking alien is revealed. Cue the transporting, sonically rich theme music and wait for the next installment as the ugly alien image you just saw remains at the front of your cerebellum.

"Dr. Who" is a series of amazing ideas, wonderful pseudo-science, exciting adventures and, yes, sexy women. I will always have a very special place in my heart (and elsewhere) for Jo (Katy Manning) after I spotted her pink panties in one episode. I adored Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), too, and felt short-changed when Tom Baker, my favorite Doctor, married the second Leila (Lala Ward), an actress I'd lusted after since Hammer's "Vampire Circus". The primitive Leila (Louise Jamieson) was a great addition to the cast, too, with her barely-there costume and impatient, naive personality.

I recall vividly "The Robots of Death" because their voices were so comforting yet disturbing. They looked amazing, too, with their pseudo-human-like faces of metal. The "Zygons" ("Terror of the Zygons"), who resided under Loch Ness, and had greasy, flesh-like control instruments in their spaceship, resembled giant, rotten carrots were also my favorites. After Linx screwed up his mission, The Sontarans regrouped and sent Field Major Steyr to Earth in a two-parter known as "The Sontaran Experiment". The images of the grumpy Steyr talking to his bosses on a TV embedded in a rock were priceless, as was Sarah-Jane's first reaction to seeing Steyr's face: "Linx!?". I still hold much fondness for John Pertwee, the third Doctor, who brought great gravity and sophistication to the role. Patrick Traughton's finest hour for me was when he was battling "The Sea Devils", wet, misshapen creatures who sabotaged oil rigs on their road to world conquest. As a lover of plastic creatures, the Nestenes got my vote every time. Their appearance in "Terror of the Autons" chilled my tiny bones when I first encountered them, and I would never see a mannequin in the same way again.

As mighty villains go, Davros (from "Genesis of the Daleks") was hard to beat. Once again, he was one of Who's Ugly Aliens, and what a frightful fellow he was. Unable to walk and saddled with a mechanical, sickly voice, he exuded evil and made his Dalek accomplices pale in comparison. The Master was always good fun, too, as was the lovable Brigadier.

The new "Dr. Who" episodes have impressed me, but there's no point in writing about them here because, well, they're from a different world and deserve their own review.

I am sorry to all the monsters and potential world dominators I have not discussed here. You, my dear friends, are just as wanted as those I've singled out with a word or two.

Long Live The Doctor and his Enemies!
digytal soul

digytal soul

I first found Doctor Who on the PBS network in the early eighties, with Tom Baker. Harry and Sarah must be his Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, I thought. He was some eccentric scientist. At the end of his first adventure, "Robot", he, Harry and Sarah enter this blue cabinet, the strangest noise in the world is heard, and the cabinet disappears. Now the stumper was Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart's non-chalant reaction to the vanishing box. LIttle did I realize there was nearly twenty years history to what I was watching. I knew nothing about Time Lords, Gallifrey or what a Tardis was, let alone a walk-in police call box, something not found in America.

I missed Harry's departure and thought the actor must have just quit the show, but he did show up later. Then Elizabeth Sladen left and I had no idea what to expect. Gallifrey? What was Gallifrey? He has to go back and get Sarah.

The Gallifrean adventure was followed up with the introduction of Leela, the jungle girl. When she stormed into the tardis, I knew I was watching a show I could not begin to predict. K-9? Need I say more? I was destroyed when Leela left, and with Romanadveratrelunder's arrival I just sat back and went for the ride. When Lalla Ward (Romana II) left, I was a little more braced for what I was watching. So I thought. As Tegan, Nyssa and Adric watched, the Doctor saw all his old friends, then his old enemies. What did this mean?

Enter Peter Davison. I would learn that what I had just watched, five episodes a week, like a soap opera in a matter of eight months, was a twenty year old character. Tom Baker had already quit being the Doctor by the time I started watching it.

Davison's reign would be short and not as thrilling as Baker's. After Davison was Colin Baker, whose tenure was even shorter. Sylvester McCoy was an alleged attempt to get back to the second Doctor. In between waiting for new episodes, existing episodes from back to William Hartnell, the first doctor, and 'An Unearthly Child' would be shown. There would even be the movie to re-introduce the Doctor with Peter McGann taking over for Sylvester McCoy and Eric Roberts as the Master.

But today, it is Tom Baker's term that was so spectacular. The first three actors greatly set the pace for the character, but it took Baker to bring him to America. As Baker would say on the 25th anniversary, Doctor Who was fun, fun, fun.

And it was.
krot

krot

Doctor Who is the greatest series ever. I guess the reason why I love this show is because it is lots of fun as it take a story any place and any time period and make it work. That is why the classic series is so loved and that is why there was a lot of demand for it to come back in 2005. To the naysayers of Doctor Who, it is their loss and their problem why they do not get the appeal of Doctor Who. It is their problem and frankly it should never be mine and watching Doctor Who is the best viewing decision I have ever made.

It is often been said that Doctor Who could easily run forever (notwithstanding the gap between the "classic" and "new" series). That is because flexible in its format and it is that flexibility is why Doctor Who aficionados always stick with Doctor Who because it is worth sticking around for.
Saberblade

Saberblade

Of all the TV series I've seen, this is in my mind the best, since it had a huge impact in my life, ever since I first saw it in 1982! William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, & Peter Davison represent the program for me, an imaginative, intelligent, engaging and fun adventure for the first 21 years....then alas it went off the rails disastrously, becoming a gaudy, unappealing mess with the miscast Colin Baker and poor writing ruining my favorite series. I just ignore the final five years as a result(though Sylvester McCoy was fine, the irreparable damage had been done...) I remember wishing that I could travel with the Doctor as a companion and share in his adventures, but then again, so haven't millions of fans. The Tardis is still like a second home for me, and I can revisit it anytime I like now that the DVD range is complete!
BlackHaze

BlackHaze

For me,fictional characters are better heroes than most real live people.The Doctor is one of those characters. The writing on the show constantly showcases the beauty of the English language and even though it was a low-budget show,the stories more than made up for that. There was always this insane sense of fun as the Doctor and his companions went around the universe righting wrongs,having all these great adventures and exploring the wonders of the universe. The notorious English wit runs rampant throughout. ("Who did this to you?" "SOCIAL WORKERS!") It's impossible for me to pick a favorite Doctor or a favorite episode,but a few favorites of mine: "Terror Of The Autons" "City Of Death" "The Five Doctors" "The Caves Of Androzani" "Vengeance On Varos" "The Happiness Patrol" "The Greatest Show In The Galaxy" and "Paradise Towers." Occasionally,there was a clunker like the

absolutely horrible "Delta And The Bannermen" but overall,DOCTOR WHO was a classic show.
Malodred

Malodred

Yes we may have had bubble wrapped cryons. There may of been the worst special effects rat ever, but what we had was a plot. Of course though a series going this long has it's bad episodes, but by and large the plots and characters were sound.

When it was cancelled in the 80s it was far better than the tick the pc box emporers new clothes who of today.

Each Dr bought something different to the role. There the suave of Pertwee to the scheming of McCoy. It also posed real moral dilemmas like genesis of the Daleks.

Then we had the great companions and easily as good villains. From the brigadeear to the master and everything in between. So many iconic characters. Daleks still relavent even now.

All in all a classic series that refuses to be a sheep like new who.
Truthcliff

Truthcliff

"Dr. Who" is undoubtedly the best series of the 60s and one of the best science fiction series ever, each episode better than the other and each season better than the other, and the concept of time travel and space. without a doubt fantastic. Highly recommend.
Burilar

Burilar

Is there any stopping the Doctor? My answer is no. Even though some reports have suggested that time lords may only go through 12 generations, hopefully the Doctor will break that tradition and the internet geeks will bury their faces in their hands with shame.

Even though it may not sound like it, I used to be a normal little girl who liked pink and ponies before I discovered the wonderful world of Who last year. I was never into science fiction or fantasy, just comedy and family, but Doctor Who changed all that.

It was in April 2005 when my middle-aged aunt had misheard something about me liking Doctor Who. She bought 'The Three Doctors' on DVD, and I had no choice but to watch it. Since then, I've been hooked.

I know Romana's full name (well, it's either Romanadvoratrelundar or Romanatrevortrelundar), how Adric died (he was trying to solve a logic code when a Cyberman destroyed the keyboard and the ship blew up), the importance of the sonic screwdriver and nearly all the monsters and planets mentioned. I am a true Whovian (complete with a crush on Matthew Waterhouse) and I'm not afraid to admit it.

If the Doctor had to die for the last time, the world would be in deep despair. People would talk about for years. I would be one of them. If the Doctor died, shame, shame. At least the Who legend will live on.
Nakora

Nakora

DOCTOR WHO is a triumph of the imagination. A premise that is elegantly simple with an enigmatic hero, who is staggeringly brilliant and yet endearingly flawed. The show's strength has always been its consistently powerful writing, and the performance of the lead actor, of who there have been many. (Seven all together in this series.) The premise: A time traveler from an advanced race flees his suffocating, antiseptic society, to experience the wonders of the universe in his time/space vehicle, the TARDIs (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space). He starts out as purely an explorer, but soon becomes a galactic crusader, using his amazing science and resourceful ingenuity to defend the weak and fight evil.

When the series first star, William Hartnell, became too ill to continue on in the role, the writers came up with the ingenious concept of "regeneration". Whenever the Doctor is dying, he can regenerate into a newer, healthy form. This explains the seven varying actors, who not only don't look alike, but have decidedly differing personalities.

Doctor One was an aging, eccentric curmudgeon. He had little patience and he didn't suffer fools gladly. He could be very intolerant and dismissive of his traveling companions (except for his beloved Grand daughter Susan) although he started to lighten up as the show went on, learning to enjoy a bemused chuckle once in a while.

Doctor two was a complete reversal. He was friendly, funny and frivolous. He liked to play his flute, wear disguises and use lots of puns. He was like a mischievous little imp. He would certainly show fear at a frightening moment and was not adverse to running away when the situation warranted it. He often played the fool, making himself seem like a bungler...but this was all an act, designed to make people underestimate him. And he knew when to stop playing games. When he was all business, he was very formidable.

Doctor Three Was the most physical and action oriented of the Doctors. Although he was certainly not a young kid, he was athletic and a master of a unique form of martian arts. This Doctor was a product of the James Bond era, relying on gadgets, like his cars "Bessie" and the Whomobile. He was elegant and classy looking, in his ruffled shirt and opera cloak. He exuded a sense of supreme confidence. He always seemed to be in control, no matter what the odds against him.

Doctor Four was eccentric, unpredictable and maybe just a little bit crazy. There was no telling what he'd do or say next. He had a childlike enthusiasm and a sometimes a childish petulance. He would frequently enrage an enemy with his verbals barbs. Wrapped in his long, multi-colored scarf, he'd bound recklessly into danger, grinning that big boyish grin, as if the idea of defeat had never occurred to him. He was as fearless as he was curious.

Doctor Five was a kinder gentler Doctor. He was patient, gentle, and displayed more vulnerability than other Doctors. His amiable nature was often put to the test, since he was saddled with the most disagreeable and argumentative group of traveling companions that any Doctor had ever been burdened with. He tried to play the adult and keep peace among his squabbling crew, but sometimes he just had to storm out and get away from these pests. He was a big sports lover and always dressed in a Cricketers outfit.

Doctor Six was the most unlikable and irritating of all the Doctors. He was bombastic, boastful and belligerent. He showed little sympathy for his companions, and was quick to use lethal force to defeat an enemy.

Doctor Seven began an a comical, impish fun lover, but soon revealed a darker side. He was the most enigmatic Doctor since Hartnell and displayed many layers of mystery beneath his smiling exterior.

The tone of the show changed with each Doctor, and allowed the writers to reinvent the show over and over, keeping it as fresh in it's 26th year as it was in it's first.
Bukelv

Bukelv

"Doctor Who" is simply one of the greatest works of science fiction ever to appear on television. The only thing holding it short of absolute, unmitigated greatness is its amazing longevity (26 seasons) which ensured that there would be a good number of lousy episodes.

The American version of this show is "Star Trek", of which I'm also a fan. The differences between the two series might be used as a basis of contrasting the two nations, but I'll only contrast the shows because it's much simpler:

1) "Star Trek" has an ensemble cast, each of whom are designed to appeal to different demographics. "Doctor Who" has one regular character, the Doctor. To be fair, the Doctor has been played by ten different actors so far, each to a different effect.

2) The heroes of "Star Trek" -- and while we're at it, the average US sf series -- represent a quasi-military organization tasked with keeping the peace throughout the galaxy, exploring, and righting wrongs. The Doctor doesn't follow anyone's orders, and largely makes it up as he goes along. To be honest, he's a bit of an anarchist at times, and at the very least usually totally anti-authoritarian.

c) The Enterprise is a huge starship with a crew of hundreds, equipped with futuristic technology and run sometimes like a battleship, sometimes like a hot rod. The TARDIS is an antique time machine/spaceship in the shape of an antique British police telephone box.

5) The Federation are the good guys. We like the Federation; they represent everything that is good and worth preserving about humanity. On the other hand: the Time Lords. Corrupt, petty, self-serving, bureaucratic. The Doctor ran off with the TARDIS to get away from them.

Which is not to say that one show is inherently superior to the other. I like them both. But, as an American, "Doctor Who" is a refreshing change of pace from the standard formula of American television. The hero questions authority at every turn; he doesn't need a badge or a gun to back up his sense of morality; he is usually neither handsome nor physically strong, and there's barely a hint of sexuality. He's a champion of the oppressed and the underdog, totally free of political or nationalistic concerns.

He may have had a good understanding of Right and Wrong, but what he lacked was a budget. Luckily, the BBC of old did not care, and they continued to produce the series so long as it had excellent writing and acting, which it did for the majority of its run. Each of the actors playing the Doctor has his strengths: my favorites are Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy. Lack of funds ironically meant that there was no limit to what they could do: they knew it would look silly regardless, so they said to hell with it and threw everything they had up onto the screen. The result is colorful and imaginative and often very exciting. Say what you will about the show, it was never drab.
Hi_Jacker

Hi_Jacker

Doctor Who is by far the best science fiction show ever. It also has the best theme music of any show. And it ranks as my number 2 favourite show, beneath The Simpsons. The original series (which was far better than the newer one) is extremely enjoyable to watch. From the black and white episodes from 1963 through 1969 to the last episode in 1989, Survival, where the Doctor's old foe the Master returns once again, the show never fails to be entertaining. The characters are excellent, never lacking in originality. The plots, though some are outrageous and fantastic, as in the episodes where the Doctor travels between dimensions as well as through timespace, are always fun and full of adventure. There is depth in the characters, especially the Time Lord race, of which the Doctor, the main character, is a member. The Doctor's constantly changing companions, usually less than three, provide the audience with a tool to ask the time traveller questions they themselves would wish to ask. Explaining the police box shaped time machine TARDIS takes a lot of time. Another component of the show is the famous theme music written by Ron Grainer and created by Delia Derbyshire in 1963 with limited electric technology. It's still incredible to hear now, and would easily make most modern popular music seem rather simple indeed. Ten Stars for this classic show.
Ustamya

Ustamya

Despite the fact that the special effects make "Flash Gordon" look like "The Matrix", Doctor Who was a pretty good show. Despite a bunch of mediocre episodes that were basically rejected horror movies(___ of fear,____of death, you get the picture), there were some great stories, concepts, and writing. Also, the character of the Doctor was charming and funny, no matter who played him. Sadly, the show got canceled in the late 80's, just as it was getting good again after a slump. Best episodes of each Doctor- William Hartnell-"The Daleks"-introduced the salt-shaker bad guys, very well written. Patrick Troughton-"Tomb Of The Cybermen" Very atmospheric, with a great performance by Troughton. See if you can spot the supporting cast in various Bond movies! Jon Pertwee-"The Green Death"-Could have been terrible, but suceeds with some of the best writing ever in the show. Tom Baker-"City Of Death" shot beautifully in Paris, and featuring Julian Glover and John Cleese. Written by Douglas Adams, as well. Peter Davidson-"Caves of Androzani". Perhaps the best directed episode, Davidson's last. Colin Baker-"The Two Doctors". Troughton and Colin team up. Great fun, and shot beautifully in Spain. Slyvestor McCoy-"Rememberance Of The Daleks" A cool Dalek story, and also a trip down memory lane, with references to past Dalek stories and also the pilot episode, "An Unearthly Child".

Then there's Mcgann, but that's a different review all together...