Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Doctor Who (178 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Dr. Who / ... (143 episodes, 1963-1984)
 Doctor Who / ... (132 episodes, 1970-1984)
 Dr. Who / ... (131 episodes, 1966-1985)
Frazer Hines ...
 Jamie McCrimmon / ... (117 episodes, 1966-1985)
 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... (109 episodes, 1965-1989)
Pat Gorman ...
 Guard / ... (90 episodes, 1964-1985)
 Sarah Jane Smith (83 episodes, 1973-1984)
Jacqueline Hill ...
 Barbara Wright / ... (80 episodes, 1963-1980)
William Russell ...
 Ian Chesterton (77 episodes, 1963-1965)
 Jo Grant (78 episodes, 1971-1984)
John Scott Martin ...
 Dalek / ... (76 episodes, 1965-1988)
 Sergeant Benton / ... (74 episodes, 1967-1983)


The Doctor is a renegade Time Lord: an eccentric, highly-intelligent scientist from a distant planet. He travels through time and space in the TARDIS, a curious device, larger on the inside than on the outside, which was designed to change its appearance to suit its surroundings. Unfortunately, the Doctor's TARDIS seems to be broken, and always appears as a blue British police box. The Doctor has a soft spot for the planet Earth, and often visits there, either to save it from various alien threats or to whisk a choice few inhabitants away to the distant parts of the galaxy to help him fight evil there. The Doctor has many foes, including Daleks (led by Davros), and The Master, another renegade Time Lord. Time Lord biology enables them to regenerate their bodies, and so both the Doctor and the Master appear to evolve over the years... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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£4,500,000 (estimated)

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(15 episodes) | (679 episodes)

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(1963-1987)| (1988-1989)


(1963-1969)| (1970-1989)

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1.33 : 1
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Co-creator Sydney Newman, who also devised The Avengers (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. See more »


The Doctor: The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots. They do exactly what you tell them at amazing speed. Even if you order them to kill you. So if you do happen to change your mind, it's very difficult to stop them from obeying the original order.
[stops computer from destroying Earth]
The Doctor: But not impossible.
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Crazy Credits

While several episodes made use of teaser sequences before the opening credits (though only a handful in the show's 26-year history), the 1970 7-part story "The Ambassadors of Death" was unique in that it was an experiment in changing the format of the opening credits that was not repeated. At the start of each chapter, the credits would begin as usual but end right after the title "Doctor Who" appeared (before the episode and writer titles appeared). A brief teaser then followed, followed by the remainder of the opening sequence, as usual. Another story from the same season, "Inferno", also altered the format of the opening credits slightly by showing the episode and writer titles over footage of bubbling lava. See more »


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Incidental Music (1989)
Written by Eden Akhavi
Performed by Eden Akhavi
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11 August 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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.

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