Doctor Who (1963–1989)

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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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 Doctor Who / ... (178 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Dr. Who / ... (143 episodes, 1963-1984)
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 Doctor Who / ... (132 episodes, 1970-1984)
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 Dr. Who / ... (131 episodes, 1966-1985)
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 Jamie McCrimmon / ... (117 episodes, 1966-1985)
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 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... (109 episodes, 1965-1989)
Pat Gorman ...
 Guard / ... (90 episodes, 1964-1985)
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 Sarah Jane Smith (83 episodes, 1973-1984)
Jacqueline Hill ...
 Barbara Wright / ... (80 episodes, 1963-1980)
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 Jo Grant (78 episodes, 1971-1984)
William Russell ...
 Ian Chesterton (77 episodes, 1963-1965)
John Scott Martin ...
 Dalek / ... (76 episodes, 1965-1988)
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 Sergeant Benton / ... (74 episodes, 1967-1983)
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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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£4,500,000 (estimated)
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(15 episodes) | (679 episodes)

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(1963-1987)| (1988-1989)

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(1963-1969)| (1970-1989)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On three 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. Finally, in 1984 Patrick Troughton reprized his role alongside Colin Baker in The Two Doctors. See more »

Goofs

When the TARDIS doors open from the inside, its outside shows the circle decorations, but it should show the Police Public Call Box doors. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: To the rational mind, nothing is inexplicable; only unexplained.
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Crazy Credits

A number of episodes in the 1960s did not feature William Hartnell as The Doctor. Despite this, he is still given lead actor credit on those episodes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: Chokin' and Tokin' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Incidental Music (1989)
Written by Eden Akhavi
Performed by Eden Akhavi
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Greatest Series of All Time
1 June 2001 | by (Zolfa Thura) – See all my reviews

`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.


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