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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Complete series cast summary:
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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)
Frazer Hines ...
 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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(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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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 - "Checkmate" ("The Time Meddler": Episode 4), "The Celestial Toymaker": Episode 4, "The War Machines": Episode 3, and "The War Machines": Episode 4. Furthermore, eleven episodes only survive in black and white whilst originally filmed in color - "The Ambassadors of Death": Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7, "The Mind of Evil" (all six episodes) and "Invasion of the Dinosaurs": Part 1. 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 (Doctor Who: Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 1 (1970), Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode One (1971) and Doctor 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. Doctor 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. See more »

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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: Maybe I am getting too young for this sort of thing.
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The final episode of the 1982 story "Earthshock" ended with the death of a continuing character. The closing credits for that episode were silent - the only time in the history of the series that this was done. See more »

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Soundtracks

Incidental Music (1989)
Written by Eden Akhavi
Performed by Eden Akhavi
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This show was like an addiction for me, a wonderful addiction!
22 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

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.


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