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:
 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)
 Jo Grant (78 episodes, 1971-1984)
William Russell ...
 Ian Chesterton (77 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 <>

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Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Who  »

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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). See more »


The Doctor: Crush the lesser races. Conquer the galaxy. Incredible power, unlimited rice pudding, et cetera, et cetera.
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Crazy Credits

In a number of 1980s episodes, recurring villain The Master often first appeared in disguise. Actor Anthony Ainley was credited under a pseudonym on these occasions (usually an anagram of his own name) in order to preserve the element of surprise. See more »


Referenced in The Goodies: Invasion of the Moon Creatures (1973) See more »


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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