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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Who  »

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Box Office


£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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Did You Know?


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. See more »


The Doctor: You remember the Mona Lisa? That dreadful woman with no eyebrows who wouldn't sit still?
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Crazy Credits

Although the lead character was only a few times referred as Doctor Who, the closing credits from 1963 to 1979 still used the name Doctor Who. See more »


Referenced in The Jon Dore Television Show: Jon Gets Old (2009) See more »


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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