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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(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

The format of the show's entire run was a series of cliff-hanger adventure serials. Each of the Doctor's adventures would be told across several half-hour episodes, with a cliff-hanger ending each one. Each "season" of the show would be broken into several stories, taking usually 4 to 6 episodes to play out - on-screen, each individual episode would begin with the title of the story ("The Android Invasion", to name one), followed by the story's author, then what episode the story the audience was watching ("Part One", for example). This method of titling wasn't established until late in the third season; prior to that, every episode was given its own unique title. Because of this, there are no 'official' story titles to the earliest adventures, though semi-official ones have been consistently used on DVDs, books, etc. 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: I'm not helping you, officially. And if anyone happens to ask whether I made any material difference to the welfare of this planet, you can tell them I came and went like a summer cloud.
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Crazy Credits

For the first several seasons, each individual chapter (episode) carried its own title. This practice was abandoned following the 1966 story "The Gunfighters." As a result, several early stories are known by several different titles. See more »

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Referenced in Electric Dreams: The 1970s (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Incidental Music (1989)
Written by Eden Akhavi
Performed by Eden Akhavi
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Some recommendations for new viewers
4 July 1999 | by (B.G., Ohio) – See all my reviews

The sheer volume of Doctor Who episodes makes briefly commenting on all aspects of this wonderful show a challenge. However, I can make some recommendations for new viewers.

If the ONLY thing you want from science fiction is special effects, then Doctor Who is not for you. The quality of the effects are often admirable when the shoestring production budget considerations are factored in, but Doctor Who never really equaled the special effects of other shows. What Doctor Who does deliver is keen attention to character, dialogue, and plot. Doctor Who was always something more than its 1963 b&w kid's show origins suggest, and over the years it evolved into a program that could make some very clever, thought-provoking comments and observations while at the same time delivering a fun and suspenseful adventure.

Cliffhangers were what made me a fan from the beginning. Unfortunately, Doctor Who tends to be shown now in movie-style blocks. This dilutes those marvelous cliffhangers. Every episode of the show is about a half-hour, but most stories had at least 4 parts. At the end of each part, the Doctor or one of his many companions faces seemingly absolute, inescapable doom of some kind or another. I was lucky enough to first see Doctor Who on PBS, one half-hour episode per week-night. My friends and I had to wait a whole agonizing day to see the Doctor's clever escape or rescue. I don't know how the UK fans had the patience to wait a week. If you can, you should try to preserve the breaks too in order to get a real sense of the show, even if you just pause a few moments between parts.

One more thing to remember is that the Doctor is enigmatic. We still don't know everything there is to know about this renegade Time Lord. Part of the fun of the show is learning about the complex character and his history. But rest assured, his hearts are always in the right place.

So which episode should you start with? Every fan has a favorite Doctor and episode. I think you can't go wrong with "Remembrance of the Daleks" (1988). The 7th Doctor and Ace are a great team. Or try "City of Death" (1979), a terrific 4th Doctor and Romana story set in Paris. But ask around and check the web; other fans will send you in other directions. That's the most fun thing about discovering this show, there are so many directions to explore.


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