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The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Doctor Who 178 episodes, 1974-1984
...  Dr. Who / ... 144 episodes, 1963-1984
...  Doctor Who / ... 132 episodes, 1970-1984
...  Dr. Who / ... 131 episodes, 1966-1985
...  Jamie / ... 117 episodes, 1966-1985
...  Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... 109 episodes, 1965-1989
...  Guard / ... 95 episodes, 1964-1985
...  Sarah Jane Smith 83 episodes, 1973-1984
...  Barbara Wright / ... 81 episodes, 1963-1980
...  Ian Chesterton 78 episodes, 1963-1965
...  Jo Grant 78 episodes, 1971-1984
...  Dalek / ... 76 episodes, 1965-1988
...  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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29 September 1975 (USA)  »

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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

Tom Baker was cast as The 4th Doctor when outgoing producer Barry Letts and outgoing script editor Terrance Dicks went to see The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) on the big screen, which Tom Baker starred in the film as Koruan. See more »

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The Master: Ah, the tribal taboos of army etiquette. I find it difficult to identify with such primitive absurdities.
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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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Spin-off Wartime (1987) See more »

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Some recommendations for new viewers
4 July 1999 | by 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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