The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.
Gharman tries to convince the Kaleds to vote against the Dalek project but Davros has a trick up his sleeve, while the Doctor works to destroy the tape recording of Dalek victory and the Thals plan ...
Traveling across time and space, the immortal time-lord known as 'The Doctor' travels across the universe with his many companions and his loyal shape-shifting space-ship: The TARDIS. The Doctor faces many threats across many generations: from The Daleks, The Cybermen and his time-lord adversary The Master to the sinister Davros, creator of The Daleks.Written by
The series' founding producer, Verity Lambert, considered the Doctor to be an essentially anti-establishment character and she disliked the Jon Pertwee era of the series, finding Pertwee's performance insufficiently quirky and his version of the Doctor too tied to the British establishment. Lambert described this period of the series as "a real mistake" on the DVD commentary for "The Time Meddler". Peter Purves, who played a companion to William Hartnell's Doctor, has concurred with this view on several commentaries, and Donald Tosh, a story editor during the Hartnell era, described the Pertwee era as "the beginning of the end" because the series had "nowhere to go". See more »
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 »
The untelevised version of the series' first episode, "An Unearthly Child" - which was released on video in the early 1990s - contains a number of major differences from the version that was finally broadcast. These differences include:
A thunderclap is heard during the opening theme.
Susan is portrayed as more mature and sensual than she was in the final version. She is shown wearing more futuristic clothing as well.
The Doctor is portrayed almost as a villain - much more cold-hearted than he was in the TV series.
Susan says she is from the 49th Century, while The Doctor seems to imply he and Susan are lost in time. In the final version, we never learn which century Susan and The Doctor are from, and The Doctor confesses that he and Susan are exiles.
The famous TARDIS sound effect is much different in the early take.
In addition, the untelevised version contains a number of bloopers (actors flubbing lines, cameramen tripping over scenery, etc.).
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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