The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and his/her human companions.
The Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady from the race whose home planet is Gallifrey, travels through time and space in his/her ship the TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension In Space) with numerous companions. From time to time he/she regenerates into a new form (which is how the series has been running since the departure of the original actor, William Hartnell, in 1966).
In July 2017, Steven Moffat claimed there had been no backlash to changing the gender of the Doctor for the first time. He said: "There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely. Eighty-percent approval on social media. So many people wanting to pretend there is a problem. There isn't. It's been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that's what really happened." See more »
During the first season, Christopher Eccleston is credited as "Doctor Who", as set in the Classic Series. Beginning with the second season - reportedly at the behest of the show's new star, David Tennant - the credit has been changed to read "The Doctor". See more »
For most of my life I wouldn't be caught dead watching this show. I thought it was for babies and nerds, and anyway if I had a genre it was classic horror, not SF. But after a brief but violent infatuation with David Walliams made me watch the episode "The God Complex," which just happens to be a really good horror tale, I started brushing up on my BBC Wales-era DW (Doctor Who not David Walliams.) This show has such an irresistible concept that it's possible to be a fan just of the idea of it, and such a vast backlist of episodes at this point that it would take a very dedicated DW geek to go back and watch them all, let alone investigate all the ancillary audio recordings, comic books, novels et al. I think this is one of the reasons for the phenomenon of fans having "their Doctor." In order to not be overwhelmed most of us have to be cafeteria Whovians and pick and choose what eras and episodes appeal to us most and focus on them.
Since I came into the show during the Smith era, his sweet-natured dancing pixie Doctor has been imprinted on me as what the Doctor should be like, though I've had no problem warming up to Peter Capaldi's Doctor (he is arguably the most gifted actor who's ever taken on the role, in the twenty-first century anyway.) Christopher Eccleston was fine but sort of fades into the background compared to the far more showy Doctors that followed him. I like David Tennant a lot but for some reason I really don't care for his approach to the Doctor, which he plays like a children's show entertainer. Which is perfectly valid given that "Doctor Who" is supposed to be a kids' show. In contrast Capaldi seems to me to be following the tradition of actors like Boris Karloff and Peter Cushing, who approached their roles in genre TV and films with a sincerity of purpose that was enchanting in its own way.
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