Doctor Who (1963)

The adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord who regenerates when approaching death and joins companions in conflicts against aliens and other villains.

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Donald B. Wilson, Sydney Newman
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television series aired on the BBC since 1963. The series follows the exploits of a Time Lord known as the Doctor, an extraterrestrial who seems to be human. The Doctor travels the cosmos in the TARDIS, a time-traveling spaceship. The outside of the TARDIS resembles a blue British police box, which was ubiquitous in Britain in 1963 when the series was initially broadcast. The Doctor fights enemies, seeks to save civilizations and aids those in need with the support of numerous companions.

Beginning with William Hartnell, thirteen actors have played the Doctor; Jodie Whittaker officially became the first woman to play the role on television in 2017. The concept of regeneration into a new incarnation, a story element in which a Time Lord "transforms" into a new body when the current one is too seriously injured to recover naturally, is written into the show's plot. Each actor's portrayal is distinct, but they all reflect stages in the life of the same character, and they make a single lifespan with a single narrative when taken together. Because of the plot's time-traveling element, different incarnations of the Doctor occasionally cross paths.

The show is an essential component of British popular culture, and it has a cult following in other countries. It has impacted generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the show. Whovians are fans of the television show Doctor Who. Guinness World Records lists the show as the world's longest-running science fiction television show and the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, based on overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, and iTunes traffic.

The show initially aired from 1963 through 1989. In 1996, there was a failed attempt to restart regular production with a backdoor pilot in the shape of a television film named Doctor Who. The show was reintroduced in 2005 and has since been produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. Doctor Who has also inspired a slew of spin-offs, including comic books, films, novels, radio dramas, and the television shows Torchwood (2006–2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011), K-9 (2009–2010), and Class (2010–2011). (2016). In popular culture, it has been the subject of numerous parodies and references.


Doctor Who covers the main character's exploits, a renegade Time Lord of unknown origins who goes by the moniker "the Doctor." The Doctor departed Gallifrey, the Time Lord's home planet, with a stolen TARDIS ("Time and Relative Dimension in Space"). This time machine travels by materializing into and dematerializing from the time vortex. The TARDIS has a large interior but seems smaller on the exterior. It is fitted with a "chameleon circuit" that allows the machine to disguise itself by taking on the appearance of nearby objects. Due to a malfunction, the Doctor's TARDIS remains stuck as a blue British police box.

Across time and space, the Doctor's numerous incarnations frequently come across situations that pique their interest and attempt to stop evil powers from killing innocent people or changing history using just creativity and few means, such as the adaptable sonic screwdriver. The Doctor rarely goes on adventures alone, and he usually has one or more companions with him. These companions are usually humans because the Doctor is very interested in planet Earth, which leads to many collaborations with the international military task force UNIT when Earth is in danger. The Doctor is millennia old and, as a Time Lord, can regenerate when his body is mortally injured. The Doctor's various incarnations have encountered recurring foes throughout their journeys, including the Daleks, their creator Davros, the Cybermen, and the renegade Time Lord, the Master.

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Doctor Who (1963)

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Nov 23, 1963