Doctor Who (1963–1989)

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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.

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  • Nicholas Courtney and Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who (1963)
  • Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant in Doctor Who (1963)
  • 1965: A monster created for the BBC Scenic Effects Department reads about fellow 'Dr Who' TV stars the Daleks.
  • 1965: Mr D Atkins and Mr B Jones of Shawcroft Models Ltd of Uxbridge, work on the head of a 'Zarbi', a monster that will be used for the BBC drama 'Dr Who'.
  • British actress Carole Ann Ford (centre, right) makes a horn sign at a Dalek from the BBC television science fiction series 'Doctor Who', at the Daily Mail Schoolboys' and Girls' Exhibition at Olympia, London, 28th December 1964. In the series, Ford plays Susan Foreman, the companion of the first Doctor, played by William Hartnell.
  • One of the Mechonoid operators inside his machine during the filming of 'The Chase', a six-part serial from the popular British television sci-fi series 'Doctor Who', 15th April 1965. In this scene, the Daleks and the Mechonoids become embroiled in conflict.

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Creator:

Sydney Newman

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4 July 1999 | Tangent-5
Some recommendations for new viewers
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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Trivia

Future companions Billie Piper. Noel Clarke. Camille Coduri. John Barrowman. Catherine Tate. Freema Agyeman. Alex Kingston. Karen Gillan. Arthur Darvill. Jenna Coleman. Samuel Anderson. Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas were born during the run of the series.


Quotes

Adric: Could anyone pass the sodium chloride, please?


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.


Alternate Versions

Additional material from an earlier version of episode 2 of "Carnival Of Monsters" was mistakenly screened in Australia in the mid 1970's. These have since been included on the DVD release. One extended scene involves a more abrupt initial confrontation with Lieutenant Andrews and a more in-depth discussion with Shirna & Vorg. The deleted scene is in the SS Bernice stateroom, and immediately followed the eradicator attack upon the scope. It was removed due to timing purposes. Early versions of episode #2 used a new version of the theme music, composed by the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop to celebrate the shows 10th anniversary. The new arrangement used the EMI Synthi 100 "Delaware" Synthesiser. These alternate title sequences were eventually not used for Broadcast. For the 1981 repeat, director/producer Barry Letts requested that 44 seconds of material be cut from the final episode (#4), due to Peter Halliday's bald-cap slipping in some shots. This shortened 'directors preferred' ending is also included on the DVD.

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