TV Series | TV-PG | | Adventure, Drama, Family
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.
By playing the Doctor in seven seasons, Tom Baker was the only actor to play the Doctor in more than five seasons, beating the previous record set by Jon Pertwee, and he eventually overtook William Hartnell's total number of episodes. His seven continuous years in the role is a record that has stood ever since, although Colin Baker said that he had wanted to break it.
I never carry weapons. If people see you mean them no harm, they never hurt you. Nine times out of ten.
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.
In the 1980s and 90s, two versions of this series were syndicated to PBS stations: the original individual half hour episodes, and "feature-length" episodes combining all chapters of a particular story into one episode. This format usually involved the cutting of recaps and minor cuts to other scenes in order to meld the parts together. Episodes ranged in length from 50 minutes (for two-part stories) to three hours. The series' longest episode, the 14-part "Trial of a Time-Lord" was re-edited into 3 90-minute compilations, and a fourth, 50-minute one.