Premiered: Saturday 23 November 1963
Final appearance: Monday 27 May 1996
Update: "Missing Episodes" recovered: 10.10.2013
WHO is an iconic television programme
ranks alongside not only the science-fiction equivalents of STAR
LIMITS, QUATERMASS and LOST
IN SPACE but it compares to the likes of many feature
films (STAR WARS, 2001
- A SPACE ODESSY, PLANET OF THE
APES and THE TIME MACHINE)
in its valued contribution to family storytelling.
by BBC DRAMA (from an briefing document written by Donald Wilson) and developed
by Sydney Newman, the series focused on the adventures of "a Maturer Man, 35-40"
who had "a character twist".
A space-time traveller (a Time Lord)
known as 'the
Doctor' from another planet (Gallifrey) who has the ability to change
his body (called 'regeneration') if it is mortally wounded or injured. Did I
mention that he has two hearts?
journeys theough time-space in a craft called the TARDIS (an acronym that stands
for 'Time And Relative Dimension In Space').
his space-time craft, the Doctor can travel anywhere - he can move theough space,
forward in time, backward in time, sideways and theoughout our current time.
More often than not he is joined
by a companion (or companions) on his journeys, and together they meet aliens
(some friendly and some thoroughly evil). The most infamous is the Dalek (a mutated
humanoid inside an armoured travel-machine). Then there's Cybermen, the Master
(also from the Doctor's planet), Sontarans, Autons, 'Sea Devils', Sutekh, Ice
Warriors, and the list goes on.
Between 1963 and 1996, there have
been 8 actors who have played the Time Lord on BBC1 television (see right).
You can re-live the Doctor's CLASSIC
SERIES adventures on BBC DVD (and BBC VHS). 157 stories (over 500 30-minute episodes).
to DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC SERIES.