Doctor Who Franchise Retrospective

Doctor Who debuted on BBC television on November 23rd, 1963. Since its debut, it has since set the Guinness World Record for becoming the longest-running and most-successful science fiction show in the world. Centered on the Doctor, an eccentric alien traveler that is the last of his kind, he is a member of a long-lost race of Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey. Contending with a never-ending array of mysteries and enemies, he is accompanied by several companions as he explores space and time in his unreliable – yet sentient – time machine called the TARDIS. Join WatchMojo.com as we explore the origins of Doctor Who.
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Doctor Who Franchise Retrospective

He has traveled through space and time in a blue phone booth for over five decades. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look back at the origins of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who debuted on BBC television on November 23rd, 1963, and originally starred actor William Hartnell. In 2006, it set the Guinness World Record for the longest-running and most-successful science fiction show in the world. This has been attributed to its countless imaginative stories, memorable effects, groundbreaking use of electronic music and boundless premise. The characters of this show not only travel through the cosmos, but also through time itself.

Doctor Who is centered on the Doctor. This eccentric alien traveler is never named, and believes he is the last of his kind. He is a member of a long-lost race of Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey, and as such he must contend with a never-ending array of enemies. These include robotic Cybermen, and a rival Time Lord survivor called “The Master.”

The Doctor is often accompanied by up to three companions as he explores space and time in his unreliable – yet sentient – time machine. This vessel is called the “TARDIS,” which is an acronym for the phrase “Time and Relative Dimension in Space.” TARDIS was originally borrowed from a museum on the Doctor’s home planet, prior to the extinction of his people as the result of a war with an alien race called “the Daleks.”

Doctor Who travels the cosmos within the TARDIS. Those who enter the machine are surprised to discover it is much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. In fact, it hosts a bevy of unique features, including the chameleon circuit that allows it to disguise itself in other forms. However, since the first episode it remains in the form of a blue 1960s police call box due to a malfunction.

Aside from his trusty TARDIS and ever-changing group of human companions, the Doctor makes extensive use of his Sonic Screwdriver. This multifunctional tool can perform a variety of tasks; for example it can pick locks, scan, hack computers and track life forms.

In the world of sci-fi, the Doctor is a unique alien. He has lived hundreds of years due to his ability to regenerate when mortally wounded. As a result, there have been multiple versions of the doctor so far. Each of these incarnations features a completely different and eccentric personality, as well as dramatic differences in their sense of style. Any of these personalities and human forms can die, but the regeneration process allows him to retain all of his memories.

Like the character himself, Doctor Who the series has continually renewed itself. It originally ran between 1963 and 1989, before being brought back in 2005. Not only is Doctor Who a British icon, but the show has also produced several spin-off series, including “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and “Torchwood.”
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