45 Years of Doctor Who

By | Nov 23, 2008

The television character Doctor Who first debuted on British Television on November 23, 1963. It was called An Unearthly Child starring William Hartwell as the Doctor.

Doctor Who is a wanderer in space and time, the only surviving members of his race. He is a Time Lord traveling in a dimensionally transcendental time machine which is bigger on the inside than on the outside with its camouflage system being stuck in the shape of a London police public call box circa 1964. The Doctor, travels through time and space fighting the forces of darkness, taking on traveling companions from places that he visits. Other than being call The Doctor, his true name has never been revealed.

Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction television series in the history of broadcasting. The series which began on the BBC1 network in the United Kingdom in November 1963 and ran continuing until 1989. During this period the Doctor was played by 7 different actors.

In 1996 there was a special US/UK co-produced film that aired on BBC-1 and America’s FOX network. This movie had Paul McCann played the Doctor. It was the only time he played the role.

In 2005 Doctor Who returned to British television with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as his companion, Rose Tyler. The second, third and fourth season of the new Doctor Who, David Tennant took on the role becoming the Tenth Doctor. Billie Piper remained for the second season, but Freema Agyeman became the companion, Martha Jones, for the third season. She was followed by Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble.

The previous eight are: William Hartnell (1963-1966), Patrick Troughton (1966-1969), Jon Pertwee (1970-1974), Tom Baker (1974-1981), Peter Davison (1981-1984), Colin Baker (1984-1986), Sylvester McCoy (1986-1989), and Paul McGann (1996).


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  1. Tommasa February 6, 2009 4:49 am

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