Doctor Who, the longest-running science fiction show in the history of television, is a UK sci-fi show involving a time-traveling alien. The show ran for twenty-six seasons between 1963 and 1989. Following a sixteen year hiatus broken only by a American-made television movie, the show resumed production in 2005, on its 27th season, billed as series 1.
The title character, known only as "The Doctor", is a Time Lord, originating from the planet Gallifrey. Once a high-ranking member of his society, the Doctor has at various times been fugitive from his own people, the savior of them, and, as of the 2005 revival, the sole surviving member of the Time Lord species. Prior the the series, the Doctor, disenchanted with the other Time Lords, stole an aging type 40 TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) time machine from a repair bay on Gallifrey and packed his granddaughter Susan off to Earth. Susan and the Doctor eventually parted ways, and her place was filled with other "companions" - essentially people he picks up to join him on his travels.
The Doctor spends his time interfering with various cultures and fighting injustice, while occasionally encountering and doing battle with enemies such as the robotic space mutant Daleks and the evil cybernetic Cybermen.
A significant element of the series, enabling it to continue as long as it has, is the concept of "regeneration". Time Lords are capable of regenerating their bodies upon death, taking a new face and personality every time while still remaining essentially the same person. This allowed the BBC to continue the show, even when the starring actor decide to leave. After the first few seasons, the the First Doctor (played by actor William Hartnell) was killed off and regenerated into the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). As of 2018, the role is held by Jodie Whittaker, portraying the Thirteenth Doctor.
After being put on "indefinite hiatus" at the conclusion of its 26th season, starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, a made-for-TV movie was produced in 1996 as a co-production of American network Fox, the BBC and Universal Television, then the show was resurrected in 2005 with some development funding provided by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Sci Fi Channel aired the first season of the new format of Doctor Who a year later.
Two theatrical movies with Peter Cushing were made for British theatrical release in the 1960s--Dr. Who and The Daleks and Dalek Invasion Of Earth--but these movies are not considered canon to the TV series.
Season 10 of the revival was delayed until April 2017. Accounts vary as to why; either the cast and crew needed a breather after the efforts put in during the past three seasons, they didn't want to conflict with the 2016 Summer Olympics, or Peter Moffat's decision to leave the show as writer and producer. David Bradley portrayed the First Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special, which was also Peter Capaldi's final episode as the Twelfth; in that same episode, Jodie Whittaker took over the role as the Thirteenth Doctor, and became the first woman to be cast as the character in the series.
|Season One: Stories 1–8||November 23, 1963||September 12, 1964||42|
|Season Two: Stories 9–17||October 31, 1964||July 24, 1965||39|
|Season Three: Stories 18–27||September 11, 1965||July 16, 1966||45|
|Season Four: Stories 28–36||September 10, 1966||July 1, 1967||43|
|Season Five: Stories 37–43||September 2, 1967||June 1, 1968||40|
|Season Six: Stories 44–50||August 10, 1968||June 21, 1969||44|
|Season Seven: Stories 51–54||January 3, 1970||June 20, 1970||25|
|Season Eight: Stories 55–59||January 2, 1971||June 19, 1971||25|
|Season Nine: Stories 60–64||January 1, 1972||June 24, 1972||26|
|Season Ten: Stories 65–69||December 30, 1972||June 23, 1973||26|
|Season Eleven: Stories 70–74||December 15, 1973||June 8, 1974||26|
|Season Twelve: Stories 75–79||December 28, 1974||May 10, 1975||20|
|Season Thirteen: Stories 80–85||August 30, 1975||March 6, 1976||26|
|Season Fourteen: Stories 86–91||September 4, 1976||April 2, 1977||26|
|Season Fifteen: Stories 92–97||September 3, 1977||March 11, 1978||26|
|Season Sixteen: Stories 98–103||September 2, 1978||February 24, 1979||26|
|Season Seventeen: Stories 104–109||September 1, 1979||January 12, 1980||26|
|Season Eighteen: Stories 110–116||August 30, 1980||March 21, 1981||28|
|Season Nineteen: Stories 117–123||January 4, 1982||March 30, 1982||26|
|Season Twenty: Stories 124–130||January 3, 1983||March 16, 1983||26|
|Season Twenty-One: Stories 131–137||January 5, 1984||March 30, 1984||26|
|Season Twenty-Two: Stories 138–143||January 5, 1985||March 30, 1985||26|
|Season Twenty-Three: Stories 144–147||September 6, 1986||December 6, 1986||14|
|Season Twenty-Four: Stories 148–151||September 7, 1987||December 7, 1987||14|
|Season Twenty-Five: Stories 152–155||October 5, 1988||January 4, 1989||14|
|Season Twenty-Six: Stories 156–159||September 6, 1989||December 6, 1989||14|
|The TV Movie||June 25, 1996|
|Season Twenty-Seven: Series One||March 26, 2005||June 18, 2005||13|
|Season Twenty-Eight: Series Two||April 15, 2006||July 8, 2006||13 + 1|
|Season Twenty-Nine: Series Three||March 21, 2007||June 30, 2007||13 + 1|
|Season Thirty: Series Four||April 5, 2008||July 5, 2008||13 + 6|
|Season Thirty-One: Series Five||April 3, 2010||June 26, 2010||13 + 1|
|Season Thirty-Two: Series Six||April 23, 2011||October 1, 2011||13 + 1|
|Season Thirty-Three: Series Seven||September 1, 2012||May 18, 2013||13 + 3|
|Season Thirty-Four: Series Eight||August 23, 2014||November 8, 2014||12 + 1|
|Season Thirty-Five: Series Nine||September 19, 2015||December 5, 2015||12 + 1|
|Season Thirty-Six: Series Ten||April 15, 2017||July 1, 2017||12 + 1|
|Season Thirty-Seven: Series Eleven||October 7, 2018||December 9, 2018||10 + 2|
|Season Thirty-Eight: Series Twelve||2020||—||—|
|The Infinite Quest||June 30, 2007|
|Dreamland||December 5, 2009|
|Children in Need Special||November 18, 2005|
|Time Crash||November 16, 2007|
|Music of the Spheres||January 1, 2009|
|Space & Time||March 18, 2011|
|Death is the Only Answer||October 1, 2011|
|Good as Gold||May 24, 2012|
|The Great Detective||November 16, 2012|
|Scream of the Shalka||November 13, 2003||December 18, 2003||6|
|Tardisodes||April 1, 2006||July 1, 2006||13|
|Captain Jack's Monster Files||April 5, 2008||December 24, 2009||16|
|River Song's Monster Files||May 1, 2010||May 29, 2010||3|
|Series Six Prequels||March 25, 2011||December 6, 2011||6|
|Pond Life||August 27, 2012||August 31, 2012||5|
|Series Seven Prequels||September 1, 2012||May 11, 2013||6 + 2|
|P.S.||October 12, 2012|
|Meanwhile in the TARDIS||November 8, 2010||2|
|Night and the Doctor||November 21, 2011||5|
|Series Seven DVD minisodes||May 27, 2013||September 24, 2013||4|
- K-9 and Company (1981) - A spin-off series featuring Sarah Jane Smith and K-9. Only the pilot was produced, and aired as a special.
- Doctor Who Confidential (2005-2011) - A behind-the-scenes series.
- Torchwood (2006-2011) - A spin-off series featuring Jack Harkness.
- Totally Doctor Who (2006-2007) - A children's variety series.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011) - A spin-off series aimed at children, featuring Sarah Jane Smith.
- K-9 (2009-2010) - A spin-off series aimed at children, featuring K-9.
- Class (2016) - A spin-off series focusing on students at Coal Hill Academy.
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Title Cards: The shows different logos, from over the years.
- Characters: Characters and races.
- Locations: Planets, space stations, and ships.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases
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- Doctor Who Episodes, TV Listings, News, Photos and More at TVGuide.com
- Doctor Who Fan Club at Fanpop
- Doctor Who Wiki
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