One of the greatest TV shows ever made - FACT!
It started in 1963, and was just as awesome back then, if not more.
The show has three (dead) spinoffs: Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Class.
Was cancelled in 1989, brought back in 2005 after the failed attempt in 1996. It also had a 30th anniversary special called 'Dimensions in Time
The show in short
A crazy old alien rides through time and space in a police box with young, mostly British ladies and changes his appearance to cheat death.
Who has played the Doctor?
In order of first to last:
- William Hartnell (1963–1966)
Hartnell's Doctor was not a mountain goat, he preferred walking to anyday and he hated climbing. If you don't follow his advice you may become a burnt cinder floating around in Spain.
- Patrick Troughton (1966–1969)
Troughton's Doctor was the priest that got pinned to the ground in the Omen. He also advised people against polishing floors and putting rugs on them, because that would be like setting a mantrap, you know. He also tried to destory The Goodies.
- Jon Pertwee (1970–1974)
Pertwee's Doctor sometimes went by the name "Worzel Gummidge". He was a very Spotty man and tried to destroy The Goodies, too.
- Tom Baker (1974–1981)
Tom Baker's Doctor had a second career as the narrator of a ton of commercials and Little Britain.
- Peter Davison (1982–1984)
Peter Davison is of no relation to the Formula One driver of a completely different name.
- Colin Baker (1984–1986)
Colin Baker never actually played the Doctor, just look at a recent picture of him, there's no way it's the same guy!
- Sylvester McCoy (1987–1989, 1996)
Sylvester McCoy's Doctor decided to give up time travelling and instead locked himself away in a small flat in Glasgow, where he stayed for 40-odd years before he had to move to another flat. Might still actually be there.
- Paul McGann (1996, 2013)
No-one knows how McGann's Doctor regenerated, McGann's regeneration was unfortunately, not the result of a bizarre accident involving a television set and a packet of Cream Crackers.
- John Hurt (2013)
Retroactively inserted into the lineup. Much like Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, he is an official incarnation of The Doctor, but isn't numbered because that would fuck everything up. He's covered wars and the other Doctors aren't proud of him. Probably didn't regenerate from an alien bursting out of his chest.
- Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Eccleston's Doctor was based on Wallace from the Wallace and Gromit films. He was fantastic and is now an (invisible) Heroes.
- David Tennant (2005–2010)
A transvestite barman. Also the first Doctor actor to be named after an alcoholic drink. Married his daughter IRL.
- Matt Smith (2010-2013)
Responsible for making bow ties cool and believes the TARDIS to be sexy. Known as the Tumblr Generation's Doctor.
- Peter Capaldi (2013-2017)
After being saved by David Tennant from the volcanic eruption in Pompeii, Caecillius became The Doctor himself.
- Jodie Whittaker (2018 - present)
The first woman to play this role.
With emphasis given to those seen in Youtube Poops
- The Doctor
- The Master
- Ian Chesterton
- Barbara Wright
- Susan Foreman
- Steven Taylor
- Vicki Pallister
- Sara Kingdom
- Dodo Chaplet
- Ben Jackson
- Polly Wright
- Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Jamie McCrimmon
- Victoria Waterfield
- Zoe Heriot
- Mike Yates
- Liz Shaw
- Jo Grant
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Harry Sullivan
- Nyssa of Traken
- Tegan Jovanka
- Vislor Turlough
- Grace Holloway
- Charlotte Pollard
- Lucie Miller
- Tamsin Drew
- Molly O'Sullivan
- Rose Tyler
- Mickey Smith
- Captain Jack Harkness
- Martha Jones
- Donna Noble
- Amy Pond
- Rory Williams
- River Song
- Clara Oswald
- The Daleks (EXTERMINATE)
- The Cybermen (YOU SHALL BE LIKE US)
- The Sontarans
- The Zygons
- The Silurians
- The Weeping Angels
- The Judoon
- The Vashta Nerada
- The Silence
- The Ice Warriors
- An Unearthly Child - The first episode ever.
- The Daleks - Perhaps not surprisingly, the first appearance of the Daleks.
- Tomb of the Cybermen - Patrick Troughton faces a bunch of Cybermen that have been revived. From a tomb.
- The Three Doctors - Jon Pertwee goes insane and has to call on Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell to aid him.
- Green Isn't Your Color - Tom Baker sulkingly undergoes a fashion makeover after being called a "dandy" by William Hartnell in "The Three Doctors". Unbeknownst to him, it was actually Jon Pertwee who was called a dandy.
- The Ark in Space - Tom Baker discovers that the Ark in Space is under attack by a rapidly spreading creature called the Wirrn, as played by a sheet of green bubble wrap. The Ark is abandoned and explodes into nothingness, with the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan escaping by means of an escape pod.
- Revenge of the Cybermen - HARRY SULLIVAN IS AN IMBECILE.
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Tom Baker and Leela have fun facing the evil forces of Wang Chung.
- Earthshock - Peter Davison escapes some kind of spaceship with his two bitches, while Adric dies by means of explosive decompression.
- The Five Doctors - Peter Davison goes insane and has to call on Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton,
Tom Baker, and William HartnellRichard Hurndall to aid him.
- The Twin Dilemma - Colin Baker strangles Peri. Believed to be the worst episode ever.
- Mindwarp - Featuring special guest star BRIAN BLESSED.
- Survival - Sylvester McCoy and Ace deal with a bunch of cheetah people. At the end, they go off to go on more adventures--except not really, because the show got cancelled.
- The 1996 movie - Paul McGann rises from the ashes in an attempt to revive the show--but not really.
- Rose - Nine years later, Doctor Who is back. For realz this time!
- Bad Wolf - Captain Jack gets naked in front of millions of viewers.
- Blink - David Tennant puts himself on a bunch of DVDs and gives advice on how to kill stone statues. Considered by many to be the greatest episode ever (when it's not dueling to the death with Genesis of the Daleks or The Caves of Androzani).
- Voyage of the Damned - Russell T Davies puts Titanic and The Poseidon Adventure in a blender, adds Kylie Minogue, and voila! This episode is made!
- Turn Left - In which we learn that Catherine Tate is THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMAN IN CREATION.
- Vincent and The Doctor - In which Matt Smith makes Bill Nighy cure Vincent Van Gogh's depression.
- Let's Kill Hitler - Rory shoves Hitler in a cupboard.
- The Night of The Doctor - OMG PAUL MCGANN!!!!!
- The Day of The Doctor - Matt Smith goes insane and has to call on David Tennant, John Hurt, Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker (who also happened to be The Curator), William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and Christopher Eccleston to aid him.
Often Used by
Sometimes Used by
- The faceless ones
- Michael Grade
- The Master
- It is the greatest show in the galaxy.
- The show is equally beloved by people old and young. Although both parties get their jollies by complaining about how the current head writer (in this case, Chris Chibnall) is LITERALLY HITLER, the older audience does not express this by spreading GIFs on Tumblr of Matt Smith's face.
- How many other shows can say they've had Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman as writers?
- This show is so fucking old that 97 episodes don't even exist anymore.
- Call the main character "Doctor Who" and invite scorn. Unless, of course, you point out that he was credited as "Doctor Who" for 20 years.
- Is/was spoofed many times by i.e. Dead Ringers and Emu's Broadcasting Company
- There was an attempt to create an animated show based on this by Nelvana. It failed and never got past the concept stage.
- It's so popular, that it spawned a manhwa (Korean manga) in 1980's.