Universe Guide

Home / Entertainment Doctor Who / Portal

Doctor Who

Doctor Who was originally planned as an educational series, it gave way to being a purely sci-fi television series. It is the longest and most successful science fiction series in television history, with a few breaks; it has been on since 1963. It is older than Star Trek - The Original Series by three years. It has spawned two cinematic movies so far, both of which are re-imagined versions of episodes. It stared out as multi-part 30 minute episode series but when it came back in 2005 after a break of 16 years, storylines tended to consist of single episodes of 45 minutes which made it easier to sell overseas, where the broadcasters can then turn them into hour long episodes.

The Doctor was a Timelord from the planet called Gallifrey who would go through a transformation/regeneration every so often when the actor left the series. The maximum number of regenerations he can do is twelve giving him thirteen bodies in which to regenerate into. He is currently on his thirteenth body with Peter Capaldi playing The Doctor. When Peter Capaldi leaves the series, the producers will come up with a way to extend the life of the doctor.

In the latter series, he told people he was the last Time-Lord but there was one other, The Master who would appear every now again to cause havoc. In the nineties special, the Master was consumed into the eye of the TARDIS. His escape is chronicled in a book which has not been made into an episode. The Time-Lords led by the Rassilon, Lord President of the Time-Lords (Timothy Dalton) appeared in the 2009 Christmas Special, End of Time. The Doctor sends them back with the assistance of the Master to where they came from. The Doctor had believed his had killed his fellow Time-Lords when they attempted to use `End of Time` device against the Daleks. The risks of the irreparable damage to the cosmos were too great for the Doctor to allow. The Doctor travelled the cosmos in a Police (Public Call) Box called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). It wasn`t always a Police Box; a malfunction on-board prevented the machine from morphing into the background.

He rarely worked alone, there was always at least one person with him or he could call on U.N.I.T. (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) when on Earth. The Deadly Assassin was one episode in which the Doctor had no companion to assist him. UNIT`s presence was most prevalent with the Third Doctor who had been exiled to Earth. The fourth doctor was assisted by a robot dog (K9) in a number of episodes starting from The Invisible Enemy up until his departure in the episode Warriors Gate. The robot made a re-appearance in a few episodes with David Tennant. K9 also appeared in the special `Five Doctors` episode. There was to be a spin-off series about K9 but it never got past the pilot episode unlike Sarah-Jane Adventures. Sarah-Jane Smith was a third and fourth doctor`s assistant who later investigated incidents in her own series along with children and K9. David Tennant guest starred as the Doctor in a couple of episodes which incidentally was the last time he played the character.

The Daleks

The Daleks are the fans favourite enemy of the Doctor, they are described as being moving pepper pots. The Daleks are from a planet called Skaro and they were once human but due to war and genetic experimentation by a Skaron scientist Davros, they now reside as creatures inside the pepper pots. People would joke that to escape a Dalek, you ran up a flight of stairs but that all changed in Remembrance of the Daleks where it was shown the Daleks could levitate.

Cybermen

The Daleks are the number one enemy of the Doctor, the number two is shared between the Cybermen and the Master. Cybermen were originally human like us coming from the planet Mondas, Earth`s twin planet. The inhabitents had managed to move the planet and in their introduction story (The Tenth Planet), their planet gets blown up. The Cybermen are humanoid robots who as well as having guns can also electro-paralyse their targets. The Cybermen guns have virtually disappeared from newer episodes. The Cybermen are controlled by someone known as the `Cyber Controller`. In the return series of the Doctor Who, Cybermen are from a parallel universe in the multiverse.

The Master

The Doctor is not the only Timelord left in the galaxy, the other is The Master. Whilst the Doctor travels the universe to help people, the Master is the complete opposite, he will travel to cause mayhem and see what power he can get for himself. Like the Doctor, he has the power to regenerate. it is said that he has used up all his regenerations.

Copyright: B.B.C.


Add a Comment


Name:
Email: (Optional)
Comment:
   

Jackie Richards
there are three other timelords that may be alive! susan foreman, the master and romana!
Dave
In the 2005/2006 season, the Doctor says many times that he's the last. In 2005's "Dalek", he says "...it feels like there's no-one else". Given that, there is always the possibility that some of the Time Lords survived. At this exact point in time, the exact details of the Time War are very sketchy so you never know whether the series writers will bring them back somehow but for the moment, the Doctor is definitely the last. As the details of the Time War are very sketchy, and that all of the Time Lords mentioned were scattered through time & space, we can only assume that all "rogue" Time Lords were either recalled to Gallifrey to join the fight, or died through some other means prior to the war. Susan remained on Earth to rebuild it after the Dalek's invasion. The Master was last seen/heard in The Enemy Within (Paul McGann TV movie), where he was destroyed after being sucked into the heart of the TARDIS. Romana returned to Gallifrey after helping the Thurells to become Lord President of Gallifrey (this was revealed in the BBC licensed audio story "The Apocalypse Element").
Admin
Should also point out that in a non-television story, the Master escapes from the Tardis's Eye. This means that we may not have see the last of the Master...
D
Who are the fat blue aliens again?
Patricia McCauley
I used to watch Dr. Who EVERY Saturday night, when it was shown in Oklahoma. I love the Dr. I wish I could have been one of his companions, traveling various places and getting in lots of adventures. I wish the Dr. was still being made. It's amazing, that, from this website, I now find out that Doctor Who was originally made from 1978 to 1981. Does that figure include all 9 Dr's? That figure doesn't seem right, but you know more about it than I do. Anyway, I'm glad I looked back at several scifi websites and saw this website again. I'm interested in most of the stores you chronicle on the left side panel. Keep up the good work!!! Thanks again for putting this all together. Pat McCauley
Jackie Richards
last timelord? they say that the doctor is the last timelord but what about susan foreman, the doctors grandaughter, the master, or romana who stayed in e-space in the warriors gate, is the doctor the last or not?
brendan nolan
i would like there to another tv movie but this time as a sequel to the other one and i want it to be where it left off and also i still want you to go ahead with the doctor who movie on the big screen and if it goes well i would like if you could please make more films of doctor who and as well i would like if doctor who the new series would run for ten seasons
David Blewer
There are a number of mistakes here which I want to point out. My points can be verified with a visit to just about any Doctor Who site on the web. Somehow you expect us to believe that 7 different actors played the Doctor from 1978-1981; just 3 years! Or that 26 series were produced in this time!! Doctor Who began production in 1963, and continued to be made until 1989, making it the longest running sci-fi serial ever. His 'transformations', or, as they are properly called, 'regenerations' actually number 12, and always did. This means that if the first doctor who we saw was indeed the first doctor, and he can then regenerate 12 times, then eventually you get 13 different doctors. Where you got the figure 10 from, I do not know. You have said he never worked alone, which although in general is true, there was one story, 'The Deadly Assassin', in which the Doctor had no companion. TARDIS stands for "Time And Relative DIMENSIONS In Space". K9 never appeared with the Third Doctor at all, but was introduced in the Fourth Docotr story "The Invisible Enemy" and exited in "Warriors Gate"; he did make a single return in "The Five Doctors". Finally, I must point out that your listing of Doctors 2-8 differs from that found on every other Doctor Who reference I have ever seen. The Doctors are numbered by his regenerations from the tv serial, and the 96 telemovie. Although Peter Cushing did play the Doctor in those two movies, he doesn't enter the numbering, and is usually just known as the 'movie doctor'. They should be numbered: 1 William Hartnell, 2 Patrick Troughton, 3 Jon Pertwee, 4 Tom Baker, 5 Peter Davison, 6 Colin Baker, 7 Sylvester McCoy and 8 Paul Mcgann. There will be a ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston as a new series is set to start screening March 2005 in the UK. As you might guess, I'm a big Doctor Who fan, and just wanted to point out that a lot of the information you've presented here is incorrect. Finally, I noticed you had 'Asia Minor' listed as one of the planets from the series. The story quoted was set on Earth, in that part of Europe/Asia known as 'Asia Minor'. Thanks for giving me a bit of a laugh with that one!
Stephen Gray
Just wanted to point out a couple of mistakes in your write-up. Firstly, "The Doctor was a time lord from the planet 'Gallifrey', he would go through a transformation every so often. The maximum number of transformations he could do was ten but this changed to thirteen when the series was transported to America." Nope. the "transformations" were called regenerations. The number of regenerations was never given as 10, only as 12 (meaning 13 different bodies). "He travelled the cosmos in a phone box called the TARDIS ( Time And Relative Dimensions In Space ). It wasn't always a telephone box, a malfunction onboard prevented the machine from morphing into the background." It was a Police Box, not a phone box. The malfunction prevented it from changing form to fit its surroundings rather than fading into the background. "After the series was pulled, they attempted to re-energise the series by setting an extended episode in San Francisco and making the Doctor much younger and also have him fall in love. It didn't go to plan and only one was made." It was supposed to be a relaunch, as the series had been cancelled in 1989, and the TV Movie was in 1996. It didn't make the Doctor much younger, but simply regenerated him again. "The most successful adventure that I heard of was 'City of Death', this was set in Paris, the first time they went abroad for an adventure. The Doctor was Tom Baker." You mean the story that got the highest ratings, I presume. You should say that, rather than leave people to guess what kind of success you're on about. You should also say that the Doctor in that story was Tom Baker, rather than just "the Doctor was Tom Baker. In your polls, I noticed a number of notable missing options. For choose film/series there isn't an option for the original TV series, the 96 TV Movie, or the new series from 2005 on. For planet, you can't choose Earth - despite it featuring more than any other planet. For organisation, the Doctor isn't an organisation - he's an individual. The Daleks and Cybermen are alien races rather than organisations. UNIT doesn't appear, despite being mentioned in your write-up. Your list of characters numbers the Doctors incorrectly. Peter Cushing should not be included in the numbering, as his two movies were apocryphal retellings of William Hartnell stories rather than canonical stories. Every Doctor Who fan who numbers the doctors has Troughton as 2, Pertwee as 3 etc. You also have a very selective list of companion characters to choose from. "*Comments are the views of individuals, they may or may not be correct unless backed up with proof. All comments are reviewed and accepted or rejected.*" Can I offer as proof of my criticisms the fact that I run a popular Doctor Who reference website (www.whoniverse.org). I could probably go on, but I think that's enough to make this page look sufficiently informed.