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Between 1963 and 1989, the TV series Dr Who became the World's longest running TV sci-fi series. It ran on the UK's BBC Television.

The Doctor is an alien time traveller exiled from his world, Gallifrey. His craft, the TARDIS, is disguised as a British police telephone box of the 1960's. It should change its appearance to blend in with its surroundings but its Chameleon Circuit is broken. It is trans-dimensional (bigger on the inside than out). The Doctor is a Time Lord. When a Time Lord dies his body regenerates into a new form and the Doctor displays a new appearance and personality. The original TV series featured seven Doctors, each played by a different actor.

A one-off film was made in 1996 that featured the eighth Doctor.

Dr Who was frequently voted the TV series most viewers wanted to return after its demise.

Finally, a new TV series began in 2005 with the ninth, tenth and eleventh Doctors.

The Doctors and The Stories

1st Doctor
Played by William Hartnell as an absent minded, bad tempered but kindly grandfather figure (1963 to 1966). The First Doctor stories introduced the Daleks, Sensorites, the Zarbi, the Meddling Monk, the Toymaker, and the Cybermen. The majority of historical stories occurred during this period. This Doctor travelled with Susan, Barbara, Ian, Vicki, Steven, Katarina, Sara, Dodo, Polly and Ben.
2nd Doctor
Played by Patrick Troughton as a cosmic hobo character (1966 to 1969). The Second Doctor fought with the Daleks and Cybermen and introduced the Macra, the Ice Warriors, the Yeti, the Dominators, and the Krotons. The Time Lords, the sonic screw driver and UNIT made their first appearance under this Doctor. Polly, Ben, Jamie, Victoria and Zoe were the companions.
3rd Doctor
Played by Jon Pertwee as a dashing man of action (1970 to 1974). The Doctor, mainly exiled on Earth, was accompanied by Liz, Jo and Sarah Jane. UNIT made many appearances. Apart from the Daleks, enemies included the Nestene, Silurians, the Master, the Daemons, the Sea Devils, the Sontarens, Ogrons, and Draconians.
4th Doctor
Played by Tom Baker as an eccentric bohemian (1974 to 1981). The companions were Sarah Jane, Harry, Leela, Romana (I and II), K9, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan. UNIT made fewer appearances. Davros, Zygons, Sutekh, Morbius, Weng-Chiang and the Rutans joined the Daleks and Cybermen against this popular Doctor.
5th Doctor
Played by Peter Davison as a vulnerable young man (1982 to 1984). The Mara and Terileptils were introduced. The Silurians, Daleks and Cybermen returned. Companions were Adric, Tegan, Nyssa, Turlough and Peri.
6th Doctor
Played by Colin Baker as an eccentric alien (1984 to 1986). Peri and Mel were the companions. Sil and the Rani joined the Daleks and Cybermen as enemies.
7th Doctor
Played by Sylvester McCoy as a mysterious Time Lord (1987 to 1989). With Mel and Ace he fought against The Rani, Davros and Fenric.

8th Doctor
Played by Paul McGann as a dreamy, excitable Bohemian charachter (1996). This doctor only appeared in a one-off movie with the Master. The Eye of Harmony and the revelation that the Doctor is half human are introduced.

9th Doctor
Played by Christopher Eccleston (2005) as a moody, street-wise character. His companion was Rose and his enemies included the Autons, Slythenes and Daleks. Jack Harkness is introduced.
10th Doctor
Played by David Tennant. (2005 to 2009) as an elegant and stylish man. He was joined by Rose, Martha and Donna with Jack Harkness and River Song. He fought Cybermen, Daleks, Macra, Sontarans, Weeping Angels and the Master.
11th Doctor
Played by Matt Smith. (From 2010)

The Companions

Statistics about the companions of the Doctor (1963 to 2007).

External Dr Who Links

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A Brief History of Time (Travel)
A varied and detailed site including a current news page, an analysis for each story and many links plus spin-offs.

BBC Television
BBC Television's excellent Dr Who web page - the site also features other cult TV, excellent world news and sport.

Dr Who Reference Guide
A very good guide to all Dr Who stories.

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