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Peter Capaldi. Canada. . Genres: Family. 45 M. Current Episode (aired 9 Feb. 2020) Can You Hear Me? From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and infecting people's nightmares. Season 11 25 Dec. 2017 Twice Upon a Time The Twelfth Doctor, still refusing to change, goes on a last adventure with the First Doctor. 7 Oct. 2018 The Woman Who Fell to Earth In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O'Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. 14 Oct. 2018 The Ghost Monument Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment, to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo? 21 Oct. 2018 Rosa Montgomery, Alabama, 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history. 28 Oct. 2018 Arachnids in the UK The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield. 4 Nov. 2018 The Tsuranga Conundrum Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe's most deadly - and unusual - creatures. 11 Nov. 2018 Demons of the Punjab Yasmin travels in time to visit her grandmother during her youth in the partition of India, but everyone gets caught up in the tragic bloodshed of that era. 18 Nov. 2018 Kerblam! A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy's largest retailer. 25 Nov. 2018 The Witchfinders Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populace of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land? 2 Dec. 2018 It Takes You Away On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage - and beyond? 9 Dec. 2018 The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos Answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers. 1 Jan. 2019 Resolution As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth's history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth.

Dr. wolfgang peter miggiani. Dr. who strain. Dr who bull. Dr who dog. The fourteen ( and counting) faces of the Doctor, and the TARDIS. note  "It all started out as a mild curiosity in a junk yard, and now it's turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure. Doctor Who is a British television institution, and the longest running science-fiction series in the world, first airing on BBC TV on 23 November 1963. It takes place in and established the Whoniverse, which has a continuous and constantly adapting story involving many different timelines. It also spawned the truly vast Doctor Who Expanded Universe. The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade Time Lord—the Doctor—and their various companions through time and space. The Doctor travels in a living and sentient time machine, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) and meets many foes, ranging from heavily armoured robots to killer microbes and pollen to — well, members of their own race. Part of the longevity of the series is that when the actor playing the Doctor leaves, the show gets around this by killing the character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger, or a different gender. As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning but their new personality and new tastes gives the show a distinctly different atmosphere with each regeneration, and the producers (and, often, fans) treat the introduction of a new Doctor as a relaunch of the series. The show also frequently changes companions (over its history only a relative handful have ever actually stayed longer than one or two seasons) and once again the change in companion is also treated as something of a relaunch, especially in the 2005-present era where the stories are more frequently told from their perspective. The show originally ran from 1963 to 1989 (with an 18 month hiatus in 1985-6 caused by Executive Meddling, during which it "rested" and saw only a radio drama air) before being pulled from the airwaves after the conclusion of its 26th season; the BBC has always insisted that the show was merely placed on hiatus, but the general understanding is that it had actually been cancelled. In the "Wilderness Years" when Doctor Who was off the air (1990-2004) independent productions ranging from direct-to-video companion adventures minus the Doctor, stories about monsters from the series, spoofs, in-name only stories featuring former Doctors on the show, licence-restricted stories featuring no familiar characters from the series, audio releases, and anniversary specials technically kept the franchise alive. A Made-for-TV Movie aired in 1996, in which the Seventh Doctor returned at the end of his life and regenerated into the Eighth. This was created as a pilot for an American-led revival, but although the Eighth Doctor became part of the continuity as a whole, no actual return of the series resulted due to the film's poor ratings in the United States (it was, however, a success in the UK. Throughout the remainder of the decade, The BBC made attempts to relaunch the series as a theatrical film, to no avail, and between 2001 and 2003 produced a series of webcasts which it considered in every way an official continuation of the series (insofar as the Beeb ever indicates what is and isn't canon. It is possible more would have been made but for a very exciting development on the television front: in 2005, the BBC regenerated the show. This new " Revival Series" is a direct continuation of the 1963-1989 "Classic Series" rather than being a Continuity Reboot, and the first Doctor depicted here was a successor to the previous eight incarnations. The Revival Series has radically upgraded production values (the original series is notorious for its often rubbery monster prosthetics and bad Chroma Key) shorter story arcs but much more continuity throughout, and deeper Character Development and romance to the series than what the previous 26 seasons depicted note. As such, 2013 marked the show's 50th anniversary. The original show lasted 26 "seasons" whereas the new annual runs of episodes are called "series" officially, the show went from Season 26 to Series 1, and so on; despite this, it's important to note, once again, that the Revival Series is still very much a continuation of the Classic Series. Even subtracting the 16-year "interregnum" the show still holds the record of longest-running English-language sci-fi series, with its nearest rival being the 12-season run of the UK series Red Dwarf. Doctor Who is a British institution and considered a key part of British culture: even Her Britannic Majesty is a fan, and threw the show a birthday party in her palace for its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is also notable that Michael Grade, the BBC Controller when the show originally went off the air in 1989 and a vocal critic of the classic series (thus leading him to be the one most commonly blamed for cancelling Doctor Who) is the only BBC Controller not to have received a knighthood— entirely coincidentally, we're sure. note  In addition, the Royal Mail honoured the show's anniversary with a set of stamps – one for each Doctor (and the TARDIS) plus the show's villains. The original 1963-1989 episodes are now considered such an important part of the BBC's home video output that they have their own freelance Restoration Team, devoted to restoring and remastering vintage episodes to as much of their former glory as possible, as well as doing some additional touch-ups to amend some of the. less graceful moments. In the process they have pioneered a number of brand new restoration techniques, such as Reverse Standards Conversion (recovering PAL footage from NTSC copy) Chroma Dot Colour Recovery (using leftover dots to recolour a black and white copy) and Vid FIRE (increasing the frame rate of a film copy to that of the original video) which have since also been applied to other vintage TV shows. Until 1978, the BBC had a policy of junking episodes they no longer needed; as a result, the master tapes for many episodes that aired from 1964 to as late as 1974 were in fact demagnetized for later reuse. Since 1978, a concerted effort by fans and the BBC itself has resulted in many episodes being recovered, as recently as 2013. At present, 97 of the 253 episodes from the 1960s remain missing from the BBC archives, though it is widely speculated that a number of episodes have been located. Fortunately, audio recordings survive of all the missing episodes, and all of the incomplete or missing storylines have also been adapted as novels over the years. In more recent years, the BBC has even commissioned animated re-creations of missing episodes for DVD release, making use of reference photographs and utilizing the audio recordings. The show has spawned several spinoffs within its canon Whoniverse, which have occasionally crossed over with the main series. Except where noted, these take place in (then- present day Earth. K-9 and Company (1981) a failed Pilot Episode with the Doctor's former companions Sarah Jane Smith and K-9. The episode aired as a Christmas special in 1981. Search Out Space (1990) a one off special edition of Search Out Science, a children's education programme. With Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred retuning as the 7th doctor and Ace, and joined by K9. Big Finish Doctor Who (1999 - present) prominent audio stories overseen by Nicholas Briggs, starring virtually all the surviving original TV actors. Takes place in a variety of eras and worlds, as with the TV series. Although considered canon by the BBC from the start (and explicitly as of 2013's "The Night Of The Doctor. Big Finish also has many different timelines/continuities, and includes adaptations of existing works from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Due to the audio series' sheer size and complexity, it plays by the rules of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe: the TV series sometimes contradicts or overwrites the audio stories, or adapts them for the televised continuity. Prior to 2015, Big Finish only had the rights to feature characters from the original 1963-89 era, plus the Eighth Doctor from the TV movie (but no other characters from the film) as of 2018, the licence was expanded to include all Doctors and characters introduced prior to the Twelfth Doctor's regeneration in 2017. Torchwood (2006 - 2011) a Darker and Edgier (as well as Hotter and Sexier) series focusing on Ninth Doctor companion Captain Jack Harkness. On indefinite hiatus after four seasons as producer/show runner Russell T. Davies is currently focusing on other projects, although beginning in 2015 Big Finish Productions (see above) started producing audio dramas featuring the original cast. The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007 - 2011) a Lighter and Softer kid-friendly spinoff focusing on Sarah Jane Smith (the second attempt after K-9 and Company. K-9 put in semi-regular appearances. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and original-series Who characters The Brigadier and Jo Grant guest-starred in one serial each. The series ended production after four and a half seasons due to the death of star Elisabeth Sladen. K9 (2010) an Australian children's show (produced by a company other than the BBC) which continues in the spirit of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It takes place in a late-21st-century Dystopian London and features an upgraded version of the robot dog that had been Put on a Bus back in the 1977 story "The Invasion of Time. A single season aired in 2010. In late 2015 plans were announced for a movie to premiere in 2017, but no further official comment has been made since then and there is no indication of such a film being released; the series itself is considered to now be concluded. Does not contain any Doctor Who concepts except for the central character, due to rights issues. (Due to the BBC's copyright policy in the seventies, the rights to K-9 himself are owned by the character's co-creator Dave Martin, and were separately licensed by him for this show. Class (2016) premiering Autumn 2016, this series revolves around a group of sixth formers at Coal Hill School as they deal with typical teenager issues: relationships, school life, monsters from space attempting to destroy all of existence. turns out that the Doctor traveling through time again and again made the walls of space and time stretch thin around Coal Hill, to the point where they are about to burst. As such, who knows what kind of monster might take the opportunity to slip through next. A more adult-oriented series than Doctor Who aimed at the YA crowd (therefore allowing sexual content and violence similar to Torchwood) and produced originally for streaming on BBC Three. Cancelled after its first series due to low streaming and broadcast viewership numbers. There are additionally many adventures in almost all types of media, often made by the cast and crew of the TV series, which freely contradict each other. Collectively, these are known as the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. (The BBC rarely comments on their, or for that matter the TV series' canonicity, causing a fair amount of debate and Epileptic Trees. Stories outside the TV series tend to be Darker and Edgier, and often tackle themes that the TV series can't dive into for any reason, as well as story ideas that were proposed but simply never developed for television. Quite a few stories from the Expanded Universe ended up referenced in or even adapted for the revived TV series. The series also had three behind-the-scenes Companion Shows. The longest-running was Doctor Who Confidential which debuted in 2005 and was canceled in 2011 due to budget cuts (a scaled-down version called Behind the Lens has since been featured on DVD releases) and Totally Doctor Who, a kid-friendly version of Confidential that aired two seasons from 2006 to 2007, the latter of which featured an exclusive animated serial titled The Infinite Quest. In 2014, the BBC launched a scaled-down version of Confidential titled Doctor Who Extra. There is also a frequently updated Match-Three Game full of Continuity Porn known as Doctor Who: Legacy. For more detailed information, check the Analysis tab. Vote for your favorite episode here. I am the Doctor and you are the tropers: For tropes used in specific episodes of the TV series, see the Doctor Who episode recaps. For tropes relating to specific characters or monsters, see the Doctor Who characters pages. For tropes used in Doctor Who media outside of the TV show, see Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Recurring examples (that don't fit in one of the three categories listed above) Tropes A to C Tropes D to F Tropes G to M Tropes N to S Tropes T to Z "One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine...

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Take a look at the newest Doctor, Jodie Whittaker and the beloved 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi. Plus, check out the evolution of the Doctor through the years. Top Rated TV #158, 115 wins & 205 nominations. See more awards  » Edit Cast Series cast summary: Matt Smith... The Doctor 57 episodes, 2010-2017 David Tennant... 59 episodes, 2005-2017 Peter Capaldi... 46 episodes, 2008-2017 Nicholas Briggs... Daleks 42 episodes, 2005-2020 Jenna Coleman... Clara 41 episodes, 2012-2017 Paul Kasey... Ood Sigma 37 episodes, 2005-2020 Karen Gillan... Amy Pond 38 episodes, 2008-2017 Billie Piper... Rose Tyler 40 episodes, 2005-2017 Kevin Hudson... Cyberman 28 episodes, 2005-2020 Arthur Darvill... Rory 27 episodes, 2010-2012 Jodie Whittaker... 23 episodes, 2017-2020 Ruari Mears... Cyberman 22 episodes, 2006-2013 Bradley Walsh... Graham O'Brien 21 episodes, 2018-2020 Tosin Cole... Ryan Sinclair Mandip Gill... Yasmin Khan Freema Agyeman... Martha Jones 25 episodes, 2006-2017 Storyline The Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady from the race whose home planet is Gallifrey, travels through time and space in their ship the T. A. R. D. I. S. (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension In Space) with numerous companions. From time to time The Doctor regenerates into a new form (which is how the series has been running since the departure of the original actor, William Hartnell, in 1966. Written by Chris Wright Plot Summary Add Synopsis Taglines: The New Doctor Lands. (Series 8) See more  » Details Release Date: 17 March 2006 (USA) Box Office Opening Weekend USA: 228, 615, 5 January 2020 Cumulative Worldwide Gross: 76, 205 See more on IMDbPro  » Company Credits Technical Specs Runtime: 45 min (48 episodes) 50 min (3 episodes) 71 min (2 Episodes) 8, 460 min (Entire series) See full technical specs  » Did You Know? Trivia On Saturday, March 5, 2005 (three weeks before its television debut) a rough-cut version of Doctor Who: Rose (2005) was leaked onto the Internet by an unnamed employee of a third-party contractor to CBC in Canada. The person responsible had their employment immediately terminated. The version is mostly similar to the broadcast version, the most notable difference is that instead of using Murray Gold 's new version of the theme song, a remixed version of the original was used instead. See more » Quotes [ season 6 open for non-UK markets] Amy Pond: When I was a little girl I had an imaginary friend and when I grew up he came back. He's called The Doctor. He comes from somewhere else. He's got a box called the TARDIS that's bigger on the inside and can travel anywhere in time and space. I ran away with him and we've been running ever since. See more » Crazy Credits On the 2012 episodes, the title logo is decorated with a motif related to each episode's theme. On episode one, Asylum of the Daleks" it was decorated with dots like the ones covering a Dalek body. On episode 2, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" it was decorated in green-like vegetation. On episode 3, A Town Called Mercy" it was made of wooden boards, like the buildings of the Far West town on the episode. And on episode 4, The Power of Three" it was decorated with a pattern made of cubes. See more » Alternate Versions When shown on Disney XD, some censorship is performed: spoken instances of the word "hell" are muted and the printed word is blurred when visible in its entirety, but not when it is partially obscured. See more » Soundtracks Doctor Who Theme Written by Ron Grainer Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more » Frequently Asked Questions See more ».

Dr. who actors. Dr who episode guide. Dr. who tardis. Dr who love. Dr. wholesale. Your Doctor Who. Your Inbox. Every Day. Build your custom FanSided TV email newsletter with news and analysis on Doctor Who and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Your privacy is safe with us. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Doctor Who is both a television show and a global multimedia franchise created and controlled by the BBC ( British Broadcasting Corporation. It centres on a time traveller called " the Doctor. who comes from a race of beings known as Time Lords. They travel through space and time in a time machine they call the TARDIS. This ship — which looks like a small, London police box on the outside — has nearly infinite dimensions on the inside. It has become such an iconic shape in British culture that it is currently the intellectual property of the BBC rather than its actual makers, the Metropolitan Police Service. Since Doctor Who 's revival in 2005, its production has been primarily based in Wales by BBC Wales, with its soundtrack regularly performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2006. In order to accommodate cast changes, the narrative allows the Doctor to regenerate into an essentially new person on occasion. The cast is rounded out by one or more " companions. often females. On average, the main cast completely changes once every three or four years — a significant factor in the longevity of the programme. It has had two — some argue three — major production periods. The original run of the programme was from 1963 to 1989, and is often called the "classic series" or "classic Doctor Who. A failed revival, in the form of a Universal -BBC co-production, came in 1996 — but the resulting one-off tele movie is often considered a part of the classic series. The current form of the programme — sometimes called the "new series" — has been produced by BBC Wales and aired on BBC One since 2005. Though the classic series is fondly remembered by fans of a certain age, the new series has been far more consistently popular with the British public. source needed] and is usually the highest-rated scripted drama — outside of perennially popular soap operas — in the weeks that it is on the air. The franchise spawned by the main television programmes includes dozens of distinct ranges of spinoffs in televised, audio and print media. History of Doctor Who Edit Origin Edit Several individuals share credit for establishing Doctor Who in 1963, but it is generally accepted that the original impetus for the series, as well as the establishment of certain aspects, such as the concept of the TARDIS, the basic character of the Doctor and the title Doctor Who itself belong to Canadian -born Sydney Newman, who is also credited with creating another iconic series, The Avengers. Others involved in piecing together the puzzle that became the series include Head of Serials Donald Wilson, writer C. E. Webber, script editor David Whitaker and the show's first producer, Verity Lambert, the first woman to hold such a position in the drama department at the BBC. Junkyard set and police box for An Unearthly Child. Two other notable participants in the birth of the series were Anthony Coburn and Waris Hussein, the writer and director, respectively, of the first four-part serial, An Unearthly Child, the first episode of which aired on 23 November 1963. The version of the first episode that was broadcast was in fact the second mounting of that episode; an earlier version (called " The Pilot Episode " by fans) was taped some weeks before, but rejected for several issues. The BBC allowed a second mounting of the pilot to proceed. The first episode aired the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and had to be rebroadcast a week later when power failures disrupted the first broadcast. Also important to creating the atmosphere of the early series were composers Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire. Grainer wrote the basic melody of the Doctor Who theme, and Derbyshire, with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, transformed it into a pioneering piece of electronica music. There have been several arrangements used of the theme, but the basic melody has remained unchanged throughout the show's history. No new piece of music has ever been commissioned as a theme, making it one of the longest-serving signature tunes in television history. An Unearthly Child introduced the first incarnation of the Doctor, played by character actor William Hartnell. Supporting him were William Russell and Jacqueline Hill as Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, respectively, and Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman. These four would form the core cast of the series throughout its first season and into the second. From very early on, the television show spawned a sub-genre of the franchise in the form of short stories in various shapes and forms from small one-paper issues to short novels to even telling a story on a set of cards. This genre has developed throughout the years into massive shorts and anthologies and is still holding up in the 21st century. The Daleks Edit After the first episode introduced the characters and concept, the remaining three episodes of An Unearthly Child encompassed a modest storyline involving a group of cavemen in prehistoric times. The series began to find its voice as a science fiction series with the second serial, The Daleks by Terry Nation. It introduced the Daleks, the single most iconic reoccurring enemy of the franchise. The series began to really take off in popularity with this serial, which helped launch " Dalekmania " in the UK, leading to toys, the first novelisation Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, the movie adaptation Dr. Who and the Daleks, and many televised sequels, beginning with The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Early cast changes Edit The Dalek Invasion of Earth was also notable for featuring the series' first cast change. Carole Ann Ford left the series. She was replaced the following week by Maureen O'Brien as Vicki, establishing the pattern of the Doctor's companions changing. The other original actors, William Russell and Jacqueline Hill, left the series a few months later at the conclusion of The Chase, making way for another new companion, Steven Taylor, played by Peter Purves. Over the decades, the length of service of different companions has ranged from as little as a few weeks (with some being considered companions after appearing in only a single episode) up to several years. Some actors have returned to reprise their roles years and even decades later (most notably Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. A change of identity Edit The next major turning point in the series occurred in 1966 when the actor playing the First Doctor, William Hartnell, left the series. Rather than introduce a new leading character, replace Hartnell with no explanation or simply cancel the series, the producers, with input from Sydney Newman, chose to establish the Doctor's ability to regenerate into a new person when injured or near death. This led to the dramatic — and successful — transition to Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor at the conclusion of The Tenth Planet, a serial that was in itself notable for introducing the franchise's second most popular recurring villains, the Cybermen. The intro for the 1967 serial The Macra Terror was iconic for incorporating the current Doctor's face to the sequence as a permanent installment. The Doctor's race was not established as being Time Lords until the last of Troughton's stories, The War Games in 1969. This story also featured the Doctor's home planet for the first time. The experiment of regenerating the Doctor occurred again in 1970 with the introduction of one-time comic actor Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, a move that also coincided with the series changing to colour production. Once again, this was successful and Doctor Who continued to establish itself as a British TV institution, although it remained virtually unknown in American markets. The term "regeneration" however wasn't coined until the ending of Pertwee's era, Planet of the Spiders in 1974. The story also revealed the name of the Doctor's home planet Gallifrey. Target Books Edit In 1973, Target Books reissued a trilogy of novelisations from the mid-1960s, and in 1974 began to issue its own adaptations of televised episodes. In a time before home video recorders and commercial release of TV series on tape and DVD and when rebroadcasts were rare and many old episodes were thought lost, the Target line became a popular and valued aspect of the growing Doctor Who franchise; the books would be published into the mid-1990s. A unique feature of the Target line (in fact dating back to the first novelisations published by Frederick Muller) is that many of the books were written by either the original scriptwriters or by individuals with strong behind-the-scenes connections to the series, such as Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, David Whitaker, etc., all of whom worked in script editing or producing capacities on the series. In the late 70s, about a dozen of the Target novels were reprinted in American editions by Pinnacle Books, with introductions by noted science fiction author Harlan Ellison, who added to the franchise's prestige by placing it higher in his estimation than Star Trek. The Tom Baker years Edit The series continued through the 1970s, with Tom Baker taking on the role of the Fourth Doctor in 1974. Baker became the most iconic, and arguably most popular actor of the classic series. This was due in part to the frequent rebroadcasts of his episodes in the United Kingdom, which began during his tenure. He was the first "young" Doctor and played the role for more seasons (seven) than any actor to date. Other actors have been considered the "current" Doctor for longer, but without regular television appearances. Near the end of the Tom Baker era, the BBC attempted a spin-off series, K9 and Company, but it never went beyond a pilot episode, A Girl's Best Friend. The US broadcasts of Doctor Who were initially poorly done, with some broadcasters airing a version with narration explaining the plot. By the late 1970s, however, the series was firmly entrenched in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) which would air the show repeatedly over the next three decades and air the revived series after 2004. The 1974 serial Robot began featuring the TARDIS in the intro sequence, a feature that lasted until The Leisure Hive in 1980. In 1979, Doctor Who saw its first comic strip story released in Doctor Who Weekly (later Doctor Who Magazine) with Doctor Who and the Iron Legion. This tradition has been constant with every issue of the magazine, except two. The John Nathan-Turner era Edit Peter Davison succeeded Baker in 1981 as the Fifth Doctor with new producer John Nathan-Turner. Only twenty-nine when he was cast, Davison was, until the appointment of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor in 2009, the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor officially. The TARDIS crew of the Fifth Doctor skewed younger and featured the first long-term companion's death when Adric died at the end of Earthshock. Two short-term companions had died earlier in one serial, The Daleks' Master Plan, but they had not been on the show more than a few weeks; Adric was on the series for about a year. Davison's era was marked by experimentation by the BBC in terms of broadcast scheduling. The series moved to airing twice a week on weeknights, away from its traditional Saturday slot. Initially, this appeared to be a successful gamble. The ratings for Davison's early stories were on par with - if not higher than - Tom Baker's later stories. It was during Davison's era that the series marked its 20th anniversary with the feature-length episode The Five Doctors. This featured all the actors who had played the Doctor to that time (although Hartnell and Tom Baker were shown in stock footage. 1983 saw the release of the first ever Doctor Who video game, The First Adventure made for BBC Micro. Colin Baker followed Davison as the Sixth Doctor in 1984. The BBC further experimented with the format, moving from twenty-minute to forty-five-minute episodes. Nathan-Turner also experimented with the characterisation of the Doctor, intentionally making the Sixth Doctor initially unlikeable in order to create a new dynamic. Neither experiment was successful. Colin Baker's tenure was marked by a serious threat to the show's survival when the BBC, citing low ratings, announced it was ending the series after the 1985 season, its 22nd. Following immediate outcry, this decision was modified to become an eighteen-month hiatus. During the hiatus, fan efforts were launched to get the show back sooner. These included the recording of a charity record called " Doctor in Distress " by cast members. BBC Radio tried to fill the void by producing the first made-for-radio Doctor Who serial, Slipback, starring Colin Baker. Following that, the BBC released another BBC Micro game, Doctor Who and the Warlord. The series returned in 1986 with a season-long story arc, The Trial of a Time Lord, but with greatly reduced screen time. Fourteen episodes were allotted for the season, up from thirteen the previous season, but with episode lengths returned to twenty-five minutes. This was roughly half the storytelling time of recent seasons. Along with that a third video game was released, now also created for computer, called Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror. Although the TARDIS did not show up in the original title sequence, the 2019 special edition of Terror of the Vervoids, released with Season 23: The Collection, added the TARDIS to its title sequence. End of an era Edit Although the show's return garnered sufficient ratings for the BBC to grant a stay of execution and renew it for a twenty-fourth season, Colin Baker's contract as the Doctor was not renewed and he ceded the role to Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor in 1987. The series survived the hiatus, but never regained ratings needed for ongoing survival, constantly being beaten in the ratings by Coronation Street. Towards the end, it garnered ratings barely in the three million range, compared to eleven million at the peak of the Tom Baker era. Attempts were made to refresh the ageing series by darkening the character of the Doctor through what was later called the Cartmel Masterplan (named for then-script editor Andrew Cartmel) and by introducing Ace, a companion with an edginess never before seen in an assistant. The same year that McCoy took over, a fan-produced independent film, Wartime, was released. Taking advantage of a loophole in licensing that allows characters other than the Doctor to be licensed direct from their creators, this film featuring John Benton was the first of what would be a series of fan-made productions that would help keep the Doctor Who universe alive after 1989. During McCoy's era, the series celebrated its 25th anniversary on TV. One of the year's serials, Remembrance of the Daleks, returned the Doctor to 76 Totter's Lane, where it all began in 1963. Following production of the twenty-sixth season, Nathan-Turner learned that the show would not be renewed immediately for a twenty-seventh. After having McCoy record a series-ending monologue, the final episode — part 3 of the ironically titled Survival — aired on 6 December 1989, bringing Doctor Who 's marathon 26-year run to a close. The Doctor Who Production Office closed down the following summer. It has never been made clear whether the BBC ever actually "cancelled" Doctor Who in 1989, or simply put the series on hold. One of the first to state outright that the show was cancelled was co-star Sophie Aldred in the documentary More than 30 Years in the TARDIS. Survival also marked the last time the Doctor's face was incorporated into the intro sequence, at least until 2012. Although it was the end of an era, the McCoy years reinstated the feature of the TARDIS showing up in the intro sequence. "The Wilderness Years" Edit The end of active production was made official in 1990. The Doctor Who Production Office was closed. The BBC never officially cancelled the series. It simply didn't commission any new episodes. This led to the launch of a cottage industry of spin-off work. These included the first long-term range of original fiction (the Virgin New Adventures series. Target Books exhausted all available remaining serials to novelise and the brand was retired in 1994. There were numerous independent video productions with characters and creatures from the series but never the Doctor himself, including the P. R. O. B. series featuring Liz Shaw. Many of their new actors, writers and directors would become involved in the main Doctor Who series, including Nicholas Briggs and Mark Gatiss. In 1993, the BBC made a half-hearted attempt at marking the thirtieth anniversary, first commissioning, then cancelling, a multi-Doctor special called The Dark Dimension. Instead they greenlit a brief, poorly received pastiche, Dimensions in Time, which aired as part of a Children in Need fundraiser and as a dubious crossover with the soap opera EastEnders. For original fiction, Virgin's New Adventures picked up where Survival had left off. Over the next five years it greatly expanded the world of the Seventh Doctor, and Doctor Who, by featuring stories with more adult storylines than was possible on TV. The books also introduced the character of Bernice Summerfield, who was initially a companion of the Seventh Doctor. Over time she developed her own mini-franchise, which continues to this day. Virgin also launched a similar series of books called the Virgin Missing Adventures, featuring past Doctors. One New Adventures novel, Damaged Goods, was written by a young writer who would later play a major role in the history of Doctor Who: Russell T Davies. Another future producer of the series, Steven Moffat, contributed short stories to Virgin's third line of Doctor Who fiction, the Virgin Decalogs. Around this time, Moffat also made his Doctor Who TV writing debut by penning the parody serial The Curse of Fatal Death. It aired as a fund-raiser for Comic Relief and starred Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley as the 9th through 13th incarnations of the Doctor. A false restart Edit The franchise's so-called "first interregnum" on television ended in 1996 with an attempt at launching an American-UK co-produced Doctor Who series. A television movie was produced for the American Fox Network, Doctor Who, in which McCoy handed off to Paul McGann 's Eighth Doctor. Neither a reboot or re-imagining, the film was a continuation of the original series. While moderately successful on the BBC, it failed to garner sufficient ratings in the US to warrant a new series. McCoy, in a later interview with Doctor Who Confidential, postulated that the film failed in the US in part because viewers unfamiliar with the history of Doctor Who were confused by the first part of the film, which dealt with regeneration. The movie made a one-off experiment of featuring a "cold opening" a scene before the intro sequence. Back to the wilderness Edit The "second interregnum" that followed saw more novels (now published by the BBC under its BBC Books logo, featuring the Eighth Doctor) more independent productions, a separate series of Bernice Summerfield novels, a PC game called Destiny of the Doctors that saw Fourth-through-Seventh Doctor actors, Courtney and Ainley reprise their roles, and, in 1998, the start of a prolific series of officially licenced audio stories by Big Finish Productions. Same year, BBC Books and Big Finish would work together on a series of short books called Short Trips, and would continue that for years going forward. Unlike the independent made-for-video productions, Big Finish could use Doctors and companions from the series. With the exception of Tom Baker, who wouldn't join Big Finish until 2012, and earlier Doctors now deceased, the audios featured the original actors. In particular, Big Finish produced a long-running series of programs continuing the adventures of McGann's Eighth Doctor. Big Finish also produced a prolific series of audio dramas featuring Bernice Summerfield (and began publishing novels featuring her once Virgin ended its series of books) as well as other spin-off series featuring other parts of the Doctor Who universe, such as Dalek Empire, I, Davros, Sarah Jane Smith and Gallifrey. Many of the writers, directors, and voice actors involved in this project also went on to work on the TV series proper. The BBC also created new Doctor Who -related media projects during this time, creating several original webcast productions in conjunction with Big Finish, and making several Virgin-era Doctor Who novels available as e-books on its website. The triumphant return Edit In 2003 for the 40th anniversary, the BBC released the 6-part webcast Scream of the Shalka, in which Richard E Grant was introduced as the Ninth Doctor. Intended to be an "official" continuation of the television series, this version of the character was quickly relegated to invalid status with the 2005 series revival. The BBC stunned fans by announcing in 2003 that its Welsh production office, BBC Wales, had been given the go-ahead to produce a brand-new series of Doctor Who. The series would be produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. Davies, since his days writing Doctor Who fiction for Virgin, had gone on to create the critically acclaimed series, Queer as Folk. Meanwhile the BBC released two new video games on their website, TARDIS Tennis and Who Trumps. In the following months, details of the new series emerged. Fans still questioned if the new series would be a continuation of the original series (a twenty-seventh season) or a re-imagining (as had recently occurred to great effect with Battlestar Galactica. Would the Paul McGann movie or Scream of the Shalka count? There was initial controversy when pop singer Billie Piper was cast as the new companion. The new series logo riled some fans; BBC News reported that some on the production team had received death threats over it. The BBC's decision to restart the numbering of the series with series 1 in 2005 fuelled the debate over whether the new show would be a continuation. The BBC indicated it was strictly a commercial decision, and part of an overall strategy not to alienate new viewers by suggesting they needed to know twenty-six years of backstory. Doctor Who returned to television in the spring of 2005. Christopher Eccleston took over from McGann as the Ninth Doctor. After initial uncertainty, it was soon established the new series was a continuation of the old. The new episodes returned Doctor Who to levels of popularity not seen since the 1970s, and garnered awards the original series never saw. Eccleston's brief era marked the return of UNIT, the Autons, the Nestene Consciousness, the Daleks and the Dalek Emperor to television, as well as the introduction of Jack Harkness, who would become a recurring character during the Russell T. Davies era. In March 2006, the new series was first broadcast in the United States on the SciFi Channel. Audiences embraced the new series, with Billie Piper's Rose Tyler, in particular. The second episode The End of the World began a new tradition of featuring a scene before the intro sequence, a " cold opening. The show stumbled slightly with the announcement days after its premiere on 30 March that Eccleston was leaving after a single season. The BBC later apologised for the timing of this announcement. The tenure of his replacement, David Tennant 's Tenth Doctor, was dominated by the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler, a closer bond than even the "Mentor" type relationship shared between the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Tennant's era also saw the return of Sarah Jane Smith in School Reunion, the episode most cited as the one that established once and for all that "nuWho" was a direct continuation of the 1963 - 89 series. This was followed by the Children in Need mini-episode Time Crash, in which Peter Davison reprised his role as the Fifth Doctor. In 2005, four online video games were released by the BBC, most notably Attack of the Graske. Tennant's era also saw the reintroduction of the Cybermen, albeit a parallel version. Related to this, the series began delving into the multiverse concept with Rise of the Cybermen, a topic that would dominate the final episodes of the fourth series in 2008. Since the show's return to TV, Doctor Who has become a major franchise. It spawned two successful spin-off series in quick succession: Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures; both centred around the adventures of former companions. There was a third, non-BBC spin-off, K9. Two documentary series were launched with the return of Doctor Who: Doctor Who Confidential. 2005 - 2011) and Totally Doctor Who ( 2006 - 2007. The last series also produced the first animated-for-television Doctor Who serial, The Infinite Quest, which aired in 2007 and featured Tennant. A second animated serial, Dreamland, aired in 2009. The year 2006 had the pleasure of welcoming 17 new online games, many of them featuring some of the newly introduced aliens, amongst them Daleks v Cybermen, Ood Escape and The Wire. The Tennant era also saw the start of a new tradition in late 2005: the Doctor Who Christmas Special, holiday-themed episodes aired separately from the regular seasons. As of December 2017, thirteen such specials have been aired. The series has also contributed several mini-episodes, such as the aforementioned Time Crash, to the Children in Need Appeal and the BBC Prom concert series ( Music of the Spheres. The 3-part conclusion of the third revived season in 2007 saw the inclusion of the Master in not one, but two different incarnations, not seen since the TV movie in 1996. Ten new online video games were released by the BBC in 2007, with one of them, Bane Blaster, based on the first SJA -story. The fourth revived season in 2008 saw the return of the Sontarans in episodes 4 and 5, The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky, for the first time since The Two Doctors in 1985. The season-conclusion, which linked all four series together and featured the return of Rose and other companions, saw Doctor Who garner its highest ratings in nearly thirty years. It further saw the first return of Dalek creator Davros since Remembrance of the Daleks. It was followed by the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, which included a scene — the first of its kind — in which all ten Doctors, including the debated Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, were shown, firmly establishing the Eighth Doctor's place in his personal history. This year saw the release of 11 new online games as well as one, Top Trumps: Doctor Who, for PC, PS2 and Wii and DS. The transition Edit The year 2009 was a transition year for Doctor Who in terms of both production and releases. The series had only four episodes, aired as specials in April, November and on Christmas Day and New Year's Day 2010. These specials and an animated serial, Dreamland, marked David Tennant 's final appearances as the Tenth Doctor. The decision for the series to take a break following series 4 was, according to Davies' book The Writer's Tale, planned as far back as Tennant's first year. Davies devised the break to smooth the transition between his term as show-runner and that of Steven Moffat, whom he invited to take over his post as executive producer and lead writer when the series returned as a weekly programme in 2010. Tennant took advantage of this break to appear in a high-profile stage production of Hamlet co-starring Star Trek icon Patrick Stewart, which some media erroneously indicated was the reason for the break. The announcement of the gap year was followed by the announcement that Davies and Julie Gardner would be stepping aside as executive producers of Doctor Who following the specials. Moffat, who won the Hugo Award three years running for his Doctor Who scripts, was appointed new head writer and executive producer. Also appointed executive producers were Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. The question of whether Tennant would stay on was a hot topic in the UK media for much of 2008. On 19 October 2008, Tennant, while accepting his National Television Award for Favourite Actor, announced he would leave the role after the specials. After months of speculation, it was announced on 3 January 2009 that twenty-six-year-old Matt Smith would join the series in 2010 as the Eleventh Doctor, smashing Peter Davison 's record as the youngest Doctor ever. The end of Series 4 and the start of the specials marked a "changing of the guard" for international broadcasts of the series in the US and Canada. In the US, the SciFi Channel relinquished first-broadcast rights to BBC America. In Canada, the CBC 's controversial handling of the series (which had seen a marked decrease in network interest and destructive editing of the Series 4 finale for commercials) came to an abrupt end when the cable network Space adopted the series. Both began airing the series with The Next Doctor in the spring of 2009 and announced they would air the weekly series in 2010. The first gap-year special, Planet of the Dead aired during Easter 2009. Planet of the Dead was the first Doctor Who episode to be filmed in high definition and, subsequently, the first to be issued to Blu-ray. Meanwhile, Torchwood aired its third series in July 2009, now on BBC One, but in a different format: a single, critically acclaimed, five-episode story entitled Children of Earth. It also aired to acclaim and high ratings on BBC America and Space. The Sarah Jane Adventures began its third series in October 2009, with David Tennant playing the Doctor in two episodes. Work on a non-BBC spin-off series, K9, also progressed through the year. The second special of the "gap year" The Waters of Mars aired on 15 November 2009, and an animated adventure, Dreamland, was broadcast serialised on the BBC's Red Button service before being aired as one programme by the BBC proper. The same year saw the release of six new online video games, one of which, The Waters of Mars, based on the TV story of the same name. During the Christmas season, Tennant appeared as the Doctor in a series of Christmas idents for the BBC. Finally, the era of the Tenth Doctor ended with the two-part special The End of Time. Part 1 aired on 25 December 2009 and the concluding Part 2, with David Tennant handing over the role to Matt Smith, aired on 1 January 2010. The finale further saw the return of the Master and the brief return of the Time Lord High Council and Gallifrey from inside a time lock. That same year, the BBC Books stopped productions of the original format of the Short Trips series. Big Finish Productions took full control and resurrected the series as short audio stories going forward. The new man Edit Production of the first Matt Smith episodes commenced in July 2009. Writers recruited for the new season included Richard Curtis (co-creator of Blackadder and writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Toby Whithouse (creator of Being Human. Noted fantasy writer Neil Gaiman was rumoured to be involved in the new season. These rumours proved to be incorrect, but he did end up penning The Doctor's Wife the following series. Michael Moorcock, another noted fantasy novelist, also announced he was writing a Doctor Who novel for publication in 2010. Minor competition for Smith arrived in January 2010 when broadcasts of the non-BBC series K9 began in parts of Europe. The UK, which had seen a preview of the first episode on Halloween 2009, saw the series debut on Disney XD on 3 April 2010, a few hours before the start of the fifth series. After months of intense publicity, the Matt Smith/Eleventh Doctor era officially began on 3 April 2010 with the broadcast of The Eleventh Hour on BBC One. In a show of international support for the series, broadcasts in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were scheduled within a few weeks, the first time the programme's biggest international markets had coincided their broadcasts in this way. The fifth series ran for thirteen weeks, concluding with The Big Bang on 26 June 2010, which saw the biggest amount ever of villains gathered in one story, even including spin-off villains. Before the first episode of series 5 was broadcast, the BBC announced that a Christmas special had been commissioned for 2010, and a sixth series of the revived series was scheduled to enter production that summer for broadcast in 2011. Series 6 aired in two parts; the first half aired in the spring and the remaining episodes aired in the autumn. The BBC claimed the split was to accommodate a story arc with a mid-season cliffhanger, the arc being the revelation of the identity of River Song. Steven Moffat was said to have requested the split. Episode 4, The Doctor's Wife, also featured the first mention of a Time Lord, the Corsair, being able to change gender between regenerations. Series 7 aired in two parts as well, although this time the first half aired in the autumn and the second half aired in the spring, with a Christmas special in between. Broadcasts began in September 2012, with Asylum of the Daleks. This Special reintroduced the concept of the current Doctor's face showing up in the intro sequence, last seen in 1989 's Survival. It also brought back the Great Intelligence for the first time since 1968 's The Web of Fear. The first few years of the 2010s welcomed a plethora of new games for different platforms, some of them featuring major gameplay for the first time, such as City of the Daleks, Blood of the Cybermen and TARDIS. 50 years and beyond Edit Following the series 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor aired on TV and in cinemas on 23 November 2013 to celebrate the programme's 50th anniversary. This heavily featured a new Doctor, played by John Hurt, who was revealed to be the true ninth incarnation of the Doctor in a mini-episode titled The Night of the Doctor, which had Paul McGann return as the Eighth Doctor and regenerating him. The 50th also featured Tom Baker himself returning, however as a character known to the Doctor, called the Curator, as well as a cameo of the immediate successor of Smith. It featured the original 1963 intro sequence and a brief one-off departure of showing the Doctor's face and the TARDIS in the sequence, not counting the mini-episode in the case of the former. Big Finish Productions also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the show with the audio story The Light at the End on the 23 October, featuring the first eight incarnations of the Doctor as well as a couple of their companions with the Master as the villain. The Christmas special The Time of the Doctor was broadcast a month later on 25 December. Time featured the Eleventh Doctor 's regeneration into Peter Capaldi 's Twelfth; Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor in a live special months earlier on 4 August. With the successful release of the 50th anniversary special, the Series 8 premiere, Deep Breath, was extended and broadcast simultaneously on TV and theatres on 23 August 2014. Notably, Peter Capaldi's debut as the lead featured a surprise cameo from his predecessor Matt Smith, the first such occurrence of an immediate reprisal in Doctor Who. Broadcasting its run, now reduced from 13 to 12 episodes, without a split, Series 8 concluded with Death in Heaven on 8 November, just less than two months before the 2014 Christmas special. Death in Heaven featured a one-off change in the intro sequence, showing companion Clara Oswald 's face instead of the Doctor's as a response to the preceding " cold opening. The series featured a mysterious woman known as Missy throughout most episodes, who by the conclusion was revealed as a female incarnation of the Master. Starting just short of a month later in 2015, Series 9 began with The Magician's Apprentice on 19 September and concluded with Hell Bent on 5 December, only twenty days before The Husbands of River Song on Christmas Day. The intro for Before the Flood featured rock-guitar play over the theme while specially filmed "found footage" story Sleep No More featured a one-off intro sequence matching the "feel" of the story, getting rid of both the TARDIS and the Doctor's face. 2016 would see another break for Doctor Who on TV while the next series was filmed to broadcast in the following year, with a unique teaser introducing the new companion releasing on 23 April. 22 October marked the premiere, fittingly on the 10th anniversary as that of Torchwood, of a new but ultimately ill-fated spin-off series: Class. Airing exclusively on BBC Three, which had since been relegated to an online service, Class was based at Coal Hill School, the very first setting of Doctor Who, and hosted a guest appearance by the Doctor himself in the first episode. Ultimately, the sole new episode of Doctor Who itself to air in 2016 would be the annual Christmas special: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, the first in five years to preview the upcoming series as Doctor Who would return to the spring season. Series 10 premiered with The Pilot on 19 April. The series concluded with The Doctor Falls on 1 July, which saw the Doctor mortally wounded. The Doctor himself would postpone his regeneration, however, and the finale concluded with the surprise return of the First Doctor now portrayed by David Bradley, who had previously played William Hartnell in the 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, who would go on to expand the First Doctor's timeline beyond his original final story with the Christmas special Twice Upon a Time, incorporating footage from The Tenth Planet by morphing Hartnell into Bradley and vice versa (thereby also showing his regeneration again. Soon after The Doctor Falls, Jodie Whittaker was announced to be playing the Thirteenth Doctor, the first female incarnation of the Doctor, who made her debut at the conclusion of said Christmas special. The mid-2010s saw further video game releases such as Legacy and Infinity as well as the first multi-franchise LEGO game, LEGO Dimensions. A mini-game on the Doctor Who Instagram Stories game was also released in November 2018, with another one released in April 2019. A huge milestone Edit A huge milestone was reached when the first ever woman, Jodie Whittaker, was cast as the Doctor and given a plethora of diversified episodes. Series 11 was moved to Sundays and was reduced to 10 episodes beginning with The Woman Who Fell to Earth on 7 October 2018, compensating with an extended running time. The new change was met with a large amount of positivity, with majority praising the new Doctor and stories, many celebrities saying it was about time. Some people, however, were not very impressed with the changes made, calling them "too politically correct" and "Social Justice Warrior" driven. Despite this negativity, the new era ended up very successful. The new series also got rid of the annual Christmas Special, which had been a constant since the return in 2005, replacing it with a New Year Special on Tuesday the 1 January 2019, followed by a gap year. This series also once again got rid of the idea of having the current Doctor's face as well as the TARDIS show up in the intro. It also removed the " cold openings " which had been permanent instalments since 2005 's The End of the World. The opening story and the Special also didn't have a title sequence. As for first-timers, 2019 saw the release of a fully fledged virtual reality game The Runaway and the first ever escape room The Live Escape Game on the 16 May and 16 January, respectively. It was also the first time a Doctor appeared in expanded media before appearing on-screen. 2019 was also the year that Big Finish Productions celebrated their 20th Anniversary. This was done with a free YouTube livestream spanning the entire weekend of 20 and 21 July with a plethora of audio stories ending with Lies in Ruins, the opening of the 20th anniversary audio box set The Legacy of Time. August saw a third Instragram mini-game released to the Stories section. All throughout the last months of 2018 and the first 9 months of 2019, students, staff and graduates of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) had worked tirelessly and carefully in collaboration with the Doctor Who team to recreate the missing 1965 single-episode story Mission to the Unknown as closely as possible to the original and with the original 60s-era television values. It was released on YouTube on 9 October 2019, giving fans the opportunity to again enjoy the lost classic. 17 October 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the long-running Doctor Who Magazine with its 544th issue being released exactly 40 years after the first issue. To celebrate, the issue also offered a 32-page Doctor Who Magazine: The Index along with it at no additional cost. A Doctor Who theme night at the Natural History Museum in Kensington as part of their after-hours series Lates was held on 25 October 2019. A special screening of the Series 3 opening episode, Smith and Jones, was shown during the event. [1] On the 12 November 2019, a second VR game was released called The Edge of Time, in which the Player got much more freedom to explore time and space as well as piloting the TARDIS. Essentially, the Player gets sent on an adventure of their own. Series 12 premiered on New Year's Day, Wednesday 1 January 2020 with Spyfall: Part One, which also marked the first time since The End of Time that a two-part story had a single title. Part One also aired on the 10th Anniversary of The End of Time: Part Two. Spyfall: Part Two was broadcast only four days later on 5 January on a Sunday which continued to be the format established the previous series. Episode 5 of series 12, Fugitive of the Judoon; broadcast on 26 January, hit another milestone as the first episode to have a black woman cast as the Doctor, albeit adding confusement to the show's history, with this version claiming to be a past version while the Thirteenth Doctor has no recollection of her. This episode also brought back Captain Jack Harkness over a decade after his last appearance on the show, The End of Time: Part Two and 9 years after his last televised appearance, in Torchwood: Miracle Day 's last episode The Blood Line. Series 12 also saw the " cold opening " return for the first time since 2017 's Twice Upon a Time, though it was not used consistently across all episodes. Continuity Edit A common contention among fans and producers of the series is that a large part of the Doctor's appeal comes from his mysterious and alien origins. While over the decades several revelations have been made about his background — that he is a Time Lord, that he is from Gallifrey, among others — the writers have striven to retain some sense of mystery and to preserve the eternal question, Doctor who. This backstory was not rigidly planned from the beginning, but developed gradually and haphazardly over the years, the result of the work of many writers and producers. Understandably, this has led to continuity problems. Characters such as the Monk were retroactively classified as Time Lords, early histories of races such as the Daleks were rewritten, and so on. The creation of a detailed backstory has also led to the criticism that too much being known about the Doctor limits both creative possibilities and the sense of mystery. Some of the stories during the Seventh Doctor's tenure, part of the so-called " Cartmel Masterplan. were intended to deal with this issue by suggesting that much of what was believed about the Doctor was wrong and that he is a far more powerful and mysterious figure than previously thought. In both an untelevised scene in Remembrance of the Daleks and the subsequent Silver Nemesis it is implied (to quote an excised line from "Remembrance" that the Doctor is "far more than just another Time Lord. The suspension of the series in 1989, however, meant that none of these hints were ever resolved, at least on television. The Virgin New Adventure novel, Lungbarrow, did resolve these hints and explain the Doctor's origins. However, not all fans regard the spin-off novels as canon or accept the revelations made in that particular story, partly because other parts of the franchise seem to contradict parts of it. The 1996 television movie created even more uncertainty about the character, revealing that the Doctor had a human mother and he remembered his father. Fans, however, seemed to be more upset about the fact that the Eighth Doctor kissed Dr Grace Holloway, breaking the series' longstanding taboo against the Doctor having any romantic involvement with his companions. The revelation in the 1996 television movie that the Doctor was half- human is often considered to be a continuity error as the Doctor is considered by most to be a full Time Lord, causing fans to attempt to find alternative explanations about why the Doctor claimed to be part human. While some fans regard discontinuities as a problem, others regard it as a source of interest or humour — an attitude taken in the book The Discontinuity Guide. A common fan explanation is that a universe with time travellers is likely to have many historical inconsistencies. The revived series has tackled this issue head on by suggesting that "time is in flux" and with the exception of certain fixed points in time, almost anything can be changed. Recently, some fan interpretations of the series 5 finale, The Big Bang, have suggested a potential reboot of Doctor Who continuity in toto, but there is also evidence in opposition to this view. There has been much fan speculation on exactly which aspects of the television series, books, radio dramatisations, and other sources are considered canon. This has been made more complex by the fact that at least one novel, short story, comic, and audio have all been adapted for the TV series. Additionally, the events of at least one novel have been referenced on screen. For their part, the BBC have never issued a firm edict as to what counts as "canon. Thus, Doctor Who stands in stark contrast to the more formalised canons of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings — and, indeed, almost every other fictional universe. "Doctor Who. Edit When the series began, nothing was known of the Doctor at all, not even his name. In the very first serial, An Unearthly Child, two teachers from the Coal Hill School in London, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, become intrigued by one of their students, Susan Foreman, who exhibits high intelligence and patchy, unusually advanced knowledge. Trailing her to a junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane, they encounter a strange old man and hear Susan's voice coming from inside what appears to be a police box. Pushing their way inside, the two find that the exterior is actually camouflage for the dimensionally transcendental interior of the TARDIS. Susan calls the old man "Grandfather" but he simply calls himself the Doctor. When he fears Ian and Barbara may alert the local authorities to what they've seen, he whisks them all away to another place in time and space. In the first episode, Ian addresses the Doctor as "Doctor Foreman. as the junkyard in which they find him bears the sign "I. M. Foreman. When addressed by Ian with this name in the next episode, the Time Lord responds, Eh? Doctor who? What's he talking about. Later, when Ian realises that "Foreman" is not his name, he asks Barbara, Who is he? Doctor who. Although listed in the on-screen credits for nearly twenty years as "Doctor Who" the Doctor is never really called by that name in the series, except in that same tongue-in-cheek manner. For example, in The Five Doctors when one character refers to him as "the Doctor" another character asks, Who. The only real exception has been the computer WOTAN, in the serial, The War Machines, which commanded that "Doctor Who is required. " In The Gunfighters, the First Doctor uses the alias Dr Caligari. In The Highlanders the Second Doctor assumes the name of "Doctor von Wer" a German translation of "Doctor of Who. and signs himself as "Dr. W" in The Underwater Menace. In The Wheel in Space, his companion Jamie, reads the name off some medical equipment, and tells the crew of the Wheel that the Doctor's name is "John Smith. The Doctor adopts this alias several times over the course of the series, often prefixing the title "Doctor" to it. This has continued to the Tenth Doctor, and was famously referenced to in the 1996 television movie, where even though the Doctor is unconscious, a complete stranger, seemingly at random, writes the name John Smith on the Doctor's hospital admission papers. In The Armageddon Factor, the Time Lord Drax addresses the Fourth Doctor as "Theet" short for "Theta Sigma" apparently a University nickname. In the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks, the Seventh Doctor is asked to sign a document, which he does by using a question mark, and produces a calling card with a series of Greek letters (or Old High Gallifreyan script) and a question mark inscribed on it. The Eighth Doctor briefly used the alias "Dr Bowman" in the 1996 television movie. He has also been mocked by his fellow Time Lords for adhering to such a "lowly" title as "Doctor. In many spin-off comic strips, books, films and other media, the character is often called "Doctor Who" or just "Dr. Who" as a matter of course, though this has declined in recent years. From the first story through to Logopolis (the last story of Season 18 and also of the Tom Baker era) the lead character was listed as "Doctor Who. Starting with Peter Davison 's first story, Castrovalva (also the first story of Season 19) the lead character is credited simply as "The Doctor. Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks offered the theory that Time Lord names were "jawbreakers. long and extremely difficult to pronounce, and this was why the Doctor never revealed his true name. However, River Song, one of the few people ever to know his name, was able to whisper it in his ear in a very short time. Some fans have speculated, taking off from the fact that the full name of the Time Lady Romana is Romanadvoratrelundar, that the first syllable of the Doctor's true name is "Who. It should be noted that, although it is often asserted that "Doctor Who" is not the character's name, there is nothing in the series itself that actually confirms this. On at least one occasion the Doctor is about to give a name after the title "Doctor. but is interrupted. Interestingly, the BBC novel, The Infinity Doctors mentions an ancient Gallifreyan god named " OHM. When this name is turned upside down, the result is "WHO. This idea originated in early drafts of The Three Doctors by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. The character of "Ohm" eventually became Omega. It is interesting to note that, while spin-off media is known to "fill in the blanks" regarding aspects of Doctor Who lore — for example, several novels "revealed" The Master 's real name — no officially licensed media has ever seriously attempted to solve the riddle of the Doctor's real name. Notwithstanding early spin-off media that treated "Doctor Who" as his name, of course. During Matt Smith 's reign as the Eleventh Doctor, it was revealed that the oldest question in the universe was "Doctor Who. and considering how desperate the Silence, a religious order devoted to destroying the Doctor, were to keep him from revealing it, the consequences of him telling anyone his real name must be catastrophic. The Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, has stated that there was only one reason and one time that he would or could reveal his true name. In The Bells of Saint John, the Eleventh Doctor asked Clara to repeat the question, and stated that he didn't realise how much he enjoyed being people asking him "Doctor Who? Accolades Edit In 2000, in a poll of industry professionals, the British Film Institute voted Doctor Who #3 in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. Since its return in 2005, the series has received many nominations and awards both nationally (UK) and internationally. This includes BAFTAs, the National Television Awards and the Hugo Awards. American accolades have been fewer and farther between, although in 2007 it broke a barrier by receiving a nomination for the 2008 People's Choice Awards, although it did not win. The series' revival found its highest ratings not in the UK but in South Korea. [2] The Guinness World Records have recognised that Doctor Who has broke, accomplished and set many different records. To see a full list, visit the Guinness World Records article on this Wikia. Even the "gap year" season of 2009-2010, which consisted of only four specials (five if the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor is included) wasn't enough to slow down the train of awards given to Doctor Who. On 20 January 2010 the series won Best Drama and David Tennant won Best Drama Performance at the 2010 National Television Awards. [3] Feature films Edit To build upon the success of Dalekmania the series had created in Britain in the 1960s, two feature films were produced ( Dr. Who and the Daleks, and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A. D. and released worldwide. Although both were adapted from the William Hartnell television stories The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth respectively, they feature Peter Cushing as a Human scientist named Dr. Who who invents a TARDIS, and as such are not considered to be canonical. In 2011 it was announced that a new feature film would be released, to be directed by Harry Potter director David Yates. [4] Although initial news reports suggested that the film would "start from scratch" in terms of continuity, Steven Moffat subsequently clarified that "any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and would certainly not be a Hollywood reboot. 5] He later reiterated, There will not come a time when there's a separate kind of Doctor Who. What was talked about there was that there would be a separate Doctor and a different continuity. Of course it won't. That would be silly. Everyone knows that's silly. The BBC knows that's silly, and is not going to do that. 6] Other media Edit Although Doctor Who originated as a television programme, it has become much more than that. Starting with " Dalekmania " in the 1960s, a great deal of merchandise has sprung out of Doctor Who. Some of that merchandise has continued the story of the Doctor's adventures. Over the decades, Doctor Who has appeared on stage, screen, and radio, and in a variety of novels, comics, full-cast audio adventures and webcasts. Beginning in the late 1980s, independent production companies such as BBV Productions and Reeltime Pictures took advantage of a loophole in the BBC's ownership of Doctor Who to licence individual characters and monsters from the series directly from their creators and build original film and audio dramas around them; this reached its height after the original series ended in 1989. Many of these productions involved original cast members from the series. Meanwhile, since 1991, a prolific series of original novels rivalled only by the Star Trek franchise (in terms of quantity) have been published. Many of these productions and novels are highly regarded by some Doctor Who fans. Several of the writers of the 2005 series previously wrote or scripted adventures for the Doctor in other media. In terms of non-fiction works, Doctor Who ranks among the most intensely chronicled entertainment franchises in history. Since the publication of The Making of Doctor Who in the early 1970s, the number of books detailing the production, personnel, and even philosophy behind Doctor Who has numbered well into three figures. In addition, a growing number of actors connected to the series have published autobiographies (in several cases more than one volume of memoirs) ranging from 1960s-era co-stars such as Anneke Wills and Deborah Watling through to more recent actors such as Billie Piper and John Barrowman. External links Edit Official websites Edit Official website for the Australian broadcaster, ABC Official website for the Brazilian broadcaster, TV Cultura Official website for the BBC Official website for English language Canadian broadcaster, Space Official website for the Croatian broadcaster, HRT Official website for French broadcaster, France 4 Official website for Italian broadcaster, Rai 4 Official website for New Zealand broadcaster, Prime Official website for Central and Eastern Europe broadcaster, AXN Official website for Bulgarian broadcaster, Diema Official website for US broadcaster, BBCA Official website for digital television channel Drama Edit Official YouTube channel Official Facebook page Official Twitter account Official Twitter account   for BBCA Official Instagram account Official Instagram account   for BBCA Footnotes Edit v   •   e Doctor Who television stories Seasons 1-4: William Hartnell Season 1: 1963 - 1964 An Unearthly Child • The Daleks • The Edge of Destruction • Marco Polo • The Keys of Marinus • The Aztecs • The Sensorites • The Reign of Terror Season 2: 1964 - 1965 Planet of the Giants • The Dalek Invasion of Earth • The Rescue • The Romans • The Web Planet • The Crusade • The Space Museum • The Chase • The Time Meddler Season 3: 1965 - 1966 Galaxy 4 • Mission to the Unknown • The Myth Makers • The Daleks' Master Plan • The Massacre • The Ark • The Celestial Toymaker • The Gunfighters • The Savages • The War Machines Season 4: 1966 The Smugglers • The Tenth Planet Seasons 4-6: Patrick Troughton Season 4: 1966 - 1967 The Power of the Daleks • The Highlanders • The Underwater Menace • The Moonbase • The Macra Terror • The Faceless Ones • The Evil of the Daleks Season 5: 1967 - 1968 The Tomb of the Cybermen • The Abominable Snowmen • The Ice Warriors • The Enemy of the World • The Web of Fear • Fury from the Deep • The Wheel in Space Season 6: 1968 - 1969 The Dominators • The Mind Robber • The Invasion • The Krotons • The Seeds of Death • The Space Pirates • The War Games Seasons 7-11: Jon Pertwee Season 7: 1970 Spearhead from Space • Doctor Who and the Silurians • The Ambassadors of Death • Inferno Season 8: 1971 Terror of the Autons • The Mind of Evil • The Claws of Axos • Colony in Space • The Dæmons Season 9: 1972 Day of the Daleks • The Curse of Peladon • The Sea Devils • The Mutants • The Time Monster Season 10: 1972 - 1973 The Three Doctors • Carnival of Monsters • Frontier in Space • Planet of the Daleks • The Green Death Season 11: 1973 - 1974 The Time Warrior • Invasion of the Dinosaurs • Death to the Daleks • The Monster of Peladon • Planet of the Spiders Contrary to common belief, season 10 kicked off in the last week of December 1972 — not in 1973, as would be expected. Season 10 actually began nine years after season 1 started. In fact, The Three Doctors began nine years to the week after The Daleks first aired. Seasons 12-18: Tom Baker Season 12: 1974 - 1975 Robot • The Ark in Space • The Sontaran Experiment • Genesis of the Daleks • Revenge of the Cybermen Season 13: 1975 - 1976 Terror of the Zygons • Planet of Evil • Pyramids of Mars • The Android Invasion • The Brain of Morbius • The Seeds of Doom Season 14: 1976 - 1977 The Masque of Mandragora • The Hand of Fear • The Deadly Assassin • The Face of Evil • The Robots of Death • The Talons of Weng-Chiang Season 15: 1977 - 1978 Horror of Fang Rock • The Invisible Enemy • Image of the Fendahl • The Sun Makers • Underworld • The Invasion of Time Season 16: 1978 - 1979 The Key to Time: The Ribos Operation • The Pirate Planet • The Stones of Blood • The Androids of Tara • The Power of Kroll • The Armageddon Factor Season 17: 1979 - 1980 Destiny of the Daleks • City of Death • The Creature from the Pit • Nightmare of Eden • The Horns of Nimon • Shada (unfinished) Season 18: 1980 - 1981 The Leisure Hive • Meglos • Full Circle • State of Decay • Warriors' Gate • The Keeper of Traken • Logopolis Seasons 19-21: Peter Davison Season 19: 1982 Castrovalva • Four to Doomsday • Kinda • The Visitation • Black Orchid • Earthshock • Time-Flight Season 20: 1983 Arc of Infinity • Snakedance • Mawdryn Undead • Terminus • Enlightenment • The King's Demons Children in Need 1983 The Five Doctors Season 21: 1984 Warriors of the Deep • The Awakening • Frontios • Resurrection of the Daleks • Planet of Fire • The Caves of Androzani Seasons 21-23: Colin Baker Season 21: 1984 The Twin Dilemma Season 22: 1985 Attack of the Cybermen • Vengeance on Varos • The Mark of the Rani • The Two Doctors • Timelash • Revelation of the Daleks Season 23: 1986 The Trial of a Time Lord ( The Mysterious Planet • Mindwarp • Terror of the Vervoids • The Ultimate Foe) Seasons 24-26: Sylvester McCoy Season 24: 1987 Time and the Rani • Paradise Towers • Delta and the Bannermen • Dragonfire Season 25: 1988 - 1989 Remembrance of the Daleks • The Happiness Patrol • Silver Nemesis • The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Season 26: 1989 Battlefield • Ghost Light • The Curse of Fenric • Survival TV Movie: Paul McGann TV Movie: 1996 Doctor Who In 2013, McGann reappeared as the lead in the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor. Series 1: Christopher Eccleston Series 1: 2005 Regular episodes Rose • The End of the World • The Unquiet Dead • Aliens of London / World War Three • Dalek • The Long Game • Father's Day • The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances • Boom Town • Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways Series 2-4: David Tennant Series 2: 2005 - 2006 Mini-episode Children in Need Special ( Born Again) Christmas special The Christmas Invasion Regular episodes New Earth • Tooth and Claw • School Reunion • The Girl in the Fireplace • Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel • The Idiot's Lantern • The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit • Love & Monsters • Fear Her • Army of Ghosts / Doomsday Series 3: 2006 - 2007 Christmas special The Runaway Bride Regular episodes Smith and Jones • The Shakespeare Code • Gridlock • Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks • The Lazarus Experiment • 42 • Human Nature / The Family of Blood • Blink • Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords Animated special The Infinite Quest Series 4: 2007 - 2010 Mini-episode Time Crash Christmas special Voyage of the Damned Regular episodes Partners in Crime • The Fires of Pompeii • Planet of the Ood • The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky • The Doctor's Daughter • The Unicorn and the Wasp • Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead • Midnight • Turn Left • The Stolen Earth / Journey's End Mini-episode Music of the Spheres Animated special Dreamland Seasonal specials The Next Doctor • Planet of the Dead • The Waters of Mars • The End of Time For the purposes of this list, Series 4" is considered to be the production series 4, which ran all the way from Time Crash to The End of Time. The years seen in this section may seem decidedly "off. Remember, however, that this list only gives the first year in which an episode from a series was broadcast. David Tennant, unusual amongst other Doctors, began and ended on special episodes, not regular ones. Thus, his series actually begin in 2005, 2006 and 2007 — not 2006, 2007 and 2008 as is commonly thought. Series 5-2013 Specials: Matt Smith Series 5: 2010 Regular episodes The Eleventh Hour • The Beast Below • Victory of the Daleks • The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone • The Vampires of Venice • Amy's Choice • The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood • Vincent and the Doctor • The Lodger • The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang Series 6: 2010 - 2011 Christmas special A Christmas Carol Mini-episodes Space / Time Regular episodes April 2011 The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon • The Curse of the Black Spot • The Doctor's Wife • The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People • A Good Man Goes to War Regular episodes August 2011 Let's Kill Hitler • Night Terrors • The Girl Who Waited • The God Complex • Closing Time • The Wedding of River Song Mini-episode Death Is the Only Answer Series 7: 2011 - 2013 Christmas special 2011 The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Mini-episodes Good as Gold • Pond Life Regular episodes 2012 Asylum of the Daleks • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship • A Town Called Mercy • The Power of Three • The Angels Take Manhattan Mini-episode The Great Detective Christmas special 2012 The Snowmen Regular episodes 2013 The Bells of Saint John • The Rings of Akhaten • Cold War • Hide • Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS • The Crimson Horror • Nightmare in Silver • The Name of the Doctor Specials: 2013 The Day of the Doctor • The Time of the Doctor Series 8-10: Peter Capaldi Series 8: 2014 Regular episodes Deep Breath • Into the Dalek • Robot of Sherwood • Listen • Time Heist • The Caretaker • Kill the Moon • Mummy on the Orient Express • Flatline • In the Forest of the Night • Dark Water / Death in Heaven Series 9: 2014 - 2015 Christmas special Last Christmas Mini-episode The Doctor's Meditation Regular episodes The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar • Under the Lake / Before the Flood • The Girl Who Died • The Woman Who Lived • The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion • Sleep No More • Face the Raven • Heaven Sent • Hell Bent Christmas special The Husbands of River Song Series 10: 2016 - 2017 Christmas special The Return of Doctor Mysterio Regular episodes The Pilot • Smile • Thin Ice • Knock Knock • Oxygen • Extremis • The Pyramid at the End of the World • The Lie of the Land • Empress of Mars • The Eaters of Light • World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls Christmas special Twice Upon a Time Series 11-present: Jodie Whittaker Series 11: 2018 - 2019 Regular episodes The Woman Who Fell to Earth • The Ghost Monument • Rosa • Arachnids in the UK • The Tsuranga Conundrum • Demons of the Punjab • Kerblam! • The Witchfinders • It Takes You Away • The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos New Year special Resolution Series 12: 2020 Regular episodes Spyfall • Orphan 55 • Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror • Fugitive of the Judoon • Praxeus • Can You Hear Me.

The Haunting of Villa Diodati New (Season 12, Episode 8) BBC The doctor and her gang arrive at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva in 1816 on the night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. However, the villa proves to have ghostly presences all its own, and the doctor is forced into a decision of earth-shattering (more…) The Haunting of Villa Diodati (Season 12, Episode 8) Browse All Listings The 25 Best Shows of the Decade This list is unimpeachable Discover Now! Bach Fans: A Beautiful Podcast to Fall in Love Listen to every episode Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now.

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BBC One - Doctor Who - Episode guide Resolution As the new year begins, a terrible evil stirs from across the centuries on planet Earth. Last Christmas The Doctor and Clara face their last Christmas, trapped on an Arctic base. The Time of the Doctor Regeneration of the eleventh Doctor when the most deadly species in the universe unite. Pond Life The Doctor is en route to visit the Ponds but will he ever make it back to them? A Christmas Carol The Doctor must save a crashing spaceship and a miser's soul - but what lurks in the fog? The Waters of Mars Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: Don't drink the water. Not one drop. Planet of the Dead A London bus takes a detour to an alien world, but can the Doctor defeat the Swarm? The Next Doctor When the Doctor meets another Doctor, the two must combine forces to stop the CyberKing. Voyage of the Damned When disaster hits the Titanic, the Doctor uncovers a threat to the whole human race. Previous 1 2 3 Next.

Since returning with a female Doctor, the sci-fi smash has been accused of political correctness. But, as recent storylines prove, the truth is far worse Pass my perception filter. Sacha Dhawan as a Nazi soldier in Doctor Who. Photograph: Ben Blackall/BBC D octor Who returned last week with another first: Sacha Dhawans casting as the first person of colour to play the Doctors arch nemesis, the Master. The decision was broadly met with praise, but in darker corners of the internet the argument that the show has become too politically correct rages on. “Too PC” has become a familiar jibe levelled at the sci-fi hit since 2018 when Jodie Whittaker became the Thirteenth Doctor and new showrunner Chris Chibnall took up the mantle. As well as the first woman to play the title role, their first series featured two BAME companions and episodes about Rosa Parks and the partition of India, written by Doctor Whos first ever BAME writers. The show quickly found itself embroiled in a culture war, with talk of its apparent political correctness becoming commonplace (see the Twitter hashtag #notmydoctor. Whittaker and Chibnall were forced to defend the show against these claims before this series began: Whittaker reminded viewers that theres “still racism within our current society”, and Chibnall added that “the Doctor and the show are beacons of compassion and empathy”. Now, though, a different group of fans are railing against Doctor Who. Far from being too liberal, many believe this iteration has actually lost the morality that made the character so unique, and become problematic on social issues – engaging with them to an often offensive degree. Dhawans debut, for example, was soured by a scene in which the Doctor weaponised his race against him. The episode, Spyfall, saw the new Master posing as a Nazi soldier in German-occupied Paris. The improbability of an Asian man being able to do this was explained by a “perception filter” – a device commonly used in the Whovian universe to cause others to see what they want to see, in this case hiding the Masters ethnicity from the Nazis. The Doctor escaped the Master by framing him as a British double agent, then jammed his filter, leaving him open to both the retribution and the racism of the Nazis. A storyline too far. Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks in Doctor Who. Photograph: Coco Van Oppens/BBC Its not the first time the writing of ethnic minority characters has seemed questionable; Sharon D Clarkes character Grace OBrien and the mother of Lenny Henrys character Daniel Barton, played by Blanche Williams, were both fridged almost immediately after being introduced. Henry has also spoken about the limitations of Doctor Whos diversity; in a radio interview in December, broadcast prior to his appearance in the New Year special, he said the bosses “would rather have a dog do Doctor Who than a black person”. Elsewhere, theres an often apathetic engagement with the political climate. In the finale of Chibnalls inaugural series, the Doctors companion Graham, played by Bradley Walsh, told the Doctor he wanted to kill Tim Shaw, a genocidal alien who had murdered his wife. The Doctor argued that even if done in self-defence, this would make Graham “the same” as Tim Shaw. It was an especially uncomfortable message at a time when those fighting fascism are often condemned as being as bad as the fascists themselves, for example in Donald Trumps remarks after Charlottesville, when he equated white nationalists with those speaking out against them. Another episode focused on Kerblam, an Amazon-a-like delivery company. The story reflected real-world mistreatment of workers, but while many viewers expected a satire of exploitative capitalism, the real villain was revealed to be a maintenance man, who was killing in protest at poor working conditions. This led the Doctor to claim that “systems arent the problem”, just people who “use and exploit the system” – thus refusing to engage with real-world suffering. Doctor Who has had a strong history of LGBT+ representation since its return in 2005, including series-long lesbian companion Bill Potts in 2017. Executive producer Matt Strevens promised the shows LGBT+ representation would continue, with characters from “across the spectrum”. However, representation in Chibnalls era has been severely lacking so far. Characters have repeatedly been introduced as LGBT+ only to be promptly killed off. In the 2019 New Year special, a security guard referred to his boyfriend in his second line – and was killed by a Dalek just seconds later. The most prominent LGBT+ character in a Chibnall-penned episode, Angstrom, revealed her sexuality by referring to her dead wife. This is an unnerving pattern, and a common trope in media representation of LGBT+ people more widely. An episode featuring an alien man giving birth was criticised as being part of the “PC agenda”, when in reality it felt more like a lazy attempt at trans inclusion. The fans decrying the show as too PC have been lost – and its a loss that should not be mourned. But the show has many loyal progressive fans, too. The Doctor may always have been a beacon of compassion and empathy, but too many of us are wondering where its gone.

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