"I'm qualified in everything except
HTML markup and dentistry."
--- The Doctor,
So Vile A Sin, page 86

 
"The greatest science fiction series of all time is
Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one
or all in a bunch to back it up!"
--- Harlan Ellison, from his introduction
to the PINNACLE series of Doctor Who books

I first saw Doctor Who in the late seventies, when science fiction for me, and for most of the world could be summed up in two words: Star Wars. I didn’t like it. I thought it didn’t measure up to the previously mentioned two words. I was young. It’s my only defense.

Then, one summer evening a couple of years later, I was up late and the only thing on was Doctor Who. The story was titled The Invasion of Time and for nearly an hour and half I found myself in a new and wonderful universe. I have been a fan ever since.

Without a doubt I echo the words of Mr. Ellison. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it's because the Doctor is a hero in the classic sense. He takes on evil at the peril of his own life and doesn’t think twice. Maybe it's because it’s funky. Only a complete original can have a time/space vehicle disguised as British Police Call Box that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Or a hero that travels the universe with young women but who is asexual, more interested in fate of worlds than in getting laid. Try pitching that to the FOX network and see how far you get (oops, sorry, an in-joke there). Maybe....Oh it doesn’t matter.

The fact is I love the series and this page is my homage to it.




THE BASICS:

The information contained on these pages is meant as a thumbnail guide to the Doctor Who Universe.
There is much, much more to know. If want to find out more about the series, check out the some of the sites listed on my
Linx Page.


Doctor Who ran on the BBC for twenty-six years, from 1963-1989. Although technically, because of BBC polices, since the show was never cancelled just "rested" (put on hiatus), the series has never ended. So, again technically, it has "run" for 35 years.

In 1991, Virgin Publishing began a series of New Adventures. These stories carried on from where the series stopped in 1989. 1994 saw the beginning of a series of Missing Adventures; original stories that fell in between the televised televised.

In 1996 the FOX Network and Universal Pictures combined with the BBC to bring Doctor Who back in the form of a TV movie. Although the film had good ratings in England and Australia, it failed to capture a new audience in North America. Plans for a new series stalled.

In 1997 BBC Books began their own line of original Doctor Who novels , replacing the popular Virgin New and Missing Adventures. The BBC series featured books starring the freshly regenerated Eighth Doctor in new adventures and novels with past Doctors in as-yet-untold adventures.

At this point the future of Doctor Who on TV or film is in limbo. There have been rumors of possible projects, but nothing firm has materialized. The BBC however do seem committed to the possibility of a new series featuring the Doctor. For now, only time will tell....


For most of its BBC run the series ran in 20-25 minute episodes that ended in cliffhangers. So, an individual story might be as short as one episode or long as fourteen. When the series came over to the States in the mid-seventies many TV stations edited the episodic stories into movie length features. Some of the early videotape releases adopted this format.


Doctor Who began as a children's drama about an eccentric old man and his granddaughter who travel through space and time in the TARDIS, a strange ship that has disguised itself as a British Police Call Box.

Over the years we have learned more of about the Doctor. He is a Time Lord, an immensely old and powerful race that have conquered time and have the ability to regenerate their bodies when they become old or mortally wounded. When a Time Lord regenerates his physical appearance changes. He becomes a "new" person. Sometimes means a whole new personality as well as new looks, but it is still the same person.

The Doctor has regenerated seven times. There are eight Doctors -- but they are all the same person.

One last thing. The Doctor's last name is not "Who". He is simply called the Doctor. The "Who" part is meant a question. As in "Who is this guy?". So, why is he called "the Doctor"?

Who knows....


Now. Let's begin---

It is Saturday, 23rd November 1963 5.15pm....

The TARDIS

"Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a Police Box standing in a junkyard; it can move anywhere in time and space?"

The T.A.R.D.I.S
Time And Relative Dimension In Space


You might think this is an odd place to start, but I assure you it is most appropriate. For one thing the series started here-- with the TARDIS.

The TARDIS or Time And Relative Dimension In Space is a ship like no other. It can travel through time and space. It’s bigger on the inside than on the outside (the inside of the ship is in a different dimension from its outside) and its insides are infinite.

The TARDIS also has the ability disguise its outward appearance to blend in with its surroundings. Unfortunately, the chameleon circuit in the Doctor's TARDIS doesn't work. Instead of changing, the ship remains in one form: that of a Police Public Call Box from Earth, circa 1960.

TARDISes are the craft of the Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey -- the Doctor’s people. The Doctor’s TARDIS, however is somewhat erratic and unpredictable. The Doctor can never be certain where he’ll end up when he set the machine in flight. Over the course of time the Doctor has developed some degree of control.. Still there is always the chance he’ll end up Mars when he planned a vacation on Metebelis 3.

What are Police Boxes?
Police Boxes are, or rather were, concrete and wood structures that stood on street corners of larger cities in England. They contained emergency equipment; flares, signs, first aid kits and the like for police patrols to use. They also had a phone that the public could use for emergency calls. A light on top could be activated to draw the attention of police officers in the area.
Police boxes were phased out after the 60s but there is talk in England of bringing them back.



Now that you have met the TARDIS
it's time to meet the Doctor....

Travel to the First Doctor.

Use the TARDIS to travel to the First Doctor,
or choose from the list below.

The First Doctor | The Second Doctor | The Third Doctor | The Fourth Doctor
The Fifth Doctor | The Sixth Doctor | The Seventh Doctor | The Eighth Doctor

 

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