Doctor Who?

Welcome to the the Doctor Who Journey! If you know absolutely nothing about Doctor Who, then you’ve come to the right page! Read on and I’ll give you a crash course in Doctor Who history.

The show began in 1963 and was in black-and-white until it made the leap to color with the Third Doctor in 1970. When it first began, it must have been hard to imagine how popular and beloved the show would become. Fifty years later, the TARDIS and the Daleks are national icons.

A little history: The show was eventually cancelled in 1989, to the disappointment of fans. In 1996 (I still think this is really strange), a movie was made and aired on FOX in hopes of an American reboot of the show. AMERICAN?! What is this? Not surprisingly, the movie received poor viewership in America. However, in the UK it was a hit. Even though it was not a very good movie, the fans clearly wanted more Doctor Who. And perhaps the movie was what saved Doctor Who from fading into obscurity, for in 2005, nine years after the movie premiered and sixteen after the series was canceled, Doctor Who again graced British television screens. The reboot soon gained a massive following, and eventually the fandom spread across the pond to America, and little old me.

The basic premise of the show: The Doctor, an alien from the planet Gallifrey, travels through time and space in his ship, the TARDIS, which is permanently stuck in the shape of a 1960s police telephone box because of a faulty chameleon circuit. The Doctor usually travels with companions, most of which are human, although there are a few exceptions. Each serial presents a fresh challenge for the Doctor to overcome. Re-occurring baddies include the Daleks, Cybermen, and… more Daleks. Actually, I haven’t seen enough to tell you all about the baddies. You’ll have to discover along with me!

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