Who - Eccentric genius from the planet Gallifrey, whom
among others of his race controlled the secrets of the fifth
dimension--Time on the British sci-fi series DOCTOR
WHO/BBC/1963-89. Known as a Time Lord, the Doctor roamed through
the centuries as sort of an intergalactic advisor &
troubleshooter. However, his actions were not condoned by his
fellow Time Lords. It had been their established policy not to
interfere in the events of any civilization, but merely to observe
them. Bored with the laws of non-intervention, the Doctor
illegally commandeered a time travel unit known as a TARDIS (Time
and Relative Dimension in Space) and set out to explore and
interact with the myriad mazes of the universe.
The TARDIS has two
rather unique features. The first being it is "dimensionally
transcendental," which simply meant it was bigger inside than
outside. The second feature is its chameleon-like ability to blend
into any surrounding landscape. Unfortunately for the Doctor, the
unit he stole was being repaired. It was stuck in the shape of a
blue British police call box, a form which has never changed
throughout his many adventures.
By the way, the Doctor has no
In the first episode of the series "An Unearthly Child," our
Gallifreyan wanderer is mistakenly addressed as "Doctor Foreman"
to which he replies "Doctor Who?", hence the name of the series.
The Doctor possessed some rather unique characteristics
including two hearts, a body temperature of 60 degrees and the
power of reincarnation. He could regenerate a new body twelve
times during his long life. He saved his regeneration ability for
occasions when he was struck down by illness/injury or crippled
with old age. The process did have one side effect. The new body
never looked like the old one. This transformation quirk helped
immensely when the actor portraying the Doctor left the series and
was replaced by a new one. When his fans first met him, the Doctor
was 745 years old.
Over the years the role of the Doctor has been portrayed by a
variety of actors including in the order of appearance: William
Hartnell (1963-66), Patrick Troughton (1966-69), Jon Pertwee
(1970-74), Tom Baker (1974-81), Peter Davison (1982-84), Colin
Baker (1984-86), Sylvester McCoy (1987-89).
Sylvester McCoy appeared in a transformation scene at the
beginning of the FOX Network TV movie Dr. Who: The Enemy Within
(1996) which introduced Paul McGann as Doctor Who.
In 2005, Christopher Eccleston revived the role as The Doctor
No.9. After 13 episodes, he was replaced by David Tennant as
Doctor Who No.10. Don't you just love that regeneration plot
Other movie portrayals of the Doctor
included actor Peter Cushing in the motion picture spin-offs of
the series Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks: Invasion
Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) and Richard Hurndall as the First Doctor in
the 20th anniversary special (Hartnell had died eight earlier).
most flamboyant and popular adaptation of the Doctor starred Tom
Baker who sported a halo of brown curly hair and wore a
twenty-foot multi-colored scarf that wrapped around his neck. His
favorite snack food was Jelly Babies.
Throughout his adventures,
The Doctor has fought a gallery of villainous creatures including:
- The Kronovores, deadly creatures who devoured
- Cybermen, metallic clad humanoids;
- Nestenes, hideous tentacled aliens
- The Yeti, a nine foot
tall anti-matter beast;
- Sensorites, creatures wth bulb-shaped heads;
- The horrible Krotons;
- Zygons, grotesque creatures with octopus-like suction cups
all over their body
- The Daleks, salt & pepper-shaped robots with a prime
directive to "Exterminate" all humans
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