History Series / DoctorWho

13th May '17 10:53:40 PM The12thDoctor
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-->-- '''The First Doctor''', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction The Edge of Destruction]]"
24th Apr '17 8:40:44 PM rjd1922
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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip 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 his 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 his character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a 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 more than one season), 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.

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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip 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 his 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 his character off, only to [[TheNthDoctor "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else else]] (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a 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 more than one season), 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.
29th Mar '17 1:59:32 PM skidoo23
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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip 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 his own race. Part of the longevity of the series is that when an actor leaves, the show gets around this by killing his character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a show a distinctly different atmosphere with each regeneration.

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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip 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 his own race. Part of the longevity of the series is that when an the actor playing the Doctor leaves, the show gets around this by killing his character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a show a distinctly different atmosphere with each regeneration.
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 more than one season), 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 original 1963-89 episodes are now considered such an important part of the BBC's home video output that they have their own freelance [[http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/ Restoration Team]], devoted to restoring and remastering vintage episodes to as much of their former glory as possible. 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, many episodes that aired from 1964 to as late as 1974 were in fact destroyed. 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.

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The original 1963-89 episodes are now considered such an important part of the BBC's home video output that they have their own freelance [[http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/ Restoration Team]], devoted to restoring and remastering vintage episodes to as much of their former glory as possible. 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, many episodes that aired from 1964 to as late as 1974 were in fact destroyed. 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.
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.



* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho (1999 - present), prominent audio stories overseen by Creator/NicholasBriggs, 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 [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night Of The Doctor"]]), Creator/BigFinish also has many different timelines/continuities, and includes adaptations of existing works from the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. Due to the audio series' sheer size and complexity, it plays by the rules of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse: the TV series sometimes contradicts or overwrites the audio stories, or adapts them for the televised continuity.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' (2006 - 2011), a DarkerAndEdgier (as well as HotterAndSexier) story starring companion Captain Jack Harkness. On indefinite hiatus after four seasons as producer/show runner Creator/RussellTDavies is currently focusing on other projects.

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* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho (1999 - present), prominent audio stories overseen by Creator/NicholasBriggs, 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 [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night Of The Doctor"]]), Creator/BigFinish also has many different timelines/continuities, and includes adaptations of existing works from the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. Due to the audio series' sheer size and complexity, it plays by the rules of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse: 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 2015, the licence was expanded to include all Doctors and characters introduced prior to the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration in 2013.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' (2006 - 2011), a DarkerAndEdgier (as well as HotterAndSexier) story starring series focusing on companion Captain Jack Harkness. On indefinite hiatus after four seasons as producer/show runner Creator/RussellTDavies is currently focusing on other projects.projects, although beginning in 2015 Big Finish Productions (see above) started producing audio dramas featuring the original cast.



* ''Series/{{K9}}'' (2010- ?), an Australian children's show (produced by a company other than the BBC) which continues in the spirit of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. It takes place in a late-21st-century {{Dystopia}}n London and features an upgraded version of the robot dog that had been PutOnABus back in the 1977 story "The Invasion of Time." A single season aired in 2010; it has been officially in pre-production for Series 2 ever since, and as of late 2015 plans have been announced for a movie to premiere in 2017, but no further official comment has been made since then.
* ''Series/{{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...

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* ''Series/{{K9}}'' (2010- ?), (2010), an Australian children's show (produced by a company other than the BBC) which continues in the spirit of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. It takes place in a late-21st-century {{Dystopia}}n London and features an upgraded version of the robot dog that had been PutOnABus back in the 1977 story "The Invasion of Time." A single season aired in 2010; it has been officially in pre-production for Series 2 ever since, and as of 2010. In late 2015 plans have been were announced for a movie to premiere in 2017, but no further official comment has been made since then.
then and there is no indication of such a film being released in 2017; the series itself is considered to now be concluded.
* ''Series/{{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...
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. As of 2017, its fate is unclear after its first series due to low streaming and broadcast viewership numbers in the UK.
16th Mar '17 8:44:05 AM narm00
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A MadeForTVMovie aired in 1996, in which the Seventh Doctor returned at the end of his life and regenerated into the Eighth. This was created [[BackDoorPilot as a pilot]] for a revival, but although the Eighth Doctor became part of the continuity as a whole, no actual return of the series resulted. Between 2001 and 2003, Creator/TheBBC 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 [[ObligatoryJoke regenerated]] the show. This new {{revival}} series is a direct continuation of the old series, rather than being a ContinuityReboot, and the Ninth Doctor was a successor to the classic series incarnations. The revival series has radically upgraded production values (the original series is notorious for its [[SpecialEffectFailure often rubbery monster prosthetics]] and bad ChromaKey), shorter [[StoryArc story arcs]] but much more continuity throughout, and it introduced deeper CharacterDevelopment and romance to the series. 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. Even subtracting the 16-year "interregnum," the show still holds the record of longest-running English-language sci-fi series, with its nearest rivals being the 12-season run of the UK series ''Series/RedDwarf''.

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A MadeForTVMovie aired in 1996, in which the Seventh Doctor returned at the end of his life and regenerated into the Eighth. This was created [[BackDoorPilot as a pilot]] for a revival, but although the Eighth Doctor became part of the continuity as a whole, no actual return of the series resulted. Between 2001 and 2003, Creator/TheBBC 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 [[ObligatoryJoke regenerated]] the show. This new {{revival}} series is a direct continuation of the old series, rather than being a ContinuityReboot, and the Ninth Doctor was a successor to the classic series incarnations. The revival series has radically upgraded production values (the original series is notorious for its [[SpecialEffectFailure often rubbery monster prosthetics]] and bad ChromaKey), shorter [[StoryArc story arcs]] but much more continuity throughout, and it introduced deeper CharacterDevelopment and romance to the series. 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. Even subtracting the 16-year "interregnum," the show still holds the record of longest-running English-language sci-fi series, with its nearest rivals rival being the 12-season run of the UK series ''Series/RedDwarf''.
7th Mar '17 6:34:11 PM Traveller
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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip living and sentient]] {{time machine}}, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), and meets many foes, ranging from heavily armoured robots to killer microbes and pollen to -- well, members of his own race. Part of the longevity of the series is that when an actor leaves, the show gets around this by killing his character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a show a distinctly different atmosphere with each regeneration.

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The premise of the show is simple enough: it follows the adventures of a renegade TimeLord, the Doctor, and his various companions through time and space. He travels in his [[SapientShip living and sentient]] {{time machine}}, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions Dimension In Space), and meets many foes, ranging from heavily armoured robots to killer microbes and pollen to -- well, members of his own race. Part of the longevity of the series is that when an actor leaves, the show gets around this by killing his character off, only to "regenerate" the Doctor into a new form played by someone else (sometimes by someone significantly older or younger). As a result, the same character has appeared in the series from the beginning, but his new personality and new tastes give a show a distinctly different atmosphere with each regeneration.
14th Nov '16 12:24:29 PM dangerdan97
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* ''Series/{{K9}}'' (2010- ?), an Australian children's show (produced by a company other than the BBC) which continues in the spirit of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. It takes place in a late-21st-century {{Dystopia}}n London and features an upgraded version of the robot dog that had been PutOnABus back in the 1977 story "The Invasion of Time." A single season aired in 2010; it has been officially in pre-production for Series 2 ever since, but as of early 2014 no announcement has been made as to when or if it will return.

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* ''Series/{{K9}}'' (2010- ?), an Australian children's show (produced by a company other than the BBC) which continues in the spirit of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. It takes place in a late-21st-century {{Dystopia}}n London and features an upgraded version of the robot dog that had been PutOnABus back in the 1977 story "The Invasion of Time." A single season aired in 2010; it has been officially in pre-production for Series 2 ever since, but and as of early 2014 late 2015 plans have been announced for a movie to premiere in 2017, but no announcement further official comment has been made as to when or if it will return.since then.
6th Nov '16 1:48:38 AM hitmonkey
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A MadeForTVMovie aired in 1996, in which the Seventh Doctor returned at the end of his life and regenerated into the Eighth. This was created [[BackDoorPilot as a pilot]] for a revival, but although the Eighth Doctor became part of the continuity as a whole, no actual return of the series resulted. Between 2001 and 2003, Creator/TheBBC 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 [[ObligatoryJoke regenerated]] the show. This new {{revival}} series is a direct continuation of the old series, rather than being a ContinuityReboot, and the Ninth Doctor was a successor to the classic series incarnations. The revival series has radically upgraded production values (the original series is notorious for its [[SpecialEffectFailure often rubbery monster prosthetics]] and bad ChromaKey), shorter [[StoryArc story arcs]] but much more continuity throughout, and it introduced deeper CharacterDevelopment and romance to the series. 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. Even subtracting the 16-year "interregnum," the show still holds the record of longest-running English-language sci-fi series, with its nearest rivals being the 10-season runs of the US series ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1'' and the UK series ''Series/RedDwarf''.

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A MadeForTVMovie aired in 1996, in which the Seventh Doctor returned at the end of his life and regenerated into the Eighth. This was created [[BackDoorPilot as a pilot]] for a revival, but although the Eighth Doctor became part of the continuity as a whole, no actual return of the series resulted. Between 2001 and 2003, Creator/TheBBC 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 [[ObligatoryJoke regenerated]] the show. This new {{revival}} series is a direct continuation of the old series, rather than being a ContinuityReboot, and the Ninth Doctor was a successor to the classic series incarnations. The revival series has radically upgraded production values (the original series is notorious for its [[SpecialEffectFailure often rubbery monster prosthetics]] and bad ChromaKey), shorter [[StoryArc story arcs]] but much more continuity throughout, and it introduced deeper CharacterDevelopment and romance to the series. 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. Even subtracting the 16-year "interregnum," the show still holds the record of longest-running English-language sci-fi series, with its nearest rivals being the 10-season runs 12-season run of the US series ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and ''Series/StargateSG1'' and the UK series ''Series/RedDwarf''.
2nd Oct '16 1:09:41 AM platypode
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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' (2007 - 2011), a LighterAndSofter spinoff. K-9 put in semi-regular appearances. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and original-series ''Who'' characters TheBrigadier and Jo Grant guest-starred in one serial each. The series ended production with the death of star Creator/ElisabethSladen.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' (2007 - 2011), a LighterAndSofter kid-friendly spinoff. K-9 put in semi-regular appearances. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and original-series ''Who'' characters TheBrigadier and Jo Grant guest-starred in one serial each. The series ended production with the death of star Creator/ElisabethSladen.
25th Sep '16 2:47:57 PM Exxolon
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* ''Series/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...

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* ''Series/Class'' ''Series/{{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...
25th Sep '16 2:47:38 PM Exxolon
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* ''Series/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...
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