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Monday, November 24, 2008

Doctor Who Trivia: First aired on November 23, 1963
Makes this BBC Series 45 Years Old !

Yes...YES!!! We are a "Dr. Who" family!
(I purchased a hand made 12 foot scarf for my DH (from England - no less) that is the rival of any that Tom Baker ever wore!!! - oh! yes! SMILE)

For any of you who are not educated in the ways the the Tardis travelling Time Lord - a quick summary:

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems, facing monsters and righting wrongs.

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who

The character of the Doctor was initially shrouded in mystery. All that was known about him in the programme's early days was that he was an eccentric alien traveller of great intelligence who battled injustice while exploring time and space in an unreliable old time machine called the TARDIS, an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space. As it appears much larger on the inside than on the outside, the TARDIS has been described by the Third Doctor as "dimensionally transcendental"[35] and, due to a malfunction of its Chameleon Circuit, is stuck in the shape of a 1950s-style British police box.

However, not only did the initially irascible and slightly sinister Doctor quickly mellow into a more compassionate figure, it was eventually revealed that he had been on the run from his own people, the Time Lords of the planet Gallifrey.

As a Time Lord, the Doctor has the ability to regenerate his body when near death. Introduced into the storyline as a way of continuing the series when the writers were faced with the departure of lead actor William Hartnell in 1966, it has continued to be a major element of the series, allowing for the recasting of the lead actor when the need arises. The serial The Deadly Assassin established that a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times, for a total of thirteen incarnations (although at least one Time Lord, The Master, has managed to circumvent this). To date, the Doctor has gone through this process and its resulting after-effects on nine occasions, with each of his incarnations having his own quirks and abilities but otherwise sharing the memories and experience of the previous incarnations:

  1. First Doctor, played by William Hartnell (1963–1966 [36])

  2. Second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton (1966–1969 [36])

  3. Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee (1970–1974 [36])

  4. Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker (1974–1981 [36])

  5. Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison (1981–1984 [36])

  6. Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker (1984–1986)

  7. Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy (1987–1989, 1996) [37]

  8. Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann (1996)

  9. Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston (2005)

  10. Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant (2005–2010) [7]

The current Tardis - The Tardis used from 1980-1989


Carl said...

Happy Birthday Oh Mighty Time Lord!

I am so grateful that my children could grow up watching Saturday mornings the legacy of Dr. Who and his many adventures around the Universe and within our small Galaxy. Public schools are adverse to teaching time quantum theory and extrapolating the probable future of time travelers relegating it to fiction. This is a serious mistake and I am happy that generations yet unborn can become acquainted with the Tardis and Dr. Who.

On this the program's birthday, there should be appropriate celebrations throughout the earth since Dr. Who has saved it many times from alien invasions!

Dad (aka Carl, grandpa, hey you)

Vicki said...

Bill was a big Dr. Who fan, so we watched it a lot. He was very excited when it came back a few years ago. We had a good time with it. He especially appreciated because of his mission in England--he knew the British way of thinking, and sense of humor very well.