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Transcript of Doctor Who
What is Doctor Who?
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his TARDIS (acronym: Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
by Vinícius Valle
Still from "An Unearthly Child"
" Classic" Who
The Fourth Doctor and some Daleks
The Eighth Doctor in the TV movie
The Tenth Doctor in "Doomsday"
Russel T. Davies
The Ninth Doctor regenerates into the Tenth Doctor
Lord President Rassilon during the Time War
12th Doctor Peter Capaldi
The Tenth Doctor and his Sonic Screwdriver
The Sonic Screwdriver of the Third Doctor
The Eleventh Doctor´s Sonic Screwdriver
The police box used from 2005 to 2010
The first TARDIS interior
TARDIS of the 5th, 6th and 7th Doctors
The TV movie Console Room
Interior used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors
Eleventh Doctor´s first Console Room
The current TARDIS interior
Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman
Sarah Jane Smith
Romana and K9
Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough
Dr. Grace Holloway
Amy Pond and Rory Williams
Several individuals share credit for establishing Doctor Who in 1963, but it is generally accepted that the original impetus for the series, as well as the establishment of certain aspects, such as the concept of the TARDIS, the basic character of the Doctor and the title Doctor Who itself belong to Canadian-born Sydney Newman. Others involved in piecing together the puzzle that became the series include Head of Serials Donald Wilson, writer C. E. Webber, script editor David Whitaker and the show's first producer, Verity Lambert, the first woman to hold such a position at the BBC. Two other notable participants in the birth of the series were Anthony Coburn and Waris Hussein, the writer and director, respectively, of the first four-part serial, An Unearthly Child, the first episode of which aired on 23 November 1963.
The "classic" series of Doctor Who is how the original run of the show is currently called. This period, from 1963 to 1989, encompasses 7 Doctors and 26 seasons, with a total of 695 episodes. After 26 years on-air, the now iconic show was put on hold.
The time in which Doctor Who wasn´t being produced led to the launch of a cottage industry of spin-off work, including the first long-term range of original fiction.
In 1996 there was an attempt at launching an American-UK co-produced Doctor Who series. A telemovie starring Paul McGann as the Doctor was produced for Fox Network, but it failed to garner sufficient ratings in the US to warrant a new series.
The "new" or "revived" series is the current and more popular form of the show, produced by BBC Wales since 2005. The BBC stunned fans by announcing that Doctor Who was going to return, with critically acclaimed Russel T. Davies acting as showrunner. The new series, a continuation of the original, has already had 3 Doctors (with a new coming this Christmas) and 7 series, with a total of 102 episodes. The current showrunner is Steven Moffat and the current Doctor is played by Matt Smith.
Doctor Who has had 4 spin-off series by this day: the adult-aimed "Torchwood" (2006-2011), the child-aimed "The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007-2011) and "K-9" (2009-2010), and a single pilot episode of "K-9 and Company" (1981).
The Doctor is a Time Lord, and since the Time War, the last of them. The Doctor´s real name is known to no one but a few, being one of the greatest secrets in the Universe. He is an old eccentric man, and although his personality changes in each incarnation, some aspects remain, such as an unpredictable, affable, clownish exterior concealing a well of great age, wisdom, seriousness and even darkness. The Doctor has a very strong sense of right and wrong. Though largely a believer of non-violent conflict resolution, he is a great warrior when necessary. He bears a fondness for the human race and its home planet, Earth.
The Time Lords are an ancient race of aliens from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. Although externally looking the same as humans, they have several physiological diffrecnces, such as two hearts, slower aging and the process of regeneration.
Regeneration is the process by which Time Lords renew themselves, causing a complete physical and often psychological change.
The concept of regeneration was created to justify the change of the actor portraying the Doctor, and has since expanded its role in the Who mythology.
The sonic screwdriver is a highly versatile tool used by many, but not all, incarnations of the Doctor. It can, through sound waves, pick locks, detonate bombs, scan something, hack into computers, defend against some kinds of weapons, and so on.
A TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is a Gallifreyan time machine/spaceship that can go anywhere and anywhen in the Universe. TARDISes are bigger on the inside, organic, semi-sentient machines. The Doctor´s TARDIS, which is also his home, has a faulty Chameleon Circuit, what causes it to be stuck in the form of a 1960s British police box.
A companion is one of the Doctor closest friends, and in most times who travels with him through time and space. They are majorly British human females from the present.
Doctor Who returned for its 50th anniversary in the 23rd of November