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Monday, April 12th, 2004, 09:17 PM





http://www.physics.mun.ca/~sps/drwho.html (http://www.physics.mun.ca/%7Esps/drwho.html)

http://www.highspeedplus.com/~dascott/intro.htm (http://www.highspeedplus.com/%7Edascott/intro.htm)


Monday, April 12th, 2004, 09:24 PM
He's back and it's about time ;)

Eccleston is new Doctor Who

Christopher Eccleston will become the ninth Doctor Who
Shallow Grave actor Christopher Eccleston has been named as the new Doctor Who to front the cult BBC sci-fi show when it returns next year.
Eccleston, who starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the horror movie The Others, will be the ninth TV Time Lord to control the Tardis in a 13-part series.

The 40-year-old has starred in Flesh and Blood, The Second Coming, and TV series Our Friends in the North.

The BBC said the Salford-born actor would take "a fresh, modern approach".

'Edgy and eccentric'

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: "We are delighted to have cast an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic roles.

It's going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey

Russell T Davies
BBC executive producer
"It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st century, as well as retaining its core traditional values - to be surprising, edgy and eccentric."

Executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said: "Christopher was our first choice.

"His casting raises the bar for all of us. It's going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey, and I can't wait to start."

Previous TV Time Lords

William Hartnell
Patrick Troughton
Jon Pertwee
Tom Baker
Peter Davison
Colin Baker
Sylvester McCoy
Paul McGann
The hugely-popular Doctor Who show ran for 26 years from 1963 and the new series will be filmed in Cardiff later this year.

He first came to public attention with his portrayal of Derek Bentley in the film, Let Him Have It before notching up a wealth of TV and movie credits.

He was then snapped up by Hollywood and was cast in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ with Jude Law, and Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicholas Cage.

He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Who is new doctor?

Eccleston will become the ninth Doctor Who
The new Doctor Who will bring stage and screen pedigree to the time travelling Tardis. British-born Christopher Eccleston, 40, shot to fame in Let Him Have It as Derek Bentley, who was wrongly hanged in the 1950s for murder.
He will be the ninth Time Lord to take to the Tardis when the cult sci-fi series returns to television screens in 2005.


Eccleston is now a respected film actor, starring in the highly successful Shallow Grave, in Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, and in Jude opposite Kate Winslet.

Eccleston is an accomplished film actor
He also starred in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ with Jude Law, The Others with Nicole Kidman and Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicolas Cage, as well as TV dramas Our Friends in the North, Hearts and Minds and Linda Green.

He appeared in The League of Gentleman, Flesh and Blood, part of BBC Two's disability season, and the ITV crime drama, Cracker.

Eccleston's character in Cracker was murdered by a psychopath (played by Trainspotting's Robert Carlyle), who held the police to blame for the tragedy at the Hillsborough football ground.

Eccleston went on to appear in the TV drama Hillsborough, which was about the inquest into the tragedy.

What a stupendous choice! This talented actor lends himself is well suited for this particular role.

Fans back Eccleston
On stage he starred in Miss Julie at London's Haymarket Theatre in 2000.

He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, but often returns to his hometown of Salford where he is a patron of the arts.

Doctor Who's executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said he was looking forward to working with Eccleston immensely.

"It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st Century, while remaining edgy and eccentric," he said.

The new 13-part series will be filmed in Cardiff later this year.

Monday, April 12th, 2004, 09:28 PM
Who is the Doctor?


"The Doctor is an underachiever who never saw the point of exams, brought up on a planet that was basically a big university. He was a member of the social elite, but never saw the point of the rituals and social structures that kept that elite in power. He's an aristocrat who has rejected the comforts of his former life and the role that was expected of him. He has no real powers other than a keen intelligence and a lot of learning. He solves problems not through violence, but through wit and reason. No one can be The Doctor, he's more than human, but we can try to be like The Doctor - peaceful, intelligent, witty, reasonable, aware of what is truly important." - Lance Parkin

Throughout the eight incarnations whose adventures have been recorded in detail, The Doctor has exhibited a variety of personality quirks, interests, and abilities, some of which change, or seem to be forgotten, from one regeneration to the next. There are, however, some elements which are common to all the Doctors. The Doctor has a brilliant, if undisciplined, mind. He is passionately interested in many subjects, especially science, history, art and literature. He is insatiably curious, to the extent that he has often endangered himself and his companions in his quest for knowledge. He is a born meddler who seems incapable of walking away from other people's problems. Through all of his lives he has been somewhat arrogant, and he does not suffer fools gladly, though he is usually patient with those who are willing to learn from him. He generally carries an assortment of odd items, some of which seem to be completely useless, until one of them turns out to be exactly what's needed to get him out of a sticky situation. Though the TARDIS contains wardrobe rooms which are filled with costumes from many times and places, his peculiar sense of style means that he rarely makes use of them. Once he decides on clothing which suits his current personality, he seldom deviates from it unless forced to do so. Despite this, he has the uncanny ability to blend in almost everywhere he goes, so much so that people often don't notice his strange attire. He has an amazing ability to ingratiate himself with people who were suspicious of him only minutes before. Sometimes he achieves this by solving a problem for them, but on many occasions it seems to be simply the result of his charismatic personality. Though he is often impatient with his companions, he has great affection for most of them, and has willingly risked his life for all of them on many occasions. Probably the most important constants about The Doctor are his desire for justice, his willingness to put himself on the line to defeat evil wherever he finds it, and, of course, his amazing ability to find that evil wherever he goes.

The Doctor's Background

The anonymous time traveler we call The Doctor was born on the planet Gallifrey (The Time Warrior) in the constellation of Kasterborous (The Brain of Morbius), to a Gallifreyan father and a human mother (Doctor Who TVM). Physically he is much like other Gallifreyans, with two hearts which pump blood that is recognizably not human (Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who TVM), and a respiratory bypass system which enables him to recycle oxygen for a brief time (Pyramids of Mars, The Two Doctors, and others). The only apparent physical characteristic which he inherited from his mother is his eyes. Although their color may change when he regenerates, they retain a human retinal pattern (Doctor Who TVM). This may explain his occasional need for spectacles or magnifying glasses (The Sensorites, Castrovalva, and others), which never seem to be used by full-blooded Gallifreyans. The planet Gallifrey is much like Earth, but some of the trees have silver leaves, and its night sky is a burnt orange color (The Sensorites). The Doctor has memories of lying on a hillside with his father while watching a meteor shower in this night sky (Doctor Who TVM). Aside from his granddaughter, Susan, and an uncle he once mentions (Time and the Rani), we hear of no other members of his family. When speaking to his companion Victoria Waterfield about her father's death, he says that his family sleeps in his mind, and that it takes an effort for him to remember them (The Tomb of the Cybermen). He tells Kathleen Dudman, the future grandmother of his companion Ace, that he is not sure if his family is alive (The Curse of Fenric). The Doctor has been only slightly more forthcoming about his childhood. We do know that he lived in a house in the mountains of South Gallifrey, near a hermit (The Time Monster, Planet of the Spiders) who told him ghost stories, including those of the Fendahl and the Great Vampires (Image of the Fendahl, State of Decay). Omega (The Three Doctors, Arc of Infinity) and the Time Lord renegade Salyavin (Shada) were among his early heroes. He had a boyhood dream of driving a steam engine (Black Orchid). His childhood games included conkers (The Highlanders), trains (The Evil of the Daleks), and hopscotch (The Invasion of Time, Remembrance of the Daleks), and his ability with a yo-yo (The Ark in Space, The Brain of Morbius, and others) suggests lots of practice. At some time in his childhood, he was accepted at the Prydonian Academy, and began the studies which would make him a Time Lord.

Monday, April 12th, 2004, 09:44 PM
If I where running the media Tom Baker would be forced at gun point to make at least 3 Dr. Who episodes a day! Muhahahaha!

Monday, April 12th, 2004, 09:51 PM
If I where running the media Tom Baker would be forced at gun point to make at least 3 Dr. Who episodes a day! Muhahahaha!

Most people of my age and older in Flanders know only the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, aka Tom Baker...

Yes, he is found to be the favourite Doctor of many, he still would do great in a reprise of his former role, he is still an inpredictable and commanding persona, albeit he certainly knows how in a laconic fashion to ham up things... :)

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004, 11:00 PM

Dont miss out their expansive video & audio archive! :thumbsup

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004, 11:24 PM
This is great news!!! Dr Who used to be one of my favourite TV shows when I was growing up

Monday, August 30th, 2004, 11:24 AM
Doctor Who Wav Archive:


Friday, September 3rd, 2004, 11:00 PM


http://www.shillpages.com/dw/dwia.htm (this is a website mantained by a great american guy that has a lot of caps)

http://www.tnelson.demon.co.uk/cult/show033.html (actors who played in Who's series)

as a child in 1981 I saw a buch of episodes of the 4th doctor , it was so intriguing and so british too , it's definitely a cult , especially because it showed an amazing only-white cast!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004, 10:07 PM
Teaser trailer of the new series is available now at the official site:


Friday, December 3rd, 2004, 02:48 PM
A History of the Doctor Who Theme

The Doctor Who theme (composed by Ron Grainer, published by Erle Music/Warner Chappell) is one of the most recognisable pieces of television music ever written. It is also one of the most original in terms of its execution, being created as "pure" electronic music.

An online article by composer Mark Johannes de León:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Mark_Johannes de León/DWTheme.htm


Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 12:18 AM
The Doctor Who Restoration Team

In 1992, a small group of Doctor Who fans within the television industry approached the BBC's Television Archivist with a view to securing funding for a unique project:- the experimental restoration of a monochrome Jon Pertwee story back to its original colour form. So successful were the test results that the BBC Archives and BBC Video co-funded the restoration of three complete stories for transmission and video release. Since then, the team has become a little larger and its members have contributed to many Doctor Who projects for both BBC Television and BBC Worldwide. We currently master almost all Doctor Who VHS and DVD releases for BBC Video, ensuring that the duplication masters are the best possible quality. This website is designed to be a central reference point for past and future projects.

Newest articles have a red 'New!' flash on the contents bar and floating the mouse cursor over the flash should reveal the date of the last update. Latest updates within articles are highlighted in red.

It is important to remember that the title 'Doctor Who Restoration Team' is a self-imposed one. Although the team is officially recognised by our clients, the team members all have full time jobs and carry out restoration work in their own time. The 'team' aspect is a fairly loose definition, as some projects are carried out by only a few of the members, depending on the specialist skills required for each job. We also actively sub-contract work out to a small band of talented individuals outside of the core team.


Monday, June 13th, 2005, 10:59 PM
Who is Doctor Who?

One Conspiracy, one site...


Thursday, June 16th, 2005, 02:15 PM
Actor David Tennant is the new Doctor...though I can't really say that I am entirely warmed up to him; he might be a fine actor and an avid DW fan, but I loathe the funny faces he makes...:):



(contains spoiler about this Saturday's episode)

Doctor Who third series confirmed

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40631000/jpg/_40631096_tennant1_203pa.jpg David Tennant is set to take over the Doctor Who role

The BBC has commissioned a third series of Doctor Who in addition to the second series already planned. The announcement comes days before the current series - a huge ratings success for BBC One - reaches its end.

With Christmas specials scheduled for 2005 and 2006, fans can look forward to 28 new episodes in total.

As Christopher Eccleston will not be returning for the next series, Casanova actor David Tennant has been cast as his replacement.

But Billie Piper, who plays the Doctor's assistant Rose Tyler, will return for the whole of the second series.

Writer Russell T Davies has confirmed he will write six episodes of series two, which will see the return of classic villains the Cybermen.

"It's a joy to write - you couldn't have more fun," he told the BBC Breakfast programme on Thursday.

He added that Eccleston's departure was "a great loss", but that a new lead actor would give the show "a new lease of life".

The new series will begin filming in Wales in five weeks.

Stop reading now if you do not want to know what happens in Saturday's episode.

The final episode of the first series sees an army of Daleks attack the earth.

The programme also reveals the identity of Bad Wolf, the unseen nemesis that has been following the Doctor and Rose throughout the series.

Viewers will see the Doctor kiss his assistant for the first time - though not for romantic reasons.

They will also watch him regenerate into David Tennant, whose first words as the Time Lord will be: "Hello. New teeth. Now where were we?"

Friday, June 17th, 2005, 01:48 PM
Time Lord's time finally up (The Sun):
(Click on your own peril! Article contains pictures from the last minutes of the episode...:))


Odin Biggles
Friday, June 17th, 2005, 04:19 PM
I think Tennant will be a good doctor, I saw an episode of Casanova and he was really good in that, hes got the wit, looks and screen presence to pull it off me thinks.

Looking forward to the last episode looks good.

Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 10:58 PM
Doctor Who series two secrets revealed

The final episode of the new series of Doctor Who finished less than 24 hours ago, but Newsround Showbiz has already got the inside scoop on what happens next. Two Christmas specials, two more series, the return of yet another villain from the past and a brand-new Doctor are all yet to come.

Thankfully the boss of the series, Russell T Davies dropped into Newsround to give a taste of what lies in wait for the Doctor next year...

Are there going to be any more series?
"A Christmas special this year, another series of 13 epsiodes in 2006, followed by another Christmas special and then 13 more episodes in 2007, which is very exciting."

Are there any famous villains for the new series?
"Some great new stuff. Some famous old monsters called Cybermen will be coming back and they are as equally scary as the Daleks. They will marching onto your screens into 2006.

"Lots of new villains too and one or two favourite characters from this year as well.

"But at the same time the Christmas special has a brand new monster to fight, and that's gonna be good!"

The first series has been very earthbound, but will the second take in some new planets?
"I'm the one who has stopped us going off earth because I think you see an awful lot of shows, expensive good ones like Enterprise and Angel, where they go to another planet or dimension and it looks rubbish, it looks like California in the sunshine with a funny rock.

"I think that when stuff like Revenge of the Sith is doing the most beautiful planets, no matter what you think of the film, the planets are utterly beautiful and that's on a cinema budget which is a trillion times more than a television show would have.

"I think it's the hardest thing to do and I'm very wary of looking like rubbish because I think the moment the programme looks rubbish people point at it and laugh in a bad way.

"I'm very happy if people have fun with it and have a good laugh with it. When you have a bad laugh you've lost the faith and you've lost the audience."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40638000/jpg/_40638384_tennant203pa.jpg The new Doctor, actor David Tennant

In the first series we had the Bad Wolf running through, is there anything similar in the second series?
"Yes there is, and that word has already been heard on screen. And that's all I'm saying. You'll have to go back and trawl through 13 episodes to realise what I'm on about.

"You'll hear the word in the Christmas special though"

Can you tell us a bit about the Christmas special?
"It's going to be 60 minutes long. It's the first story of the new Doctor played by David Tennant.

"I remember when I was young it's very strange when a new Doctor comes along, and that's exactly how Rose feels. Her mum gets involved again, but beyond that I can't give anything else away.

"It's as Christmassy as can be. It's got reindeer, it's got sleigh bells, it's got the works."

Is David Tennant going to speak with his native Scottish accent?
"Well, every planet has a Scotland. You'll have to wait and see, there are big revelations on the way and I can't say any more than that."

Have you been surprised by the reaction to the show?
"The thing we're most happy about is that we've got a new young audience watching. Research before we started said children won't watch because their mums and dads liked it.

"That was terrifying because we wanted a young audience and I especially wanted girls watching because science-fiction is very often seen as a boy's thing, which is why we have so many strong female characters. And a lot of strong emotion in it, because I think that gets girls watching.

"I'm delighted that young audience has latched on to it.

Watch the interview with Russell T Davies on Newsround Showbiz at 3.50pm on the CBBC channel.

Monday, June 20th, 2005, 11:37 AM
Screenshots from Series 27:


Friday, June 24th, 2005, 09:05 AM
Planet of the Doctor:

CBC's online six-part documentary series canvassing the phenomenon of this long-lasting British cult program. (Quicktime/Windows Media Player)


Monday, July 25th, 2005, 03:59 PM
I suppose Tennant is wearing the Doc's new outfit to premiere in the Christmas special....

BBC Wales Press Release

"Filming Is Underway For Series Two Of Doctor Who

David Tennant today steps into the role of the tenth Time Lord, as filming
commences on the highly anticipated Christmas special and second series of
Doctor Who for BBC ONE.

Billie Piper returns as the Doctor’s feisty young companion, Rose Tyler, and
together they will travel through time and space battling new and returning
aliens and monsters.

David Tennant says of his striking new look: “I think we’ve come up with
something distinctive that’s both timeless and modern, with a bit of geek
chic and of course, a dash of Time Lord! Most importantly Billie tells me
she likes it – after all she’s the one who has to see me in it for the next
nine months! ”

Billie Piper, who will star alongside Tennant in the Christmas special and
all 13 episodes in series two, says: “I’m thrilled to be stepping back into
the role of Rose. We plan to make series two even bigger and better and
challenge the viewers’ imaginations like never before. Wait until you get a
load of the new doctor!”

Russell T Davies, writer and Executive Producer, adds: “We were delighted
and honoured by the first series' success, and we can promise new thrills,
new laughs, new heartbreak, and some terrifying new aliens. The Doctor and
Rose are destined to meet Queen Victoria, an evil race of Cat Women, and the
dreaded Cybermen. 2006 is going to be scarier than ever!”

Filming of the 60 minute Christmas episode kicks off in London and continues
in various locations across Wales, predominantly in Cardiff. Christmas
becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls
under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor's help, but can
she trust a man with a new face?


Camille Coduri returns as Rose’s mum Jackie and Noel Clarke as Mickey.
Penelope Wilton returns as Harriet Jones in the Christmas Special. Anthony
Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Little Britain) and Adam Garcia (Coyote
Ugly, Saturday Night Fever The Musical) are now confirmed to star in series
two. Elisabeth Sladen resumes her role as the iconic character Sarah Jane
Smith; remembered by a whole generation of Doctor Who fans as the assistant
to both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

The Christmas Special will be screened later this year and series two is
scheduled for spring 2006. Writers include Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat,
Mark Gatiss, Toby Whithouse, Tom Macrae, Matt Jones and Stephen Fry. The
directors include James Hawes, Euros Lyn and Graeme Harper.

The producer is Phil Collinson; Executive producers are Head of Drama, BBC
Wales, Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. "

Mistress Klaus
Monday, July 25th, 2005, 04:44 PM
I admit I don't think I can view the "New" Doctor Who... :| I watched 5 minutes & turned off. I feel the Tardis has been turned into an open house....an abyss now open for modern fools.. :|

Monday, October 17th, 2005, 03:08 PM
BBC to screen 'Dr Who for adults' as new spin-off show

By Ian Burrell, Media Editor

The Independent Online Edition
link (http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article320110.ece)

Published: 17 October 2005

The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its most famous sci-fi show.
The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain.

It will feature in its starring role John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and who will play the same character in Torchwood.
Like the latest version of Doctor Who, which the BBC successfully relaunched this year, Torchwood will be based in Cardiff. Davies, who has just begun writing Torchwood, said the new programme would be aimed at adult audiences and would "have its own, unique identity". He said: "Torchwood will be a dark, clever, wild, sexy, British crime/sci-fi paranoid thriller cop show with a sense of humour - the X Files meets This Life," the latter a reference to the groundbreaking Nineties BBC drama about a group of young lawyers in Bristol.
Torchwood will be shown next summer on BBC3 in 13 episodes, each lasting 45 minutes. Alert viewers of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special will hear a reference to the Torchwood unit and further mentions will be made in the new series in the spring.
Stuart Murphy, the controller of BBC3, described Davies as an "absolute genius" and described Torchwood as "a massive coup".
He said: "We had never done sci fi before and it is a genre which people treat in a certain way. You look at what he has done with Dr Who and we said to Russell what would you do with a post-watershed sci fi?"
Mr Murphy said he hoped that Davies would bring to the new series a similar quirky humour that the writer deployed in the period drama Casanova, which was also shown on BBC3 before moving to BBC1.

"Each episode of Torchwood will be a one-off story and will be funny in a way that Casanova brought humour to period drama," he said.
Captain Jack has been described as Doctor Who's "first openly gay companion" and a "hunky bisexual".
Davies told Doctor Who magazine earlier this year: "It wasn't me sort of dying to get a bisexual character on screen. Yes, I'm a gay writer, but I was thinking: Jack's from the 51st century so of course he's going to go out with men and women. To get hung up on it is almost too sad for words, frankly."
Torchwood will allow Davies to explore relationships a little further. Mr Murphy said of the new series: "The people have affairs with one another. There will be sex and swearing, I assume. I'm quite relaxed about that, it will be post-watershed and Russell can do it in a funny and sexy way."

Describing the idea behind the new show, the BBC controller said: "It's a renegade bunch of investigators who investigate real-life, normal crimes. They also look into alien happenings. They have been charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to Earth and they need to do it without the FBI and UN knowing."
Mr Murphy said the new series would have a distinctly Welsh feel, reflecting Davies's Swansea roots. "It's set in modern-day Cardiff. Unlike Doctor Who, which made Cardiff look like Dickensian London, this will look like Cardiff."
Davies said he was especially pleased to have secured the services of the "fantastic" Barrowman and said that Torchwood "gives us the chance to further develop exceptional talent from Doctor Who".
Barrowman, who as Captain Jack is part of the Doctor's Tardis crew, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Illinois. He first came to prominence as a children's television presenter on the show Live and Kicking, where he worked alongside Emma Forbes and Andy Peters.
BBC3 hopes to begin screening Torchwood at the end of the next series of Doctor Who adventures, in which the Doctor will be played by David Tennant.

Torchwood is the latest morphing of one of the BBC's most famous shows, which first reached the screens in 1963, although the programme will be distinct from Doctor Who and no stories will directly cross over between the two projects.


BBC sound file, containing an interview with producer Russell T.Davies:

Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 08:34 PM
New design Cyberman is revealed

The first pictures of the redesigned Cybermen have been released ahead of the sci-fi villains' return in the new series of Doctor Who.

They will do battle with new Doctor David Tennant next year.
Producer Phil Collinson said Cybermen were "as much a part of Doctor Who heritage as the Daleks, so it's a huge personal thrill to see them back".
The new series will also include appearances by ex-Doctor Who companions K9 and Sarah-Jane Smith.

Originally created in 1966, the Cybermen are giant robots from the planet Mondas.
They have human brains but are devoid of emotion, and they are out to convert humanity into their own kind.

The new series of Doctor Who will follow a special episode to be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Doctor Who was revived in March after a 16-year absence and proved to be a ratings success. A third series has already been confirmed.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/11/10 18:16:35 GMT

Saturday, November 19th, 2005, 11:36 AM
Recently regenerated time-travelling adventures
Doctor Who (1963-89, 2005-)

The science fiction adventure series Doctor Who (BBC, 1963 - 89) has created a phenomenon unlike any other British TV programme. Despite having been off the air for 15 years, the adventures of the mysterious time travelling Doctor and his equally fantastic time and space machine the TARDIS - bigger inside than out and shaped like a 1950s Police box - continue to attract a loyal following.

The longevity of Doctor Who is partly due to the flexibility of its format. The TARDIS can travel anywhere in time and space, offering a huge potential for stories, while the show's ability to change its lead actor meant that it was possible to adapt its style to changing viewer tastes. For example, the Doctor, as first played by the ageing character actor William Hartnell (1963-66), would have been too paternalistic for later viewers, despite displaying the impeccable anti-establishment credentials that were central to the character throughout the show's run.

The programme was an immediate hit, quickly spawning a range of toys, board games and even wallpaper. However, Hartnell's increasingly ill-tempered behaviour and infirmity presented the BBC with a problem, one which was overcome with a stroke of genius: keep the show running with a different actor in the central role. The Doctor's ability to regenerate - swap bodies - saved the show, and from 1966 to 1969 the more youthful Patrick Troughton took control of the TARDIS, followed by the dandified and athletic Jon Pertwee (1970-74).

An integral element of the format was the use of travelling companions, ordinary people caught up in the Doctor's adventures. This provided the writers with characters who could ask questions on behalf of the audience, although the need to have them endlessly query what was going on often rendered them two-dimensional.

No history of Doctor Who would be complete without a mention of the Daleks, a race of militaristic machine creatures whose metallic cry of "Exterminate" has passed into popular usage. Their regular encounters with the Doctor were a guaranteed ratings boost, although other alien races such as the Cybermen also proved popular.

The show reached its peak during Tom Baker's early portrayal of the Doctor (1974-81), an era dripping with gothic imagery. However, growing concerns about violence resulted in a lightening of tone and the start of an erratic decline in both popularity and quality that finally culminated in the series' cancellation in 1989.

Anthony Clark

source (http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/454592/index.html)

Official BBC Website:

The Internet's greatest DW fansite, community and forum:

Saturday, November 19th, 2005, 11:42 AM
Background and history of The Doctor as dealt with in the series, movies, comics and novelles....


...which reads more thrilling and captivating, listening to these mp3's ;) :


http://mediatrax.david-s.co.uk/mp3/The%20Doctor%20Who%20(Multidimensional%2 0Mix)%20-%20Hardwire.mp3


Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Doctor Who?

A somewhat brief overview and history of the BBC series (http://www.msu.edu/%7Egobeski1/AboutDW.htm).


Doctor Who is the world's longest-running science-fiction program. From 1963-1989, Doctor Who captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of people all over the world. A BBC production, the show rose above its often dodgy special effects with an emphasis on plot and characterisation that is often missing from today's programs.
The premise was simple enough: an alien from a distant planet and his granddaughter, who can travel through time and space, lands on Earth in 1963 and inadvertently picks up two schoolteachers. The four of them have adventures ranging from Earth's distant past to the far future. Developed by Sydney Newman, Doctor Who was intended as an educational children's show, with the time travelers confronting Marco Polo one week, and adventuring in outer space the next, thus learning about things during their journey, and through them, the audience. As the program developed, many details were added: the time traveler was known only as the Doctor; the time machine would be known as a TARDIS (standing for Time and Relative Dimension In Space) and it would be dimensionally transcendental (bigger on the inside than on the outside); and it would shaped as a London Police Call Box (a common sight back then, but nonexistent nowadays). The theme was fleshed out, the actors were cast, and on 23 November 1963, at 5:15 PM GMT, Doctor Who premiered.


Doctor Who's first episode was called "An Unearthly Child" and was written by Anthony Coburn. The story centered around two public schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill), who were worried about one of their students, Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford). Susan is brilliant in some areas but hopeless in others. One night, the two teachers follow Susan home, hoping to have a word with her grandfather. They follow her to a junkyard, where they discover an old man calling himself the Doctor (William Hartnell). Susan, however, is nowhere to be seen. The Doctor insists that the two teachers leave, but they hear Susan's voice from inside a Police Box, and they force their way inside, only to be amazed at the size of the interior. The Doctor and Susan are aliens who travel through time and space. Susan insists that she wants to stay on 20th Century Earth, so the Doctor kidnaps Ian and Barbara, and they land in the far distant past...
The next three episodes concerned a tribe of cavemen who had lost the secret of fire, and who held the travelers prisoner in an attempt to learn fire. The serial was generally true to the vision of Sydney Newman. However, it was in the next serial that the series really took off.


Terry Nation's story (originally called "The Mutants", but since then generally referred to as "The Daleks") centers on a planet which had been decimated by nuclear war. Two races, the Thals and the Dals, have evolved since then on entirely different paths - the Thals becoming more perfectly human, while the Dals have become Daleks, encased in mobile life-support systems. The Doctor and companions see the city of the Daleks, and, after deliberate sabotage of the TARDIS by the Doctor, they explore the city and are captured by the Daleks. The next 6 episodes concentrate on the escape from the city and the movement in helping the Thals destroy the Daleks.
The Daleks captured the public's imagination, quickly becoming one of the most recognizable symbols of the show. British children would spend recess playing "Daleks and Thals". Dalekmania sprung up, with many diverse products appearing on the market. The Daleks had catapulted Doctor Who into stardom. And yet, they almost never made it onto screen. Sydney Newman reportedly hated the Daleks, feeling that this was the sort of bug-eyed monster that he had been trying to avoid. However, no other scripts were available for production, so "The Daleks" was filmed, and the rest is history.


The show would continue on for another three seasons with William Hartnell as the Doctor. However, as Season Three ended, it was clear that Hartnell was getting tired of the program, coming more and more ill and repeatedly coming to loggerheads with the current production team of Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis about their different interpretations of how the show should be produced. Hartnell then decided he was leaving. This led to a small problem. Should they just end Doctor Who, or try and continue on? They decided that the show was too popular to just end, and so they had to find a way to cast a new actor as the Doctor. But, wondered the production team, how could they get the audience to accept a new actor as the Doctor? The team hit upon a brilliant idea. "Well, if the Doctor is an alien," they reasoned, "then perhaps he has unknown powers. And one of them could be the ability to rejuvenate his body. And so he could become a different actor." (I'm making this conversation up, of course.) Lloyd and Davis asked Patrick Troughton to take over the lead role, and he agreed.


Hartnell's final story was "The Tenth Planet" by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedlar. A double first, this story introduced both the concept of rejuvenation (or regeneration, as it became known) and the Cybermen, the most popular Doctor Who monster after the Daleks.
The TARDIS materialises in 1986 Antarctica, at the South Pole Tracking Station. Spacecraft orbiting the Earth are experiencing problems, which turn out to be the arrival of a tenth planet, Mondas. Mondas is inhabited by a race of beings known as Cybermen, former humanoids who began to replace their bodies with cybernetic parts, eventually becoming almost completely cybernetic (25 years before the Borg). The Cybermen need energy, so they have come to drain Earth's energy and use it themselves. It's up to the Doctor, Ben (Michael Craze), and Polly (Anneke Wills) to stop them before it's too late.

The original Cybermen prepare to invade ("The Tenth Planet"). At the end of the story, the Cybermen having been defeated, the Doctor retreats to the TARDIS after having been complaining about his health, remarking at one point, "This body of mine seems to be wearing a bit thin." He collapses on the floor and transforms into Patrick Troughton, before the astonished eyes of Ben, Polly, and viewing audiences around the country. Doctor Who had changed, and it wouldn't be the same again.
Troughton's first story was "The Power of the Daleks" by David Whitaker. The production team rationalised that, if they were going to introduce a new actor, they should bring back the audience's favorite monster.

The TARDIS lands on the planet Vulcan, site of a lost Earth colony. The Doctor, recovering from the effects of his regeneration, goes and investigates, where he discovers that the colony is working on reviving a small craft of Daleks, unaware of their deadliness. Soon the Daleks are breeding new Daleks while still pretending to be servants of the humans. It's up to the Doctor to stop them before they wipe out the entire colony. "The Power of the Daleks" was well received, and the show continued on with new lead actor Troughton. Many classic stories came from this era, including "The Tomb of the Cybermen", "The Ice Warriors", and "Fury From the Deep". Sadly, however, the majority of Troughton's era is lost, and so only a few episodes survive.

What happened to those old episodes of Doctor Who? (http://www.msu.edu/%7Egobeski1/Missing.htm)

Troughton's era finally came to an end in 1969. His last story was a 10 episode epic called "The War Games" by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, concerning a large planet where people from various Earth wars had been brought to fight. While not a particularly ground-breaking plot, "The War Games" is notable in that we finally learn something about the Doctor's race, the Time Lords. We discover that the Doctor stole a TARDIS because he was bored with his race's way of noninterference with other cultures. The Doctor is forced to call for the Time Lords' help in sending all the people on the planet home, and so the Time Lords catch him, put him on trial, and sentence him to exile on 20th century Earth, with a new appearance. Thus the second Doctor ended, but a whole new Doctor was just over the horizon. And now the show would be in color!


1970 heralded a new era in Doctor Who. Now in color, the show featured the talents of Jon Pertwee, a famous comedian, most notably for his work on "The Navy Lark". Pertwee, however, decided to play the role of the Doctor completely straight. His Doctor was exiled on Earth, working with an organisation called UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), whose leader in England was Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney). The Doctor was UNIT's scientific advisor, and he divided his time between fighting off alien invasions and trying to get his TARDIS to work again.
Pertwee's first story was Robert Holmes's "Spearhead from Space" which was about an attempted invasion of Earth by an alien known as the Nestene Consciousness. The Nestene had to ability to create living plastic and turn it into deadly killing machines. The Autons were the Nestene's soldiers. The Doctor joined forces with UNIT to stop the Autons from killing more and bringing the Nestene Consciousness to Earth. It's an good story, with some chilling monsters. But the Doctor's greatest villain was just on the horizon.


The Master (Roger Delgado) was introduced in Robert Holmes's "Terror of the Autons." The Master, like the Doctor, was a renegade Time Lord. But while the Doctor was on the side of good and just, the Master wanted nothing more than power. He wanted to rule the Universe. He and the Doctor locked horns on many occasions. They were arch-rivals, each one trying to foil the other. The Master was charming, suave, and utterly ruthless. He was the perfect villain.
The Master was a very popular villain, and appeared many times, including every story of Season Eight. "The Dæmons", considered by many to be the quintessential Pertwee story, features the Master. Delgado was the perfect foil to Pertwee, and the two actors were great friends. Sadly, however, Delgado died in June 1973, the result of an auto accident.


The show's tenth anniversary rolled around in 1973, so the production team of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks decided to celebrate by bringing together all three Doctors in a story titled, appropriately enough, "The Three Doctors", by Bob Baker & Dave Martin. The story concerns a mysterious antimatter creature that is removing things from the natural Universe, and a black hole which is rapidly draining energy from the Time Lords. The Time Lords, desparate to find a way to stop the drain, pull the past two Doctors out of their timestreams and into the current one's timestream, so as to cooperate and find a way to save their home planet. The drain and the antimatter creature are both being created by the Time Lord Omega, the solar engineer who gave the Time Lords the power to travel in time at the cost of his own life. Omega did not die, but rather loved on in an antimatter universe, ekeing out an existence. He is now looking for a Time Lord to replace him as the ruler of his universe. However, millenia of living on his own has not only driven Omega mad, but also destroyed his body. Omega exists only by his will alone. The three Doctors must cooperate and stop Omega before he exacts his revenge on the Time Lords.

"The Three Doctors" is a reasonable run-around, somewhat hampered by the lack of believability (e.g., the Brigadier insisting that UNIT HQ has materialised in Cromer and not Omega's universe, despite the clear evidence to the contrary) and the clear illness of William Hartnell. Hartnell, who was ill, had trouble remembering his lines and so was limited to appearances on the TARDIS screen. It was his final work as an actor, and he passed away in 1976.
After five years, Pertwee eventually gave up the role, passing on the role to Tom Baker. His final story, Robert Sloman and Barry Letts' "Planet of the Spiders", was about the planet Metebelis III, a former Earth colony whose spiders had mutated to gigantic proportions due to the effects of the blue crystals in the mountains. The Doctor ventures into the mountain and fights the Great One, who is the ruler of the Spiders and is planning to mutate into an even more powerful creature. The Great One dies, but the radiation was too much for the Doctor, and he knows he will die. He arrives back on Earth, radiation-scarred, and regenerates before the Brigadier and Sarah Jane into Tom Baker.

During the era of Tom Baker, Doctor Who soared to new heights of popularity. Tom Baker played the role for a record seven years, and he amassed a huge following. For many people, he was THE Doctor.
Tom Baker's first story was "Robot" by Terrance Dicks. It's about a robot (bet you didn't see that one coming) created by Professor Ketterwell (Edward Burnham). The robot is being manipulated by the Scientific Reform Society, who want to use the robot to break into high-security vaults and steal dangerous weaponry so that they can hold the world hostage if the leaders don't agree to turn over leadership to the SRS. The Doctor and UNIT must save the day before it's too late...but can the Doctor stop a robot that has grown to gigantic proportions?
"Robot" is an enjoyable story, if not a standout. However, one of the best episodes would come later in the season: a slick reworking of Dalek history.


"Genesis of the Daleks" is about the origins of the Daleks. The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) have been sent by the Time Lords to Skaro, the home planet of the Daleks, at the time of their creation. Their mission: to stop the Daleks from being created, or to alter their development so that they are less dangerous. The Doctor and Harry are captured by the Kaleds, the forerunners of the Daleks, while Sarah Jane becomes a prisoner of the Thals. The Thals and the Kaleds are reaching the end of their 1000-year war. The Kaleds, however, have a plan. Their lead scientist, the crippled Davros (Michael Wisher) has created a device for the Kaleds to live in: a Mark III travel machine, aka a Dalek. The Kaleds, however, are wary of becoming Daleks, so they veto Davros's plans. Furious, Davros turns to the Thals, giving them the code that will allow them to penetrate the shields of the Kaled dome and obliterate the Kaleds. The resulting radiation will force the Kaleds to either become Daleks or perish. The Kaleds have no choice but to agree.
The Doctor is captured by Davros. Davros, who has learned that the Doctor is a time traveler, demands that the Doctor tell him why the Daleks specifically lost their battles. The Doctor gives in, telling Davros specifics about every major Dalek defeat. The Doctor is taken away, to be held for further questioning. However, a rebellion is fomenting among certain Kaleds who do want the Daleks to continue. The Doctor, meanwhile, has escaped and wired up the Dalek incubation room with explosives, but hesitates on blowing it up, feeling that good will come of the Daleks' evil. However, he is spared making the choice by the announcement that the rebellion has succeeded and that Davros has lost. But it is too late: Davros has released the Daleks. The Thals plan to destroy the entrance to the Kaled bunker, sealing the Daleks in forever. The Doctor corners Davros's henchman, Nyder (Peter Miles), who gives them the tape of the Doctor describing the Daleks' defeats. The Doctor destroys the tape. Meanwhile, the Daleks have decided that they no longer need Davros, so they exterminate him.
The Doctor barely manages to make it to the Thals just before they destroy the entrance, sealing in the Daleks. The Doctor has not completed the Time Lords' mission, but he is content, feeling that the good that will come from the Daleks' existence outweighs the good that would arrive from their destruction.

) "Genesis of the Daleks" is one of the all-time classic Doctor Who stories. A brilliant and stylish reworking of the Daleks, Terry Nation has taken his creatures and given them a whole new feel. The allegory is wonderful, and Michael Wisher's Davros is one of the ultimate Doctor Who villains. Small wonder that this is the one of the most popular stories ever.
Tom Baker's era continued with many more classics, from "Pyramids of Mars" to "The Deadly Assassin" (a wonderful examination of the Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey and featuring the return of the Master (Peter Pratt)) to "City of Death". Tom Baker's seven years were a golden age, but they had to come to an end.
The fourth Doctor's last story was "Logopolis" by Christopher H. Bidmead. It's a story about math, basically. The Doctor has finally decided to get his chameleon circuit fixed. This is the circuit that is supposed to change the TARDIS to fit in with its surroundings but has been stuck in the form of a Police Box. He takes the TARDIS to the planet of Logopolis, a place where numbers are the ultimate reality. The Logopolitans create matter through block transfer computation, and the Doctor hopes that they can give him the right equations to fix the chameleon circuit. Unbeknownst to the Doctor, however, the Master (Anthony Ainley) is on board. He is planning on destroying the Doctor once and for all. He kills a couple Logopolitans and takes the planet hostage, threatning to stop everything if his demands are not granted. However, the Monitor (John Fraser) reveals that it is too late. He reveals that the Universe has, in fact, passed the point of natural heat death, and the Logopolitans had been working on preventing the end through their math. But now the Master has stopped the Logopolitans, and the tenuous hold that was preventing the death of the Universe has been broken.
But it's not too late. The Monitor gives the Doctor the final equations for stablising the Universe, but in order to prevent the heat death, the Doctor must ally with his mortal enemy. But they must hurry. Already the heat death has destroyed several star systems. Together, the Master and the Doctor travel to the Pharos Project on Earth, where they program the computers there to broadcast the equations. The Master, however, holds the Universe hostage, threatening to let the heat death continue unless they acknowledge him as the supreme ruler of the Universe. The Doctor goes outside and rewires the satellite dish to broadcast the equations, but the Master rotates the dish, causing the Doctor to fall. He has saved the Universe, but at the cost of his own life. The Doctor regenerates into Peter Davison.

"It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for." ("Logopolis") Peter Davison's era was a time of ups and downs for the series. John Nathan-Turner was producer. There were three companions in the TARDIS again. It was all part of JNT's plan to change Doctor Who, to show that there was still life in the show after Tom Baker. With this in mind, he cast Peter Davison, an actor already very well known for his part of Tristan Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small" (which JNT had worked on at one point). JNT felt that by bringing in an actor with an established fanbase, he could overcome any perceived drawbacks that Baker's absence had.
Davison's regeneration story was a continuation of "Logopolis". By the same writer, "Castrovalva" also dealt with math. The Master has escaped and has set a trap for the Doctor. Kidnapping the Doctor's companion Adric (Matthew Waterhouse), he has utilised the boy's math skills to create a false city based on recursion. The Doctor goes there to recover, but he is quickly caught up in the workings of Castrovalva, where nothing is quite what it seems...


Peter Davison's era continued, more subdued than Tom Baker's era, but never less than entertaining. And it was during Davison's era that the twentieth anniversary rolled around. So, never one to miss a trick, JNT decided to have a full-blown special featuring all five Doctors. He hit a couple of problems though. First off, William Hartnell was dead. JNT got around this by casting Richard Hurndall to play the part of the first Doctor. But Tom Baker had declined to participate. JNT had already announced that "The Five Doctors" was in production, but now it looked as though it would be four Doctors, and one of them wouldn't even be the original. Desparate, he called up Baker and asked if they could use footage from the uncompleted story "Shada". Thankfully, Baker approved. So now JNT had 4 and a bit Doctors. He commissioned veteran Who writer Robert Holmes to write a script, but Holmes was unable to do it, so Terrance Dicks was brought in. He turned in a script that worked.
The plot is about a mysterious person who is bringing the past Doctors into the Death Zone, an area on Gallifrey where ruthless killing games were fought before the time of Rassilon (the founder of the Time Lords) for the amusement of the populace. The Fourth Doctor is trapped in a time eddy, but the other four arrive in the Zone. It seems that someone wants something out of the Tower at the center of the Zone, but who? And what? The Doctors must team up and find out what it is...

An anniversary show in many ways, this story brought back many old enemies, from Cybermen to the Master to the Yeti from "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear", as well as old friends, including Susan, Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines), and the Brigadier. It's an enjoyable episode, and a fine anniversary tale.
Davison's swan song was in 1984. Davison ends with arguably his finest tale, Robert Holmes's "The Caves of Androzani". The story concerns gun-running and a drug that can extend one's life. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) fall into a mass of raw spectrox, the unrefined version of the drug, and become infected with spectrox toxæmia. They will die unless they can obtain the milk of a queen bat. As if that wasn't enough, they fall into the hands of Sharaz Jek (Christopher Gable), a hideously disfigured person who is running guns and causing trouble for the government of Androzani Major. The Doctor is on a quest to find the milk, save Peri from Jek, and avoid getting killed. It all ends with the Doctor sacrificing his life to save Peri's. He obtained enough bat's milk for her only. He collapses on the floor and regenerates into Colin Baker.


Colin Baker's brief tenure would prove to be the show's most controversial period. During his era, an increased emphasis on violence would lead to Doctor Who being put on hiatus for 18 months. It didn't help that JNT wanted to get a more alien Doctor, and so had Baker acting very unsympathetic - arguing with Peri, showing no remorse at death, and acting quite amorally. It was a tough time for Doctor Who.
Baker's first episode was actually a Peter Davison episode, "Arc of Infinity," where Baker plays Commander Maxil, who at one point shoots down the Doctor! But his first episode as the Doctor was Anthony Steven's "The Twin Dilemma", a rather poor runaround involving slugs, planets, and bad acting. Baker's controversial Doctor rears its head here, with the Doctor at one point attempting to strangle Peri. Sadly, despite a wonderful acting job by Baker, the season continued on its downward slide, and at the end of Season Twenty-Two it was announced that Doctor Who was on hiatus.

One of the unproduced stories from the original Season 23, Philip Martin's "Mission to Magnus" would have featured the return of Ice Warriors and Sil, who was introduced in "Vengeance on Varos". With the show suddenly on hold, an entire season of stories had to be scrapped. If that weren't enough, the show lost episodes, going down to 14 half-hour episodes. With this in mind, JNT and script editor Eric Saward came out with an ambitious plan. They would devote the entire season to one story, the longest in the show's history (the previous record-holder being the Hartnell 12-parter "The Daleks' Masterplan"). It would be called "The Trial of a Time Lord," and it would be divided into 4 stories, Christmas Carol-like. The first story would deal with an instance in the Doctor's past, the second with the adventure he was having immediately before his trial, and the third with an episode in the Doctor's future. The fourth two-parter would wrap up the storyline. Surrounding these stories would be trial scenes. It seemed to be a great idea, but they were in for a lot of headaches.
"The Trial of a Time Lord" opens with the Doctor being pulled out of the Vortex by a Gallifreyan starship. The Doctor has amnesia and cannot remember what happened to him last, nor the whereabouts of Peri. He is taken to a courtroom, where he is put on trial. His prosecutor, the Valeyard (Michael Jayston), intends to prove to the court that the Doctor is guilty of gross interference in the lives of others. To do this, he will show the court three episodes proving his case.


The first part, Robert Holmes's "The Mysterious Planet", was about the planet Ravolox. The Doctor and Peri arrive and find the place inhabited by savages. There are strange things around, however. Why is there part of the London Underground on this planet? Why do the inhabitants worship the robot Drathro? The Doctor and Peri discover that Ravalox is actually Earth, moved out of its orbit by some force unknown. The Doctor manages to free the slaves of Drathro and give them a new and richer life.
The Doctor considers this to be evidence in his favor, but the Valeyard points out that nothing would have happened without the Doctor's arrival and interference. The Valeyard strongly suggests the death penalty as the Doctor's sentence. The Doctor is suspicious, however, because certain parts of the testimony have been excised...
The next segment, Philip Martin's "Mindwarp", is a sequel to the Season 22 story "Vengeance on Varos", and it concerns the Doctor's most recent adventure. The Doctor and Peri travel to Thorburnos Beta, the home planet of the Mentors. There he discovers that the scientist Crozier is working on an experiment to transfer the brain of the Mentors' leader, Kiv, into a younger body. The Doctor undergoes a mind-altering experiment when he attempts to stop King Yrcanos (Brian Blessed) from being altered. The Doctor is now on the side of the Mentors, unwilling to help out Peri. He helps the Mentors and captures Peri, who will be used as Kiv's new host. The operation continues, but the Doctor is pulled out of time before he can save Peri. Peri is now Kiv. Yrcanos arrives and, disgusted, kills Peri.
The Doctor cannot remember what happened during the story, but he insists that it wasn't like that. However, he is informed that the Matrix, the sum of the Time Lords' knowledge and the broadcaster of the evidence, cannot lie. But the Doctor is having doubts about that...

Now it is time for the Doctor's defense. He chooses a story that will take place in his future. Pip and Jane Baker's "The Ultimate Foe" (more commonly known as "Terror of the Vervoids") opens with the Doctor and future companion Mel (Bonnie Langford) arriving on the space liner Hyperion III. On board is a new intelligent vegetable lifeform: a Vervoid. But there are more pressing matters at hand. Someone is murdering off the passengers. The Doctor sends Mel to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the Vervoids are the ones responsible for the murders. If not stopped, they will spread and destroy every human being. The Doctor discovers that superconcentrated light will kill the Vervoids, so he subjects them to a combination of vionesium and oxygen, which produces light and kills them all.
The Doctor is confused, because certain events shown during this segment are not the same as when he viewed the tape the first time. However, he now has a more serious charge to deal with. While he may have saved the humans, he destroyed every Vervoid, and now the Valeyard accuses him of genocide.

Now it is time to pass sentence on the Doctor. The Doctor still insists that the Matrix has been tampered with, but the Keeper of the Matrix (James Bree) insists this is impossible. But he is proven wrong when the Master appears on the screen. He reveals that the Time Lords moved Earth and renamed it Ravolox to prevent their secrets (which had been stolen from the Matrix by a group of Andromedans) from being revealed. When the Doctor discovered this, a deal was struck between the corrupt High Council of Gallifrey and the Valeyard, who is revealed to be the amalgamation of the Doctor's darker nature, somewhere between his twelfth and final regeneration. The Valeyard flees into the Matrix and the Doctor gives chase. The Doctor discovers that the Valeyard intends to use the power of the Matrix to assassinate those in the courtroom, the highest protectors of Gallifreyan law. He stops the Valeyard, and the Inquisitor (Lynda Bellingham) tells him that all charges are dropped. The Doctor goes on his way, and the Inquisitor tells the Keeper to repair the Matrix, unaware that the Keeper is now the Valeyard in disguise...
The last two episodes underwent some of the biggest production nightmares of the entire series. Robert Holmes was originally going to finish the story, but he died shortly after completing the first draft of Episode 13 (the first part of "Time Inc." (or, more commonly, "The Ultimate Foe")). JNT then tagged Eric Saward to complete the scripts, but they soon had a falling-out, and Saward took his script and left. Desperate, JNT contacted Pip and Jane Baker, who agreed to finish the story. When the final episode was filmed, however, it was discovered that it ran significantly over, and it could not be cut down enough to fit. JNT asked the Head of the BBC for an unprecidented five minute extension. He liked the story and agreed, and "The Trial of a Time Lord" was complete.
However, despite the supposed success of the show, BBC1 Controller Michael Grade did not like the series, even after its improvements following the hiatus. He placed the blame on the shoulders of the lead actor and insisted that he be replaced. Thus, Colin Baker became the first and only actor to be fired from the role. In his place, comedian Sylvester McCoy, whose signature act was putting live ferrets down his trousers, was cast as the seventh Doctor.


Sylvester McCoy heralded a new, darker image for the Doctor. No longer was the Doctor to be the good defender of the Universe. Now it would be revealed that the Doctor might have a darker, more secretive past than previously thought. This was part of JNT and script editor Andrew Cartmel's plan to reintroduce the mystery back to the character of the Doctor.
No trace of this was evident, however, in the seventh Doctor's first story, "Time and the Rani" by Pip and Jane Baker, a rather disastrous runaround about the plans of renegade Time Lord the Rani (Kate O'Mara) and her attempt to harness the power of strange matter. In fact, it wasn't until the next season, Season 25, that the darker Doctor was more obvious.
Season 25's opening story, Ben Aaronovitch's "Remembrance of the Daleks", was an instant classic. The Doctor returns to London 1963, where he encounters two rival Dalek factions. The Daleks are fighting over the Hand of Omega, a Gallifreyan stellar manipulator. But the Daleks are being tricked by the Doctor, who wants them to capture the Hand and use it on Skaro's sun...
"Remembrance of the Daleks" features many magical moments, such as the Doctor's conversation with a Jamaican café worker, and his confrontation with a Dalek who can climb stairs. However, despite its throwback to the beginning of Doctor Who, it is not the 25th anniversary story. That honor belongs to "Silver Nemesis" by Kevin Clarke, a story featuring the return of the Cybermen and little plausibility. Its themes are too similar to "Remembrance" and it ends up being nothing more than a silly runaround.
It was in Season 26 that two of the McCoy classics came: Ian Briggs's "The Curse of Fenric"; and Marc Platt's deliciously heady "Ghost Light", a story so dense with allusions and wit that it takes multiple viewings to catch it all. But it was the last story, Rona Munro's "Survival", that would turn out to be the Doctor's final show.
"Survival" is about the planet of the Cheetahs. The Cheetah people are abducting people from Earth and using them as prey on their own world. The Master has allied with them and is slowly becoming one. Can the Doctor stop the Master and return the abducted home without turning into a Cheetah Person himself?
After "Survival", Doctor Who went on hiatus again. But this time, it was for an indefinite time, and it became pretty clear that Doctor Who was not going to reenter production again. Virgin Publishing, who owned the rights to the books, started publishing "The New Adventures", chronicling the adventures of the Seventh Doctor after "Survival". But, other than the charity special "Dimensions in Time", there was no sign of Doctor Who returning to the screen, until 1996...

In late 1995, it was announced that Doctor Who would finally return to the television screen. But it would be produced by an American team - the BBC would only have limited involvement. It was announced that Paul McGann was cast as the Doctor, and that Sylvester McCoy would return to hand over the reins, so to speak. And so, on May 14, 1996, Doctor Who returned.
"Doctor Who" by Matthew Jacobs takes place in San Francisco 1999. The Doctor (McCoy) is returning from Skaro, bearing the Master's remains, when the TARDIS develops a fault and lands on Earth. He shot as he steps outside his TARDIS, and he is taken to the hospital, where Dr. Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook) attempts surgery but, unfamiliar with the Doctor's alien cardiovascular system, inadvertently kills him instead.
His regeneration delayed by the anaesthetic, the Doctor regenerates in the morgue, but he is unable to remember who he is. Meanwhile, the Master has somehow cheated death, and he takes over the body of an ambulance driver (Eric Roberts). The Master intends to use the Eye of Harmony in the Doctor's TARDIS to take the Doctor's remaining regenerations for himself. Can the Doctor stop the Master from killing him for good?


"Doctor Who" was certainly different from typical Doctor Who. There were many aspects which irritated some fans (the Doctor kissing Grace, the Eye of Harmony in the TARDIS instead of on Gallifrey, the Doctor's revelation that he's half-human), but other fans had no problems. Regardless, "Doctor Who" is a wonderful visual treat, with only Eric Roberts' performance letting things down. McGann is perfect as the Doctor, and he's overflowing with energy. All in all, a great comeback.

"Doctor Who" was well-received in Britain, but it failed to do well in America, and so no future movie projects came about. However, negotiations are always ongoing, so we may yet see the good Doctor on TV once again...

Friday, July 21st, 2006, 12:17 PM
The Dalek Empire

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Monday, August 28th, 2006, 03:18 AM
Hail the Darleks!:D

Monday, August 28th, 2006, 03:19 AM
Daleks rather:D

Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 07:05 PM
Horror in Doctor Who by David Carroll

First Appeared in Burnt Toast#1 (http://www.tabula-rasa.info/BurntToast/Issue01/), 1990

Fear is with all of us and always will be...
The Doctor Doctor Who was not conceived as a horror program, just as the Doctor was not conceived to be a Time Lord, it just happened that way. And of course actually calling it a horror program detracts from the overall variety that goes into its production. Doctor Who is a comedy, and a drama, and a satire, and a space opera and an action/adventure show, among others, and in many of these aspects it excels. But despite all this it is the horror that holds a special significance for many people. Indeed the two greatest periods of the shows history, in my 'umble opinion anyway, that of seasons 13-14 and seasons 25-26 both achieved their successes through formats intended to scare, whilst the other era of the Doctor Who horror story, seasons 4-5 holds a similar fascination to those who have actually seen it. Time and again the show has proven it can send shivers up the spine, often with exhilarating results. It's the sort of thing that would inspire one to write a fanzine dedicated to it, and as an introduction to this column I'm going to take a general look at the horror genre, why it is so effective, and why it is so important to Doctor Who.

Read further HERE (http://www.tabula-rasa.info/BurntToast/Issue01/HorrorInDW.html)