The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Baker ...  Doctor Who 173 episodes, 1974-1984
William Hartnell ...  Dr. Who / ... 140 episodes, 1963-1984
Jon Pertwee ...  Doctor Who / ... 129 episodes, 1970-1984
Patrick Troughton ...  Dr. Who / ... 127 episodes, 1966-1985
Frazer Hines ...  Jamie / ... 116 episodes, 1966-1985
Nicholas Courtney ...  Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... 106 episodes, 1965-1989
Pat Gorman ...  Guard / ... 34 episodes, 1964-1985
Elisabeth Sladen ...  Sarah Jane Smith 81 episodes, 1973-1984
Jacqueline Hill ...  Barbara Wright / ... 81 episodes, 1963-1980
William Russell ...  Ian Chesterton 78 episodes, 1963-1965
Katy Manning ...  Jo Grant 77 episodes, 1971-1984
John Scott Martin ...  Dalek / ... 66 episodes, 1965-1988
John Levene ...  Sergeant Benton / ... 70 episodes, 1967-1983
Peter Davison ...  The Doctor / ... 70 episodes, 1981-1984
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Traveling across time and space, the immortal time-lord known as 'The Doctor' travels across the universe with his many companions and his loyal shape-shifting space-ship: The TARDIS. The Doctor faces many threats across many generations: from The Daleks, The Cybermen and his time-lord adversary The Master to the sinister Davros, creator of The Daleks. Written by Johnny

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In addition to the 97 episodes that no longer exist, some episodes no longer exist in their original format. Four episodes only survive in an edited state - Doctor Who: Checkmate (1965) ("The Time Meddler": Episode 4), Doctor Who: The Final Test (1966), Doctor Who: The War Machines: Episode 3 (1966), and Doctor Who: The War Machines: Episode 4 (1966). Furthermore, eleven episodes only survive in black and white whilst originally filmed in colour - The Ambassadors of Death: Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7, "The Mind of Evil" (all six episodes) and Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part One (1974). Many of the Jon Pertwee episodes from the early 1970s, made in colour, now only exist as poorer quality NTSC 525-line colour versions recovered from Canada, the original 625-line colour master tapes having been wiped by the BBC in the 1970s, and as 16mm black and white telerecordings which had been kept by BBC Enterprises. For some Pertwee episodes wiped by the BBC, NTSC colour versions were not recovered and they remained only as the 16mm black and white telerecordings for many years. In the early 1990s, three serials (Doctor Who: Doctor Who And The Silurians Episode 1 (1970), Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode One (1971) and Doctor Who: The Dæmons: Episode One (1971)) were restored to colour using the 16mm black and white telerecordings and the colour signal from NTSC domestic recordings to create new master copies on D3 digital tape. Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks: Episode Three (1973) was restored to colour for the serial's DVD release in 2009 using the colour signal (also known as chroma dots) discovered in the black and white telerecording. All the colour master tapes starring the last four Doctors, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have survived in the BBC archives. See more »

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Peri Brown is American, but often pronounces words in Nicola Bryant's English accent. See more »

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Adric: Will Romana be all right?
The Doctor: All right? She'll be superb.
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Crazy Credits

For most of the William Hartnell era, the episode title appeared superimposed over the first scene (after the title sequence had completed). Later, and continuing on occasion during the Patrick Troughton era, the episode title and writer credit would be presented in a unique format (i.e. in the form of a computer print-out for "The War Machine", for example). When the opening credits were redesigned during the Troughton era (and now incorporated an image of the Doctor's face), the episode title and writer credit were usually included during this sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

During the Eighties, all video releases were edited into feature-length format. Until 1993, all Hartnell episodes had the last "Next Episode" caption removed. "Carnival Of Monsters" was also accidentally released with its last scene removed. See more »

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Referenced in Looking for Peter (2012) See more »

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No Words Can Describe...
18 March 2014 | by Alex_HodgkinsonSee all my reviews

This series is just too huge to put into words. Classic Who has so many different styles and stories and protagonists. It's amazing concepts and different, iconic things.things that are just common knowledge in our culture today. Eight Doctors. Eight eras. There's just too much of it to put into words. Doctor Who is just part of British culture due to this fine, twenty six season long story of a time travelling alien.

Each Doctor's era is very different. They seem to have the same style as the Doctor. The Doctor ran the show, with the exception of the First Doctor (William Hartnell) to a degree, who let his companions take charge. Each Doctor had unique personalities, and the style and stories of Classic Who matched the Doctor they were assigned to.

The First Doctor was more of an adviser and let his companions take control, but he was still a crazy, lovable alien just like his other incarnations. The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) is my favourite, he's very childish but intelligent and was grown up when he needed to be. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was the earthbound Doctor started off as arrogant and annoyed, but gradually became more loving. The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) arguably made the show popular and is the most known Classic Doctor. He's also arguably the most childish and always had that huge smile.

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) was the youngest Classic Doctor, but acted like the oldest at times. He's arguably the most unlucky Doctor as he just wants fun but death surrounds him. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is arguably (yes, again) the most disliked Doctor due to his arrogance and choice of clothing (not his fault). He was very childish and serious most of the time. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) was the clown to start off with, but gradually got much darker and more manipulative but always remained childish. The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) was probably the most human Doctor, and seemed to be one of the most childish but had a hidden sadness and rage, leading into New Who.

The TARDIS is the Doctor's iconic time and space travelling machine. It has became so iconic in British culture that if a child sees an old police box, he'll/she'll probably shout "TARDIS!" and point. The Master is the Doctor's nemesis, his Moriarty, who can also regenerate when injured as they are both the aliens called Time Lords from Gallifrey. Daleks are another iconic thing in Britain now, try and find somebody who doesn't know what one is.

Of course, these are only brief descriptions and don't go into each era, which usually matches the Doctor at the time. The series is so massive that I could describe it for hours. So impressive. A small concept became such an iconic show. Possibly more famous than Robin Hood, another British achievement.

I gave this series a 9 for a reason, though. I believe the pacing is too slow. It's hard to pay attention much of the time as things take so long to happen. This was normal at the time of 1960s Doctor Who, but not the extent this series. As fun and interesting as it is, it can bore me to a very large extent. If only each story was cut in half, bar some of the better paces stories.

So a huge cultural thing, but the series itself has a number of problems. The concepts are so genius, though, that these can be forgiven. I just find the series hard to watch a lot of the time. I'll review New Who (2005-) separately.


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Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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GBP4,500,000 (estimated)

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$293,279

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Runtime:

(15 episodes) | (679 episodes)

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Mono (1963-1987)| Stereo (1988-1989)

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Black and White (1963-1969)| Color (1970-1989)

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1.33 : 1
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