Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Doctor Who (original)

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Transmitted:Nov 1963 - May 1996
Country of origin:UK / USA
Genre:Time travel, Multiple actors in lead role, British sci-fi
Starring:William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann
No. of seasons:26 plus 1 TV movie

The longest running sci-fi show in the world, this has possibly the smartest and most versatile format of any TV show going, allowing not only for anything to happen, anywhere in the universe, and at any point in history, but also for the lead character to change as and when necessary - usually through the actors choice to leave, though occasionally through the BBC wielding the axe - as well as providing a steady stream of supporting characters in the form of the Doctor's companions.
I think we all know how this one works, at least any Brits reading this.
The Doctor is a Timelord, who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, a vehicle which should be able to blend in wherever it lands. Unfortunately, it's got stuck in the form of an old fashioned Police Box. Wherever he goes, he seems to land smack in the centre of trouble. Alien invasions, alien dictatorships, alien plans to take over the universe, that type of thing, and frequently he is the prime suspect initially. Inevitably though, the victims in the plot begin to trust him, until eventually, usually, he saves the day.
In 2005 the BBC took the surprising decision to resurrect the show after a hiatus of 16 years (give or take the odd dodgy Americanised feature length pilot), and the show is once more firmly ensconced in the hearts of the British viewing public.
Highly varied, but rarely less than entertaining, this is an all time favourite.

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