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This was written as a celebration of an anniversersary of the Dr. Who series which began in the UK. It had shown there for quite a while and was not doing too well so they tried Canada and Europe before it came to the USA.
My favorite doctor was the fourth doctor, Tom Baker. I do not know how long the series ran but my TV service removed the channel which the show was on. I only see it because still I have two to four episodes recorded which I can watch. Even though I have seen them many times I continue to watch them over and over. I collect what I can of the Dr. on Pinterest.
Tom Baker in "No Doctor I'm the Doctor!" - Doctor Who - Robot - BBC
This Hub is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who which was on November, 23 2013. The date of the anniversary is when I started writing this because I did not know about it before that.
It was a British science fiction TV show which was broadcast on the BBC. It was the longest-running science fiction show in the world!
Greatest science fiction show:
I am not a big science fiction fan and I did not even realize that this was science fiction for about 6 months to a year. It was my favorite show and once I had discovered the show I do not think that I missed an episode. If I did miss one, then I read the book.
I also loved the theme music for the show.
Theme music for 50 years
The missing episodes:
It seems that the BBC erased/destroyed some episodes in the 1960s & 1970s to save some space. Though they may have survived in audio form.
Most episodes were telerecorded onto 16mm film after originally being made on a two-inch videotape.
It was announced on Blue Peter that if anyone found the missing episodes that they would receive a life-sized Dalek. That was in 2006, all the person(s) had to do was to return the episodes.
Some of the missing episodes have been returned.
Dr. Who – the Time Lord:
The Doctor was a Time Lord from a planet which went by the name of Gallifrey – which was not revealed on the show for about a decade. It was also not known for a while but he was on the run from his own people.
There was only one doctor but he changed over the years. How and why you ask?
Each time an actor was leaving the show, he would receive a fatal injury (in the episode) and then regenerate with a new face and personality – i.e. the new actor taking over the role.
He traveled all across the universe in his T.A.R.D.I.S. exploring and learning. The Doctor avoided violence when possible. If he had to fight he kept it to a minimum.
T.A.R.D.I.S. – acronym for: Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
On the outside it looked like a simple British police call box and it was “dimensionally transcendental”, because on the inside the size was multiplied greater than from what was seen on the outside. It confused every assistant which he allowed to come in with him.
Which do you think that they looked like?
An archenemy - Daleks:
It was in the second serial in which the Doctor and the Daleks first met. They (the Daleks) came from the planet of Skaro. There were two humanoid races on that planet – one was peaceful and one was the opposite. The peaceful ones were named Kaleds/Dals [philosophers, teachers]; and the warlike race were Thals, who were aggressive. The two races went to war and the peaceful race was turned into the Daleks. They were Doctor Who's oldest villains.
They used their long funny looking arms too 'crush' a mans skull with suction (like a vacuum), or measure someones intelligence or even to extract their memory.
Here is what a Dalek sounded like.
It was said that the Daleks looked like octopuses. To me, they looked like vacuums, or robots. Whenever they had an episode with the Daleks, I wondered if those 'bumps' on them were there simply for decoration or to do something. What did you think?
Cybermen were originally an organic humanoid species but the race became coldly logical and calculating cyborgs. In 1966, Dr. Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis were the creators of the cybermen. Dr. Pedler was the shows scientific advisor - unofficially.
Even though they are humanoid and still retain living human brains it is one of their few organic parts which they still have. This is because the Cybermen have been transformed.
They have either human pawns or robots do their work until they are definitely needed. Why? Only because the Cybermen are so few.
The Cybermen were fictional characters for "Dr. Who" taken from cyborgs. A cyborg is a term which is short for "cyberntic organism". What this means is that it is made of both artificial parts and organic parts, as in a robot with a human brain. Or think of when humans who receive pacemakers, metal hips and such.
This reminds me also of "The Avengers" episode The Cybernauts, 10-16-1965.
A second archenemy - the Master:
Another archenemy of the Doctor is another Time Lord, but a renegade - the Master. (Think of the Doctor and the Master just as you would think of Professor Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes.)
The Master first 'appeared' when he was eight years of age. It was because he stared into the Untempered Schism from where he could see the entire time vortex. This is what made him go mad.
Because of a war with the Daleks, all of the Time Lords were killed except the Doctor and the Master. The Doctor thought that if any other Time Lords had survived then he would sense it. Unfortunately the Master did survive and was able to avoid the Doctor from sensing it, so the Doctor had thought that he was the only Time Lord who remained. Until the Master showed up.
The Master's TARDIS -
The Master had a variety of appearances for his TARDIS, probably to fool and trap the Doctor. One of the appearances was a police box like the Doctors.
Who is your favorite doctor?
My favorite Doctor (actor) was Tom Baker - the fourth doctor. I liked his curly hair, what he did with his eyes, the scarf which he wore. He also had that "uppity" attitude and sense of humor which just made him right for the Doctor. I believe what I liked the most though was his accent.
He was born in 1934 and his birth place was Liverpool, England. He left school at fifteen, not to be an actor but to be a Catholic Monk.
After six years as a monk he left there because he had low faith in it and joined the Royal Medicine Corp. As a hobby while in the Corp. he practiced acting.
He became married to Anna Wheatcroft in 1961 and they had two sons, Daniel and Piers. Unfortunately the marriage only lasted five years.
Twice after that he was remarried. Once was to a co-star from Doctor Who which lasted a mere 16 months. The second remarriage was to another former colleague in 1986 on the Doctor Who Production site.
A close 2nd to my favorite was David Tennant. He was the tenth doctor. He also had a good sense of humor and positive attitude - but it was different than Tom Baker somehow.
No. of doctors & years the show has been through:
Order of Doctors
1963 - 1966
1966 - 1969
1970 - 1974
1974 - 1981
1981 - 1984
Colin Baker (not related to Tom Baker).
1984 - 1986
Sylvester McCoy (no not Star Trek).
1987 - 1989, 1996
2005 - 2010
2010 - 2013
Twelfth doctor (was shown at Christmas 2013)
Author: Kevin - © 2013
Are you trying to find missing episodes?
Follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_missing_episodes and you should be able to find missing episodes of Dr. Who. If you receive BBC/PBS in your area they may have the reruns still running in some areas across the US.
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