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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television program produced by the BBC. The program depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his 'TARDIS', a sentient, telepathic time-and-space-travel machine that flies through the time vortex. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, 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 civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
The show has received recognition from critics and the public as one of the finest British television programs, winning the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive (2005-2010) awards at the National Television Awards under Russell T Davies's reign as Executive Producer. In 2011, Matt Smith became the first Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The program is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time—based on its over-all broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, and iTunes traffic. During its original run, it was recognized for its imaginative stories, creative low-budget special effects, and pioneering use of electronic music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop).
The show is a significant part of British popular culture; and elsewhere it has become a cult television favorite. The show has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series. The program originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot in the form of a television film, the program was relaunched in 2005 by Russell T Davies who was showrunner and head writer for the first five years of its revival, produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. Series 1 in the 21st century, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation, was produced by the BBC. Series 2 and 3 had some development money contributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which was credited as a co-producer. Doctor Who also spawned spin-offs in multiple media, including Torchwood (2006) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007) – both created by Russell T Davies, K-9 (2009), the four-part video series P.R.O.B.E. (1994), and a single pilot episode of K-9 and Company (1981). There also have been many spoofs and cultural references of the character in other media.Eleven actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, a life process of Time Lords through which the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality, which occurs when sustaining injury which would be fatal to most other species. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasions the various incarnations have even met one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character. The Doctor is currently portrayed by Matt Smith, who took up the role after David Tennant's final appearance in an episode broadcast on 1 January 2010.
Dr Who Marathon (June 15 @ 6pm)
An Unearthly Child
Two school teachers' curiosity leads them to a junk yard where they meet the Doctor.
1/4 School teachers Ian and Barbara follow their student, Susan Foreman, back to her home...
The Cave of Skulls
2/4 With 1963 left behind, the teachers are amazed to find themselves on prehistoric Earth...
The Forest of Fear
3/4 The time travellers manage to escape the tribe but their path to the TARDIS is blocked.
4/4 Kal has been banished and Ian is making fire for Za in the hope that he can save everyone.
The Dead Planet
1/7 The travellers venture explore a new world. Everything seems to be dead, but is it really?
2/7 Looking for Barbara, the travellers realise they have been exposed to radiation poisoning.
3/7 Fearful of a Thal attack, the Daleks force Susan to invite the Thals to the city.
4/7 Pretending to be a Dalek, Ian finds that that he is trapped inside the casing.
5/7 Ian and Barbara join a Thal force that will penetrate the Dalek city from the rear...
6/7 The Doctor and Susan are once again taken prisoner by the Daleks...
7/7 The Thals and the TARDIS crew attack the Daleks from all sides, but the Daleks fight back.