Doctor Who (1963)

Originally premiered in 1963, Doctor Who is a sci-fi series that follows a powerful being known as a Time Lord, referred to as the Doctor. Using an interdimensional time-traveling ship known as the TARDIS, the Doctor travels time and space with various companions as they solve multiple problems and help avert catastrophe as much as they almost cause it. Though the Doctor is always the same character, they experience regenerations, allowing them to be recast every few seasons as a unique immortal being with new personality traits.

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Jenna Coleman , Jodie Whittaker , Alex Kingston , David Tennant , Matt Smith , Peter Capaldi
Release Date
November 23, 1963
Mark Gatiss , Toby Whithouse , Neil Cross , Steven Moffat , Chris Chibnall
Story By
Sydney Newman C. E. Webber Donald Wilson
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As the last of the alien species known as the Time Lords, the Doctor travels through time and space in his TARDIS, a time machine thats bigger on the inside than the outside, seeking out adventures in the ancient past and unimagined future while also serving as the protector of Earth and mankind. With a human companion by his side, the Doctor meets extraordinary – and sometimes deadly - characters and creatures from across the universe.


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Since Doctor Who's reboot in 2005, the Doctor has crossed paths with many prominent names from human history, both on-screen and mentioned in passing.

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Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat offers a surprising take on the show's hero, citing his actions as "terrifying" if comedy wasn't a factor.

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