Verdict – Like the Master and Missy themselves, this episode is sort of a two-faced monster – but a good one that seems to be bringing the tenth season to a strong finish. “World Enough and Time” is full of great sci-fi concepts, high stakes for all our characters, humor, scares, and more. New episodes of Doctor Who air on Saturdays on BBC One at 7:25pm and on BBC America at 9pm/8pm Central.
What is the least viewed Doctor Who episode?
Doctor Who ratings: Taking a look at the worst-rated episodes – Lovarzi Blog Doctor Who ratings have often fluctuated over the years. Let’s take a look at the worst-rated episodes of all time, and examine why more people didn’t tune in. It’s no secret that the ratings took a hit in the 1980s. The programme had effectively been axed by the BBC, who wanted to invest in new types of programmes. This resulted in something of a backlash among fans and viewers alike, and as a result Doctor Who was given a stay of execution.
Despite this, it was still absent from people’s screens for 18 months before quietly returning in September 1986. And despite the outcry when the programme was axed, few people tuned in for Season 23’s debut story ‘The Mysterious Planet.’ It was unusual for the Doctor Who ratings to be so low for a season opener, and overall the serial averaged just 4.35 million viewers.
The reasons for this are unclear. Certainly, Colin Baker’s Doctor had proven to be a challenge for some viewers, but this had been the production team’s intention. And at the same time, his less predictable persona hadn’t driven people away; his first full season had performed well in the ratings, with viewing figures averaging around the 7 million mark. So it’s unclear why the Doctor Who ratings took a dive when the series returned. Only 4.9 million people tuned in for its opening episode, and even though ‘The Mysterious Planet’ is seldom regarded as a Doctor Who classic, people could hardly have known this before watching.
- And even though the story dipped to 3.7 million for its finale, this kind of drop-off was quite standard over the course of a Doctor Who serial.
- Of course, publicity is key in the run-up to transmission, and it may have been that ‘The Mysterious Planet’ was poorly advertised.
- If people didn’t know that the programme was on, they could hardly be blamed for missing it.
So a lack of marketing may explain the Doctor Who ratings dip; it seems more likely than the general public just “going off” Doctor Who during its 18 month break. That being said, public perception may have been dented by all the bad press the programme had been receiving. The same is true for a similarly low-rated adventure.1989’s ‘Ghost Light’ was the last classic story to be filmed and, sadly, it is one that has received some of the lowest ratings of all time with an average of 4.1 million viewers. And, interestingly, this is an adventure that has gone on to become a fan favourite.
It is generally regarded as being one of the strongest of the ‘s era, alongside other adventures such as ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ and ‘The Curse of Fenric.’ And, again, these serials struggled to find an audience at the time of transmission. So what was going on? Why were the Doctor Who ratings taking such a hit? The answer is a bit clearer in this case.
Two years previously, the BBC had taken the decision to move Doctor Who to Monday nights, meaning it was scheduled directly opposite the popular British soap opera Coronation Street, Moreover, very little promotion was done to let people know that Doctor Who was on; the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy remarked that even his friends and family didn’t know that the series had returned. And whilst its author Ben Aaronovitch has since described ‘Battlefield’ as his “first failure as a writer,” the 3.1 million people who tuned in for its opening episode could not have known this in advance. And whilst ‘Ghost Light’ did not have the most straightforward of plots, its viewing figures sat consistently around the 4 million mark across its three episodes.
These Doctor Who ratings were low but, clearly, the storyline wasn’t putting anyone off. Moreover, Season 26 is now highly-regarded among Doctor Who fans. It was the first of the Seventh Doctor’s seasons to be released on Blu-ray, and for many it is the epitome of The Cartmel Master Plan (referring to the plan of the series’ script editor Andrew Cartmel, who hoped to inject more mystique into the programme.) Again, its season finale ‘Survival’ is now considered to be a classic adventure by many.
Cartmel spoke about his era’s continued popularity on the, saying that in some ways he felt as if he was having the last laugh, as most of the other shows from the late 80s were now “the dust of history.” So what can we learn about Doctor Who ratings from the series’ worst-performing stories? What is the explanation for their low viewing figures? The answer is a complicated one.
The storytelling probably wasn’t a factor, given that even the debut episodes had low scores. And whilst adventures such as ‘Ghost Light’ won’t have appealed to everyone, its consistent week-to-week performance demonstrates that it was keeping people invested. At the same time, the fact that Doctor Who was regularly changing its timeslot can’t have helped.
And the ratings certainly suffered as a result of Coronation Street, What do you think is the explanation for these low Doctor Who ratings? And what is your favourite story out of ‘The Mysterious Planet,’ ‘Ghost Light’ and ‘Battlefield’? Let me know in the comments below.
Is The Time of the Doctor good?
This is a reboot of a series of DWR (Doctor Who Reviews) I posted from May 2019 to October 2019, also including episodes during Series 12’s air-date. While I previously rated all 166 episodes as “how good they are at being Doctor Who”, I will now be rating them as “how good they are as TV”.
How would I define the Smith Era of Doctor Who ? For me, it’s Steven Moffat at his most raw and unrestrained; he blitzes through plot ideas like you would a glass window when running from the police, never stopping to look back and pick up your fellow bank robbers as they are picked off one by one by a sniper atop a building on the other side of the street.
After smashing through about 14 windows you come to the last one and revert back to the start of your journey in bank-robbing and decide to never rob a bank again, which ends up being a heist in itself because you’ve robbed your future self of money he earned and taken it back in time to before you could even be caught for bank robbing.
- I absolutely love it.
- Will it work for everyone? God no, but this glibful style of storytelling which places character, comedy, and random nonsense over sense and plot will always be entertaining and I think the zaniness of the Modern Era and the rapid pacing really fits Smith’s performance.11 is not my favourite Doctor, but of those offered to us in the Modern Era he is firmly in third place behind Capaldi and Eccleston.
He’s got layers like Shrek ; a child-like exterior saying and doing stupid things masquerading the dark lonely God within, and Matt Smith plays both of these characters at the same time almost as well as, say, Bryan Cranston plays Heisenberg and Walter White.
- While his story arcs can get a little too wrapped up in Moffat’s own mind, with nobody there to tell him to calm down, I think the emphasis on character rather than the intricacies of the plot itself save S5-7 from crumbling under their own weight.
- No other writer could smash through so many mystery boxes and wrap up so many loose ends in just 70 minutes worth of Christmas-themed fun.
The Time Of The Doctor is an extraordinary masterpiece, and here’s why. Tonally, Time is all over the place; it flits from the ominous opening to victorious mid-siege narration to sad scenes of Clara left behind at Christmas with an excellent performance from the actress who plays Madge in Benidorm,
- And it juggles all of these contrasting tones alongside classic Smith Era slapstick comedy and witty humour, solid heartwarming dialogue, and just enough action to keep things engaging.
- This shouldn’t work, but it’s a testament to the bonkers institution that is Doctor Who that it not only works but works so well,
No other Doctor could pull off leading a story of this magnitude, Time takes place over nearly 1,000 years featuring loads of recognisable alien foes and concerns itself with rounding off and connecting the Crack In Time story arc, the Silence story arc, and the return of Gallifrey; all of it works within one giant time-loop.
Will it hold up under scrutiny? Maybe not, but what would I – the viewer – gain from analysing this story under a lens? If the intense story arcs of S5-7 don’t scream “contrived” or “completely ridiculous” to me while watching, then they can’t be a problem, really. This is an important point to make, because Flux gave me the opposite; that form of storytelling was, on paper, as complicated as anything Moffat wrote, but it lacked the characters, charm, and heart to convince me that the story made sense, so picking apart it’s “intricacies” was not only easy but an impossible thing to ignore.
With the Smith Era I do not have that problem. With The Time Of The Doctor I do not have that problem. This is because I was simply enjoying myself too much on my rewatch. The Flux comparisons make even more sense when you view Time as a trunchation of several episodes; Moffat had originally ironed out a bit of a longer full-series plan for the Siege of Trenzalore, and you can see inklings of that smushed into one giant 70 minute special.
- Is it fair to directly compare the trunchation of an idea into a shorter series? Maybe.
- I do think Time manages to do as much as Flux does in far less time and in a much better more engaging way, however.
- There are loads of fun encounters here; from the Weeping Angels emerging out of the snow to the Daleks assaulting The Papal Mainframe; even the Silents get a return that does something new with their gimmick (positioning them as allies rather than villains).
The Sontarans do what they do best in the Modern Era; be the butt of the joke, while the one appearance from a Cyberman is there to demonstrate just how well 11 is managing as The Sheriff of Christmas, which retroactively works to improve A Town Called Mercy somewhat by cementing it’s weird character moments in something better.11’s tenure has been rightfully characterised as “an old man in a young man’s body”, and so what better way to end that by having 11 play a young man in an old man’s body? The sight of a crickety old bloke doing air-guitar while he destroys an entire Dalek fleet is absolutely blissful and an inordinate triumph of the show.
The polar opposite in the quality and tone from The End Of Time to this is extraordinary.12 is not positioned as “some other man strutting off stealing the show” but as a main character who requests both Clara and the audience get to know him.11 isn’t a scared bitter man annoyed that his time on Earth is over, but a man grateful for the fact the story gets to continue.
And Clara gets to see all of this in the first episode where she truly comes into her own; positioned not just as a girl important because the plot says she is, but as a character important to The Doctor through who she is, not why she is. She is his best friend, second to Handles, who for an inanimate object with 5 minutes of screentime has a death scene more impactful than the ENTIRETY of the Chibnall Era.
This episode is an absolute blast. It’s everything you could want from Doctor Who ; bonkers, tonally absurd, nonsensical but sensical at the same time, focused entirely on character, but never failing to deliver spectacle, cool plot moments, and most importantly; zany comedy. This is the Smith Era on steroids.
This is Doctor Who at it’s purest. I don’t know if this was planned, but after 11 blows up the Dalek fleet, and dust settles across Christmas. There was only one BBC iPlayer caption worth describing the scene. I will always remember when The Doctor was him.10/10 To navigate to other episodes and to see overall series percentage scores, click here,
How many hours would it take to watch all of Doctor Who?
Who is approximately equal to the 695 episodes lasting 294 hours for ‘classic’ Doctor Who (1963-89) given in Blackwood’s answer.12 days, 1 hour and 10 minutes total exactly 17,350 minutes, while Blackwood’s 294 hours, if exact, would be exactly 17,640 minutes.
Is Dr Who losing viewers?
The Doctor Who New Year’s Day special suffered its worst ratings since the show was rebooted 17 years ago. The episode – which starred current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker – pulled in just 3.4million viewers compared to 9million in 2018, it has been revealed.
It comes as Russell T Davies is returning as the Doctor Who showrunner in a bid to save the show amid falling ratings – 12 years after he stepped away from the series. Oh no: The Doctor Who New Year’s Day special suffered its worst ratings since the show was rebooted 17 years ago The special – called Eve Of The Daleks – saw the Doctor become stuck in a terrifying ‘time loop’ where she repeatedly died and came back to life.
The latest figure is for those who watched live on the day. Final ratings, including viewers on catch-up or recordings, will be released next week. A source told The Sun : ‘Jodie’s legacy is leaving behind viewing figures that are among the worst in the show’s long history.
‘Although far more people watch programmes on catch-up, this still doesn’t make up for the decline in viewers since 2018. Change: The episode pulled in just 3.4million viewers compared to 9million in 2018, it has been revealed ‘Plus, the BBC always saw Doctor Who as the kind of show that was ‘event TV’, bringing the whole family together at the same time.
But that doesn’t seem to be happening.’ A BBC spokesperson said: ‘Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer and has been streamed 50 million times in the past year, with 7 million streams so far for the latest series, as audiences increasingly value the option to choose when and where they watch it.’ It was reported last year that there has been a steady fall in Doctor Who viewership, which has been declining for five years.
It was said that Jodie and showrunner Chris had attracted just half the audience during their paring compared to what the Russell-led, David Tennant-fronted version of the show did. Exciting! It comes as Russell T Davies is returning as the Doctor Who showrunner in a bid to save the show amid falling ratings – 12 years after he stepped away from the series The Telegraph reported at the beginning of the year that episodes were drawing in fewer than 5million viewers.
The paper added that such numbers are ‘not dissimilar to when the show was axed in 1989’. In comparison, more than 10million viewers watched David Tennant’s Doctor Who finale in 2010, according to The Guardian, However, episode Can You Hear Me? saw just 3.81 million viewers tuning in on the over-night ratings, which – according to website Cosmic Book News – was a 22% decrease since the first episode of Season 12, which aired ten months earlier.
And in figures released in March 2020, the same month the series ended, Doctor Who’s ratings slipped to its lowest since the show made a comeback in 2005. The season finale of series 12 had a total TV audience of 4.6million, making it the lowest Doctor Who has ever had. The previous all-time low was 4.7million in 2017.
Series 12 saw an average viewership of 5.4million. It comes after earlier this week Doctor Who producers hinted that the next Time Lord will be another woman. Rumours: It comes after earlier this week Doctor Who producers hinted that the next Time Lord will be another woman (pictured is current star Jodie) Production notes for the next series of the BBC ‘s sci-fi show suggest a female will be starring yet again as It’s A Sin’s Lydia West is widely tipped to take over, The Mirro r reports.
- Current Time Lord Jodi e’s role comes to an end this autumn with a regeneration episode after she became the first ever female Doctor in 2017.
- Entertainment industry website Production Weekly lists the new episodes as: ‘A fantasy action saga of a mysterious alien time-traveller, Doctor Who, who picks up human companions, faces evil foes with little more than her wits and a sonic screwdriver and journeys throughout time and space in a police phone booth called the TARDIS.’ Jodie herself recently called for another female doctor to take over the role.
She told Radio 1’s Vick Hope and Jordan North: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!’ Lydia is bookmaker Coral’s favourite to replace Jodie at 3-1 odds, while Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas (both 5-1) are joint second favourites and Olly Alexander comes next in the betting at 6-1.
Jodie also recently discussed her emotional last days of filming on Doctor Who. Could it be you? Production notes for the next series of the BBC’s sci-fi show suggest a female will be starring yet again, claims The Mirror, as Lydia West (pictured) is tipped to take over The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes.
She filmed the final scenes for the autumn episode at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen, and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.’ Jodie has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’ but the star also confessed that she isn’t sure if she is making the correct decision.
- Jodie then admitted to the publication that it felt strange to feel sad because she had made the decision to leave.
- Iconic: Jodie has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’ She said: ‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself.’ She went on: ‘It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made.
I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!’ Before the autumn episode airs, there will be a special episode in spring 2022 called Legend of the Sea Devils.
Who is the lowest rated Dr Who?
12 The 6th Doctor – Colin Baker – Seemingly the only disliked Doctor was Colin Baker, which may be why he was only in two seasons. Or, he’s disliked because he was only in two seasons and people didn’t have time to warm up to him – whichever it is, he was only ranked better than Jodie Whittaker since some people placed him higher than her.
Is the doctor always speaking Gallifreyan?
Identical with English? – Look at The History of the Time War, It is clearly written in English. If the Gallifreyans wrote it for themselves, there is no reason it should be in English unless they use it themselves. Movsar ☎ 13:39, April 29, 2013 (UTC) The “circular” and “Greek” scripts could be just codes or ciphers.
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- We don’t know that the history of the time war was written by a Gallifreyan.
- It’s a pretty impossible book considering that the Time War is still happening and that everyone involved in it is time locked away.
- We don’t know who wrote it or what language it was written in.
Also, we were seeing the book as Clara saw it, and she’d have been able to read anything in the library regardless of what language it was in because of the TARDIS translation circuits. We hear people who are really speaking any other language as English.
- Real world or not.
- Dead or not.
- This is both because it’s the only way the series works for viewers without subtitling EVERYTHING, and because this is how the Doctor’s companion experiences things.
- For all we know the Doctor speaks mostly Gallifreyn, not English.
- All of this goes for writing too.
- Anoted ☎ 14:01, April 29, 2013 (UTC) How do you know the Doc does not speak English? Obviously he could communicate using supernatural means (I’m sure this is possible in DWU) but what about the episode with Rose noticing that he speaks with a “northern accent” and the Doctor replies “lots of planets have a north” ? I think this could be an indication that not only he speaks English, but all Gallifreyans do.
Movsar ☎ 12:40, April 30, 2013 (UTC) Well, I know this topic is almost exactly one year old but I would like to add my own view about Gallifreyan language, that is, I wouldn’t hold all my trust in the TV show if it’s this term we are talking about. It’s not only it’s continously contradicting in its own, but doesn’t have the basis the expanded universe manages to unify and clarify with all those loose ends TV show leaves with their cancelation, in an enough decent way.
The Doctor does indeed talk in Gallifreyan everytime and has not even the faintest idea about speaking in English, according with Dead of Winter, Virgin books show clearly several Gallifreyan terms which are never translated in a human code, such as Sepulchasm, Kithriarch, sufixes at the end of names like “-ssor”, which supposedly designates the word “son/daughter of” in High Old Gallifreyan, and makes obvious their compound language by some traslated words as “Lungbarrow”, “Blyledge”, “Flutterwing” and “Trumpberry”.
In Borrowed Time, I believe to remember the Time Lord claims to have more verb terms in his own language that would simplify his expression a lot, and they would understand him even before he’d start to talk. However I wouldn’t need proofs to prove that Gallifreyans wouldn’t ever learn how to speak a language that is not their own, since they consider in more or less level primitive to the most part of the creatures of the universe, and meaningless to understand their cultures.
It’s a short-minded idea to think a pan-dimensional and far-advanced civilization would resign themselves with a so simple tongue like the English, which doesn’t have even the verb terms to define the different positions matter can occupy in time for them. We don’t have to stop there, Gallifreyans are a telepathic species.
That means they don’t even need to open their mouth to express their emotions, even although events throughout history forced them to fold their consciousness into their minds they’re fully capable. This intrinsic ability is deeply rooted in the Gallifreyan culture as far as they combined it with their technology to create more stable and manageable structures, technology which also appears in the basic circuits of the TARDIS.
Even if this is not a concept explained by any element of the DWU, it may be possible translation circuits wouldn’t be more than a manifestation of the symbiosys between the pilot and the machine, just acting like an expansion of the telephatic field of the person in question in order to be understood by the alien recipient, without the need of learning a new language.
The Doctor would agree in spreading that expansion to their companions, even the spectator themself, so they can also understand foreign conversations. Nerea266 ☎ 11:21, May 1, 2014 (UTC) Sourced needed on most of this, especially the idea of “events” folding a Time Lord’s consciousness into a mind (???).
- If it’s not even in a Big Finish play or a Virgin book, it has no purpose to our discussion pages.
- According to T:VS, only sources from stories count when we build this wiki up (though as T:IU says, we treat TV and expanded universe citations with equal weight).
- Also I’m pretty sure Dead of Winter is directly contradicted by a lot of televised evidence, such as the “biggest fan” comment in The Unquiet Dead, basically any of the Shakespeare in-jokes in The Shakespeare Code, the Doctor associating Amy’s “a christmas carol” with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future in A Christmas Carol, and the “no, don’t do that” when his companions try to speak another English-language dialect in Code, Tooth and Claw and The Unicorn and the Wasp,
– Tybort ( talk page ) 12:15, May 1, 2014 (UTC) There’s also this bit from The Fires of Pompeii, Donna : Although while we’re here, wouldn’t you recommend a holiday, Spartacus? Tenth Doctor : Dunno what you mean, Spartacus. Donna : Well, this lovely family, mother and father and son.
- Don’t you think they should get out of town? Caecilius : Why should we do that? Donna : Well, the volcano for starters.
- Caecilius : The what? Donna : The volcano.
- Caecilius : The what-ano? Donna : That great big volcano right on your doorstep.
- Tenth Doctor : Oh, Spartacus, for shame, we haven’t even greeted the household gods yet.
(whispering) They don’t know what it is. Vesuvius is just a mountain to them. The top hasn’t blown off yet. The Romans haven’t even got a word for volcano. Not until tomorrow. From this, it seems very hard to claim that the Doctor doesn’t understand Latin or English speech simply because the TARDIS translates speech and writing for humans.
What is the best Doctor Who season ever?
Season 1 – Overlooked by some, maybe, but the very first season of modern Doctor Who that started it all takes the number one spot. Everyone is at the top of their game for this opening season of the modern era, as they didn’t know if there would be more. Christopher Eccleston turns up and is the most fully formed Doctor ever, and by the end of the first episode fans everywhere were ready to travel time and space with him.
- Without a bad story in the whole run, it is one of the most consistent eras episode-to-episode with the clearest arc for a Doctor yet.
- Many highlights include “Father’s Day”, where Billie Piper shines in possibly her best performance as Rose, “Dalek” which introduced the iconic monsters to a modern audience, and “Bad Wolf”/”Parting of the Ways” which, as an episode for an out-going Doctor, is yet to be beaten.
The truth is any episode could be picked out, from gas mask zombies to aliens in Downing Street, as evidence of why this fantastic season is the best of the best. Next: How Jack Harkness Becomes The Face Of Boe in Doctor Who
What age should you start watching Dr Who?
Parent reviews for Doctor Who Based on 99 parent reviews June 9, 2022 This show has quite a bit of variance between episodes, both in how scary/not scary it is and from award-winning to utter garbage. This is a brilliant show, but it is still hit or miss, and the recent seasons (11-13) are honestly just plain bad.
- It is a brilliant show, however, and I would really recommend watching it.1 person found this helpful.
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- Who currently available on Britbox.
- This show sparks the curiosity of the intellectual and silly child.
- The child who is always asking questions and thirsts for more knowledge and stimulation.
If you have such a child who is bored with regular school, this is a nice show. Where do I start? The vocabulary, the variety of settings, the inclusion of history, the Doctor: a mysterious character who is always adventuring makes this an excellent show.
The show examines problem solving, perspective taking, emotional intelligence, theory of mind (motivations of others), creative story telling, art design, character development, scientific process, forming questions, forming hypotheses, conversational turn taking, healthy debate- I could just keep going here.
It’s a quality show. If you watch it with your kids, I feel that it is very appropriate. There will be questions so if you are looking for the kind of show where you just sit your kid in front of the TV, you’re probably missing an opportunity for enrichment.
- Join your kids on the couch and discuss! Nurture their curiosity.
- That is how children learn.
- I would not suggest the newer episodes since the series restarted for age 8 due to the seriousness and dark tones the show takes at times.
- Still better than lot’s of TV shows and video games out there though.
- This title has: February 3, 2023 This title has: February 3, 2023 This title has: June 6, 2022 This title has: March 6, 2022 Doctor Who is a wonderful series featuring a protagonist that relies on his wits rather than violence; a nice respite from Marvel/DC/Star Wars.
Many of the episodes are great for the 10+ crowd but some are definitely NOT. Some of the monsters are extremely scary and there can be a lot of tense creeping around. There is also some insinuated violence that bothered my 10 year old (e.g. surgical instruments shown before an off-screen brain removal!) I highly recommend pre-watching episodes as some are definitely nightmare fodder.
When they are ready, though, the whole family will enjoy it! This title has: March 13, 2021 A show that transcends time.and space lol Doctor who is a show that many a generation has grown up with over the years it fills people with both excitement and fear at the same time and brings the entire family together.”tonights doctor who night” This title has: October 9, 2020 My two children love doctor who, and the doctor is a brilliant role model, I have rated it 10+ as some episodes have a few creepy scenes and scenarios.
Absolutely Fantastic This title has: September 19, 2020 The “Classic” era of Doctor Who is wonderful, and is G or PG. The revival continuation that began in 2005 is iffy, and is more a PG-13 series. Stick with the Classic. This title has: August 10, 2020 It’s unsuprising Doctor Who has ran for over 55 years.
Who was the most loved Doctor Who?
1. David Tennant (Tenth Doctor, 2005-2010) – Ushering in a Golden Age of Doctor Who, David Tennant takes the number one spot. Widely considered the most popular Doctor ever, Tennant brought a whole new audience to the already beloved show. His pinstripe-suited-Converse-wearing Doctor combined all the elements of the Doctor we’d seen before in the best way to create a perfect balance between zany and serious.
Plus, it didn’t hurt that in his five years in the role the show had some of the best episodes and characters ever, including Blink, The Impossible Planet and countless others. Plus, his almost romance with Rose added a depth to the character which we hadn’t seen before. And now David Tennant is back with Catherine Tate as the 14th Doctor and Donna Noble! The iconic duo are returning for the 60th-anniversary specials, and we can’t wait to find out what on earth is going on.
Ultimately, for most of us, it is whichever Doctor we grew up with that holds a special place in our hearts as the “best” Doctor. So who is your pick? Special shout out to John Hurt as The War Doctor who appeared for the 50th anniversary episode as a version of the Doctor who travelled between series eight and series 9, still trying to save Gallifrey during The Time War.
Who is the best boy in Doctor Who?
Peter Chester, sometimes credited as simply Pete Chester, was the credited best boy on nearly all episodes of the first five series of the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who.
Is Doctor Who The Longest-running show in history?
Awards – The show has received recognition as one of Britain’s finest television programmes, winning the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive (2005–2010) awards at the National Television Awards during Russell T Davies ‘ tenure as executive producer. In 2013, the Peabody Awards honoured Doctor Who with an Institutional Peabody “for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.” The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science-fiction television show in the world, as the “most successful” science-fiction series of all time—based on its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, and iTunes traffic— and for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama with its 50th-anniversary special,
- During its original run, it was recognised for its imaginative stories, creative low-budget special effects, and pioneering use of electronic music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop ).
- In 1975, Season 11 of the series won a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for Best Writing in a Children’s Serial.
In 1996, BBC television held the “Auntie Awards” as the culmination of their “TV60” series, celebrating 60 years of BBC television broadcasting, where Doctor Who was voted as the “Best Popular Drama” the corporation had ever produced, ahead of such ratings heavyweights as EastEnders and Casualty,
- In 2000, Doctor Who was ranked third in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, produced by the British Film Institute and voted on by industry professionals.
- In 2005, the series came first in a survey by SFX magazine of “The Greatest UK Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Series Ever”.
In Channel 4 ‘s 2001 list of the 100 Greatest Kids’ TV shows, Doctor Who was placed at number nine. In 2004 and 2007, Doctor Who was ranked number 18 and number 22 on TV Guide ‘s Top Cult Shows Ever. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it as the number 6 sci-fi show.
The revived series has received recognition from critics and the public, across various awards ceremonies. It won five BAFTA TV Awards, including Best Drama Series, the highest-profile and most prestigious British television award for which the series has ever been nominated. It was very popular at the BAFTA Cymru Awards, with 25 wins overall including Best Drama Series (twice), Best Screenplay/Screenwriter (thrice) and Best Actor.
It was also nominated for 7 Saturn Awards, winning the only Best International Series in the ceremony’s history. In 2009, Doctor Who was voted the 3rd greatest show of the 2000s by Channel 4, behind Top Gear and The Apprentice, The episode ” Vincent and the Doctor ” was shortlisted for a Mind Award at the 2010 Mind Mental Health Media Awards for its “touching” portrayal of Vincent van Gogh,
- It has won the Short Form of the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the oldest science fiction/fantasy award for films and series, six times since 2006.
- The winning episodes were ” The Empty Child “/” The Doctor Dances ” (2006), ” The Girl in the Fireplace ” (2007), ” Blink ” (2008), ” The Waters of Mars ” (2010), ” The Pandorica Opens “/” The Big Bang ” (2011), and ” The Doctor’s Wife ” (2012).
The 2016 Christmas special ” The Return of Doctor Mysterio ” was also a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Awards. Doctor Who star Matt Smith won Best Actor in the 2012 National Television awards alongside Karen Gillan, who won Best Actress. Doctor Who has been nominated for over 200 awards and has won over a hundred of them.
As a British series, the majority of its nominations and awards have been for national competitions such as the BAFTAs, but it has occasionally received nominations in mainstream American awards, most notably a nomination for “Favorite Sci-Fi Show” in the 2008 People’s Choice Awards, and the series has been nominated multiple times in the Spike Scream Awards, with Smith winning Best Science Fiction Actor in 2011.
The Canadian Constellation Awards have also recognised the series. In 2019, Doctor Who was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame based in Seattle, Washington,
Why did people stop watching Dr Who?
Doctor Who has been one of the most watched programmes in the history of British television but it’s recently seen some dark times with views dropping drastically. Carys Evans takes a look at what’s behind the viewership drop-off. – Season 11 started brilliantly with an average of 8.2m viewers tuning in. Since I can remember I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who and when I first saw the news that there was going to be a female doctor I was excited. I thought this was a great idea. I’ve seen Jodie Whittaker in a number of different programmes and enjoyed her performance.
- There was a mixed review from the audience, people didn’t know how to take the news that there was going to be a new female doctor.
- A lot of people were shocked by this and some were unhappy.
- Even though the Doctor becoming female wasn’t brand new information, people were shocked at this new development.
I believe the issue was that it was unfamiliar to them to have a female play the Doctor and many were worried the only reason the producers decided to cast the Doctor as a female was to keep with the times, and keep people happy when instead they should be focused upon the franchise.
- Many fans of the show believe the series has become too Politically Correct.
- Some fans have stopped watching because they don’t like the story lines and the writing.
- Many believe the story lines were too politically driven and I have to say, I agree.
- This can be seen with by low the audience score is on Rotten Tomatoes.
People have become unhappy with the political messages that have been used within the show and how the show seemed to want to appear equal to all: is this damaging the show and turning viewers away? Other fans have hit back at these claims, with one saying ‘A woman giving birth to kittens, a male horse named Susan, a lesbian lizard, a bitchy trampoline, a giant pregnant telepathic face I could go on, but there’s a character limit. With the whole era of Doctor Who, we have seen a slump at the start of every season but the dramatic fall of this season has shocked many. Jodie Whittaker is the first female time lord which is a huge thing for the programme and so on,but the BBC are trying to hard to be exclusive to all- and that’s almost impossible to do.
- You cant please everyone and this is becoming Doctor Who’ s major downfall.
- Doctor Who is a fictional programme, it’s there to be entertaining and to allow its audience to escape normal day to day things.
- One fan said it well: “That’s the last episode I’ll be watching.
- I don’t watch this type of TV show to get subliminal PC lectures, it’s supposed to be entertainment.” Going back to the time where Capaldi was the doctor, viewing figures slowly started to diminish (nothing compared to season 11) but many speculated that Capaldi left because of the dwindling views.
People thought that DW was on the down as it was moved to Saturday night showing instead of the normal Sundays. We don’t know if he left because he wanted to or whether he was he asked to leave. Chris Chibnall had been tasked with rescuing the series but the views only seem to be going down.
Why did Doctor Who get cancelled?
Doctor Who cancelled. The three words no Whovian ever wanted to read in the same sentence. Well, technically, it was never actually cancelled, depending on who you ask. The BBC show is arguably one of the most iconic British science fiction franchises of all time and is certainly the longest-running show the world has ever seen in its genre.
- At 869 episodes and counting over 59 years, Doctor Who’s place in the history of television is assured.
- And yet, in 1989, the BBC felt compelled to take it off the air, leaving fans to wait 16 long years for its return.
- Read more: Doctor Who: New cast decision teases Doctor’s future incarnations When the Doctor and his TARDIS came back to our screens in 2005, it propelled itself to new global heights.
However, the heyday of David Tennant has waned since the turn of the last decade and viewing figures have stalled since Jodie Whittaker became the first female in the lead role. That has caused many fans of the modern show to wonder what caused the BBC to shelf the Doctor last time around, perhaps fearing a similar decision will be made again.
How popular is Doctor Who now?
Doctor Who one of biggest shows in the world, says BBC following ‘simulcast’
The BBC has claimed its science fiction drama is now one of the world’s biggest TV shows after a special 50th anniversary episode on Saturday was watched in 94 countries and simultaneously screened in 3D to more than half a million people in cinemas across Latin America, North America and Europe.More than 10 million people watched the show in the UK, in which the last two doctors, Matt Smith and David Tennant, featured alongside a “mayfly” timelord played by John Hurt who existed for only the duration of the single show titled The Day of the Doctor.The breadth of the international “simulcast” was a world record, according to Guinness World Records.
“For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world,” said the lead writer, Steven Moffat. “Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself.” Tim Davie, chief executive of Worldwide, which sells the show to overseas territories, said: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a royal wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages.
“If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.” First broadcast on BBC One on 23 November, 1963, Doctor Who is already in the Guinness World Records as the most successful sci-fi series.
Over the weekend 8,000 fans of the programme – Whovians, many in costume – attended a convention to mark the anniversary at the Excel centre in east London. : Doctor Who one of biggest shows in the world, says BBC following ‘simulcast’
Who is Doctor Who’s worst enemy?
|Over the past 50 years of Doctor Who, The Doctor has faced many villains. Because there are so many, I will just highlight a few of the main villains. He has come face to face with foes ranging from robot aliens, to animated mannequins.The most memorable of his villains are as followed: (The following names are links to pictures) Daleks – The Daleks have been the enemies of the Timelords since day one. They were involved in the “Time War”, where The Doctor was forced to kill all of the other Timelords and Daleks. Unfortunately, some Daleks have survived and continue to wreak havoc in the universe. The Master – He is a Timelord that went insane from the sight of the time vortex as a child. He was made human and lost his memory, but when his fog watch (which contained the essence of a Time Lord) was opened, he regained his powers and memories and regenerated into a younger person. In an effort to take over the world, he became Prime Minister of England and captured The Doctor, causing him to age. The Doctor, with the help of his companions, turned back time and all of this was erased. Cybermen – these are cyborgs from Earth’s twin planet, Mondas. They are robots with the brains of humans that seek to destroy the human race. Weeping Angels – these are gargoyle aliens in the shape of angels. They appear to be stone, and move only when you look away, or blink. If they touch you while you are not looking, they send you back in time enough so that you die of old age the day they touched you. The Silence – this is a religious organization focused on the destruction of The Doctor. They believe he has wronged people more than helped, and they aim to kill him. In Season 6 of the new Doctor Who, they kidnap the baby of one of The Doctor’s companions and turn her into a weapon against him. One thing about The Silence is that once you look away from them, you forget their existence. Great Intelligence – as of now, we have seen two episodes involving the Great Intelligence, but they are an agency that caused “monsters in the wifi” and created animated snowmen that tried to kill people. (The previous descriptions are from the 9th regeneration of The Doctor and up)
|(Click above for a short video) Photo Above: a Dalek preparing to “exterminate” Above: a Weeping Angel in action
Who is the most powerful Dr Who enemy?
5 The Daleks Are Ruthless And Lack Emotion – Daleks are the Doctor’s greatest foe, apart from The Master. No matter how many times The Doctor defeats them, the Daleks always manage to survive. Their tenacity is matched only by their martial prowess. A Dalek’s body is near-indestructible, and their weapons can kill most living creatures in a single hit.
What is the longest single Doctor Who episode?
Happy WhoDay! 54 things You Need To Know About Doctor Who Happy Doctor Who Day everyone! 54 years ago to this very day, the world’s bestest and longest-running science-fiction television show began. William Hartnell stepped into the TARDIS as the First Doctor and we never looked back.
- Doctor Who debuted on BBC One on Nov 23, 1963 at 5.15pm (well, technically 80 seconds later, time pedants). This was the day after US president John F Kennedy was assassinated. For most of Doctor Who’s run in the “classic” era (up until 1989), episodes had a running time of approximately 25 minutes. In 1986 the format was changed to 45 minute instalments for one series only. When the show returned in 2005, the 45 minute approach was adopted once more while Series 11 will see the introduction of 50 minute eps. Likewise, Doctor Who always aired on a Saturday in the UK, until it was moved to two mid-week screenings for the Fifth Doctor’s era. This was changed back to Saturdays for the Sixth Doctor and then back to weekday screenings for the Seventh Doctor. Since Who’s 2005 return it has reaffirmed its love for Saturday evening broadcasts. In the cast, William Hartnell was credited as playing “Dr. Who”. Over the years this would change to “Doctor Who” and then “The Doctor” in the 80s. (When the show returned in 2005, Christoper Eccleston was credited as “Doctor Who” and it was changed once more to “The Doctor” at the request of David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor.) The Doctor has a granddaughter.
- Susan was a pupil at Coal Hill School where she attracted the curiosity of teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton.
- The two would travel with Susan and her grandfather for many adventures.
- Recent companion Clara Oswald took up a teaching post at the school too.
- His home planet is Gallifrey.
- Sometimes referred to as the “Shining World of the Seven Systems,” it is situated in the constellation of Kasterborous.
- Fact fans will note that original First Doctor actor William Hartnell never actually spoke the word “Gallifrey” on television.
- Though the First Doctor does say it in 1983’s The Five Doctors, then played by Richard Hurndall, and in The Day of the Doctor, portrayed by voice actor John Guilor).
- The Doctor is a Time Lord.
- Again, the word wasn’t actually coined to describe the process until the 1974 classic, Planet of the Spiders, which saw Jon Pertwee change into Tom Baker.
- The Third Doctor explained to companion Sarah Jane Smith, “when a Time Lord’s body wears out, he regenerates, becomes new.
- Regeneration can also mean, in human terms, a change of race or gender.
- Aged 75, he will appear once more in Twice Upon A Time,
- The first “multi-Doctor” story was 1972’s The Three Doctors,
- Icking-off the show’s tenth season, it featured Docs One through Three battling Time Lord legend, Omega.
- More about that guy later.
- Other multi-Doctor adventures followed, including: 20th Anniversary Special, The Five Doctors ; The Two/Six team-up, The Two Doctors ; Five meets Ten in the 2007 Children In Need special, Time Crash; 50th Anniversary Special, *The Day of the Doctor (ALL of them); and the forthcoming Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, featuring the One and Twelve.
- The story, such as it is, is not seen as part of the official Doctor Who canon.
- Also, while we’re on charity episodes, we should mention the 1999 Comic Relief Special, The Curse of Fatal Death,
- Written by a certain Steven Moffat, it featured Blackadder and Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor, along with many more familiar faces Have a watch below.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures quickly followed with appearances from The Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor, played by David Tennant and Matt Smith respectively.
- Another spin-off series, Class, followed in 2016.
- 1965’s The Daleks Master Plan holds the record for the longest story, clocking in at an impressive TWELVE episodes, whilst The Five Doctors holds the record for longest-running time for one ep (just over 88 minutes).
- It’s also known as a Type 40 TT capsule.
- The War Games revealed that the Doctor had actually stolen his TARDIS.
- We see these events in 2013’s The Name of the Doctor when Eleventh Doctor companion Clara gives a suggestion on which Type 40 the First Doctor and Susan should take.
- However, the TARDIS herself, when in human form, told the Eleventh Doctor she choose him ( The Doctor’s Wife ) The TARDIS has a swimming pool.
- Though, every so often, a missing episode gets found – most recently, all of The Enemy of the World, and five episodes of The Web of Fear were rediscovered in Nigeria.
- Doctor Who predicted the existence of BBC Three back in 1971.
- Third Doctor story The Daemons made this accurate prediction for the channel.
- We will see some scenes from this story, which also saw the first regeneration for the Doctor, in the forthcoming Twice Upon A Time,
- Cybermen also caused the death of one of the Doctor’s companions, Adric.
- Speaking of villains, not all Time Lords are good.
- Despite being revered by his people for creating time travel, Omega, a solar engineer, felt abandoned by Gallifrey when he was trapped in an anti-matter universe and sought revenge.
- He also discovered the secret of immortality but that it was too powerful a secret to share.
- By the end of the Time War, Rassilon was Time Lord President and creating all sorts of havoc in the Tenth Doctor finale, The End of Time,
- After he was sent back into the Time War, he regenerated and met with the Twelfth Doctor in 2015’s Hell Bent on Gallifrey.
- The Doctor who traveled with the most companions during his time was the First Doctor, racking up ten TARDIS travellers (two of whom might have died a bit).
- The Weeping Angels (created by king of scares, Steven Moffat) have become one of Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters despite only appearing just ten years ago in Blink,
Its binary location from galactic zero centre, should you ever need it for your SpaceNav is: Ten zero eleven, zero zero by zero two. Well, that was until the events of The Day of the Doctor when it was moved and, as we discovered in the 2015 episode Hell Bent, Gallifrey was “positioned at the extreme end of the time continuum.” Whenever that might be Though we visited Gallifrey in the epic Second Doctor finale The War Games, we didn’t actually discover its name until the Third Doctor episode, The Time Warrior – some ten years after the show began.
However, like Gallifrey, we don’t actually hear those words to describe his people until the aforementioned, The War Games, Time Lords have the power of regeneration. This means, if you weren’t aware, that, in order fight off death, they can change their bodies.
And sometime both.2015’s Hell Bent saw the General, a white man, regenerate into a black woman. She seemed to prefer it that way. Other Time Lords who have done this are the Corsair (as recalled by the Eleventh Doctor in The Doctor’s Wife ) and the Doctor, as we will see in the 2017 Christmas Special.
In the 1976 story The Deadly Assassin we learn that Time Lords can only regenerate twelve times: “there is no plan that will postpone death,” after that. However, the Doctor was given a new cycle of regenerations in The Time of the Doctor and even he isn’t sure of how many lives are left. The youngest actor to play the Doctor is Matt Smith who was just 26 years old when filming on the Eleventh Doctor’s era began.
(Well, technically, it’s Michael Jones who played the young, scared Doctor comforted by Clara in 2014’s Listen,) The oldest actor cast to play the Doctor is David Bradley, who appeared in the closing seconds of the Series 10 finale, The Doctor Falls,
There was also a 30th Anniversary two-parter called Dimensions In Time, This multi-Doctor, multi-companion, multi-monster special was in aid of BBC’s Children In Need charity and mashed-up Doctor Who characters with those from popular BBC soap, Eastenders,
Doctor Who has had numerous television spin-offs over the years. The first was K-9 and Company in 1981 where Elisabeth Sladen reprised her role as Sarah Jane Smith alongside the computer dog, K-9. Torchwood was the first full series spinoff. Created by the then Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, its title was an anagram of Doctor Who and starred John Barrowman who made his Captain Jack Harkness debut in 2005’s The Empty Child,
In the classic era, two seasons featured a branching-arc collecting the stories together: 1978’s The Key To Time and 1986’s The Trial of a Time Lord, Susan came up with the name for the Doctor’s time-travel ship, the TARDIS from, “Time And Relative Dimension In Space”.
If you’re curious, check it out in 1978’s The Invasion of Time or, more recently, in 2013’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, In 2011’s Day of the Moon, the Eleventh Doctor saves a falling River Song by opening all the doors to the swimming pool (though we don’t see it on that occasion).
The phrase “bigger on the inside!”, to describe the TARDIS, was first used in 1969’s The War Games, According to the Tenth Doctor, in 2006’s The Impossible Planet, TARDISes were grown, not built. Did you know that, amongst other things, the Sonic Screwdriver can fix barb wire ( The Doctor Dances ), crack safes ( The Sun Makers ), and be used as a microphone ( A Christmas Carol, The God Complex )? The Doctor’s tool made its debut in the Second Doctor story Fury From The Deep and was frequently used until its destruction in 1982’s The Visitation,
Thankfully, the Sonic made a triumphant return in 2005 when Doctor Who came back to our screens. There are 97 missing episodes. Sadly, in the 1970s, the BBC destroyed many episodes of Doctor Who (and other BBC Shows) as they had outlived their use. This was, of course, in an age pre-home video.
Fourth Doctor adventure Terror of the Zygons was even more prescient when it predicted a female Prime Minister for the UK, some four years before Margaret Thatcher was voted in to No.10 Downing Street. The TARDIS’s Cloister Bell, used in times of extreme danger, was not heard until the Tom Baker finale, Logopolis, City of Death is also the most-watched episode of Doctor Who in the UK, hitting an impressive 16.10 million viewers for Part Four. Worldwide, The Day of the Doctor held the Guinness Book of Records for biggest TV simulcast, broadcasting to 98 countries across 6 continents at the same time around the world (the number was initially 94 but this was revised).
Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has written the largest amount of Doctor Who EVER, clocking up well over 40 television episodes. Rona Munro is the only person to write for both the classic era and the modern era (1989’s Survival and 2017’s The Eaters of Light ). Actor Tom Baker is the longest-serving Doctor Who, amassing 70 hours of screen time over seven years.
For contrast, David Tennant managed just under 40 hours. Jamie, played by Frazer Hines, is the longest-serving companion with over 49 hours of screen time. The Doctor has pretty much always had a companion to join him on adventures.1975’s The Deadly Assassin was the first time the Time Lord traveled by himself. The Doctor has two hearts. Like so many iconic facets of Doctor Who, this was revealed in the Third Doctor era; his very first episode in fact, Spearhead From Space, Doctor Who ended its first run in 1989 but returned for one night only in the 90s with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. It was another nine years before Who returned with Christopher Eccleston at the helm of the TARDIS in 2005. We caught our first glimpse of the Daleks at the end of the just the fifth Doctor Who episode.
The First Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian visited the intergalactic pepper pots’ home world starting a chain of never ending battles with the Daleks. Even in the show’s initial run Doctor Who could be timey-wimey. Davros was introduced as the creator of the Daleks more than ten years after their first Doctor Who outing.
Tom Baker classic Genesis of the Daleks took the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry back to Skaro at the inception of the terrors – before the First, Second and Third Doctor’s meetings with the Daleks. Get your head around that! (And, in another slightly paradoxical move, we discovered in 2015’s The Magician’s Apprentice that the Twelfth Doctor himself saved Davros’ life as a young boy.) The Cybermen, last seen in the epic Series 10 finale, debuted in the First Doctor finale, The Tenth Planet,
It took three incarnations of the Doctor (One through Three) to defeat Omega. He returned to face the Fifth Doctor and fellow Time Lords in 1983’s Arc of Infinity where he failed, again. Building on Omega’s work was Rassilon. A mere engineer and architect in Gallifrey’s early days, he was subsequently seen as the founder of their civilisation.
He was still a bit cross. Fun fact: Rassilon was first seen as a rather jovial and mischievous disembodied head in the 20th Anniversary special, The Five Doctors, Speaking of naughty Time Lords, there’s The Master. A contemporary and one-time friend of the Doctor, the two went to the Academy together in their younger years. In 1983, Fourth Doctor tale Revenge of the Cybermen was the very first Doctor Who story to be released on home video. It was available on the VHS, Betamax and even Laserdisc formats. There have been some animated Doctor Who stories on television over the years.
Over 12 weeks, Tenth Doctor and Martha epic The Infinite Quest was broadcast during children’s show Totally Doctor Who (it was subsequently aired as a 45 minute episode and released on DVD). Computer-generated Dreamland followed in 2009 and again featured David Tennant voicing the Tenth Doctor. Also, a number of missing episodes (see No.28) have been animated to complete the stories: 1968’s The Invasion was the first to receive this treatment in 2006, with two of its missing instalments animated for DVD.
There have been two Doctor Who films.1965’s Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., released the following year, starred Peter Cushing as Earth scientist “Dr. Who”. These movie aren’t considered part of the official Doctor Who canon so don’t let anyone know we mentioned them (looks around) The iconic Doctor Who theme tune was written by Australian Ron Grainer, who also composed memorable openers for The Prisoner and Tales of the Unexpected,
However, it is the arrangement of the Who theme that is perhaps most remarkable. Delia Derbyshire utilised the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to create a sound like no other, giving Doctor Who the greatest television theme tune ever. It remained in tact, with a few tweaks here and there, until 1980 when a brand new synthesiser arrangement was unleashed.
Since 2005, composer Murray Gold has provided his take on the titles whilst 2018 will see a new arrangement for Series 11. The most companions featured in one story was The Five Doctors, which boasted an eye-watering eleven (though some of these were but illusions).2008’s Journey’s End comes a decent second with eight (and six of those appeared on screen at the same time, beating The Five Doctors five).
Also known as the “Lonely Assassins”, they hail from the dawn of the universe. Where? We don’t know, but we do know they are “quantum-locked” – that means when a Weeping Angel is in the sight of any living thing, they turn to stone. The 2010s have witnessed the most onscreen regenerations in Doctor Who.
We’ve seen numerous Doctors regenerate – Eight, War (sort of), Ten, Eleven, with Twelve on the way – as well as River Song (twice in Series Six) and the General in 2015’s Hell Bent, Although we knew he had a granddaughter (the aforementioned Susan), the Doctor took a while before he told anyone he was a dad once (casually mentioned to Rose Tyler in 2006’s Fear Her ).
We thought we knew ALL the Doctors but, in 2013’s The Name of the Doctor we were introduced to John Hurt as the War Doctor, a regeneration between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, who fought in the Time War. Similarly, in 1976’s The Brain of Morbius, the audience were lead to believe that the Doctor had previous regenerations before William Hartnell – we saw a mind battle which went back through the Doctor’s incarnations revealing many more (played by various members of the Doctor Who production team). Series 11, filming now, will air around the world in 2018 and features the first woman to play the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Her debut, Twice Upon A Time airing around the world from Dec 25, 2017, will be the 840th televised episode of Doctor Who.
: Happy WhoDay! 54 things You Need To Know About Doctor Who
How many views did Doctor Who get?
The viewing figures are in for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who swansong The Power of the Doctor, which has delivered the sci-fi drama its highest chart position in four years. Audience measurement organisation BARB has revealed that the show’s seven-day consolidated viewership – including those who watched the episode live and those who caught up later in the week – stands at 5.3 million.
That places it as the fifth most-viewed programme of the week commencing Monday 17th October, beaten by Strictly Come Dancing ‘s live show (9.9m) and its results programme (8.6m), as well as Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off (7.8m) and ITV’s Doc Martin (5.6m). The Power of the Doctor was a truly momentous episode for the long-running series, celebrating the BBC’s centenary by bringing back several legacy cast members, while also giving Whittaker a fitting send-off after four years of service.
Doctor Who returns to our television screens next year with three 60th anniversary specials, which will see Catherine Tate reprise her Donna Noble role, while Neil Patrick Harris ( The Matrix Resurrections ) and Yasmin Finney ( Heartstopper ) guest star. Doctor Who is available to stream on BBC iPlayer with episodes of the classic series also available on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here,
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