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Doctor Who was created by the BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman and writers Donald Wilson and C.E. Webber. It's been recognized for imaginative stories, low-budget if not very creative special effects, and blazing a pioneer trail with its inventive use of electronic music. Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing from 1963-1989 and then given a reboot in 2005 with all new adventures.
There have been 11 actors to play the role of the Doctor, a centuries-old alien called a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels in time in his TARDIS and meeting up with various companions along the way. When the Doctor is fatally injured, he regenerates his body gaining a new physical appearance and a distinct new personality, often with very passionate, enthusiastic, eccentric characteristics.
When the series was postponed indefinitely in 1989, fans just wouldn't let it die thereby creating original novels and audio versions along with a few made for TV movies to enjoy before the BBC announced in 2003 at long last the series would return.
Trivia: Famous first words - "My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November 1963 at 5:15." The Doctor Who theme song was composed by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire electronically performed it at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It was considered cutting edge polyphonic work at the time. Feel free to look around a bit.