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Welcome to the LibGuide for the long-running BBC sci-fi series, Doctor Who!

As the Doctor would say, "Allons-y!   French, it means let's go." 




“This is who I am, right here, right now, all right? All that counts is here and now, and this is me!”

The Doctor 

The Doctor is the lead character on the BBC's longest running science fiction television show, Doctor Who He is an alien, a Prydonian chapter Time Lord from the planet GallifreyHe travels through time and space in his space ship, called a TARDIS (an acronym, meaning Time And Relative Dimension In Space).  When in proper working order, the Doctor's TARDIS is able to change shape and morph to blend in with the surroundings.  However, the TARDIS the Doctor uses has a broken chameleon circuit, and therefore keeps the shape of a blue British police box.  While small on the outside, the inside of the TARDIS is truly unique; the interior is infinite.  This has led to the introduction and popularity of the phrase "It's bigger on the inside". 


A unique feature of the Doctor is his ability to not die, but instead to regenerateThe Doctor is able to regenerate 12 times.  Currently, Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor is on his 11th regeneration, and soon Peter Capaldi will join the cast as the 12th regeneration of the Doctor.  When the Doctor regenerates, he maintains the memories and experiences of his previous incarnations, but his personality can be quite different from predecessors.  For example, the Fourth Doctor, portrayed by Tom Baker, was an easy-going bohemian type.  The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) has a more vindictive, no second chances streak in his personality. 


The Doctor's true name is not known.  The title for the show came from various characters asking "The Doctor?  Doctor Who?"  The Doctor, after an introduction, is once told "That is a profession, not a name".  To this he replies "It's all I have." 


The Doctor does not typically use weapons, but he does utilise a sonic screwdriver in his travels.  The sonic screwdriver is a multi-functional tool, allowing the Doctor to pick locks, fix various electronics and pieces on the TARDIS, and hack into computer systems.  The sonic screwdriver will not work on items that are deadlock sealed, or wood.  






First Doctor - William Hartnell  (23 November 1963 - 29 October 1966)

Second Doctor - Patrick Troughton  (29 October 1966 - 21 June 1969)

Third Doctor - Jon Pertwee  (3 January 1970 - 8 June 1974)

Fourth Doctor - Tom Baker (8 June 1974 - 21 March 1981)

Fifth Doctor - Peter Davison  (21 March 1981 - 16 March 1984)

Sixth Doctor - Colin Baker  (16 March 1984 - 6 December 1986)

Seventh Doctor - Sylvester McCoy  (7 September 1987 - 6 December 1989)

Eighth Doctor - Paul McGann (May 1996)

Ninth Doctor - Christopher Eccleston  (26 March - 18 June 2005)

Tenth Doctor - David Tennant  (18 June 2005 - 1 January 2010)

Eleventh Doctor - Matt Smith  (1 January 2010 - present)

Twelfth Doctor - Peter Capaldi  (upcoming)

“This is who I am, right here, right now, all right? All that counts is here and now, and this is me!”

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