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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems, facing monsters and righting wrongs.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 2005 Russell T Davies remade it as the Rose Tyler show
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3 Same Character Different Actor Peter Davison replaces Tom Baker
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4 2010 The Doctor becomes.. ..."a teenager dressed as a history teacher"
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 Post Tom Baker This guy defined Dr. Who, nothing matched since
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7 Doctor "Why Meeeee?" The Tenth Doctor turns into an emo Time Boy
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8 Colour Lost it's charm
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9 Stairs = No Daleks The Universe's biggest Villains cant go up steps?
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10 Companions lose memory/die Can't companions just leave the doctor?
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11 Question Marks character's name=The Doctor. Not Dr. Who
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1 As always on forums like this, there seems to be a lot of "Baker Bashing" (Colin). Please remember that he had very little influence in the direction the show was taking, and was - and continues to be - one of its most eloquent advocates. He did try to fight for quality scripts, and even a more sedate costume and was paid back with nasty on-screen jokes about his weight gain during his second season, followed by an unceremonious sacking. When allowed to be, he is a wonderful actor. Yes, The Twin Dilemma is a HORRIBLE story, but much is made right by that very moving moment where he calmly talks to the dying Azmael. And how can you not love his work opposite Patrick Troughton in The Two Doctors or Kate O'Mara in Mark of the Rani? Thankfully, Big Picture has given him the opportunity to shine in their Doctor Who audio dramas, which have a bittersweet quality to me because they show what we could have had, not just with Colin but also Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on November 6, 2013, 8:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 it never bone the fish and also I started being a fan during month ago I found old Doctor Who episodes on youtube and I like Claira! -- Submitted By: (thedude19766) on September 13, 2013, 10:55 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Still watch it and have been a longtime fan (more so of the classic series than the reboot). But I do hate how they based the show around the companions so much. In particular Rose Tyler and then most recently Amy Pond. Too much romance involved in too many stories. One of the things that set the classic series apart from other shows was that the Doctor was alien and although he had feelings for his companions he did not fall in love with them.It always would annoy me how they always made him say the full name of his companions "Rose Tyler" or "Amy Pond" instead of just Rose or Amy. It was liked we were being forced to remember the character's full name all the time.As for the Doctor I have liked all of them (some better than others though. Tom Baker is still the best) . -- Submitted By: (JMoose) on November 30, 2012, 6:13 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 There are three points where I think they should have ended Classic Who, before it got really bad- 1. Horns of Nimon- a way to end the show on a masquerade party, with the Fourth Doctor and Romana flying off into the Skonnon Sunset for centuries more adventures together, all whilst the Daleks are stuck in stalemate with the Movellans and the Master's still decaying on his last life. 2. Logopolis- the most likely ending as Tom Baker left to dismal ratings. The story of Doctor Who could have continued from there in a novels range, beginning with the novelisation of Castrovalva tying up Logopolis' loose ends. In that novels range, the pretentious high concept 80's direction of the show could have worked, the companion dynamic of Tegan Nyssa and Adric could have worked in a Famous Five style, and they could have been fleshed out as characters rather than being the plastic one note ciphers they were on screen. The writing would be less spectacle reliant, and more meticulous, ergo more crafted and coherent, with decent plots and no scenes of characters being forced to commit ridiculous actions or act upon false, contrived motives, out of the blue. Better still neither JNT or Eric Saward would be able to have any creative interference or blacklist good writers. 3. The Five Doctors- probably the most ideal way of ending it. A 20 year run, a celebration of the show's history, ending with the final line "Why not, after all thats how it all started." Also the show's monsters would retain their sense of intrigue and danger, before the JNT excesses completely diminished them through overuse. The New Adventure novels could chronicle the dark secrets of Gallifrey, they could develop Turlough and Kamelion as companions, depict that final reckoning between the Doctor and Master that Rassilon predicted, the Fifth Doctor could even take a cue from the First Doctor's tricking of Borusa and become more like the dark, manipulatuive Doctor of the NAs. Big Finish could still do Fifth Doctor-Nyssa audios, as well as the Dalek Empire, Gallifrey and Unbound spin-offs. Better still the show would have ended on a note of celebration rather than disgrace, the Doctor would have remained fully in character (thanks to Terrance Dicks nailing the character), rather than Warriors of the Deep and Twin Dilemma completely character assassinating him, turning him into a delusional bad risk, cowardly turncoat and forcing false motives upon him and outright disgracing him (that's what happens when a control freak like JNT is producer- even the free spirited, strong willed Doctor becomes reduced to a puppet, and to a gross parody of the producer's own volatile nature). In terms of the RTD era where the show was revived, I think with the possible exception of the first 2005 season, it was best forgotten. RTD should have just done the one season and then let Moffat take over. Moffat has finally got the show back on track with class stories like Time of Angels and Amy's Choice. -- Submitted By: (Tanlee) on October 9, 2010, 9:13 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Perhaps the biggest boning moment had to be when Russell T Davies turned it from a solid sci fi drama to a platform for touting interspecies romances and gay rights. -- Submitted By: (doctorwhorox) on June 20, 2010, 2:45 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Daleks first climbed stairs (by implication) in "The Chase" when they somehow got onto the upper deck of the "Mary Celeste" from the lower deck. -- Submitted By: (LizR) on October 29, 2009, 3:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 quimbyt: "Im probably the biggest Sci Fi fan in the world, but I hate British Sci Fi. The Brits have no clue when it comes to Sci Fi." If you were, you would know better than to call it sci-fi for a start. The Brits have a valid claim to have invented SF (Mary Shelley and H.G.Wells for starters) so maybe you should think this one through. Also, if you find the current version of Doctor Who hard to follow, you should stick to crayons and leave computers for grown ups. -- Submitted By: (LizR) on October 29, 2009, 3:31 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Jumped when John Nathan Turner took over as producer in 1980, blacklisting the older writers who could write the show in their sleep, removing all character, spontanaeity, humour and imagination and substance from the show, and turning the show into a hollow, soulless, ugly and sensationalist nerd trap full of unlikeable companions, pathetic ineffectual, self-obsessed Doctors prone to acting completely out of character, and contrived, humourless, adolescent and heartless stories that barely qualified as fan-fiction and were often so desperate to be downbeat they had to reduce the Doctor into a shadow of himself. Eventually racking up enough bad episodes that formed a corrosive critical mass, eroding all that was good and enjoyable about the show. Castrovalva is where the show should have ended- it saw the new guy Peter Davison taking over from Tom Baker, and saw the evil Master seemingly vanquished for good. Time-Flight was the first major shark jump. Millions of viewers tuned in after the buzz of Earthshock, and probably went away thinking the whole show was that cheap, dull and appalingly written. The scene where the Doctor and his companions are grieving Adric for a minute before acting bored and changing the subject is particularly offensive, crass and insincere- paving the way for character assassinations of the Doctor and stories ridden by pointless, contrived massacres followed up by some hypocritical moralising speech from the Doctor to pretend the story had something to say. The Five Doctors is where things might have gotten back on track if John Nathan Turner had left here. It was a fun, involving old school episode that was a treat for the fans but might also have engaged new viewers. Warriors of the Deep is the point where the show becomes utterly unsalvageable, as the story completely destroys the Doctor as a hero, turning him into a criminally negligent appeaser who places the enemy's life over the lives of the innocent and has a pathetic crisis of conscience about a kill or be killed situation. This is the point where script editor Eric Saward's body counts equal drama approach takes hold for the worse, and the only way out of this dead end its taken the character of the Doctor down is to go to the other extreme and making him a homicidal jackass with Colin Baker's Doctor. The show is now heading for such an inevitable and disastrous fall in The Twin Dilemma that not even something of the quality calibre of Caves of Androzani can turn things around. New Who started to jump the shark around the time of World War III and The Long Game which were hollow, dumbed down and forced comedy stories but mostly held up well for its first season which managed to be more than the sum of its parts. The real jump the shark point however was The Idiot's Lantern where all believability left the building and the Doctor became simply an obnoxious cartoon character. Things only got worse from there with grand turkeys like Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, Gridlock, The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords and the most recent special Planet of the Dead. -- Submitted By: (Tanlee) on October 28, 2009, 9:43 am - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 To quimbyt: I challenge you to watch the 2005 two-parter "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" and then tell me you hate British sci-fi. It was an extremely well-written episode and proof that Christopher Eccleston was an excellent choice to be the Ninth Doctor (as an aside, it was a shame he had to go after just one season). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on October 25, 2009, 9:22 am - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Im probably the biggest Sci Fi fan in the world, but I hate British Sci Fi. The Brits have no clue when it comes to Sci Fi. Dr Who is just hard to follow, maybe if I were ever able to watch it from start to finish. I just dont get it. -- Submitted By: (quimbyt) on October 7, 2009, 11:29 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Lets give credit for finally showing the Daleks go up steps- and now THE UNIVERSE! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on August 2, 2009, 8:16 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Daleks were seen to be able to climb stairs in 'Remembrance Of The Daleks' (1988) and of course in the more recent revival ('Dalek', 2005) where the characters actually joke that they cannot climb, only for the Dalek to 'ELEVATE!!' -- Submitted By: (ronster500) on August 1, 2009, 5:03 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 The history of Doctor Who is very complicated, with 10 actors having played the lead part (to date), and multiple changes in format from 1963 to 2009. In essence, in considering the entire run of the show, you're really looking at several different programs, and it could be argued that the program has boned (and deboned back) on multiple occasions. Personally, in most respects I consider the 1963 to 1989 incarnation to be a separate program from the post 2004 version. In the 'classic program', I consider the peak to have been the first three Tom Baker seasons (when Phillip Hinchcliffe was producer), and the BTF moment to be when Peter Davison was replaced by Colin Baker. It wasn't just the change of lead actor: A lot of other things changed at the same time, and not for the better. Although Doctor Who ran for four seasons beyond this change, its death warrant had already been signed. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 28, 2009, 5:36 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 The Daleks found some clever ways around the whole stairwell thing... -- Submitted By: (BrianBuck) on June 15, 2009, 9:27 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 To respond to the prior post. No, it is not possible to watch all of the old episodes of Doctor Who and catch up. Some of the black and white ones had the mastered destroyed and have been lost forever. -- Submitted By: (msweller) on May 31, 2009, 8:40 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Uh, I've seen what appeared to be the pilot of the new version a few weeks ago on my local PBS station. It makes the old "Star Treks" look like romance stories in comparison! Besides, with 40+ years of episodes for this show, how can anyone (and I mean anyone) keep up? How do I know where to start? Is it even possible to find ALL episodes and play them in order????? -- Submitted By: (SVN) on May 12, 2009, 7:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I didn't start getting into this show until the 2005 revival. I have vague recollections of it on PBS years ago, but it seemed strange and British to me then. The current version is terrific, very well written and often quite touching. Might be a bit too sci-fi for some, maybe it is a guy thing. -- Submitted By: (ClanMcLeod) on April 22, 2009, 5:30 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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