C/I – Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television show of all time, It centers around the adventures of a mysterious traveler known only as The Doctor, who uses a time machine to travel through time and space. V/S – Now I realize that most, if not all of you have never seen, let alone have heard of Doctor Who but hopefully after my presentation you’ll understand more about it. T – So let’s begin way back when, in the 1960s. On Saturday, November 23, 1963, Through the combined creative forces of Sydney Newman, C. E.
Webber, Donald Wilson and the BBC, the first episode of Doctor who airs under the name “An Unearthly Child. ” This episode laid the groundwork for the cliche Who story of capture and escape, in this case, the Doctor and company are captured by primitive humans and must escape. This first episode marked the first appearance of the first incarnation of The Doctor who was portrayed by William Hartnell. Who went on to play the role for three years before stepping down from it. To avoid changing the main character or just flat out ending the show after Hartnell’s departure, the creators came up with the clever concept of regenerating.
When the Doctor regenerates, he is able to rejuvenate his entire body, If he’s incredibly injured or dying he can literally restart himself. For him, regenerating means changing, new body, new face, new personality. It’s the same character, with a different look. 1) This system made it easy to continue the series throughout decades and there have been eleven different doctors to date. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Doctor Who. In 1989, Twenty Six years after the show began, The show faced cancellation due to a surprising decrease in the ratings. The show became a joke and was taken off the air.
The production office for Doctor Who at the BBC finally shut down in August of 1990, for the first time since 1963. Fast forward fifteen years. The year 2005 changed everything for Doctor Who. The BBC and a Producer/Writer by the name of Russell T. Davis had managed to successfully revive the show continuing exactly where the last episode aired had left off. The revived series proved to be an amazing success. The last episode aired in 1989, titled “Survival” brought in a low 4. 93 million viewers and the first episode of the revived series brought in a total of 10.
5 million viewers. An impressive increase. II. Doctor Who’s storyline throughout the decades has stayed close to home, keeping the classic story points in check. He’s a Timelord who travels through time and space, fixing problems and bad situations that seem to occur when he’s around. The Doctor travels through time and space with the use of “The TARDIS”, which stands for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space. ” Shaped like a 1960s style police box, the creators of the series wanted to show that something amazing could come out of something so ordinary and everyday.
Though these Police Boxes don’t exist in real life anymore, it is an iconic image overseas in the U. K. Sometimes he’ll travel with companions, friends that he meets during his adventures. There have been at least forty companions to date that have accompanied the Doctor on his travels. Conclusion In Conclusion, Doctor Who changed the face of science fiction in the world of television forever, It’s currently in it’s 32nd season and it’s been around for almost 50 years. The longest running science fiction television series of all time, doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.