Cast: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Roger Delgado, Anthony Ainley, Elisabeth Sladen
- Air Dates: November 1963 - May 1996
The longest-running science fiction TV series in history, the series tells the story of the Doctor, a traveller whose unreliable old time machine the TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably the rogue Time Lord finds forces of evil at work out to manipulate people and history for their own ends and sets about to set things right using his wits rather than violence.
As a Time Lord, the Doctor has the ability to regenerate his body when near death, however it results in a new physical and psychological incarnation with their own quirks and abilities. The TARDIS itself is much larger on the inside than on the outside due to them being in different dimensions, a malfunction has caused the outside to be stuck in the shape of a 1950s-style British police box.
The original series ran from 1963 to 1996, encompassing eight different actors playing The Doctor and numerous companions over the years. Due to the show's premise, the various adventures could vary in setting and premise drastically from story to story, though wherever or whenever the stories were told they usually incorporated a science-fiction aspect.