What is Doctor Who? #SciFiSunday

Perhaps dissatisfied with what it’s done to Marvel and Star Wars, Disney continues devouring IP across the world. Even the venerated Doctor Who — as much a British national staple as James Bond, Manchester United, and beans on toast — is now a co-production with the (still) mighty mouse. Disney+ recently revealed its trailer for the new Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials, beginning in November. But what is Doctor Who?

Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction show ever made. Its main character, The Doctor, is a space and time-traveling alien — equal parts hero, nerd, and weirdo. They bop around in time and space solving problems, helping people out, fighting iconic baddies, and occasionally saving the universe. The Doctor has the ability to regenerate at the point of death, which allows the show to re-cast its main character every once in awhile. The Doctor has been portrayed by English men, Scottish men, one (or two really, it’s complicated) English women, and in December of this year, the Doctor will regenerate into a Rwandan-born Scotsman. Doctor Who showrunners have varied wildly in skill, taste, and approach over the years, but the Doctor’s mysterious and charismatic persona has persisted through 694 episodes, for a total of about 295 hours of run-time. Appropriate, then, that this excellent explanation of Doctor Who by dwfan91 is a measly 5 hours long.

If you like your sci-fi a little silly, often scary, kind of campy, and sometimes filled with feels, Doctor Who may be for you.

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