One of the world's longest-running science-fiction TV shows, 'Doctor Who' first aired on this day, November 23, in
1963. The day is so popular among 'Doctor Who' fans known as 'Whovians' that it is celebrated as TARDIS Day. On
the show's 52nd anniversary, we look at the many doctors along with some interesting facts and trivia about the
show and the iconic spaceship TARDIS...
About 'Doctor Who'
'Doctor Who' depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the
universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which
was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the
Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need.
First Doctor – played by William Hartnell
The first doctor had an Edwardian – Victorian look – a black coat and a fawn waistcoat over a wing-collared shirt. He also occasionally sported a black neck tie with tapered yet creased trousers. What fans may be unaware of is that the doctor in the very first episode of the series was seen sporting a contemporary suit which along with the many other changes made to the episode including re-shooting it completely was changed later.
His accessories: A large blue stoned ring
His favourite catchphrase: "Hmmn. Hmmn. Hmmn"
His companions: His granddaughter Susan and her school teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright along with Vicki, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet, Polly and Ben Jackson
Second Doctor – played by Patrick Troughton
The first doctor’s transformation into the second marked the landmark moment of ‘renewal’ in the series and was a turning point in the evolution of the series. It then went on to become a critical element in the series’ longevity resulting in twelve doctors being part of the 52 year old series.
The second doctor was nicknamed the 'Cosmic Hobo' owing to his scruffier and kiddish look. He wore a few sizes bigger black frock coat paired with a light coloured shirt, really baggy trousers and a bow-tie that was usually pinned with a safety pin. In colder environments, he wore a cloak or a short fur coat.
His accessories: A stovepipe hat and pixie boots
His favourite catchphrase: "When I say run, run." "RUN"
His companions: Polly, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield and Zoe Heriot
Third Doctor – played by Jon Pertwee
Initially for the first two seasons of his duration, the third doctor wore a flowing, red-lined cape over a black velvet smoking jacket and a ruffled shirt with a variety of neckties. Later, however, the look was refashioned and he began wearing a red jacket and a cloak with purple lining.
His accessories: A serpent tattoo
His catch-phrase: "Reverse the polarity"
His companions: Liz Shaw, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith
Fourth Doctor – played by Tom Baker
The fourth doctor is considered to be the most iconic and recognisable incarnation of the doctor and remains the longest-lived incarnation of the Doctor on the show. Extremely tall with curly hair, the fourth doctor usually wore an outfit that consisted of a shirt, waistcoat, cravat, trousers and a frock coat that consisted of a pocket that contained a seemingly endless variety of almost useless items that would nevertheless come to the doctor’s disposal when he needed it.
His accessories: a wide-brimmed hat and his popular long multi-coloured scarf
His catch-phrase: "Would you care for a jelly baby?"
His companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, K-9, Romana, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka
Fifth Doctor – played by Peter Davison
The fifth doctor has somewhat a vulnerable side to him and a tendency towards indecisiveness. He sports a look that of an Edwardian cricketer. He wore a cream-coloured frock coat, striped trousers, plimsoll shoes, and occasionally a pair of spectacles.
His accessories: An optimo-style Panama hat that had a red band with a black and white pattern, He would also, sometimes, carry a cricket ball in one of his pockets
His catch-phrase: "Nothing again except for Cricket & Celery"
His companions: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, Kamelion and Peri Brown
Sixth Doctor – played by Colin Baker
While Colin Baker wishes to dress his doctor in black velvet to portray the doctor's darker personality, the producer preferred something completely different. The sixth doctor sports a red plaid frock coat, with green patchwork, and yellow and pink lapels over a white shirt with red question marks embroidered in the collar, a waistcoat and large Victorian style necktie, and yellow trousers. Colin Baker hilariously described his outfit as ‘an explosion in a rainbow factory’.
His accessories: A pair of green ankle boots with red spats
His catch-phrase: "Mmmmm. I wonder... Aha"
His companions: Peri Brown and Mel
Seventh Doctor – played by Sylvester McCoy
The Seventh Doctor had the most profound change in attitude, more than any of the previous Doctors' incarnations - beginning as someone bumbling and progressing into a driven, dark gamemaster whose plans to defeat his adversaries, both old and new, would play out across space and time. His outfit too was calmer than any of the previous Doctors’ costumes. He sported an off-white safari-styled jacket with a red paisley scarf worn, a matching handkerchief in the left pocket, a fob watch, a plain white shirt, a red paisley tie, a yellow fair isle-inspired pullover adorned with red question marks and blue-green zigzag patterns, sand-coloured tweed plaid trousers, a white colonial-styled Panama hat.
His accessories: White-brown brogued spectator shoes, a paisley hatband and an upturned brim along with an umbrella with a red question mark-shaped handle and a TARDIS key
His catch-phrase: "Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else, the tea’s getting cold."
His companions: Mel and Ace
Eighth Doctor – played by Paul McGann
The Eighth Doctor was considered to be an ‘effortlessly charming, romantic figure’. He is shown wearing a WWI navy trench coat after his Victorian clothing gets ruined. He even cuts his hair!
His catch-phrase: "I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there"
His companions: Grace Holloway and Charlotte Pollard
Ninth Doctor – played by Christopher Eccleston
The Ninth doctor was the third most popular actor of the series and his clothing was simple. His clothes consisted of a black leather jacket and jeans.
His catch-phrase: "Fantastic!"
His companions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Adam Mitchell and Jack Harkness
Tenth Doctor: played by David Tennant
Tenth Doctor - played by David Tennant
The Tenth Doctor wore his own brown hair in different styles throughout the series. He mainly, however, styled it in a spiked up fashion throughout most of the series. He wore either a dark brown (with blue pinstripes) or a blue (with rust red pinstripes) four-buttoned suit, a shirt and a tie, a light brown faux-suede overcoat and different coloured pairs of Converse All-Star sneakers depending on his suit.
His accessories: A pair of dark tortoise-shell rectangular frame glasses and his Converse All-Star sneakers
His catch-phrase: "Allons-y!"
His companions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, Astrid Peth, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9, Jackson Lake, Rosita Farisi, Christina de Souza, Adelaide Brooke, Wilfred Mott
Eleventh Doctor – played by Matt Smith
Matt Smith was the youngest doctor to portray the role at the age of 26, three years younger than Peter Davison was at the time when he played the Fifth Doctor. The Doctor's initial outfit was a brown tweed jacket with elbow patches, bow tie, suspenders, black trousers and black, ankle-high boots. He had a special fondness for bow-ties and fezzes. However, the details of the outfit vary later, switching from a braces and bow tie combination in red to the same in blue. In later stories, a green military coat makes its way into the Doctor's ensemble, occasionally replacing the Harris jacket. On other occasions he does not wear a coat and wears a bow-tie and dress shirt.
His accessories: Bow-ties and fezzes
His catch-phrase: "Bow-ties are cool" / "Fezzes are cool"
His companions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Craig Owens and Clara Oswald
Twelfth and current Doctor – played by Peter Capaldi
Peter made his first, very brief appearance as the Doctor in the show's 50th anniversary special episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’ in 2013. He sports a signature dark blue short Crombie-style coat with a red lining, dark blue trousers, a long collared white shirt buttoned to the top with no tie, a navy cardigan or waistcoat, and brogue boots. His shirt varies from episode to episode, with a navy shirt, a dark purple shirt and a black shirt with white polka dots appearing, as well as a black holey jumper, all being worn under his coat. He, sometimes, also wears a hoodie over his jumper or as of series nine, over his T-shirt all being worn under his coat.
His catch-phrase: "Pudding Brain"
His companions: Clara Oswald. Clara Oswald will be seen leaving the show soon.
>> 'Doctor Who' holds the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a television drama -- 98 countries across 6 continents.
>> Over 1 million tickets have been sold to a 'Doctor Who' live event.
>> Winner of a prestigious Peabody Award for 'evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the know television universe'.
>> During November 2013, the Doctor Who YouTube channel added a new subscriber every 41 seconds.
>> It took a few tries to get the Eleventh Doctor’s (Matt Smith) outfit right.
>> The Fourth Doctor’s (Tom Baker) scarf was created by accident.
>> Other than the TARDIS herself, the companion that was with the Doctor for the longest time was probably Handles the disembodied Cyberman head.
>> Doctor Who employed BBC's first ever female producer.
>> Popular Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling cast Matt Smith in his directorial debut because of a single Doctor Who speech.
>> The Weeping Angels aren't props – they're played by actresses in stone costumes who have to stay very, very still.
>> The Twelfth and current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) was a teenage superfan. In fact, he also had his Doctor Who fan art published in Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine earlier in the day.
>> The original TARDIS key was designed by the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee).
>> The words 'Dalek' and 'TARDIS' have become so widely used that they now both appear in the Oxford English Dictionary.
>> The real daughter of the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) starred as the 10th doctor's daughter on the show – and they later married in real life. So the couple's children now have Doctors for their father and grandfather
>> Matt Smith is the youngest Doctor ever.
>> Doctor Who is really a Doctor although it is unknown what is he a doctor of.
>> When he was 13, David Tennant wrote in a school essay called 'Intergalactic Overdose' that he was 'convinced' he was 'going to play the part of the Doctor on TV'.
>> Twelfth and current Doctor Peter Capaldi and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker are the only actors to have been cast as the Doctor after previously appearing in the series as another character.
About the TARDIS:
>> The Doctor travels through space and time in the TARDIS.
>> The TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.
>> The Doctor's TARDIS is an obsolete TT Type 40 Mark 3 which he stole from his home planet Gallifrey.
>> All TARDISes are supposed to be able to disguise themselves to match their surroundings using their chameleon circuit.
>> However the Doctor's TARDIS is faulty and got stuck in the shape of a British police box in the 1960s and has stayed that way ever since.
>> The TARDIS is 'bigger on the inside' and infinitely reconfigurable. The Doctor often changes the interior of the TARDIS.
>> We usually see the console room but the Doctor often refers to many other spaces including a library and a swimming pool.
>> The TARDIS is a sentient machine with its own personality. It has a very special relationship with the Doctor. It doesn't always take him where he wants to go, but takes him where he needs to be.
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