On November 23, 1963, sci-fi cult classic Doctor Who premiered on British TV with William Hartnell taking the helm as the first Doctor. Since then, there have been ten more incarnations of the famous Doctor, including actors of note such as Peter Davison [All Creatures Great and Small], Paul McGann [Withnail & I], & Christopher Eccleston [Lennon Naked], as well as the preferred Doctor for my generation, Tom Baker. Currently, the Doctor is played by Matt Smith.
Wikipedia describes Doctor Who thusly: "The programme depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people, and right wrongs. The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world."
If you have never experienced Doctor Who, don't know what a Time Lord is, & have never dreamed of owning your own TARDIS, now is a great time to get acquainted. Season 7 (current seasons are counted back to 2005, when Doctor Who became possibly the first sci fi adventure to get a "reboot") has just begun this fall, & the show's 50th anniversary will be feted in 2013.
ABC Libraries' catalog has some materials to welcome you to the Whoniverse:
- The Doctor Who Encyclopedia
- Apollo 23 [Dr. Who 40] by Justin Richards
- Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks (book on CD)
- Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror (book on CD)
- Heart of Stone: Death Riders [Dr. Who 1] by Trevor Baxendale (eBook)
- Doctor Who: Tales from the Tardis. v. 1 (eAudioBook)
- Doctor Who: Adventures in History (eAudioBook)
Some links to get you started:
Dr. Who - The Official Site
Dr. Who Fun & Games
Dr. Who: The Original Scarf
Dr. Who on YouTube