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Beyond channels like Travel Channel, Comedy Central, and TBS; you will find the British channel BBC America. BBC America is the sole home of none other than Doctor Who. The show depicts the adventures of a Time Lord - a time traveling, humanoid alien with two hearts known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his TARDIS - a telepathic time machine that flies through time and space. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box which was a common sight in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a series of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs. Doctor Who originated in 1963. Since then, there have been 11 doctors. The eleven doctors are:

The 1st Doctor = William Hartnell
The 2nd Doctor = Patrick Troughton
The 3rd Doctor = Jon Pertwee
The 4th Doctor = Tom Baker
The 5th Doctor = Peter Davison
The 6th Doctor = Colin Baker
The 7th Doctor = Sylvester McCoy
The 8th Doctor = Paul McGann
The 9th Doctor = Christopher Eccleston
The 10th Doctor = David Tennant
The 11th Doctor = Matt Smith

There have been many enemies that the Doctors have had to face. But there were 3 main ones.


The Dalek race, which first appeared in the show's second serial in 1963, are Doctor Who's oldest antagonists. The Daleks were "Kaleds" from the planet "Skaro", mutated by the scientist Davros and housed in tank-like mechanical armor shells for mobility. Their chief role in the plot of the series, as they frequently remark in their instantly recognizable metallic voices, is to "exterminate" all beings inferior to themselves, even attacking the Time Lords in the often-referred-to-but-never-shown Time War. The Daleks' most recent appearance was in the 2011 episode The Wedding of River Song. They continue to be a recurring 'monster' within the Doctor Who franchise. Davros himself has also been a recurring figure since his debut in Genesis of the Daleks, although played by several different actors.


Cybermen were originally a wholly organic species of humanoids originating on Earth's twin planet Mondas that began to implant more and more artificial parts into their bodies. This led to the race becoming coldly logical and calculating, with emotions usually only shown when naked aggression was called for. With the demise of Mondas, they acquired Telos as their new home planet. They continue to be a recurring 'monster' within the Doctor Who franchise. The 2006 series introduced a totally new variation of Cybermen. These Cybus Cybermen were created in a parallel universe by the mad inventor 'John Lumic'; he was attempting to preserve the life of a human by transplanting their brains into powerful metal bodies, sending them orders using a mobile phone network and inhibiting their emotions with an electronic chip.

The Master

The Master is a renegade Time Lord, and the Doctor's archenemy. Conceived as "Professor Moriarty to the Doctor's Sherlock Holmes", the character first appeared in 1971. As with the Doctor, the role has been portrayed by several actors, since the Master is a Time Lord as well and able to regenerate; the first of these actors was Roger Delgado, who continued in the role until his death in 1973. The Master was briefly played by Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers until Anthony Ainley took over and continued to play the character until Doctor Who's hiatus in 1989. The Master returned in the 1996 television movie of Doctor Who, and was played by American actor Eric Roberts.


A TARDIS is a product of the advanced technology of the Time Lords, an extraterrestrial civilization to which the program's central character, the Doctor, belongs. A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and any place in the universe. The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, which can blend in with its surroundings using the ship's "chameleon circuit". The interesting thing is though, is that TARDIS's are grown, not built. The last TARDIS alive is the Doctor's time travel machine.

So tell me now, have I made a Doctor Who believer out of you? If you've never watched it then I highly suggest you do. And If you have watched it then it's nice to see that there are some Whovians here on Whyville. For now this is Rose, saying Allonsy!

Author's Note: The resources for my article include Wikipedia, Google, Wiki Answers, and my own knowledge.


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