9 Things You Didn’t Know About Doctor Who
Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi series that was ever made for TV. The show first ran from 1963 to 1989 and then was revived in 2005 and it’s still going strong over 10 years later. It’s been over 50 years since the show first premiered on BBC1, so check out these 9 things most people don’t know about the popular show:
9. Family Oriented Program
The show was initially intended to appeal to a family audience during the early Saturday evening schedule. It was going to be an educational program that used time travel as a way to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history. However, science fiction stories ended up dominating the show and the history-oriented episodes were dropped. Historical settings continued to be employed, but they were used as a backdrop for the science fiction stories.
8. Creating the Multiple Doctor Concept
William Hartnell played the First Doctor from 1963 to 1966. Near the end of his run with the series, his health began to deteriorate (he suffered from arteriosclerosis and it affected his ability to read and memorize his lines). He was also having issues with the new production team, so he was asked to the leave the show. Rather than cancel the show, story editor Gerry Davis came up with the idea that the Doctor is an alien who can regenerate himself when he is close to death. This allowed for another actor to enter the role.