Doctor Who

Doctor Who
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. Doctor Who is about a mysterious time traveler known only as «The Doctor». He travels with his companions in the time-space machine TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), which looks from the outside like an old police emergency cell, and is thereby involved in various adventures. The series was broadcast continuously from 1963 to 1989; In 1996 there was a TV movie; since 2005 it is being continued in a new edition. The first doctor (1963-1966) was played by William Hartnell; Currently (since 2017) Jodie Whittaker plays the thirteenth Doctor, who represents the first female incarnation of the figure.

Doctor Who has as the longest running and most successful science fiction television series an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The series is an important part of British pop culture, is considered a cult television series, especially in the UK and has influenced generations of British television producers, who grew up with Doctor Who. Fans of the series and the fictive universe based on it (Whoniverse) are called Whovians. The series has won prizes from critics as well as audiences, including the BAFTA Best Drama Series Award 2006, and has won the National Television Award in the Drama category five times in a row since 2005.


Jodie Whittaker, since December 2017 the current 13th Doctor (2014)

The Doctor is the central protagonist in Doctor Who. Since the term is used in it less than academic degree as a proper name, in this context sometimes in German, the spelling The Doctor is familiar.

The series - and especially the doctor - has a long tradition in the UK and is an important part of pop culture there. For the announcement of the next doctor-actor there will be a big evening show in prime time. As a comparison of the importance that Doctor Who occupies in the English-speaking world, one can draw on the reputation of the TV crime series crime scene in this country.

To the person

The doctor has many secrets from the beginning. You rarely get to know personal things about him. He owns a time-space machine called TARDIS, much larger inside and with the outward appearance of an old-fashioned English police emergency call cell. In order not to be too lonely, the doctor usually travels with selected companions. The first companion was his 15-year-old granddaughter Susan Foreman. Later, there are different people who usually meet the doctor by accident, go through an adventure with him and then join his travels. Over the years, these were mostly people from Earth, but also the robot dog K-9 or travelers from distant planets. The doctor himself belongs to a species called timelords from the planet Gallifrey. In his eighth incarnation, he once claims that he is only half a Timelord and descends from a human on his mother's side. [TV 1] He nevertheless grew up on the home planet of the Timelords Gallifrey.

Doctor Who?

As the doctor is called by his real name, his biggest secret is today. He always introduces himself as "The Doctor", which is often followed by the question that gives the series its title: "Doctor who?". If he does not get around to using a common name, he usually calls himself John Smith - a name that represents the combination of the most common (male) first and last name in English. [TV 2] [TV 3]

Regarding the question of whether or in which field of study he has a doctorate at all, there are various statements in the course of the series. He initially declared that he was not a doctor of medicine, but later claims to have studied with the well-known surgeons Joseph Lister and Joseph Bell, and finally specifies that he had studied in Glasgow for a medical degree in the 19th century. [ TV 4] [TV 5] It is mentioned several times that he is a doctor of many scientific disciplines (English a doctor of many things). [TV 6]


Like all timelords, he has the ability to "regenerate" when mortally wounded. The process itself is usually extremely uncomfortable for the doctor and often involves transient disorders such as memory loss or confusion. In addition, his appearance and character sometimes change dramatically. For example, the doctor may get a serious, dark, or humorous impact depending on regeneration. Also a change of the sex is possible.

Regularly, a timelord can go through this process twelve times and thus have a total of thirteen incarnations. After the Eleventh Doctor, deviating from the numbering, was already the 13th incarnation, the existence of the doctor should have ended after him. However, he was granted a new cycle from a rift in the Universe that appears to be a connection to the Timelords, allowing him another twelve regenerations. [TV 7]

The process of regeneration allowed the series to be kept fresh for over 50 years without noticeable fundamental changes in the concept. These ever-changing doctors were not planned from the start, but were introduced out of necessity, as the first Doctor William Hartnell had to struggle with health problems.


is the abbreviation for "Time And Relative Dimension (s) In Space," which makes it clear that these machines can travel both in time and in space - in the course of the series, the doctor even traveled in parallel universes. In German dubbing TARDIS sometimes (eg in the TV movie of 1996) for Backronym for "trips due to relative dimensions in the star tent".