The Tenth Doctor said this in the episode “Tooth and Claw”, which aired in 2006. I love Doctor Who not only because of amazing quotes like that one, but because it is such a captivating and heart-wrenching show. If you have ever watched it, then I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s been around for decades, and I have always wondered how this truly awesome TV show began. So it’s with great pleasure that I present to you an extremely brief history of Doctor Who.
Rewind all the way back to the 1960s, when TV screens were small and in black and white. BBC needed to produce another show, and the science fiction genre was increasing in popularity. Someone suggested writing a about time travel, and BOOM! Doctor Who was born. The show was created by Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson, and C.E. Webber, and the first episode aired on November 23, 1963. The show was a success until 1989, when a drop in the number of viewers resulted in it being cancelled until further notice. In 1996, a television film aired, and while it was popular in the United Kingdom it wasn’t very popular anywhere else. The episodes up until this point are known today as Classic Doctor Who, as opposed to the new series that came out later.
In 2005, Doctor Who returned with Russell T. Davies as the head writer. The first episode of the new series aired on March 26, 2005 and was met with much success. Steven Moffat became the head writer in 2010, and has remained in that position since then. This fall on November 23, 2013, Doctor Who will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, which is an important milestone for Whovians everywhere.
Despite its rollercoaster-like history, Doctor Who remains a popular sci-fi show today. If you have never seen it then you seriously should!