‘Doctor Who’ is a British, BBC produced, science fiction series which first aired in 1963. The storyline follows the cross-temporal exploits of Time Lord “the Doctor”. The Doctor is a human looking extraterrestrial being, from Gallifrey, who explores time and space in a ship called TARDIS, and manages to have many adventures along the way. With a coterie of companions, the Doctor faces down a number of enemies while stepping in as the saviour for people and civilizations in need. Over the last half-century, the show has become a significant part of British and international popular culture. Although the original series went off the air in 1989, a new series was launched in 2005 and has continued till date.
Doctor Who Cast: Who’s in it?
‘Doctor Who’ has an interesting twist where the casting of its primary characters is concerned. The Doctor, the title character, has been portrayed by a series of actors in the many years that the show has been on the air. The transformations from one actor to the next are part of the storyline and happen at crucial moments when The Doctor needs to regenerate physical form for some cosmic reason or the other. This eases the process of recasting the main character multiple times as required.
During the course of the series, The Doctor has been played by several actors including William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi, who was the Twelfth Doctor. The idea of a woman Doctor is something the show’s writers had been toying with for some time and was finally realized in the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in the present season.
Others in the cast of ‘Doctor Who”s current season include Bradley Walsh who features as one of the three companions to the Doctor in this series. Others include relatively new actor Tosin Cole, newcomer Mandip Gill, Sharon D. Clarke, Shaun Dooley, Alan Cumming, and Lee Mack.
Doctor Who Plot: What is it about?
‘Doctor Who’ and its spin-offs are about the adventures – across time and space – of the extraterrestrial, human-like, Time Lord from a planet known as Gallifrey. The Doctor originally left Gallifrey in a stolen TARDIS. Over the last 50 odd years, and across fictional time and space, the many incarnations of The Doctor have traveled and had adventures, faced down evil forces, protected history, and saved cultures. The primary character usually travels with one or more human companions who serve as the Doctor’s conscience and often remind the Doctor of their “moral duty”. In the new series, since 2005, the Doctor’s primary companion has usually been female, someone with a larger role within the narrative.
In the course of various adventures, The Doctor also faces a variety of enemies and adversaries. Some of the villains include Daleks who are the oldest antagonists of the series. They are mutated creatures from the planet Skaro who live in mechanical armour shells. The cold, calculating and super logical Cybermen used to be full organic species originating on planet Mondas who have turned into cyborgs by implanting more and more artificial bits and pieces into their bodies. The Master is the series archenemy, another Time Lord with dreams of universal domination. Other enemies such as the Ice Warriors, appear sometimes, along with the occasional Ogrons, the Rani, and Black Guardian.