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Time Lord Tales


An Adventure in Space and Time

Doctor Who has the distinction of being the longest running science fiction television series in world history, with the first episode of the cult classic program airing on the BBC One in the United Kingdom on November 23, 1963.  Though the show was initially cancelled in 1989, after more than two and a half decades of production, it resurfaced all too briefly in 1996 in the form of a North American telefilm.


The title card from the very first Doctor Who series

The 1996 telefilm was a long awaited leap forward for many fans who had greatly missed the beloved scifi program.  Unfortunately however, the production faltered in the ratings and was subsequently not picked up as a regular series by the Fox Television Network.

Despite this setback, the core fan base for the show, not at all surprisingly, never completely waned and Doctor Who finally returned triumphantly to the airwaves in March of 2005, picking up right where the intergalactic tale of the lone time and space traveling adventurer known simply as "the Doctor" had previously left off.

What's the secret of Doctor Who's longevity and consistent multinational popularity?  Action and adventure?  Pulp science fiction monsters, robots and dastardly villains galore?  Perhaps the best answer to that question is the many fine actors who've played different incarnations or "regenerations" of the famous "Time Lord" from the planet Gallifrey over the years.

Below, clockwise (spiral) from upper left:  William HartnellPatrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.  And the 12th Doctor?  Peter Capaldi, of course!

As any serious Doctor Who fan ("Whovian") well knows, the Doctor is actually a mysterious extraterrestrial life form (known as a Time Lord) from the planet Gallifrey.  He is a traveler in both time and space and to date, audiences around the world have glimpsed him through the prism of many periods in intergalactic history.

The Doctor has also been seen in quite a number of guises, and been played by an even longer list of actors than can be seen above.  In fact, even notable screen great, Peter Cushing played the Doctor in not one, but two theatrical films (Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., respectively).
 
One thing is certain: Doctor Who, as an often super heroic, though sometimes tragically lonely and complex cerebral protagonist, has hewn himself a well deserved place in pop culture as an outstanding figure of action and adventure.  His ever unfolding epic story transcends his decidedly British origins, giving him mass appeal and earning him fans from all around the world.  Long live the legendary traveler Doctor Who - no matter WHO may be filling his well worn intergalactic shoes at any given moment in space and time. 

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Check out this awesome Doctor Who timeline from Cable TV.com!

Eleven Doctors in 2011

Check out Doctor Who Toys.net to have a look at the history of toys and action figures based on the shows many incarnations throughout the years.  Below is an image of the complete eleven Doctor figure set that hit the market in 2011.  All eleven figures come packaged in a beautiful box designed to look like the Doctor's famous time and space faring vessel, the TARDIS.


I finally got this set & now there's a 12th Doctor! Oh well.

The following video is of course already dated (since the show celebrated its 50 anniversary in 2013), but the guys at Fine Brothers Productions certainly did a nice job of utilizing the Doctor Who action figures from the Eleven Doctors Figure Set.  Naturally, each figure pops up at the bottom of the screen as the brothers advance through the first 47 years of Who history.  The Fine Brothers have some other really entertaining vids too.  I especially enjoy their Kids React series.

Interestingly enough, according to official Doctor Who lore, the TARDIS is actually an outdated craft with a faulty "chameleon circuit" which would normally allow the machine to blend seamlessly into any given environment in time or space.  Owing to this perhaps permanent malfunction, the TARDIS appears to be perpetually stuck in the form of a British Police Public Call Box from the 1950s.

Doctor Who Through the Years

This is the best Doctor Who TV series title compilation I've seen to date.  It was assembled and edited by Australian Youtuber BrianRimmer.  Fantastic job, Brian.  I can watch this video again and again and it just never seems to get old.

Adventures in Ninth Scale


The one and only Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor Who

One of my favorite toy blogs by far, is MEGO Time Lords, from the fantastic folks at The MEGO Museum.  Now that rising toy company Bif Bang Pow! has begun producing 1:9 scale Doctor Who figures with virtually the same body as an original MEGO action figure (this one supplied by EMCE Toys/Fourth Castle.com), the MEGO Time Lords are definitely on top of just about every aspect of this wonderfully detailed line of "retro" action figures.

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Until Next Time, Sarah Jane Smith

It's incredibly hard to even imagine but lovely Elisabeth Sladen (who played frequent Doctor Who companion, Sarah Jane Smith), passed away from cancer early in the morning on April 19, 2011.  What a shame.  I had a big crush on her when I was a kid.  May she rest in blissful peace.  She will be missed by so very many.

Even More Doctor Who

Life, Doctor Who and Combom is a really great site for serious Doctor Who fans interested in the latest information about the series.  Click on the pic below to visit this wonderful blog that features loads of recent intel, links and fan chat galore.  Who Fix is also a really outstanding Who blog with daily updates (two on Tuesdays!), so hop in the TARDIS and head on over.   You'll be glad you did.

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