DR. WHO Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Doctor Who                                                                   
Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television     
programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a           
mysterious time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who travels in his space and       
time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone   
box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and         
righting wrongs.                                                                   
The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science   
fiction television show in the world and is also a significant part of             
British popular culture. It has been recognised for its imaginative                 
stories, creative low-budget special effects during its original run, and           
pioneering use of electronic music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic     
Workshop). In Britain and elsewhere, the show has become a cult television         
favourite and has influenced generations of British television professionals,       
many of whom grew up watching the series. It has received recognition from         
critics and the public as one of the finest British television programmes,         
including the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2006.                           
The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. A television film was made in       
1996 as a backdoor pilot for a new series (which never entered production), and     
the programme was successfully relaunched in 2005, produced in-house by BBC         
Wales. Some development money for the new series is contributed by the Canadian     
Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which is credited as a co-producer. Doctor Who     
has also spawned spin-offs in multiple media, including the current television     
programmes Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.                                 
The show's lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas     
special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007. A fourth series,         
scheduled to air in 2008, is in production. For that series, Catherine Tate         
will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the       
Doctor's latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will           
also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest           
appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will be     
filming for the show after Christmas 2007, continuing his role as Captain Jack     
Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes.           
After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant,   
scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth       
full length series.