Doctor Who is a hugely popular television programme that has been running for decades now. Although the show gets older nowadays, it continues to be a massive hit with children and adults alike.
It is full of information on the history of the show, the characters, the places that you can visit in the world of Doctor Who and much more. Here are some Doctor Who facts that you will want to be aware of.
Facts About Doctor Who
Here are some astonishing facts you need to know about this long-running British sci-fi TV series.
It is full of information on the history of the show, the characters, the places you can visit in the world of Doctor Who, and much more.
- Sherlock Holmes Inspired Doctor Who
According to BBC, Sherlock Holmes partially inspired the creation of Doctor Who. The Fourth and Eleventh Doctors even dressed up as the famed detective.
- It was originally for kids.
BBC created Doctor Who as a kids programme that aims to teach and educate children about sciences and history.
- Keeping the Doctor Who running
The First Doctor, William Hartnell, had health problems in 1966, forcing him to leave the show. However, because they want to keep the show running, they had the idea to make the Doctor regenerate into a new face, thus allowing the TV series to air for decades.
- Finding some of the lost adventures of Doctor Who
During the early years of Doctor Who, a total of 253 episodes were disposed of by BBC. They consider those episodes irrelevant and has no value. However, some copies have resurfaced around the world; some are found in Nigeria. Today, only a total of 97 episodes are still not found.
- No Doctor Who for Chinese viewers
The Chinese government banned Doctor Who as well as other shows and movies depicting time travel. The Chinese government also does not want to promote the rewriting of history, which often happens in the Doctor Who series.
- The Fourth Doctor
Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, had the longest tenure on the Doctor Who series. He played the role for seven years and 172 episodes.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
In the 1980s, Catherine Zeta-Jones became a prospective cast as the first actress to play Doctor Who. If the idea had come to life, who knows she could have been the first Time Lady?
- Actors offered the role of Doctor Who.
The production offered both Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch to play the role of Doctor Who. But, unfortunately, both of them turned down the offers for personal reasons.
- Some words from the series made it into the dictionary.
The word sonic screwdriver, defined as an electronic device that uses sound waves to perform mechanical and technical functions, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017. They also added the words Dalek, Cyberman, and the TARDIS in the OED.
- The pilot episode of Doctor Who was among the missing episodes.
BBC also lost the very first episode of Doctor who. But it was in 1978 when they found the lost episode in a film can.