I'm starting a new thread for anyone who wants to talk about Doctor Who (or Torchwood)! For fans, I hope this can be a fun place to chat about a fun show. For people who know Doctor Who fans, I hope you can use this thread for education and self defense!
Doctor Who is a long-running British sci-fi series that started in 1963. In America, we saw it on PBS, starting in the 1970s (at least I did). It went on a looong "hiatus" in 1989 (except for a TV movie in the 1990s) and was reintroduced in 2005.
"The Doctor" is a human-looking alien who travels through time and space, taking traveling "companions" (usually from earth) along on his adventures. He also regenerates, allowing a number of actors to play the part over the years. Each doctor reflected the actor's personality and preferences, so people have favorite doctors.
The "classic" Doctor Who was a family drama laced with humor, as well as a platform for scientific theory and social commentary, and it was renouned for its charming, cheesy effects.
The "new" Doctor Who retains the essence of the classic Doctor Who, but with bigger-budget special effects and an overall heavier leaning on the drama.
For Americans: If you get the SciFi TV channel (or know someone who does), you can see the new Doctor Who series on Friday nights. It's also on BBC America on Saturdays.
Torchwood is a spinoff of the new Doctor Who series, and is also on BBC America. Torchwood Series 1 is available on DVD, which is where I've seen it. It's also very good, and more adult than Doctor Who, which is still considered a family (all ages) show.
You can check out the new Doctor Who series at:
You can check out episode information on the original Doctor Who series at:
Let's talk about a great show!