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Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child A Show About Time Travel

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What if you could live for a couple thousand years traveling through time and space in a chameleon ship exploring the universe while averting disaster? In addition to that, what if you’re always the smartest person in the room regardless of where you are? If so, then you would be the Doctor, well almost except the Doctor’s chameleon circuit board in his ship is broken so he has to travel around in a small blue police box called a Tardis, but hey no worries, it’s bigger on the inside. This is the setting for one of the world’s most famous sci-fi television series. If you already knew all this, then you are probably a Whovian or at least know one. Doctor Who has been around for 50 years and is now broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents (Guenigault). Whovians have become as large as, if not larger than Trekkies. Because Doctor Who has been around so long, it has lead to a massive fan base, annual conventions, and many other fan activities.
The first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, aired on BBC One November 23rd 1963. (“WhovianNet”). The show was written about time travel, and focused around a man known only as the Doctor. Born on the planet Gallifrey, the Doctor is an alien Time Lord that is currently around 900 years old because he never dies, but rather regenerates. Not only does the Doctor regenerate, he also takes on a new humanoid body each time. After regenerating, the Doctors characteristics change somewhat, though his core personality of heroism remains intact. He doesn’t really know when this will occur until slightly before. This has allowed for several actors to fill the position of the Doctor without their own personality traits affecting the overall character. This leaves the show with the possibility of eternal existence. So far the role of the Doctor has been filled by a total of 13 actors over the last 50 years (“WhovianNet”). The series was originally intended to be an educational show targeted at children, but was made appealing for all ages, and although initially criticized the show was an immediate hit. 26 years later in 1989, it seemed that Doctor Who had come to an end. However, in 1996 Fox Network tried reviving the Doctor, unfortunately the show was short lived only reeling in 5 million America viewer and 9 million UK viewers. Finally, in 2003 the BBC confirmed that Doctor Who would be returning and premiered on BBC One in March 2005. The series was instantly a hit, with 10 million tuning into its first episode(“WhovianNet”). Doctor Who is currently airing today and is considered the longest-running science fiction television show in the world (“Guinness World Records”).
So what do you call a fan? According to the Oxford dictionary the definition of a Whovian is “A fan of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who”.(“Oxford Dictionary”) After reading how popular Doctor Who is, you can see it was only a matter of time before Whovian fandom set in. The Doctor pulled in an average audience of...

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