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SpartyScott Post subject: OK, my British friends. What is "Dr. Who?"
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I've seen reference to sci-fi books, and now I saw in my tv guide that my BBC-America satellite channel has a new show by this title.

How long as this character been around? Am I correct in thinking that it's originally a series of books? Are they any good? Are they very popular in the UK? Are Dr. Who stories sort of Doug Adams-ish funny sci-fi, or is it more serious like David Weber or David Drake, or what?

I'll be happy to fill you in on any American pop culture questions that you may have in return for a good reply!
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Doctor Who has been around since the early 1960s. He travelled in time & space, with companions, in a time machine disguised as a police call box. I am sure it started as a TV series then went into print, not the other way around. Although there is humour in it Doctor Who is nothing like Douglas Adams. It was one of my favourite shows back then. The Doctor has gone through several regenerations to introduce new actors playing the part and to keep the series going. Each Doctor has bought their own sartorial elegance to the character.

There are many Doctor Who websites that could explain things better and in more detail than I could so crank up your browser and start surfing.

My favourite Doctors were the first two played by William Hartnell then Patrick Troughton. I lost interest when Jon Pertwee took over as I new him as a comic actor and he just didnít fit in as the Doctor. Tom Baker was also very good but those that followed were, in my opinion, not up to scratch and nor were the stories. The new series that aired here in Australia a couple of years ago with Christopher Eccleston and then David Tennant have revived my interest. I was disappointed that Eccleston only stayed one season but the stories have been great and I am looking forward to the new series.
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speedwaybloke wrote:
Christopher Eccleston


I can't praise this actor enough. One of the first things I saw him in was a drama series 'Our Friends In The North' which followed four friends from Newcastle over nearly forty years as their lives took all manner of twists and turns - at the time, (1995) I think it was the BBC's biggest ever production involving thousands of extras. One of the other actors was none other than Daniel Craig, now playing a certain well-known British Agent in 'Casino Royale' Laughing The series also featured many great songs from 1964 - 1995 and many highly poignant moments. There's been nothing which has came close since.

Here's some information here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115305/

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It wasn't a series of books, it was very deliberatly dreamed up by Sydney Newman who I think was the head of drama at the BBC. He seems to have been a fantastic ideas man because he also rdeliberatly dreamed up the idea for Adam Adamant Lives, which I think is one of the best concepts in TV history.

Now! Adam Adamant was played by Gerald Harper who really likes Terry Sylvester's solo works and wrote a review of them which can be read on Terry's website.

Ah, six degrees of Tery Sylvester!

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