In the spring of 1994 Simon Irvine compiled the best Doctor Who episode guide on the Internet. The guide includes all twenty-six seasons of the series. In an effort to keep the guide from being lost to fans of The Doctor, I asked his permission to reproduce the guide here.
I have updated it where necessary, and added my work on The Doctor to round out the guide.
Thank You, Simon.
I do not lay claim to any copyrighted work here; however, I do lay claim to the page layout.
John Keegan 1998
This page and the pages that follow are dedicated to one of the best Science Fiction Programs in the history of television. That program is, of course, Doctor Who. The other number one Science Fiction Program is Star Trek.
Why is Doctor Who equal to Star Trek?
- The series first aired in 1963 four years before Star Trek and produced new episodes until 1989.
- Time Travel
In 1963 someone at the BBC came up with an idea for a TV series about a
being who look like a human male, but he was from another planet. This
being would be able to travel through time and space in a Police Box.
Thus, the series Doctor Who and the character of The Doctor was born.
There was one problem, however, no one else at the BBC wanted to produce
the series. First, production of the pilot,
An Unearthly Child starring
William Hartnell as The Doctor, was the responsibility of the Drama
Department. But, they did not want anything to do with it. Next, it was
passed off to the Children's Department, and they did not want anything
to do with it either. But, in the end they produced the pilot. When the
pilot aired, however, it went over like a lead balloon. It was not until
the second show
The Dead Planet also called
The Daleks, the first in
which the Daleks appeared, that the series took off. From that point on
The Doctor's audience grew not only in England, but in the United States
too. It took about seventeen years for the series to come to America on
PBS. After twenty-six years and seven Doctors the series stopped
production in 1989. It lasted that long because it appealed to the
audience's sense of right and wrong, and it took them from the past, to
the present, and beyond.