Friday heralded in the 49th anniversary of the first time the words Doctor Who flashed across the black and white television sets all over Britain. With only two channels available at this time of night, the mysterious new show drew viewers in to a world that they barely could understand or imagine but was endlessly fascinating.
The first episode, “An Unearthly Child”, aired in 1963 and captivated an audience with its eerie opening music and supernatural storyline. From the very beginning, “Doctor Who” presented an irresistible adventure that has inspired generations of British television professionals, actors and fans who grew up watching the original series. The show depicts the adventures of a time travelling “Time Lord” known only as the Doctor. Using his “TARDIS” (his time and space travel machine) which appears on the outside as a blue British police box, he explores the universe fighting enemies, saving civilisations and helping everyday people.
The original series ran from 1963 to 1989 and was successfully re-launched in 2005. In total, there have been eleven actors that have played the role of The Doctor. This change in appearance is explained in the show through the concept that The Doctor must undergo regeneration when he is fatally injured. In all of its time on air, “Doctor Who” has reached the status of a cult favourite among its viewers, and is the longest running science fiction television show in history.
To celebrate the 49 year anniversary, you can head over to the Doctor Who website and get a peek at exclusive galleries, clips and facts.