Created in 1963 by Canadian Sydney Newman, Doctor Who is a television show that follows the adventures of the eccentric rebel time travelling alien known as the Doctor and his human companions. The first series starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor, and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter. Since then, there has been ten other incarnations of the Doctor played by ten different actors over thirty-three series. These series’ have been split into two groups following the cancellation of the TV show in 1989 and its comeback in 2005. The series’ from 1963-89 are one group, commonly called Classic Doctor Who or simply Classic Who. This group also includes the 1996 movie ‘Doctor Who’, starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. In 2005, the show was re-invented by Phil Collinson and Russel T Davies, with Christopher Eccleston playing the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper playing his human companion Rose Tyler. The second group of series’ includes those that aired from 2005-the present, just called Doctor Who, or New Who to those more familiar with the original show. Classic Who started off as a low budget sci-fi show, which became very popular, but then its popularity dropped with the introduction of Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. They tried to bring it back with Paul McGann as the Eight Doctor in the movie Doctor Who, but because they made the mistake of releasing it only in the cinemas in America and brought it straight to video in the UK, and it didn't get the required coverage to make it a successful comeback. Until 2005, when Russel T Davies wrote a script for the first Doctor Who episode since 1989, Rose, introducing Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, and Billie Piper as his human companion Rose Tyler. By airing it first in the UK, the main target audience, and with a suitable choice for the Doctor, it became very successful, and is still going today. Next year, in 2013, it will celebrate its 50th...
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