The Doctor (Doctor Who)
The Doctor is the title character in the long-running BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who. Since the show's inception in 1963, the character has been portrayed by thirteen lead actors. In the programme, "the Doctor" is the alias assumed by a centuries-old alien—a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey—who travels through space and time in the TARDIS with companions; the transition to each succeeding actor is explained within the show's narrative through the plot device of "regeneration", a biological function of the Time Lord race that allows a change of cellular structure and appearance with recovery following a fatal injury. A number of other actors have played the character in stage and audio plays, as well as in various film and television productions; the Doctor has been well received by the public, with an enduring popularity leading The Daily Telegraph to dub the character "Britain's favourite alien". The Doctor has been featured in films and a vast range of spin-off novels, audio dramas and comic strips.
On 25 December 2017, Jodie Whittaker made her first appearance as the Thirteenth Doctor at the end of the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time". Within the fictional narrative, the Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space in a dimensionally transcendental – "bigger on the inside" – time machine: the TARDIS which takes the exterior form of a 1963 police telephone call box, retains the appearance throughout the programme; the Time Lords have dedicated themselves to overseeing all of space without interference. The Doctor chose to leave home by stealing an obsolete TARDIS model as revealed in the 1969 serial The War Games and depicted in the 2013 episode "The Name of the Doctor". With this vehicle, the Doctor explores the universe with human companions who serve as audience surrogate characters to ask questions which allow the Doctor to provide relevant exposition."Doctor" is a self-selected alias. In episodes of the revived programme under show runner Steven Moffat, the story arcs surrounding events in the Doctor's future implied serious consequences in the event of the Doctor's true name being spoken, the nature of these being revealed in "The Time of the Doctor".
Spin-off media offer the explanation. In "The Name of the Doctor", the Eleventh Doctor tells companion Clara Oswald that the name "Doctor" is a promise he made; the promise itself is revealed in "The Day of the Doctor": "Never cruel nor cowardly. Never give up. Never give in." The Doctor's earlier life and childhood on Gallifrey has been little described. In "Hell Bent" it is revealed. In The Time Monster, the Doctor says he grew up in a house on a mountainside, talks about a hermit who lived under a tree behind the house and inspired the Doctor when he was depressed, he is reunited with this former mentor, now on Earth posing as the abbot K'anpo Rimpoche, in Planet of the Spiders. In "The Girl In The Fireplace", Madame de Pompadour, who psychically linked with his memories, claimed that the Doctor experienced a lonely childhood. An elderly woman on Gallifrey died and was shrouded in veils and surrounded by flies, giving the Doctor recurring nightmares which the confession dial in "Heaven Sent" would visualise to torment him.
In "Listen", it is revealed the Doctor as a child slept alone in a barn in The Drylands, was withdrawn from other children, was cared for by guardian figures who doubted the child's ability as an eventual Time Lord. Through the dialogue, it is suggested that several Gallifreyan children were pressured into joining the army, a path which did not sit right with the Doctor's pacifist beliefs, as a result he wished to enroll into the Time Lord Academy instead; the classic programme refers to his time at the Academy and his affiliation with the notoriously devious Prydonian chapter of Time Lords. In "The Sound of Drums", the Doctor describes an Academy initiation where, at the age of eight, Time Lord children were taken from their families and made to look into the Untempered Schism, a gap in space and time, to view the Time Vortex. According to The Doctor, when regarding the effects of the initiation on participants:'Some are inspired, some go mad and some run away." When asked to which group he belonged, he replied, "Oh, the ones that ran away.
The Doctor was taught by future Lord President Borusa and Azmael, where he met Drax, with whom he attended a Tech course as part of the class of'92. In the Armageddon Factor, it is revealed that the Doctor scraped through the Academy with 51% on his second attempt. In The Time Meddler, it is said. In Time and the Rani, the Doctor claims to have attended University alongside the Rani, specialising in thermodynamics. At the academy he met his childhood friend the pair grew up together. In The End of Time, The Master recollects their childhood together where they would run all day across his father's field, described as ‘pastures of red grass stretching far across the slopes of Mount Perdition’ and the boys would call up at the sky. In "World Enough and Time", The Doctor claims that they both made a special pact where together they would visit every star in the universe. In "Hell Bent", one day at the Academy, The Doctor found himself lost deep inside the Cloisters and spent four days inside, he was contacted by a Wraith who told him about the prophecy of a legen
Deborah Patricia Watling was an English actress known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who. Watling was born at Loughton, the daughter of actors Jack Watling and Patricia Hicks, her sister Dilys and her brother Giles are actors. Beginning as a child actress, she had a regular role as the niece of Peter Brady in The Invisible Man television series, she was cast for the lead role in Alice, Dennis Potter's play about Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, for the BBC's The Wednesday Play, a small role in That'll Be the Day and as Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB. She co-starred with Cliff Richard in the 1973 film Take Me High. Watling played Victoria in Doctor Who from 1967 to 1968, though owing to the BBC's wiping policy of the time, The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World are the only serials in which she appeared that still exist in their entirety, she appeared in Dimensions in Time and Downtime. Watling appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama Three's a Crowd and attended Doctor Who conventions and events.
In November 2013, she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five Doctors Reboot. She died on 21 July 2017 at Beaumont Manor nursing home in Frinton-on-Sea, a few months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Deborah Watling on IMDb Deborah Watling's website BBC Norfolk Online – RealAudio interview from the Holt Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion 2006 The Spotlight: Deborah Watling Deborah Watling
UNIT is a fictional military organisation from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Operating under the auspices of the United Nations, its purpose is to investigate and combat paranormal and extraterrestrial threats to the Earth. In the original Doctor Who series, several UNIT personnel played a major role in the programme. Referred to as the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, executive producer Russell T Davies claimed in 2005 that the UN was no longer happy to be associated with the fictional organisation and the UN's full name could now no longer be used. However, the "UNIT" and "UN" abbreviations could be used as long as it was not explained what the letters stood for. In 2008, he announced that the organisation's name had been changed to the Unified Intelligence Taskforce; this new name was first mentioned on-screen in "The Sontaran Stratagem" in 2008, in which it was indicated in a line of dialogue that the United Nations still supports UNIT with funding.
In a 2014 interview with Doctor Who Magazine, script editor Terrance Dicks recalled that he was present at the "birth" of UNIT during the production of the Doctor Who serial The Invasion. He credited both scriptwriter and script editor Derrick Sherwin and producer Peter Bryant as having come up with the idea beforehand, claiming that they were testing the concept in The Invasion before it had become central to the show in the Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space. In a series of interviews recorded for the 2006 DVD of the Doctor Who serial Inferno, actor Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in The Invasion described The Invasion as a "dummy run" for the idea of the Doctor, the main protagonist of Doctor Who, being exiled to Earth. Dicks said that the idea of exiling the Doctor was done because making every serial take place on Earth was cheaper to produce than if every serial had to have a new alien planet built, that UNIT was an idea Sherwin had come up with to answer the question of what to do with the Doctor after he was exiled to Earth.
Speaking in an interview on the 2012 DVD of the Doctor Who serial The Krotons, Sherwin said that he wanted Doctor Who to be "down on Earth anyway, for credibility", described UNIT as "the ideal vehicle" for this. In another 2014 interview in Doctor Who Magazine, Sherwin recalled that after submitting his scripts for The Invasion to Bryant, which included UNIT, working freelance as a script editor, was told by Bryant to introduce his UNIT idea earlier, as it could "take some of the weight off shoulders" of actor Patrick Troughton, who played the Doctor. Speaking in an interview on the 2011 special edition DVD of Spearhead from Space, Sherwin claimed that he had created UNIT because he wanted to give some "considerable support" to the Doctor, "so that didn't have so many damn lines to learn each week". Sherwin told Doctor Who Magazine in 2014 that while working as script editor on the Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear, which involved an army, he told scriptwriters Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln to include all of the characters that he had invented for The Invasion.
Sherwin was uncertain if the army forces featured in The Web of Fear appeared as UNIT, but was "convinced" that, as a teaser for UNIT's more substantial role in The Invasion, The Web of Fear was supposed to have replaced the basic army forces that were seen in the story. Sherwin asserted that he held the copyright on Lethbridge-Stewart, as he "created him in The Invasion"; however in an interview recorded for the 2006 DVD of Inferno, Sherwin described The Invasion as the start of UNIT and the beginning of the Doctor "coming down to Earth". On top of this, production notes in Doctor Who: The Complete History credit Haisman and Lincoln as the owners of Lethbridge-Stewart, the army leader from The Web of Fear, mention how Bryant and director Douglas Camfield were negotiating the use of the character for The Invasion from Haisman and Lincoln in May 1968, subsequent to The Web of Fear being broadcast in February and March; the Web of Fear is described in the notes as being a "major influence on The Invasion".
The roots of UNIT in the Doctor Who universe lie in extraterrestrial incursions featured in the Second Doctor serial The Web of Fear and the Seventh Doctor serial Remembrance of the Daleks. Following these incidents, the newly formed UNIT's baptism-of-fire is an invasion by the Cybermen, in The Invasion; the contribution of scientific advice in battling extraterrestrial threats is recognised and both Dr Elizabeth Shaw and the exiled Third Doctor joins UNIT just in time to help defeat the Autons in Spearhead from Space. UNIT continued to feature in Doctor Who after Spearhead, but when the Third Doctor's exile is lifted in The Three Doctors, his association with UNIT becomes more sporadic after his regeneration into his fourth incarnation at the end of Planet of the Spiders; the last appearance of UNIT in the series for many years was in The Seeds of Doom. The final appearance of UNIT during the original run of Doctor Who was the Seventh Doctor serial Battlefield. UNIT is mentioned by both its acronym and full name in the 2005 series episodes "Aliens of London" and "World War Three", where it sent a delegation to a gathering of experts at 10 Downing Street.
UNIT appeared again the same year in "The Christmas Invasion". In addition to Doctor Who, UNIT has featured in the spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. From "The Power of Three", th
The Web of Fear
The Web of Fear is the missing fifth serial of the fifth season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast in six weekly parts from 3 February to 9 March 1968. The serial is set on the London Underground railway over forty years after the 1967 serial The Abominable Snowmen. In the serial, the incorporeal Great Intelligence leads the time traveller the Second Doctor into a trap where it can drain the Doctor's mind of all of his knowledge; the Web of Fear marks the first appearance of actor Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, subsequently better known as the Brigadier, acts as a precursor to the numerous serials involving the UNIT organisation. Five of the six episodes that make up this story are held in the BBC Archives. For over forty years only episode 1 of the story survived in the BBC Archives, the others being presumed lost. Episodes 2, 4, 5, 6 were recovered from Nigeria in 2013, leaving only episode 3 missing; the DVD release of this story features episode 3 presented in tele-snap format, with the surviving off-air soundtrack.
Following events at the end of The Enemy of the World, Jamie manages to close the TARDIS' doors, stabilising its flight. The TARDIS materialises in deep space; as the web clears, the Doctor operates a device to land the TARDIS away from its original flight course, bringing it to Covent Garden tube station. The station is in darkness and deserted, with the city outside appearing abandoned. 40 years after his Tibetan expedition in The Abominable Snowmen, an elderly Professor Travers reactivates a control sphere during his studies. The sphere inserts into an intact robot yeti from Tibet at a private collection in London and escapes. In the following days, London is beset by thick fog and a deadly web-like fungus begins to infest the London Underground. Professor Travers is brought to the Second World War deep-level shelter under Goodge Street tube station, where his daughter Anne has asked for his help to defeat the menace affecting the tube system. Present are Captain Knight, the current leader of the military manning HQ, Staff-Sergeant Arnold, who acts as Knight's deputy and Harold Chorley, the only journalist allowed to report on the crisis.
Moving through the underground train tunnels, the Doctor and his companions soon encounter the military, who are trying to stem the spread of the fungus by demolishing tunnels with explosives. Explosives laid at Charing Cross tube station are neutralised by the robot yeti by smothering the explosion with the fungus using web-spraying guns; the reappearance of the yeti signifies to the Doctor that the Great Intelligence has returned and redirected the TARDIS' flight in order to bring him to the Underground as part of its plans to conquer the Earth. Knight and Chorley are suspicious of the Doctor and Victoria, believing them to be responsible from sabotaging the explosion. Professor Travers, recognising them from their encounter in Tibet, convinces Knight that the Doctor will be key to defeating the yeti; the group are soon joined by Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and Private Evans, who are the sole survivors of an ammunition detail, attacked by yeti at Holborn tube station. Lethbridge-Stewart assumes command of HQ from Knight.
Meanwhile, the web expands enormously. Further attempts to use explosives to halt the web are blocked by yeti attacks, with the military's explosives store being consumed by the fungus; the Doctor discovers a yeti-attracting beacon at the scene, convincing him that one of the people at HQ must be in league with the Intelligence and doing its bidding. Meanwhile, who intends to desert and flee the underground, is told of the TARDIS by Victoria and he rushes off to Covent Garden to find it; when they reach Covent Garden the Doctor's party discover it to be barred off by fungus. While they are gone, the base is attacked by Yeti, killing several of the soldiers and knocking out Anne and Professor Travers; the Yeti leave with Professor Travers' unconscious body. On returning, the group find Anne Travers gone; the Doctor informs Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and Captain Knight about the intelligence and the TARDIS. The Colonel leads the remaining troops overground to Covent Garden, while Arnold, Evans and a third soldier, Corporal Lane, take a baggage trolley through the underground at the same time to transport TARDIS on.
The Doctor and Anne attempt to build a control box to block the signal between the Intelligence and the control spheres, though the Doctor finds that they are low on components and is escorted above ground by Knight to find more. Arnold and Lane put on gas masks and attempt to go through the fungus blocking Covent Garden with the baggage trolley, but when they enter the web Evans hears piercing screams. On pulling the trolley out on a rope, Evans finds Lane dead and Arnold gone. On the surface, the yeti ambush the soldiers at Covent Garden. Despite downing several robots in the ensuing battle, all except Lethbridge-Stewart perish. While at an electronics store on the surface, Knight is killed in a yeti attack, though the robots leave the Doctor alone, he discovers a Yeti beacon in Knight's pocket. The Colonel returns to HQ alone where the Doctor finds a model Yeti in his pocket; the Doctor deduces that the traitor in HQ slipped the beacon onto the Knight. At that moment, two yeti break in with Professor Travers, possessed by the Great Intelligence.
Victoria Waterfield is a fictional character played by Deborah Watling in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. A native of Victorian England, she was a companion of the Second Doctor and a regular in the programme from 1967 to 1968. Only two complete serials to feature her exist in the BBC archives. DVDs of her adventures The Ice Warriors and The Web of Fear were released, where official BBC reconstructions complete the missing episodes of those serials. Victoria first appears in the 1967 serial The Evil of the Daleks, she is the daughter of scientist Edward Waterfield, who in 1866 is experimenting with time travel and has attracted the attention of the Daleks. In order to assure Waterfield's collaboration with their capture of the Doctor and their experiments with the Human and Dalek Factors, the Daleks with the help of Theodore Maxtable took Victoria as a prisoner. To measure his emotional responses, they manipulated Jamie McCrimmon into rescuing her, although they re-captured her and took her to Skaro.
At the conclusion of the adventure, Waterfield is killed saving the Doctor's life, asks him to take care of Victoria. The Doctor and Jamie take her in as part of the TARDIS crew. On the outside, Victoria is a fragile lady of her era screaming when faced with the creatures the Doctor and his companions encounter in their travels, such as the Cybermen and the Yeti. However, this exterior hides an inner strength. Victoria may be young, but she has an instinct for when she is being lied to, her sensibility is a contrast to the recklessness of Jamie and the curiosity of the Doctor. Jamie, in particular, is protective towards and fond of Victoria, is heartbroken when she chooses to leave. Despite being a good match to her two companions, Victoria finds herself unsuited to extended travel with the Doctor. At the conclusion of the serial Fury from the Deep, she decides to leave the TARDIS, settling with a family named Harris in the 20th century, her subsequent life is not shown in the television series.
She is mentioned, but not seen to be travelling with the Second Doctor in the 1985 serial The Two Doctors. Victoria's life after leaving the TARDIS is not explored in the series; the video release Downtime and its 1996 novelisation by Marc Platt as part of the Virgin Missing Adventures range, reveals that she struggles to adapt to twentieth century life and returns to the Detsen monastery in Tibet, where she again falls under the influence of the Great Intelligence, now trapped on Earth after the end of The Web of Fear. The Intelligence manipulates Victoria into founding New World University, with the money left to her by her father, where Victoria serves as Vice Chancellor and the possessed Professor Travers as Chancellor. Using the university's computers, the Intelligence seizes control of the internet and creates new Yetis. Realising she has been misled, Victoria helps Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sarah Jane Smith defeat it, she is approached by both the Fourth and Third Doctors, but chooses not to travel with them.
Watling returns to the role of Victoria Waterfield in the audio drama Power Play, where she is campaigning against nuclear waste before she becomes caught up in a plot to frame the Doctor for the actions of an assassin who destroys entire planets, resulting in her meeting the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. Season 4The Evil of the DaleksSeason 5The Tomb of the Cybermen The Abominable Snowmen The Ice Warriors The Enemy of the World The Web of Fear Fury from the Deep30th anniversary charity specialDimensions in Time Downtime The Great Space Elevator The Emperor of Eternity Power Play The Black Hole The Story of Extinction The Way Forward Virgin Missing AdventuresTwilight of the Gods by Christopher Bulis The Dark Path by David A. McInteePast Doctor AdventuresDreams of Empire by Justin Richards Heart of TARDIS by Dave Stone Combat Rock by Mick Lewis "Face-Painter" by Tara Samms "The Astronomer's Apprentice" by Simon A. Forward "The Farmer's Story" by Todd Green "The Age of Ambition" by Andrew Campbell "Screamager" by Jacqueline Rayner "The Last Emperor" by Jacqueline Rayner "The Cutty Wren" by Ann Kelly "On a Pedestal" by Kathleen O. David "Freedom by Fire" by David Brian "Atoms Infinite" by David Brian "Bringer of Darkness" by Warwick Gray and Martin Geraghty Victoria Waterfield on Tardis Data Core, an external wiki Victoria Waterfield on the BBC's Doctor Who website
Dæmos Rising is a direct-to-DVD spin-off of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was released direct-to-video and produced by the independent production company Reeltime Pictures, it is a sequel to the Third Doctor serial The Dæmons and the 1995 Reeltime video Downtime and is a tie-in to Telos Publishing's Time Hunter range of books, another Doctor Who spin-off. The DVD was released as a Limited Edition which included an inlay autographed by Beverley Cressman, Miles Richardson, Andrew Wisher, Alistair Lock, David J. Howe and Keith Barnfather. Kate Lethbridge-Stewart responds to a message from ex-UNIT operative Douglas Cavendish to investigate a haunting. Arriving at Cavendish's isolated cottage, she faces a demonic power her father had battled. Summoned by a future tyranny, a Dæmon is set to return to Earth, it is up to Cavendish to save the planet and its future. Kate has heard enough stories of UNIT to not dismiss Cavendish's claims out of hand, but is still surprised and dubious, implying that she has not yet begun her UNIT career.
This is further implied by the fact. Cavendish refers to UNIT having a top secret storehouse of alien technology in the suburbs of London, that it contained crates of shop-window mannequins; the warehouse and its crated Autons were depicted in 1997's Auton. The warehouse would be identified as the "Black Archive" and depicted in Enemy of the Bane before being relocated under the Tower of London before the events of The Day of the Doctor. Among the UNIT relics which Kate finds in Cavendish's garden shed is a Cyberman breastplate. Kate is physically duplicated in an attempt to dupe Cavendish, she is again duplicated in The Day of the Doctor. Kate refers to her son, Gordon / "Gordy", introduced in Downtime, whom Kate gave her father's middle name. Kate's father, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, battled a Dæmon and the Master with the Third Doctor and Jo Grant in The Dæmons. In the repeated mentions of Kate's father - including a recitation of his post-nominals by Cavendish—his eventual knighthood is never referred to, implying that he was created Sir Alistair sometime after this story.
A close-up of a calendar and Cavendish's exposition reveal the dates of the story as 30 and 31 October 2003. Kate Lethbridge-Stewart - Beverley Cressman Douglas Cavendish - Miles Richardson The Ghost - Andrew Wisher Time Sensitive - Amanda Evans Priests - Andy Delafield, Christian James, Stefano Rossini, Bevis Taylor Dæmon voice - Alistair Lock Narrator - Ian Richardson Music from this video composed by Alistair Lock was released on CD by Reeltime in March 2004. All tracks written by Alistair Lock. Other creator-authorised Doctor Who spin-offs include: Wartime P. R. O. B. E. Downtime Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans Mindgame Auton trilogy Zygon: When Being You Just Isn't Enough Dæmos Rising. Keith Barnfather. London: Reeltime Pictures. 2004. RTP0300. Daemos Rising on IMDb
James Bree (actor)
James Rutherfoord Worsfold Thomson, known professionally as James Bree, was a British actor who appeared on stage, played many supporting roles in both film and television. Bree was educated at Radley College near Abingdon and during the Second World War served in the RAF, he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He changed his surname to Thomson-Bree after inheriting land from his great-uncle, Archdeacon William Bree. On stage, Bree was in the original productions of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker in London's West End in 1954, he was one of the founder members of Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford in 1960. On screen, he was best known for playing Blofeld's attorney Gumbold in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, for his role as Uncle Arthur in The Jewel in the Crown. Bree notably played three roles in the classic Doctor, he played the Security Chief in the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games, Nefred in the 1980 Tom Baker story Full Circle and Keeper of the Matrix in the 1986 Colin Baker story The Ultimate Foe.
He died in December 2008, aged 85, after a long illness. Film Just My Luck - Ford Never Let Go - Orders Clerk A Matter of Choice - Alfred Who Was Maddox? - Reynolds On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Gebrüder Gumbold Satan's Slave - Malcolm Yorke The Odd Job - Mr. Kemp On the Black Hill - Colonel Bickerton Without a Clue - BarristerTelevision James Bree on IMDb