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Summary Article: Doctor Who
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

British science fiction television series, created in 1963 by Sidney Newman (1917–1997) and Donald Wilson (1910–2002). The Doctor is a time traveller and explorer who fights evil. The series, which achieved cult status and became an important part of British popular culture, aired 1963–89 and was relaunched in 2005.

The Doctor's space vehicle is the Tardis (acronym for time and relative dimensions in space) and his most famous enemies are the robotlike aliens called Daleks.

The actors who have played the Doctor in the series include William Hartnell (1908–1975), Patrick Troughton (1920–1987), Jon Pertwee (1919–96), Tom Baker (1936– ), Peter Davison (1951– ), Colin Baker (1943– ), Sylvester McCoy (1943– ), Christopher Eccleston (1964– ), David Tennant (1971– ), and Matt Smith (1982– ). A television film of the same name was released in 1996, in which the Doctor was played by Paul McGann.

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