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Few shows in the annals of science fiction history have garnered the fandom — or longevity — of British sci-fi hit “Doctor Who.”
The show has been around so long that segregation still existed in America when the first episode of “Doctor Who” released in 1963.
That original run went from 1963 to 1989, before the show was ultimately picked back up by BBC in 2005, where it’s still going today.
For the unaware, a quick synopsis of the show: “Doctor Who” focuses on the hijinks and (mis)adventures of the titular Doctor, a spacefaring, time-traveling wizard of sorts.
One of the most notable aspects of the show is the fact that the Doctor is regularly replaced with a new actor, something which is actually baked into the show’s narrative as the Doctor periodically needs to “regenerate.”
These regeneration plot threads make for classic sci-fi fodder, but also give the show a built-in mechanism to keep things fresh without losing narrative threads. There have been plenty of storylines picked up by one Doctor’s actor, only to be seen out by a different actor’s take on the character.
Despite that, or perhaps because of it, some Doctors naturally garnered bigger followings than others.
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