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INTRODUCTION TO:

SO…WHAT IS ALL THIS??


• Doctor Who is a British TV show that began in 1963
• It went off the air in 1989 – and came back in 2005. It’s still airing now!
• That’s 38 years of television!
BUT REALLY, DOCTOR WHO?

• The main character isn’t named


Doctor Who – his real name is
unknown
• He introduces himself as “The
Doctor.” Naturally, people ask…
BUT REALLY, DOCTOR WHO?
• The Doctor is an alien, a Time Lord from
the planet Gallifrey – the last of his kind
• Time Lords study the balance of time in
the universe, but never interfere
• The Doctor decided to break that rule,
and leave Gallifrey to save anyone in
need – anywhere in space and time
• Time Lords give themselves titles in place
of their real names. The Doctor chose his
name because doctors help people
BUT REALLY, DOCTOR WHO?
• Okay, so, which of the guys in these
pictures IS The Doctor?
• All of them!
• Time Lords don’t die, they regenerate
into new bodies (aka, other actors!)
• So they are able to live incredibly long.
The Doctor is over 900 years old.
• The most recent Doctors are the 10th,
11th, and 12th
ALL RIGHT STOP, REGENERATE AND LISTEN
• The first Doctor when the show returned
in 2009 was the 9th
• His companion, Rose, saved the Earth by
absorbing a powerful Time Vortex
• The 9th Doctor was able to save her by
taking it into himself, but at a cost…
• And the show continues, with a new
actor – the 10th Doctor! And so on.
THE DOCTOR’S TOOLBOX
• TARDIS: Time And Relative Dimension
In Space – the Doctor’s time and space
travel machine
• The Doctor stole it when he left Gallifrey
• Broken chameleon circuit - stuck as a
“police box”
• The inside exists in a different dimension
than the outside
• So whenever someone steps in, they say,
“It’s bigger on the inside!”
• …which the Doctor enjoys
THE DOCTOR’S TOOLBOX
• The Doctor also carries a sonic screwdriver
• It can do…well, a lot of things:
Lock picking Regenerate broken items Light candles
Burn and cut substances Darken eyeglass lenses to Create force field
make sunglasses
Remotely detonate machines Microphone Modify a mobile phone
Amplify sound waves Detect and interpret signals Deactivate camouflage
Superpower X-ray machines Conduct medical scan Scan and classify matter
Disarm weapons, electronics Remotely control devices Shatter glass
Flashlight Detect life nearby Generate a shock
Intercept and conduct Operate machinery like Tighten and loosen screws
teleportation computers

• Many Time Lords carry sonic weapons. The Doctor


wanted a sonic item that repairs things instead of
breaking them.
THE COMPANIONS
• The Doctor never travels alone! He always
has at least one human companion
• Like a superhero’s sidekick, companions are
clever, caring, and help The Doctor save
the day
THE COMPANIONS
THE COMPANIONS
THE COMPANIONS
AND…THE MONSTERS

• Of course, in order for The Doctor to


be a hero, there have to be some
villains
• The villains are usually aliens with
selfish, vengeful, and greedy
schemes
• The Doctor doesn’t aim to hurt or kill,
but outsmart his enemies
GUESS WHO’S BACK, BACK AGAIN?

• One monster featured in multiple


episodes are the Cybermen
• Cybermen were invented by humans!
• They believe all humans must be
upgraded – to be all-powerful with
no emotions
GUESS WHO’S BACK, BACK AGAIN?

• The Doctor’s worst enemies are the


Daleks
• The Daleks started the Time War that
destroyed the other Time Lords
• Daleks are ruthless. They believe they
are superior, and will try to conquer the
universe any way they can
• EXTERMINATE!
NOW LET’S REVIEW…
• The Doctor is an alien with a spaceship that is also
a time machine, called a TARDIS
• (and it’s bigger on the inside)
• With human companions from Earth, he saves
anyone and anything in the universe that needs help
• Using his sonic screwdriver and quick-thinking, The
Doctor defeats villains like Cybermen and Daleks
with tricks – not violence
• Instead of dying, The Doctor regenerates into a new
body and continues his adventures
NOW YOU KNOW: