25 Curious Facts About Doctor Who

Posted by , Updated on October 7, 2016


Doctor Who has been a British sci-fi TV series produced by the BBC since 1963 that has managed to become part of the pop culture of various countries across the globe. It appeals to a wide range of people, including those from different age groups, races, nationalities, and socioeconomic classes. It is also one of the longest-running TV shows in history. What has made Doctor Who such a huge success—despite periods of disastrous TV ratings—remains a mystery.

According to Paddy O’Donnell, professor of psychology at the University of Glasgow, the reason science fiction in general works is that it explores psychological and societal themes but in a fantasy world where you can explore them in ways that are more difficult to do in real life. Doctor Who is no exception to this rule. Each episode is written in a different genre (from horror to historical parody, Victorian ghost stories to ancient Greek wars), which gives the show diversity and an authority to invent that other shows just don’t have. But before we say more, get inside our TARDIS (the time machine with which the doctor travels throughout history) and let’s learn 25 Facts About Doctor Who and what makes the show so awesome!

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Lara Croft, the main protagonist of the Tomb Raider video games, is a strong influence behind River Song. Like Croft, River Song is an archaeologist known for using a gun.

Lara CroftSource: bbc.co.uk, Image: Wikipedia

According to Peter Capaldi, the twelfth Doctor’s costume was inspired by David Bowie.

David BowieSource: bbc.co.uk, Image: Wikipedia

In 2007, Hugh Grant told The Sun that he’d been offered the role of the Doctor but turned it down because he didn’t think the new version would be a success. Is he regretting it now? You bet!

Hugh GrantSource: bbc.co.uk, Image: Wikipedia

Homeric reinvention, “The Myth Makers” (1965), didn’t feature Helen of Troy because the producers decided they wouldn’t be able to afford anyone attractive enough. “None taken,” (meaning offense) said the rest of the female cast.

Helen of TroySource: bbc.co.uk, Image: Wikipedia

Doctor Who is banned in China because the government authorities don’t want to promote anything that could be seen as rewriting history.

ChinaSource: bbc.co.uk, Image: Wikipedia

Want more Doctor Who facts? Take a look at 25 Doctor Who Facts Whovians Might Not Know.

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