What is Doctor Who about?

BBC’s Doctor Who is a classic Sci-Fi series that is about an alien adventurer exploring time and space with their human companions, and it has had two adaptations.


Doctor Who first premiered in 1963 on the BBC channel, and was later cancelled in 1989. The show would later be rebooted by BBC One in 2005, and has been airing ever since.

Both adaptations have had different lead characters, but the premises of both series still tell the same story of an alien adventurer called The Doctor, exploring time and space with their fellow human companions.

What was the original Doctor Who about?

The original version of Doctor Who ran from 1963 until 1989. According to IMDb, the premise of the first adaptation followed, “The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.”

What is the rebooted Doctor Who about?

The rebooted adaptation of Doctor Who saw the show maintain the same premise, with the narrative of the first continuing. This is as the 2005 adaptation is regarded as the continuation of the first, with a new lead female character as The Doctor, which is currently played by Jodie Whittaker.

Additional characters that have played The Doctor over the years are male actors, Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith and David Tennant.

Who played the original Doctor in Doctor Who?

During the original adaptation of the series, the title character was played by five male British actors. The first and most memorable Doctor Who was William Hartnell, who played the role from 1963 until 1984.

Additional actors to play the character include Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and the last to play the role was Colin Baker.

Why was Doctor Who originally cancelled?

There are a number of reasons that led to the end of the first run of Doctor Who. While matters like tight budgets and restrictions set behind-the-scenes fuelled the eventual end of the show, it is believed that the constant change in leads, especially following the arrival of Colin Baker in the title role, was the last straw.

Other contributing factors to the cancellation of Doctor Who

Another reason attributed to the cancellation of the original Doctor Who is the matter of the growing offering in channels. The competition for viewers, along with a decline in support of the show by the elderly, its primary market, further fuelled the end of the show.


Doctor Who has had a long run. The first adaptation enjoyed a 26-year run before its subsequent end due to factors including a drop in ratings.

However, both series have been founded on the premise of watching The Doctor as he travels in time and space with their human companions. The latest adaptation features female lead, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor.