I'm a classic Who fan and haven't had an opportunity to watch much of the newer series, but here's what I remember:
- The show originally started as a cool way to teach history. The first doctor's first companions were younger and it was meant to be a children's show.
- Each reincarnation of the doctor has a different personality. People develop strong attachments to specific doctors, and consider their favorite to be the "real" doctor. I'm a fan of #7, Tom Baker, and he was probably the most general favorite until David Tennant came along.
- He had a @#%^ing awesome robot dog named K-9 who was smarter than the TARDIS
- He avoided relationships with his companions until the Tennant season. However, some of his previous companions left him to go off and get married, like Leela (who married another Time Lord, no less....) Oh hey, here's a nice rundown of his pretty ladyfriends
who always gave him the just friends speech.
- The original series was very low budget and they often re-used sets from other shows and movies. Even after it got its own budget, they kept the campy charm.
- The Doctor is not supposed to meet himself, but he's done it several points in time anyway.
- Doctor Who was the first television show recorded partially on magnetic tape, not on film. The directors used this for artistic effect in some episodes, indicating inside the TARDIS versus outside, for example.
When I was seven, my mother pulled me out of school to visit a traveling Doctor Who exhibit that had come into town. She simply told the school that I was going to see the Doctor. My mom was awesome and let me stay up until 1AM on Saturday nights to watch the show on BBC with her. Edited, Mar 24th 2011 9:46pm by catwho