Doctor Who

If you’re a fan of sci-fi, then you definitely know about the BBC series Doctor Who. Created by Sydney Newman in 1963, it was originally a live show with four seasons containing 26 episodes each.

Doctor Who is British sci-fi TV show created in 1963 by Sydney Newman and broadcast on BBC One. Originally shown as live episodes, the show now airs both in the UK and around the world as recordings with breaks for Christmas/Easter specials, Summer specials and occasional Children In Need events. Ranked first in Australia's ratings charts for the past five years - and recently making its debut on Netflix - Doctor Who has been described by one television critic as "the greatest national treasure we have". The show has been revived four times since its original inception in 1963, and is still going strong today.

The first incarnation of the show was only on for one season, but it was a massive hit. By the time it ended, over six million viewers had tuned in to watch Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as his companion. In 2013, Smith's final season earned an average audience of 7.9 million daily viewers before the series took a year-long hiatus. Showrunner Steven Moffat planned to conclude Smith's incarnation with "The Time of the Doctor", an episode that also featured John Hurt's mysterious Doctor. "The Time of the Doctor" was watched by 10.79 million viewers, making it the third most watched program of 2013.

Season 34: The Time of the Doctor (2013)

As has become customary with Moffat's modern-era Doctor Who episodes, "The Time of the Doctor" was a Christmas special. It was also Matt Smith's last episode in the role, as he had announced his departure from the show earlier in 2013. In "The Time of the Doctor", The Doctor is summoned to Trenzalore by The Silence, an ancient order who intend to end his life. When The Doctor refuses to reveal his real name and commit suicide, The Silence unleash deadly monsters on Trenzalore until he changes his mind.

The Doctor takes Clara Oswald to Trenzalore, a planet in the far future where at any moment in time, his own grave and tomb may reveal themselves. This would bring The Silence one step closer to their ultimate goal of erasing The Doctor from history and the universe. Haunted by the people he lost along the way, including Amy Pond and Rory Williams, The Doctor decides that it is finally time for him to regenerate and end his life.

A Christmas Carol (2010)

The first episode after Matt Smith's debut as The Eleventh Doctor was "A Christmas Carol", which aired on December 25, 2010. The episode starred Michael Gambon as The Doctor, taking a break from his role as Professor Albus Dumbledore on the Harry Potter films. In "A Christmas Carol", The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to Victorian London to celebrate Christmas. However, he forgets that it is Christmas until too late, and he finds himself in a race against time to save Rory's life.

The Doctor is reunited with Madge Arwell, a human woman he met in 1867 prior to the events of "The End Of Time. Madge finds his strange behavior odd enough before she finds out about the TARDIS and realizes that she is now living in the future. Her discovery comes shortly after she is visited by a group of ghosts who are trying to warn her about the impending death of her sickly child, Oliver. The Doctor must help save her son's life in order to save the future of planet Earth.

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