Doctor Who: A Brief Introduction
The Doctor's thirteenth incarnation

Doctor Who is the world's longest-running science-fiction television programme, having originally aired on the BBC in the United Kingdom from 1963 to 1989, spawning a movie revival in 1996, and finally returning as a regular fixture to television in 2005.

Chronicling the adventures of thirteen Doctors and dozens of companions against countless foes -- human, alien and otherwise -- throughout time and space, Doctor Who remains the greatest example of the genre. Doctor Who has also thrived in other media, appearing in print, on stage, on film, on radio, and elsewhere.

Doctor Who is about the Doctor, an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who, by virtue of the Time Lords' unique physiology, is able to recover from mortal injuries by “regenerating” into a new body with a new personality. In direct contravention of the Time Lords' edicts, the Doctor fled Gallifrey in a stolen time machine -- a TARDIS -- which is now stuck in the shape of a blue British police box due to a malfunction. The Doctor traverses the universe (usually in the company of companions met along the way) aiding the oppressed, fighting injustice, and putting a unique and indelible mark on the broad canvas of time and space.

Brand new to Doctor Who? Check out
A Beginner's Guide To Doctor Who !

A Brief History Of Time (Travel) is a guide to Doctor Who's storied history, both on screen and off. It is also the birthplace of the Doctor Who News Page, now at

Using The Website

The Historium: The heart of A Brief History Of Time (Travel), this section covers the history of broadcast Doctor Who. It is divided into Season pages and Story pages.

  • Each Season page contains a brief overview of Doctor Who history, including story descriptions, major production milestones, and character profiles of the Doctors and their companions.
  • Each Story page includes a more detailed account of how that adventure was made, as well as associated details such as viewing figures, cast and crew, and key merchandise information. The Story pages are best read in production (not broadcast) order, but each one is designed to stand on its own as well.

The Production Diary: A year-by-year and day-by-day chronicle of the making of Doctor Who.

The Lost Stories: A comprehensive listing of unmade Doctor Who adventures.

Spin-Offs: A guide to the other members of the Doctor Who television family.

Cast and Crew: Biographies of the key individuals who have helped bring Doctor Who to the screen.

Site Info: Contact information and other pertinent details.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

This site could not exist were it not for the research work of fans like David J Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker, Andrew Pixley, Marcus Hearn, and others. It is thanks to their tireless dedication to the factual side of Doctor Who that so much information is available about the programme. For far more information, please refer to the citations listed in the Sources section of each Story page.

Intro Historium Diary Lost Spin-Offs Cast & Crew Site Info