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He is a 750-year-old Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. He has two hearts and a body temperature of 60 degrees.

Who is he? He is Doctor Who, the fictional star of "Doctor Who," a popular British science fiction TV show currently being broadcast in South Florida by Channel 2 at 6 p.m. on weekdays.

"Doctor Who" began being broadcast in England on November 23, 1963. Since then, it has become popular enough to spawn a British weekly comic book about the show, an international fan club called "The Doctor Who Appreciation Society," and a series of more than 40 novelized adaptations of episodes from the show. Marvel Comics is currently considering producing a "Doctor Who" comic book to sell in the United States.

Since "Doctor Who" began, four different actors have played the Doctor. The latest actor to play the role of the Doctor is Tom Baker.

Baker was born in Liverpool in 1941. During his early years he was very religious and joined a monastery for several years. His first major film role was playing Rasputin in "Nicholas and Alexandra." He has also acted in several horror movies, including "Frankenstein: The True Story." In 1974, he appeared as the evil magician in "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad."

Later that year, when the third actor to play the Doctor quit, Baker was recommended for the role. At present, Baker has been portraying the Doctor for more than five years.

WPBS (Channel 2) started broadcasting "Doctor Who" in May of this year. Candice Carlisle, an employee of Channel 2, described "Doctor Who's" ratings in South Florida as "good and growing." WPBS will be broadcasting the show at least until February.

Why has the program become so popular? Don and Maggie Thompson, Ohio fantasy fans (and main sources of information for this article), credit "Baker's self-mocking characterization, the witty scripts, and some of the finest cliffhangers ever done." Whatever the reason for the "Doctor Who's" popularity, it is almost certain that he will be around for quite some time.

Fans of "Doctor Who" may be interested in the following publications: paperback novelizations of "Doctor Who" TV shows, published by Pinnacle Books, available at several area bookstores and "The Doctor Who Weekly," a 28-page black and white British comic book with color covers. It includes a "Doctor Who" comic strip and two other related comic strips, plus articles about the TV series. The first ten issues of this weekly are available for $5 from James Smith, 3 Camelford Road, Gillmoss, Liverpool L11 0DG, Merseyside, England.

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