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Section: WUSF TV 16 & 89.7 FM: A Service of the University of South Florida

Doctor Who, television's longest-running science fiction series, features a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. For those who don't know "Who" the Doctor is, here's a primer. He is almost 1,000 years old, has two hearts, a 68-degree body temperature, and travels in a time machine called a TARDIS (acronym for "Time and Relative Dimensions in Space"), which looks like a British police box. He also has the ability to regenerate his body in the event of massive injury or near-death experience 12 times! The internationally-known Doctor Who has been shuttling through time and space in his spaceship -- the Tardis -- much to the immense delight of a weekly television audience of 100,000,000 in 54 countries around the world.

So far, the Doctor has changed his appearance six times, meaning that seven actors have played the part, each for at least three seasons. Tom Baker, who played the Doctor the longest (1974-1981), is featured Sunday nights. Baker, the most popular of all the Doctors, brought a childlike curiosity to the role, making his character appealing to audiences of all ages, and expanded the program's audience in both the UK and the United States. His trademark 17-foot-long multi-colored scarf was the result of an accident during costume production. Philip Hinchcliffe, the program's producer at the time, left more than enough yarn for a costume maker to create a short scarf. Excited at the prospect of making her first costume for television use, Magnolia Pope used all the yarn. Baker took the scarf and added a floppy hat, creating his version of the Doctor's character in what he "pure serendipity." For many fans, his characterization remains the essential Doctor Who.

If you haven't seen Doctor Who or if you're a long-time fan, watch Saturday and Sunday nights at 11 for this popular science fiction favorite.

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PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): Doctor Who in his trademark scarf.

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