Doctor Who premiered November 23, 1963. The show ran for 26 seasons until 1989. The show was brought back for a 1996 movie that didn't take off. The show rebooted in 2005 and saw more success. The show originally started as an educational TV show where the historical episodes taught about history and the science fiction episodes taught about science. As the show progressed, the historical episodes became less popular and a greater focus was given to the science fiction episodes. Even today, episodes set in a historical time period have a science fiction element to the story. The show celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 23, 2013 with a special 75 minute episode featuring three Doctors.
For more history on the show, check out the links below and our non-fiction books on the show.
With over 50 years on televsion, the Whoniverse has quite the collection of DVDs, books, and audiobooks to choose from. The Albuquerque/Bernallio County system owns a fair amount of Doctor Who material but we don't own all of it. If there is an item you're intersted in and we don't own it, we're happy to try to get it for you. You can suggest a purchase for us to add it to our collection. You can also stop by your local branch to fill out an InterLibrary Loan form to get the material from another library system.
Rassilon was the founder of Time Lord society on Gallifrey, and its Lord High President. However, in the various stories that have spring up around his character, he was most likely a cruel dictator and possibly responsible for the death of his friend Omega, the stellar engineer who helped make their people lords of time. In the rebooted series, he first appears in the episode The End of Time (in which the Tenth Doctor regenerates into the Eleventh) as a villainous mastermind, and lastly in Hell Bent with the Twelfth Doctor.
For more about Rassilon, visit the links below.
Nardole, a companion of the Twelfth Doctor, is humanoid in appearance but is actually from the 54th century, complete with cybernetic implants - the first alien companion since the series reboot. Though considered a companion, he often chooses to say on Earth, rather than traveling with Doctor, acting more as an assistant. When the character was first introduced in 2015, he was an employee of River Song.
For more about Nardole, visit the links below.
Beginning in 2018, Chris Chibnall will take over from Steven Moffat as Head Writer and Executive Producer (also called the showrunner) of Doctor Who. Chibnall has previously been involved with the television series Camelot, Life on Mars, Torchwood, and Broadchurch in varying capacities including creator, writer, and co-producer. He is a long-time fan of Doctor Who and has written several episodes for the rebooted series. It has been suggested that Chibnall will "radically revamp" Doctor Who - he's already caused quite a stir with his choice of the Thirteen Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
For more about Chris Chibnall, visit the links below.
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