Doctor Who began airing on British television in 1963, and ran continuously until the show was put on hiatus in 1989. An attempt was made to revive the show with a straight-to-TV movie in 1996, but this did not result in an ongoing series. In 2005 the show was successfully revived due to critical acclaim, and thankfully continues airing around the world to this day.
Doctor Who recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. A key to its longevity is the plot element that the lead character, The Doctor, regenerates into a new body and personality when the old one is mortally wounded or gets too old, allowing for the periodic recasting of the role, which is treated by the production team - and by fans - as a soft relaunch and renewal of the series.
The Doctor is called a "Time Lord," a time-traveling adventurer from a far off planet, who travels through time and space in a spacecraft known by the acronym TARDIS. A TARDIS is a machine that is larger on the inside than the outside and is supposed to change its appearance based on its surroundings however The Doctor's TARDIS is locked in the form of a police box. The Doctor is also able to regenerate upon facing critical injuries, so he appears as many different people throughout the series. The Doctor loves Earth, so he makes many trips here to save the planet, or to enlist earthlings to help him with tasks in the galaxy.
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- Doctor Who is the only franchise that has a level in the main story mode without a foundation element.