12/16/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Doctor Who is one of the longest running series in television history, and is the longest show in BBC production history outside of soap operas. It has been officially in production since 1963 when it was launched as a children’s educational program. The show ran for quite some time before being put into hiatus when no new episodes were ordered, but was recently revived. The original format featured shows that were half an hour long and was serialized with a plot unfolding across a season. The new format is hour long episodes.
This season’s Christmas special has been described by series producer Steven Moffat, the writer behind the hit BBC series Coupling, as “tripping”. Apparently it will involve The Doctor will be battling a giant flying shark in order to rescue some 4,000 people on a ship. The Eleventh Doctor is played by Matt Smith, who is the youngest man to play The Doctor.
“Doctor Who is a man who lives in a telephone box and saves the universe in a bow tie so you have to go some to up that.
“If you’re going to do a Christmas Day episode which is based on the principle that the audience have had a selection box for breakfast, and are probably drunk, then you have to move it on.
“You’re gonna be full of sugar and alcohol so you’re gonna be tripped off into any place, anytime.”
Smith, however, gave fans a bit of a teaser about the plot of the show saying “The Doctor is not good with girls… but he does bag Marilyn Monroe.”
Doctor Who has been referenced in numerous shows, even having a reference to the show, as a visual, in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when Mile O’Brien and family find a time travel device that looks like the main control panel of the TARDIS.