Everyone’s heard of Doctor Who. Elements of the show such as the Daleks, the TARDIS and the Doctor himself have been firmly in the British public consciousness for fifty years now and the show has been continually growing in popularity overseas for decades. Even if you’re not a fan, you’ll know a few certain facts about Doctor Who; it’s a show about an alien, over time played by 11 different actors, who travels around time fighting monsters in a blue box. Oh, and he’s not actually called Doctor Who.
However, all of these facts – I imagine you can see where I’m going with this – are not entirely true. Yes, dear reader, the universe has been lying to you. But join me now to get some answers as we challenge all that you thought you knew about Doctor Who. If that even is its real name….
5. There Are Always Monsters
Something people always talk about with Doctor Who is its monsters. They are often the stars; as well as the aforementioned Daleks, there’s the Cybermen, the Sontarans, the Silurians, the … Chumblies (all right, they’re not so well known). However, throughout the sixties there were several stories that did not involve any monsters, or alien intervention whatsoever, adhering to the show’s original aim to be an educational series for children. Sydney Newman, the series’ creator, is even famous for saying that he forbade his show from having ‘bug-eyed monsters.’ Though this was quickly turned on its head when the Daleks premiered in the show’s second ever story.
These alien-less episodes were straight historical stories in which the Doctor and his companions would become embroiled in a real-life event from history without any nasty creatures plotting away behind the scenes. For example, ‘The Aztecs’ pictured above, one of the very earliest stories, saw the TARDIS crew, you guessed it, meet the Aztecs with the Doctor’s companion Barbara being mistaken for a God. As Barbara wants to use her hold on them to teach them better ways, it’s one of the show’s first proper explorations into the effects of time travel. See, you don’t need aliens to tell a good Who story.
This article was first posted on May 12, 2013