Doctor Who infographic

By Phil Plait | August 6, 2011 7:19 am

I somehow totally missed the fact that the mid-season premier of Doctor Who will be August 27, in just three weeks! Yay!

Still, for us squeeing Whovians, that seems like ages. So why not fill this long, dark tea-time of the soul by looking over Bob Canada’s cheeky Doctor Who infographic? It’s pretty good, and has some solid stuff in it for newbies and Who veterans alike. He also has one for the 1960s and 70s era villains, too.

As for the premier, I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers as much as possible — I haven’t even watched the trailer for the next series. The past two series have opened up a lot of questions that remain unsolved, but I’ve been a Steven Moffat fan for a long time (have you watched the adult sitcom "Coupling"? Brilliant!) so I know patience will pay off.

BTW, Buzzfeed has a great gallery of Doctor Who graffiti too. And of course, there’s also this from your humble host.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery, SciFi, TV/Movies

Comments (18)

  1. Gary Ansorge

    A friend was just visiting from California and I had the great joy of introducing her to Dr. Who. She too really liked David Tennant.

    Too bad it takes soooooo long for Dr. Who to make it to Netflix,,,bummer,,,

    Gary 7

  2. Y’know, I’ve tried to like Doctor Who, but can’t anymore. I liked it back in the 1970’s; even read some of the books. As a body of work going back to 1963, it’s amazing; I expect no single fictional character has ever been featured in so many stories (except for God or Satan).

    The show (and books, comic books, etc.) has used practically every science fiction idea ever concocted, in all sorts of variations, as imagined by dozens of different writers over the years.

    But it’s a ludicrous fairy tale, not science fiction, and I can only take so much of that. Fairy tales can be great, but their conventions can make for lazy plotting.

  3. Sorry Zucchi, I am going to disagree with you in my most emphatic terms possible. While it may be a fairy tale, it is a sci-fi fairy tale and it’s a great vehicle!

    I already have my DVR set on BBC America! ūüėÄ

  4. Jabjabs

    It might be a fairy tail in a way but I am always amazed just how how original they have kept the writing even after all these years.

    Can I just say that after seeing every episode ever (ok I have a problem), the original William Hartnel is still the best doctor of them all.

  5. Charlie Kilian

    I love the Douglas Adams reference.

  6. Erik

    I’ve found it funny how some fans seem to ignore the Third Doctor saying that he is “thousands of years old”, yet are up in arms about the “12 regenerations” rule.

  7. Jonas

    I’ve never really given Dr. Who a chance even though I’m practically 40… Where should I start if I want to get into it? Keep in mind that while I’m an avid Star Trek fan, TOS is so dated that I can barely watch it anymore, so… Which series (or doctor) is a good starting series?

  8. Ut

    Erik: Thousands of years on which planet’s calendar? For that matter, 900+ years on which planet’s calendar? Curse these interplanetary travelers!

  9. Keith Bowden

    Also brilliant: Steven Moffat’s Jekyll, highly recommended.

    People tend to forget that Patrick Troughton (Doctor v2) had Jelly Babies before Tom Baker (v4), although Tom used them a lot more.

    Oh, and you mean “premiere”; “premier” is a completely different word and is not a fancy synonym. :)

  10. I’d like to insert a plug for Crispian Jago’s new (massive, interactive) Doctor Who Tube Map, over at

  11. Kimpatsu

    Spoiler: UNIT is not the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, it’s the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.

  12. Thomas Siefert

    If you’re Steven Moffat fan you should not miss the “Sherlock” series.
    There is only three episodes in the first series. Another three episodes are coming up very soon in series 2.

    At 90 minutes, each episode feels more like a film and so does the quality. I have watched some very big budget movies that did not reach “Sherlock” to the knees, including a recent one with a very similar name.

  13. gopher65

    Jonas: The 1960s-80s run has some good stories (and sometimes good acting, directing, etc) in it, but the pacing is so poorly done by modern standards that it’s painful to watch. Even the horrible special effects don’t bother me too much, but the pacing… that’s unbearable.

    There are two other places you can start:
    The beginning of the 2005 series (that’s the new one) starting with an episode called “Rose”. It’s basically a reintroduction to the concepts of the series through a PoV (Point of View) character, so it serves a good starting point.

    The second, much more confusing, place you could begin is with the most recent actor to play The Doctor, Matt Smith. Smith starts in season 5 of the new series with an episode called “The Eleventh Hour”. This isn’t a great place to start because you’ll be somewhat confused by the various happenings, but it explains enough to the audience that you’ll probably be able to pick up the key concepts and characters fairly quickly. The reason I suggest this path is that it’s the shortest way to catch up to the present day episodes.

  14. Over on the main BBC site (not BBC America, but the original British one), I can’t find anything written about Doctor Who returning on August 27 or any other named date. It just says “coming soon”. What’s with that?

    August 27 is not good timing, because I’ll be in Germany then. At a wedding. (Or rather, back in the hotel after the wedding, but anyway, watching Doctor Who is not likely to be an option.)

    I’ll be in England the following week, which is much better for watching Doctor Who. My best plan is to ask an English friend to record the episode that airs when I’m in Germany, so that I can watch it when I get to England. I will do that.

  15. Speaking of tea, the BBC made a pilot of a Dirk Gently TV series late last year. It was well received critically, got a good audience, and I certainly enjoyed it.

  16. Svlad Cjelli

    Are you aware of Doctor Whoof? My Little Timelord?


  17. c

    Saturday 27th is likely as its the August Bank Holiday on the Monday (but not Scotland), and start of school in early September


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