Classic 'Doctor Who' Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Doctor Who" is one of the longest-running and most popular science fiction television shows of all time. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the original series.

Which television network originally aired the series "Doctor Who"?

BBC originally televised the series "Doctor Who." BBC was founded as a radio network and private corporation in 1922.

In which year did the show "Doctor Who" premiere?

"Doctor Who" premiered on Nov. 23, 1963 in the United Kingdom.

True or false: The series "Doctor Who" was released in the U.S. at the same time as the U.K.

"Doctor Who" was released in the U.S. nearly 12 years after its release in the U.K. The show premiered in the U.S. on Sept. 29, 1975.

In which year was "Doctor Who" first broadcast in color?

The television series "Doctor Who" was first broadcast in color in 1970. The first six seasons of the show aired in black and white.

Which actor played the first Doctor in the series?

While all three actors played the Doctor in the series, Hartnell was the first to play the character. Hartnell died just over two years after leaving the show.

What planet does the Doctor come from?

The Doctor is from the fictional planet Gallifrey.

What is the name of the time machine the Doctor travels in?

Tardis is an acronym for "time and relative dimensions in space."

What race is the Doctor in "Doctor Who"?

The Time Lords were one of the most powerful and oldest races in the universe.

What does the Tardis appear as?

The Tardis appears as a blue British police box. In the story line, the TARDIS has a broken chameleon circuit that won't allow it to blend into the surroundings.

Who created the original series "Doctor Who"?

Writer, producer and director Sydney Newman created the series. Terry Nation was a writer for the series, and John Nathan-Turner was a producer.

Who composed the theme music to the original show "Doctor Who"?

Composer Ron Grainer wrote the theme music of the original "Doctor Who" series. Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop electronically created the music for the series.

In which episode does the first Doctor regenerate?

The episode in which the first Doctor regenerates is "The Tenth Planet." The first Doctor, William Hartnell, was in failing health and left the show in 1966. He later appeared in the four-part series "The Three Doctors."

What is a Dalek?

The Dalek are a mutant species in a mechanical casing. The Dalek first appeared in the season one episode "The Dead Planet" on Dec. 21, 1963.

What is the runtime of episodes of "Doctor Who"?

With a few exceptions, the runtime of most episodes of "Doctor Who" is 25 minutes. Fifteen episodes were produced with a runtime of 45 minutes.

Who is the leader of the Dalek?

Davros, played by actor Michael Wisher, makes his first appearance in the season 12 episode "Genesis of the Daleks: Part One."

How many actors played the Doctor in the original series "Doctor Who"?

Seven different actors played the Doctor throughout the course of the original series. The change of actors was written into the show and explained as the Doctor regenerating.

True or false: More than 100 episodes of "Doctor Who" were intentionally erased.

In the early '70s at the BBC, 106 episodes of "Doctor Who" were erased so the tapes could be reused. Fans of the show later came forward with audio recordings of every missing episode.

Which British band made a cameo appearance in the series "Doctor Who"?

In the episode "The Executioners," the Beatles appeared performing on the show "Top of the Pops."

Which actor appears as the Doctor in the most episodes?

Actor Tom Baker appears as the Doctor in 173 episodes of "Doctor Who," more than any other actor.

"Doctor Who" inspired a television movie. When was the movie originally broadcast?

The television movie "Doctor Who" was originally broadcast on May 14, 1996. In the U.S., it was broadcast on Fox.

Which actor did NOT appear in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Five Doctors"?

Hartnell died roughly eight years before the episode aired on Nov. 23, 1983.

True or false: The BBC owns the copyright of the police box as seen in the series "Doctor Who."

The BBC purchased the copyright from the Metropolitan Police.

Which character is NOT a companion of the first Doctor?

Jamie McCrimmon was played by actor Frazer Hines and traveled with the second Doctor.

Which fictional device does the Doctor use to pick locks?

The Sonic Screwdriver first appeared in the 1968 episode "Fury From the Deep."

Which "Doctor Who" character is a rival Time Lord?

Actor Roger Delgado played the original Master.

Which actor played the seventh Doctor in the original series "Doctor Who"?

From 1987 to 1989, McCoy appeared as the Doctor in 42 episodes.

Which actor played the Doctor in the final episode of the series "Doctor Who"?

McCoy played the Doctor in the final episode of the original run of the series.

How many episodes of the original series "Doctor Who" were produced?

There were 695 episodes over the course of 26 seasons.

True or false: "Doctor Who" is the longest-running science fiction series in history.

In 2006, Guinness World Records named "Doctor Who" television's longest-running science fiction series.

When did the final episode of the original series "Doctor Who" air?

The final episode, "Survival: Part Three," aired on Dec. 6, 1989.

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