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(posted on Tumblr in reaction to someone trying to shame somebody for using "Dr. Who.")

Who's Dr. Who?

Since the anon is confused, here’s screencaps from the show to answer their question:

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— “Dr. Who” in closing credits for original episode, Unearthly Child

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— “Dr. Who” in closing credits for Tomb of the Cybermen

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— “Dr. Who” in original pitch for the show by its creator, Sydney Newman

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 ”Dr. Who” in Radio Times listing for the very first episode. Radio Times magazine was owned by the BBC, and reported on its programming.

The BBC’s internal documents used “Dr. Who” for both the character and  the show for years.

Tons more examples of 'Dr. Who' in the show... )
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Originally posted on Tumblr, this meta post digs up classic Who canon on two surprisingly complicated questions:

  • How and when did we first learn the Doctor wasn't human?
  • Was he ever called "Doctor Who" in classic Who, or only "Doctor"? 

It's tempting to say that the Doctor was explicitly nonhuman from the start of the show (in 1963, you whippersnappers ;)). In fact, his status was ambiguous for several seasons, and yes, I do remember the pilot episode's title!

Read more... )

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