November 23rd, 1963 was a momentous occasion in television history when the world was introduced to the now unmistakable whirring sounds of the pseudo spaceship called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). Emerging from it was a character known as The Doctor, the last of the time-traveling alien race known as the Time Lords. He’s been traveling through time and space for almost a thousand years now and we’ve had the privilege of getting to tag along for the last 50.
Even if you haven’t watched a single episode of Doctor Who, the show’s name isn’t a stranger to TV viewers around the world. This weekend the beloved sci-fi program is celebrating five decades on the small screen.
Avid Doctor Who fans have tuned in to watch The Doctor use his never-ending supply of wit to explore and save the universe. And as riveting as it is to watch him in action, the rest of the cast isn’t chop liver, either. Reading like a Who’s Who of biographical history (which, according to the 10th Doctor, is a favorite genre of his!), names like Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, both Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I, and even a brief appearance by Abraham Lincoln have peppered the long-running fictional series.
Time and timey-wimey again, The Doctor has either enlisted the help of a historical figure or caused a bit of mayhem in his/her time period. For instance he’s sought out help for a toothache at the O.K. Corral from fellow “Doctor” Doc Holliday. He inadvertently inspired H.G. Wells to write “The Time Machine” by accidentally bringing him along on one of his journeys. He’s the reason for William Shakespeare’s lost plays and why Richard Nixon secretly recorded everything that went on in the White House. He is as much a part of our history as the figures themselves!
With the 50th anniversary of the show fast approaching, we thought we’d separate fact from fiction on the historical figures portrayed on Doctor Who. So what are you waiting for, check out our photo gallery below! Allons-y!