Get ready readers. It’s time to set your sonic screwdriver to quizzical for tonight’s ‘Doctor Who’ themed pub quiz at The Monarch. Head down to the Chalk Farm pub for an evening of ‘Doctor Who’ revelry, debate and mind-bending knowledge seeking as The Master… sorry, we mean quiz master, will lead six rounds of questions spanning all 50 years of Britain’s answer to superheroes. With the promise of fun, prizes, alcohol and geekery, it’s the perfect way to kick off your year of Who celebrations and to prove that you really are the biggest ‘Doctor Who’ fan. Carly-Ann Clements
And to help you get started, here are some facts that will probably come up:
There have been eleven doctors over the years, each with their own sense of style, humour and battle cry. Here they are in order:
First came William Hartnell (1963-1966)
Then it was Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
Followed by Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
Then on to the unforgettable Tom Baker (1974-1981)
Proceeded by Peter Davison (1981-1984)
Replaced by Colin Baker (1984-1986)
And prior to the hiatus, Sylvestor McCoy (1987-1989, 1996)
Then reborn as Paul McGann (1996)
And brought to the naughties by Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Then loved by the nation in the form of David Tennant (2005-2010)
To the present day Matt Smith (2010-present)
The Doctor’s companion is a much desired position. With the opportunity to explore time and space, there’s no wonder there have been over 50! We couldn’t choose our favourites so here’s the full list.
But we do have to mention his wife:
Who is actually called Melody Pond which makes her Amy and Rory’s daughter.
After 50 years, it’s not surprising that the Doctor has a long list of enemies but with all that space, time bending malarky, there are a few that keep popping up. Here are the key Who foes to remember:
Alright then. Daleks are cyborgs created by Davros, a Kaled from the planet Skaro during the thousand year war against the Thals. They’re basically massive tanks with shrivelled brain like creatures inside them that want to all non-Daleks.
Another race of cyborgs that first appeared back in 1966 as completely organic creatures who kept adding more and more artificial elements to their bodies as a means of self preservation. Unfortunately, the addition of cold steel led to even colder creatures as they are devoid of emotions and rely on logical.
Like the Doctor, we don’t know the Master’s real name, just that he managed to stay in further education to earn some sort of MA. He is the only other Time Lord in existence (in this universe at least) and the arch nemesis of our friendly Who. He has been played by eight actors over the fifty years (Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Antony Ainley, Gordon Tipple, Eric Roberts, Derek Jacobi and John Simm) and has changed quite a bit over the years.
Okay, they’re not exactly classic but after the 2007 episode ‘Don’t Blink’ (featuring Carey Mulligan), they became a strong contender for favourite/most menacing bad guys.
There have been a few ‘Doctor Who’ spin offs, the most notable of which are:
Following Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) at an underground organisation protecting the world from aliens and the like based in Cardiff. Fun fact: Captain Jack Harkness became immortal when Rose brought him back to life using the power of the TARDIS and it is believed that he becomes the Face of Boe.
‘Sarah Jane Adventures’
A child-friendly show featuring the long-lasting companion Sarah Jane which, like ‘Torchwood’, was weaved into the ‘Doctor Who’ series on a few occasions.
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