Time travelling timeline of Doctor Who tropes

SciFiNow’s complete guide to the returning characters, plots and monsters

Starting with the paternal William Hartnell in 1963, Doctor Who became a television institution the world over before its cancellation in 1989 (with the death rattle of a 1996 TV movie). The series may have enjoyed a new lease of life in 2004 with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and now Matt Smith, but just how much has it really changed?

Marvel at how few recurring monsters Tom Baker‘s iconic run relied on, how dense the appearances of the Daleks and Cyberman are in certain periods, and how the end of David Tennant’s era seemed to build to a thrilling all-out conclusion with a complete ensemble.

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