A Celebration of DR. WHO
1963-1989, 1996,
2005 - Present

"I'm The Doctor. I'm a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a Time Machine and ran away and I've been flouting the principle law of my own people ever since."
- The Eleventh Doctor



Confessions of a New Doctor Who Fan
The Doctors (Timeline: 1963-1989, 1996 and 2013)
  Classic Companions (1963-1989)
The Doctors (Timeline: 2005-Present)
  Modern Companions and Fellow Time Travelers
Almost Companions
Friends of The Doctor
Villains, Monsters and Evil Aliens
Review: An Adventure in Time and Space
The Doctor Who Wasn't: The Peter Cushing Movies

The Secret Vortex


"You know how it is; you put things off for a day and
next thing you know, it's a hundred years later."

- The Fifth Doctor

Acknowledgments: Many thanks to pals Derek Taylor Shayne and Bob Barnett for compiling several classic Doctor Who episodes for my instructional and educational needs, and to my pal Bob O'Brien for our fun "Doctor Saturdays" in which we discuss and debate everything, including the correct pronunciation of the name "River Song". (I say "River SONG", he says "RIVER Song". Yet somehow we're still friends). Extra kudos go to my coworker Felix F. for lending me several volumes of the Classic series, some of which I had never seen, other I had seen but now could listen to the commentary tracks.

     Additional inspiration, information and quotes used in this section come from several sources including, but not limited to: The Catchup Guide to Doctor Who, a wonderful and handy e-book available at Amazon, by Valerie Estelle Frankel; Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years by Marcus Hearn; The Writer's Tale by former show-runner and writer Russell T Davies and journalist and Doctor Who Magazine contributor Benjamin Cook (fascinating book!); the truly useful 1998 book Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker; interviews from all over the Internet, especially Digital Spy; online video clips featuring many of the stars of Doctor Who; and the seemingly endless Doctor Who "extras" on Amazon and on the DVDs. Oh, and thanks to Amazon for offering every "new" Doctor Who episode series 1 through 9 for free on Amazon Prime, which is how I got into the show in the first place. In addition, thanks to the BritBox service, which carries many complete Doctor Who episodes from 1963 to 1989, as well as tons of other British programming!

     Begrudgingly, I also thank BBC America for airing the show in America. Before I go on ranting about how badly they treat Doctor Who, I'll just say... nothing.   

     The Secret Vortex's Doctor Who section is loving dedicated to William Hartnell, pictured above - the "First" Doctor - the original, you might say. - John B.




"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect,
but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective point of view it is more like
a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...stuff."
- The Tenth Doctor