The BBC’s long running serial, Doctor Who, is a massive cult hit around the world. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the title character as he explores the universe in a sentient time travelling space ship known as the T.A.R.D.I.S (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space). The T.A.R.D.I.S, as it is revealed, is broken and appears as a blue British police box, rather than a shape shifting ship that should be able to blend into it’s surroundings.
Doctor Who first aired in 1963 and ran until 1989. Early episodes are characterized by limited budget for special effects. In 1996 a television movie attempted to re-boot the Doctor Who franchise. Regrettably, it wasn’t until 2005 that the series was relaunched by Russell T Davies and was produced in house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. Since then, the series has won a number of accolades including British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, five consecutive (2005–10) awards at the National Television Awards and a nomination for Matt Smith (the most recent Doctor) for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor. In 2013, the Peabody Awards honoured Doctor Who with an Institutional Peabody “for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.” Amazingly, Doctor Who is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world and as the “most successful” science fiction series of all time!
There also have been many spoofs and cultural references of the character in other media. Appearances on the Simpsons being a prime example of the cultural impact of the series.