60 years of Doctor Who history

Doctor Who has existed in some form or another for 60 years now, changing with each new actor, showrunner, and writer. To honor this spectacular series, check out the history of how it has evolved over time.

Peter Capaldi And New Doctor Who Companion Pearl Mackie Pose In Costume With The Tardis And A Huge
Peter Capaldi And New Doctor Who Companion Pearl Mackie Pose In Costume With The Tardis And A Huge / Tim P. Whitby/GettyImages
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In 2006, Doctor Who received the Guinness World Record for the longest-running sci-fi series. By 2009, it was named the most successful sci-fi series as well. But where did it all start?

Most fans are aware that this is the series's 60th anniversary, which prompted special episodes, audiobooks, and celebrations. However, the history of Doctor Who is occasionally as obscure as the Time Lord's name. There are rumors about how different elements emerged, but few fans know all the details.

While there is certainly too much to cover in its entirety, this article details the most important moments in the show's history and how they came to be.