A who's who of Doctor Who
Boxing Day's Doctor Who Christmas Special (8.30pm, Prime) heralds the start of an 11-month celebration of the TV timelord.
Since the programme first aired in Britain on November 23, 1963, 11 actors have portrayed The Doctor across more than 225 stories and nearly 800 episodes.
From January 6 until the end of November, UKTV will be playing one Doctor Who story each Sunday afternoon, with each month devoted to a different incarnation of the Tardis dweller.
William Hartnell's first-ever adventure, the four-part An Unearthly Child kicks things off at 4.15pm this Sunday, followed by The Aztecs (January 13), Dalek Invasion of Earth (January 20) and The War Machines (January 27). February features Patrick Troughton stories The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Dominators, The Mind Robber and The Seeds of Death, while March has Jon Pertwee in Spearhead from Space, The Dæmons, The Three Doctors and Death to the Daleks.
Tom Baker is April's Doctor as he tackles The Ark in Space, Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars, The Hand of Fear and Robots of Death, followed by Peter Davison's fifth Doctor and his travels in Kinda, Earthshock, Snakedance, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks and The Caves of Androzani.
Only seen once before on New Zealand television, Colin Baker's short tenure is showcased in Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos and Mark of the Rani, while The Hobbit star Sylvester McCoy's unique take on The Doctor is revealed in Paradise Towers, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, The Curse of Fenric and Survival.
After Paul McGann's one-off appearance in Doctor Who: The Movie, then it's on to the 21st century and Christopher Eccelston tales Rose, Aliens of London/World War III, Dalek, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Popular Doc David Tennant features in School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Blink, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, before Matt Smith signs off the season in The Eleventh Hour, Time of Angels/Flesh & Stone, Amy's Choice, Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan.
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