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newmod
09-28-2006, 05:09 PM
One for all you Dr. Who fans, plus a little snippet of info about SG-1 and X-files

From msn.co.uk

Doctor Who has entered the record books as TV's longest-running sci-fi show.
The BBC (http://g.msn.co.uk/1ETGBEN0/124980.4?http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx?FORM=SRHBDY&q=BBC%20&&HL=keywordInt)series has been going for 43 years and 723 episodes.
Now it has earned a place in the latest edition of Guinness World Records (http://g.msn.co.uk/1ETGBEN0/124980.4?http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx?FORM=SRHBDY&q=Guinness%20World%20Records&&HL=keywordInt).
Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies said: "This achievement is all thanks to the remarkable production team who first created Doctor Who in 1963, and to the audience who have kept it alive for all these years.
The show began on November 23, 1963 with William Hartnell (http://g.msn.co.uk/1ETGBEN0/124980.4?http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx?FORM=SRHBDY&q=William%20Hartnell&&HL=keywordInt) starring as the first travelling Timelord.
After a 16-year absence, it returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston (http://g.msn.co.uk/1ETGBEN0/124980.4?http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx?FORM=SRHBDY&q=Christopher%20Eccleston&&HL=keywordInt) as the ninth Doctor. He was replaced after one series by David Tennant.
US series Stargate SG-1 holds the title of "longest-running science fiction show (consecutive)" in the Guinness book.
It launched in 1997 and has run for 203 episodes without a break.
The show knocked off previous record holder The X Files, which ran for 202 episodes.

RTH
09-28-2006, 06:48 PM
Holy cow -- I had no idea!

But are the new episodes the same without that cool, funky theme music? (they'd be stupid not to keep it...)

veinglory
09-28-2006, 07:11 PM
16 years isn't a "break"?

Lyra Jean
09-28-2006, 07:21 PM
X-Files is the best. All I have to get is season 9 and I'll have the entire series.

I saw a few of the Dr. Who episodes. The new ones. I'll probably get those on DVD sometime as well.

The truth is out there. Trust no one.

Evaine
09-29-2006, 12:39 AM
The new Dr Who theme music is very similar to the original (they did some mucking about with it in the 1980s which now sounds very dated).
I actually remember William Hartnell, from when I was very small, and I have seen every Doctor since. I'm now in lust with David Tennant, who is absolutely wonderful in the part.

Shadow_Ferret
09-29-2006, 12:44 AM
16 years isn't a "break"?

I would think so. That would be like bringing back Dragnet and saying, well, it's the longest running show because it started in 1952. Nevermind that 36 year hiatus.

Calla Lily
09-29-2006, 12:45 AM
Sci-Fi channel tomorrow night! Woo-hoo! The family has been warned not to mess with me for that hour. :D

ChaosTitan
09-29-2006, 12:51 AM
That would be like bringing back Dragnet

They did that a few years ago.

It starred Al Bundy.

:ROFL:

Shadow_Ferret
09-29-2006, 12:54 AM
They did that a few years ago.

It starred Al Bundy.

:ROFL:

Well, there you go. Somebody notify Guinness.

PinkUnicorn
01-27-2008, 01:18 PM
and just think... in a couple more years it'll it 50 years.


I've heard rumors that Tom Baker is making a return in at least one episode in season 5.... OMG! I so hope that is true... he is still the best doctor ever.

JimmyB27
01-29-2008, 06:34 PM
16 years isn't a "break"?
The 'without a break' refers to Stargate -


US series Stargate SG-1 holds the title of "longest-running science fiction show (consecutive)" in the Guinness book.
It launched in 1997 and has run for 203 episodes without a break.

Claudia Gray
01-29-2008, 07:56 PM
As a fan of "Guiding Light" -- which started on radio more than 70 years ago -- I look upon DW as a sprightly young whippersnapper of a show. ;)

MargueriteMing
01-30-2008, 08:05 AM
It's not duration, it's number of episodes. star trek and SG-1 pale in comparison to Dr Who. I mean, 200something, compared to 723??? They had like 500 episodes before the "break". Guinness should have known better.

Dr. Who: "I'm dangerous when I don't know what I'm doing." So is Guinness, sheesh. I wish they'd come out with the old series on DVD. What an accomplishment that would be, a lot of the early episodes were lost.

lpetrich
02-02-2008, 01:11 AM
Star Trek is no slouch; here are counts of all the TV-series episodes:

The Original Series: 79
The Animated Series: 22
The Next Generation: 178
Deep Space Nine: 176
Voyager: 172
Enterprise: 97

Total: 724

Star Trek movies: 10, with an additional one in production

Star Trek has been through 5 character ensembles so far, the Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer ones, which I've named after their commanding officers. This is perhaps paralleled in Dr. Who by the Doctor's regenerations and his numerous companions.

Both Star Trek and Dr. Who have been off-and-on; their first airings are:

Dr. Who: 23 November 1963
Star Trek: 8 September 1966



And various Stargate series:

SG-1: 214
Atlantis: 80

Total: 294

The Atlantis series is still running, and one called Universe will start later this year.

Compared to Star Trek and Dr. Who, Stargate started out rather late; the first Stargate episode aired on 27 July 1997

ChaosTitan
02-02-2008, 07:35 PM
I'm going to pop this one down to TV & Movies. Buckle up, folks. :)

PinkUnicorn
02-02-2008, 10:43 PM
I wish they'd come out with the old series on DVD. What an accomplishment that would be, a lot of the early episodes were lost.

The ones that are still in existance (as oppossed to the ones that got burned by the idiot strikers... just one more reason why I hate union strikes) are being brought out on DVD. Most of the Tom Baker ones are out already, and several Sylverster McCoy ones too. All the remaining William Hartnell ones are all ready out. A few Peter Davison ones are out. They are wicked expensive though: like $99 per set of 6 episodes, expensive.

Shadow_Ferret
02-03-2008, 12:41 AM
Most of the Tom Baker ones are out already, and several Sylverster McCoy ones too.
The Tom Baker ones are the only ones I find worthwhile. Everything else is like wanting to watch Star Trek with William Shatner and getting Enterprise instead. Totally unwatchable.

Evaine
02-03-2008, 04:30 PM
I don't know - I'm getting rather fond of Patrick Troughton now, and I hated him when I was a kid. It was the recorder playing and the silly hat that I didn't like, after hero-worshipping William Hartnell (and there are always Jamie's legs to look at - I'm sure this is the origin of my love of men in kilts!)

PinkUnicorn
02-06-2008, 02:45 PM
The Tom Baker ones are the only ones I find worthwhile. Everything else is like wanting to watch Star Trek with William Shatner and getting Enterprise instead. Totally unwatchable.


I so agree with the Star Trek vs Enterprise.... they are so not the same show. I love the Kirk-Spock-McCoy banter of the originals.


Tom Baker is my Doctor Who. :) I totally love him. Whenever anyone say Doctor Who, I automaticly think "Tom"; it's like none of the others ever existed. Weird, I know, cause I like all 10 of the Doctors, but when I started watching the show "Robot" was the first episode I saw... Tom's first episode, so I got to see every single one of the Tom Baker episodes at a very young age, and Tom just got branded into my brain as the one and only Doctor Who.

Strange thing is, I now find David Tennant almost interchangable with Tom Baker now. David acts an awful lot like Tom did, it's creepy.

MrWrite
02-10-2008, 10:12 PM
and just think... in a couple more years it'll it 50 years.


I've heard rumors that Tom Baker is making a return in at least one episode in season 5.... OMG! I so hope that is true... he is still the best doctor ever.

I couldn't agree more. As far as I'm concerned there will never be another actor like him playing the Doctor. He was so quirky and you could almost believe he WAS the Doctor. LOL.
For me the only actor playing him I couldn't stand was Colin Baker.