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About Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extra-terrestrial being and sole survivor of Gallifrey and The Last Great Time War. The Doctor has travelled space and time, battling evil for over 900 years in the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes, while working to save civilisations and help people in need.

The show is a significant part of British popular culture, and it has gained a cult following all over the world. It has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series. The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989 and since it was relaunched in 2005, has been produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. Doctor Who has also spawned numerous spin-offs, including comic books, films, novels, audio dramas, and the television series Torchwood (2006–2011), The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011), K-9 (2009–2010), and Class (2016), and has been the subject of many parodies and references in popular culture.

Thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation – a plot device where a Time Lord whose body is too badly harmed to heal normally, can instead recover by transforming into a ‘new’ body. Each actor's portrayal differs, but all represent stages in the life of the same character and form a single lifetime with a single narrative. The time-travelling feature of the plot means that different incarnations of the Doctor occasionally meet. The 13th Doctor is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who took on the role after Peter Capaldi's exit in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time".

Jump into your Tardis and head back through the regenerations! Explore a huge range of fantastic gift and homeware featuring all twelve legendary doctors. So what are you waiting for Time Lords? Get stuck into the exclusive Doctor Who shop.

About Star Editions

BBC Worldwide are delighted to be working with Star Editions for the manufacture and fulfilment of all items in the official Doctor Who online shop – under license with BBC Worldwide Ltd. Star Editions also operates the customer service centre for the Doctor Who Shop.

For a decade now, Star Editions has been sourcing the very best imagery from around the globe, and transforming it into stunning Stationery and Giftware collections. From Art Prints and Mugs, to Tote Bags, Magnets, Coasters and much more, Star Editions’ products adorn the shelves of high street stores up and down the country.

They pride themselves on producing personalised gifts to the highest quality, made to order and all proudly made and dispatched from their purpose-built studio and factory in Suffolk, England.

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