Doctor Who Season 1-7 DVD Box Set 39 Discs Collections
- Actors: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Billie Piper, John Barrowman
- Format: PAL
- Language English
- Region: 2
- Number of discs: 39
- Classification: 12
- Studio: 2 Entertain Video
- DVD Release Date: 17 July 2012
- Run Time: 3550 minutes
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people, and right wrongs.
The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production with a backdoor pilot in the form of a 1996 television film, the programme was relaunched in 2005, produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. The first series was produced by the BBC; series two and three had some development money contributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which was credited as a co-producer.Doctor Who also spawned spin-offs in multiple media, including Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, and a single pilot episode of K-9 and Company in 1981.
The Doctor has been principally played by eleven actors. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, whereby the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasion the various incarnations have even met one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character. The Doctor is currently portrayed by Matt Smith, who took up the role after David Tennant's final appearance in an episode broadcast on 1 January 2010.
A fifth series of the relaunched programme began on 3 April 2010, in which the Eleventh Doctor was accompanied by Amy Pond, portrayed by Karen Gillan, who was joined later in the series by fiancé (later husband) Rory Williams, played by Arthur Darvill. A sixth series began on 23 April 2011, with Darvill now appearing as a regular companion. The series was the first to incorporate a mid-series break, since Season 18 from 1980-81, as the series back then usually had a break during Christmas, with the final six episodes airing from 27 August.