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     Wednesday, May 17 2006 @ 10:58 PM EDT
    Greetings all--good to be here

    As a LONG time DW fan (first saw it at age 5 in 1975 on PBS), I was surprised to see the credits for a recent 9th Doctor episode. In the credits, it was shown as Doctor Who - Christopher Eccleston

    I always thought credits for the show and related ephemera made it clear that the characters name was "The Doctor" and not "Doctor Who"

    Has this always been this way and why would the BBC change it now?

    Adric

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     Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 01:17 AM EDT

    It's been corrected in the 2006 series with David Tennant, it is back to being listed as "The Doctor" again.

    Actually, the error goes way back through the history of the programme. John Nathan-Turner made sure it was corrected when he became the producer..

    The 2005 series (the 9th Doctor series) may have been simply a nod to the original classic episodes perhaps.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 09:23 AM EDT

    That is of course assuming it was an error. Certain fans have religious wars over this topic... And fuel is added to the fire with the real error in The War Machines, where the character is addressed as "Doctor Who" in dialog.

    In the classic series, the part has been credited as both "Doctor Who/Dr. Who" and "The Doctor". I have noticed that the new series includes a lot of elements from the classic series or the TV movie, that many fans complained about then, but now those are incorporated in such a way that either works, or is unobtrusive. Then again, many people just want good entertainment and don't really care about the credits or continuity or any of that sort of thing. But for hard core nit-picking fans, these are fun things to argue about. (In a nice manner of course.)

    Taras

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     Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 05:49 PM EDT
    I remember some of the battles among fans about Doctor Who versus the Doctor. Funny how something as simple as a name caan get fans riled up.

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     Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 06:36 PM EDT
    The BBC didn't just change it now, they changed it 24 years ago and then briefly changed it back for one story.

    For the first 18 seasons (Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, T. Baker) of the show the lead character was credited as Doctor Who. This changed at the start of Season 19 (1982) when Peter Davison took over the role and continued thought 1989 through the eras of C. Baker and McCoy. Paul McGann was credited as the Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie.

    With the new series it was changed back to Doctor Who and then back again.

    Mike

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