Professor X was a BBC science fiction television series which ran from 1963 to 1989.

The show concerned a mysterious scientist who travelled through time and space inside a TASID, a ship which resembled a pillar box on the outside. (PROSE: No Future) Alice Lloyd told the Sixth Doctor that Professor X was always exploring dimensions similar to their own, including one where the Nazis won the Second World War and one where Kennedy wasn't assassinated. (AUDIO: The End of the Line)

The first ever episode of Professor X aired on BBC1, one Saturday in October 1963, at 5:15pm. (AUDIO: An Unearthly Woman) Nova told the Ninth Doctor that the show ran for 861 episodes and that she had watched them all with her father as a child. The Doctor told her that he had seen the show, or at least that he would one day see it. (AUDIO: Food Fight)

One of its most popular stories, produced during the 1960s, was Vault of the Cyborgs. (AUDIO: Klein's Story) The twelfth story of Series Three, entitled "The Rage of the Weylanni", introduced the Weylanni. Ellis Andrews did not consider it to be one of the series' better stories. (AUDIO: The Crooked Man) The show had a "missing" Christmas episode. (PROSE: Conundrum)

In 1976, the character was being played by Frankie Howerd. During that same year, Bernice Summerfield, apparently unfamiliar with this aspect of 20th century popular culture, encountered the Professor in his own fictional world inside the Mediasphere. Using his TASID, the Professor dropped her off in the real universe. Benny noticed his resemblance to the Seventh Doctor and appreciated the character all the more because of it. (PROSE: No Future)

Dave Young played a Cybertron in one of the final episodes of the series. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)

In May 1996, a Professor X movie premiered. A novel series called Professor X: The New Adventures also existed, for which Joel Mintz had written a submission. (PROSE: The Room With No Doors)

In the early 21st century, re-runs of Professor X were broadcast on UK Gold. (PROSE: The Deadstone Memorial)

Professor X was among the 20th century Earth television shows broadcast by Reef Station One in the New Earth Republic during the 101st century. Fans argued whether the latest incarnation of Professor X was the ninth or tenth. Monsters battled by the Professor included the XTerminators, Snow Vikings, whom debuted in The Snow Vikings, and Cybs. (PROSE: Synthespians™)


The series had merchandise based on it, (PROSE: Conundrum) which included fanzines. The show had overseas fans in such places as the United States. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad)

Ace's younger brother Liam McShane was a fan of the series. (AUDIO: The Rapture) Polly Wright watched the show sat on her sofa at the age of twenty-four. (PROSE: The Murder Game) The Seventh Doctor and Bernice Summerfield once watched an episode of the series. (PROSE: Question Mark Pyjamas)

American fans called themselves X-ians, while the British ones preferred to be known as the Professor X Appreciation Association, with Internet-based fan organisations. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)

Mark Bradley said that the technology found in the Forge Alpha Facility was "like something out of Professor X". (PROSE: Project: Valhalla)

Behind the scenes[]

The fictional series acts as a stand-in for Doctor Who series itself, as evident from the evidence listed above concerning similar running dates, characters and plotlines. This is similar to the relationship between Quatermass and Nightshade.

A similarly named stand-in is Doctor X, a 1950s television series mentioned in PROSE: In Search of Doctor X.

External links[]