Spoilers are precisely defined here. Rules vary by the story's medium. Info from television stories can't be added here until after the top or bottom of the hour, British time, closest to the end credits roll on BBC One. Therefore, fans in the Americas who are sensitive to spoilers should avoid Tardis on Sundays until they've seen the episode.



You may be looking for the CD or the website "Who is Doctor Who?".

Who is Dr Who? was a two-page prose story published by World Distributors in September 1965.

It was the second short story to be published in the Doctor Who Annual 1966 and served as an introduction to the character of Dr Who; a character piece, it also gave a then-rare glimpse into his possible origins and possible future.


After Sir Isaac Newton came Dr Albert Einstein; after Einstein came Dr Who. Dr Who travels through Time and Space aboard a marvelous ship which defies comprehension, and acts young and energetic despite his aged appearance, as if the normal course of Time had passed him by; he looks and acts broadly like a human being, yet all that can be said for sure is that he originated on a planet in Earth's galaxy. Perhaps the Doctor himself has forgotten where he came from, or indeed what he was initially searching for when he set out for his odyssey — though he travels ever onwards, for there is the deep and always unsatisfied curiosity of the scientist in him, and an unquenchable love of all life and of its eternal struggle. Will the Doctor ever find what he's looking for?




  • While holding unquestioningly that Tardis (as it was then referred to) is Dr Who's invention, it acknowledged that the Doctor merely seemed human (one of the earliest explicit references to the peculiarity of the Doctor's species), and contained a veiled mention of the yet-unnamed Gallifrey with its mention that the Doctor had originated "on a planet in Earth's galaxy".
  • This stood in contrast to the story immediately before this one in the Annual, which called the Doctor an Earthman.