Although the classic British TV Show Doctor Who has been popular round the world, when Matt Smith became the 11th incarnation the viewing figures and demands for the show increased. The fact that every so often the main character changes person is one of the main reasons why people continue to watch it. It means that without changing anything especially about the show, the writers and producers are still able to inject new life into it to stop it becoming stale or boring.
There is also the fact that even though regeneration does not stop the Doctor being the Doctor, with every new incarnation there's a new temperament and personality; which is always fascinating to watch. Fans are always speculating about whether a new Doctor will be funny, tough, silly or just crazy.
The Doctor, although human looking, is very alien and has very alien principles and normally those kinds of traits stop people from connecting with characters; people still connect to the Doctor thanks to his companions. Since the very first series, the Doctor has never traveled in the TARDIS alone and while there have been alien companions occasionally, they have predominately been earthlings. People really enjoy the relationships that develop between the Doctor and whatever companion is accompanying him.
For instance, when David Tennant was the Doctor and Rose Tyler was his companion, they fell in love. Whereas, Amy Pond (Played by Karen Gillan) had more of a brother and sister relationship with Matt Smith’s Doctor. A new Doctor and new companion means that the dynamics change, without changing the show entirely.
It goes without saying that one of the other main reasons why people love Doctor Who so much is the fact that it is all about time travel. We all would love to be able to travel to our favorite times in history or to travel into the future so that we could peak at what’s in store for humans and the universe.
Obviously when the Doctor goes traveling into the future or the past, trouble is always around the corner. It’s interesting the way that the show switches and blends different genres depending on the storyline of an episode. Some are more action-orientated featuring the Doctor trying to reason with a bloodthirsty alien villain, without having to fight back; whereas other episodes are a lot more minimalist and often very cerebral.
Most people are familiar with Doctor Who, even if they don’t like it, and even though there are core components to the show’s formula that stay the same; the fact that many other parts are so flexible give it a lasting quality.
Any fan of sci-fi who hasn’t watched Doctor Who, should check it out – particularly if you love an incredible old man who doesn’t look like he ages, travelling around the universe, space and time with various companions fighting aliens and generally saving the day!