As I have stated earlier, my knowledge of the good Doctor is limited, my exposure to him moreso. I know that he is a Time Lord who regenerates into new bodies (actors). Originally he was an old man having historical adventures. Peter Cushing played him in a movie. It was a low-budget children's show originally.
I saw some of Tom Baker's run. For better or worse, he's my image of the Doctor. And I have some of the Marvel comics from that time. I know about the TARDIS and the Daleks. Wasn't there a robot-dog? And the Doctor always has an attractive companion!
Are there other Time Lords?
Does he work independently or is he someone's agent?
Does he remember his past incarnations? Has he ever been reunited with past companions?
Beyond regeneration, does he have any other special abilities?
I know he's never referred to as "Doctor Who", usually it's the Doctor but does he have a proper name?
Is he fully sane, mostly sane or somewhat sane?
And where would you start to watch him now?
Thanks to everyone for their imput, suggestions and good wishes!
It seems that the fourth Doctor holds a special place in everyone's hearts. I watched the clip with the Tenth Doctor. Tennant is a bit...intense, isn't he? But he was mesmerizing in Hamlet!
And Figs, with fourteen different Doctors, how can there be continuity?
So for the recent Doctors, is Tennant's a good place to begin or can each Doctor be viewed independently from the others?
Of course, they had not foreseen the days when people would be able to sit at home watching these things and poring over them minutely.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
It seems that the fourth Doctor holds a special place in everyone's hearts.
Well, Tom Baker's years were pretty much the height of the show's popularity (at least, during its original run). That was, IIRC, about when the show was first made available for US syndication. So for most US viewers, the Fourth Doctor was their first Doctor. And everyone remembers his first.
Speaking of The Doctor, it looks like this year's Christmas special will actually be airing on Christmas day here in the States.