Doctor Who has a legacy amongst the geek community that few properties can match - an incredibly lengthy history, an enormously dedicated fanbase, and one of the most successful television shows of all-time. Still, there are some who simply aren't familiar with the series at all - and with such a complicated, far-reaching mythology, it can be a little daunting to know where to start. That's why we've put together a simple guide that will help you catch up with and understand Doctor Who in time for the upcoming special, The Day of the Doctor. Get ready to jump in - Geronimo!
1. What is Doctor Who?
Doctor Who is a show starring Hugh "Who" Laurie as Doctor Gregory "Who" Whouse, chief diagnostician at Tardis Memorial Hospital.
2. Who are the bad guys?
Trying to keep him in line is the hospital's chief administrator, Dr. Cuddy Dalek. Dalek and Doctor Whouse don't usually get along, but you can tell they have some serious chemistry. When these two are together on-screen, you could call this show Doctor WOO-HOO! (but you shouldn't because that's not the actual title)
3. Does Doctor Hugh have any help?
A big part of the world of Doctor Who is the Doctor's companions. He has several here - Chase, Foreman, and Cameron, all of whom travel with the Doctor as he travels through time (in the direction of "forward at the same rate as everyone else") and space (by moving around, walking, driving, etc.).
4. What's the show actually about?
The Doctor spends his days solving mysteries and keeping the world safe from all kinds of strange enemies (typically diseases). You may have heard his famous quote: "It's not allons-y!" (although true fans of the show will know that one time it WAS allons-y, aka 'lupus')
5. What's going to happen in The Day of the Doctor?