Doctor what? Doctor huh? Oh! Doctor Who!

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Doctor Who
The time-traveling machine from Doctor Who.

Earlier in the week, Peter Capaldi was announced as Matt Smith’s replacement in Doctor Who, the longest running Sci-Fi program in history. But, okay, hold up! No need to exit out of your Internet browser just yet. This doctor isn’t your typical white coat, cold stethoscope-wearing guy. In fact, this doctor is a time traveling British dude that’s here to save the world from grueling monster attacks.

Since 1963 (yep, that’s right, 1963!), Doctor Who has gained an increasing fan base that tunes in every Saturday to catch The Doctor in action. You may be wondering how the show has managed to stay on the air for so long, but I assure you it’s not as difficult as you think.

After every two seasons or so, a new Doctor is chosen by the producer to continue the series. The Doctors, who are categorized by number instead of name ( like the 10th doctor, the 11th, etc.), are written off the show through a selection of deaths. After all, actors get older, and sometimes it’s good to get a fresh face playing The Doctor.

It’s kind of like how there’s always a new Batman and James Bond every now and then. What’s unique about Doctor Who‘s way of introducing new actors, though, is that they actually have a transformation during one of their episodes from the old actor to the new!

After The Doctor’s death, the new actor is introduced in the episode through a rebirth. Don’t worry, though, it’s not as gross as it sounds! There are no baby cries or pooping, but an intricate regeneration consisting of flashing beams and facial mutations that show the new Doctor coming back to life. As a full-grown adult, the new Doctor gets straight to the action, fighting off mobs of intergalactic aliens and monsters threatening the space-time continuum.

“Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Capaldi said in an interview with BBC. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight.” Whovians (the name given to fans of the series) around the world are just as excited to see Capaldi bring his own flare to the age-old role. Catch him as the new Doctor on “Doctor Who” airing on BBC America, September 1!

Images courtesy of BBC and Doctor Who Facebook.