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Here’s a starter fact for you: Doctor Who is the greatest science fiction show in TV history. Forget Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. They all bow down to the Time Lord who spends his time and energy traversing human history in an attempt to keep humanity moving forward. As the self-sworn protector of our little backwater species, the Doctor has spent fifty years swooping through the events that have defined us. Throughout five decades of heroism, though, a few facts may have slipped past even the most ardent fan of the show. So here are some things you may not know about the great Doctor Who.

1. It’s Always Doctor, Never Dr.

Don’t ever refer to the Doctor as “Dr.” in print. Not only does it make you look like a total sci-fi newb, but the man flying the TARDIS isn’t a graduate of med school. His name is Doctor. So to refer to him as “Dr.” is actually inaccurate (something that the Doctor himself would find very irksome).

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