"The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being who appears to be human. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. With various companions, the Doctor combats foes, works to save civilisations and helps people in need.
Beginning with William Hartnell, thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor, and in 2017 Jodie Whittaker became the first woman to play the role. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation, a plot device in which a Time Lord "transforms" into a new body when the current one is too badly harmed to heal normally. Each actor's portrayal is unique, but all represent stages in the life of the same character, and together, they form a single lifetime with a single narrative. The time-travelling feature of the plot means that different incarnations of the Doctor occasionally meet."
All the different doctors](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e9TpSq-dhQ)
doctor who reboot: season 2 episode 3
notable scene with doctor who's reflection on the relationship with his companions
dr who has a relationship with buddhism
from the tardis fandom wiki:
"Buddhists believed in reincarnation, specifically that they will be reborn over and over again until they are free from suffering and obtain Nirvana, what the Fifth Doctor felt to be close to during his regeneration. (AUDIO: Winter) The Eighth Doctor's companion Charley Pollard described this belief as being "very pagan." (AUDIO: The Natural History of Fear)
Marco Polo had a great deal of respect for Buddhist monks. At the Khan's court, he once saw Buddhist monks make cups of wine fly to the Khan's lips. In part because of this experience, Polo told Ian that they alone would have the wisdom to open and use the TARDIS, which he transported overland from the Roof of the World to Cathay. (TV: "The Roof of the World")
K'anpo Rimpoche became the abbot of a Buddhist meditation centre in England, and then later helped the Third Doctor regenerate. (TV: Planet of the Spiders) He had the ability to create a guarding projection of his future self before the regeneration process, the Fourth Doctor then was later able to do this too. (TV : Logopolis)
As a result of his experiences in UNIT, like the one with K'anpo Rimpoche, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart adopted Zen Buddhist practices. These helped him resist Vardan mind control as well as giving him a new perspective upon the Doctor and his role in the cosmic order (that is, as a Bodhisattva of Justice and Compassion). (PROSE: No Future, The Shadows of Avalon) Cousin Dysgenia was told that Zen Buddhism was actually an elaborate joke, the punchline to which was only visible from a specific spatiotemporal location. (PROSE: A Story of the Peace)" [..]
The Cave of the Thousand Buddhas was located close to Tun-Huang, and was famous enough that both Marco Polo and Barbara Wright, two Europeans separated by both geography and time, knew of it. (TV: "Five Hundred Eyes")
- Buddhism in Doctor Who: A Detailed Analysis. Z1R0, 19990610 http://homepages.bw.edu/~jcurtis/Z1R0_3.htm
- doctor whodism: how the doctor influenced the dharma. Jason Henninger. 20090401 https://www.tor.com/2009/04/01/april-foo-doctor-whodism-how-the-doctor-influenced-the-dharma/
- Doctor Who: Thoughts on the Show's Christian and Buddhist Imagery. Adi Tantimedh. 20201003 https://bleedingcool.com/tv/doctor-who-thoughts-on-the-shows-christian-and-buddhist-imagery/
- It was compassion that saved him. An analysis of buddhist themes in doctor who. maniac-fangirl on reddit. 2018 https://maniacwatchestheworld.tumblr.com/post/170314476558/it-was-compassion-that-saved-him-an-analysis-of