Doctor Who is a science fiction television programme. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lorda time travelling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his 'TARDIS', a time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.