Doctor Who has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful sci-fi series of all time, reports Variety.
The award was granted after Guiness examined statistics for longevity, broadcast ratings, DVD sales, book sales, iTunes traffic and, somehow, even “illegal downloads.”
“It is too good a show to have just one record,” said Guinness editor in chief Craig Glenday.
Showrunner Russell T. Davies accepted the award on behalf of Doctor Who creator Verity Lambert.
“I can hear a Comic-Con war breaking out there,” Davies said in reference to the longevity aspect of the award, since Stargate SG-1 is actually the longest ‘consecutive’ running sci-fi series.
Doctor Who premiered November 23, 1963.
In the UK, the next one hour special Doctor Who ‘The Waters of Mars’ will air in November 2009.
The US premiere date for ‘Waters of Mars’ has not yet been confirmed.