But which of the doctors – and some of his associates or enemies – have you seen in the city in years gone by?
Here are 13 reminders of visits to Wearside by some of the stars of the show.
We are hoping these photos bring back great memories.
If they do, get in touch and tell us more.
1. Tom Baker in 1977
Dr Who Tom Baker was the star attraction in a 1977 parade through Sunderland . Did you go and see him on parade with Santa?
2. Sylvester McCoy in 1990
Another of the famous doctors was Sylvester McCoy and here he is at Dame Dorothy Primary School in May 1990. Are you in the picture with him?
3. Pictured with the 'Tardis'
The Mayor of Sunderland Coun Barry Curran and Mayoress Carol Curran join youngsters Chloe Maw, Emily Smith and Luke Richie as they enter Dr Who's Tardis in Barnes Park to step back in time to 1915. Remember this from five years ago?
Photo: Tim Richardson
4. The Daleks!
There were some well-known feared characters stalking Sunderland's Winter Gardens at the Sci-fi Fair in 2012, and these youngsters got to meet them.
Photo: Picture by David Allan