^ That's what I meant.
The original show ran continously for 26 years. That's
the record setter. The current one has only been around for 8 years so far.
I don't suscribe to the theory that Doctor Who was merely 'rested' and then came back, old Doctor Who and new Doctor are two different series that happen to share a single continuity. No matter how long new Doctor Who goes for, it doesn't 'count' towards the original 26 year tally as part of a continous series any more than DS9, VOY and ENT count towards TNG's seven year run.
(Continuously running franchise
, that's a different matter.)