I Am The Doctor.

"Inspired by the excellent Alt James Bond TL I'm going to do the same with various actors in the role of the Time lord Including some of the original actors at different times. Here we go"

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"A very difficult man Here was this grand actor who suddenly found himself working in television and he wasn't happy about it. He didn't get on with many people except me. He extolled me to find something better. To be honest I'm glad I left. It wasn't because I hated being on the show but he just drove me mad"

(Julie Christie: Susan 1963-1964)

Looking back now it's amazing that Doctor Who made it beyond the first 2 years. "The French Era" is largely regarded by fans as 'the first dark age'. This is unfair. Yes French was the wrong choice for the time-lord (Christie preferred William Hartnell) but his performance was mesmerising it was just on TV which many actors of the time thought was beneath themselves.

Many of French's gripes were about the cheapness of the sets and the ludicrous (in his eyes) stories. Rumour has it that after "The Daleks" finished shooting French went to Verity Lambert and said "if you bring those fucking things back I'm leaving"

That sealed his fate. "Invasion: Earth" was the last story for both French and Christie with the Doctor regenerating after being fatally wounded by the Daleks and Susan staying with David.

As the second doctor left with Ian and Barbara it was felt that the show was done for....
 
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"A comic as Dr Who? I thought it was silly. Turns out I was the one who was silly"
Rosalind Knight (Barbara 1963-1965)

Pertwee's arrival as the Doctor was scorned by many in the media but his hitherto unseen dramatic ability soon won people over. His anti-establishment portrayal mixed with a slight goofiness saw the ratings shoot up. The era introduced many of the show's foundations including UNIT as well as the creation of the Master (Philip Madoc) in "The War Games"

Its rumoured that Pertwee wanted to stay for another season but the budgetary issues as the show went to colour prevented that.
 
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"Pat was an absolute sweetheart. So different from his portrayal"
(Gabrielle Drake Jo Grant 1971 to 1973)

If there was a "dark doctor" than it was Pat Troughton. The events of the War Games which saw the Master and his allies trap Gallifrey in a pocket dimension and injuring the Doctor triggering a regeneration. He managed to escape back to the TARDIS but the damage caused it to be stranded on Earth in 1970. The third Doctor was angry at being stranded and angry with the Master.

This caused run-ins with UNIT as well as his first companion Liz Shaw who left after the events of Inferno when the Doctor incandescent with rage over a failed attempt to repair the TARDIS had a temper tantrum

It took Jo's arrival to start to soften him up. He mellowed during the latter part of his exile and with the help of his previous selves defeated Omega and pulled Gallifrey back.

"The Final Game" in 1974 saw the Doctor defeat the Master by shooting him through both hearts and trapping him in his own TARDIS but at the price of his own regeneration.
 
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"Jim was a chameleon. He had everyone in hysterics when the cameras weren't rolling but the second the director called action he was the ultimate professional:
Myra Frances "Romana" 1977-78

The 4th Doctor was very much the opposite of the third.Jovial, relaxed and charming but ready to act at a moment's notice. In some ways a more analytical character then his predecessors 4 would be prepared to discuss more and did everything he could to avoid bloodshed and often resenting the fact people had died yet his final story was the complete opposite

"End Of Days" saw the Doctor lead a Gallifreyan assault team to travel back in time and wipe out the Daleks before their creation only to find that the Master (Geoffrey Beavers) had already equipped Davros with time lord technology. The Doctor was able to slow down the evolution but at the ultimate cost.
 

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"Poor Ian felt so ill at ease. He was a very private man and felt the press intrusion was too much. He decided 2 years was enough"

(Sarah Sutton "Nyssa" 1980-1981)

The 5th Doctor was very much the "alien". His mindset and attitude was off-putting and like the third caused friction with his allies. While he was still the same moral person underneath his ways of dealing with things were more direct and chaotic. Certainly the most violent of Doctors 5 thought nothing of destroying a Cyberman ship with liquid gold in "Vengeance on Various" or blowing up an nestene command centre in "Arise Autons"

Off screen Ogilvy resented the harassment that he received during the time. He was also criticised for the level of violence in the show. An incident where his son was questioned by The Sun newspaper was the last straw. 5's last adventure was "The Caves Of Androzani" where he sacrificed himself to save his companion Leila Brown (April Walker)
 
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"Colin and JNT would butt heads regularly. Some of the ideas that Turner came up with were ridiculous and Colin would say no way"

(Bonnie Langford "Mel" 1984-97)

The sixth doctor was a very reflective character. In many ways he was trying to atone for the behaviour of his previous self and that would be problematic. His 2 meetings with a now retired Lethbridge Stewart didn't have the same level of warmth and while they parted on better terms after the events of The Six Doctors (where six berated 3 and 5 for their attitudes) Six knew that it would be best if he stayed away from modern day Earth for a while.

In many ways the most charming and heroic of the Doctors Six would sacrifice his life to save the Galaxy from an attempt by the Master to detonate the Sun (Axilon)
 
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"Class, that's how I describe Mike"
(Sophie Alfred "Dorothy" 1985 to 1987)

The 7th Doctor was the most manipulative of all. On the surface he seemed to be a wide eyed innocent bungler but beneath the surface he was a master schemer. He could see that the universe was in more danger than ever before and that the evil had to be exposed and destroyed. To do that 7 would cajole and even extort people into doing his bidding.

This got the desired results but the cost was high. His last adventure "Survival" saw the climax to his antics. After seeing two friends die Dorothy would slap the Doctor and leave him. A shocked Doctor would leave Earth and start to travel in the TARDIS alone but an attack would cause his regeneration.

(RIP Michael Jayston)
 
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"He's a Man U fan so he's used to talking bollocks!'

(Jasper Carrott)

The 8th Doctor's time was one of revelations and epic confrontations. The attack on the TARDIS that triggered his regeneration was from Gallifrey itself. The events of "Lungbarrow" revealed much about the Doctor's past and brought to light a lot about the "deep state" of his home world. Along with Romana III (Angela Bruce) the Doctor embarked on a series of adventures which delved into Time lord history and how some of his people were prepared to sacrifice their world to keep power.

It took the combined power of all 8 doctors to bring the conspiracy to the surface in "The Dark Dimension" (*)with 8 laying down his life.

(The Dark Dimension was the 30th Anniversary Series consisting of 4 90 minute episodes)
 
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"I'd get people telling me they were jealous that I was working with Paul. Men and Women!

(Laura Howard "Sally Sparrow" 1993-1995)

The 9th Doctor was a lover of the universe. He took delight in what he saw would regularly extol the glories of time and space. His role in the early part of his incarnation was a freelance troubleshooter but as time went on he became aware of a darkness. That darkness was the Time War and at first he wanted no part of it and would stay away from it as much as possible but the inevitable happened. Following the death of Rose Tyler (played by Daniela Denby Ashe) in "A Good Man Goes To War" a seriously injured 8 would imbibe a potion created by the sisters of Karn alongside the Time-Lords to not just aid his regeneration but give him a new personality. The age of the Warrior was about to begin.
 
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"Not surprising the show won a BAFTA"

(Nicola Walker "Spandrel: 1997-2001)

Nine was a war machine. No hint of humanity, no compassion (except for insisting that the Time Lords protect Earth) even for fallen colleagues and in conflict with his superiors President Romana IV (Helen Mirren) and High Commander Maxil ( Don Warrington) the ninth doctor (even though he never called himself that) would lead strike after strike across time and space decimating Daleks.

His only constant companion was Chief Technical Officer Spandrel who would work on ever more intricate weapons to eliminate the Daleks.

Countless lives were lost and planets destroyed but still the war progressed. By the end of his incarnation the ninth was drained and damaged. The Daleks were approaching Gallifrey and the planet was doomed....But the ninth and Spandrel had a plan. In the final story (The Day Of The Doctor *) The Eye of Harmony itself was used to freeze Gallifrey and the Time lords in a single point in a pocket universe. The resulting explosion destroyed the Dalek fleet. Spandrel had sacrificed her life to trigger the Eye. The TARDIS was seriously damaged and transported itself to 19th Century Earth to repair itself while the Doctor regenerated...


( 90 minute movie on Christmas Day 2001)
 
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"Jim was a chameleon. He had everyone in hysterics when the cameras weren't rolling but the second the director called action he was the ultimate professional:
Myra Frances "Romana" 1977-78

The 4th Doctor was very much the opposite of the third.Jovial, relaxed and charming but ready to act at a moment's notice. In some ways a more analytical character then his predecessors 4 would be prepared to discuss more and did everything he could to avoid bloodshed and often resenting the fact people had died yet his final story was the complete opposite

"End Of Days" saw the Doctor lead a Gallifreyan assault team to travel back in time and wipe out the Daleks before their creation only to find that the Master (Geoffrey Beavers) had already equipped Davros with time lord technology. The Doctor was able to slow down the evolution but at the ultimate cost.

I would have loved to have seen Jim Dale as the Doctor in the 70s. I have never been Tom Baker's greatest admirer - although I do see his appeal to others, and there were some great stories in his era - but I have always loved the multitalented Jim Dale and feel he could have been great in a very different style, and that his 70s career could have benefitted from such a high profile role.
 
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"Not every actor can play 'hurt' Jim did it superbly

Joe Absolom (Sam) 2001-2003

The 10th Doctor was in pain. The trauma of his regeneration aged his new form and he was bereft after the events of the Time War. Landing in the town of Stockbridge in the 19th Century the Doctor was something of a recluse and drew the attention of locals. It was only after trainee baker Sam found what turned out to be a new form of Auton that caused the Doctor to break cover. Contacting the Nestene Consciousness the Doctor was able to persuade them that Earth at that time was not what they wanted and that any further attempts to invade would be met with force.

The truth was the Doctor was all bluster. He was traumatised by the war and sought to live out his remaining lives in peace. But Sam (and also Postmistress Mary played by Katherine Parkinson) wouldn't allow it. Slowly 10 was able to start recovery and took Sam and Mary under his wing showing the wonders of the universe. His regeneration was caused after Gallifrey was pulled back into normal space by the War Lords who sought to use Time Lord technology and the Doctor tried to stop them (Armistice)
 
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"Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor? It'll never work"

(Anonymous forum user)

If 10 was pain then 11 was anger. The newly regenerated Doctor didn't pull his punches. Standing in the Panopticon he berated what was left of The High Council. He told them that he had seen enough suffering and it had to stop.

The remains of the High Council agreed...and asked him to take the role of President (Romana had died). 11 accepted and made it clear he was determined to bring peace to the galaxy.

Alongside his new Chief of Staff Coa (Julia Swalha) and adviser Nardole (Sylvester McCoy) 11 negotiated a treaty with Earth and was able to heal the rift with Lethbridge Stewart.

The main concern was that the Daleks and their allies had stolen Timelord technology and were using it for their own ends. 11 battled this throughout his incarnation only falling when stopping a attempt by the human scientist John Lumic to create a Cyberman/Dalek lifeform (Hybrid)
 
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"Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor? It'll never work"

(Anonymous forum user)

If 10 was pain then 11 was anger. The newly regenerated Doctor didn't pull his punches. Standing in the Panopticon he berated what was left of The High Council. He told them that he had seen enough suffering and it had to stop.

The remains of the High Council agreed...and asked him to take the role of President (Romana had died). 11 accepted and made it clear he was determined to bring peace to the galaxy.

Alongside his new Chief of Staff Coa (Julia Swalha) and adviser Nardole (Sylvester McCoy) 11 negotiated a treaty with Earth and was able to heal the rift with Lethbridge Stewart.

The main concern was that the Daleks and their allies had stolen Timelord technology and were using it for their own ends. 11 battled this throughout his incarnation only falling when stopping a attempt by the human scientist John Lumic to create a Cyberman/Dalek lifeform (Hybrid)
Does the 11th Doctor have access to the Sofa of Reasonable Comfort?
 
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"Nepotism? Yep"

(Chris Chibnall)

The 12th Doctor was the most serene of all. Combining elements of his 9th and 11th Incarnations he sought to educate and awaken people. With the title of "President Emeritus" the 12 Doctor taught students at "Albion University" as well as being a UNIT consultant. Much of his time was spent trying to bridge the gap between Gallifrey and Earth as well as guiding students through personal and professional studies especially Mary Keeney (Aisling Bea) a brilliant but troubled woman.

Over the course of 12's incarnation there a problem with a group calling themselves "Purity" who sought an end to the treaty with Gallifey and the expulsion of all "undesirables". Purity had a group at Albion supposedly led by a man called Chilvers who turned out to be the Master (Christopher Eccleston) who was by now insane and sought to destroy not just Gallifrey but Earth as well. Setting a nuclear bomb in the engineering area of Albion the Master and the Doctor fought one more time with the Master. During the battle one of the plutonium canisters has been broken leading nuclear material being released. The Master was thrown over a barrier straight into a generator.

The Doctor escaped but had succumbed to radiation poisoning...
 
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