Doctor Who

Classic cult BBC TV show. It concerns the adventures of a renegade Time Lord exiled from the planet Gallifrey, who travels around the universe in his ship the TARDIS [Time And Relative Dimensions In Space], which froze in the form of a blue police telephone box in 1963.

The actors who have so far portrayed the Doctor in his nine[*] incarnations are, in order:

  • William Hartnell (1963-66) – Old Father Time
  • Patrick Troughton (1966-69) – the Chaplinesque tramp
  • Jon Pertwee (1970-74) – insufferable dandy
  • Tom Baker (1974-81) – scarf-sporting teddy boy
  • Peter Davison (1982-84) – crisp in cricket whites
  • Colin Baker (1984-86) – garish and ungregarious
  • Sylvester McCoy (1987-94) – the poison-dwarf
  • Paul McGann (1996) – the feature film: a new beginning
  • Richard E. Grant (2003) – animated audio production
  • Christopher Eccleston (2004-) – return to live action

[J. Standish, Doctor Who: XL Glorious Years, p. iii]

Is >Time-travel possible or impossible?
Can ten men [9 + 1] all be the same person?

[*] See >Zodiac.

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