One man with thirteen different faces. Familiar and foreign all at the same time. What is more intriguing than that?! We figured that the best way to kick of DW Week is to give you the run down of all 13 (yes, there are officially 13) incarnations of our beloved Doctor.
Back in the very beginning, the writers behind Doctor Who envisioned the show to be an educational television program that both young and old could enjoy. Although, what once started out as ‘educational’ quickly evolved into something immensely more magical.
The First Doctor:
Years in service: 1963-1966
Companions: Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Vicki, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet, Polly, and Ben Jackson
Best Known For: His silver locks, as he is the most geriatric of the incarnations, but don’t let that fool you. The First Doctor is cunning, brilliant, and has a keen noes for getting into trouble. He did steal the T.A.R.D.I.S. for Pete’s sake.
Villains: Daleks, The Meddling Monk, the War Machines, Cybermen, and Sensorites.
The Second Doctor:
Years of Service: 1966-1969
Companions: Polly, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot, the Brigadier, Sergeant Benton.
Best Known For: That annoying little recorder. Actually the Second Doctor is the first to reveal the Sonic Screwdriver, so we think that that’s pretty cool. He also liked to wear crazy hats and was often thought of as a ‘clown’ compared to the First Doctor’s persona.
Villains: Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors, The Great Intelligence, Ramon Salamander, crazy Time Lords, and Sontarans.
The Third Doctor:
Years of Service: 1970-1974
Companions: The Brigadier, Liz Shaw, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton, Captain Yates, Sarah Jane Smith
Best Known For: TARDIS-fixing, driving around in fast cars, teaming up with UNIT, and wearing very frilly garment worthy of Liberace. He was the first Doctor to team up with the two previous incarnations of the Doctor which was deemed hazardous since they’re crossing each other’s time-stream.
Villains: Daleks, Ice Warriors, Silurians, The Master, Sontarans, Autons, and the Sea Devils.
The Fourth Doctor:
Years of Service: 1974-1981
Companions: The Brigadier, Sergeant Benton, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leeta, K-9, Romana I, Romana II, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Best Known For: A wearer of long scarves and hats who had a fondness for jelly babies and jokes. He wasn’t a violent Doctor, but his jokes and gags did seem to undermine his opponents quite often. He’s one of the more ‘alien’ acting Doctors with his bugged-out glances and cold-nature, but audiences seemed to like him.
Villains: The Black Guardian, Zygons, Dvros, Sontarans, The Master, Cybermen, Daleks
The Fifth Doctor:
Years of Service: 1981-1984
Companions: The Brigadier, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Kamelion, Peri Brown
Best Known For: His kindhearted nature and fascination with all things science. He had a decorative piece of celery that he kept on his coat lapel that acted like a hazard detector and would turn purple if he ever came into contact with any gases that he was allergic to. Like the Third Doctor, the Fifth Doctor teamed up with all of his past selves to fight in the Death Zone on their home planet of Gallifrey. At the time, the Fifth Doctor was the youngest incarnation… I kinda think he looks like Cary Elwes
Villains: Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians, The Master, Davros, The Black Guardian, Terileptils, The Mara
The Sixth Doctor:
Years of Service: 1984-1986
Companions: Peri Brown and Mel Bush
Best Known For: Bright colored coats, suits, and clothing in general. The Sixth Doctor was definitely the “Joseph and the Technicolor Raincoat” of the bunch. He also had a very short fuse, was completely unpredictable, and pretty darn arrogant. He was the ONLY Doctor in the entire series to get the chameleon circuitry working.
Villains: Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, Sontarans, Borad of Karfel, Davros, Sil, The Rani, and The Valeyard.
The Seventh Doctor:
Years of Service: 1987-1989 , 1996
Companions: The Brigadier, Mel Bush, and Ace
Best Known For: He was almost never without his red-handled umbrella, iconic red question-marked sweater, and cane hat. Unlike his previous incarnation, the Seventh Doctor was much more down to Earth with his emotions and was actually ‘sweet.’ He was a big fan of making those who traveled with him “face their issues / fears.” As far as deaths go, his was the most abrupt when he just stepped out of his TARDIS and was shot by gang members… in San Francisco of all places.
Villains: Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, Davros, The Rani, Kandy man, and Haemovores
The Eighth Doctor:
Years of Service: 1996, 2013
Companions: Grace Holloway
Best Known For: If Doctor Who needed a poster child for some sort of romance novel, the Eighth Doctor would be it! After a rough regeneration, the Doctor became more open (or at least more open than his previous incarnations) about his childhood and life on Gallifrey and would chew-the-fat with just about anyone who wanted to know. He’s the first Doctor to kiss (like actually kiss, no pecking) his companion – Grace. This incarnation was the most “James Bond” of all of the Doctors. However, most of the Doctor’s time is a mysterious since he went off to fight in the Last Great Time War. He was the second doctor where even though the TV series ended he still had stories in both books/comics and audio recordings.
Villains: The Master
The War Doctor:
Years of Service: 2013
Best Known For: TBD (You’ll have to watch the BBC’s 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special)
Villains: The Daleks and himself.
The Ninth Doctor:
Years of Service: 2005
Companions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, and the beloved Captain Jack
Best Known For: It was all about his leather jacket and being the only survivor of the Last Great Time War… or so he thought. He was always saying “Fantastic” and saving Rose. Like the Eighth Doctor, number nine began to develop feelings for his companion (which truly came to light in Doctor number 10). He was goofy and intimidating all at the same time.
Villains: Autons, Daleks, and the Slitheen Family.
The Tenth Doctor:
Years of Service: 2005-2010, 2013
Companions: Rose Tyler, Donna Nobel, Mickey Smith, Captain Jack, Martha Jones, Wilfred Mott, and River Song
Best Known For: He was such a snappy dresser with his matching suit and brown overcoat. His feelings for Rose become more apparent during this incarnation and he even allows his (half-human) clone to go off and live happily ever after with her. He’s one of the strongest Doctors of the series and has a level head on his shoulders. In his adventures he actually managed to regrown his hand and have a daughter! Like most Doctors before him, his passing was due to self-sacrifice. I guess that’s the story of his life.
Villains: Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, Sontarans, Davros, the Ood, werewolves, the Family of Blood, Vashta Nerada, the Time Lords, and Weeping Angels
The Eleventh Doctor:
Years of Service: 2010-2013
Companions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, and Clara Oswald
Best Known For: His pranks and his rubbery-faced expressions. This doctor is a man of many layers and can go from completely goofy to scary in a matter of moments. He is the youngest incarnation of the doctor to-date and actually got married! His nemises have become more and more difficult to battle, especially the Great Intelligence and he has lost more ‘close’ companions than any doctor previously. As far as the most recent reboot of the series goes, the Eleventh Doctor is by far one of the most cherished as far as the fandom goes. His adventures are still going on but alas, this is the last year for this doctor.
Villains: The Daleks, Cybermen, The Great Intelligence, Silurians, Sontarans, the Ood, Weeping Angels, and the Silence.
The Twelfth Doctor:
Years of Service: late 2013 – TBD
Best Known For: We don’t really know anything about this doctor yet since he hasn’t “become” the Doctor.
We’ve got a few questions for you!
- Who is YOUR favorite Doctor?
- What is YOUR favorite Doctor Who Episode?
- Are you joining us for our Doctor Who Meetup next week?