Lifestyle | 21 June 2016Doctor Who: The Many Faces of a Time Lord Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Doctor Who can be a daunting series to get into. With over 800 episodes and more than 50 years of history and lore, its easy for any fledgling “whovian” to feel overwhelmed. In fact, over the decades, there have been thirteen actors that have played the titular Doctor, each with a different personality and series of adventures. But worry not. Using Who’s Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian’s Guide to Friends, Foes, Villains, Monsters, and Companions to the Good Doctor we’re going to give you a quick crash course on each face the doctor has worn, so you’ll be ready to board the TARDIS without fear. The First Doctor (William Hartnell, 1963-66) Initially mysterious, aloof, and somewhat dangerous (not to mention bad-tempered), the First Doctor was a well-dressed elderly individual with a preference for Edwardian style. While he was Uuick to anger and saw humans as somewhat inferior at times, his outward bluster hid a heart of gold, a passion for justice and a strong moral core, not to mention a well-veiled sense of humor. The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton, 1966-69) The second incarnation of the Doctor displayed a very different energy to what had come before. Seemingly a lighter, relaxed, witty, scruffier, bumbling individual, beneath was a clever, calculated, brave and strongly moral figure. The Third Doctor (John Pertwee, 1970-74) A more serious, dashing and aloof incarnation, the Third Doctor, exiled to Earth by the Time Lords for much of his life on Earth, was a more gadget-loving, paternal figure, with a general disregard for government bureaucrats. Working alongside UNIT as humanity faced one of its worst periods of alien aggression, not to mention the arrival of his arch-rival, the Master (see TIME LORDS), the Third Doctor was never short of action. The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker, 1974-81) Suffering almost no signs of post-regenerative stress, the Fourth Doctor strode in the TARDIS bedecked in his almost bohemian, scattered outfit (that changed over time) with his brimmed hat and long, long scarf. His time was defined by his gregariousness and laughter in the face of danger, and also by some of the most horrifying and nasty aliens imaginable. However, by the time this incarnation came to its end, the Time Lord was much more somber, sensing his time had come. The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson, 1982-84) The Fifth Doctor’s regeneration initially appeared to be failing, before stabilizing into a more youthful, subtle individual than the Doctor had been before. Dressed in Edwardian cricket garb and sporting a piece of celery on his lapel, the Fifth Doctor became a quieter force of nature, often facing many adversaries whose paths he’d crossed before. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker, 1984-86) Born out of the trauma of the violent regeneration on Androzani, the Sixth Doctor had, initially, a highly unstable personality, often openly resorting to force, and displaying an angry temperament and a lack of taste. However, in time, flashes of moral strength, humor and charm began to return to what was one of the Doctor’s most troubled incarnations. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy, 1987-89) Initially something of a lighter clown-like figure with a Panama hat, question-mark covered jumper and umbrella, the Seventh incarnation of the Doctor was destined to grow into a darker figure, an individual force that deliberately manipulated events and those around him, across the universe and throughout time itself. The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann, 1996) Younger than his previous regeneration, the Eighth Doctor was a romantic, trusting, wistful and lively incarnation, much younger and more handsome than his predecessor—but one about which we know very little. The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, 2005) Born out of hate and the vile bitterness of war, the Ninth Doctor was a very different man from his predecessors. After the difficult choices and terrible acts he had witnessed and participated in during the Time War, this version of the Time Lord was more somber, serious, intense, focused and reactive. Clad in leather with his usual style all but gone, and an accent like none of his forebears, this Doctor was obviously scarred by the loss of his people at his own hands. The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant, 2005-10) After the pensive and austere persona of his predecessor, the brighter and breezier Tenth incarnation had a joie de vivre unlike any former Doctors. His time in the TARDIS was marked by his love for words, specifically non-English phrases like “allons-y!” and “molto bene,” as well as an unusual romantic predilection for Earth women (Madame de Pompadour, Joan Redfern (see FRIENDS) and, of course, his companion Rose Tyler). The Tenth Doctor lived life to the full, although this never dissuaded him from dishing out justice where required. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith, 2010-13) The Tenth’s Doctor regeneration gave birth to an explosive start for his youthful sequel. His first moments saw him coming to terms with his new appearance (wondering if he was a girl and then being disappointed at not being ginger, again) as the TARDIS fell apart around him. But as the TARDIS careened toward Earth, he cried “Geronimo!, ” a word which sums up this incarnation—a man who would dive headfirst into any situation; brave, if a little silly; and his young looks belying great wisdom. This bow-tie loving, tweed-wearing, and odd-hat, aficionado caused such a stir throughout his travels, that he had to erase his name and reboot the universe. The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi, 2014-present) Older in appearance than his youthful-looking predecessor, this Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor had a tumultuous beginning which put him in the thick of it after the Eleventh Doctor’s time in the TARDIS. With a slightly more austere face and piercing gaze, the Gallifreyan’s experienced demeanor was a shock for Clara (not to mention the Doctor himself), but the odd couple soon got on with the business of saving the universe once more. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: The Who’s Who of Doctor Who is the must-have handbook exploring the dynamic cast of characters in Doctor Who over the past half century. Discover details about the intimate relationships between the characters, their loyalties, their betrayals, and of course how they collide with the good Doctor through time. With over 300 entries from companions and friends to aliens and villains, and loaded with photos from fifty years of Doctor Who, readers can learn about the Weeping Angels, River Song, the Master, and of course the dreaded Daleks. With text from Cameron K. McEwan, the creator of Blogtor Who and featuring artwork from the popular Doctor Who illustrator, Andrew Skilleter, this is essential reading for all Whovians. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.