Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy a.k.a. the Seventh Doctor

Sylvester McCoy, Doctor Who‘s Seventh Doctor (four Doctors behind Matt Smith), turns 67 today. He played the role from 1987 to 1989, but he also made an appearance at the beginning of the 1996 movie that introduced the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann). Mr. McCoy’s Timelord was known for his Panama hat and his question mark-shaped umbrella. He is one of the two Scottish actors to play the Doctor (alongside David Tennant).

Here’s the regeneration scene from the Sixth Doctor to the Seventh Doctor. McCoy plays both roles because Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor) refused to take part in the scene. The curly blond wig is absolutely ace:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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