A Companion to the Doctors

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Eleventh Doctor

Of all the stories around the Eleventh Doctor and the reason he is the way he is, the most telling detail lies in the way Matt Smith, the actor who plays him, was first considered for the role.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Tenth Doctor

If you had to arrange the 11 Doctors in order of how old they appear to be in human terms, where would the Tenth go? Certainly the dignified First and haughty Third are at one extreme, with the Sixth and Eleventh not far behind, and at ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Ninth Doctor

When we meet the Ninth Doctor, he is a man of mystery. We don’t know about the war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, when the regeneration between the Eighth Doctor and the Ninth happened, or whether there was another, extra ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Eighth Doctor

Assuming we can only take what happens on the TV screen as canon, the Eighth Doctor is defined as much by his absence as his presence. He only appears once, in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, the script of which takes a few liberties with ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Seventh Doctor

One of the most interesting things that Doctor Who sometimes does with its lead actors is to take a performer that is principally known for comedic roles, then make them act against type.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Sixth Doctor

For a huge variety of reasons that it’s probably best not to linger on here, the years during which Colin Baker played the irascible Sixth Doctor were not uniformly happy ones for his character or for Doctor Who.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Fifth Doctor

For fans of Doctor Who, a regeneration is always a tricky time. You’ve spent the preceding years bonding with this guy, becoming accustomed to his face, enjoying his little quirks and habits, only to discover that he is now dead, ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Fourth Doctor

One of the most appealing aspects of Doctor Who is that the reality created within the show is conceptually strong enough to handle the replacement of every single actor in it. This means that fandom and appreciation can be comfortably ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Third Doctor

Having weathered the storm of one lead actor leaving the show, the announcement in 1969 that Patrick Troughton was handing back his keys to the TARDIS was less stressful than it might have been. Mind you, the revelation that he was to ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Second Doctor

Before we get into the complexities of the Second Doctor as a character, let’s pause a moment to consider the dilemma on the hands of Doctor Who‘s producers in 1966, when it became clear that William Hartnell, the lead actor ...