Before they were a Time Lord from Gallifrey, the Doctor was the Timeless Child, an alien foundling of unknown origin. This may be a reference to The Making of Doctor Who (1972), by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, which claims that the Doctor's true name is a string of Greek letters and mathematical symbols. [3] However, the child’s fate and how they became The Doctor were left unknown. When the accent of Eccleston's Doctor is clearly described as "Northern", he responds with the line "Lots of planets have a North." In the first serial, An Unearthly Child, two teachers from Coal Hill School in London, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, become intrigued by one of their pupils, Susan Foreman, who exhibits high intelligence and unusually advanced knowledge. The question of romance is sometimes sidestepped with plot devices in the spin-off media. In it, he tries to reconcile the continuity errors of the 1996 movie, while having the Eighth Doctor meet and interact with each of his previous selves, although the Eighth Doctor visited each incarnation one at a time rather than all eight of them appearing in the same place. The Doctor can apparently reverse this process, sharing their memory with another, as shown in "The Big Bang". In 2013 he returned to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special, playing a curator in the National Gallery and also appeared in the series in 2017 to finish a lost episode from 1979. [citation needed] The Time War happened between the 1996 television movie and 2005 opening episode "Rose" according to the show's internal chronology, although the events of past serials such as Genesis of the Daleks have been retroactively attributed to the Time War. In a 2001 poll conducted by Channel 4, the Doctor was ranked sixth on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. Never give in.". In the first season that he played the Doctor, he brought humour to the role but the character became increasingly dark in the second series. Starting with the 2005 revival, the Doctor carries the weight of a Time War between the Daleks and his people, the Time Lords, in which he believes himself responsible for the genocide of both races, in aid of the greater good, but this burden was lessened after "The Day of the Doctor" revealed that the Doctor's thirteen incarnations joined forces to save Gallifrey and create the illusion of its destruction. The last-but-one era of Doctor Who is ranked as one of the show's very best. Starting in the second half of series 7, the Eleventh Doctor reverted to wearing a frock coat, similar to those worn by his predecessors, with a waistcoat and black trousers, black braces, an off-white shirt, bow tie and brown boots. This is repeated by companion Peri Brown in the radio serial Slipback. Like many other alien species in the programme, the Doctor is able to sense when their own species is within proximity through an inherent telepathic connection. Through the course of his adventures, the Eleventh Doctor underwent significant personality shifts, becoming ever more ruthless when travelling alone; falling into a deep depression and inertia when his friends Amy and Rory were lost to him; and finally undergoing a manic change at the prospect that Clara Oswin Oswald was still alive. [citation needed] Despite this, there is a running joke about his character that the only piece of clothing he changes is his jumper, even when trying to "blend into" a historical era. [citation needed]. However, writer Steven Moffat has said, "He's lying. However The Doctor has a natural ability to regenerate an infinite number of times. [65] In 2007, David Tennant showed enthusiasm for the idea of a multi-Doctor story, but expressed doubts about the practicality of episodes involving multiple previous Doctors, given that three of the actors who played the character were deceased. With this group, he learns about the Celestial Toymaker and travels to his realm in a type 18 TARDIS with Deca members Rallon and Millennia, who are killed. Bearing the strain of his wartime actions, the Ninth Doctor deliberately tortures a lone Dalek he encounters ("Dalek"), despite its pleas to "have pity," stating coldly, "you never did." The Doctor decided to leave Gallifrey out of fear. In the Big Finish Productions audio play Orbis, the Eighth Doctor says that he has spent 600 years living on the planet Orbis since the previous play. The Fourth Doctor was awarded an honorary degree from St. Cedd's College, Cambridge in 1960. "The Parting of the Ways", featuring the Ninth Doctor's regeneration into the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) credits Tennant as "Doctor Who". Time Crash featured Peter Davison returning as the Fifth Doctor. It is possible to exceed this limit: in The Five Doctors the Time Lords offer the Master, who is inhabiting a Trakenite body after exhausting his original twelve regenerations, a new regeneration cycle as reward for his help and cooperation, and at some point during the Time War they resurrected him, with his new body having at least one regeneration of its own. Certain stories imply that the Time Lord is resistant to cold temperatures ("42"). While the Doctor's age has never been a known quantity, these numbers are the most difficult to reconcile with the rest of the series. Russell T Davies, writer/producer of the new series, stated in Doctor Who Magazine that he had no intention of showing the regeneration in the series, and that he believed the story of how the Eighth Doctor became the Ninth is best told in other media. In "The Doctor's Wife", when he tells Amy and Rory that he is redoing the TARDIS's guest room, they suggest, "Perhaps not bunk beds this time," and he does not understand why a married couple would not find bunk beds preferable to other furniture. The Virgin Missing Adventures novel Cold Fusion is a unique twist on the traditional multi-Doctor story as it focuses on the Fifth Doctor's adventures before he meets the Seventh, where normal stories treat the later Doctor as 'the' Doctor. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. This episode featured brief views of Gallifrey and the Time Lords on the last day of the Time War. The Second Doctor (Troughton), was the only Doctor whose regeneration was due to nothing more than a need to change his appearance. In "The Impossible Planet" (2006), the Doctor and Rose share an awkward moment when they have to consider settling down in one time period and Rose suggests they do so together. [11][12], References to the Doctor's family are rare in the programme. It was implied that he was a future incarnation of the Doctor revisiting "a few of the old favourites" of his past faces, and who had retired from adventuring and was now the curator of the National Gallery in London.[2]. Without one driving vision to maintain continuity, newer details may occasionally seem to contradict earlier ones. As a running gag, he exhibits attraction to unusual hats, like a fez, a pirate hat and a stetson, often only to have them destroyed by River Song shortly afterwards. Peter Capaldi offered his own theory regarding The Doctor’s real name, commenting "I don’t think human beings could even really say his name. Actor | Doctor Who Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who (2005). However, the same omission also appeared in the Second Doctor television story The Wheel in Space.