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Favorite Doctor Who actors
Science Fiction has been a popular genre for a long time. One of the sci-fi shows that has stood the test of time is Doctor Who. It has spawned a few spin-offs, but none have come close to the fandom Doctor Who has gained world-wide. We have compiled our list of Top 5 Doctor Who portrayals.
We understand not all our audience are “Whovians” so here is a little back story on the BBC sci-fi phenomenon known as Doctor Who.
Doctor Who follows the adventures of the a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. This Time Lord goes by the name “The Doctor”. The Doctor fled from Gallifrey in a stolen Mark I Type 40 TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) time machine.
The TARDIS allows him to travel across both time and space. The TARDIS has a “chameleon circuit” which normally allows the machine to take on the appearance of local objects as a disguise. However, the Doctor’s TARDIS remains fixed as a blue British police box due to a malfunction in the chameleon circuit.
There have been multiple actors portraying The Doctor. To explain the new appearance of the Doctor the producers introduced the concept of regeneration. This process permits the recasting of the main character. They originally had to find a way to replace original star William Hartnell due to his poor health. The device has allowed for the recasting of the actor various times in the show’s history. It has also allowed the depiction of alternative Doctors either from the Doctor’s relative past or future. It has also started many debates on who the best actor to portray the wily Time Lord. The table below lists the actors that have been The Doctor in chronological order.
|William Hartnell||First Doctor||1963–66|
|Patrick Troughton||Second Doctor||1966–69|
|Jon Pertwee||Third Doctor||1970–74|
|Tom Baker||Fourth Doctor||1974–81|
|Peter Davison||Fifth Doctor||1982–84|
|Colin Baker||Sixth Doctor||1984–86|
|Sylvester McCoy||Seventh Doctor||1987–89|
|Paul McGann||Eighth Doctor||1996|
|Christopher Eccleston||Ninth Doctor||2005|
|David Tennant||Tenth Doctor||2005–10|
|Matt Smith||Eleventh Doctor||2010–13|
|Peter Capaldi||Twelfth Doctor||2014–|
In addition to those actors who have headlined the series, others have portrayed versions of the Doctor in guest roles. Notably, in 2013, John Hurt guest-starred as an unknown incarnation of the Doctor known as the War Doctor. He was retroactively inserted into the show’s fictional chronology between McGann and Eccleston’s Doctors. Another example is from the 1986 serial The Trial of a Time Lord, where Michael Jayston portrayed the Valeyard (an amalgamation of the darker sides of the Doctor’s nature) somewhere between his twelfth and final incarnation.
SAVE THE DATE! JULY 9, 2016 IS DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY!
PREVIEWS: What Is “Doctor Who Comics Day”?
Ricky Claydon: Doctor Who Comics Day is an annual event inspired by Titan’s Doctor Who comic books. It’s a chance for Whovians, comic readers, and retailers to unite for day of events and promotions to celebrate Doctor Who comics! Last year’s Doctor Who Comics Day tied-in with a five-part weekly crossover series by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards (Four Doctors — available as a trade collection now!), and saw Doctor Who fans get the chance to celebrate at over 2900 locations at comic stores, bookstores and libraries. Doctor Who Comics Day is now in its third year, and everyone at Titan is working really hard to make this year’s event even bigger with new comics, collections, signings and events across the globe!
PREVIEWS: When does this year’s event take place?
Ricky Claydon: This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 and will tie-in with a special five-issue Doctor Who event comic, starring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series, and featuring one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes — the Cybermen! These tragic cyborgs celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a series featuring as many different kinds of Cybermen as possible!
PREVIEWS: Can you tell us more about the event comic?
Ricky Claydon: It’s a five-part, bi-weekly adventure entitled Supremacy of the Cybermen, penned by George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) & Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings), with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Captain America & Hawkeye). As well as starring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, the series will also feature their comic companions — Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose (Billy Piper) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman)! The series features five connecting covers, with issue #1 including a number of variant covers to collect. Fans and Retailers can order both issue #1 and issue #2 from this month’s issue of PREVIEWS, and they can look for more details on issues #3, #4 and #5 in June’s edition of PREVIEWS.
New to this year, we’ll be running nine exclusive one-page teaser stories that will run in Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series in the two months prior to launch of the event comic. Dire things are happening to the Doctors up and down the timeline, and these bite size glimpses will tantalize fans until the main event! Stay tuned for more news.
PREVIEWS: What else is happening on Doctor Who Comics Day?
Ricky Claydon: In addition to various signings and events at comics stores, we’ll be releasing special Doctor Who Comics Day variants across our Doctor Who comics line and Doctor Who Comics Day merchandise — including a Titans Cyberman toy figure, T-Shirt and mug — only available from participating Direct Market comic stores! We’ll also have new hardback and trade paperback collections available featuring the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors.
Also, Titan will be supplying stores with a cool Doctor Who Comics Day event poster and freebies to give away on the day, and stores that sign-up to participate in the event will receive a downloadable pack with helpful ideas to celebrate the day — including tons of cool printables, quizzes, posters, and even reading group discussion materials; Doctor Who Comics Day is all about reaching out to the wider community of fans of all ages, so we make sure that our retailer partners are well stocked with things to help deepen fans’ love of comics.