Category Archives: Doctor Who

Enumerating the Doctors

Since the recent goings on with which Doctor is which, and all the complications, I’ve put together a table to try to explain it. It might be wrong, but it is more for me than for anyone else.

And I think, as I’ve stumbled through this, I’ve finally got a handle on The Valeyard (more later).


Looks like
Doctor #
Known as
Played by
1 n/a willhart 1 The First Doctor William Hartnell
also Richard Hurndall and later David Bradley
n/a n/a cushing n/a Doctor Who Peter Cushing A human who created a time travel device called TARDIS. Non-canon, so I don’t even know why he’s listed here.
2 1 pattrou 2 The Second Doctor Patrick Troughton
3 2 jonpert 3 The Third Doctor Jon Pertwee
4 3 tombak 4 The Fourth Doctor Tom Baker
(A wax dummy)
5 4 petdav 5 The Fifth Doctor Peter Davison
6 5 colbak 6 The Sixth Doctor Colin Baker,Sylvester McCoy
7 6 sylmc 7 The Seventh Doctor Sylveter McCoy
8 7 paulmc 8 The Eighth Doctor Paul McGann
Now it goes a bit runny
Firstly we have the “Shalka” timeline…
9 8 shalka 9 (alt) “The Shalka Doctor” Richard E. Grant (Animated version)
Then the “Final Death” timeline
9 8 rowan 9 (alt) “The Nineth Doctor” Rowan Atkinson
10 9 withnail 10 (alt) “The Tenth Doctor” Richard E. Grant “The Conceited Doctor”
11 10 broadbent 11 (alt) “The Eleventh Doctor” Jim Broadbent “The Shy Doctor”
12 11 hgrant 12 (alt) “The Twelfth Doctor” Hugh Grant “The Quite Handsome Doctor”
13 12 lumley 13 (alt) “The Thirteenth Doctor” Joanna Lumley “The Female Doctor”
Meanwhile, back on the “real” timeline…
Looks like
Doctor #
Known as
Played by
9 8 johnhurt n/a The War Doctor John Hurt (Not actually The Doctor)
10 9 chrisecc 9 The Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston
11 10 davten 10 The Tenth Doctor David Tennant
11 11 davten 10 The Tenth Doctor David Tennant Vanity Regeneration
n/a n/a davten2 n/a Handy/John Smith David Tennant Human Meta-Crisis Doctor
12 12 matsmi 11 The Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith
Start of a new Regeneration cycle
13 13 petcap 12 The Twelveth Doctor Peter Capaldi
14 14 jodwhi 13 The Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker
Unknown “Doctors”
n/a n/a watcher n/a The Watcher Adrian Gibbs
n/a n/a curator n/a The Curator Tom Baker
n/a n/a micjay n/a The Valeyard Michael Jaystone an amalgamation of the Doctor’s darker sides from between his twelfth and final incarnations

Now, after all that number counting and trying to work out which numbers apply to which Doctors, if you go by my reckoning then the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) was still only the 12th incarnation, even though he was also the 12 regeneration. To quote The Master from “The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe“:

“There is some evil in all of us, Doctor – even you. The Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say you do not improve with age.”

As the “final incarnation” is far off in The Doctor’s personal timeline, the Valeyard problem has been untangled for now, but could surface in the future as a plot point.




Fake Doctor is Fake Fake Doctor?

In the final scene of The Day of The Doctor, there is a lineup of all 12 of the Doctors so far:


Clearly this shot features a lot of fakery and CGI, as three people on there are dead, five haven’t aged well, and one is a notorious curmudgeon. Only the three at the front are real: Hurt, Smith and Tennant.

Now apart from the effect looking absolutely awful (Paul McGann seems to have no neck, and Christopher Eccleston appears to have had his stretched), one of the fake shemps doesn’t even seem to have a real actor’s head.

To my knackered eyes, it looks like the fake Tom Baker is actually a fake fake Tom Baker, and is really the head from the Waxworks Dummy used in the Five Doctors publicity photos:


It is the sort of thing that Moffat would do.