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18 July 2012

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When I was at school I watched Doctor Who. When I worked I discussed Doctor Who episodes each morning with the guys and gals at the office. Now that I am so much bloody older I am still addicted to Doctor Who. Yes I have been following it for around 50 years and will continue to do so. At this stage I have 146 Dr Who DVD's and all of the two spin off's Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. I think that is great. You may not, but then again you would not be on this page if you did not like Doctor Who.
The Doctor is around 900 to over a thousand years old, but no one including himself or the various writers really knows. There have been so many contradictory statements it is a mystery to anyone, including the Time Lord from Gallifrey who jumps back and forth from the beginning to the end of Time. 
The 1st Doctor
William Hartnell 1908 - 1975 (137 episodes) He was the oldest and the first Doctor, starting the role when he was 55.
The 2nd Doctor
Patrick Troughton 1920 - 1987 (128 episodes) who played the second Doctor spent a lot of time hugging the close friend and companion Jamie McCrimmon played by the lovely Frazer Hines (117 episodes) who looked oh so cute in a kilt. Patrick played in around 172 TV shows but I only remember his Doctor.
The 3rd Doctor
Jon Pertwee 1919 - 1996 -(130 episodes) A great Doctor, but although he made about 64 films etc. there was nothing that memorable.
The 4th Doctor
Tom Baker 1934 - (173 episodes) and Matthew Waterhouse (44 episodes) as the incredibly cute Adric. He may not, as some have said, have been the greatest of actors but he became an iconic figure in his own right. I have even met boys named after him i.e. Adric..
Tom Baker has popped up all over the place in mainly 72 TV roles including Little Britain, but my most memorable was in the Pier Paolo Pasolini 1972 masterpiece The Canterbury Tales.
The 5th Doctor
Peter Davison born Peter Moffett in 1951 ( 70 episodes) and Matthew Waterhouse who carried over as a companion to two doctors. Peter Davison's daughter Georgia Moffett played Doctor Who's Daughter in an episode with David Tennant whom she then married. As they say a Doctor's daughter played a Doctors daughter and became a Doctor's wife. Peter has had around 63 TV roles. He was well known for playing the vet Tristan Farnon in the huge TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small'
Peter Davison in another Sci-Fi series 'The Tomorrow People' in 1975. It was about a bunch of telepathic teens and made some years before he took on Doctor Who.
The 6th Doctor
Colin Baker born 1943 (35 episodes). Colin has played about 70 roles including appearances in Stephen Fry's 'Kingdom' and 'The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones'
The 7th Doctor
Sylvester McCoy born 1943 (42 episodes). On the end is a rehearsal for the regeneration into the 8th Doctor. Sylvester has appeared in56 titles and will be a Wizard in the new 'Hobbit' films'
The 8th Doctor
Paul McGann born 1959, had the distinction of being the longest current Doctor although he made only one appearance in a TV movie in 1996 before it was shelved by the Americans for almost ten years until the BBC got it back and the next Doctor took over. He has been in 74 titles and many of them are notable films and series.
The 9th Doctor
In 2005 The Doctor returned with a much bigger budget and wonderful cast and scripts. So many very great actors now wanted to be a part of the show.

Christopher Eccleston born 1964 with Tardis and kissing Captain Jack Harkness - John Barrowman
Christopher Eccleston and Naoko Mori as John and Yoko from the film 'Naked Lennon'. Naoko played Toshiko Sato in the Doctor Who spin-off "Torchwood'. Christopher has been in 59 films and TV shows and and won several awards including an Emmy.
 The 10th Doctor
Everyone kisses John Barrowman.
David Tennant born 1971 is a brilliant actor with several awards including a BAFTA under his belt and apart from all his Doctor Who episodes I have him in a dozen other DVD's including 'Hamlet, Bright Young Things, Casanova, The Chatterley Affair, Einstein and Eddington, Extras-The Special, Fright Night, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, L.A. Without a Map, The Quatermass Experiment, St Trinian's 2: The Legend of  Fritton's Gold and Taking over the Asylum'. If one need any assurance of his talent you should look at his impromptu frenetic audition for 'Taking Over Then Asylum' when he was 22 and it is on the DVD.
The 11th Doctor
Matt Smith has played several great roles I have on DVD including the gay writer Christopher Isherwood (think Cabaret) in the wonderful film 'Christopher and His Kind' and the incestuous son in 'Womb'

The Extra Doctor
There were also a couple of movies with Peter Cushing as the Doctor battling the Daleks in 1965 and 1966.
Two Memorable Characters Who Will Be Remembered.
Nicholas Courtney
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart played by Nicholas Courtney appeared in Doctor Who in 107 episodes between 1965 and 1989 and then again as a retired and knighted army officer in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008.
Elizabeth Sladen
Elizabeth Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith from 1973 to 1983 (81 episodes) and then returned to the Character in 4 episodes of Doctor Who from 2006 to 2010 and the Sarah Jane Adventures for 53 episodes from 2007 to 2011. She took on a constructed genius son Luke Smith played by Tommy knight (42 episodes)  who played as well in 3 episodes of Doctor Who in 2008 and 2010.

Now the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

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