Who’s Who?

By Caroline Carpenter
Times-News correspondent

1st Doctor William Hartnell / photo courtesy of bbc.co.uk

   1st Doctor
“Our destiny is in the stars, so let’s go and search for it!”
The 1st Doctor is portrayed by Mr. William Hartnell. This original Doctor came across as a grouchy old man, but tends to diminish that reputation throughout the series. He displays childish delight, humorous charm, and a great deal of mischief during his many adventures through time and space. His notable companions would be Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicki, Polly, Steven Taylor, Dodo Chaplet and Ben Jackson.

2nd Doctor
“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.”
The 2nd Doctor is played by Patrick Troughton. A stubborn and stern man, the second Doctor is known throughout the series for being playful, eccentric, and having hearts of gold. The second Doctor was also the first Doctor to be seen with a sonic screwdriver. Some notable companions of his were Polly, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield, and Zoe Heriot.

3rd Doctor
“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.”
The 3rd Doctor is played by Jon Pertwee. The third Doctor was a dashing fellow with an affinity for gadgets and a love for unusual forms of transport. He was always a man with a plan, even at the most troubling times. His notable companions are Liz Shaw, Jo Grant, and Sarah Jane Smith.

4TH Doctor
“First things first, but not necessarily in that order.”
The 4th Doctor is portrayed by Tom Baker. The fourth Doctor is known for his clownish nature (perhaps because of his large curly hair) and his ability to dish out jokes on the spot. He was always full of ideas and surprises, and was known for his excitement in venturing into the next dangerous situation. Notable companions of his include Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, Romana, and Adric.

5TH Doctor

   “Dreams are important…never underestimate them.”
The 5th Doctor is played by Mr.Peter Davidson. The youngest Doctor up to date, he came across as a young, vibrant adventurer (which he proved to be through the series). This Doctor wore his heart on his sleeve and didn’t try to hide his emotions, unlike the previous Doctors. His notable companions were Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, and Peri Brown.

6TH Doctor

   “Rest is for the weary, sleep is for the dead. I feel like a hungry man eager for the feast!”
The 6th Doctor is played by Colin Baker. The sixth Doctor was loud, explosive, and downright impossible to ignore. He is considered the most unpredictable and unstable of all the Doctors. His memorable companions included Peri Brown and Melanie Bush.

7TH Doctor

   “Every great decision creates ripples. Like a huge boulder dropping in a lake.”
The 7th Doctor was portrayed by Sylvester McCoy. The seventh Doctor was the polar opposite of the sixth. He had a great joy for life and wanted others to experience the wonders of the world. He was sweet, quiet, loving, but just as genius as the rest of the Doctors. His notable companions were Melanie Bush and Dorothy McShane.

8TH Doctor

   “In the fight for survival, there are no rules.”
The 8th Doctor is played by actor Paul McGann. The eighth Doctor is known for being effortlessly romantic and charming. He was always open to telling about his past, or about the future, but so little is actually known about him. He only had one actual companion, and for one episode only. The companion was Grace Holloway.

9TH Doctor

   “Before I go, I just want to tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”
The 9th Doctor was the first Doctor after the series new revival in 2005. He was played by a Mr. Christopher Eccleston. The 9th Doctor survived the Time War and continued to fight evil antebellum. He was independent and exceedingly courageous. His note-worthy companions included Adam Mitchell, Rose Tyler (who he had quite a soft spot for), and Jack Harness.

10TH Doctor

   “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.”
The 10th Doctor was played by the all-too-wonderful David Tennant. The tenth Doctor was the foil to his processor. He approached every new endeavor with a childlike sense of excitement and glee. He had the most human-like relationships with his companions compared to the proceeding Doctors. He’s one of the most popular Doctors because of his outgoing nature and his desire to save everyone. Notable companions of his include Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Jack Harness.

11TH Doctor

   “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes—very rarely—impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
The 11th Doctor is played by the young and endearing Matt Smith. The 11th Doctor is portrayed as a brash and lively man. He is the most awkward and youthful of all the Doctors, but also has a serious side. He is known for keeping secrets from his companions. The 11th Doctor is often associated with wearing a fez, and craving fish fingers and custard.

12TH Doctor

   The 12th Doctor will be played by Peter Capaldi, following Matt Smith’s departure in the upcoming 2013 Christmas Special.

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