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The Doctor Who's Who: A Guide To The Time Lord's Incarnations Through The Years
The Doctors profiled, vote for your favourite companion and the best episodes to watch

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The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton, 1966-1969)

PATRICK TROUGHTON
THE WAYWARD TRAMP

 

The second portrayal of the Doctor couldn't be more different from his predecessor, something that has frequently been a trademark of the series. Younger, twinklier, funnier and definitely more musical (he liked to play the recorder), he was also warmer and a bit of a bumbler. At the same time, however, he was deeper and darker, a side he usually kept hidden from the companions as he made he his plans. That more dangerous streak to the Doctor is something carries through many regenerations since. He once more encountered the Daleks and the Cybermen, but also had clashes with an abominable snowman (it turned out to be a robo-Yeti), the Great Intelligence (as returned in the Matt Smith era) and the Ice Warriors (another lot who would pop back up again in Smith's time). His most notable tussle was with the War Chief, a Time Lord who had been planning to conquer the galaxy. Unable to defeat the War Chief alone, the Doctor asked the Time Lords for help, leading to his own capture. His companions were banished and he was forced to regenerate once more and exiled to Earth.
 


COMPANIONS

Ben and Polly remained from his first incarnation, and he was later joined by 18th century Scots warrior Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines), scientist's daughter Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), 21st century scientist Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury) and one of the longest-running occasional accomplices, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stuart (Nicholas Courtney), a commander in the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, or UNIT. It was later known as the Unified Intelligence Taskforce.
 

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FIVE EPISODES TO WATCH

1 Tomb Of The Cybermen
Currently the earliest Second Doctor story known to exist (thanks, Beeb!) and the third outing for the Cybermen. This one introduces a lot of the core Cyber-elements, including the Cyber Controller and the virus-spreading Cybermat robo-insects.

2 The Mind Robber
An emergency forces the Doctor to pull himself, Jamie and Zoe out of reality itself and into a strange white void. They later end up in a land of fiction and must make good their escape.

3 The Invasion
With the TARDIS in need of repair, the Doctor arrives on Earth and is immediately flung into an investigation of a mysterious company, International Electromatics, eventually revealed as a front for an invasion of Earth by the Cybermen.

4 The Seeds Of Death
Hardly the best of the Doctor's adventures, but this is one of the few Second Doctor stories to survive the Great Tape Cull. The Ice Warriors are using a new matter transportation system to spread oxygen-sucking fungus so they can take over. Naturally, the Doctor must stop them…

5 The War Games
The Time Lords get their first proper introduction by name here, in the story where the Doctor tangles with the War Chief. In one of the darkest endings to a Who run, the final episode sees the Doctor forcibly regenerated into Jon Pertwee.

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I might be missing something but shouldn't John Hurt be on the list as the 9th Doctor? More

Posted by CaptainAwesome on Thursday November 28, 2013, 13:53

2 This was great...
...although I guess **SPOILERS** (sort of) you'll have to re-arrange the numerical order now - and although it was a one-off, I would consider Sally Sparrow to be a companion, and definitely one of my favourites - such a shame that now Carey Mulligan has made it SO big, we're unlikely to see her reprise the role... well, not until the 2025 Children In Need special anyway More

Posted by christofurr on Monday November 25, 2013, 15:41

3 RE: Missed one
L: Morehumanthanhuman I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. Peter Cushing played A Doctor, not THE Doctor. And he only did it for 2 TV movies. While the two movies, Doctor Who and the Daleks, and Doctor Who: Daleks Invasion Earth were based on the television series, they are not considered as canon within the main, TV universe. Cushing's Doctor was a human inventor, not a Time Lord. He also invented and built his Tardis, rather then it being the product of Time Lord science. The characters name was also Doctor Who. Who being used as the family/surname, rather then just the title of The Doctor. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday November 25, 2013, 00:05

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livapr99. There WAS A Christmas Carol for the Doctor. It was called a Christmas Carol and aired on Christmas Day 2010 More

Posted by PaoloCorleone on Sunday November 24, 2013, 20:58

5 Missed one
I'm not a massive Dr Who fan, but I fail to see why Paul Mcgann gets a mention as the 8th doctor and yet Peter Cushing played the character several times never gets a mention. I loved those films as a kid getting constant repeats during the summer holidays. More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman on Sunday November 24, 2013, 13:39

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Nice handy article :) Also concur that The Girl In The Fireplace and Blink should be in the mix. Still don't understand why Moffatt's more intellectual approach to story-telling is often viewed negatively - beats the dumbed down approach of RTD's run (The Big Red Button Era). I would disagree with the comment on the 10ths Master - Jacobi was fantastic, Simms was pantomime dreadful! RTD's period was often camp, but Simm's Master was better suited to Adam West's Batman. Shame, as he is a great actor usually. More

Posted by sirvolkar on Sunday November 24, 2013, 11:54

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until I saw the bank draft that said $8966, I be certain ...that...my father in law woz like they say truley bringing in money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there neighbour has done this less than seventeen months and resently paid the dept on there mini mansion and bought a gorgeous Porsche 911. I went here,...JUMP85.COM More

Posted by RachelMcCarter9012 on Sunday November 24, 2013, 02:53

8 Love the article. But...
...it's DEREK Jacobi. Not David. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 on Friday November 22, 2013, 20:36

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What about 'A Christmas Carol' for the Eleventh Doctor? Overall, though, a good article. More

Posted by livapr99 on Friday November 22, 2013, 18:25

10 Where's K-9?
You forgot the snooty dog thing. Both of them. More

Posted by Sean Alexander on Friday November 22, 2013, 17:23

11 Great Article
Fantastic piece this. Genesis of the Daleks from the Tom Baker era has to be my favourite Doctor Who story, even though I am a huge fan of the modern era shows. Despite the still somewhat wonky sets, Genesis was the first thing on television that showed me that a TV series could have real dramatic depth and still be entertaining. His moral anguish when on the brink of committing genocide is brilliantly played by Tom Baker, off an excellent script. More

Posted by Topper_Harley on Friday November 22, 2013, 00:48

12 Probably one of the best articles you've written for a while...
But I agree with the others. Girl in the Fireplace and Blink defiantely needed to be on the list for the 10th, and A Good Man Goes to War and Vincent defiantely for the 11th. More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday November 21, 2013, 21:36

13 Great list but....
Great list but for me Girl in the Fireplace & Vincent and the Doctor are 2 of my favourites. Blink is a great episode too and well deserved to be on the list. More

Posted by casheliser on Thursday November 21, 2013, 20:19

14 Amazing Feature
But for the 11th Doctor, I feel "A Good Man Goes To War" should included. It perfectly shows eleven's wit and his amazing sense of showmanship, as well as his wrath. Best 11 episode in my opinion. More

Posted by tommyinglis on Thursday November 21, 2013, 19:23

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Awesome list but there's an episode missing from Tennant's run in my opinion: the awesome Girl in the Fireplace; my favourite tenth stand-alone More

Posted by cahoopuk on Thursday November 21, 2013, 14:53

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Excellent feature and beautifully presented. Thanks. More

Posted by TimEdwards on Thursday November 21, 2013, 13:57

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