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The Doctors Who: What Happened Next?
A look back at the subsequent careers of the previous 10 Time Lords…

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Matt Smith is finally handing in his bow tie, leaving the TT Type 40 Mark 1 TARDIS to another Gallifreyan incarnation. When the news of his upcoming departure hit, internet speculators began speculating over who should replace him, but here at Empire the discussion turned in another direction: how did the careers of the other (re)generations fare after they shuffled off their immortal coil? Here is what became of the resulting research...

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The Doctors Who: What Happened Next? | The First Doctor
The First Doctor

Doctor Who? William Hartnell
Time lorded over: 1963-1966, returning for a 1972 special
Episodes recorded: 134


You’re probably hoping for a jolly post-portrayal tale from the very first doctor, but you’re just not getting one, if only because The Doctor was the last role Hartnell ever played. He Doctored one more time in 1972 for The Three Doctors tenth anniversary special, but it meant having to use cue cards, Marlon Brando-style, on account of his failing memory. His health worsened dramatically a few years later and he died in his sleep at 65. For the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors in 1983, Richard Hurndall of Blake 7 fame filled his acerbic boots.
 

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1 Peter Cushing was to Doctor Who
what David Niven was to James Bond ie. he doesn't really count. More

Posted by G MAN on Wednesday June 12, 2013, 02:16

2 FenLow
But Peter Cushing played a character called "Doctor Who" and not "The Doctor" which means he's out of the list... (*pushes glasses up nose*) More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Monday June 10, 2013, 13:33

3 You forgot one
Although not strictly in the line of doctors through the TV series (which qualifies Paul Mcgann, despite only the one TV movie), I feel there should be a mention for Peter Cushing who played Doctor Who twice in films adapted from the TV series. The two films were 'Dr.Who and the daleks' (1965) and 'Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD' (1966). In these two films, Doctor Who was actually human, but then you have to forgive them that considering they couldn't know how long the series would run :-) More

Posted by fenlow on Sunday June 9, 2013, 21:12

4 Jon Pertwee
There's no 'h'... More

Posted by johnrivers on Friday June 7, 2013, 16:44

5 Big Finish
the 80s drs and tom baker are still playing their drs in these audio plays. More

Posted by spark1 on Friday June 7, 2013, 15:11

6 McGann was also in...
a classic episode of New Tricks! More

Posted by partybee on Friday June 7, 2013, 12:17

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