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    [1]Nov 11, 2013
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    I was recently writing a technical publication, and it's a bit of a tradition to "sneak in" references to something in the technical examples throughout the book. So this year being the 50th Anniversary, I thought I'd put in the names of actors to have somehow performed the role of the Doctor in a BBC licensed production. So not just restricted to "canon" but to any other licensed production of a Doctor Who story (so I decided to draw the line at Doctor Who skits in none Who shows, I also decided not to include stunt doubles and stand-ins).

    I was quite surprised when I got through the list just how many they were, and I'm sure I haven't got them all yet.

    Here's what I have so far -

    Actual canon Doctors in the TV show itself-

    1st Doctor - William Hartnell, Richard Hurndall (in The Five Doctors)

    2nd Doctor - Patrick Troughton

    3rd Doctor - Jon Pertwee

    4th Doctor - Tom Baker

    The Watcher (interim 4th/5th Doctor) - Adrian Gibbs

    5th Doctor - Peter Davison

    6th Doctor - Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy (in Time and the Rani)

    The Valeyard (distillation of the Doctor between 12th and Final incarnation) - Michael Jayston

    7th Doctor - Sylvester McCoy

    8th Doctor - Paul McGann

    9th Doctor - Christopher Eccleston

    10th Doctor - David Tennant

    11th Doctor - Matt Smith

    The Dreamlord (dark part of the Doctor, possibly proto-Valeyard) - Toby Jones

    Disowned Doctor - John Hurt

    12th Doctor - Peter Capaldi

    Canon "fake" Doctors in the TV show (where another actor partly assumes the role of the Doctor)

    5th Doctor - Ian Collier, Omega assuming the 5th Doctor's form, but speaks with Omega's voice

    6th Doctor - David Collings, Mawdryn pretends to be a regenerated 5th Doctor (and then goes on to be an alternate Doctor for Big Finish)

    DVD only Doctors - For the official DVD release of Planet of Giants a reconstruction was made to reconstruct episode 3 into it's original planned 2 parts. For this John Guilor provided the voice of the 1st Doctor for the missing scenes.

    Dalek Movies (not Canon but officially licensed)

    Peter Cushing

    The Scream of Shalka (originally canon then retconned out)

    9th Doctor - Richard E Grant

    The Curse of Fatal Death (a non canon but licensed full length spoof)

    9th Doctor - Rowan Atkinson

    10th "Cute sexy and lick the mirror handsome" Doctor - Richard E Grant (again)

    11th Doctor - Jim Broadbent

    12th Doctor - Hugh Grant

    13th Doctor - Joanna Lumley

    An Adventure in Space and Time (a docu-drama about the programme) -

    1st Doctor - David Bradley

    2nd Doctor - Reece Sheersmith

    3rd Doctor - Mark Gatiss (rumoured cameo)

    4th Doctor - Steven Moffatt (rumoured cameo)

    Officially licensed Stage plays

    The Seven Keys to Doomsday - Trevor Martin (?th Doctor but ran between Pertwee and Baker)

    The Ultimate Adventure - Jon Pertwee (3rd), David Banks (?th Doctor when Pertwee fell ill), Colin Baker (6th)

    Big Finish (non canon but licensed Doctor Who audio dramas)

    Doctor Who Unbound (Alternate Doctors) - Geoffrey Bayldon, David Warner, David Collings, Michael Jayston, Derek Jacobi (as far as I'm aware the only actor to have played both the Doctor and the Master in licensed productions), Arabella Weir.

    Companion Chronicles many companions get to "fill in" the Doctors lines but as their character impersonating the Doctor whilst retelling the story, so probably not a true playing of the Doctor.

    Light at the End (50th Anniversary special)

    1st Doctor - William Russell

    2nd Doctor - Frazer Hines (and a fantastic performance he does)

    3rd Doctor - Tin Treloar

    So there you go, that's my list. Any more anyone can think of? The rules are it has to be in a licensed production of a Doctor Who episode, it doesn't have to be canon, just licensed by the BBC and be an actual full Doctor Who story, not a skit or sketch within something else.

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    [2]Nov 12, 2013
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    Just thought of another couple -

    David Morrissey played The Next Doctor in the TV show

    Alex MacQueen played The Other Doctor in UNIT Dominion for Big Finish, and is the second actor to have played role of The Doctor and The Master.

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