I’m not a fan of Dr. Who. Those of you who know me well, will know this already. Those of you that don’t, I understand this will be a massive shock. I don’t think there are many bloggers who are not Dr. Who fans. Yet, I’m still asked every now and then: Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who?
Not being a fan of Dr. Who generally tends to mean I do not watch the show. I think I can only name a couple: Tom or Colin Baker, Christopher Ecclestone, David Tennant and Matt Smith? Not sure how many of those I got right, but I will check later.
Anyway, I’ve decided a better to question to answer than ‘Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who?’ should be ‘Who is your favourite Doctor?’
And true to my bizarre style of doing things, I am going to imagine if they were the 11 doctors (I think there is 11). I’ll do it in reverse, 1. being the least favourite and 11. being my most favourite. I’ll also add a little caption about there time as ‘The Doctor’.
So here goes:
Mike’s 11 Doctors of Dr. Who
1. Dr. Harold Legg
Dr. Harold Legg’s first appearance was in Albert Square in 1985. He was rushed from his surgery to examine Reg Cox, who at the time was already dead. Being the first Doctor, he had more to do with healthcare and never abandoned his Albert Square surgery even when roaming the galaxy. He kept appointments as much as he could while he battled Daleks and the Cybermen, races that would become his most implacable foes. None of the residents he treated knew of his Time Lord status and he would often receive complaints from them about long waiting times. He went on to witness historical events such as the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France, meeting Marco Polo in China and The Aztecs in Mexico. Eventually being ‘The Doctor’ was taking it’s toll on him and he outgrew his frail body. While the second Doctor took on the life of mystery, Dr. Harold Legg went back to his life of being a GP back at his surgery in Albert Square. Retiring in 1997, he now spends his days as a recluse, although often coming back to Albert Square to relive his glory days.
2. Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper was one of the more boring Doctors. The BBC had sold out and interested in making a bit of money off of the Dr. Who series, they ran with the idea of Dr Pepper. Armed with the slogans, “Just what the Doctor ordered” and “Trust me – I’m a Doctor” this Doctor was the only Doctor not to travel by TARDIS alone. He would often pack himself into an eight pack and ship himself to where he was needed. He barely spoke a word, but you could tell when he was angry as he would violently pull his own ring pull. The Doctor confronted familiar foes such as the Daleks and the Cybermen, as well as new enemies such as the Great Intelligence and the Ice Warriors. The Great Intelligence trying to steal his secret recipe and the Ice Warriors trying to freeze him. He was sentenced to exile on 20th century Earth after being found guilty of breaking the Time Lords laws of non-interference. He tried several comebacks as Diet Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper Cherry and Dr Pepper Zero, but it was too late as the third doctor had already taken over.
3. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
(No, I didn’t spell it wrong. I just prefer the Brian Cox version of the character which was called Hannibal Lecktor due to copyright issues. Check out the film Manhunter, it’s simply amazing.)
The Third Doctor was a suave, dapper, technologically-oriented and authoritative man of action. Also known as Count Hannibal Lecterr VII, he spent most of his time in exile on Earth. He was quick to criticise authority, having little patience with self-inflated bureaucrats, parochially-narrow ministers, knee-jerk militarists or red tape in general. This Doctor was more physically daring than the previous two, and was the first to confront an enemy physically if cornered. This doctor was by far the most evil of all the Doctors. After a traumatic childhood Hannibal became fascinated in cannibalism, something he would later go on to practice. He was adopted by his uncle Robert and his Japanese wife, Lady Murasaki. It was Lady Murasaki who taught him the Japanese martial art of kenjutsu, as she was descended from a house of Hiroshima Samurai. While still quite young, Lecterr, not being of sound mind, killed his first victim.He carried on his cannibalistic serial killer ways, until he was eventually caught. Secured in a high security, mental facility, this paved the way for the forth Doctor.
4. Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove, true name Dr. Merkwürdigliebe, an expert Nazi physicist, is the Fourth Doctor. He is eager to leave Earth in favour of exploration. Travelling the galaxy and saving countless lives, this Doctor visits the Bi-Al Foundation medical centre, where he acquires the robot dog K-9. He leaves K-9 on a planet called Gallifrey but later consoles himself by building K-9 Mark II using his physicist skills. The Doctor installs a “Randomizer” which ironically sends them to the home planet of the Daleks, Skaro. Perhaps because of this, the Doctor begins frequently overriding the machine- first travelling to Paris for a holiday, only to get caught up in an alien scheme to steal the Mona Lisa. He eventually discards the device altogether, remarking that he’s fed up with not knowing where he’s going. His final and hardest mission would be the end of Dr. Strangelove. He found himself in Cold War America trying to avert nuclear catastrophe. Unfortunately, the Soviets launch a Doomsday Device that renders Earth uninhabitable for 100 years. There is a conflict as to his last words. Some believe “It’s the end– but the moment has been prepared for…” to be his final words, while others believe they were, “Mein Führer! I can walk!” This lead the way for the Fifth Doctor.
Be sure to check back for the next four 😉