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|Place of origin:||Gallifrey|
|First seen in:||Doctor Who|
|Main actor:||Paul McGann|
|Other voice actors:||India Fisher|
|"There's a Man I Know"|
|Incarnations of the Doctor|
|1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • War • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12|
|The Watcher • The Valeyard • Meta-Crisis • Dream Lord|
The Eighth Doctor led a life of unusual temporal complexity. It so frequently involved time paradoxes and parallel universes that it was impossible to know with certainty how the major epochs of his existence fitted together. Complicating the matter even further were his frequent bouts of amnesia, as well as several phases of his life where he lived in one place for more than a hundred years, such as Earth and Orbis .
He was unique amongst incarnations of the Doctor in that he was technically dead both when he regenerated from the Seventh Doctor and when he regenerated into the War Doctor. Additional factors that made him unique included him being the only Doctor to travel with an Ice Warrior, the first to have significant interaction with his granddaughter after his first incarnation left her behind on Earth, one of the few to have had sexual relations with at least one of his companions.
The Eighth Doctor was inherently a happy adventurer, falling in love with a companions, Grace Holloway and Charlotte Pollard, and was not averse to bouts of very human emotions, from kissing Grace to providing psychological support for Izzy Sinclair. So strong was his affection for humans, that he even claimed to be half-human — though this was later revealed to be a clever ploy against the Master.
After his previous incarnation's circulatory system was fatally damaged by Dr Grace Holloway on 30 December 1999, this Doctor came into existence three hours later early on 31 December; the anaesthetic nearly destroyed the regenerative process, resulting in the unprecedented delay. Suffering amnesia due to the circumstance of his "birth", the Eighth Doctor chose his new outfit (a costume based upon the garb of Wild Bill Hickok intended for a New Year's Eve costume party), and sought out Grace, whom he believed knew who he was. At the same time, the Master created a new incarnation for himself by possessing a human; he sought to take the Doctor's remaining lives for himself. Bribing Chang Lee, the young man who brought the Seventh Doctor to the hospital, the Master opened the Eye of Harmony in the TARDIS to find the Doctor. With the Eye opened, the Eighth Doctor regained his memory and recruited Grace in helping him find an atomic clock which contained a beryllium chip he needed to fix the critical timing malfunction in the TARDIS console.
The Master tracked the Doctor down, pretending to be an ambulance driver who would take them to Professor Wagg's atomic clock at the Institute for Technological Advancement and Research in San Francisco, to which Grace was a member of the board of trustees. The Doctor and Grace escaped the Master, but before they could do so, the Master secretly possessed Grace's mind. When the Doctor got back to the TARDIS to fix the timing malfunction, the Master had Grace knock the Doctor out and put him in restraints. The Master then forcibly opened the Eye using Grace's retina (freeing her from possession and returning her human eyes) so that he could steal the Doctor's lives.
Faced with losing his lives to the Master, the Doctor had Grace set the TARDIS on a temporal orbit back in its timestream to prevent the Earth from being sucked through the Eye; the consequential loss of power to the Eye allowed the Doctor take back his lives. Grace released the Doctor from his restraints, but the Master threw Grace off of a balcony inside the Cloister Room, killing her. The Doctor and the Master fought one another, but the Master misjudged the angle of his jump and fell into the Eye. Grace and Lee (who had also been killed by the Master) were revived by the TARDIS with some energy from the Eye. Depositing them in San Francisco on 1 January 2000, the Doctor asked Grace to travel with him. She declined, and he rejected her request to live a normal life with her in San Francisco. He kissed her goodbye and left for new adventures in his TARDIS. (TV: Doctor Who)
However, the usage of a temporal orbit to save the Earth resulted in a paradox, which was this Doctor's birth cry, (PROSE: Unnatural History) heralding a life of considerable complexity. Those attempting to view this incarnation's time-stream would find it not a neat line (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) but rather a chaos of paradoxes (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two, AUDIO: Storm Warning) and parallel timelines. (AUDIO: Zagreus, PROSE: Time Zero)
Further travels edit
Leaving San Francisco, the Doctor was attacked by the Master, causing yet another case of amnesia. He found himself travelling to different past points in his own timeline, encountering his previous incarnations and, at one point, securing the release of his old teacher Borusa from the Tomb of Rassilon. At the end of this journey, the Doctor regained his memories and acquired a new companion, Samantha Jones, a young woman from the same Shoreditch neighbourhood in which he lived in during his first incarnation. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors)
After Sam joined him, the Doctor took her to Silhouette Island in the Seychelles, where they were captured by a Rhiptogan bounty hunter called Ruduse. After Sam was poisoned by an alien plant, the Doctor gained an ally in a fugitive Ladeeth, who sacrificed himself to trap Ruduse in a spaceship before it exploded. Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor successfully cured Sam. (AUDIO: Bounty)
The Doctor left Sam Jones at a Greenpeace rally and went adventuring alone for three years. (PROSE: Vampire Science) The extended side trip saw him reunite with Bernice Summerfield to save Britain from the Ice Warriors (PROSE: The Dying Days) and reunite with Joseph Liebermann in Salt Lake City. (PROSE: Matrix)
Visiting the space haulage ship Dreadnought, the Doctor met Stacy Townsend and was hunted down by the Cybermen, who wanted to create a new breed of Cybermen with Time Lord brains. After their defeat, he tried to return Stacy home. (COMIC: Dreadnought)
Ditching the idea to take Stacy home, the Doctor instead took her to Mars to witness an Ice Warrior coronation, where they fought two rival factions of Ice Warriors and the High Lord Uzoxx. During this adventure, the Doctor befriended an Ice Warrior called Ssard, who joined him aboard the TARDIS. (COMIC: Descendance / Ascendance)
Soon after, the Doctor and his companions defeated P'fer'd and M'rek'd, a shapeshifting married couple in Victorian London who had also taken control of Stacy. (COMIC: Perceptions / Coda) Stacy and Ssard decided to leave the Doctor to get married. (PROSE: Placebo Effect)
Arriving in Camelot, the Doctor witnessed the birth of legendary king Arthur Pendragon. Remembering his encounter with Morgaine in his seventh life and the destiny that he must fulfil, the Doctor began calling himself "Merlin" and defeated Morgaine and a renegade Time Lord, who wanted to overpower Camelot. However, he was too late to stop the renegade from killing Arthur. The Doctor used Morgaine's spaceship to place Arthur's body at the bottom of the lake, leaving the message for his seventh self, ensuring that both his and Arthur's destinies would be fulfilled. (PROSE: One Fateful Knight)
Feeling remorseful about the crimes he had committed in his previous life, the Doctor began working on a farm owned by Senora Panstedas and helped her to receive closure for her murdered husband. (PROSE: Totem)
During this time, the Doctor searched for a missing Velderon, (PROSE: Far from Home) reunited with Bernice Summerfield during an archaeological dig to recover his TARDIS key, (AUDIO: Benny's Story) nearly died at the hands of the Helios sisters, (PROSE: Suns and Mothers) spent Christmas with his brother Irving and Bernice (PROSE: ...Be Forgot) and saved Earth from an alien tree god called Goomba. (PROSE: The Wickerwork Man)On a mission for UNIT, the Doctor tracked down an alien gift that had the power to grant people their wishes. He found it in the possession of Sir Clive Reeves and allied with Reeve's secretary, Anne Caisson, to get it back. After his mission was complete, the Doctor spent Christmas with Anna. (PROSE: For the Man Who Has Everything) The Eighth Doctor teamed up with all of his other incarnations to save Gallifrey from destruction at the end of the Last Great Time War. Due to the timelines not being synchronised, he retained no memory of this event. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Shada revisited edit
Remembering he had intended to visit his friend, Professor Chronotis, in 1979 Cambridge back in the days his fourth incarnation travelled with Romana II, (WC: Shada) before he and Romana were taken out of time by Borusa for several hours, (TV: The Five Doctors) the Doctor came to Madame President Romana II and K9 Mark II on Gallifrey to investigate what he was supposed to have been doing before his fourth incarnation, annoyed he was "nowhere" for several hours, forgot and went off to Brighton.
The Doctor and Romana arrived in St Cedd's College in 1979, where the Doctor discovered one of the Artefacts of Rassilon, The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey, was in the professor's possession. The professor had accidentally loaned the book to Chris Parsons. On his way back with the book, the Doctor was attacked by Skagra. Skagra took the book from him and nearly had his mind taken by the sphere. The Doctor, Romana, Chris and K9 traced the sphere to Skagra's ship, where the sphere copied the Doctor's mind, but failed to steal it outright.
Skagra stole the Doctor's TARDIS, taking Romana with him to his command ship elsewhere. Creating a primitive form of dimensional stabiliser for Skagra's other ship and giving it the ability to dematerialise, the Doctor followed Skagra. Using The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey as a "key", Skagra left for the Time Lord prison planet, Shada, to take the mind of the criminal, Salyavin, to make all inhabitants of the universe share Skagra's mind. Discovering Chronotis' TARDIS on board the command ship, the Doctor chased after him. After arriving, Skagra stole the mind of the Professor, who was actually Salyavin. Skagra began placing fragments of the minds he had stolen into his Krarg servants.
As Skagra left Shada in the Doctor's TARDIS, the Doctor created a tunnel to link the the two TARDISes in the time vortex together. The Doctor arrived through the TARDIS' "back entrance" and improvised a mind control helmet to command the Krargs, as part of the shared mind contained the Doctor's own thoughts. After the TARDIS landed on Skagra's command ship, the conflicting commands from the Doctor and Skagra destroyed the Krargs, the surviving victims whose minds were taken by the sphere returning to their bodies. The Doctor and Romana ordered K9 to shoot at the Krarg commander, leading it towards the vats of unborn Krargs, destroying it and the vats.
Skagra evacuated to his other ship, which the Doctor had reprogrammed to make himself its lord. Skagra was transmatted into the brig and forcefully told Skagra stories about the Doctor. President Romana decided not imprison the professor in Shada, but to return him and his TARDIS to St Cedd's. (WC: Shada)
The War with The Enemy edit
Resuming his travels with Sam Jones after picking her up at the Greenpeace rally, the Doctor came across evidence of the Time Lords' future war with the nameless Enemy in the East Indies, ReVit Zone late in the 21st century where an auction was taking place.
At this auction he met several players who came to play roles both in the Doctor's own timeline and the War with the Enemy. They included the Faction Paradox and the Celestis. This was one of the first, but not the last, paradoxical events in the Doctor's eighth incarnation, as he found out about the war "too early" as Homunculette declared. The Doctor saw more than a glimpse of his own future with the focus of the auction being "The Relic", in reality the Doctor's own corpse. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)
The Doctor's companion Sam Jones also experienced a revelation about herself, though these revelations had a far greater impact on the Doctor when he detected a dimensional scar in 2002 San Francisco. Sam Jones fell into the scar and her history and personality changed back to its original state, before her timeline had been altered. The Doctor placed his TARDIS in the dimensional scar to contain the energies and sort out this changed, or rather, restored Sam Jones. (PROSE: Unnatural History)
The Doctor acquired another companion, Fitz Kreiner, (PROSE: The Taint) and then with the departure of Sam Jones gained another companion, Compassion. Both Sam Jones and Fitz played pivotal roles in the Doctor's battles with various enemies, including the Faction Paradox. It was this such battle which would change both companions and the Doctor. The Doctor then travelled alone for a time, but eventually met up with Fitz and Compassion once again. (PROSE: Interference - Book Two)
Following this battle, the Doctor's TARDIS was destroyed. This changed the Doctor's view of Gallifrey and changed the lives of his companions in ways that would be felt for a long time, as the Doctor was forced to travel inside his companion Compassion, who had evolved into a TARDIS and was now sought by the Time Lords — including his former companion Romana — to be essentially used as a slave to breed other advanced TARDISes, the Doctor refusing to allow his friend to be used in such a manner even to save his people. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)
The Doctor and Fitz escaped in Compassion using a randomiser, in an attempt to escape from the Time Lords. They travelled to Yquatine, (PROSE: The Fall of Yquatine) Eskon, (PROSE: Coldheart) and Banquo Manor, when a Time Lord disguised as Cuthbert Simpson obtained the randomiser seed code for Compassion, and transmitted this information to Gallifrey. This allowed the Time Lords to predict where the Doctor would materialise next. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy)
The TARDIS was captured by the Time Lords, and they quickly became embroiled in the Time Lords' war. The foreknowledge of the Second War in Heaven obtained by the Doctor and the Time Lords culminated in a destruction of Gallifrey and its system. The shock and pain of launching this attack prompted his friend and companion Compassion to deliver him to Earth with his own TARDIS which she found in the debris of Gallifrey. This allowed the Doctor to recover for a hundred years, his memory apparently lost from the trauma of the event and the TARDIS requiring time to regenerate after its power had been completely depleted in the attack that destroyed Gallifrey and Faction Paradox's invading fleet. When the Doctor awoke on Earth, he found that he could not remember who he was or anything that he had done before waking up. The only things the Doctor could find linking him to his past was a small blue box the size of a matchbox and a note in his pocket from Fitz. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)
The first destruction of Gallifrey edit
In 2001, the TARDIS grew back to its full size and the Doctor reunited with Fitz and for a while had both Fitz and Anji Kapoor as new travelling companions. During this time, the Doctor also fought the Kulan when he attempted to invade Earth. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)
During his travels with Fitz and Anji, the Doctor forced the Hitchemus Tigers to co-operate with the human colonists of their planet instead of fighting them. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers) While on Earth in the 18th century, the Doctor's heart was removed by Sabbath to allow Sabbath to travel through time. This caused the Doctor to lose many of his Time Lord abilities. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) After a long series of battles with Sabbath, he was forced to remove the Doctor's heart from his body, which allowed the Doctor to grow a new one. (PROSE: Camera Obscura)
The TARDIS crew began arriving in alternative timelines, and encountered Sabbath more frequently, who hired a con artist called Trix MacMillan. (PROSE: Time Zero, The Domino Effect, Reckless Engineering, The Last Resort) After discovering the source of the sudden increase in alternate timelines, the Doctor, Fitz and Anji managed to solve the problem. However, Anji decided to leave the TARDIS to raise a child called Chloe, while Trix joined the TARDIS crew. (PROSE: Timeless)
The Doctor later found out that Sabbath was hired by an organisation called the Council of Eight, who had the objective of removing as many alternative timelines from existence, so they could have more control over the universe. The Council attempted to engineer the deaths of the Doctor's companions, since they were random, uncontrollable elements. (PROSE: Heritage, Bullet Time, Wolfsbane, Loving the Alien) However, the Doctor managed to destroy the Council and prevent their deaths, with the help of Sabbath and Miranda's daughter, Zezanne. However, this involved them sacrificing their lives. (PROSE: Sometime Never...)
At some point, Fitz and Trix began having a relationship, so they decided to leave the TARDIS and live on Earth. Upon arriving on Earth, the Doctor learned that just prior to the destruction of Gallifrey, the sum total of the Matrix had been placed within his mind with the help of Compassion. The sheer size of the Matrix in the Doctor's mind was enough to compress his own memories. This had caused his amnesia. This provided a means to rebuild Gallifrey and restore the Time Lords. The Doctor set out to do just this with the assistance of the Time Lord Marnal. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) The Doctor saw the restored Time Lords and Gallifrey in a vision of his future. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows)
The Doctor visited The Quadrant council estate in 1987, and observed his former incarnation departing. (PROSE: Damaged Goods) He then met Iris Wildthyme and Jo Jones in 1930s Hollywood. (AUDIO: The Elixir of Doom)
Adventures with Izzy edit
On a trip to Stockbridge, the Doctor encountered his old enemy, the Celestial Toymaker. The Toymaker had brainwashed almost all the residents of Stockbridge into obeying him. However there were two normal people left in Stockbridge to fight back against the Toymaker. Those resistant to the Toymaker were the Doctor's old friend Maxwell Edison and his friend, "comic geek" Izzy. After the Doctor restored the city to normal with the help of Max and Izzy, the Doctor again offered Max the opportunity to travel with him in the TARDIS. Max refused yet again, so the Doctor invited Izzy, and she decided to accept, joining him on his travels. (COMIC: Endgame)
On their first adventure, they went to the distant future of Earth in the 51st century, where they managed to traverse a pirate-infested wasteland and reach the Keep, a mysterious source of power in the middle of nowhere. Within, they found the genius, Crivello, who had solved the problem of the dwindling energy Earth received from the Sun, by creating a second sun capable of providing enough energy. The Doctor helped Crivello launch the device and a secondary sun was created in the Crab Nebula to provide humanity with a new home as Sol went supernova. (COMIC: The Keep)
Leaving Crivello, the Doctor and Izzy awoke in a celestial staircase, apparently having died in their departure. With figures from his past damning the Doctor's exploits, both he and Izzy were sentenced to Hell - only to discover that, in fact, they were in a simulated environment. With the aid of a figure in white, they destroyed the parasite threatening the TARDIS' datascape and recovered, with the Doctor realising the figure was, in fact, the representation of the TARDIS' own soul. (COMIC: A Life of Matter and Death)
The Doctor and Izzy materialised in a small satellite orbiting Crivello's sun, and witnessed an attack on it by Daleks. While attempting to stop the Daleks' plans, they found that another of the Doctor's deadliest enemies, the megacorp known as the Threshold, had been hired to destroy the Daleks, and already had a plan in motion. This plan failed and Izzy escaped with the Threshold's payment and a portal-generating Threshold ring. She warped to the Doctor's location, and he was told of the Threshold's mission, and knew who hired them, since the box containing their payment was embossed with the Seal of Rassilon. The Doctor managed to defeat both the Daleks and the Threshold by making Crivello's sun go supernova. As the Doctor and Izzy escaped in the TARDIS a Threshold agent appeared to remind the Doctor the Threshold was not destroyed yet. (COMIC: Fire and Brimstone)
After that, they appeared on a tourist planet, and the Doctor unwittingly careened into a crime scene and inadvertently framed himself for a series of murders. It took Izzy's yet-to-be-written tourist log to send an anonymous tip to the police to arrest the true culprit and ensure the Doctor's freedom. (COMIC: By Hook or By Crook)
Then the Doctor and Izzy were summoned by Fey Truscott-Sade whom the Doctor had met before. Together with Fey, they defeated Varney but the Doctor was infected with a toxin. (COMIC: Tooth and Claw) The Doctor returned to Gallifrey, where his mind was placed in the Matrix while his body was cured. From there the Doctor was lured into an adventure involving the Elysians, where he met Shayde again and asked him a favour. The Doctor then returned and, apparently, regenerated into his ninth incarnation. (COMIC: The Final Chapter)
The Doctor and Izzy arrived in 17th century Japan and became involved in alien research by the Gaijin. The Gaijin were working with the locals in Japan and had created the secret to immortality, 250 million Nanoforms that would recreate any damaged tissue within seconds. The Doctor managed to stop the Gaijin from giving the locals immortality with the help of Samurai Sato Katsura, who was injured in the conflict. The Doctor used some of the Nanoforms to heal Sato. However, the Doctor poured too many of the Nanoforms on Sato and made him immortal. (COMIC: The Road to Hell)
Later, the Doctor and Izzy had a brief meeting with an old enemy of the Doctor's known as Beep the Meep. This happened in a parallel universe, one where the adventures of the Doctor were nothing more than televised programmes and science fiction. The Doctor defeated Beep and, confused by the oddities of the parallel universe, the Doctor and Izzy departed. (COMIC: TV Action!)
The Doctor, Izzy and new companion Kroton were taken to Paradost to find that Sato Katsura and the Master had joined forces to fight the Doctor and Kroton for the Glory. The protector of the Glory had full powers over space and time. Kroton killed Sato Katsura and the power over the Glory was passed on to him. Kroton used this power to banish the Master from Paradost and restore peace to space and time. Kroton then decided to leave the TARDIS, and the Doctor and Izzy left in search of new adventures. (COMIC: The Glorious Dead)
The Doctor and Izzy met an Oblivioner called Destrii, who swapped bodies with Izzy and then fled before the Doctor could get Izzy's body back. (COMIC: Ophidius) He also helped Izzy settle into her new body. (COMIC: Beautiful Freak)
The Doctor eventually managed to track Destrii down on the planet Oblivion and get Izzy's body back. The stress that Izzy went through being in Destrii's body for so long caused Izzy to leave the Doctor's company. (COMIC: Oblivion)
Time off edit
Shortly after leaving Izzy, the depressed Doctor went to Bish's bar to drown his sorrows, where he was advised to continue his travels by Bish, and he also stopped a drone called Zalda from blowing herself up. After this, he decided to go on holiday, unaware that Bish was actually his old companion, Frobisher. (COMIC: Where Nobody Knows Your Name)
After recovering from Izzy's departure, the Doctor investigated a para-static vortex beam in 1977 London and discovered a vast alien being called the Nukaryote was hiding beneath a football stadium. Assisted by players, Billy Wilkins and Ray "Butch" Stubbs, the Doctor foiled the Nukaryote and the Morg-killer unit's plot to absorb all life on Earth. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game)
The Doctor next went on holiday with a boatman called Ediphis, and they encountered a Osirian god called Thoueris. After escaping her many attempts on his life, the Doctor stopped Thoueris from seizing control of Eygpt and fed her to crocodiles. (COMIC: The Power of Thoueris!)
Visiting London in 1840, the Doctor met Spring-heeled Jack, a Pyrodine who had become a symbol of hatred after witnessing the slaughter of thousands of worlds at war. Although he had tried to steal his mind, the Doctor helped Jack to stop Morjanus, who was at war with the Pyrodine, from creating an experimental weapon that would wipe out the Pyrodine, and they also stopped the Pyrodine themselves, from attacking London. (COMIC: The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack)
He then bumped into Destrii again and invited her to join him on his travels. (COMIC: Bad Blood / Sins of the Fathers) The duo then travelled to London in 2004 where they stopped the Cybermen from converting all humans into new Cybermen. The Doctor and Destrii then left for new adventures. (COMIC: The Flood)
- No Doctor Who universe accounts exist depicting Destrii's subsequent adventures and eventual departure.
Samson, Gemma and Mary Shelley edit
While in the company of Gemma and Samson, the Doctor received a distress signal from another Time Lord and left the two behind in Vienna to investigate. He arrived in 1816 where he found Mary Shelley and a future version of his current incarnation that had been badly hurt and mutated as a result of a temporal storm. After saving his future self, he invited Mary to travel with him. (AUDIO: Mary's Story)
Deciding to take it easy on her first adventure, the Doctor took Mary to Vienna in 1816 hoping to join up with Samson and Gemma, but missed and arrived in 1873. Once there, they met a local entertainer who claimed to have constructed an automaton – the Silver Turk. Upon further inspection, the Doctor discovered it was indeed a Cyberman. The Cyberman escaped and kidnapped Mary. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)
After battling the Bone Lord, Mary requested that the Doctor drop her off in her normal time — the Doctor and Mary parted on good terms and were still fond of each other. The Doctor then resumed his travels with Samson and Gemma. (AUDIO: Army of Death, Mary's Story)
Samson and Gemma travelled with the Doctor for a time, until they encountered a Nekkistani time vessel in the vortex. Whilst aboard, Gemma was captured by Davros and forced to do his bidding. Aboard the TARDIS she, under Davros' instruction, altered the Doctor's memories and forced him to take Davros to Earth. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)
Saving Charley edit
The Doctor was left within the vortex, without prior memory of those events with Samson and Gemma. He discovered an exploding ship that was stuck in the time vortex and beset by a horde of Vortisaurs feeding off its temporal energy, and his attempt to help the ship only made the predators attack his TARDIS, forcing him to escape by materializing within the ballast tanks of the British airship R101 on 5 October 1930. On board the R101, he met Charley Pollard, a self-described "Edwardian adventuress." The Doctor knew the fate of the airship and that everyone on it was supposed to die in its crash, but decided he didn't have it in him to leave Charley to her fate after she helped him get to the bottom of a conspiracy aboard the ship involving the Triskele race and the British government, and he escaped the crash together with her, after which he took her on as a companion. (AUDIO: Terror Firma, AUDIO: Storm Warning)
During his travels with Charley, the Doctor was transformed into a ventriloquist's dummy by the Celestial Toymaker. Although he was able to communicate via Charley when she used him as a doll, she was suffering from amnesia at the time, and had to outsmart the Toymaker herself. The Doctor then reverted back to normal as they travelled away from the Celestial Toyroom. (AUDIO: Solitaire)
Saving Charley had unforeseen consequences, and the Doctor and Charley were pursued by the Time Lords until being captured by the Celestial Intervention Agency. (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness, The Time of the Daleks, Neverland)
It was revealed to the Doctor that Charley's surviving the destruction of the R101 had caused a crack in the Web of Time, but that she was also, because of this, the portal into the world of anti-time. The Doctor, along with Lady President Romana, travelled to a universe of anti-time. The Doctor became possessed by the being Zagreus when he materialised his TARDIS round a casket of anti-time which was being sent to Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Neverland) As Zagreus the Doctor threatened the existence of the universe. However the Doctor, with the help of some of his previous incarnations and the TARDIS, expelled Zagreus from his mind. Romana then exiled the Doctor to another universe in case any trace of anti-time and Zagreus still resided within him. The Doctor attempted to leave Charley, but she stowed away on board. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
Adventures in the Divergent Universe edit
Upon their arrival in the Divergent Universe, the Doctor and Charley materialised in an evolution accelerator experiment, and the TARDIS disappeared while they were outside. The Doctor and Charley became subject to accelerated evolution, and began to merge together. However, they encountered a sound creature, which attempted to evolve into the dominant being in the accelerator. The Doctor and Charley succeeded, defeated the sound creature and separated from each other, so they could break through the experiment into another location. (AUDIO: Scherzo)
The Doctor encountered a native known as C'rizz, and a being called the Kro'ka. His zone was being enslaved by an insect-like race called the Kromon. They captured and forced the Doctor to build a space-travelling machine while attempting to turn Charley into an insect mutant. C'rizz helped the Doctor rescue Charley from being turned into the Kromon's new queen and shortly afterwards, began travelling with the Doctor in search of his TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
Shortly afterwards, the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz found themselves in Light City – a place where evolution had stopped and nobody was allowed to ask questions or else face the worst fate imaginable. (AUDIO: The Natural History of Fear)
The Doctor tricked Kro'ka into revealing the Divergence's home base and travelled to Caerdroia in search of his TARDIS. Once there, his essence was split into three selves, all with different aspects of his personality. The group split up and after finding out that they were being tricked into breaking into their own TARDIS, two of the Doctors were transported to a maze while the Kro'ka began attacking the third. The third personality succeeded in saving his other personalities and escaped in his TARDIS. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)
Eventually, the anti-time energies were purged from the Doctor by Rassilon, allowing Zagreus to manifest as an independent spirit that could possess the bodies of the dead. The Doctor, C'rizz and Charley crash landed on a strange planet where they were separated. Rassilon and Kro'ka attempted to turn Charley and C'rizz against the Doctor. The Doctor met a strange woman named Perfection whom he escaped with before being hunted down by her husband, Daqar Keep. Rassilon succeeded in stealing the TARDIS, but was reset by Kro'ka. The Doctor discovered that the Keep was the final product of the evolution experiments that he and Charley were subject to when they first arrived, and now he wanted to return to N-Space. He also discovered that the anti-time energy in himself was purged upon his arrival, and possessed Perfection, who was trying to escape this universe. Zagreus confronted the Doctor and tried to trick him into taking him into the main universe. The Doctor saw through their deception, leaving Zagreus and Keep trapped in the Divergent universe, while the Doctor, C'rizz and Charley returned to the main Universe only to be confronted by Davros and a legion of Daleks. (AUDIO: The Next Life)
Back in the main universe edit
Back in the main universe, Davros had laid a trap for the Doctor on Earth. Davros, however, was sharing his mind with the Dalek Emperor and had become mentally unstable; the Doctor managed to exploit this instability and made the Dalek Emperor side of Davros' mind dominant. The Daleks then agreed to leave Earth rather than be defeated by the Doctor. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)
After a chronic energy blast hit the TARDIS, the Doctor and his companions were led to a deep space research centre called the Sanmarus Institute, where they met Zaralon, the director, and some of the finest thinkers in creation. After receiving a vision from his future self, the Doctor pursued a thief called Darrakhaan and stopped him from stealing the secrets of time travel, which led him to a timeless void, where he used a time-space navigator unit to trap Darrakhaan in a time loop. (PROSE: Before Midnight)
The Doctor then took his companions to the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 London. The Doctor masqueraded as Georgina Marlow's husband Edward Marlow so that she and her children could keep their home. (AUDIO: Other Lives)
Shortly afterwards, the TARDIS landed in a strange factory called "Industry". The trio discovered that the natives were stranded in time, being guided through subliminal programming by the Clockwork men who hid in the cracks in-between. The Doctor, C'rizz and Charley were successfully able to free Industry and defeat the Clockwork men. (AUDIO: Time Works)
Arriving in what looked like Earth, the Doctor and his friends found themselves in a town where every house looked the same and the same woman lived in each one. They met a man called Tommy, who acted like a child. The TARDIS was then taken away. The environment was revealed to be a prison called "the Cell", built around the memories of Tommy. His prisoners entertained their people by acting out the first time Tommy crash landed on their world. (AUDIO: Memory Lane)
C'rizz faced many challenges in the new universe that challenged his mental state. (AUDIO: Something Inside) This eventually led to C'rizz sacrificing his life to save the Doctor from the Absolver. (AUDIO: Absolution) C'rizz's death had a negative impact on Charley and after a confrontation with the Cybermen, she parted ways with the Doctor. (AUDIO: The Girl Who Never Was)
Lucie and Tamsin edit
Whilst he was travelling alone, Lucie Miller appeared in his TARDIS suddenly, much to the consternation of the Doctor. Immediately the Doctor tried to return her to her correct era but found he was unable to do so. He accidentally arrived on the planet Red Rocket Rising and gradually, earning Lucie's trust, he eliminated two rival factions of Daleks. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks)
Attempting to return Lucie to 21st century Blackpool, the Doctor suffered great turbulence as something was blocking his journey. The TARDIS diverting them to a motorway service station in 1974, where they met Lucie's aunt Pat Ryder and a singing double-act called the Tomorrow Twins. The Doctor discovered the Tomorrow Twins had been brainwashed by super-beings called the Only Ones, who held the Doctor, Lucie and many other people captive the service station. As the Only Ones used music as communcation and transportation, the Doctor trapped them in Lucie's MP3 machine before they could devour humanity. After saving one of the Tomorrow Twins, the Doctor asked Lucie to become his "official" companion, which she accepted. (AUDIO: Horror of Glam Rock)
The Doctor and Lucie next travelled to a planet resembling ancient Greece, where they stopped two young lovers, Prince Kalkin and Sararti, from committing suicide by jumping off a mountain. They were all captured by General Azar and taken to the kingdom, where the Doctor met Zeus, the ruler of the land and Kalkin's father. He was horrified to discover Zeus was using the Chamber of Incarnation, a machine that transferred minds from dead bodies into young minds. The machine was also capable of cloning, and the Doctor discovered Kalkin, his brother and the entire kingdom had been cloned as a way for Zeus to achieve immortality. Disgusted, the Doctor tried to prevent Zeus from using Kalkin's mind. With the population under Zeus' command, the Doctor was blackmailed into repairing the machine, as Zeus had taken Lucie. After Zeus' wife Hera died, the Doctor failed to stop him from transferring her mind into Sararti's body. Sararti had the stronger mind, resisted the transfer and stabbed Zeus. The Doctor was forced to use the chamber to heal Zeus, as he had finally "broken" Kalkin and he had threatened to put Lucie through an endless, agonising death. The Doctor and Kalkin tricked Zeus into using the Chamber and trapped his spirit deep inside the machine. After putting an end to the "Chamber Incarnation reign", the Doctor and Lucie left Kalkin and Sararti to get married and rule the kingdom, now free of Zeus. (AUDIO: Immortal Beloved)
Over the course of his journeys, the Doctor grew fond of Lucie, and the two mellowed to a mildly antagonistic friendship. He learned she was mistakenly made part of a Time Lord witness protection scheme. (AUDIO: Human Resources) The two continued to explore the universe together defeating old foes such as Morbius and Zygons, until a dark secret the Doctor had been keeping regarding Lucie's Auntie Pat forced them apart. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool)
After leaving Lucie, the Doctor decided to travel to Earth in the 22nd century, after the Dalek invasion, to visit his granddaughter Susan Foreman and check on her progress. When he arrived he found that Susan had given birth to a child named Alex, who was now in his late teens. The Doctor wanted Alex to have an education on Gallifrey where it would be much more beneficial to him than on Earth. Alex didn't want to go to Gallifrey, as he saw Earth as his home. After leaving Alex to continue his life on Earth, the Doctor made an attempt to get Susan to come travelling with him, to which she too declined. (AUDIO: An Earthly Child)
Once again travelling alone, the Doctor landed on Earth and met many humans auditioning to travel with him. He could only take one, so he chose to take a woman named Tamsin. (AUDIO: Situation Vacant) The Doctor didn't leave the advert in the newspaper and discovered that another time traveller had placed the advert; this time-traveller was later revealed to be the Monk, whom the Doctor and Tamsin later met in 1006 Ireland. (AUDIO: The Book of Kells)
Later, the Doctor stopped the Monk from creating a new timeline in which the Ice Warriors took back Mars from the humans. The Doctor also saved Lucie from a human base on Deimos, after the Monk had put him there in an attempt to bring the Doctor to Deimos when he evacuated. Tamsin then left the Doctor, after what the Monk had shown her about the Ice Warriors' future. The Doctor then took Lucie away in the TARDIS to experience the Christmas he failed to give her the last time they met. (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars) The Doctor and Lucie then had Christmas dinner with Susan and Alex Campbell, after which Lucie left the Doctor to travel 22nd century Earth with Alex. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions)
After being a prisoner of the Consensus for six years, the Doctor escaped and travelled to Earth after he received a message from Lucie Miller saying that the planet was being invaded by Daleks. (AUDIO: Prisoner of the Sun, Lucie Miller) The Doctor witnessed the deaths of Tamsin and Alex during the fight to defeat the Daleks and helped Lucie Miller in defeating them, which also resulted in her death. Angry with the deaths he ultimately caused with his meddling in time, the Doctor decided to travel alone to try to become a better person. The Doctor also refused to forgive the remorseful Monk for helping the Daleks cause the bloodshed of these events. Although the Monk was deeply saddened that the Daleks had exterminated Tamsin, it did not change the fact he had allowed them to propagate a bacteriological pestilence on Earth, which crippled Lucie and killed many humans. Boiling with rage, the Doctor screamed at the Monk to leave and threw him out of the TARDIS. In his solitude, the Doctor mourned Lucie's death and bleakly promised he would find a way to come back and reverse it. (AUDIO: To the Death)
Looking for hope edit
Haunted by Lucie's death, the Doctor became a very angry and broken man. Looking for hope, the Doctor wanted to travel beyond the universe so that he could see the turn of creation itself in an irrational fit. However, his TARDIS was halted from travelling past the outer limits of existence by a Time Lord called Straxus, who warned him the Time Lords did not permit this action and held the patents that gave them knowledge to disable TARDISes. Though furious at having an intruder subjugate his TARDIS, the Doctor accepted a mission to Earth during the First World War, where he nearly fell victim to toxic gas on the trenches of the battlefields and escaped them with his clothes soiled and heavily battered. There, he met a nurse called Molly O'Sullivan who tended to his wounds. Soon after, the Doctor discovered that the Daleks were present and were searching for Molly. (AUDIO: The Great War)The Doctor and Molly escaped from the Daleks, and travelled around the universe being continuously pursued by the Daleks arriving in places, such as Dunkirk in 1940, Halalka and 107 Baker Street in 1972. During this time, the Doctor tried to recuperate from the horrid events that had befallen him by visiting a swimming retreat, trimming his hair down, and changing his attire to a new leather ensemble. (AUDIO: Fugitives)
The Doctor and Molly discovered that the Daleks were being assisted by a former Time Lord called Kotris, who wanted to destroy the Time Lords. It was also revealed that he stole Molly on her second birthday, and did some unknown experimentation upon her, before giving her back to her parents. The Doctor and Molly seemingly arrived on Skaro, where they discovered that the Daleks had become peaceful, after they caused the extinction of the Time Lords. However, it was later revealed that this was a simulation generated on their behalf. They were then retrieved by Straxus, but his TARDIS was time rammed, and it was destroyed. (AUDIO: Tangled Web)
However, the Doctor, Molly and Straxus escaped the TARDIS, and arrived on Srangor, where they discovered a Dalek base. This Dalek base contained a space-time projector, and also contained Kotris and the Dalek Time Controller, who Kotris saved from his destruction at the hands of the Doctor. It was revealed the Daleks' plan was to implant Molly with retro-genitor particles when she was two years old, and use the radiation inside her to power the space-time projector. They were going to use the projector to completely erase the Time Lords' existence from history. Straxus also revealed that Kotris was his own future incarnation, who had became tired of the Time Lords and their interventions, and wished to destroy them for it. Straxus manipulated Kotris to destroy the Daleks with the projector, rather than the Time Lords. However, a friend of the Doctor's, Nadeyan, sacrificed himself to destroy the projector. After the Doctor and Molly escaped, the Dalek Time Controller exterminated Straxus, meaning Kotris and the events he caused never existed. The Doctor then deposited Molly back in World War I, where he travelled alone again. (AUDIO: X and the Daleks)
The Doctor encountered Molly again in London, 1918, where they came across the Viyrans trying to solve a problem caused by one of their viruses. (AUDIO: The White Room) They then travelled to the edge of the universe, where they encountered Liv Chenka and The Eminence. (AUDIO: Time's Horizon) This encounter with the Eminence brought the Doctor, Liv and Molly to London in the 1970s, where the Doctor once again came face to face with the Master. The Master was working with the Time Lords to use the Eminence to fight the Daleks. To stop the Master's plan, the Doctor opened his link to the Eminence located in his mind, teaching it how to pilot a TARDIS. The Eminence then used the teleportation casket located in the Master's TARDIS to pilot it, taking the Master with it. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master) In a desperate attempt to defeat the Eminence, the Doctor travelled to Nixyce VII, where he helped the Dalek Time Controller to defeat the Eminence fleet located at the edge of the Nixyce system. The Doctor was then allowed to leave freely in his TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Traitor, Eyes of the Master)
The Doctor began to skirt humanity's conflict with the Eminence, helping where he could. He was soon found by Narvin, who wanted him to stop the Master from exploiting the Eminence for his own ends. Narvin showed the Doctor what the Master was doing on Heron's World with the Doctor's companion, Molly O'Sullivan. After Narvin showed the Doctor the eventual effects of the Master's actions, he decided to help Narvin to stop the Master. (AUDIO: The Death of Hope)
A new sense of adventure edit
The Doctor visited Arklus and saved a dissenter called Ayfai from execution. The Doctor then took Ayfai to Cheldon Bonniface for a safe haven. While in Cheldon Bonniface, the Doctor prevented Earth from being invaded by the Chelbil. (PROSE: Not in My Back Yard)
Towards the end of his life, the Doctor founded the Institute of Time with fellow time travellers. The Doctor then took a trip to the end of the universe to see if the Institute still existed. He found that the Institute was in ruins and all of his friends had commited suicide. He met his first incarnation in the ruins who told him to not give up and to keep on travelling; this renewed the Doctor's spirits and he found a new sense of adventure. (PROSE: The End)
Running from the Time War edit
The Doctor saw that the Last Great Time War — a universal war between the Daleks and the Time Lords — was developing. Fearful he would lose everything he held dear in joining the war, the Doctor travelled to a Velyshaan museum dedicated to the Dalek Wars, where he met Kalendorf, an old soldier who had fought in the Dalek Wars. There, he and Kalendorf destroyed a lone Dalek, but not before it had killed a child. Driven into a decision, the Doctor set off, his mind made up. (PROSE: Museum Peace) The Doctor decided not to join the war but "help where [he could]"; at the end of his life, he claimed to Cass that he "never was" a part of it. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
At some point whilst the war was being waged, the Doctor was held prisoner for over a month on a unnamed planet. With the help of a Malmooth named Chantir, he managed to overpower the prison guards and escape. He then obtained the Great Key of Rassilon. The Doctor hoped that he would not have to use the key, but if he did he planned to use it to create a modified De-mat Gun that would lock the Medusa Cascade and bring an end to the war. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
Eventually his efforts to help those suffering because of the Time War brought him to a crashing spaceship above Karn, where he met and tried to save Cass, a pilot who would rather die than accept help from a Time Lord.
The Doctor died in the crash, but was revived temporarily by the Sisterhood of Karn, and was told he had under four minutes to live. They offered him a series of different Elixirs of Life, which could allow him control of his regeneration so he could become the person he needed to be to end the Time War. Initially he refused their offer, but upon seeing the dead body of Cass, and being asked by the High Priestess, Ohila, how many others like her he would allow to die in the conflict, he gave in and, deciding there was no longer a need for the Doctor in the universe, accepted the sisterhood's help, asking them to make him a warrior. Ohila then handed him a formula she had specially prepared for that purpose. Before ingesting the chalice of regenerative serum, he commanded the sisters to get out of the room, horribly torn apart by what he was about to do. Before ending his life, he paid tribute to some of his past companions. "Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly... Friends, companions I've known, I salute you. And Cass... I apologise." His last words were despairingly uttered; "Physician, heal thyself." The Eighth Doctor then downed the chalice and began a painful regeneration, gasping out his last breaths in convulsions that made him keel over to the ground. When the regeneration concluded, his successor promptly rejected the name of the Doctor, declaring, "Doctor no more". (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
Undated adventures edit
- The Eighth Doctor attended the funeral of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, as did all of his other incarnations. (PROSE: The Gift)
- River Song met the Eighth Doctor, and apparently liked the way the TARDIS looked during his tenure. As with all the incarnations whom she met before the tenth, River later wiped his memory with mnemosine recall-wipe vapour so the timeline would remain intact. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)
- At an unknown point in his life, the Eighth Doctor had an adventure in what appeared to be a park in America, where he and the Second Doctor both briefly crossed paths with a version of Clara Oswald. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)
- At one point later in his life, the Eighth Doctor had short hair, and held a baby in his arms. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Alternative timelines edit
- In an alternative timeline, the Seventh Doctor fled Colditz Castle after his companion Ace was killed by Feldwebel Kurtz in October 1944. Immediately afterwards in his personal timeline, he returned to Germany in 1955. The Nazi soldiers on duty shot him immediately and took the body into custody. Absconding after his regeneration, he adopted the alias "Johann Schmidt" and later told Elizabeth Klein that he was a collector of sorts who had stolen the Doctor's body and gained possession of the TARDIS key. (AUDIO: Colditz, Klein's Story)
- In another alternative timeline, the Doctor settled down in San Francisco and eventually married. (PROSE: So Vile a Sin)
Psychological profile edit
The Eight Doctor was a romantic at heart. (TV: Doctor Who) It was during this incarnation that he began feeling a desire for romance — "the excitement of being close to someone, the need to exchange ideas on a more personal level, to be able to tell someone what you really believe". (PROSE: Interference - Book Two) His romanticism extended to his literary preferences, which led him to seek out and have several adventures with Mary Shelley. (AUDIO: Mary's Story) On one occasion, the Doctor was described as someone who used flattery to deceive. (AUDIO: The Next Life)
While he told I.M. Foreman it would be unfair to get sexually involved with his companions, (PROSE: Interference - Book Two) the Doctor had had at least one sexual experience with Bernice Summerfield, (AUDIO: Benny's Story) and proclaimed that he loved Charley Pollard, which were feelings that she returned. (AUDIO: Neverland) When she tried to broach the subject to him, he claimed that it was merely an urge brought on by his believing that she was about to die. Although the Doctor later admitted that he did love her, he told her that they couldn't pursue a romantic relationship, opting to remain friends instead. (AUDIO: Scherzo)
The Eighth Doctor was full of spirit and the joy of life, and showcased, on multiple occasions, his love for humanity, especially admiring how they saw dangers that weren't there. (TV: Doctor Who) Despite his enthusiasms, the Doctor had a fear of heights and hospitals, (TV: Doctor Who, PROSE: Kursaal) and could be deeply unnerved by long imprisonment. (PROSE: Seeing I)
Although full of spirit and humanity, the Eighth Doctor did have a dark side within him, especially when the forces of evil tried to unbalance laws of the universe. The Doctor's rage was first released to the full by the Master after he killed Grace and Lee, charging at the Master with force and engaging in hand-to-hand combat with him, which ended with the Master being sucked into the Eye of Harmony, though the Doctor tried to save him. (TV: Doctor Who)
Like his previous incarnations, the Eighth Doctor was insistent on solving solutions in a peaceful manner, but knew that that would not be an option all the time, and was not above resulting to violence when needed.[source needed] He killed a pair of Vampires, decapitating one and impaling the other, commentating on how melodramatic it was. He decapitated a third vampire with an axe, likening it to golf. However, Romana noted the regret in his eyes. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors)
As a coping mechanism, the Doctor would react to threats of death and torture with dark humor, mocking the Master on his "fatherly attachment" to Chang Lee, (TV: Doctor Who) being humorous with Eric Rawden until he could no longer stand the interrogation, (AUDIO: Scherzo) bitterly asking his torturers for some more pain, (AUDIO: Memory Lane) and brashly listing hobbies he could indulge in while dying after Ohila informed him he had four minutes left to live. (TV: The Night of the Doctor) His enemies believed he did so to "suppress his fear". (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars)
The Doctor insisted he was psychologically incapable of experiencing survivor's guilt, (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) despite evidence to he contrary, (AUDIO: Hothouse) and claimed not to understand the idea of gloating. (PROSE: History 101)
The Doctor was a fan of Marvel Comics' X-Men, Transformers, and model train sets. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress, The Taking of Planet 5, The City of the Dead) He also had a soft spot for penguins, (AUDIO: The Next Life) didn't believe in ghosts, (TV: Doctor Who) and considered eight to be his "lucky number". (COMIC: The Glorious Dead) He got very excited about cotton candy and chunky monkey ice cream, and drank his tea with large amounts of sugar.[source needed]
In contrast to his scheming predecessor, the Eighth Doctor could not stay on one train of thought for more than a few seconds, getting distracted by the comfort of his shoes when recalling his childhood, (TV: Doctor Who) going days without eating due to his forgetfulness, (PROSE: Camera Obscura) and often going into soliloquies without noticing.[source needed] He also bored of things easily, making an omelette for Anji Kapoor, but proclaiming to be bored with cooking before he could making another for anyone else. (PROSE: Timeless) Sam Jones theorised that the Doctor took on companions because he "couldn't think in a straight line without [us]".[source needed]
In touch with his feminine side, the Doctor was often called a "ponce", (PROSE: Timeless) and had a maternal urge to see to it that everyone around him was well-fed, even carrying food around in his pockets give his companions on a moment's notice. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers) He often got teary-eyed around Miranda Dawkins, his adopted daughter. (PROSE: Father Time)
The Doctor's mental health was somewhat questionable; He's usually acted as an eccentric gentleman, but also had moments of certifiably insannity.[source needed] He believed he "must be insane" when asked by Anji Kapoor, (PROSE: Eater of Wasps) and Fitz Kreiner worried that the Doctor was aware of his breakdowns, just unconcerned by them. Both the Doctor and Fitz shared a worrying moment when they realised the Doctor seemed to be "unbalanced" to the point of schizophrenia. (PROSE: The Slow Empire)
The Eighth Doctor was willing to help anyone he came across regardless of his connection to them, (AUDIO: Orbis, Prisoner of the Sun) and sacrifice himself for the sake of others, to the point that even his TARDIS began scolding him for it.[source needed]
The Doctor became a darker and angrier person with the loss of his TARDIS in the dimensional barrier between Earth and Avalon, and his then reliance on Compassion as a means of travel, (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon) with Fitz noting the Doctor's tendency to throw himself into others' problems to avoid facing his own. (PROSE: The Space Age) Following his exile on Earth, and particularly the loss of his second heart, he became an even more darker, though passionate person. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, History 101) He often had panic attacks brought on by the single pulse in his body. Though his second heart was returned, its long absence left a change in the Doctor. (PROSE: Camera Obscura) After the death of his adopted daughter, Miranda Dawkins, the Doctor became angry at anything that reminded him of her. (PROSE: Sometime Never..., Halflife)
The Eighth Doctor viewed his seventh incarnation's manipulative nature with disdain. Following his seventh regeneration, the Doctor abandoned these tendencies and vowed that he would never travel alone again as he did not want to forget how precious life was. (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars) However, after the deaths of his great-grandson, Alex Campbell, and his companions, Tamsin Drew and Lucie Miller, at the hands of the Daleks, the Doctor became very angry and decided to travel on his own to limit the human cost of his actions. (AUDIO: To the Death)
Charley referred to the Eighth Doctor as "an unbelievable, impossible, marvelous man." (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard) While Lucie originally though of him as a "patronising git",[source needed] she claimed that the Eighth Doctor was "the best bloke [I've] ever met" mere seconds before her death. (AUDIO: To the Death)
When the Eighth Doctor met his demise, he had been thoroughly broken by the circumstances of his travels and the breakout of the Time War, to the point that he decided to remain onboard a crashing spaceship, pleading with Cass to put aside her fear and hatred of the Time Lords for him to save her. This ultimately ended in failure, and the Doctor died in the crash, having lost the will to regenerate until the Sisterhood of Karn temporarily restored him to life.
Though he continued to refuse joining the Time War, seeing Cass's lifeless body caused the Doctor to finally lose all hope, claim the deceased Cass's bandolier and abandon the title of "Doctor" with extreme disparity after being coaxed by the Ohila to embrace his regeneration into a warrior, expressing bitter delight when informed the change would hurt. His last act was to salute past companions Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin and Molly and apologies to Cass, before quoting the Bible and drinking the Exile prepared to complete his painful regeneration. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
Habits and quirks edit
The Eighth Doctor exhibited a habit of giving people hints about their future, while not expressing outright the nature of that future, (TV: Doctor Who) though he stopped this habit when Grace Holloway called him out on being cryptic about her future. (COMIC: The Fallen)
The Eighth Doctor made a habit of randomly getting kissed by others, such as with Grace Holloway, (TV: Doctor Who, COMIC: The Fallen) Charley Pollard,[source needed] Destrii, (COMIC: Sins of the Fathers) Sam Jones, Fitz Kreiner and Bernice Summerfield.[source needed]
The Eighth Doctor had a talent in pick-pocketing and hacking, (TV: Doctor Who, PROSE: Seeing I) and could play the violin, harpsichord, flute, transverse cello, harp, banjo, theremin, wobbleboard and the piano. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers, Eater of Wasps) He could also pilot a lifeboat and drive a police motorcycle with ease. (TV: Doctor Who, PROSE: Rip Tide)
While he mostly abandoned his predecessor's manipulative tendencies, (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars) the Doctor tricked the Threshold into thinking he had regenerated by having Shayde pose as the new Doctor while covertly sabotaged the Threshold's operations, (COMIC: Wormwood) and turned Andrelina Hastoff's minions against each other with a few choice words. (COMIC: The Autonomy Bug)
The Doctor was also an accomplished chef, stress-baking a Lady Baltimore cake with "very complicated icing", (PROSE: Camera Obscura) making a massive picnic for his friends, and holding several dinner parties in his flat on Hitchemus. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers)
Other information edit
Mysteries and discrepancies edit
During the early hours of his life, the Doctor remarked that he was half-human on his mother's side. (TV: Doctor Who) According to patriarchal psychic river jellyfish-like creatures on the planet Hyspero, he only thought he had a human mother, but was actually loomed. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress) He later called his half-human lineage "debatable". (PROSE: Autumn Mist) The Doctor later told Chantir he had tricked the Master into believing he was half-human through the use of a Chameleon Arch. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
Sonic screwdriver edit
For a while, he used the sonic screwdriver of his predecessor, but later transitioned to a screwdriver with a wooden handle and a flashbulb-shaped diode that he claimed could do more than the previous model. (TV: Doctor Who, AUDIO: The Great War) However, by the end of his life, the Doctor no longer used his upgraded wooden sonic screwdriver and was once again utilising the screwdriver from his past life. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
The Doctor had blue eyes after he regenerated. (TV: Doctor Who) However, due to Faction Paradox interfering with the Doctor's biodata, his eye colour was changed to green. (PROSE: Alien Bodies) His eye colour was reverted back to blue after the majority of Faction Paradox was erased from the timeline. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) When asked about where he came from, the Doctor's eye colour would change between grey and blue. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
Grooming and hair edit
The had long, wavy hair after his regeneration, (TV: Doctor Who) but, after falling in the ocean at Dunkirk, he has his wavy hair cut short. (AUDIO: Fugitives) Towards the end of his life, the Doctor's hair started to go grey, (PROSE: Not in My Back Yard, DS Al Fine) and had regained enough length to form messy curls drooping over his forehead. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
Main attires edit
After regenerating in 1999, the Doctor obtained a long green velvet jacket, a waistcoat with a pocket watch, a cravat and greyish-green trousers from a Wild Bill Hickok costume he stole from Ted's hospital locker; Ted was going to wear the costume to a fancy dress party on New Year's Eve. For footwear, he was given a pair of shoes which originally belonged to Grace Holloway's ex-boyfriend, Brian. (TV: Doctor Who)
After his green jacket was destroyed in an explosion, the Doctor replaced it with a blue velvet jacket which was very similar to the original. (COMIC: Beautiful Freak) The blue coat was later destroyed in an exploding Cyber-ship, (COMIC: The Flood) and replaced with another green jacket, identical to the previous one. (WC: Shada)
As the Time War reached its height, the Doctor sported a deep green velvet trench coat and a bronze-grey waistcoat with a fob watch, leaving the bottom button unfastened, and wrinkled tan trousers haphazardly secured by a slouching belt only buckled by an s-link chain. In place of a cravat, he wore a midnight blue ascot in a ruffled bundle. He did not fully button the old collared shirt that was meant to hold his neckband accessories. Instead, the points of the collar drooped across his shoulders as he left it open-necked and wore the ascot crookedly on his own uncovered neck. He now sported a pair of caramel brown British Army Calvary boots with a set of matching leather soldier's gaiters strapped across his shins, all of which were loosely laced and knotted improperly. Altogether, his clothes showed signs of wear and tear, beaten up and frayed from too much action and abuse. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
Other clothes edit
While in India, the Doctor wore a grey homburg hat with red trousers, stout boots and a linen jacket. (PROSE: The Eye of the Tyger) He dressed in a loose cotton shirt and trousers, with a floppy white sun-hat, but later changed into a white shirt and jeans, while visiting a village on the Cornish coast in circa 2003. (PROSE: Rip Tide)
In New Orleans, he wore a dark shirt and trousers with a dove grey coat made out of an alien synthetic, (PROSE: The City of the Dead) and changed into a dark red coat and shorts whilst in Barcelona. (PROSE: History 101)
He also owned a black velvet coat, (PROSE: Vanishing Point) which he wore with a green waistcoat and boots in Marpling in 1933. (PROSE: Eater of Wasps) After having his clothes ruined in the Slow Empire, the Doctor put on a dark suit and a greatcoat. (PROSE: The Slow Empire)
When the Doctor first arrived on Hitchemus, he wore a dark brown frock coat with metallic green highlights, buff flannel trousers, low-heeled boots and a grey silk cravat. He later wore a loose white shirt over hemp trousers and a black waistcoat embroidered with orange designs. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers)
Occasionally, the Doctor wore a top hat. (COMIC: The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack, AUDIO: Other Lives) When intending to travel to Egypt, the Doctor wore a fez so he could fit in with the locals. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game) The Doctor and his companion Fitz once wore wide-brimmed hats. (PROSE: Camera Obscura)
Behind the scenes edit
The most prolific Doctor edit
Although the eighth incarnation has only appeared onscreen twice so far, he has appeared in more stories than any other Doctor as of November 2012[update]. This was due to the fact that he was the de facto "current Doctor" from 1996 to 2005, and naturally became the focus of attention in all non-televised media, including:
- a nine-year tenure as the star of the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip
- an eight-year novel series
- regular releases from Big Finish Productions, beginning in 2001
Indeed, the Big Finish situation was particularly favourable to McGann, as their license with the British Broadcasting Corporation doesn't allow them to use any BBC Wales incarnations of the Doctor. Consequently, McGann was their "current" Doctor, even as late as 2013. They have thus made him effectively the "first amongst equals", and given him his own series. Unlike the other Doctors, most of his Big Finish releases have been deliberately organised into "seasons" and his annual output has typically been greater than that afforded the others. Effectively, he's had two series of narratively-connected seasons — one co-starring Charlotte Pollard and the other with Lucie Miller.
Of the two, his adventures with Lucie Miller were far more prominent than any of Big Finish's other output, due to the fact that they were commissioned by BBC Radio and employed Sheridan Smith, an actor who already had a following from her work in mainstream British comedy. Four series were made in all, with most stories eventually being broadcast on radio and the web. Given that the web broadcasts were not region locked, they had the potential to reach the most people worldwide of any performed Doctor Who adventures ever made.
Continuity contradictions edit
The eighth incarnation's adventures after the TV movie have taken place in three media: the Big Finish audio stories, the Doctor Who Magazine and Radio Times comic strips, and the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures and Past Doctor Adventures novels. The continuity between these three separate ranges remains complicated to integrate.
The second BBC Books novel Vampire Science established that the Doctor left his companion, Sam Jones, at one point. While only a few hours passed for Sam, the Doctor apparently travelled for three years without her. It was within this "gap" that it was suggested that many of the Eighth Doctor's adventures could take place. The stories The Dying Days, the Radio Times comic strips and the DWM comic stories are all suggested by some sources[source needed] to take place at this point, however this placement fails to take into account the narrative discontinuity in the worlds presented (such as the Gallifrey of the DWM comics being somewhat incompatible with its presentation in the EDAs that followed).
Big Finish Productions' Eighth Doctor stories, which were published after the start of the EDAs in 2001, began by dropping in subtle continuity with the books. For example, Minuet in Hell references Sam Jones. This approach swiftly changed — even going to far as to muddy the waters on Minuet in Hell by retroactively inserting a new companion called Samson to whom the Minuet reference might apply. A Big Finish short story collection depicted Sam being edited out of history. (PROSE: Repercussions...) At one point, the Doctor was able to look into parallel universes, seeing glimpses which reflected the events of the DWM comics and the EDAs. (AUDIO: Zagreus) However another audio, The Zygon Who Fell to Earth, brought back the association with the EDAs, with the Doctor referring to a previous run-in with the Zygons in the 19th century, as occurred in the BBC novel The Bodysnatchers.
Eventually, a 2009 audio, Mary's Story, offered some level of clarity to the situation. It depicted a "future" Eighth Doctor directly mentioning comic strip and novel companions. He goes through a list of his previous companions in chronological order, and places novel companions before audio ones. However, the comic strip companion Destrii was mentioned later and not with the others, still leaving the placement of the comic strips uncertain. The story contradicts suggestions that the different ranges are set in alternate universes and supports the concept of the novels taking place before the audios.
Richard Griffiths, who once expressed interest in playing the Fifth Doctor, but turned down due to scheduling conflicts, was the BBC's top choice to play the Eighth Doctor, had the show continued after 1989. He was later approached for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the TV movie, but was unavailable. Ian Richardson was also a popular choice for the Eighth Doctor, had the show continued after 1989.
In 1988, an actor called David Burton was filmed as "The Eighth Doctor" in one companies own version of the Doctor Who show. The pilot episode was called Doctor Who and The Monsters of Ness. This is mentioned in DWM 209. According to David Burton, his version of the Doctor would be similar to the First Doctor and the show would be more of a children's programme. The pilot episode was sent to the BBC but Burton was never officially confirmed as the new Doctor by the BBC.
In the early 1990s, Verity Lambert was approached by the BBC to revive the series. Lambert wanted Peter Cook to play the Doctor at the time, but she eventually declined involvement.
Christopher Eccleston and Peter Capaldi,  the Ninth and Twelfth Doctors respectively, were offered the chance to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor but both declined. Michael Crawford, Tim Curry, Eric Idle, Billy Connolly, Trevor Eve, Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay and Jonathan Pryce were all considered for the role of the Eighth Doctor. Lindsay actually auditioned for the role, together with Eddie Murphy, Anthony Head, Tim McInnerny, Tony Slattery, Liam Cunningham, Nathaniel Parker and Mark McGann (Paul's brother). [additional sources needed]
- ↑ Peter Capaldi: I Turned Down Doctor Who - DVD Launch Q&A. YouTube - Doctor Who (18 November 2014). Retrieved on 20 November 2014.