A Guide to Every Version of The Doctor on Doctor Who

Today marks the 53rd birthday of Doctor Who. To celebrate, here’s a guide to every incarnation of everyone’s favourite Time Lord…


The Twelve (well, thirteen) Doctors


The First Doctor (1963-66)

Played by: William Hartnell

Companions: Ian, Barbara, Susan, Vicki, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Steven, Dodo, Ben, Polly

Major enemies: Daleks, Meddling Monk, Cybermen

Doctor Who? The First Doctor was a grand elder statesman who let his younger companions steal most of the action. Though he began as very distant, brusque and quite alien, he grew into a twinkly, warm grandfatherly type.


The Second Doctor (1966-69)

Played by: Patrick Troughton

Companions: Ben, Polly, Jamie, Victoria, Zoe

Major Enemies: Cybermen, Daleks, Yeti, Great Intelligence, Ice Warriors

Doctor Who? The Second Doctor liked to come across as a clownish, scruffy sort – prone to slapstick, saying “oh my giddy aunt!” and playing tunes on his trusty recorder. But underneath that he was a cunning crusader, dedicated to ridding the universe of evil.


The Third Doctor (1970-74)

Played by: Jon Pertwee

Companions: Liz, Jo, Sarah Jane (honorary companions: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, Captain Mike Yates)

Major Enemies: The Master, Daleks, Autons, Silurians, Sea Devils, Sontarans, Omega

Doctor Who? After being sentenced to banishment on Earth by the Time Lords, the Third Doctor joined the militaristic alien-busting U.N.I.T. Fond of frilly shirts and velvet cloaks, this Doctor fancied himself as a James Bond figure – with a love of vintage cars and gadgets.


The Fourth Doctor (1974-81)

Played by: Tom Baker

Companions: Sarah Jane, Harry, Leela, Romana (I + II), K-9 (I + II), Adric, Nyssa, Tegan

Major Enemies: Davros, Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, Sontarans, Zygons, The Black Guardian

Doctor Who? The longest serving Doctor by far, the Fourth Doctor was a full-on eccentric. Always found with his long scarf and floppy hat covering his big, bouffant hair, he preferred to offer his enemies a jelly baby rather than engage in open hostilities.


The Fifth Doctor (1982-84)

Played by: Peter Davison

Companions: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Peri

Major Enemies: The Master, Cybermen, Black Guardian, Mara, Silurians, Sea Devils, Omega, Davros, Daleks

Doctor Who? Whereas the Fourth Doctor was big and commanding, the Fifth was much younger and more unassuming. Though he still possessed his enormous brain and kindness, this Doctor tended to get caught up in tragic, dark scenarios that he found difficult to fix.


The Sixth Doctor (1984-86)

Played by: Colin Baker

Companions: Peri, Mel

Major Enemies: The Master, Sil, Davros, Daleks, Cybermen, The Rani

Doctor Who? As demonstrated by his garish coat of many colours, the Sixth Doctor was a shameless egotist who didn’t care what anyone thought of him. Though his companions often bore the brunt of his abrasiveness, it made him better equipped to fight the evils of the universe




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