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Miscellaneous Expanded Universe Doctors

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    Nicholas Briggs' Doctor 

Nicholas Briggs' Doctor
Played by: Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs played the Doctor for four seasons in his Fan Work Audio Play series, the Doctor Who Audio Visuals. He reached Ascended Fanon status when he got featured prominently as a future regeneration in the Doctor Who Magazine comics. In the jokey standalone story "Party Animals" written by Gary Russell (a regular contributor to the Audio Visuals before he also started Running the Asylum), he encounters the Seventh Doctor and Ace. To make things even more confusing, another character (Shayde) then pretended to be him for an entirely unrelated Doctor Who Magazine Story Arc (which, in reality, was the magazine's way of testing if any new regeneration might catch on with the fans). He also briefly played the newly regenerated Doctor at the end of the stage version of The Dalek's Master Plan where his main role was the voice of the Daleks.

Because the Audio Visuals are not part of the Expanded Universe, only tropes from officially licensed stories appear here. However, with his appearances across comics and audio plays, he's a complex enough case to justify his own folder on this page.

  • Ascended Fanon: Though not ascended all the way into the canon Whoniverse, he became firmly established in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.
  • Broad Strokes: Since his only true appearances in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe have amounted to brief cameos, nobody can say for certain if this Doctor's life was similar to what was shown in the fan-made Audio Visuals or not. What makes things more confusing is that almost all of the Audio Visuals have been adapted into official Doctor Who stories through Big Finish without Nick Briggs' Doctor.
  • The Cameo: In the audio version of Seven Keys To Doomsday, he appears at the beginning, regenerating into Trevor Martin's Doctor.
  • Comicbook Fantasy Casting: As mentioned above, his comic book appearance is clearly based on Nick Briggs.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Doctor Who Magazine played an elaborate Bait-and-Switch prank on their readership by seemingly having the Doctor regenerate into Nicholas Briggs, but this proved to be a ruse by the shapeshifting cyborg character Shayde. This happened around the same time that other wilderness-era Doctor Who publishers had embryonic plans to introduce their own original Doctor incarnations (Virgin Books considered having the Seventh Doctor regenerate into a body with the likeness of David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton), and the Doctor Who Magazine editors wanted to test how audiences would react to the debut of an all-new Doctor on the page.
  • Iconic Item: Carried a toothbrush in his pocket, similar to Five's decorative vegetable.
  • The Nth Doctor: He's introduced in the comics as a future regeneration, though it's unclear which number. This was before Doctor Who was revived in 2005, so for a while, this was perfectly acceptable within the comics canon.
  • You Look Familiar: Nowadays known as the Show Runner of Big Finish Doctor Who and as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen (and pretty much everything else) in the TV series.

    Expanded Universe Doctors on Screen 

Lenny Henry's Seventh Doctor

Played by: Lenny Henry

Another spoof version of the Seventh Doctor specifically who appeared in in a Lenny Henry Show sketch, which is included in the VHS release of The Curse of Fatal Death and the DVD release of "Mindwarp". He arrives on Earth in 2010 and encounters a Cyberman regime lead by the most tyrannical ruler of all, Thatchos.

Tom Baker's Narrator Doctor

Played by: Tom Baker

An older Tom Baker has reprised his role as the Doctor many times, most often in special features on home videos or introductions to televised airings of Classic episodes. Most notably, this older doppelganger of the Fourth Doctor appears in both the reconstructed VHS and Blu-ray releases of the incomplete episode "Shada", where he nostalgically reminisces about his past exploits and narrates missing scenes.

  • Aside Glance: In the Blu-ray version, he stands with K9 in the TARDIS and wonders if someone will one day think of him as a nice old man, the same way people thought of Salyavin. Then he gives a mischievous grin to the camera.
  • Canon Immigrant: The concept of a far future Doctor revisiting the face of the Fourth Doctor was reused in "The Day of the Doctor" with the mysterious Curator. Whether or not this Doctor and the Curator are the same is up to you to decide.
    • Paul Magrs also toyed with the idea of casting Tom Baker as a retired alternate Fourth Doctor in his Nest Cottage Chronicles saga for BBC Audio, but chose to leave it completely ambiguous as the stories can easily slot in at any blank space in the Fourth Doctor's life.
  • Cool Old Guy: He wants to have this reputation, like Salyavin did as Professor Chronotis.
  • Glory Days: In all his appearances, he's reminiscing about past adventures, most often the one with Salyavin that we never saw but are never allowed to forget.
  • Long List: He enjoys listing off the many aliens and monsters he's fought over the years.

Mark Gatiss's Doctor

Played by: Mark Gatiss

A parodic incarnation of the Doctor who appeared in the tongue-in-cheek short film The Web of Caves as part of BBC 2's Doctor Who Night in 1999.

  • Seen It All: None of the Thal's plans impress this Doctor, who has foiled similar schemes many times before.
  • Take Your Time: Unlike most Doctors, he's not in a rush to be doing any adventuring. In fact, he flatly refuses to fight a random Thal (played by David Walliams) who's harassing him until he comes up with a less generic evil plan. Then, he arranges an exact date in which the Thal would like to be apprehended: next Wednesday.
  • You Look Familiar: Mark Gatiss has gone on to star in many roles throughout the revived era of the main show and Big Finish audios, most recurrently as an alternate universe version of the Master.

    Expanded Universe Doctors in Prose 

Dr. Who (Cadet Sweets)

These peculiar Doctor designs appeared on the comic strip wrappers of Doctor Who-branded Cadet Sweets' cigarette sweeties (yes, these were a thing in the 1960s). These obscure pieces of memorabilia, collectively called Dr. Who and the Daleks, are actually among the first ever Expanded Universe prose stories based on Doctor Who.

  • Adaptation Species Change: Like the Peter Cushing film version, these Doctors identify as human, as a matter of Early Instalment Weirdness.
  • Badass Cape: Both designs wear superhero capes for some reason. The first design seems to wear a golden one on top of a spandex costume, the latter wears a red one over a more Doctorly get-up.
  • Enemy Mine: In the second story, Dr. Who teams up with the Daleks in order to destroy an amok "machine-brain" that they built.
  • Rogues Gallery: Dr. Who battles both the Voord and the Daleks, though he surprisingly comes to a peaceful arrangement with the Daleks after helping them to defeat a rogue A.I. they had built.
  • You Don't Look Like You: They seemingly represent Bill Hartnell's First Doctor, but neither design looks anything like him. Either they couldn't get the rights to use his likeness, or they thought nobody would care to notice. Notably, this was long before regeneration was ever a concept, but the second Cadet Doctor looks somewhat similar to Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor crossed with a young William Hartnell.

The Leader

Portrayed by: Jack Kine

In the Inferno Universe, the Second Doctor, unlike his prime universe counterpart, did not reject the choices of appearance the Time Lords offered him for his second regeneration, but ended up choosing one of them before he was exiled to Earth, eventually becoming the tyrannical leader of the Fascist Republic of Great Britain. He was ultimately killed by the catastrophic events that happened during "Inferno".

Though he wasn't identified as an alternate Doctor in the "Inferno" story itself, it was later realized that special effects supervisor Jack Kine, the man who portrayed the Leader on the posters seen in the Inferno Universe, resembled one of the choices the Second Doctor had been offered for his regeneration in "The War Games", so later Expanded Universe writers took the idea and ran with it. Since this connection between the Doctor and the Leader was never implied in the television story, he will be classed as a literary Doctor here.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The connection between the Doctor and the Leader was first put forward in Timewyrm: Revelation, but the Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off novels greatly expanded the Leader's backstory. In I, Alastair, it's revealed that this Third Doctor was sent back to the 1930s rather than the 1970s (or 1980s) after regenerating, started hanging out with the real life political union leader Sir Oswald Mosley before eventually destabilising the democratic system and taking over the United Kingdom, transforming it into the ruthless fascist state we see in "Inferno".
  • Beard of Evil: Sported a moustache, in contrast to the clean-shaven Doctor.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: His ubiquity on propaganda posters with the slogan UNITY IS STRENGTH definitely call Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four to mind.
  • Cerebus Retcon: While the Second Doctor's regeneration scene is far from a cheery sequence, the part where he immaturely mocks the potential regeneration options given to him is a lighthearted moment that relieves the tension somewhat. Knowing that one of those options is the face of The Leader from "Inferno" may make it slightly less funny (or more so, depending on your sense of humour).
  • Composite Character: Basically, some writers looked at the posters of the Leader from "Inferno", then at the sketched impression of the 'Thin Doctor' option given to the Second Doctor by the Time Lords prior to his regeneration, and put two-and-two together.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": It is unknown if this version of the Doctor even bothers with a civic name, seeing as how everyone refers to him as "The Leader".
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Our Doctor was very unnerved when he realized that the scary man on the posters was one of the choices the Time Lords had offered him, wondering how an alternate version of himself could become a tyrant.
  • For Want of a Nail: If the Second Doctor had chosen the 'Thin Doctor' option given to him by the Time Lords at his trial, everything would have changed. It's implied that losing control of his TARDIS as well as the ability to regenerate, plus being dropped into a much more politically unstable period, triggered this alternate Doctor's fall to darkness.
  • The Ghost: While we know what he looks like from the Party's propaganda posters, the Leader himself goes unseen in "Inferno".
  • Glorious Leader: Citizens of the Republic still loved and praised their Leader after his death.
  • Just the First Citizen: Head of a Fascist Republic, but just goes by "The Leader".
  • Lean and Mean: The Second Doctor decried all of the sketches of possible regeneration options given to him by the Time Lords for fairly superficial reasons, with one of them being far too thin for his liking. It turns out that not choosing that one was the best decision he ever made, as it would've turned him into the most evil version of the Doctor until the Valeyard came along.
  • Out of Continues: The Time Lords halted his ability to regenerate entirely.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: His alien biology is known to only his closest advisors, though most Party members who hear the rumours debunk it as fanatical nonsense. The general population are mostly unaware that their Glorious Leader is a member of the most advanced civilisation in the universe.
  • Retcon: There was no such implication that the Leader was an incarnation of the Doctor in "Inferno", with the Third Doctor explicitly stating that he has no counterpart in the parallel universe featured in that story, that being one of the reasons why its version of Earth devolved into such a shithole. At the very least, the concept seems to have become widely accepted fact in the expanded universe across several different novel ranges.

Doctor Who Magazine Proof-of-Concept Doctors

(Hypothetically) Played by: BRIAN BLESSED and Richard Griffiths

The Doctors that never came to be. Over the years, Doctor Who Magazine have featured some notable "what-if" fantasy pitches featuring detailed scenarios where certain actors get cast into the role of the Doctor, often with accompanying artwork and full story treatments. The most notable of these are designs based on English actors Richard Griffiths and BRIAN BLESSED; the former was featured in Issue 225 of Doctor Who Magazine as a proposal for the unproduced TV story "Alixion" by Robin Mukherjee, while the latter was developed as part of a fan casting competition.

  • Acrofatic / Big Fun: Richard Griffiths could've been the portliest incarnation yet and the concept sketches of him reflect this. How he would've fared with the show's copious amounts of running through polystyrene corridors, we will never know.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Blessed's Doctor visits an American amusement park secretly ran by the Master, who teams up with an alien workforce with goals of destroying the Earth. There he meets his companion, Maggie.
  • Arch-Nemesis: The hypothetical Blessed Doctor's hypothetical debut story sees him encounter a hypothetical Master portrayed by John Hurt.
  • Black Cloak: In contrast to his fairly colourful main costume design, Blessed's Doctor is shown wearing a plain black cloak in the later UNIT story An Army of Shadows, seemingly to denote his mysterious nature as an unknown future incarnation (though more likely because the depiction in the UNIT file was a random stock image of Brian Blessed on set of another production).
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Concept sketches for Blessed's main costume emphasise the Doctor's aristocratic nature as he resembles a wealthy country squire.
  • Mad Scientist: Griffiths' Doctor definitely has a "nutty professor" look going on.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Of course, BRIAN BLESSED would have been the first Doctor to have a beard, had he ever been on the cards for the show. Richard Griffiths would have also sported his impressive moustache.

Forty-Second Doctor (Valeyard of the Daleks)

A far future incarnation who appeared in Lance Parkin's Beige Planet Mars alongside his young companion and wife Iphegenia, though they went unnamed in the final draft. This retired older Doctor was meant to appear in an extended epilogue chapter of the novel The Dying Days called "Valeyard of the Daleks", which expands his storyline.

  • Ascended Fanon: The 42nd Doctor appeared in a few fanworks by Mark Clapham and Lance Parkin before he was elevated to semi-official status. He and Iphegenia appear in the official novel Beige Planet Mars, though they go unnamed.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His imagined likeness is based on Ian Richardson.
  • Dirty Old Man: Downplayed, but this extremely old Doctor (more so than most) is married to an 18-year-old girl named Iphegenia. He notes that his immediate previous incarnation was more impulsive than he is now, but doesn't mind the situation he was left in.
  • The Gambler: He spends most of his free time, which he has in abundance, chilling in a casino and playing the roulette with his beautiful wife.
  • Happily Married: He's comfortably retired and happily married to a pretty young lady. Life is good.
  • Retired Badass: He prefers sitting around gambling to adventuring now, though when the last vestiges of the Dalek Empire attack, he has no trouble fighting them off.
  • Troll: He enjoys trolling Jason Kane when they meet, such as when he jokes that, in the future, Benny Summerfield has gone on to become a God-Emperor.

Unknown Doctors (Rose Target Novelisation)

Two unknown Doctors spotted by Clive Finch who are referenced briefly in Russell T Davies' self-adapted novelisation of the first episode of the 2005 revival, "Rose". They appear in photographs amongst Clive's vast collection of Doctor sightings throughout human history. One Doctor is described as a tall, bald black woman with a flaming sword, the other is a disabled androgynous child with a robot dog.

  • Adaptation Expansion: Clive only had photos of the Ninth Doctor in the original episode, but in the novel he has photos of every Doctor, including these mysterious future (or, in light of recent developments, distant past) incarnations.
  • Affirmative-Action Legacy: We have a black female (before Jo Martin's Fugitive Doctor) Doctor and a disabled gender-neutral child Doctor now.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Their existence raises so many questions. Are they future Doctors, past Doctors, unseen in-between Doctors? How does Clive know that they are Doctors at all? The child Doctor has at least been obliquely referenced in the Lockdown! audio story "Shadow of a Doubt", in which Daughter of Mine says she has met a Doctor who can't walk, among other apocryphal Doctors.
  • Bald Head of Toughness: Downplayed. The black female Doctor is described as bald and wields a flaming weapon, implying she's more of a High Fantasy Action Hero than most Doctors.
  • Chekhov's Gun: After generously handing Davros some spare regeneration energy in "The Witch's Familiar" (as part of a Batman Gambit), the Twelfth Doctor speculates that in doing so, he could regenerate into a handicapped incarnation somewhere down the line. Earlier than that, the Ninth Doctor (half-jokingly) explained to Rose that any regeneration can have unpredictable physical side-effects. It's possible that this young wheelchair-bound incarnation is a result of these concerns, though they could have become disabled at a later point after their regeneration.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: While the details are too vague to say for certain, the description of the female Doctor is possibly based on a frequent member of Russell T Davies' Production Posse, T'Nia Miller (who also portrayed the General's gender-swapped regeneration in the episode "Hell Bent" by Steven Moffat), who is known for her completely shaved head.
  • Flaming Sword: Whether or not the bald female Doctor's sword is a permanent fixture of her arsenal or merely a one-time item is unclear. Either way, it's cool.
  • Handicapped Badass: The child Doctor is disabled and operates a high-tech wheelchair for mobility. It's likely that this impediment does not lessen the Doctor's formidable reputation in the slightest.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: The child Doctor is accompanied by a robotic dog, presumably a new model of K9.

    Expanded Universe Doctors on Stage 

Trevor Martin's Fourth Doctor (Seven Keys to Doomsday)
Played by: Trevor Martin

An alternate Fourth Doctor from the stage play Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday and its Big Finish version, "Seven Keys To Doomsday". When the Third Doctor starts the story off by dying, this Fourth incarnation accidentally kidnaps two human teens in a fit of post-regeneration mania and immediately gets tangled up in a Dalek plan on the planet Karn.

David Banks' Doctor (The Ultimate Adventure)
Played by: David Banks

Jon Pertwee's understudy in the stage play The Ultimate Adventure. Since Banks didn't want to "play Pertwee", as it were, he created a distinct persona and outfit for his Doctor. When Jon Pertwee fell ill in the middle of his first scene near the end of the play's long tour, Banks had to step in for two performances, and his Doctor has since been accepted into the Doctor Who mythos as an alternate timeline incarnation.

  • Green Aesop: Wore a big Greenpeace button.
  • The Other Darrin: Kind of. And since David Banks played a main villain, he himself had to be replaced by his own understudy when he stepped in as the Doctor.
  • You Look Familiar: David Banks is otherwise most famous in Doctor Who fandom for playing the Cyber-Leader throughout the classic stories.

Battered Suitcase Company Doctors

Played by: Mark Wright, Robin Whitehead, David Huntingdon and Mike O'Doherty.

Four Doctors who appeared in a series of highly obscure officially licensed stage plays (Hellblossom, Vox Dei, The Amazons of Mantubu and Warsmith) by the defunct Battered Suitcase Company, based in Portsmouth in the early 2000s.

  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: Similar to his duel against Morbius, the Hellblossom Doctor challenges his old xenobotany mentor Professor Gardener to a game of 'Rassilon's Gambit', where the combatants' memories are waged against one another.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Hellblossom Doctor vaguely references having betrayed his wife shortly before his exile from Gallifrey.
  • Steampunk: Mike O'Doherty's Doctor definitely had this aesthetic with his TARDIS console and costume.

Miscellaneous Expanded Universe Companions

    John and Gillian 

John and Gillian Who

Two grandchildren of the Doctor who tag along with him in the TARDIS. These two were created specifically for the licensed comic strips in Polystyle Publications' TV Comic magazine in the 1960s, because all characters besides the Doctor himself could not be licensed to appear, including Susan. Later Expanded Universe media would indicate that they are not all they seem. Collectively, they are the Doctor's longest-running comic medium companions.

  • Demoted to Extra: Around the same time that the Second Doctor debuted in the comic strip, John and Gillian tended to get frequently sidelined from the action until they barely featured at all. Later magazines like TV Action starring the Third Doctor would remove them entirely, with his only permanent companion being his beloved car, Bessie (there renamed "Betsy").
  • Discontinuity Nod: Their appearances in later spin-off media usually function as this, most notably the novel Conundrum, in which the Seventh Doctor does not recognise them as his grandchildren at all.
  • The Dividual: As they are rarely seen apart, most people group them together collectively as "John and Gillian" rather than referring to them individually. They have no real distinctive characteristics from each other.
  • Dream People: Several later stories would posit that John and Gillian were merely fictional beings who existed only in the Doctor's dreams, or varying shades of "not entirely real". These explanations range from being simple dream constructs imagined up by the Doctor when he needs to unwind, to entities created in the Land of Fiction (complete with their own alternate fictionalised version of the Doctor, there actually named Dr. Who, acting as their grandfather), to digital simulacra generated by the TARDIS matrix itself.
  • Early Instalment Weirdness: They both hail from an era before the concept of Time Lords existed, and therefore appear to be nothing more remarkable than normal human children living in 20th century London. As the Doctor was referred to as "Doctor Who" in most media, their full names are given as John Who and Gillian Who. Lastly, their existence would appear to be incompatible with the television show's depiction of Susan as the Doctor's only known grandchild, since expanded universe media at the time was more limited in how it could acknowledge events from the show and vice versa.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Besides their differing genders and hair colours, they look and act the same.
  • Harmful to Minors: Gillian holds the distinction of being one of the rare companions to actually shoot a villain dead. She kills an unnamed mad scientist controlling life-sized model dinosaurs in order to deactivate them. The supposed violence of the early TV Comics adventures gets totally exaggerated in their Land-of-Fiction Doctor Who New Adventures appearances, where they and their grandfather Dr. Who (and Jason) are lax about destroying monsters they encounter.
  • Kid Sidekick: They are among the Doctor's youngest companions.

    The Minister of Chance 

The Minister of Chance

Voiced by: Stephen Fry

A Time Lord, and never-before seen old ally of the Doctor, who appears in the webcast "Death Comes to Time". He got his own Audio Play spinoff (starring a few other Doctor Who actors), albeit played by Julian Wadham and very explicitly not set in any Doctor Who continuity.

    Gareth Jenkins 

Gareth Jenkins

Played by himself

A kid who wrote to Jim'll Fix It asking to appear on Doctor Who. In the resulting story, "A Fix with Sontarans", he's pulled aboard the TARDIS by mistake, but when two Sontarans who stowed aboard the TARDIS in the hopes of blowing it up find him they mean to kill him in case he's the Gareth Jenkins who would hand the Sontarans their asses in 2001. Then Jimmy Savile bursts through the Fourth Wall (much to the dismay of the Doctor and Tegan, who evidently knew what neither scriptwriter Eric Saward nor Baker and Fielding could have about Savile).

    Jimmy (or Dave) Forbes 

Jimmy / Dave Forbes
Played by: James Matthews (stage, 1974), Alistair Hudson (stage, 1984), Joe Thompson (Big Finish, 2008)

From the stage production Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday and its Big Finish version, "Seven Keys To Doomsday".

  • The Danza: Named after James Mathews, who played him in the original stage production. In later stage productions, he was called Dave, but reverted to Jimmy for the audio.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall: He and Jenny are (supposedly) members of the audience, who answer the on-stage Doctor's call for help and are drawn into his world.
  • Jumped at the Call

    Jenny Wilson 

Jenny Wilson
Played by: Wendy Padbury (stage, 1974), Theresa Milgate (stage, 1984), Charlie Hayes (Big Finish, 2008)

From the stage production Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday and its Big Finish version, "Seven Keys To Doomsday".



Voiced by: Jennifer Saayeng

Appearing in Doctor Who: The Edge of Time computer AI for a spaceship which crashed and resulted in the deaths of the crew. The AI went mad with grief and became convinced she was a human trapped on the ship, basing her personality on one of the crew. She is eventually freed from the ship thanks to the Thirteenth Doctor and her new ally, with Emer guiding them as they search for a way to save the universe from the Reality Virus. After stopping to the Cybermen the Doctor builds Emer a synthetic body and sends her to become a companion of the Tenth Doctor.