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Miscellaneous Expanded Universe Doctors

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     Cadet Sweets Doctors 

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 two Doctors both identify as human, as a matter of Early Instalment Weirdness.
  • Badass Cape: They both wear superhero capes for some reason. The first seems to wear a golden one on top of a spandex costume, the latter wears a red one over a normal suit.
  • Enemy Mine: The second Cadet Doctor actually teams up with the Daleks to destroy an amok "machine-brain" that they 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 notice. This was notably long before regeneration was ever a concept, but the second Cadet Doctor looks somewhat similar to Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor.

     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", and the Expanded Universe took the idea and ran with it.

  • 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 1984 to mind.
  • 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": 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: The 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 Republic still loved and praised their Leader even 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, with one of them being far too thin for his liking. It turns out that not choosing it 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.

     Trevor Martin's Doctor
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
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.
  • Nice Hat: A classic adventurer's hat.
  • 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.

     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. 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.

  • A Spot Of Tea: Extremely fond of it. Also wears a badge shaped like a teapot.
  • Ascended Fanon: Though not ascended all the way into the canon Whoniverse, he became firmly established in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.
  • The Cameo: In the audio version of Seven Keys To Doomsday, he appears at the beginning, regenerating into Trevor Martin's Doctor.
  • 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.

     The Battered Suitcase Company Doctors 
Played by: Mark Wright, Robin Whitehead, David Huntingdon and Mike O'Doherty.

Four Doctors who appeared in a series of 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.

     Richard Griffiths' Doctor 

A Doctor that never truly came to be, though he appeared in Issue 225 of Doctor Who Magazine as a possible proposal for an Eighth Doctor played by Richard Griffiths, for the unproduced TV story "Alixion" by Robin Mukherjee.

  • Acrofatic / Big Fun: Richard Griffiths would'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 steel corridors, we will never know.
  • Lennon Specs: He wears round green sunglasses.
  • Mad Scientist: He definitely has a "nutty professor" look going on.


     Brian Blessed's Doctor 

An incarnation directly based on the likeness of BRIAN BLESSED appeared in a Doctor in a couple of prose stories published in Doctor Who Magazine, first as part of a fan design contest to cast a new hypothetical Doctor and later as a cameo in a UNIT-centric Winter Special issue.

  • Amusement Park of Doom: He visits an American amusement park secretly ran by the Master and aliens with goals of destroying the Earth. There he meets his companion, Maggie.
  • Arch-Nemesis: His debut story sees him encounter a hypothetical Master portrayed by John Hurt.
  • Black Cloak: In contrast to his fairly colourful main costume design, he's 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: His main costume emphasises the Doctor's aristocratic nature as he resembles a wealthy country squire in outdoor gear.

     Tom Baker's (Other) Doctor / The 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.
  • 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.

  • Spot of Tea: Like Nick Briggs' Doctor, this one enjoys a cuppa.
  • 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 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 stopped: 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.

     Lenny Henry's 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.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Although it was for a parody, Lenny Henry has the privilege of being the first black actor to play the Doctor in any remotely official capacity for the BBC.
  • Ascended Fanon: The sketch unexpectedly predicted that the Sixth Doctor would regenerate after hitting the TARDIS floor due to turbulence.
  • Attention Whore: He hates it when Peri upstages him.
  • Celibate Hero: "Peri, this is a children's show."
  • Dirty Coward: Rather than thwart Thatchos' neoliberal Cyberman regime, he and Peri just leg it back to the TARDIS and leave.
  • Expospeak Gag: Seems to speak exclusively in these terms.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Like the actual Sixth Doctor, he's incredibly blunt in the face of Peri's histrionics.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He gets a long scarf like the Fourth Doctor, somehow in a gaudier pattern.

     The Forty-Second Doctor 

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.
  • Happily Married: He's happily retired and married to a pretty young lady. Life's 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 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 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? Are they even Doctors at all? Will they ever be seen in a full story? 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 of Awesome: 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.
  • 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 is seen operating a high-tech wheelchair. They can presumably still throw down as well as the best of them.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: The child Doctor is accompanied by a robotic dog, presumably a new model of K9.

Miscellaneous Expanded Universe Companions

     John and Gillian 

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 eject permanent companions entirely (besides Bessie).
  • 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 Installment 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 killing off monsters they encounter.
  • Kid Sidekick: They are among the Doctor's youngest companions.

     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 
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
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".

     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".