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A staple of Doctor Who is the huge number of different Doctors that we’ve seen throughout the programme’s fifty year history. Sometimes they’re clones, sometimes they’re alternate versions of him, and very rarely they’re Victorian maths teachers who think they’re the Doctor. And with the introduction of John Hurt as the newest Doctor, as part five of my monthly countdown to Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary, we take a look back at the alternate Doctors…


1. Dr Who

Peter Cushing Doctor Who

Who Played Him?

Peter Cushing


When Did He Appear

The non-canon films Dr Who And The Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD in the 1960s


This is definitely the Doctor that is most removed from the character as we know him. Rather than being a Time Lord from Gallifrey who chooses to be called the Doctor, he’s a human scientist named Dr Who who invented a time machine called Tardis.

Despite these massive changes to the character’s backstory, Dr Who still bears some similarities to William Hartnell’s Doctor and a terrific performance by Hammer Horror star Peter Cushing still makes watching this Doctor great fun so long as you don’t take it too seriously and can accept the liberties that have taken with the character.

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This article was first posted on May 28, 2013