Doctor Who: Why Every Doctor Left The Show

11. Patrick Troughton

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Years Served: 1966 - 1969

Where Hartnell's exit was only decided upon near the end of his tenure, Patrick Troughton actually entered Doctor Who with an endgame in mind.

He wanted to play the character for no more than three years because he feared he would be typecast (which is funny, because the main thing he's known for today is Doctor Who) if he stayed any longer, and that timeline was something that he actually managed to stick to, first appearing in 1966 and exiting in 1969.

So, his exit was simply voluntary, with no major problems to speak of. After he left, Troughton reportedly advised the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, to also follow this three-year model, advice that the young actor listened to.

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