Few shows can claim a legacy that is even half that of Doctor Who’s. The program has run for decades, and in that time cultivated a crop of unforgettable characters and creatures that have earned the show its massive fan base.
Of course, there is no character quite so loved as the Doctor, so without further ado let’s take a stroll down memory lane as we examine past incarnations of one of the most famous characters of all time.
William Hartnell: The First Doctor 1963-1966
Chances are you probably did not witness Hartnell’s performance of the Doctor first hand, and unfortunately, the ability to do so now is disappointingly limited. Doctor Who’s initial run was not well archived, so many of the debut episodes that set the tone for the entire series are forever lost. If you’re a fan of the current show, you might see a completely different incarnation of the Doctor in Hartnell.
He portrayed an older, crankier Doctor who was mistrusting of others (with the exception of his granddaughter, Susan) and willing to deceive and even engage in violence to achieve his goals. Hartnell’s time as the Doctor came to an end when his iteration of the character collapsed of fatigue and regenerated.