In his first appearance in "Rose" , the Doctor looked in a mirror and commented on the size of his ears, suggesting that the regeneration may have happened shortly prior to the episode, or that he has not examined his reflection recently.
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The question mark motif was common throughout the s, in part as a branding attempt. Beginning with season eighteen, the Fourth through Seventh Doctors all sported costumes with a red question mark motif usually on the shirt collars, except for the Seventh Doctor — it appeared on his pullover and in the shape of his umbrella handle.
In the serial The Invasion of Time , the Fourth Doctor is asked to sign a document; although the signature itself is not directly seen on screen, his hand movements clearly indicate that he signs it with a question mark. A similar scene occurs with the Seventh Doctor in Remembrance of the Daleks.
In the early years of the franchise, the character was credited as "Doctor Who" or "Dr Who", up to the final story of season 18 , Logopolis , which was the last story featuring Tom Baker as the then-incumbent Fourth Doctor.
Beginning with the debut of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor in Castrovalva , the character was credited as "The Doctor", which he had been referred to in-universe since the tenure of William Hartnell. This credit remained from season 19 to season The resurrection of the programme credited Christopher Eccleston — playing the Ninth Doctor — as "Doctor Who" again in series 1.
The credit reverted to "The Doctor" for 's Christmas special " The Christmas Invasion " and all subsequent stories at Tennant's request. John Hurt plays a mysterious past incarnation of the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special " The Day of the Doctor ", with minor roles in " The Name of the Doctor " and mini-episode " The Night of the Doctor ", created as a "mayfly Doctor" by Steven Moffat.
Tom Baker did reappear, but as "the Curator", an ambiguously different character who he was not credited for playing. A voice actor, John Guilor, recorded a line of audio impersonating the First Doctor , for which he was credited as "Voice Over Artist". In other multi-Doctor stories, the multiple actors are all credited as "The Doctor", the exception being The Three Doctors —73 , which credited William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee as "Doctor Who" as the serial preceded the practice of crediting the character as "The Doctor".
In " Human Nature " , the plot involves the Tenth Doctor altering his biology and becoming a human to avoid detection. As a human, he takes the name "John Smith". The recasting of actors playing the part of the Doctor is explained within the programme by the Time Lords ' ability to regenerate after suffering illness, mortal injury or old age.
The process repairs all damage and rejuvenates the Doctor's body, but as a side effect it changes the Doctor's physical appearance and personality. This ability was not introduced until producers had to find a way to replace the ailing William Hartnell with Patrick Troughton and was not explicitly called "regeneration" until Jon Pertwee 's transformation to Tom Baker at the climax of Planet of the Spiders On screen, the transformation from Hartnell to Troughton was called a "renewal" and from Troughton to Pertwee a "change of appearance".
The original concept of regeneration or renewal was that the Doctor's body would rebuild itself in a younger, healthier form. The Second Doctor was intended to be a literally younger version of the First; biological time would turn back, and several hundred years would get taken off the Doctor's age, rejuvenating him.
In practice, however, since the Doctor stated his age in the Second Doctor serial The Tomb of the Cybermen , his age has been recorded progressively see below. In six out of ten transitions, the new actor was younger than their predecessor had been when they began the role. In the revived programme, the pattern is resumed with the transition of the Ninth to the Tenth and the Tenth to the Eleventh Doctor, although Steven Moffat is on record stating the intention was to cast an actor in his mids to 40s for the role of the Eleventh Doctor,  despite casting Matt Smith , who is the youngest actor to ever have played the role.
The actors who have played the lead role of the Doctor in the programme and the dates of their first and last regular television appearances in the role, are:. Jodie Whittaker took over the role as the Thirteenth Doctor in the Christmas special. While the Doctor remains essentially the same person throughout his regenerations, each actor has purposely imbued the character with distinct quirks and characteristics, and the production teams dictate new personality traits for each actor to portray.
Several personality traits remain constant throughout the Doctor's incarnations,  most notably a disarming or mercurial surface, concealing a deep well of age, wisdom, melancholy, and darkness.
This duality is explored more overtly in the revived series —present , which has described him as "fire and ice and rage, he's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun, he's ancient and forever, he burns at the centre of time This dark side sits in contrast to the Doctor's deep compassion , which manifests to different strength and effect across his incarnations. The Doctor prefers a pacifist solution to most problems, and is an ardent champion of life and dignity over violence and war.
His compassion for his fallen friend, the Master, often runs against clear reason or self-interest, as when he urges a dying Master to regenerate " Last of the Time Lords " or vows to watch over her for 1, years in order to avert her execution " Extremis ". The Doctor has a deep sense of right and wrong, and a conviction that it is right to intervene when injustice occurs, which sets him apart from his own people, the Time Lords, and their strict ethic of non-intervention.
Often the Doctor is critical of others who employ deadly force, be they his companions Leela in The Face of Evil and Talons of Weng-Chiang ; Jack Harkness in " Utopia " or other supporting characters. In the episode " The Lodger " , a member of the Doctor's football team offhandedly mentions annihilating the team they will play next week.
The Doctor looks very angry and says, "No violence, not while I'm around, not today, not ever. I'm the Doctor, the oncoming storm The Doctor has a particular dislike for ranged weapons such as firearms or rayguns , and tends to make a special effort to avoid their use.
The Tenth Doctor especially makes a show of his distaste, discarding guns while declaring "I never would! In the rare occasions the Doctor does make use of weapons, it's usually to bluff or employ for an alternative use, e. Nonetheless, when brought to an extreme e.
In Remembrance of the Daleks , the Doctor even contrives for the Daleks' homeworld, Skaro , to be destroyed. Starting with the revival, the Doctor carries the weight of a Time War between the Daleks and his people, the Time Lords, in which he believes himself responsible for the genocide of both races, in aid of the greater good.
Bearing the strain of his wartime actions, the Ninth Doctor deliberately tortures a lone Dalek he encounters " Dalek " , despite its pleas to "have pity," stating coldly, "you never did. In " The Family of Blood " , a defeated alien reflects that the Doctor "never raised his voice — that was the worst thing, the fury of a Time Lord".
Through the course of his adventures, the Eleventh Doctor underwent significant personality shifts, becoming ever more ruthless when travelling alone; falling into a deep depression and inertia when his friends Amy and Rory were lost to him; and finally undergoing a manic change at the prospect that Clara Oswin Oswald was still alive.
Different actors have used different regional accents in the role. Only rarely is this even addressed in the programme. In the case of McGann's Doctor , who is identified by American characters as "British", he seems only slightly conscious of the way he sounds, responding with "Yes, I suppose I am. Another example is in The Tomb of the Cybermen when the Doctor is identified as "English" and, dissembling, plays along.
Though David Tennant speaks with a natural Scottish accent, he played the Tenth Doctor with an Estuary accent apart from when, in the Highlands -set episode " Tooth and Claw " the character is pretending to be a local. According to producer Russell T Davies , this was intended as a consequence of spending so much time with Rose. Davies also said that after Eccleston's accent, he did not want Tennant "touring the regions" with a Scottish one, [note 6] and so asked Tennant to affect the same accent he used for the earlier BBC period drama Casanova.
In the Big Finish audio adventure The Sirens of Time , the captain aboard a German U-boat assumes he is English because of the way he pronounces his words: The Doctor's clothing has been equally distinctive, from the distinguished Edwardian suits of the First Doctor to the Second Doctor's rumpled, clown-like Chaplinesque attire to the dandyish frills and velvet of the Third Doctor's era. In later seasons, as his personality grew more mysterious, his jacket, tie and hatband all grew darker.
Throughout the s, question marks formed a constant motif, usually on the shirt collars or, in the case of the Seventh Doctor, on his sleeveless jumper and the handle to his umbrella. The idea was grounded in branding considerations, [ citation needed ] as was the movement starting in Tom Baker's final season toward an unchanging costume for each Doctor, rather than the variants on a theme employed over the first seventeen years of the programme.
When the Eighth Doctor regenerated, he clad himself in a 19th-century frock coat and shirt based on a Wild Bill Hickok costume, reminiscent of the out-of-time quality of earlier Doctors and emphasising the Eighth Doctor's more Romantic persona. In contrast to the more flamboyant outfits of his predecessors, the Ninth Doctor wore a nondescript, weathered black leather jacket, V-neck jumper and dark trousers.
Eccleston stated that he felt that such definitive "costumes" were passé and that the character's trademark eccentricities should show through his actions and clever dialogue, not through gimmicky costumes. The Tenth Doctor sports either a brown or a blue pinstripe suit — usually worn with ties — a tan ankle-length coat and trainers, the latter recalling the plimsolls worn by his fifth incarnation.
Also like that incarnation and his first one , he occasionally wears spectacles. In the Children in Need " Time Crash " special he states that he doesn't actually need glasses to see, but rather wears them to "look a bit clever", as did the Fifth, whom he meets in the special. On occasions he wears a black tuxedo with matching black trainers. In interviews, Tennant has referred to his Doctor's attire as geek chic. According to Tennant he had always wanted to wear the trainers.
The overall costume was influenced by an outfit worn by Jamie Oliver in a TV interview on the talk show Parkinson. The Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors routinely carried numerous items in their coats without this being conspicuous.
The Eleventh Doctor's appearance has been described as appearing like "an Oxford professor", with a tweed jacket, red or blue striped shirt, red or blue bow tie , black or grey trousers with red or blue braces, and black boots.
As a running gag, he exhibits attraction to unusual hats, like a fez , a pirate hat and a stetson , often only to have them destroyed by River Song shortly afterwards.
Starting in the second half of series 7, the Eleventh Doctor reverted to wearing a frock coat, similar to those worn by his predecessors, with a waistcoat and black trousers, black braces, an off-white shirt, bow tie and brown boots.
He also added round-rimmed glasses that belonged to former companion Amy Pond. The Twelfth Doctor 's costume has been described as looking like a magician. The Doctor has occasionally expressed distaste and confusion about his own fashion choices in other incarnations. The First Doctor referred to his third incarnation as a " Dandy ", and his second incarnation as a clown.
Each regeneration to date has been worked into the continuing story, and most regenerations minus the Second-to-Third have been portrayed on-screen, in a handing over of the role. Before permanently dying, a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times for a total of thirteen incarnations. The Doctor's first Hartnell to Troughton , ninth Hurt to Eccleston , and thirteenth Smith to Capaldi regenerations occur due to natural causes — in all three cases the Doctor shows increasing signs of age, and comments that his body is "wearing a bit thin," though in the First Doctor's case this is apparently exacerbated by the energy drain from Mondas.
All of the other regenerations have been caused by external factors, such as radiation poisoning, infection or fatal injuries. In the original programme, with the exception of the change from Troughton to Pertwee, regeneration usually occurred when the previous Doctor was near "death".
The changeover from McCoy to McGann was handled differently, with the Doctor actually dying and being dead for a time before regeneration occurred.
The Eighth Doctor comments at one point in the television movie that the anaesthesia interfered with the regenerative process, and that he had been "dead too long", accounting for his initial amnesia.
Kate Orman 's novel The Room with No Doors , set just before the regeneration, notes that this is one of the few regenerations in which the Doctor was not conscious and aware that he was dying. The Second Doctor Troughton , was the only Doctor whose regeneration was due to nothing more than a need to change his appearance.
He was not aged, in ill health nor mortally wounded at the end of The War Games Prior to his exile, the Time Lords deemed that his current appearance was too well known on Earth and therefore forced a "change of appearance" on him. This method of changing appearance was a source of early speculation that the Second and Third Doctor were actually the same incarnation since the second was never seen to truly "die" onscreen.
Continuity has since established that one of his allotted regenerations was indeed used up for this transition. The series began with the Ninth Doctor already regenerated and fully stabilised, with no explanation given.
In his first appearance in "Rose" , the Doctor looked in a mirror and commented on the size of his ears, suggesting that the regeneration may have happened shortly prior to the episode, or that he has not examined his reflection recently. In Doctor Who Confidential , Davies revealed his reasoning that, after such a long hiatus, a regeneration in the first episode would not just be confusing for new viewers but lack dramatic impact, as there would be no emotional investment in the character before he was replaced.
The circumstances of the Eighth Doctor's regeneration were explored during the specials, with the revelation of the incarnation played by Hurt that existed between the Doctor's Eighth and Ninth incarnations. In the mini-episode " The Night of the Doctor ", a prelude to the 50th anniversary special " The Day of the Doctor ", it was revealed that the Eighth Doctor had been revived by the Sisterhood of Karn after dying in a spacecraft crash.
The Sisterhood offered him an elixir that enabled him to choose the characteristics of his next regeneration, and he opted for "a warrior"; the final scene of the mini-episode shows him regenerating not into the Ninth Doctor, as had been widely assumed, but into the War Doctor, played in the final scene of " The Name of the Doctor " by John Hurt.
Davies's novelisation of his debut episode " Rose " states that the Doctor's future incarnations include "a tall, bald black woman wielding a flaming sword" and "a young girl or boy in a hi-tech wheelchair with what looked like a robot dog at their side". It was established in The Deadly Assassin that a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times before permanently dying — a total of thirteen incarnations. The 20th Anniversary special, the television film and the special " The Time of the Doctor " all confirm this with the latter showing that the Time Lords can circumvent the cap of 12 regenerations in total by giving a Time Lord another regeneration cycle.
While many of the previous regeneration sequences were unique, the Doctor's regenerations of the revived programme were similar with each transition being an explosion of energy in a particularly violent fashion.
Time Lords used to have 13 lives. In " The Christmas Invasion " , it was stated the regenerative cycle creates a large amount of residual regeneration energy that suffuses the Time Lord's body.
As demonstrated by the Tenth Doctor for the first time in that story, in the first fifteen hours of regeneration this energy is enough to even rapidly regrow a severed hand.
This is in keeping with earlier serials, such as Robot —75 , where the newly regenerated Fourth Doctor splits a brick with his bare hand, and in the television movie, where the Doctor is depicted battering down a heavy steel door in a hospital morgue.
In the case of the Doctor, his regenerations are usually a result of a previous incarnation sustaining mortal injury, though he can regenerate from old age and was once forced to regenerate by the Time Lords. A common side effect the Doctor frequently experiences is a period of instability and partial amnesia following regeneration. Some post-regeneration experiences have been more difficult than others. The Sixth Doctor experienced extreme paranoia and flew into a murderous rage, nearly killing his companion The Twin Dilemma.
The Eighth Doctor experienced amnesia due to the anaesthetics affecting his physiology Doctor Who television film. While his regeneration first appeared to be smooth " The Parting of the Ways " , the Tenth Doctor began to experience spasms and became somewhat manic, frightening his companion as he pushed the TARDIS to dangerous extremes Children in Need mini-episode. The experience was traumatic enough to cause one of his hearts to temporarily stop beating.
Three of these are initiated by Time Lords: The Eighth Doctor's regeneration apparently occurred a few hours after he had actually "died", leaving him with temporary amnesia due to his body's adverse reaction to earth medicines. In " Journey's End ", the Tenth Doctor manages to avert his own regeneration by using some of the energy to heal himself, then channeling the remaining energy into his severed hand, thus retaining his appearance and personality.
That regenerative energy was a key point in a "human—Time Lord biological metacrisis" inadvertently caused by Donna Noble that creates the Meta-Crisis Doctor while she obtains a Time Lord intellect. Later in the series, during the events of " The Time of the Doctor " the Eleventh Doctor revealed that it was considered a full regeneration; he just kept the same face due to "vanity issues", and that he was now in his final 13th life given that the Tenth Doctor counted as two regenerations and the revelation of the existence of the War Doctor, this made a total of 12 regenerations.
However, during the same episode, the Doctor is given a new cycle of regenerations by the Time Lords, allowing him to regenerate for the thirteenth time into the Twelfth Doctor , with the Twelfth Doctor " Kill the Moon " and Rassilon " Hell Bent " each expressing uncertainty about how many regenerations the Doctor now has. Over the years, different writers and production teams have introduced their own twists to the Doctor's character, sometimes as part of a grand creative reinvention; others, out of narrative convenience or outside pressures.
Without one driving vision to maintain continuity, newer details may occasionally seem to contradict earlier ones. Other details — sometimes significant ones — are later ignored. It was not until the Third Doctor serial Spearhead from Space that the programme's then writers came up with the concept that the Doctor has two hearts.
The tie-in novel The Man in the Velvet Mask states incorporating an explanation for the discrepancy from fan lore that the Doctor did not grow his second heart until his regeneration into the Second Doctor. During his first regeneration, the Doctor's clothes save for his cloak and ring, both of which quickly thereafter fall off changed with his body The Power of the Daleks.
On all subsequent regenerations the new Doctor generally continues to wear the clothing in which he regenerated until he selects a new outfit though the regeneration from the Fourth to the Fifth Doctor included a change of footwear. In The Brain of Morbius produced shortly before The Deadly Assassin , a sequence of faces displayed during a mental battle between the Fourth Doctor and Morbius imply that the Doctor had at least eight incarnations prior to the First Doctor.
This is contradicted by multiple dialogue references throughout the programme particularly in The Three Doctors , Mawdryn Undead and The Five Doctors as well as the fact that the Doctor has regenerated nine times since then as confirmed in " The Time of the Doctor ". Producer Philip Hinchcliffe has said, "We tried to get famous actors for the faces of the Doctor.
But because no one would volunteer, we had to use backroom boys. And it is true to say that I attempted to imply that William Hartnell was not the first Doctor. Due to time travel, it is possible for the Doctor's various incarnations to encounter and interact with each other, although supposedly prohibited by the First Law of Time as stated in The Three Doctors or permitted only in the "gravest of emergencies" The Five Doctors.
In the — television programme, such encounters were seen on three occasions: In Day of the Daleks , the Third Doctor and Jo Grant very briefly met their future selves due to a glitch during a temporal experiment the serial was supposed to end with the same scene depicted from the perspective of the "other" Doctor and Jo, but was excised because it was anticlimactic.
This marks the first time the Doctor has met a previous incarnation since the programme's revival. Although the scene aired outside the programme itself, it was established as taking place between the events of " Last of the Time Lords " and " Voyage of the Damned ". Watson and thus the other man is never expressly identified. The Virgin Missing Adventures novel Cold Fusion is a unique twist on the traditional multi-Doctor story as it focuses on the Fifth Doctor's adventures before he meets the Seventh, where normal stories treat the later Doctor as 'the' Doctor.
In it, he tries to reconcile the continuity errors of the movie, while having the Eighth Doctor meet and interact with each of his previous selves, although the Eighth Doctor visited each incarnation one at a time rather than all eight of them appearing in the same place. Later Eighth Doctor novel Interference — Book One sees the Eighth Doctor briefly meeting the Third, although this occasion results in the Doctor unwittingly changing his own history so that the Third Doctor will regenerate ahead of schedule A change that is later 'reset' in the novel The Ancestor Cell thanks to the TARDIS taking action to preserve the original history.
In the Past Doctor Adventures , the novel Heart of TARDIS features the Second and Fourth Doctors dealing with two different ends of the same crisis, with the Second Doctor trapped in a dimensional anomaly created by a government experiment and the Fourth recruited to stop the experiment destroying the world, but although they are at one point both in the Second Doctor's TARDIS, the Fourth Doctor and his companion hide on the opposite side of the console from his past self and the Second is never aware of his future self.
In Wolfsbane , like in Heart of TARDIS , the Fourth and Eighth Doctors deal with separate ends of the same crisis, the Eighth stopping the threat in November while the Fourth ties up loose ends in December of the same year, but the two incarnations never meet directly, and due to the Eighth Doctor's current amnesia none of the other characters realize that the two Doctors are the same person. Physical contact between two versions of the same person in the programme can lead to an energy discharge that shorts out the "time differential".
This is apparently due to a fictional principle known as the Blinovitch Limitation Effect , and was seen when the past and future versions of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart touched hands in Mawdryn Undead.
The Doctor's incarnations do not appear to suffer this effect when encountering each other and shaking hands. This has never been explained. An essay in the About Time episode guides by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood suggests that Time Lords are somehow exempt from the effect by their very nature.
Rose Tyler is seen holding an infant version of herself in "Father's Day", with no visible energy discharge, but the contact does allow the Reapers to enter the church in which the Doctor and several others are taking refuge. While doing a live commentary on the episode at the Bristol Comic Expo , episode author Paul Cornell said that this is supposed to be due to the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, even though it is not mentioned by name.
He suggested that the lack of a spark may be down to the fact that the Time Lords were no longer around to manage anomalies. In that story, she does not appear to realise that the Fifth Doctor is a later incarnation of the third and fourth Doctors with whom she had previously travelled.
In "Time Crash", the Tenth Doctor remembers and reproduces what he saw himself do when he was the Fifth Doctor, a fact that seems to surprise the Fifth Doctor himself. Russell T Davies has expressed a dislike for stories in which multiple incarnations of the Doctor meet, stating that he believes they focus more on the actors than on the story itself.
Before that, the only references to past incarnations from to have been in the aforementioned episode "School Reunion" in which the Doctor acknowledges having regenerated "half a dozen times" since last seeing Sarah Jane and in drawings that the Doctor who has temporarily become human to hide from the Family Of Blood makes based on dreams of his other life in the episode " Human Nature ".
This is a clear affirmation of his past, and that the then current incarnation was indeed the Tenth. This was reaffirmed in the episode " The Eleventh Hour ", when the Doctor asks the Atraxi whether this planet is protected. The Atraxi then shows 10 images, one of each Doctor from the first to the tenth, with the eleventh walking through the image of the tenth at the end.
This is confirmed in the episode " The Lodger ", when the Doctor, explaining to Craig who and what he is, points at his face and says, "Eleventh. Because each new Doctor is different from his previous incarnations, how their personalities interact varies when two or more different incarnations encounter each other.
When the Tenth Doctor effortlessly averts the impending Belgium-sized hole in the Universe caused by this temporal anomaly, he reveals having known what to do because he saw himself do it as the Fifth Doctor and remembered. He goes on to tell the Fifth Doctor how fond he was of his incarnation and how he influences the current Doctor's personality. During the Virgin New Adventures , the Seventh Doctor was occasionally at odds with his subconscious memory of his previous incarnation as his memory of his past self became increasingly associated with the Valeyard , his dark, future self, but he eventually accepted his dark side and 'reformed' his memory of his former self, although it was never established how the two Doctors would interact if they had met in person.
On many occasions [ quantify ] the Eleventh Doctor has actually encountered himself from a different point in his timeline — in "The Big Bang", the mini-episodes " Time " and " Last Night " — and in " Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS ", at the end, the Doctor interacted with his past self to reset time.
In all stories, [ clarification needed ] multiple versions of the Eleventh Doctor from different timelines meet and carry on brief conversations. Additionally, the Eleventh Doctor encountered an artificial though physically and mentally identical copy of himself in " The Almost People "; fought against "Mister Clever", an artificial personality generated out of his own by the Cybermen in " Nightmare in Silver "; and was pitted against "The Dream Lord", a manifestation of his self-loathing and anger, in " Amy's Choice ".
Later, the Eleventh Doctor entered his own timeline in " The Name of the Doctor " to rescue his companion Clara Oswald, and while there observed a past incarnation portrayed by John Hurt , one whose actions caused him to be unworthy of the name "Doctor" and viewed as shameful by his future selves.
The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are generally amicable towards each other, despite bickering,  although the War Doctor treats them both as behaving too childishly. Despite this, he does come to admire both of his future incarnations, working together with them and eventually choosing to go through with the act of destroying Gallifrey because he knows it will help them become what they are. The Tenth and Eleventh are initially leery of the War Doctor, the Eleventh describing him as the "one life I have tried very hard to forget.
Fortunately, with influence from the Moment — a sentient Time Lord weapon that brought about their meeting — the three are able to stumble upon an alternative: The three are then joined by the other nine previous Doctors and the future Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in this act the War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors having evidently contacted them off-screen.
The Eleventh Doctor is shown to have memories of these events, but only recalls them after they have begun. This is explained in dialogue as an instability in the timeline, which causes the War and Tenth Doctors to forget their meeting, thus maintaining the continuity in which the Doctors from the War Doctor onwards believe themselves to have destroyed Gallifrey. On a few occasions, previous Doctors have returned to the role, usually guest-starring with the incumbent:.
In early production documents, the Doctor was said to be years old, although this was never stated on screen. The intention at that time was that regeneration had turned back the Doctor's clock, making him younger both in appearance and in biological age. Since the Doctor's age had never previously been given, Earth years became a starting point onto which further years would be progressively added as the series continued and the character lived out his further incarnations.
The Third Doctor implied in Doctor Who and the Silurians and in The Mind of Evil that he had a lifetime that covered "several thousand years". While the Doctor's age has never been a known quantity, these numbers are the most difficult to reconcile with the rest of the series. By the time of The Brain of Morbius , the Fourth Doctor was stated to be years old  "something like years" in the prior Pyramids of Mars.
When the Doctor encounters his old friend Drax in The Armageddon Factor , Drax says it has been years since their time together at the Academy, suggesting only that Drax was years younger, but implying nothing about the Doctor's age, since it could have been a different amount of time for him.
Drax implies that the Doctor got his doctorate after that. In Revelation of the Daleks , the Sixth Doctor said that he was "a year-old Time Lord", and in Time and the Rani , the Seventh Doctor's age was , the same as villainous Time Lady the Rani in both serials, the Doctor's age is stated in dialogue.
In Remembrance of the Daleks , the Seventh Doctor said that he had " years' experience" rewiring alien equipment. Amongst the works of spin-off prose fiction, in the Fourth Doctor comic "The Time Witch", after the Doctor and Sharon cross through the split in time which ages them four years, the Doctor says "I shall still think of myself as The Sixth Doctor celebrated his st birthday in the short story "Brief Encounter: A Wee Deoch an..?
The Eighth Doctor spent nearly a century on Earth during a story arc spread over several novels, and around years asleep in The Sleep of Reason by Martin Day. In the Big Finish Productions audio play Orbis , the Eighth Doctor says that he has spent years living on the planet Orbis since the previous play.
He states that he lost count of his true age long ago, and rounds it down, taking into account the varying lengths of a "year" in different locations. In the series, the Ninth Doctor's age is stated in publicity materials as years,  and in " Aliens of London ", he says, "Nine hundred years of time and space, and I've never been slapped by someone's mother.
He restates this in " The Empty Child " as "Nine hundred years of phone box travel and it's the only thing left that surprises me". In "The Sound of Drums", the Master ages the Doctor by years using his laser screwdriver , leaving the Doctor with an elderly appearance.
In " Last of the Time Lords ", the Master states to the population of Earth that the Doctor is nine hundred years old, and informs his subjects he will show them the Doctor's true form, suspending his ability to regenerate. The Master proceeds to age the Doctor further with his laser screwdriver, reducing him to a tiny, wrinkled being, subsequently imprisoned inside a bird cage until reverted to his current form with the help of Martha Jones, 15 satellites and the entire population of Earth.
However, as the resolution of that story is by means of a reversal of time, there is a suggestion that the events of that year never actually took place, and yet are present in the Doctor's memory. By the end of series six, the Doctor has reached the age of , the older version that appeared in " The Impossible Astronaut ".
The next series ages the Doctor further, with " A Town Called Mercy " establishing that he is now approximately 1, years old. In the 50th anniversary special, " The Day of the Doctor " , the Eleventh Doctor is queried about his age by his younger self, to which he replies "I dunno, I lose track. Twelve hundred and something I think, unless I'm lying. I can't remember if I'm lying about my age — that's how old I am. In the next episode, " The Time of the Doctor ", the Doctor spends centuries defending the planet Trenzalore.
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