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List of actors who have played the Doctor

Since the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who began in 1963, many actors have played the title character of the Doctor on television, and in various BBC licensed spin-offs on television, stage, radio, film, audio plays and webcasts. The character's ability periodically to regenerate his appearance and personality has facilitated the ability of new actors to take over the role — in both official and unofficial productions — while in most cases maintaining continuity with the television series. However, as noted below, some actors have played versions of the Doctor (including a fully human variant whose name - unlike that of the canonical version - really is Doctor Who) that depart from the canon.

This list does not include stand-ins, stunt men, most actors featured in sketch comedies and send-ups or Doctors who have appeared in fan films, amateur stage shows or audios.

Actors who have played an official Doctor in television series

Name Tenure First appearance Last appearance Other appearances
William Hartnell
(The First Doctor)
23 November 1963 to
29 October 1966
An Unearthly Child
Episode 1
The Tenth Planet
Episode 4

Patrick Troughton
(The Second Doctor)
29 October 1966 to 21 June 1969 The Tenth Planet
Episode 4
The War Games
Episode Ten

Jon Pertwee
(The Third Doctor)

3 January 1970 to 8 June 1974 Spearhead from Space
Episode 1
Planet of the Spiders
Part Six

Tom Baker
(The Fourth Doctor)

8 June 1974 to 21 March 1981 Planet of the Spiders
Part Six
Logopolis
Part Four

Peter Davison
(The Fifth Doctor)

21 March 1981 to 16 March 1984 Logopolis
Part Four
The Caves of Androzani
Part Four

Colin Baker
(The Sixth Doctor)

16 March 1984 to 6 December 1986 The Caves of Androzani
Part Four
The Trial of a Time Lord
Part Fourteen (The Ultimate Foe Episode 2) (not played by Colin Baker for regeneration in Time and the Rani; Sylvester McCoy played the part for this scene)

Sylvester McCoy
(The Seventh Doctor)

7 September 1987 to 6 December 1989
27 May 1996 in the Doctor Who television movie

Time and the Rani
Part One

Doctor Who: The Movie

Paul McGann
(The Eighth Doctor)

27 May 1996 in the Doctor Who television movie Doctor Who: The Movie Doctor Who: The Movie

Christopher Eccleston
(The Ninth Doctor)

26 March to 18 June 2005 Rose The Parting of the Ways

David Tennant
(The Tenth Doctor)

18 June 2005 to Present The Parting of the Ways

Other Doctors

Actor Medium Title Dates Role
Peter Cushing Film Dr. Who and the Daleks 25 June 1965 Dr. Who
Film Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD 22 July 1966 Dr. Who
Trevor Martin Stage Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday 16 December 1974 to January 1975 The Fourth Doctor (shown on stage to be regenerated from the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor)
Audio October 2008 The Fourth Doctor
Adrian Gibbs Television Logopolis 28 February 1981 to 21 March 1981 The Watcher (Nyssa comments, "he was the Doctor all the time.")
Richard Hurndall Television The Five Doctors 23 November 1983 The First Doctor (standing in for the late William Hartnell)
Sylvester McCoy Television Time and the Rani 7 September 1987 The Sixth Doctor (standing in for Colin Baker during the regeneration scene)
Michael Jayston Television The Trial of a Time Lord 6 September to 6 December 1986 The Valeyard (said to be an evil version of the Doctor, existing somewhere between his twelfth and final incarnations)
Audio He Jests at Scars... September 2003 The Valeyard
David Banks Stage Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure 29 April 1989 The Doctor (understudy for Jon Pertwee; performed as the Doctor for two performances when Pertwee fell ill)
Nick Scovell Stage The Planet of Storms 1996 The Doctor
Stage The Web of Fear June 2000 The Second Doctor
Stage Fury From the Deep 27 to 30 March 2002 The Second Doctor
Stage Evil of the Daleks 25 to 28 October 2006 The Second Doctor
Stage The Dalek Masterplan 24 to 27 October 2007 The First Doctor
Rowan Atkinson Television Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death 12 March 1999 The Ninth Doctor (spoof version... modelled on the style of the then-current Paul McGann's Doctor)
Richard E. Grant Television Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death 12 March 1999 The Tenth Doctor (spoof version)
Webcast Scream of the Shalka 13 November to 18 December 2003 The unofficial Ninth Doctor
Jim Broadbent Television Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death 12 March 1999 The Eleventh Doctor (spoof version)
Hugh Grant Television Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death 12 March 1999 The Twelfth Doctor (spoof version)
Joanna Lumley Television Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death 12 March 1999 The Thirteenth Doctor (spoof version)
Mark Gatiss Television The Web of Caves 13 November 1999 The Doctor (spoof version)
Geoffrey Bayldon Audio Auld Mortality May 2003 Alternative Doctor (possibly first)
Audio A Storm of Angels January 2005 Alternative Doctor (possibly first)
David Warner Audio Sympathy for the Devil June 2003 Alternative Doctor (possibly third)
Audio Masters of War December 2008 Alternative Doctor (possibly third)
David Collings Audio Full Fathom Five August 2003 Alternative Doctor
Ian Brooker Audio Full Fathom Five August 2003 Alternative Doctor (uncredited)
Derek Jacobi Audio Deadline September 2003 A possibly delusional writer who believes he is the Doctor
Nicholas Briggs Audio Exile September 2003 The previous incarnation of Arabella Weir's Doctor (possibly second)
Arabella Weir Audio Exile September 2003 Alternative Doctor (possibly third)
Jon Culshaw Audio The Kingmaker April 2006 The Fourth Doctor
David Tennant Television Journey's End 5 July 2008 A part-human, part-Time Lord version of the Tenth Doctor.
Catherine Tate Television Journey's End 5 July 2008 Companion Donna Noble became the part-Time Lord "DoctorDonna" when her mind was infused with the knowledge and memories of the Doctor.

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