8th Doctor

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The 8th Doctor and his 'Company of Friends'


To make up for having to miss out on going to meet the man himself at Chicago TARDIS, I settled instead for the pleasure of listening to the recent Big Finish 8th Doctor audio – “The Company of Friends”. And a real delight it was too (more details on that below!). While listening to it, I marveled at the breadth of “friends” (or companions) that the 8th Doctor has accumulated, across a wide range of mediums. In fact, all told, it is possible that the 8th Doctor may have had more companions (15, by my rough count) than any other incarnation! This is all the more astonishing given the brevity of his television appearances – about 50-55 minutes of a 90-minute TV movie.

Aftershock 20091128 Cover

Aftershock 20091128 Cover

Cover art for Doctor Who: Podshock Aftershock 20091128 with Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook (Paul is wearing Daphne's scarf knitted by Doctor Who: Podshock Correspondent Tara Wheeler) at Chicago TARDIS.

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Which was (or will be) the first regeneration you experienced watching Doctor Who?

William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton
6% (5 votes)
Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee
1% (1 vote)
Jon Pertwee to Tom Baker
29% (23 votes)
Tom Baker to Peter Davison
39% (31 votes)
Peter Davison to Colin Baker
5% (4 votes)
Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy
1% (1 vote)
Sylvester McCoy to Paul McGann
0% (0 votes)
Christopher Eccelston to David Tennant
16% (13 votes)
David Tennant to Matt Smith
3% (2 votes)
Total votes: 80

The Eleven Doctors Special for Children In Need?

The Daily Mirror is reporting that all eleven Doctors will be coming together for a special one-off special for Children in Need this November. It reports that the 15 minute episode will be included in BBC1 annual Children In Need appeal in November and shooting of it will begin in September.

This is not the first time a rumour of this nature appeared in the tabloids. The same thing was said to be happening last year for Children in Need except with 10 Doctors which did not happen.

The article states that "images from their original shows, stretching from 1966 to 1974" will be used for the actors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee who have since passed away. They will make cameo appearances through footage from these previous episodes.

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