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So You Think There Have Only Been Eleven Doctors? The Other Time Lords.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Seriously Random Lists | September 12, 2013 | Comments ()


As part of my ongoing belief that all fictional universes may in fact be the same fictional universe (which may or may not overlap with the actual real world), I now posit the theory that many familiar fictional characters are in fact different incarnations of the Doctor. While the series insists that there have only been eleven (soon to be twelve) incarnations, many of those regenerations occurred off screen, and thus could include any number of additional versions of that veritable Time Lord. I have therefore scoured fiction to identify the most likely candidates for being additional Time Lords scattered throughout our fictions.



Evidence: Time machines, healthy disrespect for authority, superhuman imagination, and the ability to invent anything using a cardboard box. And of course there’s the young and feisty traveling companion. It’s unclear whether the Doctor regenerated as a little boy and decided to live that way, perhaps with the aid of the device from “Family of Blood”, or if the raising of a Time Lord was premised on inserting them into a non Time Lord family.


Charlie Kelly

Evidence: Comprehensive understanding of cats and their disrespect for the laws of physics. Knowledge of bird law is probably unimportant, but his tendency to explore areas such as ventilation systems and sewers that end up bigger on the inside is curious. It’s highly probable that this version fell on his head mid-regeneration.


Daniel Jackson

Evidence: Travels through space and time on a regular basis. Once ascended to a higher plane of existence by turning into energy. One could interpret this as a regeneration in which the energy was redirected to a different dimension rather than immediately coalescing into a new human form.


Kenneth Calloway

Evidence: Home-built time travel. Saucy younger travel companion. Seriously angsty, and therefore was probably the regeneration right before Eccleston.


The characters of “Hot Tub Time Machine”

Evidence: Time travel, which is typically fantastic evidence. However, these are actually false positives due to the fact that it’s far more likely that Amy Pond just dragged the TARDIS’ hot tub outside and forgot about it, leaving it for the first drunk idiots to come by.


Kenneth Parcell

Evidence: Immortality, implications of not being a human, simultaneously naive and hinting at extraordinary power. However, this too is not actually the Doctor, but actually is just the Master’s slightly dim younger brother.


Enoch Root

Evidence: Immortality, endless trickiness, impossible knowledge bordering on the magical, tendency to show up out of place and time in order to provide deus ex machinas for good characters trying their best. Plus, his stories have their own Captain Jack, and Eliza puts to shame every companion the Doctor has managed to travel with on screen.


Abed Nadir

Evidence: Curiously, Abed’s obsession with a cheap imitation of “Doctor Who” is a mask for the fact that he is in fact the Doctor himself. Evidence of the knowledge and ability to manipulate the space time continuum is present in many episodes, but perhaps the simple fact that the Dreamatorium is larger on the inside is evidence enough. It is the TARDIS parked inside the spare bedroom so that the door opens into it.


Phil Connors

Evidence: The temporal loop of the movie is clear evidence that Phil is in fact the Master and has been trapped in a prison designed to hold Time Lords. The Pandorica? Please. A prison to hold a Time Lord would not have walls of stone but walls of time.

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  • Mohammed Al Qemzi

    Mary Poppins? Ms. Frizzle? What is this fuckery :|

  • googergieger

    Werner Herzog already covered this on Comedy Bang Bang. So I'm calling b.s. on this. Unless you are saying the real actual Werner Herzog that appears on Comedy Bang Bang is a liar?!

  • Lauralyn

    There is distinct lack of Ms. Frizzle here.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Seriously, whose family do I have to abduct and hold hostage to get someone to make adapt The Baroque Cycle to the big screen? I'm going to start dream-casting.

  • Aspidistra Bird

    Those are books that I am afraid to see on screen. What if they cast Johnny Depp as Jack Shaftoe?

    Such huge prop to SLW for putting Enoch Root on this list though. I need to re-read all four books now.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Yeah, I actually had the same thought. Johnny Depp as Jack would kill my soul. Let's hope someone who loves the books will want to do them justice. It would actually work great as an HBO show.

  • pthalio

    What about Oscar the Grouch? His garbage can is clearly bigger on the inside, he has a pool and an elephant in there.. i know there's more supporting evidence but i can't think of it now

  • pthalio

    and he's regenerated at least once..he was orange in early eps

  • Artemis
  • Ruthie O

    Holy crap. This list* shows how earth shattering a woman Doctor would have been.*

    *Not a critique of this list (which is awesome and playful and smart at the same time). Just an observation about the predominant gender of time travelers in film and TV.
    **To be clear, I am relieved that Moffatt isn't the guy to start the charge on women time travelers.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Seems like time lords dont live that long and kenneth is at least 200 years old.

  • Hello? This one should be rather obvious...

  • Helo

    Oh boy...

  • Bert_McGurt

    This one too:

  • DataAngel

    They could easily be Time Lords. They don't have to be the Doctor. It's not like he was the only one. Well, he is now... And even then, there's a few Alternate Timeline versions of the Doctor out there.

    Also. Neil Gaiman is a Time Lord. Not the Doctor. Just a Time Lord.

  • emmalita

    Calvin is definitely a time lord. Why did I never see that before?

  • Pete Butler

    bill and ted didn't make the list i see.. .and they even travel in a phonebox

  • NateMan

    Gary Oldman. Not any of his characters, just Gary Oldman the actor. Because it's the only way he could A. Look the same for so many years, and B. Play so many different roles.

  • Guest

    Also Kevin Bacon for the sames.

  • emmalita

    That's so genius I'm now afraid some secret society is going to come and take you away be cause you KNOW.

  • NateMan

    Do they offer health benefits? Because I could be okay with that.

  • emmalita

    I don't know. Secret societies are very closed mouthed about the bennies they offer. We would miss you if you were gone.

  • NateMan

    Maybe I could come back and visit in my spiffy new robes.

  • emmalita

    Ok. But I expect pictures of your spiffy new robes. And they'd better be damn spiffy!

  • periwinkled

    Disappointing lack of Mary Poppins on this list.

  • chanohack

    I came here to say exactly this.

  • semiotheque

    And Peter Pan.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I think Mary Poppins is more of a witch than a timelord.

  • $65530708

    That sentiment is exactly why the BBC didn't go for female Doctor.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Heh, I meant more in the 'Hermione Granger' sense and not in a derogatory way.

  • AudioSuede

    James Bond.




  • Pants-are-a-must

    He's the Doctor's older, suffering brother. Like Mycroft Holmes, only with a LOT more sex.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    He's just using the sex and the cars and the gadgets to fill the void left by a lack of companions and a Tardis and a sonic screwdriver, respectively.

  • $65530708

    NO Desmond Hume?

  • Tinkerville

    Eight years! She waited eight years for him to call!

  • NateMan

    Seconded for Desmond!

  • BWeaves

    BLACKADDER! How could you have left off Blackadder, who clearly shows up in all sorts of different times and places with his trusty sidekick Baldrick. He even built a time machine.

    PLUS, PLUS, he really was the Doctor, if only for a Red Nose Comedy special.

  • Salieri2

    Signing in to upvote it TWICE.

  • Kathleen Allen

    uhhh....yeah! precisely. and balders was never against putting on the odd frock when needs (or desires) met.

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