When the first season was being made, television pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. One of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram "Torchwood", rather than "Doctor Who", as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T. Davies liked this idea so much, that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating the spin-off series, Torchwood (2006).
Writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies had Christopher Eccleston's name on a shortlist for the role of the Doctor, but didn't really think that he would accept the role because of his reputation as a very serious actor with a background in hard-hitting dramas. However, Eccleston was such a big fan of Davies as a writer that he got in contact to ask if he could audition for the part. Eccleston had not been a fan of the original series, so he watched Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977), one of the most popular serials from the original run, as part of his preparation.
At first, the estate of the late Terry Nation refused permission for them to use Daleks in the show (Nation held copyright over the Daleks as the man who wrote the first Dalek serial). One of the reasons they refused permission, was because of the BBC granting permission for the Daleks to be used in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
According to a report in the Radio Times in 2014, the Twelfth Doctor's white button-down shirt was added to the long black coat and Doc Martin look as a tribute to rock star and style icon David Bowie's "Station to Station" album cover from 1976.
Russell T. Davies did not audition any actors for the role of the Tenth Doctor, as he had recently finished working with David Tennant, and believed him to be perfect for the role. Tennant was first approached about the possibility of playing the Tenth Doctor at a screening of Doctor Who: Rose (2005) at Davies' house on March 23, 2005. Contrary to fan-invented rumors, Tennant was never considered for the role of the Ninth Doctor.
Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has said he considers this series an improvement on the original, not only because of its budget and digital effects, but also because the series is produced by a writer, unlike the original series, which was always produced by a BBC Staff Producer, who was assisted by a Script Editor. Davison has said that Rose, played by Billie Piper, was the first properly developed companion in the history of the series, and he expressed admiration for the sexual thrill and tension which was previously disallowed between the Doctor and his companions. He said he was "rather envious" of the French kissing the new Doctors got to do, because his Producer, John Nathan-Turner, had considered it inappropriate for the Fifth Doctor to even put his arms around his female companions in case viewers thought there was something sexual going on. Davison has also said he prefers the orchestral musical compositions by Murray Gold, to the electronic incidental music produced by the Radiophonic Workshop during his time on the series.
Except for obvious scenes, most of the location shots are done in Cardiff, Wales in place of London. The one episode set in Cardiff, Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005), was filmed in Swansea, mainly due to the fact that no buildings currently in Cardiff were built during that episode's time, 1869. Aside from this, Cardiff is the home of "Torchwood 3", which is featured in the episode "Last of the Time Lords".
On Thursday, March 31, 2005, the day after the show was picked up for a second season, the BBC Press Office announced that Christopher Eccleston was quitting the show, citing a fear of being typecast, and long working hours as reasons for his departure. The BBC later apologized for issuing this statement, as they had done so without consultation with Eccleston. In fact, it was agreed by mutual consent several months earlier, that Eccleston would only do one season, with the BBC holding off announcing the news until after the season was finished. This would have allowed the regeneration of Eccleston's Ninth Doctor in episode thirteen to be a surprise for the audience. Unfortunately, the BBC Press Office jumped the gun under pressure from the British Press, who were concerned that a second season had been announced, but it had not been confirmed that Eccleston was returning. Fan reaction to Eccelston's departure was violent, and the debate reached such a fever pitch, that Outpost Gallifrey, the biggest Doctor Who fan site on the Internet, was forced to close down its forum for several days.
A potential spin-off, "Rose Tyler: Earth Defence", was proposed in 2006, but did not progress beyond the idea stage, partly because Billie Piper did not want to return to the role, partly because Russell T. Davies realized that it would render the goodbye between The Doctor and Rose at the end of season two meaningless.
Georgia Moffett asked her son Tyler who his favorite Doctor was. Tyler named David Tennant, because he runs so fast. When Moffett married Tennant, he adopted her son, and his name was changed from Tyler Moffett to Tyler Tennant.
For the first season, producers were fearful of alienating new audiences with references to the original show, such as names and events, so such things were kept to a bare minimum until audiences adjusted to the mythology. Even the first journey to another planet beyond Earth didn't take place until season two, which is unusual, considering the universe-trotting nature of the original series.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary special, and to combat his disappointment at not being given a role in it, Peter Davison made his own amateur webisode anniversary special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013). The short webisode (which Davison wrote and directed, and his daughter produced) starred his friends and relatives, with many former Doctor Who (1963) cast members making cameo appearances. The plot revolves around Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy trying to sneak into the set of the 50th Anniversary special, when Steven Moffat declines to cast them.
On Saturday, March 5, 2005 (three weeks before its television debut), a rough-cut version of Doctor Who: Rose (2005) was leaked onto the Internet by an unnamed employee of a third-party contractor to CBC in Canada. The person responsible had their employment immediately terminated. The version is mostly similar to the broadcast version, the most notable difference is that instead of using Murray Gold's new version of the theme song, a remixed version of the original was used instead.
This series is a direct continuation of the 1963-1989 series, rather than a reboot, reimagining or "next generation" style follow-up. The BBC decided to reset the series numbering at one for 2005, rather than call it season twenty-seven,. However, fans informally refer to the seasons by the higher number.
When Steven Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies as the showrunner, he wanted the series to be told from Amy Pond's point of view, and wanted the series to be like a fairy tale. Amy Pond goes with her imaginary childhood friend The Doctor, whom she nicknames The Raggedy Man, and goes with him in his magic police box "The T.A.R.D.I.S." on a magical adventure across time and space.
Russell T. Davies named Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness after Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, the main protagonists of James Cameron's Titanic (1997), played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet respectively. Kate Winslet had worked with Russell T. Davies on Dark Season (1991), and was the original choice for River Song.
Stephen Fry was set to write an episode for season two, but due to budget constraints, the episode was pushed back to season three. The script was eventually cancelled, as Fry didn't have the time to re-write the script to accommodate changes such as Rose's replacement Martha.
In 2008, Russell T. Davies became the first Doctor Who writer since its beginning on television in 1963 to be honored by the Queen, receiving an O.B.E. He also became only the second producer of the series to receive such an honor (original producer Verity Lambert was made an O.B.E. in 2002).
Despite quite a lot of new scenes being added to episodes in post-production during the first season, all thirteen episodes ran under the standard length of forty-five minutes, so teaser trailers for the next week's episode were tacked on to bring the length up to standard. This has now become a staple of the show from 2005 onwards.
The series is recorded on single-camera digital video and then in post-production it is "filmised", a digital process designed to make it look like it was made on film. The process is so successful that even people who worked on the original series, such as director Christopher Barry and producer Philip Hinchcliffe, have mistakenly commented that the revived series is made on film.
Future Companion and Doctor Karen Gillan and Peter Capaldi appeared in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008), in different roles. Gillan as a Soothsayer, and Capaldi as Caecilius. The Soothsayer had not been considered by Steven Moffat to be an ancestor of Amy Pond, and in Doctor Who: Deep Breath (2014), when the Twelfth Doctor sees himself in the mirror, he remembers Caecilius, and remarks that he had seen that face before. Both Scottish cast members would appear together again in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), in which Gillan made a cameo as Amy Pond, and Capaldi appeared in the final seconds as the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor.
The character of Captain Jack Harkness (played by John Barrowman), who was introduced in the first season, was the first openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) character to be portrayed in the history of televised Doctor Who. Writer Ian Briggs had suggested a gay subplot for the characters of Judson and Millington in the serial Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric: Part One (1989), but this had been vetoed by Producer John Nathan-Turner as unsuitable for a family audience at the time. Rona Munro also intended a lesbian subtext between Ace and Kara in Doctor Who: Survival: Part Three (1989), but felt this didn't come across properly.
Michael Grade, an outspoken critic of the original series for many years and the former BBC One controller who incurred the wrath of many fans when he took it off the air in 1985 for eighteen months (and also fired Colin Baker in 1986), admitted that he was completely won over by this revival of the series, which he described as "a classy, popular triumph for people of all ages and all backgrounds - real value for money for our licence fee payers." In 2012, he told Radio Times: "From clunky Daleks that couldn't go up and down stairs to the filmic qualities today of Doctor Who, it's a transformation. The show still leaves me cold, but I admire it, which I never did before."
Russell T. Davies had a policy of not employing writers from the original series. Bob Baker, who was a writer during the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years, contacted Davies and offered to write for the series but was told he was not wanted.
After leaving the series, David Tennant worked with Sophie Aldred on the BBC animated series Tree Fu Tom (2012), providing the voice of Twigs. Aldred played Ace, companion of the Seventh Doctor in the original series.
In the audio production of "Roses" featuring the First Doctor, which was a short story set after The Dalek Master Plan. The Doctor's granddaughter Susan's real name is revealed as Arkyitor. Arkyitor means "rose" in High Gallifreyan. The Ninth and Tenth Doctor's companion is Rose Tyler.
Russell T. Davies was sounded out to produce a revival of the series by the BBC One Controller of the time, Peter Salmon, in 1999. Although nothing came of this due to BBC Worldwide's desire to make a film version of the show, by late 2003 the new Controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessey, had persuaded Worldwide to surrender their film ambitions so that she could commission a new television version.
In 2009, regular Writer Mark Gatiss took over role of Executive Producer on Steven Moffat's other series Sherlock (2010), in which Gatiss is co-Creator, so Moffat could concentrate on producing this show.
The choice of Russell T. Davies to write and produce the family series surprised some commentators, as he was most famous for writing the explicit and uncompromising adult drama about homosexual men in Manchester, Queer as Folk (1999).
For the fifth season, at the height of the show's promotional campaigns to other countries, the decision was made to have a narrated prologue sequence added to the start of every episode, where Amy provides a basic outline of the show. This prologue sequence only exists in syndicated versions, and isn't present in the initial UK airings.
In Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time: Part Six (1978) in the original series. Borusa is seen reading a newspaper about the 1912 Titanic disaster, which the Fourth Doctor claimed he had nothing to do with it. In Doctor Who: Rose (2005), Rose Tyler is shown an old photo of The Ninth Doctor, with a family in 1912, and is told that The Ninth Doctor told the family not to go aboard the Titanic and that the family survived. In the 2007 Christmas Special Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007), The Tenth Doctor goes aboard the Sto passenger spaceship, which is named after the Titanic passenger liner that sunk in 1912.
The Doctor performing a guitar solo on top of a tank in Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice (2015) was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which The Doof Warrior performs electric guitar solos on top of his Doof vehicle.
In one of River Song's diary entries, The Doctor and River Song went to a picnic on Asgard. Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor, starred as the main antagonist Malakith in Thor: The Dark World (2013). Thor's realm is Asgard.
The Time War was not the only time The Daleks were on Gallifrey. In Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983), the 20th Anniversary special, a Dalek was seen pursuing the First Doctor and Susan in the Death Zone on Gallifrey.
Steven Moffat said that he originally planned to cast an older actor for the Eleventh Doctor. He had also previously said: "For Doctor Who to turn into an old man you'd be pissed off. Even William Hartnell had trouble back then, he was often ill and he forgot his lines. I think the Doctor will always be about 40." As executive producer, he then went against his own theory by casting the youngest Doctor ever (26-year-old Smith) and the oldest since Hartnell (55-year-old Capaldi).
One of the main differences in style between this series and the original 1963-1989 series is that this series is shot on single-camera digital video (like a movie), whereas the studio scenes of the original series were usually shot on multi-camera video. This means the 2005 series can be edited far better than the original series, so that directors can make it much more energetic and faster in pace. It also means that more time and money is required to record it.
On BBC1 and on DVD, each episode is uncut and uninterrupted, and are forty-five minutes long, due to BBC1 being a commercial free network. But in New Zealand, Australia, and other countries, the episodes broadcast are sixty minutes, due to ads.
In Supernatural (2005) season seven, episode three, "The Girl Next Door", Jewel Staite played a character named Amy Pond, who is a nod to the character played by Karen Gillan, and is seen as a child and an adult. Staite attended the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in 2006, and Gillan attended the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in 2015.
It was rumored that Sophia Myles, who played Madame de Pompadour in season two, episode four, "The Girl in the Fireplace", would replace Karen Gillan as the new companion in season seven. Steven Moffat denied the rumor, stating that her return in the series as The Doctor's new companion would be inappropriate, and Jenna Coleman was officially announced as the new companion, Clara Oswald.
The series took a break in 2009 and 2016. However, four specials were broadcast throughout 2009 to mark the end of the Russell T. Davis and David Tennant era: Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009), Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (2009), Doctor Who: The End of Time - Part One (2009) and Doctor Who: The End of Time - Part Two (2010), and season five aired in 2010. Production on season ten commenced in July 2016, and The Doctor did return for the 2016 Christmas Special, Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio (2016). The tenth season airs in 2017.
Despite the many stories that take place in the U.S., the first episodes to be filmed in the U.S. were the season six opener two part. The 1996 television movie was filmed in British Columbia, while season six was shot in southern Utah, home of all the great early days of film. The landscape alone just screams America.
Because of the varying technical and logistical demands of the thirteen episodes of the first season, filming was broken into five production blocks. Episodes one, four, and five formed block one, and were filmed between July and September 2004. Block two comprised episodes two and three, and was filmed between September and October 2004. Block three contained episodes six and eight, and was filmed between October and December. Block four was split into two sub blocks, "4A" and "4B", due to the large visual effects demands of episode seven, which on its own, became block 4A, filmed between December 2004 and January 2005. Episodes nine and ten made up Block 4B, filmed from December through February 2005. Episodes eleven through thirteen formed Block five, and filmed from February until March 2005.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne expressed interest in playing The Doctor when Peter Capaldi leaves the series. Eddie Redmayne starred in Jupiter Ascending (2015) as Balem Abrasax. Christina Cole, who co-starred in the film as Gemma Chatterjee, played Lillith in Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007).
In the season six opener, Amy and Rory meet up with the Doctor after getting off a yellow school bus. With these being the first episodes filmed in America, the production team wanted to use purely American icons as much as possible. Initially, the Ponds were to get out of a pickup truck, but the bus was used instead, as that color on the vehicle was an American thing, and they don't have that color of bus in the UK.
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 2 (2006) was the first DVD release of the series to be given the M rating in New Zealand. Mostly due to the opening fight scene in Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (2006). Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series (2014) and Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 1 and Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 2 (2015) were also given the M rating.
The series took a break in 2009 and 2016. Four hour long specials were broadcast throughout 2009 to mark the end of the Russell T. Davies and David Tennnat era: Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009), Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (2009), Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One (2009) and Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part Two (2010), and Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016) was broadcast on Christmas Day 2016.
In 2015, Sir John Hurt, who had played an alternative version of the Doctor known as the War Doctor in 2013, became the first actor to have played a version of the Doctor in the television series since 1963 to be awarded a knighthood.
Sir John Hurt (The War Doctor) passed away on January 27, 2017. He's the first actor who has played The Doctor to pass away since Jon Pertwee, who died on May 20, 1996, and he is the fourth actor that has played The Doctor to pass away. William Hartnell (The First Doctor) died in 1975, and Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor) died in 1986.
Each season of the series has a story arc. A story arc is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as television, comic books, comic strips, board games, video games, and films, with each episode following a narrative arc. On a television program, such as this one, for example, the story would unfold over a season.
Several British politicians publicly supported the Doctor's sex change in 2017. In February 2017, prominent Labour politician and staunch feminist Harriet Harman was reported as having announced her support for the next Doctor to be a Time Lady. Speaking at a Westminster lunch, Harman said: "Of course there should be a female Doctor Who but what we need is a man as her assistant. She has got to just tell him what to do, he will need that leadership." In July 2017, former Labour leader Ed Miliband also tweeted to criticise Peter Davison's comments questioning the casting of a woman in the role, describing Davison's comments as "the views of the 1950s". British Prime Minister Theresa May was reported by the BBC website as welcoming the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. A statement from her spokesman said that she was "pleased" by the decision.
The prospect of a female Doctor had actually been mooted since 1980, when Tom Baker announced to the press that he was leaving the role and wished his successor the best "whoever he or she may be". However, it took another 37 years before this became a reality with the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.
Four years before Jodie Whittaker was cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, Dame Helen Mirren had been linked to playing the Twelfth Doctor. When she was asked about this by Aled Jones for Daybreak (2010), Mirren had said she wouldn't contemplate playing the Doctor, but she said that it was "well over time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be best of all."
According to broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson, Russell T. Davies "turned into a global cash cow a series that had come to be ridiculed by many for cheap and creaking representations of planets and aliens. To play the two-hearted Time Lord from Gallifrey, he cast the sort of actors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, who play Hamlet on stage."
When the BBC started releasing Doctor Who (2005) on DVD. Series 1 - 5 were released individually in volumes. In 2011, the BBC started releasing the series on DVD as full seasons. However, Series 6, 7, and 9 were all released as 2 volumes. Series 6 and 7, but not Series 9, had midseason breaks.
In February 2017, prominent British Labour politician, and staunch feminist Harriet Harman, was reported as having announced her support for the next Doctor to be a Time Lady. Speaking at a Westminster lunch, Harman said: "Of course there should be a female Doctor Who, but what we need is a man as her assistant. She has to just tell him what to do, he will need that leadership." In July 2017, former Labour leader Ed Miliband, also tweeted to criticize Peter Davison's comments, questioning the casting of a woman in the role, describing Davison's comments as "the views of the 1950s".
The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor was made in the same week as the BBC was forced to reveal for the first time the earnings from the licence fee of its top stars, which exposed a huge and controversial gulf between the pay of men and women at the corporation. Director-General Tony Hall said he was committed to equality in terms of on-air representation on the BBC by 2020.
In July 2017, Steven Moffat claimed there had been no backlash to changing the gender of the Doctor for the first time. He said: "There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely. Eighty percent approval on social media. So many people wanting to pretend there is a problem. There isn't. It's been incredibly progressive, and enlightened, and that's what really happened."
Jodie Whittaker's announcement to the world as the first female Doctor caused a minor uproar among traditionalist fans of the series. Most former stars of the series publicly expressed their approval of her casting, acknowledging that she is a very good young actress. However, Peter Davison caused a stir when he said that he regretted the loss of a "role model for boys". The resulting backlash against him was so ferocious that he closed his Twitter account, saying the "toxicity" around the series had been "sobering".
According to Jodie Whittaker, for several weeks leading up to the official announcement, only a handful of people knew that she had been cast as the Doctor. The only people she was allowed to tell were her husband and her agent. This was slightly expanded when the brief teaser of Whittaker was filmed with a minimal staff. Several individuals associated with the series, including former Doctor Matt Smith, were informed a few hours before the announcement aired.
Within the series, the term "Doctor" is actually a closed loop paradox, as the Doctor claims to have inspired the term's definition as "healer and wise man" throughout the universe, but also having chosen the name because it meant someone who "makes people better", i.e. heals them.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In each season, there is an underlying story arc that pans all episodes until finally fully addressed in the season finale. For season one, it is the concept and identity of the Bad Wolf. Season two, the Torchwood Institute. Season three, the identity of Mr. Saxon. In season four, there are several little references and jokes that eventually lead to the plot of the finale, including the missing planets and the bees disappearing from Earth, and repeated appearances of Rose Tyler on screens and monitors. In addition, there are repeated references to there being something on Donna's back. While this does not carry on to the season finale itself, it does play an important part in the episode which sets up the finale's story. In season five, there are "cracks" in the universe, which must ultimately be fixed in the season finale. In season six, a future version of the Doctor is seen to be killed, causing complications for the "present" version of the Doctor and his companions, also there is the repeated appearance of Madame Kovarian who only Amy can see. Season seven revolves around the "impossible" Clara Oswin Oswald, who the Doctor keeps running into in various places and times, though she does not remember him. In season eight, it is the identity of the mysterious Missy and where the people are going after they die, while season nine deals with the identity of the long-prophesied "hybrid" of two powerful warrior races, believed to be the Daleks and the Time Lords. Season ten focuses on the Doctor taking a job as a lecturer at a university, in order to guard a secret vault underneath it, that is later revealed in episode six to contain Missy, who he then begins to help become "good" again.
Peter Capaldi had appeared on the show in a different role, before being cast as the Twelfth Doctor, but Colin Baker did too in the original, so this is not the first time an actor playing the Doctor, had previously appeared as a different character on the show. Coincidentally, Capaldi appeared in the episode in which Karen Gillan had a different role, before being cast as a full-fledged companion, Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008).
The Doctor and River Song meet out of chronological order. River Song's timeline in chronological order, as follows: A three-week-old baby (Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011)). As a little girl, she leaves a distressed voice message for President Nixon in 1969 (Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut (2011)/Doctor Who: Day of the Moon (2011)). In a new incarnation and now going by the nickname "Mels", she's shown attending Leadworth Primary School with her parents. Mels is shown ageing alongside her parents, appearing as a teenage and later a young adult. She reveals her true identity after being shot by Adolf Hitler and regenerates into her next incarnation who eventually embraces the alias River Song. After reviving the Doctor at the expense of her own regenerations, River is left at the Sisters of the Infinite Schism hospital. In the year 5123, River enrolls at Luna University (Doctor Who: Let's Kill Hitler (2011)). River finishes her doctorate and is taken prisoner by Madame Kovarian and the Silence (Doctor Who: Closing Time (2011)). Older River witnesses the events at Lake Silencio in 2011 and helps him battle the Silence. Afterwards the Doctor returns her to her prison cell at Stormcage (Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011)). River speaks to Rory at Stormcage and we later see River show up at the end of the Battle of Demon's Run. The River who speaks to Rory at Stormcage is likely an older River at Demon's Run, as she is enable to reference Demon's Run in her diary. The appearance on the list is of the River who showed up after the battle. The Doctor takes River to the last Winter Frost fair of her birthday. She encounters Rory afterwards and refuses to go with him to help save her infant self (Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011)). River is not yet a professor. She refers to the events of Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010) to the Eleventh Doctor, who hasn't yet witnessed them and says that she is hoping to receive her pardon (Doctor Who: The Time of Angels (2010)/Doctor Who: Flesh and Stone (2010)). Immediately following the events of "Flesh and Stone". River has received her pardon and goes to visit her mother. River has been pardoned from Stormcage and is now a professor (The Wedding of River Song). River dies in the Library, but her data ghost uploaded to the computer (Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead). The River in this episode is the River stored in the Library's computer (The Name of The Doctor).
The Eleventh Doctor spent nine hundred years on Trenzalore before his regeneration in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), almost half of his lifetime as depicted over the entire fifty year run. This also technically makes Handles, the Cyberman head that keeps him company over the centuries, the Doctor's longest-serving companion, besides the T.A.R.D.I.S.
Almost all of the Doctors from the modern era (that have regenerated) have seen the first person they met in their new body just before they move on to the next incarnation. David Tennant regenerated in front of Rose, and then visited her before succumbing to radiation in the T.A.R.D.I.S. Matt Smith crash landed in Amelia Pond's garden, and also hallucinated her saying goodbye to him before he regenerated ("the first face this face saw"). Christopher Eccleston regenerated alone in the T.A.R.D.I.S., and, as of September 2015, his first moments have not been revealed, but certain scenes in Doctor Who: Rose (2005) (such as him studying himself in Rose's mirror), imply that he was new to his body. At the very least, this confirms that Rose was his first (and only) companion, possibly the first person to whom he ever spoke. -The only Doctor, to whom this does not apply, is the War Doctor, who regenerated from Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor in front of the Sisterhood of Karn (Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor (2013)), but regenerated alone in his T.A.R.D.I.S. after the events of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013). In fact, the last people he saw before changing were the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of his future self (and Clara).
In the season eight finale, Clara lied to the Cybermen, that she never existed, and she was actually the Doctor all along. This is preceded by the opening credits, that revealed Jenna Coleman's name first, instead of Peter Capaldi and Clara's eyes, instead of the Doctor's, as if to trick the audience into thinking that she really is the Doctor.
In Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013), The Eleventh Doctor has aged into a frail old man after nine hundred years on Trenzalore. Although Time Lords can regenerate into a new body and a new face, and they can make themselves younger, they can still age like normal humans. In Doctor Who: Time Crash (2007), The Tenth Doctor meets an older Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison was fifty-five or fifty-six). In Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013), The Eleventh Doctor encounters an elderly Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker was sixty-nine or seventy), a future incarnation, who modeled himself after one of his earliest incarnations. It's obvious the First Doctor (William Hartnell, who was fifty-five when he first played The Doctor) had started off young, and had grown old when he stole the T.A.R.D.I.S., and left Gallifrey with Susan.
In the 2008 audio story of Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles "The Catalyst", it was revealed that Leela (Louise Jameson), companion of The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), had survived the destruction of Gallifrey in the Last Great Time War, and Leela had been captured and imprisoned by a warrior race called the Z'nai, and they interrogated Leela for information on the Time Lords.
K-9 is briefly mentioned in Tom Anglebergers' Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, in a drawing labeled as the best television dog ever. This is the latest book (as of November 10, 2016) in his Origami Yoda series.
Steven Moffat had wanted Christopher Eccleston to appear as the Ninth Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special. But, Christopher Eccleston refused, and Steven Moffat replaced him with a new character, and wrote into Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor (2013), Doctor Who: Night of the Doctor (2013), and Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013). In Doctor Who: Night of the Doctor (2013), it is revealed the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) was killed in a spaceship crash, but was temporarily revived by the Sisterhood of Karn, and he was given a potion that helped him regenerate into a new form of his choice, and the Eighth Doctor regenerated into the War Doctor (Sir John Hurt) and the War Doctor returned to Gallifrey to fight in the Time War. It is also revealed that the War Doctor, is the real Ninth Doctor, and the Eleventh Doctor is actually the Thirteenth and final Doctor, due to the Tenth Doctor being shot by a Dalek, and using the regenerative energy from his severed hand to heal himself and to stay the same, making him both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor. Sir John Hurt died on January 27, 2017.