The Doctor (Doctor Who)(09 - Alternate A)
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This alternate version of the Ninth Doctor was modeled after long-term fan and series contributor, Nicholas Briggs. He was shown to have regenerated from the Paul McGann version of the Doctor, though this was later revealed as a hoax. Technically, this "Doctor" was actually Shayde disguised as a newly-regenerated Doctor. Nevertheless, he did fully appear as the Doctor for the better part of a whole adventure, and subsequently had a few cameo appearances.
This character should not be confused with the so-called "Nth" Doctor, despite the fact that they look exactly alike. There is no narrative link between this "Doctor" (who was, after all, another character in disguise), and the "Nth Doctor", who was actually the Doctor, but from a different time stream altogether.
This character is exclusive to Doctor Who Magazine.
He was, in a sense, a "test-run" for the DWM team. The idea was to float the notion of possibly regenerating the McGann Doctor, since no new filmed production was on the horizon. Though there was never a serious intent that the character would actually replace McGann at this juncture (the McGann Doctor was only two years old when this character was introduced), it was nevertheless clear that Doctor Who was dead as a filmed property. The comic strip editors were thus thinking ahead to some ambiguous future date where they'd want to regenerate McGann without the benefit of a filmed regeneration sequence.
Still, he was the Doctor for about half of 1998.
The person on whom this Doctor is modeled has had a long career with Doctor Who. Nicholas Briggs started from humble beginnings at Doctor Who Magazine, but later became the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen and Nestene in the Russell T. Davies 2005 revival of the series. He was also named to the top position at Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who division, becoming the "showrunner" of the Doctor Who audio series. Previously, he had been responsible for writing and performing in a number of Doctor Who productions for Big Finish.
First Appearance: Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #265
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Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
The New Sharon from Blackcastle Adventures (2004)
- 'What's Troubling the Kleptons?'#2
- 'The Four 9th Doctors'
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