Doctor Who: The 10 Best Alternative Universe Doctors

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Doomsday Doctor: "The Ultimate Adventure" wasn't the first stage play version of Doctor Who Terrance Dicks had crafted. Before that he staged a new Dalek adventure between the run of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker with an alternative Fourth Doctor played by Trevor Martin. It was called "Seven Keys to Doomsday" and it ran at the Adelphi Theatre London in 1974.

Stylistically, Martin's costume was almost identical to Pertwee's, though his would change once again when the play was restaged in 1984 with Michael Sagar in the role. Martin had previously appeared as a Time Lord in "The War Games" and was joined onstage by costar Wendy Padbury, who had played his second incarnation's companion Zoe and now appeared as his, Jenny. Martin would return to the role in 2008 when he reprised his Doctor, a gruff and tough but eloquent man, in an audio adaptation of Dicks' script.

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Dr. Smith: In the early '00s Telos Publishing put out a run of classic Doctor novellas that were especially excellent. All but two featured established Doctors. Of the two remaining no one is quite certain about. Cabinet of Light featured what is believed to be one of the two alternative Ninth Doctors who appeared before Christopher Eccleston assumed the role in 2005. He wore a black coat with green collar, white shirt, a loose collar on the coat, exposing his neck and pronounced throat, and was also known to wear a hat and muffler. He was gangly, but not tall, and was the first Doctor since the First shown to smoke. He often goes under the alias of Dr. Smith.

In Cabinet of Light The Doctor is aided by a hardboiled time-sensitive detective who is hired to help keep the Tardis out of the hands of a Nazi cult. He was a convoluted man, cheerful, but full of the same sinister cunning of his Seventh incarnation.

Pete's World Doctor: This is admittedly my own speculation, but no one I have ever brought it up with has ever had an answer or even realized that there was a question to be asked on the subject. When The Doctor and Rose visited Pete's World they stopped the Cybermen and reunited Rose with her father, who was alive in this timeline whereas she didn't exist. Later, the Tenth Doctor dropped his Meta-Crisis clone and Rose off in the dimension to live as man and wife, essentially sealing them away from the universe we know.

What I've always wondered is... where is that universe's proper Doctor? There's no reason to assume that he and Gallifrey and the rest of the Whoniverse we know of aren't also somewhere in the heavens over Pete's World. Shouldn't there be an actual Doctor in that world as well, not just Meta-Crisis? It's my theory that the Hurt Doctor is in reality Pete's World's Doctor crossing over into the main universe, with Rose and Meta-Ten either following him or joining him to stop whatever calamity is imminent.

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The Doctor may or may not be the Other even by implication.

The strong implication is that they are genetically identical and that the Doctor is a clone/reincarnation/avatar of the Other, depending on what you believe about the nature of the Other. On
ce you dig down into the history of Gallifrey a bit and learn the distinction between "Gallifreyan" and "Time Lord" (and draw on some sources of questionable canonicity even from authors intimately connected with the series, much like Marc Platt's /Lungbarrow/) there's a weaker implication that the proper relationship is "avatar", precisely like that between Vishnu and Krishna. 

The Other was part of the founding Triumvirate credited with modern Gallifreyan society; between them, they created all the technology and possibly some of the biology (like the Rassilon Imprimatur) that make the Time Lords distinct from their origins as Gallifrey's native population, including TARDISes. Most of the credit usually goes to Rassilon and Omega, with only a few obscure mentions like the holiday "Otherstide" acknowledging their third and mostly-silent partner. Rassilon and Omega have both appeared in the show; the Other never has, or at least not explicitly. However, Susan is actually the Other's granddaughter, the last (or one of the last) child born on Gallifrey before the curse of the Pythia made natural conception and childbirth impossible and the Looms were created as a workaround to generate new Time Lord children. The Doctor simply adopted her as his own granddaughter when they fled Gallifrey together.

SPOILERS BELOW for Lungbarrow, several other questionable-canonicity stories, and maybe the current TV series.
Rassilon, Omega, and the Other are presented as essentially mortal gods from outside our space/time -- "gods" because they are able to create astonishing devices and perform amazing feats like creating black holes made-to-spec and balancing them against on-demand triggered supernovas for near-infinite energy sources, "mortal" because both Rassilon and Omega do some nasty things in the name of dodging death. Rassilon does some crazy shit in his quest for immortality, possibly becoming a vampire per references to "perpetual bodily regeneration" -- and, by some accounts, creating the regenerative process for Time Lords as a byproduct of his studies of vampires -- and may even have caused the Time Lock and perpetuation of the Time War rather than allow any outcome that would cause his death. The Other abandoned him rather than assist him in atrocities, an the Doctor has repeatedly defeated him, banished, him, and so on -- but never quite, it seems, permanently. Omega ends up a lonely lunatic living semi-eternally in an antimatter dimension, kept alive as a disembodied being of pure will by sheer force of that will. The Other... just kind of disappears, possibly in an act of suicide that distributes his genetic material into the Time Lords' gene pool in an infinite-monkeys-with-infinite-artificial-wombs last gambit.

However, some interpretations of the novel /Human Nature/, which was adapted into canon as the "Human Nature / The Family of Blood" two-parter, suggests that the Other is actually a Victorian-era human who invented a time machine, learned amazing stuff on his human travels, and ended up on primitive Gallifrey at the right time to join up with Rassilon and Omega. Proponents of this theory tend to punch the air every time the Doctor makes reference to being half- (or any part-) human. In this interpretation, "avatar" is off the table and "clone" is the best relationship-label, although even that is slightly misleading since the DNA of Time Lords is not identical to either humans' or Gallifreyans', having been artificially altered to allow for regeneration.

However, even if the Doctor is the Other, the Other is definitely not the Doctor. Or at least, he never used that name and didn't always keep... to that ethos. *ahem*

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