My Favorite Doctors #3 – The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

Last few weeks I wasn’t able to work on this article, so this week I’m finally back to tackle my number third favorite Doctor. My pick’s for second and third are very, very close indeed. I considered making it a tie, but that felt too much like I was cheating.

So, lets get to it!

My pick for #3 is The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

The Seventh Doctor could never catch a fair break. He came into the show in a very wonky way. His final appearance wasn’t much better. in between though McCoy’s Doctor was pure gold. From fighting a killer resort tower to Arthurian Knights carrying guns, there was always something bizarre going down.

His tenure as a Time Lord got off to a rocky start with a somewhat cheesy regeneration. McCoy doubled for the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), who had been fired by the BBC and refused to come back and film a regeneration scene.

The Seventh Doctor started out as a more comedic character. He was prone to pratfalls and speaking nonsensically (“Time and tide melt the snowman,” or “A bird in the hand keeps the Doctor away”). Gradually a change came over this Doctor, which saw him become a much darker and manipulative character. A chessmaster, who used his intelligence to assess and direct events and people to the outcome he wanted.

His first companion was Mel. She was okay as far as companions go but paled in comparison to the Doctor’s next one, Ace! To say that Ace kicked butt is an understatement. She took out a Dalek with a baseball bat. Defeated some Cybermen with a slingshot and some gold coins. Wielded Excalibur and has a thing for blowing stuff up real good!

Sadly though it was at this time that the show got cancelled. But the Seventh Doctor came back briefly in the Fox Tv movie. Where he suffered perhaps the most underwhelming and random of Doctor deaths. Getting shot as he walked out of the TARDIS!

What I loved about the Seventh Doctor’s run was the sense of mystery the writers brought to his character. We where never sure just what his agenda was, nor who he was. There where hints at a larger story going on, but with the show’s cancellation much of that would get resolved in other media.

Well that’s all for this week, until the next time. Be seeing you.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Doctors #3 – The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Caught only a few stories of his, but I’m very curious to see more.

    The weirdness of the show and main character at this point spoke to the possibilities of exploring a TV universe where literally anything could happen.

    I’m greatly pleased to read your thoughts on this amazing series, Prof.

  2. Professor, another fantastic post! Sadly the only appearance I’ve seen of McCoy is at the moment he is shot and dies on the operating table in the Fox TV show with McGann!

  3. Vic, thanks! Yeah sadly he didn’t get to go out so good, but a least he didn’t go out like the sixth Doctor! If your ever want to check some of his stories out, I recommend; Battlefield, Ghost Light, Remembrance of the Daleks, and Paradise Towers.

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