Boris Karloff in 1936’s The Mysterious Doctor Who?!

Hartnell. Troughton. Pertwee. Baker. Davison. C. Baker. McCoy. McGann. Hurt. Eccleston. Tennant. Smith. Capaldi. All wonderful actors who had the honor of portraying Doctor Who, even Peter Cushing sort of portrayed the famous time traveler…though he certainly isn’t the same character from the long running TV series.

Now Dr. Who’s first appearance was actually on November 23, 1963 but that didn’t stop the talented Vance Capley from giving us a glimpse of a world where the legendary Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi teamed up for a 15 chapter serial entitled “The Mysterious Doctor Who” which also stars Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill.

Image courtesy of Vance Capley Arts.

Image courtesy of Vance Capley Arts.

Hop on over to Vance Capley Arts for more fun like the Werewolf Kid, The Claw, and Silver Streak Jr.


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2 thoughts on “Boris Karloff in 1936’s The Mysterious Doctor Who?!

  1. Badwolf says:

    Maxwell Smart says, “Missed it by THAT much.”

    The TARDIS is a 1950’s style Police Call Box. It wouldn’t have been around in 1936.

    But I like the idea.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    For a second there, I thought the good Doctor had sent his fans a message across time, reaching into film history to rewrite the filmography of the greats in order to inform us of some great danger (or adventure) lying ahead in the next…um…80 years.

    As for the temporal dystopia concerning the TARDIS shape, Vance put a historically-accurate alternative look for it on his site.
    Not ideal, but…functional?

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