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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > The Essential Doctor Who: The Time Lords > The FIVE FACES of DOCTOR WHO


Before the Time Lords deliver the Doctor’s sentence in The War Games, they offer him a number of options for his new appearance. Who drew these images? And who were they based on? We investigate the mystery of the Doctors who never were…
Patrick Troughton’s four-year tenure as the Doctor came to an end in 1969.

In Episode Ten of The War Games (1969), the Time Lords offer the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) a selection of appearances for his next incarnation. The Doctor declares that the faces presented to him as sketches on a screen are “too old”, “too fat”, “too thin”, “too young” and ultimately “ridiculous”. Losing patience, the Time Lords make their own choice and when Doctor Who returned in 1970 our hero looked like Jon Pertwee.

Two of the best-known title sequences designed by Jeapes.

But who were these potential Doctors? The sketches look realistic, presumably drawn from life. Perhaps people the artist knew socially or who worked at the BBC, or perhaps the sketches were taken from photographs. The production subtitles on the DVD of The War Games tell us that, ‘The Doctor’s facial options were supplied by Alan Jeapes of the BBC Graphics Department.’

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The Doctor’s own people, and his home planet, were introduced in 1969 as a major chapter in the series’ history came to an end. Five decades later, the Time Lords and their devastating war with the Daleks are still essential parts of Doctor Who’s mythology. This special publication analyses every story set on Gallifrey, reveals previously unseen images from the making of the episodes and interviews key players in the Time Lords’ fascinating story.