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According to one account, the Eighth Doctor regenerated on Karn. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)

By most accounts, the Doctor's ninth incarnation was the one who followed the Eighth Doctor's regeneration.

When examining the Doctor's timeline, Marnal exclaimed to Rachel that the Doctor had "three ninth incarnations". (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) The Eighth Doctor's visions of his future included as many as ten potential ninth bodies, (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) and accounts differed as to which one he eventually regenerated into. (TV: The Name of the Doctor, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War, et al.)

In addition, some accounts of the Doctor's early life suggested that the so-called First Doctor, from whom the numbering allotted to the conventional Eighth Doctor started, (PROSE: The Eight Doctors) was not actually the Doctor's first incarnation. (PROSE: The Power of the Daleks, Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius, TV: The Timeless Children, et al.)

Man with big ears[]

Main article: Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor. (TV: The End of the World)

After the Eighth Doctor saw several visions of his future in the Tomorrow Window, a single figure solidified out of the blur: a gaunt, hawklike face that gave him a broad, welcoming grin. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) According to some accounts, the Eighth Doctor regenerated into this incarnation after using the Moment to end the Last Great Time War, (COMIC: The Forgotten, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) but most accounts held that he was the successor to the War Doctor; as such, the "man with big ears" was the Doctor's tenth incarnation, but only the ninth to use the name "Doctor", (TV: The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor et. al) thus making him "the Ninth Doctor". He travelled with companions like Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler. (PROSE: Dr. Ninth, et. al)


Main article: War Doctor

The War Doctor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)

By many accounts, the Eighth Doctor regenerated into a ninth incarnation who renounced the title "Doctor" while fighting in the Last Great Time War. (TV: The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) Later incarnations disavowed this version of themselves for breaking the promise of their shared name. Their last incarnation of their first regeneration cycle labelled himself the "Eleventh", ignoring his war incarnation; (TV: The Name of the Doctor) however, this Doctor's final act was to actually save Gallifrey with many of his other incarnations (TV: The Day of the Doctor) before regenerating into the aforementioned incarnation which travelled with Rose Tyler. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)

Listless-looking man[]

Main article: Ninth Doctor (The Curse of Fatal Death)

The listless-looking Doctor. (TV: The Curse of Fatal Death)

One of the faces the Eighth Doctor saw in the Tomorrow Window was "a listless-looking man." (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) By one account, the Doctor's ninth incarnation had a companion named Emma, (PROSE: Who's After Your Cash, TV: The Curse of Fatal Death) with whom he fell in love; they decided to stop adventuring and settle down together. The Doctor met the Master on Tersurus to inform him, but the Master brought the Daleks. This Doctor ultimately regenerated into his tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth incarnations after being shot with Dalek energy beams. (TV: The Curse of Fatal Death)


Other possible future selves the Eighth Doctor glimpsed in the Tomorrow Window included a figure in a velvet suit and eyeliner; a man with curly hair and a lopsided smile; and a pale aristocrat (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) who was also known to Daughter of Mine. (AUDIO: Shadow of a Doubt)

Shayde poses as the "balding Doctor" and, allegedly, the Eighth Doctor's immediate successor, even fooling Fey and Izzy. (COMIC: Wormwood)

During his travels with Izzy Sinclair and Fey Truscott-Sade, the Eighth Doctor seemed to regenerate into a balding incarnation who liked to wear bowties and dark jackets. (COMIC: The Final Chapter) This was actually Shayde posing as the Doctor as part of a scheme agreed upon between them to bring down the Threshold, (COMIC: Wormwood) but the Seventh Doctor had once encountered a future version of himself who matched Shayde's fake Ninth Doctor to a tee, and acknowledged him as his future. (COMIC: Party Animals) However, this man eventually severed himself from his past as part of a deal with the man in black to restore his homeworld. As a result, a different version of himself took over the place he had occupied in his original timeline, while an amnesiac version of him continued to wander the universe on his own, taking on the name of Fred and having difficulties recollecting his former existence. (PROSE: Cyber-Hunt)

Other possible successors to the Eighth Doctor were incarnations whom the Doctor already knew lay in his future: a ginger incarnation (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) whose adventures intersected the Seventh Doctor's several times, (PROSE: Battlefield, Transit, Birthright, Happy Endings) and the Valeyard, (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) who repeatedly menaced the Sixth Doctor (TV: The Mysterious Planet, AUDIO: The Brink of Death, et al.) and was described as an amalgamation of the Doctor's darker sides from between his twelfth and final incarnations. (TV: The Ultimate Foe)

One possibility was that the Eighth Doctor's successor was the man with a bent nose, (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) who was not a proper incarnation of the Doctor but another of the four surviving elementals. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)

Another possibility was that the Eighth Doctor's future included many men in pseudo-Edwardian dress as well as the First Doctor. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) The Infinity Doctor resembled the Eighth Doctor with short hair but lived on Gallifrey and had forgotten many of his adventures. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) By one account, the old man and young girl who landed their spaceship in the junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane were Soul and Zezanne in the shape-shifting Jonah; in their amnesiac states, Zezanne believed that Soul was her grandfather. (PROSE: Sometime Never..., TV: An Unearthly Child)

Behind the scenes[]

…the Ninth Doctor here could also be interpreted as the Shalka Doctor or the Rowan Atkinson Doctor for the hat trick of alternative Ninth Doctors.(source)

  • COMIC: The Flood was originally going to end with the regeneration of the Eighth Doctor, with the BBC approving the plan. However, a condition imposed by the BBC and Russell T Davies (namely, that the Ninth Doctor could not be seen to travel with any companion other than Rose) rendered this unworkable, and the idea was abandoned. Thought was given to a storyline that would have seen Destrii travel with a Doctor who was 'trapped' mid-regeneration, with a flaming head and hidden features that the writers and artists compared to Dormammu of Marvel Comics, but this idea was considered too much effort for too little reward, considering the main purpose of a regeneration storyline was to see how the companions reacted to the new Doctor.