According to many accounts of the Doctor's early life, they had at least eight incarnations before being the First Doctor, glimpsed during the Fourth Doctor's mindbending duel with Morbius. (TV: The Brain of Morbius, The Timeless Children; PROSE: Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius, Cold Fusion; AUDIO: Cold Fusion)

Some accounts had these individuals already being known as "the Doctor", and being remembered to some extent by post-First Doctor incarnations, (PROSE: Cold Fusion, PROSE: The Power of the Daleks) while others suggested that the Doctor's memories from before the First Doctor, of which the duel with Morbius had been a glimpse, were from the Other. (PROSE: Lungbarrow)

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Doctor's early life

According to one account, the Doctor was raised on Gallifrey, his father being part of the Supreme Council. (PROSE: Cold Fusion) In an alternate universe, after Patience was widowed by Omega, she became the Doctor's tutor, just as she had been his grandfather's tutor and his father's tutor. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) He and Patience ultimately fell in love. (PROSE: Cold Fusion, The Infinity Doctors)

Marriage[edit | edit source]

He embarked on an expedition into deep time with the Machine, a prototype timeship. On the day of his return, he married Patience. They lived at Patience's ancestral home, the House of Blyledge, and had thirteen children. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

On the Supreme Council[edit | edit source]

Patience remembered this incarnation newly regenerated, before his hands had even touched her body. He considered himself old, and was on the Supreme Council as his father was before him. At this time, his firstborn son was a Cardinal and a Time Lord of the first rank, whose wife was expecting to give birth to their first grandchild, (PROSE: Cold Fusion) Susan. (TV: An Unearthly Child, et al.)

As only the Loom-Born were allowed to inherit the Legacy of Rassilon, the then-Lord President sent Chancellery Guards to terminate the pregnancy and seize the family. They culled Patience's twelve children, but the First Doctor transgressed the Laws of Time to travel into the ancient past and rescued Patience and her grandchild, placing Patience in the Machine for safety. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Though the explorer was honoured among the Time Lords of the Doctor's time, they had forgotten his true name; however, the Fifth Doctor recognised it. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

When describing his "renewal" process to Ben and Polly, the newly-regenerated Second Doctor implied that he had previously renewed himself in the past, and he opened a trunk that contained relics from his previous incarnations: Saladin's ornamental dagger; a large earring he used to wear; a thick gold bracelet with odd pictures; and Cameca's jade brooch. (PROSE: The Power of the Daleks)

When Polly, Ben, and Jamie found a shaving mirror on the control console of the second control room in the Doctor's TARDIS, Polly and Ben speculated that the room may have been used by a bearded incarnation of the Doctor from a time before either of the Doctors they were familiar with. (PROSE: Something at the Door)

During the mindbending battle, after Morbius said, "Back! Back to your beginning!" and the eight faces began to flash on the screen, the Fourth Doctor thought to himself, "You can't... not that far... I won't let you... Not even I." (PROSE: Cold Fusion) The mechanism broke down after the eighth face appeared. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

The Fifth Doctor only had hazy memories of his life from before what he remembered to be his second regeneration; further back, great chunks were missing. (PROSE: Cold Fusion) The Sixth Doctor also mentioned that his memory was vague prior to his regeneration into the Third Doctor. (COMIC: The World Shapers)

The Eighth Doctor saw a series of men in pseudo-Edwardian clothes in the Tomorrow Window. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) After being trapped in the Matrix by the Master, the Thirteenth Doctor escaped by overloading the system with memories of her past incarnations and of all she had seen; some of these eight faces, as they had appeared to the Fourth Doctor during the mindbending contest, were among them. (TV: The Timeless Children)

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The screen of the mindbending device counted down from the Fourth Doctor to the First Doctor before showing the Morbius faces in reverse chronological order. (TV: The Brain of Morbius) When the Thirteenth Doctor blasted the Matrix with her memories of the mindbending contest, she remembered the faces in a different order. (TV: The Timeless Children)

First incarnation[edit | edit source]

He was fair-skinned and had a short dark full beard which went lighter at his temples. In the screen of the mindbending device, he wore a dark narrow brimmed hat with a dark feather. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Second incarnation[edit | edit source]

He was fair-skinned and beardless but had lengthy dark straight hair. In the mindbending screen, he wore a dark wide-brimmed hat. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Third incarnation[edit | edit source]

He was fair-skinned, had a goatee and moustache and straight dark lengthy hair. In the mindbending screen, he wore a dark wide-brimmed hat and a top with light coloured collar. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Fourth incarnation[edit | edit source]

The incarnation that married Patience (PROSE: Cold Fusion) was fair-skinned and beardless but had long curly dark hair. In the mindbending screen, he wore a dark cavalier hat with a light-coloured feather. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Fifth incarnation[edit | edit source]

The incarnation that sat on the Supreme Council (PROSE: Cold Fusion) was fair-skinned with blond curly hair and a dark full beard. (TV: The Brain of Morbius) Shortly after he regenerated, Patience thought he was much taller and hairier than his previous, beardless body, and his board was much coarser. (PROSE: Cold Fusion) In the mindbending screen, he wore a light coloured necktie with a top with dark high collar. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Sixth incarnation[edit | edit source]

He was fair-skinned with light coloured curly hair and a full beard. In the mindbending screen, he wore a dark top with no collar at the front but a very high stand behind the head. (TV: The Brain of Morbius) This face and outfit were identical to those of Martin Jurgens, an Adjudicator who was active on Earth circa 2472. (TV: Colony in Space)

Seventh incarnation[edit | edit source]

He was fair-skinned with no facial hair but curly light-coloured hair of mid length. In the mindbending screen, his hair was held at the back with a bow tie, and he wore a tricorn hat and a light-coloured necktie over his a dark collar. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Eighth incarnation[edit | edit source]

The incarnation which immediately preceded the First Doctor was fair-skinned with a dark moustache and dark straight hair of mid length. In the mindbending screen, he wore a top hat. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes images of the "Morbius Doctors", save Graeme Harper. (In-Vision #12)

The photograph of Graeme Harper used to represent Martin Jurgens in Colony in Space, later repurposed to represent a Doctor in The Brain of Morbius.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. BBC's article on The Brain of Morbius
  2. research by Paul Hanley
  3. tweet of Lance Parkin
  4. Time, Unincorporated: Volume One
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