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Who is the Doctor?

By Mark Sherstone

As we all know, the Doctor comes from Gallifrey, the planet of the Time Lords, but what we do not know is where the Doctor comes from on Gallifrey, why he and his grand-daughter left and why he stole a TARDIS.

It may be explained in future regenerations. We will have to wait and find out, but until then all we know about the Doctor is that he comes from Gallifrey, has an old Type 40 Tardis and has used seven of his thirteen regenerations. He likes having companions and running into trouble of some sort in his adventures through Time and Space.

So given what we do and don't know about the Doctor, except for two stories, where he lets slip that on Gallifrey he had something to do with the Hand of Omega and the living metal. I am referring to the stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Silver Nemesis, but whatever it is about the Doctor; people are fascinated by three questions - Where did he come from? Where was he going? What was he running from, if at all?

This item appeared in TSV 15 (September 1989).