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Doctor's Dilemma

By Jon Preddle

I didn't get any responses to my request last issue for questions about Season Sixteen, however I did receive one about doubles. But first, some additions to the list last issue of instances in which the Doctor has addressed TV viewers...

The Deadly Assassin Part One: The Doctor narrates the rolling 'scroll' at the beginning of the story.

The Caves of Androzani Part Four: Although he is actually speaking to Peri, the Sixth Doctor looks into camera as he says 'Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon,' as if he is addressing the viewers as well.

Remembrance of the Daleks Part Three: As the Dalek shuttle lands in the school grounds, the Doctor raises his head, looks at the camera, and says 'I think I might have miscalculated'. [Thanks to David Ronayne for this one].

Which Doctors and companions have met their own doubles, and which have been duplicated?

There are several different forms of doubles present in Doctor Who stories. These include deliberately manufactured duplicates (robots, androids and clones), adopted likenesses (impersonators, 'shape stealers' and chameleons), coincidental likenesses both acknowledged and unacknowledged, parallel timeline counterparts, and 'insubstantial' doubles such as holograms, phantoms or mental projections.

Manufactured duplicates: First Doctor (The Chase); Jamie and Zoe (The Mind Robber); Benton, Sarah and Harry (The Android Invasion); Fourth Doctor (The Android Invasion, The Invisible Enemy, The Leisure Hive); Leela (The Invisible Enemy); Romana (The Androids of Tara); Tegan and Turlough (Resurrection of the Daleks); Fifth Doctor and Peri (The Caves of Androzani).

Adopted likenesses: Ben, Polly and Jamie (Chameleons, The Faceless Ones); Harry (Madra, Terror of the Zygons); Mel (The Rani, Time and the Rani); Tegan (Kamelion, The King's Demons); The Master (Kamelion, The King's Demons, Planet of Fire), Fourth Doctor (Xoanon, The Face of Evil; Meglos, Meglos); Fifth Doctor (Omega, Arc of Infinity; Kamelion, The King's Demons).

[Romana and Princess Astra]

Acknowledged coincidental likenesses: First Doctor (The Abbot of Amboise, The Massacre); Second Doctor (Salamander, The Enemy of the World); First Romana (Princess Strella, The Androids of Tara); Second Romana (Astra, The Armageddon Factor); Nyssa (Ann Talbot, Black Orchid).

Unacknowledged coincidental likenesses: Barbara (Lexa, Meglos); Steven (Morton Dill, The Chase); Sara Kingdom (Princess Joanna, The Crusade; Morgaine, Battlefield); The Brigadier (Bret Vyon, The Daleks' Master Plan); Harry (Lieutenant Andrews, Carnival of Monsters); Sixth Doctor (Maxil, Arc of Infinity).

Parallel timeline counterparts: First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki (The Space Museum); the Brigadier, Benton and Liz Shaw (Inferno); Third Doctor and Jo (Day of the Daleks).

Holograms, phantoms and mental projections: Second Doctor (The Two Doctors); Jamie, Zoe, Liz and Mike Yates (The Five Doctors); Fourth Doctor (The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Armageddon Factor); Adric (Castrovalva, Time-Flight); Tegan (Kinda); Sixth Doctor (The Two Doctors, Timelash); Mel (The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani); First Romana (The Armageddon Factor); Peri (Vengeance on Varos, The Two Doctors).

This item appeared in TSV 45 (September 1995).

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