On November 23, 2013 there will be the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”. To celebrate this important moment let’s go over the Doctor’s history again. This article remembers the Ninth Doctor.
Played by Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor is the one who marks the debut of the new “Doctor Who” series. The regeneration of the Eighth Doctor wasn’t shown so from the beginning the fans have wondered if he was really the Ninth and only recently it’s been revealed that the issue is a bit complicated.
The Ninth Doctor is shown for the first time while on Earth and takes on a new invasion attempt by the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness. On that occasion, he meets Rose Tyler, a shopgirl who gets involved in the Doctor’s fight against the aliens. When he proposes to travel in the Tardis, Rose prefers to leave her boyfriend Mickey on Earth and go with the Doctor.
The Ninth Doctor has a complex personality, which is strongly influenced by what happened to him. In the course of his adventures, some details are slowly revealed about the Time War fought between the Time Lords and the Daleks that apparently annihilated both sides.
The Doctor is the last Time Lords and the wounds from the Time War are still deep. For this reason there’s a darkness in his soul and there are times when he’s ready to even use violence. Exactly because this past is so terrible he’s trying to look to the future and often the cheerful side of his personality comes out.
In the course of their trips, the Ninth Doctor and Rose meet Adam Mitchell, who for a short time travels with them. However, the Doctor isn’t as patient with him as he’s with Rose and brings him back home, where he abandons him unceremoniously.
On a trip to Earth during World War II, the Ninth Doctor and Rose meet Captain Jack Harkness, another time traveler who hides many secrets. Jack starts traveling in the Tardis until the three of them meet the Daleks.
At the end of the first season of the new “Doctor Who” series Jack Harkness is killed but is brought back to life and made immortal. Subsequently, he becomes the protagonist of the spin-off “Torchwood“.
The Ninth Doctor regenerates at the end of the first season so he’s the protagonist of a number of adventures that’s limited compared to his predecessors. In addition to the few television episodes, a number novels with him were published and recently he appeared in a Big Finish audio adventure.