The Doctor
Eighth doctor
The Eighth Doctor
Portrayed by Paul McGann
Tenure 1996
First appearance Doctor Who
Last appearance Doctor Who
Number of series Movie Only
Appearances 1 story (1 episode)
Companions Grace Holloway
Preceded by Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
Succeeded by Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
The Alternate Ninth Doctor(alternate regeneration, Kelly Reilly)
Shalka Doctor (alternate regeneration, Richard E. Grant)
Series TV movie (1996)

The Eighth Doctor was the eighth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor. He showed a love and respect for all life.

His own life was a temporally complex one, which so frequently involved time paradoxes and parallel universes that it was impossible to know with certainty how the major epochs of his existence fitted together. Complicating the matter even further was his involvement in the Last Great Time War.

Pre Universal Experiment HistoryEdit

The Eighth Doctor first appearance was in the year 1999 After the Seventh Doctor was caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out in 1999 San Francisco's Chinatown, USA, he was taken to a hospital where surgeons, confused by his double heartbeat, attempted to correct a non-existent fibrillation. Their efforts instead "killed" the Doctor. He was taken to a morgue and after several hours (due to the anaesthetic almost destroying the regenerative process), he finally regenerated into his eighth incarnation. At the time of his injury, the Doctor had been transporting the remains of his long-time nemesis the Master from the planet Skaro to Gallifrey. The Master, however, was not completely dead, and was able to possess a human form, a married ambulance paramedic named Bruce. After murdering Bruce's wife, the Master (now in Bruce's body) attempted to steal the Doctor's remaining lives, by opening the Eye of Harmony within the TARDIS, and nearly destroying the planet Earth, as people celebrated the end of the millennium. However, with the aid of Dr Grace Holloway, the Doctor was able to stop the Master's plan; the Master was sucked into the Eye,


The Eighth Doctor encouraged those around him to seize life instead of withdrawing from it. He also seemed to enjoy giving people hints of their own futures, probably to prod them into making the right decisions. It is unclear if the eighth Doctor's knowledge of people's futures comes from historical expertise, psychic power or precognitive ability.


The Eighth Doctor wears an outfit that consists of a dark green velvet frock coat, a silver waistcoat and a cravat, which he finds in the hospital after regenerating.