20 Facts About War Doctor


War Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who.

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War Doctor was created as a result of a conscious decision of the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann, to take up arms and become a warrior; in accepting this duty, the War Doctor disowned the title of "Doctor", and after the war's end is viewed with disdain by his subsequent incarnations, who reclaim the title that the character is known by.

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In "The Name of the War Doctor", Hurt wore a burgundy and ivory scarf in a herringbone style.

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War Doctor wore a dark brown leather trenchcoat, similar to the Ninth Doctor's black leather peacoat as well as a green brown moleskin waistcoat with a fob watch, dark tan trousers, and charcoal leather gaiters similar to ones worn by the Eighth Doctor.

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War Doctor was seen to use a new sonic screwdriver with a scarlet light, closely matching the prop used by the Third and Fourth Doctors.

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War Doctor kept it in a bandolier originally worn by Cass, played by Emma Campbell-Jones, a young pilot who dies after refusing the Doctor's help due to him being a Time Lord.

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War Doctor first appears at the conclusion of the series seven finale "The Name of the Doctor" when the Eleventh Doctor and companion Clara Oswald are trapped in the Doctor's timeline.

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War Doctor's origins are given in the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor", set during the Time War referred to in the series.

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War Doctor is offered an elixir designed to trigger a life-saving regeneration into a form of his choice.

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The War Doctor accepts that upon returning to his own timeframe, he will forget his own heroic actions and must live with the false belief that he killed his own people.

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War Doctor appears in archive footage in the 2014 episode "Listen".

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The episode reveals that the barn to which the War Doctor travelled, in order to activate the Moment, was part of the Doctor's childhood home.

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War Doctor appeared in a sequence along with all the other incarnations of the Doctor, when the Thirteenth Doctor broke out of the Matrix in “The Timeless Children”.

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War Doctor appears in the BBC Books novel Engines of War by George Mann.

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The War Doctor appears alongside the other incarnations of the Doctor in the 2014 collection The Shakespeare Notebooks.

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The War Doctor's segment is titled "A Prologue", and purports to be a fictionalised account of the Time War written by William Shakespeare.

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In May 2015, it was announced by Titan Books that the War Doctor would be the fourth incarnation joining the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors in their Four Doctors crossover mini-series.

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The War Doctor appears as a playable character in the mobile game Doctor Who Legacy.

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Younger War Doctor appears in a flashback sequence in a Twelfth Doctor storyline, which sees the Twelfth Doctor reflect on the events that led to the apparent death of his old acquaintance Fey Truscott-Sade and his own darker view on the Time War.

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In 2020, Big Finish announced a prequel series - The War Doctor Begins - with actor and impressionist Jonathon Carley taking over the title role.

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