A Biography of the Doctor

First Doctor Profile

"Your ideas are too narrow, too crippled. I am a citizen of the Universe, and a gentleman to boot."
- The First Doctor describing himself in The Daleks' Masterplan


The First Doctor is an arrogant man with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, which has got him into trouble on many occasions. He is sometimes brusque and irritable, but beneath the surface he is also kindly, sentimental and compassionate. He has a keen sense of humour, and has often been known to descend into fits of giggles. The influence of his human companions softens his attitude considerably, making him more human than Gallifreyan in attitude. He often comes across as senile, though he has a sharp intelligence and a wide range of scientific knowledge. His judgement is generally superior to many of his subsequent incarnations (as shown in The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors).

He regards himself as an explorer, a wanderer, and an observer, though he is more than willing to intervene against tyrants when necessary. He has a tendency towards absent-minded bumbling, although he has never been known to say anything stupid as part of this. He refuses to discuss his past except, possibly, with Susan and consistently avoids the subject of his origins on all but the most superficial level. He has a tendency to react strongly to events. His attachment to Susan means he is upset when she leaves and he comes to regard his new companion Vicki as a surrogate Susan. He was very muich shaken when Katarina and Sara Kingdom died.

This Doctor is very much a collector; his TARDIS is full of antique furnishings and alien art. He picks up souvenirs of places he visits and a variety of technical equipment, such as Saladin's dagger. He meticulously keeps a 500-year diary and is in many ways unfamiliar with his TARDIS. He has some telepathic ability, which seems to be latent, but can still sense danger. He carries all sorts of things in his pockets, including matches, binocular spectacles, a magnifying glass and a penlight.


This Doctor looks like a human in his 60's. He has long white hair and sharp features. He dresses as a Victorian or Edwardian gentleman with an astrakhan fur hat and a cape or cloak. He usually carries a walking stick, which he uses as a weapon. He always wears a blue ring that has several powers, including hypnosis and opening the TARDIS. This particular body has many limits. He only has one heart and has no respiratory bypass system. He has problems dealing with thick smoke and high altitudes. He is long-sighted, tires easily and suffers backache. At the same time, he has far superior mental facilities to normal humans. He has a pipe, which he smokes on one occasion.

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about the site, or any technical problems with it. You may also want to check out our Privacy Policy. There is also an About Us page, if you really want to read one.


"His attachment to Susan means he is upset when she leaves and he comes to regard his new companion Vicki as a surrogate Susan. "
He wasn't upset when Susan left. If you watched the episodeThe Planet of the Giants, the Doctor basically locks Susan out of the TARDIS with the lame "excuse" that she belongs with David. She didn't want to leave at all and was devastated when he did that. He was mean, cruel and nasty to her all through the first series. Then he goes and picks up Vicki and treats her better than he did is own granddaughter! Frankly, if I was there I'd smack the Doctor so hard, he'd fly through Time and Space without needed a TARDIS.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth, not Planet of Giants. Also I'm pretty sure everyone on this website has watched that episode.

1) Susan clearly does want to go with David - she breaks down and cries "Oh I do love you David I do" just before the Doctor locks the door. The only thing stopping her from leaving is her sense of guilt over abandoning her grandfather.
2) The Doctor is clearly upset at having to lock Susan out of the TARDIS. Even before he does so, Barbara has already worked out what is going to happen and is a willing accomplice inasmuch as she drags Ian out of a conversation with David so that he and she can be inside the TARDIS. He is still in a state of buried grief at the start of The Rescue when he sleeps through the TARDIS landing "for the first time ever"
3)He is only ever "mean cruel and nasty" to Susan in the pilot episode which was retconned in favour of what we see in the broadcast version. The pilot episode Doctor would never have stood for the broadcast episode Susan's threat to leave the TARDIS and stay in 1963. The boradcast episode Doctor does not shout and growl at Susan like the pilot version does. The Doctor is upset in The Daleks over the disagreement with Susan over whether a hand really touched her in the forest and is relieved when Barbara offers to talk to Susan to smooth things over.

Add new comment


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.