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Artist Paul Hanley Shows Us ‘The Infinite Doctor’

We thought there were only 12 Doctors, but with the last few episodes of Doctor Who, we learned that there was a War and a Handy and that they counted as regenerations. How many more of them are there out in the ether? Luckily for us, the brilliant artist Paul Hanley has decided to include everybody in a piece he’s titled “The Infinite Doctor.” That’s right; all of the different faces (or voices) the Doctor has had since 1963. “Canonicity” be damned! It’s like a fun Where’s Waldo? page, but everybody is Waldo. Hanley’s included close-but-no-cigar Doctors like Richard E. Grant’s from Scream of the Shalka and the Dalek movie’s Peter Cushing, some audio Doctors like David Warner and Nicholas Briggs, and even some ones we’re still scratching our heads about like Michael Jayston’s Valeyard, Toby Jones’ Dream Lord, and Tom Baker’s Curator. He’s even included, quite prominently even, some of the Doctors from The Curse of Fatal Death, the Comic Relief sketch written by Steven Moffat in the ’90s.


I won’t list them all, but name the ones I missed below if you’d like! Some Morbius Doctors and stage play Doctors are in their too, just to be tricky. And why not show Paul Hanley some love, seeing as he’s the genius who took the time to do this great work in the first place?

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  1. Sam says:

    In the top-left corner, I think I see David Banks’s Third Doctor. (From a stage play)

  2. Ben Z says:

    Who is the blonde woman in front?

  3. David Dunham says:

    Thank you Paul, for this fun and moving celebration of the infinite ways in which the Doctor has delighted us throughout the years. And thank you, Kyle, for sharing this beautiful image with us.

  4. JenCanary says:

    Doctor Donna!

  5. That’s not Eddie Murphy, I would imagine that is Lenny Henry from his sketch show around 1986 (During the Colin Baker hiatus) It is on the special features of the Curse of Fatal Death, and on youtube, here –

  6. Roxanne Wolfe says:

    Wow! Richard Hurndall is there!

  7. That wasn’t Eddie Murphy,. that was Lenny Henry from his Doctor Who Spoof back in the mid 1980s.
    And I never consider the “Doctors” from Morbius because they are clearly then past regenerations of Morbius himself.
    Ah, that should start a fight! 🙂

  8. Jason says:

    Is the top-right one Paul F. Tompkins? I’m just going to pretend it’s Paul F. Tompkins.

  9. Steve Kind says:

    I don’t see Mark Gatiss in there – shame, I was 99.9% certain….. 😉

  10. TimmyMac says:

    I don’t see David Morrissey as Jackson Lake, the man who thought he was The Doctor. Am I blind, or did he not make the list?

  11. Nathaniel says:

    Ha! I see the Morbius Doctors and the Animated Series Doctor in there as well! Talk about a deep bench…

  12. Eulo says:

    I see Slash, Eddie Murphy, and what looks like Pete Holmes (kinda)

  13. Misi Barrix says:

    THERE THERE THERE not their. UGH. Lmao!

  14. Lisa says:

    Also, chill the fuck out Ron. It’s art. It doesn’t need a “point.”

  15. Lisa says:

    Is that Captain Hook?

  16. Roberto says:

    Is that Darin McGavin’s Kolchak: The Night Stalker?

  17. Daibhid C says:

    Amusing that the guy who’s a stickler for adherence to Doctor Who canon uses the term “reincarnations” when he means “regenerations”.

    More amusing is that Hanley included the Lenny Henry Doctor! Is Ian Krankie there somewhere as well?

  18. Stephen says:

    Is that Paterson Joseph on there as a “what might have been” Doctor?

  19. Lamb says:

    DOES “Handy” count as a regeneration himself? I’ve always thought of him as a byproduct of a regeneration where the Doctor didn’t change his face. Not that it really matters, though.

    I do love this picture so much, I must admit.

  20. Doc Arkham says:

    Nerd rage really is the best kind of rage.

  21. Kyle Anderson says:

    Hey Ron, how’s the stick-from-butt removal process going?

  22. Lexie says:

    BWAhaha. Eddie Murphy. Doctor Doolittle.
    Probably not, but hilarious to think about.

  23. r says:

    pointless there are only 13 doctors, ONLY reincarnations count not voice over work, and sketch comedies.