The Second Doctor was the second incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor.
Though outwardly warm, bumbling, and somewhat clownish, this version of the Doctor had a darker, more cunning aspect to his personality — one which he usually kept hidden in order to better carry out his plans.
He travelled with a number of companions. He had several adventures with his previous self's last assistants, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, before adding Highland Scot Jamie McCrimmon to the mix. After a while, Ben and Polly left, to be replaced by Victoria Waterfield, a woman orphaned by the Daleks. In time, she too left, and he made a new friend in the mentally gifted Zoe Heriot. At some point he also travelled with his grandchildren, John and Gillian.
His adventures came to an end when he at last called on his people for help with the evil machinations of the War Lord. Though the Time Lords did indeed render assistance, they also condemned him to exile on Earth and a new body. The Celestial Intervention Agency was able to stay the execution of this sentence for a while. During these later years of his life, the Second Doctor variously carried out covert operations for the CIA and lived in luxury and fame in the heart of 1960s London. Eventually, though, Time Lord justice reasserted itself, and the Doctor was indeed forced to regenerate into his third body.
It was after this struggle with the Toymaker that the Doctor felt he was nearing the end of his first life, becoming increasingly unwell, (MA: The Man in the Velvet Mask) and was afraid of the change. (PDA: Ten Little Aliens)
This incarnation began when the Doctor's first incarnation fell victim to old age after defeating the Cybermen, and regenerated for the first time, referring to it as a "rejuvenation." (DW: The Tenth Planet)
The Doctor found himself suspected as an impostor by his companion, Ben Jackson, although his other companion, Polly, seemed more ready to believe that he was in fact still the Doctor. They were thrown into a battle with the Doctor's old enemy, the Daleks, at the Earth colony on the planet Vulcan. The fact that the Daleks recognised the Doctor as their enemy convinced Ben of his credentials. (DW: The Power of the Daleks)
Soon, the trio met Jamie McCrimmon, in 1746 Scotland, and let him come along on their travels. (DW: The Highlanders) Together on the Moon, they fought a new, more machine-like form of Cyberman. (DW: The Moonbase)
The Doctor and Jamie were transported back to 1866 where they found two 19th century human scientists, Edward Waterfield and Theodore Maxtible, trying to isolate the Human Factor. Jamie and the Doctor befriended Waterfield's daughter, Victoria. After Edward Waterfield died, and the introduction of the Human Factor into some Daleks having instigated a civil war on Skaro, the Doctor and Jamie left with Victoria. At the time the Doctor believed that the Daleks had truly destroyed each other, forever. (DW: The Evil of the Daleks)
With Jamie and Victoria alongside him, the Doctor saw an archaeological team on Telos open a Cyber-tomb. Eric Klieg awakened the Cybermen and the Cyber-Controller from their five-hundred year slumber, but the Doctor and Jamie sealed them away again. The Doctor electrified the entrance, the hatch leading to the tombs and the Symbolic Logic controls to prevent anyone else from entering. (DW: The Tomb of the Cybermen)
The TARDIS landed once more on Vortis (MA: Twilight of the Gods) where the Doctor met, once again, Near Darkheart. They encountered the war-like Veltrochni and Koschei, an old friend of the Doctor's from Gallifrey, sent by the Time Lords to retrieve him. (MA: The Dark Path)
The Doctor and Jamie discovered a Cyberman plot involving a space station and picked up one of the space station's crew, Zoe Heriot. To make sure that she really wanted to come with them, the Doctor showed her a mental projection of his last adventure with the Daleks in the year 1966 to show her just what she was letting herself in for. (DW: The Wheel in Space)
Shortly after an adventure in the Land of Fiction, (DW: The Mind Robber) the travellers landed on Earth, where they learned that Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to Brigadier, headed a new alien defence organisation called UNIT. Alongside UNIT, they defeated Tobias Vaughn and the Cybermen. (DW: The Invasion) Later they once more battled the Ice Warriors. (DW: The Seeds of Death)
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The Doctor discovered a former friend, whom the War Lords referred to as the War Chief. He had given space-time vessel technology to the War Lords, a race planning to use human soldiers as an army to conquer the galaxy. The Doctor was forced to betray his location to the Time Lords in order to return the many soldiers kidnapped from various periods of Earth history to their correct places in time and space, as he couldn't do it on his own.
The Doctor was captured and placed on trial for violating the cardinal rule of the Time Lords - that of non-interference. After showing that his interfering with time actually helped prevent evils such as the Daleks and Cybermen from gaining significant power, the Doctor was given a sentence. He was to be exiled on Earth in the 20th century with a forced regeneration.
Also, Jamie and Zoe were taken away from him and had their memories of the time they spent traveling with him removed. He was given a choice of new appearance, but rejected all of the choices. At wits' end, the Time Lords chose his new face for him and sent him away. (DW: The War Games)
Before the sentence could be carried out, the Celestial Intervention Agency interceded, turning the Second Doctor into their "hired gun". In his first mission he met the Players, an experience that left his hair temporarily grey.
Using the death of his temporary companion Serena as blackmail, the Doctor convinced the Time Lords to let Jamie travel with him again. They conceded, altering Jamie's memory to believe Victoria was away studying graphology. (PDA: World Game)
Jamie accompanied the Doctor on a diplomatic mission to Space Station Chimera. Here, Jamie believed he saw the Doctor killed in a massacre by Sontarans. In reality, he had not died but had been taken to Seville. Jamie met the sixth incarnation of the Doctor and his companion, Peri, who agreed to help find the Doctor. In Seville the Second Doctor was turned into an Androgum but luckily this was temporary. (DW: The Two Doctors)
After the Time Lords sent Jamie home, (CC: The Glorious Revolution) the Doctor interrogated an an entity that destroyed countless lives because it perceived time backwards and tried to save the the species from devolving. (ST: From Eternity)
On another occasion, while visiting Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart at a UNIT reunion party, the Doctor and the Brigadier were kidnapped by Borusa and taken to the Death Zone. They had to escape from a squad of Cybermen, encounter a Yeti and face illusions of Jamie and Zoe. In the Dark Tower he met his first, third and fifth selves and a future Master. After Borusa was turned to stone, the Second Doctor was returned to his timezone. (DW: The Five Doctors)
At some point, the Doctor took up residence on Earth, living out of the posh Carlton Grange Hotel in London. During this period, he enjoyed considerable luxury and press attention. People from around the world brought their problems to him for solution. (TVC: Action in Exile - The Night Walkers)
One night, while appearing on the game show, Explain My Mystery, the Doctor was asked to consider the case of Mr. Glenlock-Hogan, a farmer with the walking scarecrows. He wasn't able to do so and arranged for an off-camera visit to the farm. When he arrived, the scarecrows duly began to walk around. Eventually, they captured him and revealed that they had been animated by the Time Lords in order to carry out the remaining part of his sentence.
They then dragged him to his waiting TARDIS, where they forced him to regenerate. During the process, the scarecrows programmed the TARDIS for a final flight, then left. (TVC: The Night Walkers) The TARDIS travelled to an English field, where it was found, along with the newly-regenerated Doctor, by UNIT. (DW: Spearhead from Space)
- The Second Doctor had an encounter with the terrible Zodin. (DW: The Five Doctors)
- The Second Doctor travelled to Draconia, during the reign of the Fifteenth Emperor, and cured a local plague, which earned him a nightingale as a Noble Draconian. (DW: Frontier in Space)
- The Second Doctor attended the funeral of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. (ST: The Gift)
- The Second Doctor met Winston Churchill in 1882, giving him lessons in Latin, including how to address a table in Latin. (REF: The Brilliant Book 2011)
- River Song was offered a 'cool place on Telos' by the Second Doctor, but according to her diary she "saw right through that (and I hope he chokes on that recorder.)" She wiped his memory with mnemosine recall-wipe vapour so as to not contaminate the timeline. (VG: The Eternity Clock)
This incarnation was a complete change of pace from his predecessor - whimsical, buffoonish and witty. The Doctor was no longer a grandfather figure, but rather more of a favourite uncle. Indeed, the slow transition of the first incarnation from a reluctant travelling companion to a more kindly compatriot was completed here, as the second incarnation very much enjoyed embroiling himself in adventures with his assistants. (DW: The Power of the Daleks)
Despite this incarnation's almost childlike recklessness, it was always clear to his allies that a keen, deliberate intellect lurked behind every action. Although the second incarnation frequently gave the impression that he never knew what he was doing, this was simply an affectation and an act put on to fool those who would underestimate him. He also had a warmer, gentler way about him than his earlier incarnation. (DW: The Power of the Daleks)
Paradoxically, he had a deep streak of ruthlessness, particularly when dealing with a known adversary such as the Cybermen, wiring the Tomb doors to fatally electrocute anyone trying to open them, (DW: The Tomb of the Cybermen) steering an Ice Warrior fleet into the sun, (DW: The Seeds of Death) or ensuring that a relatively helpless party of Daleks would all die. This action alienated Victoria, who was disturbed to see this side of him. (DWM: Bringer of Darkness)
The second incarnation was also painfully aware of the need to see the "bigger picture". He knew that it was entirely proper to sacrifice a few lives if it would save millions, a moral determination which was missing from many of his later incarnations. (DW: The Evil of the Daleks)
The Doctor also had a noticeably antagonistic relationship with his next incarnation on the occasions that they co-existed. Their relationship was so rocky and their personalities so different that they seemed incapable of working together without the authoritative presence of their first incarnation. (DW: The Three Doctors)
Habits and Quirks
This Doctor introduced several qualities later picked up by future incarnations. The Doctor showed an interest in Tibetan Buddhism in this incarnation, although he referred to having made at least one prior visit to a Tibetan monastery centuries before; which of his first two incarnations made that visit was unstated. (DW: The Abominable Snowmen) He also first revealed to his companions his Five Hundred Year Diary, (DW: The Power of the Daleks) and his sonic screwdriver. (DW: Fury from the Deep) He had the ability to pull almost anything out of his pockets, much like later incarnations. (DW: The Five Doctors)
More seriously, he had a gift for diplomacy and winning others over to his side. (DW: The Evil of the Daleks) This may have been the reason why he was sent by the Time Lords to Space Station Chimera to persuade Dastari to discontinue his time travel experiments. (DW: The Two Doctors) This particular facet of his personality enabled him to trick others into doing what he wished. For example he tricked Jamie to go through a series of tests designed to isolate the Human Factor. He was also able to trick the Daleks themselves into giving the Human Factor to test subject Daleks, and finally to administer the Dalek Factor to the Doctor himself, which he knew would only work on humans. (DW: The Evil of the Daleks) In a similar way, he convinced the War Chief to regard him as an ally (DW: The War Games) and pretended to go along with the Great Intelligence's brain transference operation in order to short-circuit the disembodied being. (DW: The Web of Fear)
He possessed telepathic ability, including being able to sum up knowledge into a physical cube and communicate it to the Time Lords. (DW: The War Games) He was also able to use the ability to show Zoe Heriot his previous adventure with the Daleks via mental projection, (DW: The Wheel in Space) but found the process tiring. (DW: The Dominators)
The second incarnation dressed similarly to his earlier self, though in far less natty fashion. The trousers were clownishly large and the cravat was replaced with a bow tie. He quickly abandoned the blue signet ring as it no longer fitted him. In his first adventure on Vulcan he possessed a tall stove-pipe hat. (DW: The Power of the Daleks) He also early on expressed a liking for hats in general, stating about different head gear that he "would like a hat like that!" (DW: The Highlanders) He also occasionally wore an over-sized fur coat. (DW: The Abominable Snowmen)
The second incarnation had longish, rumpled hair and blue eyes. (DW: The Power of the Daleks) Alternate accounts described his eyes as being 'soft chestnut brown' (ST: Pluto) and later they appeared to change colour several times alternating between blue, grey, and green. (MA: Invasion of the Cat-People) At some point, his dark hair began to grey. (DW: The Two Doctors)
Behind the scenes
- Rupert Davies, Valentine Dyall and Michael Hordern were all approached for the role of the Second Doctor. All declined, as they didn't want to commit to a long-running series.
- Matt Smith, in preparation for his role as the Eleventh Doctor, watched the Troughton serial The Tomb of the Cybermen, and fell in love with it. He describes Troughton as "rather wonderful" and as being his favourite Doctor. Smith's costume and mannerisms are reminiscent of Troughton's.