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Published on January 15th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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Who Did What Next

With David Tennant appearing in a couple of movies (Glorious 39 and St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold) since leaving Doctor Who and his predecessor Christopher Eccleston appearing in GI Joe: The Rise of COBRA, with an upcoming role as John Lennon in a new BBC film, you might be wondering what other Doctors got up to after leaving the show.

Christopher Eccleston in GI JoeMetro have usefully provided such a list – however it seems to miss both Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison and Patrick Troughton for some reason!

So while Paul McGann is a busy voiceover artist (although listen to the new Tescos ad – Tennant seems to be getting in on the act) and Colin Baker has appeared in Casualty and Jonathan Creek while writing a regular column for his local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press, Tom Baker has of course narrated Little Britain as well as starring in Medics and Monarch of the Glen, to name but a couple. Jon Pertwee meanwhile made several series of Worzel Gummidge, both in the UK and New Zealand.

But what of McCoy, Davison and Troughton?

Well to start, McCoy got great reviews starring in a Channel Five drama about serial killer Michael Sams, and continues to be busy working on stage. Peter Davison meanwhile is probably the most successful ex-Doctor to date, seemingly constantly employed on television and stage since leaving the show in 1984. Most notably outside of television he has starred in Monty Python ‘s Spamalot and is currently starring in Legally Blonde: The Musical in London’s West End.

Finally, Patrick Troughton was already a successful character actor before taking over the lead role in Doctor Who, the first actor to do so. Since leaving in 1969 he had a successful run on TV and movies, notably appearing in The Omen and The Box of Delights.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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