Doctor Who News Paul McGann and Richard E Grant prove that Time Lords can drink

Published on March 12th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

The Doctor’s Pint?

Paul McGann and Richard E Grant prove that Time Lords can drinkWe’re all well aware that the Doctor is not a big drinker. Over the years we’ve seen a couple of his incarnations enjoy a glass of wine or another beverage but that’s not a regular occurrence for our time Lord.

Maybe it’s because he used LSD at some point in his long life to get rid of any cravings he may have once had!

The BBC recently reported that “one dose of LSD…could help alcoholics give up drinking”, linked to that article was a report from last year on how the Doctor’s regeneration sequences were originally based on an LSD trip. Coincidence? Most probably, but it doesn’t deter from the fact that maybe, just maybe, the good Doctor’s non-drinking is linked to the trippy and sometimes violent effects of his regenerations.

As the Doctor has gone through his various incarnations over the years, his drinking habits have lessened. The Ninth Doctor nearly spat out his drink in World War Three and the Eleventh Doctor practically convulsed when he drank from a wine bottle in The Impossible Astronaut.

(Of course, the Eighth Doctor and the original Ninth Doctor both had form for imbibing horrific amounts of liquour AND narcotics, as proven that time they got stuck in 1969 and went on holiday by mistake…)

A tee total traveller or a recovering alcoholic trying to distract himself from the call of the bottle with Time Wars, parallel worlds and questions that should never be answered? The Doctor could be one or the other.

Or he just might not like to drink!

(Cheers, Gareth!)

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