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Published on March 11th, 2014 | by James Lomond

Can You Name Hanley’s Infinite Doctors?

Paul Hanley’s epic tableaux have delighted the online image-hungry fanbase for a while and his latest offering is a visual and canonical feast for the eyes (and list-makers among us…).

Deviant Art hosts online artists’ public portfolios and is a great place to go searching for random Doctor Who characters and monsters to see what the Worldwide Zeitgeist has come up with (“TARDIS console” and “cyberpony” are two of my favourites). Hanley’s previous images of the the Doctor’s eleven incarnations, friend and enemies have been very popular – this homage to the TARDIS even found favour with Neil Gaiman with it’s nod to “Sexy” from his episode The Doctor’s Wife.

His latest offering is rampant with continuity-threatening alternative and never-were versions of the Doctor. Peter Capaldi, as the Twelfth Doctor is flanked by all the television incarnations and then an array from comedy spoofs, audio adventures, an aborted cartoon and even stage plays including an alternative version of the Fourth Doctor played by Trevor Martin.

I could be wrong, but I think former Cyberleader, David Banks, may make an appearance from being Jon Pertwee’s understudy in the Ultimate Adventure stage adventure. It’s either that or another McGann brother’s take on the Time Lord from an audition tape (!). Take a look and let’s see if we can go one better than Geek Speak and LIST THEM ALL!! I’m particularly curious about the chap with the severe face and flat black hat at the top left. I have faith in you, Kasterborites!

If you’d like to hear more from Hanley, pick up Kasterborous Magazine #1, where the talented illustrator is interviewed in-depth.

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10 Responses to Can You Name Hanley’s Infinite Doctors?

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    I can see Nick Briggs’ Doctor from the fab audios Lenny Henry; Mark Gatiss from Doctor Who Night, Rowan Atkinson, the faces from Brain of Morbius, the obvious suspects. I suspect that teheserious looking bod with the black hat is the Valeyard.

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    Just looked at the whole picture. No idea who that is at the top in the black hat.

    • avatar VALIS says:

      If you’re talking about the gentleman smoking the pipe, that actually is Robert Holmes, who many regard the definitive writer from the classic era.

  3. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I can see the Doctors from The Curse of Fatal Death, The Doctor-Donna, Nick Briggs’ AV Doctor, David Banks’ Doctor from the times he took over for Pertwee during The Ultimate Adventure stage play, the Unbound Doctors, Richard Hurndal’s First Doctor from The Five Doctors, Mark Gatiss’ Evening Doctor, the alt 8th Doctor played by Richard Griffiths, Lenny Henry, the Morbius faces, R.E.G from Scream of the Shalka, and there are a few original ones by the artist thrown in.

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      Forgot the mention the Dream Lord and the Peter Cushing Doctor.

  4. avatar Paddy says:

    The artist has now put up a key showing who is who on his deviant art page.

    Black hat chap is an alternate 1st Doctor from a Japanese comic, apparently. New one on me.


    • Correct.
      To quote from the artist himself it’s from “Japanese publisher Hayakawa Bunko’s translated edition of the book “Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks”, as depicted in numerous illustrations by Michiaki Sato”

  5. avatar kevin merchant says:

    isn’t it the valeyard?

  6. avatar Gillian Who says:

    I love the inclusion of the Japanese novelization doctor and the Cadet cards doctors (who look like they should be in a Buck Rogers serial). Also I checked out the American female fan Doctor he included too, and she is pretty good!

  7. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    This picture is what a Dalek would see if it opened one of the rooms in the God Complex.

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