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Published on April 26th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

Just Turned 41? You Could Be The Next Doctor!

The Radio Times has spent a vast amount of time working out something a little pointless but also kinda fun.

They worked out that if you turned 41 on Thursday 17th April 2014, you might just be the Thirteenth Doctor! It’s a big “might,” however. Big.

How did they work this out? Well, they averaged out the age of the Doctors and figured out that 44 is the age to be a Time Lord. Next, they grabbed a calculator, went to Wikipedia and tried to work out how long each Doc lasted in the role (apart from Mr. McGann and Mr. Everybody-Hurts-Sometimes). After initially getting 36 years, they remembered to carry the 1 and instead settled on three years. They took this off 44, figuring Capaldi will also be the Doctor for three years (here’s hoping for more). That, if you’ve been keeping up, comes to 41.

So how did they work out the actual date? Well…

“Of all the thirteen actors who have played the Doctor, four of them have birthdays in April – William Hartnell, Peter Davison, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi - making it the most popular month of birth of future Doctors. If you take an average date of all four of their birthdays, you get the 17th, yes the 17th of April.”

Of course, William Hartnell wasn’t actually born in April at all; that was the month of his death (indeed, his actual date of birth remains a mystery – Ed). He was born in January. As was Tom Baker, fact fans.

Overlooking that, the Radio Times reckons that the odds are in your favour if you turned 41 on 17th! It may also help if you’re an actor who is quirky and just that little bit magical.

Thanks, Radio Times. I think I speak on the behalf of all Whovians when I say, you’ve just enriched our lives.


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

15 Responses to Just Turned 41? You Could Be The Next Doctor!

  1. avatar YUMatty says:

    Close enough.

  2. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    I guess this article is Kasterborous’ equivalent of a ‘slow-news-day’.

    • …and yet at this point, 1041 people have read it since it was published at 3.52!

      Funny that – best performing article of the week…

      • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

        Apologies! my comment was meant tongue-in-cheek :)

        • It’s okay – it’s impossible to judge, to be frank.

          I held it in reserve for the weekend as I personally felt it was a little bit of a trivial topic, albeit one saved by Phil :)

  3. avatar Al says:

    Where are you getting this “Hartnell’s date of birth is a mystery” thing? Plenty of sources give Jan. 8, 1908. Why, has this date been debunked or something?

    • Oh that’s interesting. I was under the impression there was some question over his date of birth and location. This is one of those things that I’ve always thought was “a fact”.

      Clearly not!

  4. avatar Travis Scott says:

    As far as i’m aware there are only three doctors birthdays in April. Peter Davison – the 13th, Peter Capaldi – the 14th and David Tennant – the 18th making the average the 15th of April. I could be wrong

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    It’s a fun little story. I like it. Like you say if you can just catch that lightening in a jar that is required to play the Doctor then it’s sure thing and you might as well start eyeing up question mark sweaters for size now!

  6. avatar a fan says:

    I just turned 41 at the end of January. I cannot wait to take the helm as the first American-born Doctor. See you soon!

    • avatar Lisa Gates says:

      Eric Roberts tried that as the Master, big major FAIL. The rest of them were brilliant, esp. the TARDIS. SHE was spectacular!

  7. avatar Sally Ann Price says:

    Christopher Eccleston was 41 when he was on there.

  8. avatar Neu 75 says:

    It’s in the bag for Jack Davenport!

  9. avatar Lisa Gates says:

    Or ya just might have a wee bit of OCD, Bless

  10. avatar CosmicDebris says:

    Ages of the doctors when they were each cast:

    William Hartnell – 55
    Patrick Troughton – 46
    Jon Pertwee – 50
    Tom Baker – 40
    Peter Davison – 29
    Colin Baker – 40
    Sylvester McCoy – 44
    Paul McGann – 36
    Christopher Eccleston – 41
    David Tennant – 34
    Matt Smith – 26
    Peter Capaldi – 55

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