The Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor, portrayed by Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989, 1996)

Originally a man with the demeanour of an eccentric, light-hearted buffoon, the Seventh Doctor darkened into a mysterious, cunning manipulator to combat Fenric’s return. Though he delighted in humorous reverie, it was only the surface layer of his true nature. Beneath, he was a Machiavellian and sombre genius of frightful calibre who could tactfully use his mind to manipulate almost any situation into reaching his favoured outcome. Despite this, every action he did “for the greater good”, as this incarnation actively sought out evil to vanquish. He could also show profound warmth and affection to his companions, and built a strong bond with many of them.

Initially, the Seventh Doctor travelled with his predecessor’s final companion, Melanie Bush. After several adventures with the new Doctor, she left, prompting him to begin travelling with Ace, a troubled teenager from Earth in the 1980s. Treating her as a protégé, he did his best to help heal Ace’s psychological wounds by helping her come to terms with her past misdeeds and fears, aiding her in maturing and supporting her in moments of difficulty. They travelled together for several years, only for their strong bond to grow increasingly strained as secrets and death tore them apart.

The Seventh Doctor met…


Season 24

  • Time and the Rani
  • Paradise Towers
  • Delta and the Bannermen
  • Dragonfire

Season 25

  • Remembrance of the Daleks
  • The Happiness Patrol
  • Silver Nemesis
  • The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Season 26

  • Battlefield
  • Ghost Light
  • The Curse of Fenric
  • Survival

TV Movie

  • Doctor Who

He decided he would return to Gallifrey when the Time Lords needed his assistance, but having grown complacent in his retirement, he let his guard down at the wrong time and paid for it with his life. After many years of schemes and manipulation, the Doctor regenerated into his next incarnation in San Francisco on December 31, 1999, following Dr Grace Holloway’s exploratory surgery on his gunshot wounds accidentally clogging a vein.

Preceded by the Sixth Doctor

Followed by the Eighth Doctor