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Episodes Edit

ETV stated its satisfaction at the fact that after five seasons, the show had only decreased by .10 million viewers, stating that the show "would not even be considered" for cancellation until ratings would decrease under 2 million viewers; this allowing the show to go on for "over 30 years" should the ratings pattern stay the same; though it is not expected such will happen. Additionally, it should be considered that ratings always increase in the final season of a Doctor/first season of new Doctor and changes in different paces depending on the actor.

In July 2026, ETV announced that season 10 onwards would contain 12 episodes instead of 14, due to the decreasing ratings and bring a higher budget for each episode; this was done to increase ratings. Following the massive success of the tenth season, which saw the series reach a new peak of viewers (up 20%), ETV announced that the following would contain 13 episodes.

With the eleventh and twelfth series increasing the amount of viewers (something that never happened before with the same Doctor), ETV announced on June 1, 2029, that Gal Gadot would reprise her role as the Fourth Doctor one final time in the renewed 13th season, consisting of another 13 episodes. Regarding having more seasons with Gadot, ETV stated, "[We] had initially agreed to have her for a maximum of four seasons, but not more as [she] wants to continue her movie career." However, on October 1, 2029, ETV announced that the season was doubled to contain 18 episodes as talks with Gadot had succeeded allowing her to work on some films whilst her final [Who] season; this included a 2 hour finale.

Following the Fourth Doctor finale, ETV announced that Doctor Who would be renewed for seasons 13, 14 and 15 which would contain "between 10 and 13 episodes". Seven months after the Fourth Doctor finale, a special two-hour Halloween special aired featuring the return of David Anders' First Doctor; this was as no actor had been cast at the time. Due to the holdbacks in castings and pressure of following up Gadot, no season took place in 2032 although another two-hour Halloween special took place finally introducing the Fifth Doctor. To make up for the 'Who-less' year, ETV introduced a six-episode animated series with the reprisals of the First, Second and Third Doctors.

Live-action Edit

Season Doctor Companion Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(millions)
Season premiere Season finale
1 First Doctor Ruby Thorpe 8 January 12, 2018 March 2, 2018 5.00[1]
2 13 January 11, 2019 April 5, 2019 4.72[2]
3 Second Doctor 13 January 10, 2020 April 17, 2020 4.81[3]
4 14 January 15, 2021 April 16, 2021 4.67[4]
5 Debbie Lawrence 14 January 2022 April 2022 4.42[5]
6 14 January 2023 April 2023 4.82[6]
7 Third Doctor 14 January 2024 April 2024 4.68[7]
8 Bella Tilton 14 January 2025 April 2025 3.97[8]
9 14 January 2026 April 2026 4.26[9]
10 Fourth Doctor Vince Gilford 12 January 2027 April 2027 5.12[10]
11 13 January 2028 April 2028 5.46[11]
12 13 January 2029 April 2029 5.81[12]
13 Sofia & Derrick1 18 January 2030 February 2031 6.72[13]
14 Fifth Doctor Sofia Parham 13 January 2032 April 2032 5.43[14]
15 Alexa Keyes 13 January 2033 April 2033 4.77[15]
16 13 January 2034 April 2034 4.32[16]
17 14 January 2035 April 2035 4.57[17]
18 Sixth Doctor TBA 13 January 2036 April 2036 TBA

Animated Edit

On August 17, 2031, ETV ordered a 9-episode first season to air in parts of three spread out in 2032. The events taking place in the animated serials are considered to "have already taken place" in unseen episodes of the respective Doctors. Following the conclusion of season 1, which received an average viewership of 4.36 million viewers,[18] ETV renewed the series for a second season consisting of 6 episodes during the [Doctor Who] hiatus period, with less ordered for the main focus of the Fifth Doctor. The second season was later confirmed to have the "New Doctor", making its debut appearance.

The second season aired at once instead of the parts method used in season 1; though it was used as a temporary replacement of the live-action [Who]. The second season saw the original cast leaving and being replaced by a new ensemble with the return of G4. However, the season saw a decrease of more than one million viewers, which was stated by reports due to "lack of promotion which had been done for season 1, lack of [Who] cast and most importantly, [Who] was back in the air anyways."

ETV announced on August 26, 2033, that a third animated season was not in their plans, but that a special hour-long episode would air the following year to conclude the events of season 2. Additionally, ETV stated that [Animated Who] would air annually but with the [Current Doctor] in canon.

Season Doctor Companion Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(millions)
Season premiere Season finale
1 First Doctor Ruby Thorpe 9 3 February 6, 2032 February 20, 2032 4.22[19]
Second Doctor 3 April 9, 2032 April 23, 2032 4.79[20]
Third Doctor Bella Tilton 3 June 4, 2032 June 18, 2032 4.08[21]
2 New Doctor G4 6 June 2033 July 2033 2.89[22]
3 G4 & Lara 2 June 2034 3.17[23]

Cast Edit

Actor Character Seasons
1a 1b 1c 2 3
David Anders The Doctor Main Guest
Ian Harding Guest Main Guest
Bradley James Guest Main
Uncredited[24] New Doctor Main
Dakota Fanning Ruby Thorpe Main
Sara Paxton Bella Tilton Main
Phil Vischer G4 Main
Catherine Taber Lara Guest Recurring Main

Critical reception Edit

Season Rating
1 85%
2 87%
3 90%

Cast and characters Edit

The Second Doctor (Ian Harding) holds the record for highest episode count.

The series' only original cast member, Dakota Fanning, left the series after season 4; however, she was replaced by original recurring actress Vanessa Morgan as a series regular.

The sixth season finale saw the return of the First Doctor and cameo appearance of the forthcoming Third Doctor; this marking the first time more than one Doctor were at the same place at the same time.

Season 6 saw the largest main cast of the series to date, with Chris Rankin (The Master), Robert Buckley (Jordan Sprague) added as series regulars in a main cast of 6 characters including the special main and 1 episode past Doctor. Harding later confirmed that he would "never" turn down a role to return to the series in the future, but now he would be focusing on new projects.

Seasons 1–6 era Edit

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Main cast
David Anders The Doctor Main Main4
Ian Harding Guest Main
Bradley James Guest
Dakota Fanning Ruby Thorpe Main Guest
Calum Worthy Wyatt Milton Main1 Guest
Lucas Till Craig Hornsby Recurring Main Guest
Rachel Bilson Sandra Jensen Main2 Recurring
Vanessa Morgan Debbie Lawrence Recurring Main
Odeya Rush Ramona Bowser Main3
Robert Buckley Jordan Sprague Guest Recurring Main
Chris Rankin The Master Recurring Main
Recurring cast
Scott Wolf Nathan Thorpe Recurring Guest
Melissa Peterman Kathryn Thorpe Recurring Guest Guest
Ariane Rinehart Lillie Maes Recurring
Phil Vischer G4 Recurring
Villain cast
Jim Parsons Auton Guest Guest
Dean Norris Skull Recurring Recurring Guest Recurring
^1 Worthy is credited as a series regular in one episode in Seasons 2 and 3.
^2 Bilson is credited as a series regular in one episode in Season 4.
^3 Rush is credited as a series regular in one episode in Season 5.
^4 Anders is credited as a series regular in one episode in Season 6.

Seasons 7– era Edit

Note: Season 6 appearances are included with characters that appeared season 7 onward. Vanessa Morgan continues her role as Debbie Lawrence for the seventh consecutive year, and as a main character after being promoted in the fifth season. Morgan announced her exit of the series after season 6, stating that she had spent 7 years on the series and 3 which she committed to and thought it was time to move on. Morgan later stated that she stayed on for season 7 to "get a taste of the new era and Doctor of the series," and wanting to give closure to the longest running character.

Actor Character Seasons
6 7 8 9 10
Main cast
Bradley James The Doctor Guest Main
Gal Gadot Guest Main
Vanessa Morgan Debbie Lawrence Main
Lucas Grabeel Cyrus O'Rourke Main
Tiffany Espensen Emilia Welsh Main1
TBA Vincent Gilford Main
Recurring cast
Phil Vischer G4 Recurring Guest
Matthew Patrick Hal Lawrence Guest
Leah Remini Iva Lawrence Guest
^1 Espensen is credited as a series regular in one episode in Season 7.

Doctors Edit

First Doctor Edit

First Doctor
Doctor Who character
First appearance "The Journey Begins"
Born Gallifrey
Died March 27, 2020 (aged 953)
Dalek City, Dalek Islands
Regenerated into Second Doctor
Information
Nickname(s) Doc
Aliases The Doctor
Gender Male
Occupation Universal doctor
Companion(s) Ruby Thorpe
Enemies Skull
David Anders portrayed The First Doctor, making his first appearance in the series premiere and continuing his role in seasons 1 and 2. He is the only Doctor in the series to not be regenerated from a previous Doctor.

Casting Edit

ETV reportedly approached several other actors before David Anders accepted the role, though not being the network's first choice. When asked by some people, ETV refused to reveal the actors who declined the role.

Second Doctor Edit

Ian Harding portrayed The Second Doctor, making his first appearance in the season 2 finale and continuing his role in seasons 3 to 6. The Second Doctor is often described as the best Doctor on the series, being why he received more onscreen time.


On 13 January 2022, Ian Harding stated in an exclusive interview that he was contracted to portray The Doctor until season 6, should the series still be going. Harding then clarified that he would not portray The Doctor further after season 6 due to wanting to pursue other roles as well; though stated that he would "definitely" sign on for potential guest appearances.

Casting Edit

In a surprise, Ian Harding was revealed as the Second Doctor in a cameo appearance on the season 2 finale. ETV later stated that [Harding] was their first choice for The Doctor in season 1, but he declined due to "the lack of ratings in ETV series'". After season 1 aired, Harding contacted ETV and they "immediately" set up plans for him as the Second Doctor after season 2. The casting of the Second Doctor marks the first time when only one actor was considered for the role.

Third Doctor Edit

A to-be-determined actor will portray The Third Doctor, who will likely make his first appearance in the season 6 finale.

Casting Edit

ETV continued with its format of not creating a public casting call, due to wanting "big names to portray The Doctor" and wanting to keep the time of the Second Doctor's death secret.

In May 2023, an insider source leaked news of actors who were supposedly in the running to portray The Third Doctor. These include: Blake Harrison, Danila Kozlovsky, Greg Finley, Chris Rankin, Bradley James, Kayla Ewell, Brittany Snow, Gal Gadot, Troian Bellisario and Krysten Ritter. An impressive amount of ten actors potentially in the running would not be a surprise, due to the positive reception from the Second Doctor.

However, this list eventually became small as Kozlovsky denied that he was running, followed by Bellisario and Ewell, leaving the list with 7 potentials. Snow later stated that she was "not called back" for an audition, and Harrison stated he did not get the part; this news also verified that the list was in fact true. A week later, Finley stated that "the list is probably fake" and that he was not interested in the part, leaving Rankin, James, Gadot and Ritter as potentials.

On September 2024, ETV published a clip on their channel revealing Bradley James as the actor portraying the Third Doctor. In an press release, ETV also stated that both male and female actors were considered for the role but that James was considered the best candidate.

Fourth Doctor Edit

Following Bradley James' decision to leave the show after season 9 (one less season than Harding), it was speculated that either Chris Rankin, Gal Gadot or Krysten Ritter would be the Doctor given their potential candidacy role for the Third Doctor. ETV announced of a Summer Special episode revealing the Fourth Doctor, which would consist of a live televoting system. ETV went on, saying that, "We considered many options for the Fourth Doctor, but we then decided that choosing James' successor would be too much a difficult task for us, which is why we decided to allow you, the viewers to help us choose." ETV filmed the Fourth Doctor's regenerations into the four candidates, consisting of two male and female. One month before the broadcast, ETV finally announced that Chris Rankin, Gal Gadot, Mark Pellegrino and Krysten Ritter would be the Doctor candidates.

Results Edit

ETV spoke on the results, stating, "When you look at the first two rounds, it's obvious that there is no clear Doctor. Pellegrino and Ritter, both talented actors, were unfortunately overshadowed by Gadot and Rankin who overshadowed them. But, that was obviously expected as the people were not ready for change, but by the final round people had somewhat got used to the idea of a female Doctor. We are also honoured to announce that The Fourth Doctor will be accompanied by.. Chris Rankin!

Weekly results per contestant
Actor Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Gal Gadot 2nd
33.67%
1st
41.29%
1st
57.92%
Chris Rankin 1st
39.06%
2nd
39.06%
2nd
42.08%
Krysten Ritter 3rd
15.24%
3rd
19.65%
Eliminated
(day 2)
Mark Pellegrino 4th
12.03%
Eliminated
(day 1)

Fifth Doctor Edit

Following Gal Gadot's announcement to leave the show after season 13, it was speculated that Krysten Ritter would portray the Fifth Doctor. However, on March 7, 2030, Ritter stated, "Portraying [The Doctor] was something I had wanted to do years back, for season 7 or 10 onwards, but time moves on and it's not something I have time for, at least for now."

On May 3, 2030, it was reported that ETV had broadened its search for the next Doctor portrayer and was starting "a long search to repeat the success of Gadot's Doctor." Within a few weeks, it was rumored that Jensen Ackles, Ryan Reynolds, Matt Bomer, Derek Theler, Derek Theler and Eliza Dushku could portray the Doctor, amongst others. On August 17, 2031, ETV announced, "Once again, we'd to like to thank [Gal Gadot] for her extraordinary performance of The Doctor. As you may know, it is such a difficult task to find a satisfying successor, which is why we decided it would be best to have the next season rather in 2032. And don't worry, while waiting for the live-action season in 2032, we decided to air 3 animated hour-long episodes respectively of the First, Second and Third Doctor throughout next year, concluding with the two-hour long Halloween Special introducing the Fifth Doctor."

In late-2031, it was finally revealed that Mark Pellegrino would portray the Fifth Doctor. Back in 2026, Pellegrino had been in the race to portray the Fourth Doctor but placed last with 12 percent of total votes. Regarding it, ETV argued that the closeness between [Pellegrino] and [Ritter] was very small meaning he could've made it to round two.

Spin-offs Edit

Fighting Evil Edit

In 2021, ETV announced following Dakota Fanning and Lucas Till's departures that they had commissioned on a spin-off based on Scott Wolf's character Nathan Thorpe. The show premiered in 2022. The show ended its run in 2025 with a total of five seasons totaling 27 episodes. In 2026, the Doctor Who: Halloween Special focuses on Fighting Evil, with some character additions, which was watched more than any of the spin-off's episode and led to some characters' return to Doctor Who.

Chasing Aliens Edit

On June 2, 2022, ETV announced that they had commissioned a younger version of Doctor Who aiming to connect with younger fans. On July 4, 2022, it was reported that the third annual Halloween-themed Doctor Who special would feature "a crossover between the series and Degrassi: The Other Generation". ETV finally confirmed this on July 21, 2022, before a trailer was released for the crossover. It was later stated that 2021 graduating cast would feature to "not mess with the continuity of [Degrassi]."

Following the success from the Christmas special, ETV announced that they had ordered a full season of 8 episodes. Reprising their roles in the main cast were Sonja Hernandez, Chris Stewart and Tim Hughes; other cast members were of no relevance to the [Degrassi]. It was later announced that the spin-off would be titled Chasing Aliens.

Abandoned adult version Edit

On June 2, 2022, ETV announced that they had also commissioned a older version of Doctor Who aiming to connect with older fans. However, ETV later stated that they had not put it in priority, as they had been "focusing on making Doctor Who more suitable for older audiences." On August 23, 2022, ETV confirmed that they had abandoned plans on the project stating that having two spin-offs for a series that is ongoing as well was more than enough.

Although the supposed adult version was never ordered to series, [Fighting Evil] was speculated to be the reason it was not developed as it was darker than [Doctor Who] nonetheless. Following the cancellation of Fighting Evil, the producers of the series stated they would not revisit developing the supposed spin-off as they would fight for the continuation of the "beloved series."

Alien Warfare Edit

In 2028, after Doctor Who had not done any special for Fighting Evil for the first time ever since the series premiered, ETV stated that "The producers at [Doctor Who] had something very interesting planned, but once we realized the depth of the storylines, we knew it would be something that would be good for ETV." Continuing, the network then stated, "Originally planned as a one hour special, we have decided to order a full season of 7 episodes for [Fighting Evil] spin-off Alien Warfare."

The television ratings led ETV to offer more episodes, though the production team declined the offer due to "focusing rather on quality, than quantity."

David Anders

David Anders Holt (born March 11, 1981), known professionally as David Anders, is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who.

Filmography

Anders has portrayed The Doctor for a total of 26 episodes, making him the least-appearing Doctor.

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