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Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton, one of Britain’s foremost character actors, took over as the Doctor in 1966. Describing his portrayal as that of a ‘Cosmic Hobo’, Troughton brought a new lightness to the role - and much baggier trousers. Troughton swapped his predecessor’s short temper and tetchiness for quirkier antics.

The second Doctor’s trademark was his recorder, which he would tootle on in times of stress. The instrument was actually Troughton’s own.

This era of the show was a golden era for monster fans. In addition to several memorable rematches with the Daleks and Cybermen, the Doctor battled the cuddly Yeti (robotic creatures controlled by an intangible alien presence) and the frosty Ice Warriors (creatures from Mars that thrived in cold climates).

Having decided three years was enough, Troughton exited in the epic ten part adventure The War Games. For the first time, we learned the Doctor was a Time Lord, a race of powerful beings who observed the Universe but never interfered.

Understandably, the Time Lords were none too impressed with the Doctor’s meddling with alien and exiled him to Earth with a new appearance and without any tea.

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