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The Other by PaulHanley The Other by PaulHanley
Ironically, this latest "I'll draw anyone as the Doctor" commission is probably gonna be the most controversial of the bunch, even though it's the most canonical. It's also really stretching the definition of "The Doctor", but I couldn't resist the challenge. And there's something gloriously transgressive about depicting him at all. :D

Gallifreyan legend speaks of three men instrumental to the creation of Time Lord society: the wily and sinister Rassilon; the brilliant but doomed Omega; and an "Other" lost to history. Some say this being is connected to the Doctor. Some even claim he IS the Doctor. But a lot of people believe a lot of different things about where the Doctor comes from, who he really is, and who he'll become. And always remember the first rule: The Doctor Lies. ;)

A big special thanks to one of Doctor Who's great myth makers, Lance Parkin, for offering advice on how the Other should look (which interestingly, was very different from my initial idea). I did my best to mesh up the description he gave me with the fleeting bits of description Marc Platt offers in the novel "Lungbarrow". Hopefully this'll serve as a "definitive" version for this rarely-depicted character.


DOCTOR: A long time ago, on my home planet of Gallifrey, there lived a stellar engineer called Omega.

ACE: Stellar? As in stars? You mean he engineered stars?

DOCTOR: Ace!

ACE: Sorry. Go on.

DOCTOR: It was Omega who created the supernova that was the initial power source for Gallifreyan time travel experiments. He left behind him the basis on which Rassilon founded Time Lord society, and he left behind the Hand of Omega.

ACE: His hand? What good was that?

DOCTOR: No, no, not his hand literally. No, no, it's called that because Time Lords have an infinite capacity for pretension.

ACE: I've noticed that.

DOCTOR: The Hand of Omega is a mythical name for Omega's remote stellar manipulator, a device used to customise stars with. And didn't we have trouble with the prototype.

ACE: We?

DOCTOR: They.

-"Remembrance of the Daleks", 1988
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SpotlightthePegasus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Would you count "The Other" as canon.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional
Honestly, I don't like to think of ANYTHING about the Doctor's days before leaving Gallifrey as canon.  I like to think of The Other as kinda being like the Joker's origin flashbacks in BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE.  You can take them as "real" or just the questionable account of an insane person.  The Doctor's woven such a web of lies around himself that it's hard to know if anything we think we know about his pre-UNEARTHLY CHILD days is real.  

Also, there's a bit of evidence nowadays that the Doctor himself is getting so old he's forgetting some details of his past- so ya have to wonder if even he knows the truth at this point. :)  
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SpotlightthePegasus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I was thinking of using it in a future story :3 
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JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
John Hurt would have been great as the Other... I like to think he's the Doctor's past life/something like that. As close to it as a show frequently written by atheists would go.
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SpotlightthePegasus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Can I use this design please? :)
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countmall Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
This is really good, but whenever I think of the Other I just see Jaime Murray.  For some reason...
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HenshinDaisuke Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Brilliant work, it is funny I have seen the episode enough times that reading the quotes from it my inner monologue automatically switches to the appropriate voices before I've even halfway through the first line. 
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fbi12345 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
It does look kind of like the John Hurt Doctor. He looks ancient yet inexplicably kind. "What I did is for peace and prosperity"Help created the Time Lord Society and over a millennia of peace. But given how power hungry and corrupt the early time lord society was. 
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BlackLanternDaddy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Played by John Hurt...I'm hoping.
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DraconiusAsmertal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I wish Andrew Cartmel had time to portray The Other on screen. This is a spectacular take of him.
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