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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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christianthefearless Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hello there, I love the design it's definitely a spot on depiction of The Other in my opinion. And the detail coloring and effort put into it is spectacular and gorgeous, I was wondering though if maybe me and my friends could use this design for our up and coming. Doctor Who web series, If not I understand completely but truly still amazing art work. :)  
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional
By all means, go right ahead! Be sure to send me a link when it's done. :)
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HYPERDOGHD 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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HYPERDOGHD 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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HYPERDOGHD 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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neptun-II Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
he looks a bit like the seventh Doctor, I dig it
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fbi12345 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
He also looks a bit like John Hurt. Which would make sense, The Incarnation ZERO.
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fulminato Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm drawn to the faint text around the spark his gauntlet is creating, like a floaty equation of some sort, and that idea delights me... goodness knows the Time Lords were probably that drily logical, and Rassilon was the most poetic/flamboyant of the three. The Other has always been (at least in my mental imagery) the most practical, especially given the fact that if he IS the Doctor, then he didn't do something ridiculous like get himself locked in a pocket universe or eaten up by the inhabitants of some other pocket universe or locked in a time pocket or something stupid like that.

So the concept of conjuring tiny sparkly equations to do his cosmic bidding in a very sensible fashion just pretty much makes my day, haha.

...sorry for rambling oops
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DoctorVorlon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
That face... I almost feel as though he should be giving us a sly wink.
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ThePhilosopher4 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Didn't the Other throw himself in to a loom and reincarnate as the Doctor?
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conjob1989 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Yup!
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Commander-June Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, very cool!
I like your concept a lot! :3
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RandomSketchGeek247 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Soo Awesome :D
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:WOW!:heart::heart::heart:
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Nelrith Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
(・ω・) <-- on his chest. Can't unsee it!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
You might be suffering from emoticon overload. ;)
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Nelrith Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
It wouldn't happen to be the first time. The internet does fascinating things to the human psyche!
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Not controversial to me, and great stuff. The background really sings.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
Thanks! I'm surprised by how much love The Other is getting today. When I first mentioned I was drawing him on Facebook, someone (jokingly) threatened to burn down my house! :P

And thanks- that background took a lot of time. It's only the second time I've done a Gallifreyan landscape- it's a fun place to draw.
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
It looks like Sylvester McCoy with a beard. Strange, I never pictured the Other in my head as having a beard... I always had him as looking not unlike a younger Hartnell but with dark hair.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
McCoy? That's crazy talk. Crazy. ;)
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Dalek594 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Nice little Omega symbol there. Great design.
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this , Paul. Very nicely done.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
Thanks, man! :)
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Netrophensis Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Possible nod to Brian Blessed, perhaps?
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greendalek Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Varuumnig!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
Nope! Though the face is a dead trace of an actor all Doctor Who fans would know. I'm not saying who though. ;)
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fourth-heir Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Urge to create custom figure... growing...
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
WELL... the lower body is almost exactly what's under Character Options' Omega's robes (yes, I used it for ref). And the glove is Rassilon. As for the face... well I suppose you could use the generic Time Lord head and give it a beard. BUT... there's a secret about that likeness. I'll tell ya in a PM. ;)
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CraigOxbrow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, now I'm wondering too...
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fourth-heir Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I recognised the armour, but the face was an interesting surprise :)
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Lungbarrow78 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I love that he and Rassilon have matching gloves.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
Thanks- Omega was the main influence, but I wanted at least a little nod to Rassilon. I kind of like the idea that this is the same gauntlet- except what was once a benevolent device used for creation was twisted into something destructive by Rassilon.
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Saternalius Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
He looks a bit like David Suchet. This is great.
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Brilliant! The New Adventures were a mine of invention, playing around with the idea of what is/was/could be Doctor Who. Their legacy still influences the show today.

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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional
Well sure, how many of the writers for the show cut their teeth on those? Cornell, Roberts, Chibnall, Gatiss, DAVIES... even Moff did a short story for one of the Decalogs. It's pretty much the show's "High Council" of writers. :P
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Can't remember a Chibnall one? Still, if its as bad as his tv scripts my brain will have ejected it. Or did you just mean they read them?
Tell you what, when you've got time (ha ha ha ha) I'd really like to see you tackle Faction Paradox...
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional
I coulda sworn he'd written one, but looking at the list- apparently not! Guess he was still too busy writing angry critiques of Pip and Jane Baker for fanzines. :D

Faction Paradox is intriguing from the bits I've heard, but I don't really know that much about them, and I gather the amount of books concerning them is pretty massive...
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Yeah, but you'd love 'em!
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Alda-Rana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Digital Artist
I'd never thought about what he could look like, this is really interesting!
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work... and you name-drop as bad as the Doctor ;) Lucky-duck; gets to ask Lance Parkin...
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markdominic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Omega BTW is Awesome!
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Chrono01 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
NICE. YEAH!!
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