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The Shalka Doctor by PaulHanley The Shalka Doctor by PaulHanley
This one didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped- but here's the "lost" 9th Doctor from the Paul Cornell-penned "The Scream of the Shalka", based on Richard E. Grant.
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One theory I find intresting is that Shalka Doctor might actually be a younger version of the War Doctor (Sfdebris went into more detail on the idea here:…. Shalka Doc's more aggresive behaviour would fit in with the WD's supposed 'Warrior' persona. Plus it would be pretty fitting in a couple of ways, since it would bookmark the aniversary specials by having him established in the 40th and brought back for the 50th, not to mention the irony of having the BBC banish the original 9th Doctor from canon, only for the Doctor himself to do the same in-universe.
PaulHanley Mar 23, 2014  Professional
I think "Shalka" and "War" are too different... but it IS an interesting theory with some cool aspects!

God, can you imagine the shockwaves that would've happened if Grant turned around in Shalka garb at the very end of NAME OF THE DOCTOR, instead of John Hurt???  Though they'd need to rectify that with the Great Intelligence being assimilated into the Doctor's timestream- but obviously, there would be ways to make that all dovetail together. :)  Probably would've been too confusing and fanwanky for most viewers though.

For my money, the Shalka Doctor is what "should" have been- the Doctor that would've happened if Eight never had his fateful crash on Karn.  There's all sorts of crazy parallels- he's survived some sot of tragedy, all the Time Lords are dead, and Derek Jacobi is still the Master.  Maybe the point of divergence is even further down the line (when he used "the Moment", maybe?) and he's the "Ninth" the same way Eccleston was.  There's something really appropriate about how much continuity confusion and retconning surrounds the years of the Doctor's life where he fought in a massive history-changing TIme War. :)
kastoniago Jan 24, 2014  New member
He may not be canonical, but I still relegate him the honour of being 'unbound.' I reserve that honour to few: Geoffrey Bayldon, David Warner, David Collings, Derek Jacobi.
ConnieBea Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Richard E Grant is an amazing Doctor. Both in The Curse of Fatal Death & Thr Scream of Shalka. I want him to be the Doctor someday.
BlackLanternDaddy Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
After watching the live 12th Doctor reveal I'm pretty confident that the Shalka Doctor's persona would fit perfectly with Peter Capaldi's portrayal.
tristan-gustafson Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I still think it would be awesome if he became the 12th doctor. I want more of the Shalka Doctoer. :(
Hey there, made a reference to your art in my tumblr ([link]), hope you like it...

BTW, love your art!
Beetle88 Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Richard E. Grant as the Shalka Doctor, eh. Oh, things of the Omniverse!
Pretty cool. I always wish Richard E. Grant would play the Doctor on screen. I think he'd be a fantastic Doctor, and his appearance in 'TSotS' proved that to me.
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