Sylvester McCoy took over as the Doctor in 1987 during one of the show’s rockiest periods. With Colin Baker having been removed from the show, McCoy was brought in as a breath of levity from the sixth Doctor’s arrogance and abrasiveness. However, while McCoy initially began his part as a buffoonish comedian, he was soon made into one of the most interesting versions of the Time Lord. On first glance, he would come across as everyone’s favourite eccentric uncle, complete with question mark cardigan and umbrella; although a deeper inspection would reveal a much darker character.
As far as his enemies were concerned, the seventh Doctor could be the most dangerous of all his incarnations. As previously mentioned there was ruthlessness to his character which in turn impacted how he dealt with his adversaries. Whereas the Tenth Doctor may have tried to give his foes second chances and beg them to reconsider their dark ways, number seven seemed to take an almost “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach as he dispensed justice in unpredictable ways. Most famously he even tricked the Daleks into destroying their own homeworld by allowing Davros to get his hands on a deadly device of Time Lord design (some parts of the Doctor Who fandom even believe this could have been the starting gun for the Time War).
For the rest of the time, eccentricity is the word that can best describe this Doctor. He was mysterious and observant of his surroundings, with a certain swagger that carried him from place to place casually and in his own singular pace. While he was no stranger to action when needed, he much preferred to stay calmly at the side lines for as long as possible. This certainly is the only Doctor who could get away with nonchalantly walking between two Arthurian Knights, locked in mortal combat and not even bat an eyelid.
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