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The Warrior (Brian Blessed)

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"I don't suppose there's any need for a Doctor anymore. Make me a Warrior now."
The 8th Doctor.


I'm not particularly a fan of the War Doctor, I don’t hate him. I just don’t think it was handled very well plus I never thought it was a good idea to retroactively put in secrete incarnations we never knew about. It was a bad idea in The Brain of Morbius and it was a bad idea in Day of the Doctor. I just felt it hurt the episode trying to shoehorn in a new old incarnation especially when there was no reason not to use the 8th Doctor. That’s what fans wanted to see, 8 fighting the Time War. However, if the secret Doctor had to be done this is what I would have preferred him to be. This is my take on The War Doctor / The Warrior.


The War Doctors costume is a cross between the 8th Doctors and the 9th Doctors. By making him look like 8.5 you rob him of his own visual identity. It would be like putting the 4th Doctor in 3’s cape coat and 5’s cricket jumper. It’s just a bad idea.  


The costume The Warrior has is based on The General’s Time Lord Armour and visually gives us information the episode didn’t have time to tell us. He’s a high ranking valuable member of the war effort, (because seriously he would be, who knows more about fighting Daleks than the Doctor?) but unlike other high ranking officers who lead from the back in their ivory tower, The Warrior leads from the front.  With his beaten, scratched and tattered armour showing the strains of war. But never mind the damage done to the armour if you want to see the strains of war look no further than the mechanical hand and the eye patch. Two universally understood signifiers that this character has been through some shit.  But even though he’s been through hell he carries no weapons. The only things he carries are his trusty screwdriver, things to help others and a bag of jelly babies, showing that maybe the old Doctor is still in there somewhere under that war torn exterior.


And finally I love John Hurt but if you’re going to get a British icon, a Shakespearean trained national treasure, with an unmistakable voice to play the secret incarnation of The Doctor who fought The Time War. You get Brain Blessed or you just don’t do it.


The man is a real life adventurer who is friends with the Queen of England, has climbed Mount Everest, gone running with wolves, travelled to the North Pole, boxed the Dalai Lama, met Picasso, trekked through the Venezuelan jungle and punched a polar bear in the face. If the Doctor was real he would be Brian Blessed and that’s why I made him The Warrior.

I hope you like.

Another Alt War Doctor
The Warrior (Christopher Lee)

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artfanandy's avatar

Came across this just now.

Always thought Brian Blessed would have made a great classic era Doctor.

It always puzzles me that The Doctor used seven bodies in under a thousand years, but went thorough the Time War and 'wore out ' only one!

His he wearing a gauntlet on the right hand, or is it a bionic hand?

My only negative is would The Doctor wear Gallifreyian style armour, or gerrymandering his own?

Do like your take on alternate War Doctors.

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Thank you very much always nice to get feed back and theories even on older pieces. His hand is meant to have been replaced with a robotic one after some injury sustained through the Time War.


With his armour The Doctor would make his own, but this is not the Doctor this is The Warrior. The incarnation who broke the promise and forsaked his Doctor ways to win the war. Or at least that's what War Doctor was supposed to be, that's what they say he was, but they buggered that up and just made him a pointless Doctor when 8 would have worked better. My Blessed version actually shows his change by his conforming to the Timelord military dress. But having it battle damaged shows hes in the thick of it leading from the front like a warrior, not nice and polished like The Generals sat back in his tower worrying from the back.


I also did a more spy like version with Christopher Lee as The Warrior who's dressed a little more Doctor-ish. Link is in the discription if you're interested.

artfanandy's avatar

I see where you're with this version now. A thought is the technology the same as Davros's hand? Wouldn't that be ironic.

Yes, really liked the Chris Lee vesion,

I did make some comments on at that time.

Have you seen the Godzilla movie with Charles Dance as an eco-terrorist? Think he would have made good version of The Warrior?

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His hand could be the same as Davros's we shall never know. And yes Charles Dance would make a great War Doctor, I'd thought of him as well. In fact I had thought of quite a few alt Warriors who would have been great in the part like Ian McShane, James Purefoy and Bill Nighy to name a few.

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Like your ideas. Never thought of Ian NcShane, interesting choice.


In my AU Headcannon I have John Hurt as First War Doctor, Brian Blessed as the Second War Doctor, who wins the war for the Time Lords. He is assassinated by an agent of Rassilon. Regenerates into Charles Dance, who leads a rebellion against Rassilon.

He defeats and imprisons Rassilon in the Dark Tower.

Regenerating into Bill Nighy, who becomes President and rebuilds Gallifrey.

Finally regenerating into David Bowie, who returns to wandering through Time and Space.


Some giggery-pokery, timey-wimey rewriting would have Christopher Eccleston as the first incarnation of a second, (or perhaps third!) life cycle.

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PS apologies for misspelling McShane. Should learn to proof read before commenting.

Rayman1995's avatar

Sorry, but John Hurt was more physically capable then Blessed & even with Blessed's accomplishments, he was either unavailable or expensive.

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Your barking up the wrong tree with physical capability as an argument. All the War Doctor does in Day of the Doctor is stand still, sit down and drink tea. There no running or jumping or fighting or climbing. the reason its Hurt is because they wanted him and he said yes. This pic is just done for fun as a fan recast and a more interesting option for a costume. But if you want to talk about who actually should have been playing the Doctor who fought the war, then that's easy... Paul McGann

Rayman1995's avatar

Paul McGann would be out-of-character. Simple.

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Nah, it would have worked better actually having three Doctor's instead of two Doctors and a confused looking John Hurt.

Kasterborous's avatar
The problem with casting BRIAN BLESSED as the War Doctor is that there's no believable way he'd have lost the Time War.
CosmicThunder's avatar
Haha you're not wrong there, I've been a fool.
Kasterborous's avatar
It's a remarkable likeness though! :) 
Mulgorath's avatar
Honestly I would have loved to see this... Oh my fucking god why do these ads keep playing?!
I would have loved to see this or the 8th Doctor fight the time war. An incarnation of the Doctor like this would have been amazing.
Isaac-Hart's avatar
This is an interesting take on the idea of the War Doctor.
CosmicThunder's avatar
Thank you, it was just my attempt to give him a unique visual identity instead of looking like 8.5
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