top stories about weird shit that happened behind the scenes of doctor who

  • those anecdotes frazer hines loves to tell about patrick troughton secretly taking off his pants while in the tardis during rehearsals and then coming out and doing the whole scene in his underwear
  • paul mcgann runs into the cast of the x-files in an elevator while filming the tv movie and is too intimidated to say anything to them because they are more famous than him
  • “we accidentally left colin baker tied to a pole alone in the middle of the woods for half an hour, oops”
  • there are probably a lot more that i’m just forgetting right now. how did they ever even get anything made

adding some of my personal favorites:

  • the first day patrick troughton came to set to play the doctor, anneke wills (polly) and michael craze (ben) wore t-shirts that had “come back bill hartnell” in huge letters on them that they’d had specially made and ordered just to fuck with pat
  • the crew so strongly believed that jon pertwee could just naturally drive any vehicle that at one point they were just like “lol drive this hovercraft, you can do that right” and didn’t give him time to practice driving it and he nearly wiped out the entire camera crew with it
  • tom baker thought the drowning scene in the deadly assassin was too scary, so at the day and time that the episode with it in it aired he literally knocked on a random door, asked “do you watch doctor who here?” and then sat with the family as they watched it 
  • “And I turned around and they were all wearing mustaches”
  • Jean Marsh forgetting she’d put her lunch in her pocket, reaching to draw Sara Kingdom’s gun, and corpsing when she tried to draw a cold squishy tomato sandwich
  • Jon Pertwee waking in a WWII morgue and scaring someone like Eight in the movie; the Master sitting on the Doctor between takes to give him back/neck massages bc he still hurt 25 years later
  • Katy auditioned with contacts before they were common, and the producers made her take them out, so that’s why Three’s always taking Jo’s hand and leading her about like a seeing eye dog
  • Lis Sladen getting stuck for real in the fucking air duct in Arc in Space 
  • The various improbable explanations of how Tom Baker got a dog bite on his mouth right before the filming of The Pirate Planet
  • The horse demolishing both the cart it was pulling and the archway it tried to pass through, trying to follow Peter Davison fresh off his stint as Tristan
  • The real story of Kamelion which was basically JNT swallowing BS marketing and believing the machine could do what its inventor claimed even though it hadn’t been demonstrated, so it really WAS an impostor
  • The gossip scene in the production of Fiddler on the Roof where Sophie was working the evening she got the call was actually a bunch of actors whispering “Sophie got the job!” “Sophie’s going to be in Doctor Who!” 
  • Sylvester saving Sophie from drowning, being cut to ribbons by glass and/or electrocuted when the water tank she was in started to crack
  • Sylvester not breaking character when his coat started smoldering due to a miscalculation by the pyrotechnics crew:

I know it’s New Who, but I feel like it’s very in keeping with tradition: that time Peter Capaldi was filming in a power station at 3 AM and came back from a break soaking wet because he was looking for food, pushed a button out of curiosity, and the button activated some sort of shower.

The Doctors as “My Immortal” Quotes


William Hartnell: “Why did you do such a thing, you mediocre dunces?” asked Professor McGonagall"

Patrick Troughton: “Then swooped he in singing to the tune of a Gothic version of a song by 50 Cent.”

Jon Pertwee: “And den……………..I jumped secxily in front of da bullet!11”

Tom Baker: “U must go back in time and sedouce him. It is the only way.”

Peter Davison: “he put his arm around me all protective.”

Colin Baker: “I need to wear like da hotset outfit EVA.”

Sylvester McCoy: “What was DAT al about?”
“It wuz to blackmail u.” I snarked.

Paul McGann: (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!)

Christopher Eccelston: “You dunderheads!1111111111” screamed Dumbledore wisely"

David Tennant: “I’m good at too many things? WHY CAN’T I JUST BE NORMAL? IT’S A FUCKING CURSE!”


Peter Capaldi: “I was even upset went to rehearsal with my Gothic metal band, Bloody Gothic Rose 666. I am the leader singer of it and I play guitar”

I’m so sorry.



One evening Terry was driving Bill Hartnell home to Mayfield from a pub in Blackboys, rather worse for wear, when he spied a roadblock, and began to slow down. 

Bill asked ‘Why are you slowing up?’

‘The Police,’ said Terry.

‘**** the Police,’ said Bill. They were duly flagged down, Bill insisting, ‘Leave this to me.’ Dressed in well-tailored trousers and shirt, he swept out of the car as if he was wearing his Doctor Who cloak and wig, shouting ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m Doctor Who, Doctor BLOODY WHO! Now get all of this rubbish out of the way my friend. I need to get home and we are very busy people!’

From Who’s There? The Life and Career of William Hartnell.