While we’re all sat about waiting to see how many of the recently found Doctor Who episodes the BBC is going to release, we might as well fill our time with a massive Doctor Who TV marathon.
Except, if you’ve already done that because you’re a complete Doctor Who nerd, you might need to top up with some extra Timelord facetime in a totally different TV dimension.
[Update: Despite rumours of 100 episodes being found in Ethiopia, it was actually nine episodes found in Nigeria by someone who says that other people describe him as the Indiana Jones of the film world.]
So without further deranged ado, here’s my guide to the best TV shows starring Doctor Who that aren’t Doctor Who.
The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee
Looking back, I’m surprised we didn’t all suffer nightmares from the horror that is Worzel Gummidge.
In a nutshell: A walking scarecrow with a selection of removable heads gurns his way through every scene while a life-sized, prim-faced ragdoll looks on in disgust. Harrowing.
The Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison
All Creatures Great and Small
Before Downton Abbey, Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford, Monarch of the Glen, Hamish MacBeth, and all the other cosy Sunday night dramas set in the past, Scotland or the North, All Creatures Great and Small was our weekly televisual happy place.
In a nutshell: Tristan (Davison) gets into hilarious scrapes and James Herriot goes armpit deep up a cow’s bottom; Siegfried tuts. A simpler time.
The Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston
Our Friends in the North
Made the careers of a Doctor and a Bond, this gritty northern drama starred Eccleston and Daniel Craig and was one of those event TV shows that the whole nation watches. Shame I missed it.
In a nutshell: It’s grim up north.
The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant
In a nutshell: Tennant has acrobatic sex and mugs at the camera while a wistful, tragic Peter O Toole looks and sounds precisely nothing like him.
The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith
Christopher and his Kind
Christopher Isherwood travels to Berlin to hang out with WH Auden and enjoy the gay nightlife.
In a nutshell: A gay time was had by all until the Nazis spoilt everyone’s fun. Total bummer.
What’s your favourite TV show starring Doctor Who that isn’t Doctor Who?