Over the past 7 weeks more than 500 episodes from the 26 seasons of classic Doctor Who have aired worldwide on the live streaming video platform Twitch. Fans have enjoyed adventures from the first seven Doctors while chatting to thousands of fellow viewers around the world, some of them experiencing classic Doctor Who for the first time.
It’s time for our last recap of our favourite reactions, memes and moments from the stream - meet the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors as they take on shape-changing robots, amphibious capitalists and… the Eighties!
The Fifth Doctor
Viewers got to meet the Fifth Doctor in 1982’s Castrovalva. Many adored this cricket-loving Doctor and his odd choice of accessories (celery anyone?), inspiring some fans to create these beautiful pieces of art:
I'm very excited for tomorrow's twitchathon with @PeterDavison5 #FifthDoctor so I thought I'd share the fifth Doctor I drew recently, now on his own ready to become a print for my next convention!! #DoctorWho #DrWho #PeterDavision #DoctorWhoOnTwitch #ClassicWho pic.twitter.com/JvjUVmKVut— Sophie Iles ✨🎲🏳️🌈 (@sophilestweets) July 8, 2018
After accidentally boarding the TARDIS in Logopolis, Tegan Jovanka, an air hostess from the 1980s, finds herself out of her time. The Fifth Doctor attempts to return her to her first day at Heathrow airport; “Heathrow, 1981!” he exclaims as they land, only to discover that they’ve arrived 300 years too early!
The moment was featured in the trailer that Twitch played in between episodes for the Fifth Doctor. It particularly excited viewers as it harked back to an earlier meme from the First Doctor episode The Chase where Ian announces to his fellow companion Barbara that they had landed in “London, 1965!”.
Haha, the new Fifth Doctor trailer begins on #Twitch... and immediately everyone picks up on the line “Heathrow 1981”. Bound to have been deliberately included to hark back to “London 1965!” #DoctorWho #DoctorWhoOnTwitch— Gavin Winters (@GavinWinters) July 9, 2018
The Doctor is no stranger to a robotic companion, having travelled with a tin dog named K-9 for much of his Fourth incarnation. The Fifth Doctor is no exception. During The King’s Demons Kamelion, a shape-changing droid previously used by The Master for his own meddling schemes, joins the TARDIS team. Some viewers were a little freaked out by Kamelion’s appearance whilst some loved it:
YOU CAN’T MEND PEOPLE CAN YOU?
The Doctor meets a human expedition on planet Deva Loka assessing the planet’s suitability for colonisation. Some of their members have experienced a nervous breakdown as a result of the presence of the Mara, a species that thrives on fear and takes over a host in their dreams.
Commander Sanders and his second in command Hindle, two of the members of the crew, have built a cardboard city with little cardboard people for fun. When the Doctor accidently steps on one of the cardboard people, Sanders reassures him it can be mended easily with a “drop of glue” to which Hindle responds furiously “You can’t mend people, can you?”. The moment was featured in the trailer for the Fifth Doctor sending Twitch viewers into a spin every time it was played:
Today is the last day of the Fifth Doctor in the Doctor Who marathon and I’m never going to recover from one week of this incredible man yelling YOU CAN’T MEND PEOPLE CAN YOU pic.twitter.com/MP8hbuqWZq— Diamond Feit 💎 ✨ ♥️ (@feitclub) July 13, 2018
Adric is a young mathematic genius who boarded the TARDIS in 1980’s Full Circle and travelled with the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. His adventures came to an abrupt end when he sacrificed himself to save Nyssa, Tegan the Fifth Doctor in Earthshock. The onscreen death of a companion came as a shock to some viewers…
"Now I'll never know if I was right."— Sophie Iles ✨🎲🏳️🌈 (@sophilestweets) July 10, 2018
I've not really done a comic like this before. First time for everything...#EarthShock #Adric #DoctorWho #ClassicWho #DoctorWhoOnTwitch #DoctorWho #DrWho #FifthDoctor #DAVO #DavoOnTwitch #PeterDavison @MinettaLane @jfmouthonlegs pic.twitter.com/zZT2Qa91wD
The Fifth Doctor regenerates
It was soon time to say goodbye to the Fifth Doctor! After being poisoned in The Caves of Androzani, he has no choice but to regenerate. Viewers paid tribute to Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor and welcomed in Colin Baker’s Sixth!
Regeneration day for #DoctorWhoOnTwitch marathoners. It's been fun watching some Fifth Doctor stories. Now time for #ColinBaker. I'm a fan of his #DoctorWho and am excited to see him in action. #PeterDavison pic.twitter.com/G8X7gWdoTM— Andrew (@andrewbcassel) July 14, 2018
The Caves of Androzani... undoubtedly my favourite regeneration story of all time, and my favourite Fifth Doctor serial. The Doctor at his most heroic within truly terrible circumstances, giving his life for a new friend without even thinking twice. #DoctorWhoOnTwitch pic.twitter.com/SOsB6sAGOa— Dominic G. Martin (@DominicJGM) July 13, 2018
Oh, I wanted to share my drawing again.— fifth-ish vann 🍃 (@Vannortik) July 14, 2018
My take on the Fifth Doctor’s regenaration in The Caves of Androzani since we watched it on Twitch yesterday. (:#DoctorWhoOnTwitch #FifthDoctor #PeterDavison #ArtistsOnTwitter #Davo pic.twitter.com/LaibdP0Yju
The Sixth Doctor
The Sixth Doctor inspired plenty of fan art and memes as his era played out on Twitch. Viewers loved his colourful outfit, peculiar personality and big hair!
"And I would suggest, Peri, that you wait a little before criticising my new persona. You may well find it isn't quite as disagreeable as you think!"— Sophie Iles ✨🎲🏳️🌈 (@sophilestweets) July 16, 2018
(PS. I love the Sixth Doctor!) #DoctorWho #DoctorWhoOnTwitch #TheTwinDilemma #SixthDoctor #Peri #DrWho #ClassicWho pic.twitter.com/5XAWEaA3UJ
It's the Sixth Doctor's time on Twitch for the next few days! Definitely looking forward to this, Sixie is super underrated on my book. Plus - Vengeance on Varos is a serial I really have a soft spot for. #DoctorWho #DoctorWhoOnTwitch pic.twitter.com/i8oMDEoepY— Dominic G. Martin (@DominicJGM) July 16, 2018
Sil was a peculiar looking alien Mentor (a race of amphibious capitalists) involved in rather unethical schemes and businesses. The Sixth Doctor and Peri meet him in Vengeance on Varos while trying to find a rare mineral to repair the TARDIS. Sil’s appearance and hilarious laugh created mass hysteria among Twitch viewers and the character became a firm favourite:
How do you spell Sil’s laugh? #DoctorWhoOnTwitch— Whovian Leap (@WhovianLeap) July 17, 2018
“It’s no use. I’ve tried explaining to her that these devices clipped to our belts are iPhones, but she’s from the 80s, it’s too futuristic a concept for her.” #DoctorWho #Twitch #DoctorWhoOnTwitch pic.twitter.com/Qi3IZQpVG0— Gavin Winters (@GavinWinters) July 16, 2018
As the Sixth Doctor and his companion Mel head off into the TARDIS at the end of The Trial of a Time Lord, they both have a strong craving for carrot juice. ‘Carrot juice?’ asks the Doctor. ‘Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice…’ Colin Baker did not return for the Sixth Doctor’s regeneration in Time and the Rani, making these his final (and somewhat bizarre) last words.
The Sixth Doctor regenerates
Colin Baker left Doctor Who somewhat abruptly without filming a regeneration scene at the end of The Trial of a Time Lord so when Sylvester McCoy stepped into the role of the Seventh Doctor in Time and the Rani, the producers had him wear a blonde curly wig to stand in for the Sixth Doctor before his regeneration:
Wow I'm really glad they got Colin Baker to return for his regeneration scene, can you imagine how weird watching #DoctorWhoOnTwitch would be if he didn't? Though he does look a bit different now for some reason... pic.twitter.com/AXCfkbkhvB— Christopher (@Chriscarcases77) July 20, 2018
The Seventh Doctor
The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) arrived on Twitch on 19th July. Viewers fell in love with this mysterious, spoon-playing clown as they watched him take a trip to a planet full of killer cats and face off villains like Time Lady the Rani or the candy-obsessed robot Kandyman.
I tried to use pics from McCoy's first and last stories but I didn't quite manage it. First and last seasons though!— Iain Clark (@iainjclark) July 21, 2018
In Dragonfire, Mel leaves the TARDIS and in her place, new companion Ace steps up to travel with the Seventh Doctor. The teenager from Perivale, London quickly became a hit amongst Twitch viewers with her penchant for Nitro 9 explosives, her bomber jacket covered in pin badges and above all her bravery!
ACE: I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet and just run forever— Sophie Iles ✨🎲🏳️🌈 (@sophilestweets) July 21, 2018
DOCTOR: The planet's gone, but lives on inside you. It always will
I can't wait for #Survival on Monday!!!#AceMcShane #DoctorWho #DoctorWhoOnTwitch pic.twitter.com/by2jwdgWOP
And also @sophie_aldred, simply the best companion ever. The way Ace’s character developed over her two series set the stall for the show’s return: without Ace there’d be no Rose.#DoctorWhoOnTwitch #BOOM pic.twitter.com/dRQusbJVHM— Frazer Gregory: Champion of the Damned! #DoYourBit (@FelixFrazer) July 23, 2018
The latter half of the Seventh Doctor’s run included plenty of explosions, mostly caused by his companion Ace and her obsession with blowing things up! A clip of Ace slamming her fist down onto a table and shouting “BOOM!” in the Seventh Doctor Twitch trailer quickly became a meme:
The end of Doctor Who on Twitch
The marathon came to an end on 23rd July with 1989’s Survival. Viewers took to Twitter to bid farewell to 26 years of classic Who (and the seven week marathon) as they watched the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace walk away into the sunset in the episode’s final shot:
Aww I'm really going to miss watching #DoctorWhoOnTwitch 😭 It was so much fun watching with other fans & seeing episodes from the 1st/2nd Doctor that I never thought I would before. I will deffo go back & watch more.— Lucy Reid (@PressXToLucy) July 24, 2018
'I will always remember when The Doctor was on Twitch' =') pic.twitter.com/0prqIPFPs5
Here are just 40 of the drawings I made during #DoctorWhoOnTwitch, which was never my intention. I was so happy that people were enjoying it as much as I was I started to draw just didn't stop. Thank you for sharing in the experience with me, it's been astounding. #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/Mkr2QfFJWn— Sophie Iles ✨🎲🏳️🌈 (@sophilestweets) July 24, 2018
The end of one of the greatest things that Twitch has ever done. A HUGE thank you to everyone involved in making this happen. Honestly, huge love to them, and huge love to everyone I've met because of this. Thank you. ^_^ #DoctorWhoOnTwitch— Dominic G. Martin (@DominicJGM) July 23, 2018
It's half past midnight and I'm on a train heading into central Berlin using precious data just to catch the final moments of #DoctorWhoOnTwitch 😁 Thanks to everyone that made it happen and everyone who got involved to make it happening... we'll always have LONDON 1965 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aSmWt4rrAs— Pip (@pipmadeley) July 23, 2018
That’s the classic Doctor Who marathon over for now! Endings are always sad but there’s no doubt that this epic screening has brought a lot of joy (and memes)!