This week, we take another step into our personal selections for exemplary episodes of each of the individuals fortunate enough to portray the Doctor, and become part of the half-century legacy that draws us all together as Whovians. Patrick Troughton took the mantle from the pioneer, William Hartnell, in October 1966. His first full television story was The Power of the Daleks, but it strikes us as the greatest pity that a great percentage of his stories and episodes are among the lost material that BBC archivists were unable to retain.
Nonetheless, Troughton is credited with bringing a new life to the program from 1966 to 1969, combining strong presence, affability, and a degree of comedic timing and humor that bordered on professional clowning — and has been quoted by Matt Smith as his personal inspiration. We adore the space hobo, and only hope that the years to come will provide some sort of discovery of that supposedly “lost” material.