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It's almost time! As we count down to Christopher Eccleston stepping into the Doctor's well-worn shoes, we relive the Time Lord's first words — in his many incarnations

1 WILLIAM HARTNELL 1963-66

"What are you doing here?"

What he told RT in 1973: "It may look like hindsight now, but I knew — I just knew— that Doctor Who was going to be an enormous success."

2 PATRICK TROUGHTON 1966-69

"Slower... slower! Concentrate on one thing ... one thing."

What he told RT in 1973: "1 had a feeling that it had perhaps been done to death and that it wouldn't last."

3 JON PERTWEE 1970-74

"Shoes ... must find my shoes."

What he told RT in 1970: "Apart from once or twice in its very early days I had never seen the series, so I really had no preconceived notions about how the part should be played."

4 TOM BAKER 1974-81

"Typical Sontaran attitude... stop Lynx... perverting the course of human history."

Other characters speak over these feverish mumblings, but his first clearly audible words are:

"I tell you, Brigadier: there's nothing to worry about."

What he told RT in 1975: The thing about Doctor Who — he must be eternally in the present. Like when you fall in love. You know, that wonderful sense of ... surprise."

5 PETER DAVISON 1982-84

"Ah, you've come to help me find the Zero Room. Welcome aboard, I'm the Doctor... or will be if this regeneration works out."

What he told RT in 1982: "I was staggered to see it announced on the news. I really had no idea Doctor Who was so important. I bet some of my friends thought I'd died when they saw my picture. I realised that it was a lot more than an acting job.

6 COLIN BAKER 1984-86

"You're expecting someone else?"

What he told RT in 1984: It is everybody's dream to play their hero, whether it is Lancelot or Biggles or Doctor Who, because they are characters in modern mythology."

7 SYLVESTER McCOY 1986-89

"No Mel! [wakes up] Myah ... that was a nice nap ... now down to business. I'm a bit worried about the temporal flicker in sector 13."

What he told RT in 1988: "I didn't feel I was a real Doctor Who until I was doing a story with the Daleks. When we had the read-through in the rehearsal rooms for this story, it was remarkable. A thrill went round the room when one of the Dalek voices first said the word 'Exterminate!' The hair stood up on the back of my neck."

8 PAUL McGANN

(Doctor Who: the Movie) 1996

"Who am I?"

This was the first actual dialogue, though earlier in the movie he does provide the voiceover narration: "It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial."

What he told RT in 1996: "The magnitude of what I have taken on is still only really dawning on me, I'm only just beginning to twig. I took the job then I got on a plane, so I wasn't around when the first press release went out. I believe it was even on the news. My mum was ringing me up saying, 'You're on this, you're in that"

9 CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON 2005

"Run!"

What he told RT in 2005: "The reason I'm doing this show is Russell T Davies. I think he's one of the most outstanding writers in the country, and I believe his work should reach a much wider audience. Sure, the episodes work fine as Saturday-night romps, but look under the surface and you'll find

Russell's created a whole world of satire and mischief-making. I also based quite a lot of the Doctor on Russell's personality — all the pace and energy and humour in there, that's him."

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