PhD in mystery: The strangest TV and Film doctors
Stephen Strange joins a long of list of peculiar doctors who’ve become iconic characters on TV and in films. Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange but these guys are four more strange doctors. Can you guess who they are?
- Britain’s most popular doctor
- The doctor who is often confused with the monster
- The docter who coined the phase “Great Scott!”
- The big green doc
Cumberbatch is joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams in the comic book adventure film about the brilliant medic Stephen Strange who is injured in a car accident before discovering a mysterious world of magic and alternate dimensions. The British actor swaps saving patients for saving the world as he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, protector of Earth.
Famous Phrase: “By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!”
The hero of the cult British science-fiction series Doctor Who, The Doctor is the space and time-travelling alien who has been appearing on screens since 1963. The Time Lord’s unique mode of transport is the famous TARDIS, which takes the form of a blue police box. Battling enemies like the Daleks and Cybermen across the centuries, the character can regenerate himself into new bodies, meaning in the real world the much-loved TV favourite has been played by twelve actors over the years including David Tennant, Matt Smith and most recently Peter Capaldi.
Famous Phrase: “Exterminate” – the robotic refrain of the Daleks has been striking fear into audiences for over five decades. amous Phrase:
Victor Frankenstein first appeared in the 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley but he has been reincarnated countless times everywhere from stage to screen. The scientist’s macabre studies into death and the reanimation of corpses led to his gruesome creation, the monster who comes to terrorise his life. The doctor first appeared on screen in 1910 and has been played by numerous actors including Kenneth Branagh, James McAvoy, and coincidentally, Benedict Cumberbatch who won a Laurence Olivier Award for his portrayal of the character on stage in 2012.
Famous phrase: “It’s alive.” Used in the 1931 film, the quote has become synonymous with Doctor Frankenstein and the multiple spoofs and spin-offs paying an everlasting tribute to the character.
With his wavy white hair and eccentric behaviour, Dr. Emmett Brown of the Back to the Future series looked every bit the mad scientist of popular culture. His time-travelling adventures over three films together with Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly proved box-office gold. And the time machine created by the much-loved character played by Christopher Lloyd became as famous as the films themselves. Using the famous DeLorean sports car, Doc Brown and Marty travelled through the decades to the 1950s, then to (a not entirely accurate) 2015, and back to the Old West. In 2008, Empire magazine ranked Doc Brown number 20 in their 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Famous Phrase: “Great Scott!” Doc Brown usually bellowed the phrase to express amazement or a moment of enlightenment. And considering he was constantly tinkering with the space-time continuum, he said it a lot.
Dr. Bruce Banner
Another famous member of the Marvel universe, Dr. Bruce Banner is the brilliant scientist with serious anger management issues. Another of writer Stan Lee’s iconic creations, Banner’s alter ego The Incredible Hulk first appeared in a comic in 1962. The socially awkward physicist Banner can transform into the Hulk thanks to his accidental exposure to gamma radiation. The character has been played by actors such as Lou Ferrigno, Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and in the Avengers films by Mark Ruffalo. And you’ve guessed it, Banner and his superhero teammates are set to link up with Doctor Strange in the next instalment of the blockbuster series.
Famous phrase: “Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” The quote became famous from the 1970s TV series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, and variations of the phrase have been associated with the famously volatile character ever since, along with “Hulk smash.”