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The Morning GIF: 11 Doctors, 1 half-century run

Doctor Who GIF celebrates the show’s 50-year history and its lead actors.


Fernando Alfonso III


Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Over the course of its 50-year run, the cult TV show Doctor Who has had 11 different actors assume the role of its title character. 

While each Doctor has looked a little bit different, the one thing they’ve all had in common is running.

Whether facing an alien or a robot parrot, each Doctor has always used his brain and his legs to get out of trouble and save the day. This is what inspired deviantART user Randy Mayor to create the following illustration featuring each Doctor Who actor and their famous time-traveling machine TARDIS.

“I struggled with an idea for a good two months and didn’t come up with this particular concept until recently,” Mayor wrote on deviantART. “But I am so satisfied with how this turned out!! The idea was to play with the word “run” as it is the longest running sci-fi show (and still going strong) The hardest part about this concept was trying to get the right colors for the earlier Doctors.”

The illustration has been a big hit on deviantART, collecting more than 10,000 views and 80 comments. It has also inspired the elusive Tumblr GIF artist known as madebyavbh to transform the illustration into a spectacular animation. Since the GIF was posted late Monday evening, it has already collected more than 2,500 notes.

Art by Randy Mayor; GIF by madebyavbh

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