This Friday sees the released of the 3D comedy horror remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie. The film stars David Tennant, who is perhaps best known for his TV role as the Doctor in the long-running sci-fi programme, Doctor Who.
With this mind, we take a look at other instances of the Doctor’s various incarnations making their way onto the big screen…
1. William Hartnell When William Hartnell took on the role of the very first Doctor in 1963, he already had extensive film experience behind him. At the beginning of his career, Hartnell tended to play comical characters, but after playing the rather more serious Sergeant Ned Fletcher in 1944s The Way Ahead he was cast largely in the roles of policemen, soldiers, and thugs for many years. However, he did appear in the very first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant, and appeared alongside Peter Sellers in the 1955 film, The Mouse That Roared.
2. Patrick Troughton Patrick Troughton also had a good number of film roles under his belt before becoming the second ever Doctor, although he stuck mainly to roles in fantasy, sci-fi and horror productions throughout his career. He is noted for his particularly memorable on-screen death in the 1976 horror classic, The Omen, in which he played a priest who is skewered to death by his church's steeple.
3. Jon Pertwee Jon Pertwee was best known for his television roles - aside from his stint in Doctor Who, he also is also remembered for playing the title character of the hit children's TV series, Worzel Gummidge. Pertwee was another Doctor with a penchant for Carry On films, appearing in Carry On Cleo, Carry On Screaming, Carry On Cowboy and Carry On Columbus. However, one of his most memorable film roles was in The House That Dripped Blood - a 1971 Amicus horror anthology film.
4. Tom Baker One of the most-loved incarnations of the Doctor, Tom Baker got his first major film role after a recommendation from Laurence Olivier. This landed him the part of Rasputin in the 1971 film, Nicholas and Alexandra, and he received two Golden Globe nominations for his performance. Baker went on to make several other notable appearances, including a role in a 1972 film version of The Canterbury Tales and, most recently, voiced the character of Zeebad in The Magic Roundabout.
5. Peter Davison and Colin Baker Yes we've lumped these two together because, between them, they didn't actually do an awful lot of film work. Davidson has stuck largely to television and stage work throughout his career, while Baker appeared in The Harpist back in 1999, followed by The Asylum a year later, and then French film D'Artagnan et Les Trois Mousquetaires in 2005.
6. Sylvester McCoy Sylvester McCoy is certainly best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor, but he also had a small role in 1979 he also had a small role opposite Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence in Dracula. He narrowly missed out on a number of more high profile film roles, as he was attached to the role of Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl but did not go on to appear in the film, and was also the second choice to play the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. However, he did begin filming for The Hobbit earlier this year.
7. Paul McGann Paul McGann began his film career by appearing in the classic cult comedy film, Withnail and I, opposite Richard E. Grant. His other film appearances included Ken Russell's 1989 adaptation of The Rainbow, and the epic war film Empire of the Sun. Most recently, he appeared alongside Matthew Horne and James Corden in the comedy horror film, Lesbian Vampire Killers.
8. Christopher Eccleston Before becoming the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston had appeared in a number of high profile films, although not usually in a lead role. One of his first film roles saw him appear alongside Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's 1994 film Shallow Grave. He also played the role of John Lennon in the biographical TV film, Lennon Naked. His later credits include the David Cronenberg's eXistenZ, Michael Winterbottom's Jude and 24 Hour Party People, Elizabeth and another Danny Boyle film, 28 Days Later.
9. David Tennant David Tennant's first film appearance was in Jude, with previous doctor Christopher Eccleston in the title role. Since then, he has made a number of notable film appearances, including a role in Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, playing Barty Crouch, Jr. in the 2005 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the antagonist in St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. Fright Night sees Tennant appear alongside Colin Farrell in the role of a magician.
10. Matt Smith The current incarnation of the Doctor, Matt Smith, has already received a BAFTA nomination for his TV performance, but he's certainly no stranger to the world of film. He played the lead role in the 2009 short film, Together, which made the official selection at Cannes, before appearing alongside Eva Green in the 2010 film, Womb. Despite being busy in his role as the Doctor, Smith also appeared in the lead role of the television film, Christopher and His Kind. Fright Night hits UK cinemas on Friday 2nd September.