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The First Doctor
Entered the Time Lord academy at the age of eight along with the Master, (The Sound of the Drums)
Visited the Medusa Cascade at the age of ninety, (The Stolen Earth)
The Second Doctor
Gave his age at about 450, (The Tomb of the Cybermen)
The Third Doctor
Claimed to have been a scientist for ‘several thousand years,’ (Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Mind of Evil)
The Fourth Doctor
Claimed to be 757, (The Brain of Morbius)
…But later gave his age as 749, (The Seeds of Doom)
Said he was 756 but Romana corrected him, stating that he was 759, (The Ribos Operation)
Turned 760, (The Power of Kroll)
The Sixth Doctor
Stated he was 900, (Revelation of the Daleks)
Later added that he was 900 ‘more or less,’ (The Mysterious Planet)
The Seventh Doctor
Was the same age as the Rani: 953, (Time and Rani)
The Ninth Doctor
Claimed to be 900, (Aliens of London, The Empty Child)
The Tenth Doctor
Was 903 during the Titanic incident, (The Voyage of the Damned)
…And 906 at the time of his death, (The End of Time)
The Eleventh Doctor
Had turned 907 by the time of the Crash of the Byzantium, (Flesh and Stone)
…Which he still was when he met the Dream Lord, (Amy’s Choice)
Was 909 when invited by his future self to America, who claimed to be 1103 (The Impossible Astronaut)
Appeared to be older than a thousand when he met George (Night Terrors)
Over 1200 (A Town Called Mercy)
In ‘The Pirate Planet’, Romana states that the Doctor has been travelling in the TARDIS for 523 years. The Doctor at the time of the Quest of Time is approximately 760. 760-523= 237. In the Doctor’s Wife, the TARDIS states that, they have been travelling for 700 years. If we presume the Doctor is still 909 then 909-700= 209. So presuming the TARDIS is rounding up, the Doctor was probably 237 when he stole her and she stole him.
I really dislike this option, after all the Doctor is a Time Lord. Surely he had some weird, Time Lord way of knowing how old he is. We know that he definitely knows his age in Time and Rani, but maybe the Time War has caused the Doctor to forget his age. Anyway I suppose this is an option especially as it’s the view that the Moff has on the question of the Doctor’s age.
The answer to all Doctor Who’s continuity problems. Time has been drastically rewritten by the war and so the Doctor has lost years from his past making him hundreds of years younger than he would be.
source *more in-depth information on the Time War: tardis.wikia.com...
In the Doctor Who continuity, the war occurs between the events of the 1996 film and the 2005 revived series. It is not directly depicted on-screen but has been frequently mentioned and alluded to since the show's return. The war's events and progression have never been fully explained. Short comments in various episodes act as hints, but the war was not thoroughly talked about until the 2007 series finale. The two-part special The End of Time (2009) provided further information.
After the major trauma of the Time War, the Doctor may have decided to start his travels afresh. The TARDIS respects his feelings and also restarts her count but still with the 200 year gap. So where was the Ninth for the first 900 years of his life? If we accept this theory to be true, then I guess that he spent those 900 years on Titan IV pondering his actions, just like his younger self decided to do after his violent rage in the Twin Dilemma, but this time in mourning.
My favourite option and, as far as I can see, it fits with the Time War and everything. Different planets have different length years. I’m no expert, but it’s something to do with the time that the planet takes to orbit it’s sun (or suns in, Gallifrey’s case.) So a year on Earth may be shorter or longer than a year on Gallifrey. In ‘Time and Rani’, the Doctor is definitely using Gallifreyan Years. Reason? He is using his age which is the same as the Rani’s to open a door in the Rani’s lab. It’s incredibly unlikely that the Rani would use her age in Earth Years to lock the door so presumably it is Gallifreyan. If we presume the Sixth Doctor is also giving his age in Gallifreyan Years then our problem suddenly vanishes.
Look at it like is: prior to the Time War, the Doctor gave his age in his home planet’s years which aren’t the same as our years. After the life changing Time War, he adopts Earth as his new home planet (hence his enhanced fondness of it in the Modern Series) and also starts to calculate his age in Earth Years.
So what is an Earth Year to a Gallifreyan Year? If we take the TARDIS’ word that the ’909 year old’ Doctor has literally been travelling with her for 700 Earth Years then he stole her at the age of 209. According to Romana, the Doctor stole the TARDIS at the age of 237. So 237 Gallifreyan Years is equal to 209 Earth Years. This means one Earth Year is 1.133971291866 Gallifreyan Years. So when the Ninth Doctor claims to be 900, he is actually 900*1.133971291866= 1020 Gallifreyan Years. 1020 fits in perfectly with the Doctor’s age in the classic series! Hooray! Problem solved! Eureka!
So one final problem: how old is the 1200 Earth year old Doctor in Gallifreyan years? Using our newly found Earth Years to Gallifreyan Years calculator, the answer is 1360, more or less.
Originally posted by xDeadcowx
Rule #1: The Doctor lies
Originally posted by youdidntseeme
I happen to think that the show is less of a show about a time traveling madman with a box and more of the story of his companions.
Originally posted by xDeadcowx
Honestly i think his age is kept vague intentionally to prevent the show writing its self in to a corner.
Originally posted by DISRAELI
I suggest that the Doctor does not lie, but forgets.
It's rational that he should have a mental mechanism that keeps a lot of memories out of his conscious mind, because all the memories of such a long life would overwhelm his mind if they were kept conscious.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
I believe that a Timelords age is in constant flux. Because they are beings whose entire philosophy involves movement through time, interaction with improbable quantum effects, some of them part of thier actual biological make up, it could be that The Doctor's age is not unknown to him as much as it is unknowable.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
UNLESS someone takes his baby cradle that we saw on 'Demons Run' and tests it.
Then we might know.