Radio Times made one of the biggest attempts to answer a question that regularly dominates Whovian discussions and divides fans. Offering the choice between 13 actors who played the Doctor, starting with William Hartnell in 1963, fans were simply asked to choose what they preferred.
Tennant led the poll with 10,518 votes, but family tensions are likely to intensify this week due to the bottom-ranking actor. In thirteenth place, with 315 votes, he was Peter Davison, Fifth Doctor Father-in-law, Tennant, Georgia.
95 votes just behind Tennant was Whitaker, the first woman to play the Time Lord. Each received 21% of the vote. Third in the poll was Peter Capaldi with 8,897 votes (18%), followed by Matt Smith with 7,637 votes (16%) and Tom Baker with 3,977 votes (8%).
It was astonishing that Tennant came out on top more than a decade after leaving the show, said Huw Fullerton, science fiction and fantasy editor for Radio Times.
“With hot Jodi Whitaker on his feet and the amazing showcase of other new doctors like Peter Capaldi, fans seem to keep their hearts on too.”
Tennant was 3 years old when he told his parents he wanted to be an actor with a reason Doctor Who. In 2005, his dreams came true when he was chosen to succeed Christopher Ecclestone in the highly successful Russell T. Davis revival of the show, where he stayed for three series.
He might be one of the UK’s most famous Shakespearean actor and star of several successful TV shows, including Broadchurch and Good Omens, but to many people, Tennant will always be Doctor Who. last week, He played serial killer Dennis Nielsen in ITV DesMaybe there were people asking, “Is this Doctor Who?”
In an interview with the Guardian, Tennant was elated about the attention the doctor brings throughout his life. He said it was “wonderful and humiliating but it means accepting modification in your life.”
Radio Times admitted the question of who is the best It was the doctor who brought it up many times over the years. But with Whitaker at the helm – “and with no hint of delivering her the sonic screwdriver anytime soon” – now seemed a good time for a renewed debate.
There were rules. Voters can only choose the “leading” doctors – “the actors who have lawfully filled the role of the current physician at one time or another”, which means no John Hurt (“War Doctor”), Joe Martin (“The Runaway Doctor”), Peter Cushing (film Doctor, not considered part of Doctor Who canon) or David Bradley (who played the first doctor in the reboot series).
This means that Paul McGann, Eighth Doctor who starred in the 1996 TV movieCan be included. The film was, on a big budget, the first attempt to revive the show after it was disqualified by the BBC. He failed in this regard, but McGann, who also played the Doctor in an audio drama, managed to get a respectable 1,427 votes, or 3%.
1. David Tennant 10,518 / 21%
2- Judy Whitaker 10,423 / 21%
3- Peter Capaldi 8897/18%
4. Matt Smith 7,637 / 16%
5. Tom Baker 3977/8%
6- William Hartnell 1,983 / 4%
7- Paul McGann 1,427 / 3%
8. Christopher Ecclestone 1,144 / 2%
9. John Bertoy 1,038 / 2%
10- Patrick Troton 915/2%
11- Sylvester McCoy 462/1%
12- Colin Baker 359/1%
13. Peter Davison 351/1%