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TheDarkwolf - 11/23/2013, 9:40 AM
I could have voted for Paul McGann or David Tennant, these 3 including Christopher Eccleston, at least for me have presented the most adult story presentation of the Doctor, I thought Paul McGann's movie would spark a better chance of starting the show off again, actually hoped it would, and David Tennant's was also a good show to watch
TheDarkwolf - 11/23/2013, 9:44 AM
that should have been 2 instead of 3
JohnMagee - 11/23/2013, 9:50 AM
Jesus I hate the results of this poll - yes I'm glad Doctor Who is back - but the 'modernization' of geek culture of course ignores the history and brilliance of the guys who came before them - remember when doctor who stories were multi part stories? When the attention span of the viewer was more than 45 minutes? When Tom Baker had a multi story arc with Ramona to put together the key?

The poll results are just as disappointing as the dstruction of Comic-Con
DemonBowler - 11/23/2013, 10:40 AM
But the great thing about dr who is that it acknowledges the past and references it continually, it is not that viewers have the attention span of 45 minutes it's that America wants 45 minutiae long episodes. Blink, family of Blood, empty child and doctors wife are great episodes which knows the old and bring in new ideas. We don't want to see rehashes of the same as old geek shows (as shown by the hate for into darkness)
Danbojohnj - 11/23/2013, 10:52 AM
Tom Baker by a country mile.
RedeyeJedi - 11/23/2013, 11:12 AM
Eccleston, I loved how he seemed to be a little unhinged, almost dangerous. I felt like with him, anything could happen.
ChiefJudge - 11/23/2013, 11:16 AM
We now know that Eccleston is the 10th Doctor, Tennant the 11th and Smith the 12th. As John Hurt is technically the 9th. We could be a stickler and count tyhe Valyard from trial of a time lord as we know he was an incarnation of the doctor as well. Just sayin'
Facade - 11/23/2013, 11:42 AM
I only watched for 4th-7th.
Cles - 11/23/2013, 12:05 PM
Tom Baker. These results are disappointing indeed.
Cles - 11/23/2013, 12:08 PM
I do believe that Smith really gets the role, though. It would have been interesting to see what he would have done with a better show runner.
Mentok - 11/23/2013, 1:21 PM
Tennant, then Baker.
CyberBishop - 11/23/2013, 1:25 PM
I started with Pertwee in the late 70's (they showed some of his episodes on PBS down here) but Baker is my fav then Tennant. I really wish they did more with Mcgann though besides the audio books.
RRA - 11/23/2013, 1:27 PM
He's not the best, but I remember as a kid seeing the McCoy serials on my local PBS station. Very fond memories, he's who I usually associate with the part.

If you're asking me who's best, I could say Baker since that's a safe pick and he had a treasure chest full of great stories in his era. But this poll asked who's your "favorite" Doctor, and thus I have to stick up for the Scotty Doctor here.

(Plus all things considered, DW was actually getting kinda awesome again with McCoy when BBC cancelled it.)
JorEllinator - 11/23/2013, 1:44 PM
Tom Baker IS the Doctor and the others stand in his shadow.
Favourite to least
4,11,6,3,5,7,2,9,8,1,10
Tennant is the most overrated and my least favourite. Well, this could be because of the TERRIBLE writing at that period. I am of the opinion that The Doctor has never been played by a bad actor but it doesn't mean he hasn't been written badly.
RRA - 11/23/2013, 1:59 PM
The poll results don't surprise me. Why?

(1) Most DW viewers anymore are those that either started with the relaunch in 2005, or began afterwards whether with Tennant or Smith. They have little to no interest in exploring the previous doctors of the "OldWho."

(2) Plus it doesn't help that BBC America doesn't play reruns of "OldWho." OK they did show one serial per Doctor earlier this year, but otherwise I'm baffled by why they won't show reruns. My only guess is that BBC is deathly tired that the cheap FX and sometimes cheesyness will become a stain on DW and turn fans against it, which is BBC America's MVP program.

Of course this is stupid because you still have STAR TREK reruns on TV with the cardboard sets and goofy-designed creatures while J.J. Abrams has those new movies of his rebooted TREK. I really wish BBC America would show those reruns. Do it late at night, give people a chance to explore DW pre-2005 because otherwise only fans buy the DVDs (or Netflix them).
HeadPool420 - 11/23/2013, 2:18 PM
Tom Baker all the way! He was the Dr when I was a kid so he's always gonna be my fav.
beane2099 - 11/23/2013, 2:35 PM
I also vote Tom Baker. I could say that modern fans are just unexposed to the previous Doctors but that's a load of crap. I was first exposed to Doctor Who on PBS as a youngin' in the 80's. To find out more about him I had to go to the library and read books. Cause all of a sudden Tom Baker turned into Peter Davison and I was all "WHHAAA?" In reading, that's how I found out about Hartnell, Troughton, and Pertwee. I had to read about their adventures because repeats were few and far between and these things weren't on VHS.

So in a lot of cases it's not just lack of exposure (cause that can be overcome). It's also plain apathy. We live in an age where all you have to is open up a Google search and type in Doc (cause Google fills in the rest) and you're given a plethora of databases. Given that if you STILL you can't be bothered to look something up, how much of a fan can you really be? In the 80's my knowledge wasn't limited to just what was in the 80's.

Of course one could argue there's a lot more stuff out there now and it's hard to keep track of everything. But my counter to that is that information accessibility being what it is (I mean you look up stuff on your phone) levels the playing field on that.
localman22 - 11/23/2013, 3:30 PM
Tom Baker had a wonderful combination of characteristics. He could be silly or serious, funny or tragic, cavalier or considerate. He was physically a big guy, so it was more believable that he could handle some of the physical confrontations.

Peter Davidson was my next favorite because he was so charming. Eccelston and Pertwee are about equal next for me.
marcvader1 - 11/23/2013, 3:31 PM
Tom Baker is who.
lanternstorm - 11/23/2013, 6:17 PM
Matt Smith is the only TRUE Doctor.
pesmerga44 - 11/23/2013, 6:33 PM
Sorry as they say your first Doctor is your favorite Doctor and I got into Doctor Who because of David Tennant. He is my Doctor I have regrettably never seen anything before the 2005 revival mainly because I wasn't alive for the majority of it and I also didn't even know about it until the revival. I would watch the older episodes but because both the dvd's are ridiculously expensive I mean older anime volume expensive like 30 bucks for 3-4 episode expensive and I don't like to torrent videos from online. So I only know Tennant and most of Smith sorry to disappoint older Whovians who look down on the new age.
FranHevia - 11/23/2013, 10:34 PM
Shouldn't John Hurt be in this countdown too?
BeyondTheGrave - 11/24/2013, 1:08 AM
shouldn't the numbers be revised though given what happened after day of the doctor? which I loved and hated.
Palmerdale - 11/24/2013, 7:26 AM
I voted for Colin Baker. His time as the Doctor was littered with some of the worst scripts the series has seen, and the show was basically hated by big-wigs at the BBC. Despite all this, he did the best job of giving us a character that was clearly tied to all his predecessors, especially Hartnell's irascibility and Pertwee's dramatic flair.

It's difficult to find any of the actors as a terrible choice -- each has strengths. I prefer the classic series over the new series, as the new series tends to focus on the companion a little too much, and the Doctor appears at times to merely be the companion's latest love interest. It's not unlikely for the new series to put the companion in the Doctor's traditional role as 'savior'. (Rose and Bad Wolf, Martha saves Earth, Donna saves the universe, Amy rebuilds the entire universe, etc.) Once is okay, but it is becoming commonplace now.

AC1 - 11/24/2013, 9:45 AM
For me, it goes (from favourite to least favourite) Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, William Hartnell, Paul McGann, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Christopher Eccleston, Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, Patrick Troughton, Colin Baker.

- Smith is at the top because I think he revitalised the role in a way that even Tennant didn't manage to; he struck a perfect balance between the irresponsible, reckless genius and the protective father figure, despite looking so young.
- Tennant is second as he's the Doctor I'm most familiar with apart from Smith, and he played the whimsical hero very well, while showing an underlying darkness that rarely emerged.
- I'm counting John Hurt in my list because I thought he was brilliant in the episode, really loved his portrayal. He was the best part of The Day of The Doctor, and if we had an actual series with him in the role he'd probably take the top Doctor spot for me.
- William Hartnell recently jumped up the list for me; after watching An Adventure In Space And Time (Mark Gatiss' dramatization of the beginnings of Doctor Who and the Hartnell era) I gained a deeper appreciation for his contribution and legacy within the show, and went on to watch his first four episodes, which cemented his position in the list for me.
- Paul McGann was brilliant in an otherwise mediocre movie, blending various elements of other Doctors (especially the dry wit of many of them, the First Doctor's bluntness, the Fourth's love of Jelly Babies, etc.) McGann managed to be even better in The Night of The Doctor mini-ep, despite only being on screen for six(ish) minutes. Also, he was the first Doctor to appear after I was born, which is pretty cool.
- Tom Baker is the first Doctor I ever saw on screen, watching reruns of classic episodes on TV with my Dad on weekend mornings. He's possibly the most iconic Doctor, and I love his ability to effortlessly switch between the "eccentric clown" and "enigmatic and stern" personas.
- Peter Davison I'm not too familiar with, but from what I've seen I've noticed a lot of similarities with Tennant's Doctor (and Tennant has stated Davison's portray of The Doctor was his favourite, so that makes sense). His was the first Doctor to show the duality of a character that is personified quite often as an ancient mind in a young body, which is especially evident later on in Tennant and Smith's runs (and, to an extent, McGann's)
- Christopher Eccleston was the first Doctor to appear in a series during my lifetime (not counting McGann seeing as he only appeared in the movie at that point). I liked what he did with the role, and I liked the darkness he played the character with.
- Jon Pertwee is another Doctor I'm not too familiar with, having only seen a few of his episodes. However, I liked aspects of his portrayal, especially his authoritativeness and showmanship.
- Sylvester McCoy's ranking in my list is mostly based on the movie, as I don't think I've ever seen any of his episodes (and if I have, I don't remember them). He did well with what he had to work with in the movie, and I liked the slightly manipulative nature of his Doctor.
- Patrick Troughton is so low simply because I've never actually seen any of his episodes. If I had, I think he may have been placed higher.
- Colin Baker is at the bottom because I really didn't like his version of The Doctor. His version was really pompous and rude, and I found it difficult to watch more than a couple of his episodes. Plus, that stupid coat he wore made me unable to take him seriously at all, despite his persona, so he just seemed like a joke to me.
Tivis014 - 11/24/2013, 9:09 PM
Oh man Jon Pertwee years are my absolute favorite story wise. Love the banter between him and the Brig. My second choice being Eccleston because he is the one who brought me into this series.
Omegacron - 11/25/2013, 10:08 AM
When I was a kid, the Baker episodes were always on PBS so that's the one I most associate with the role. When looking at all twelve, though, Tennant is my overall favorite with Baker coming in a close second.

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