Favourite Who

Favourite Who

  • William Hartnell: 1963- 1966

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Patrick Troughton: 1966- 1969

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Jon Pertwee: 1970-1974

    Votes: 2 5.6%
  • Tom Baker: 1974-1981

    Votes: 16 44.4%
  • Peter Davison: 1981-1984

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Colin Baker: 1984-1986

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sylvester McCoy: 1987-1989

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Paul McGann: 1996

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Christopher Eccleston: 2005

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • David Tennant: 2005-2010

    Votes: 9 25.0%
  • Matt Smith: 2010-2013

    Votes: 4 11.1%
  • Peter Capaldi: 2013-2017

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • John Hurt (war doctor): 2013

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jodi Whittaker: 2018

    Votes: 2 5.6%

  • Total voters
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nixie

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Jodi now has a few episodes under her belt, thought I'd give us the chance to re-evalute our favourite Who.

I've included John Hurt as the war doctor but not Peter Cushing from the original films.

You can change your vote.

I'm still going for Tom Baker.
 

thaddeus6th

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Tom Baker for me. Jon Pertwee would probably be second favourite. Really enjoyed repeats as a child and it was mostly those two. For a while, recently, Freeview Channel 70 (Horror) had Dr Who episodes on around 7 or 8pm and saw some old ones I'd missed before.

Old Who > New Who. Better special effects don't make up for buggering up Davros.
 

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David Tennant, every time. Pathos, wit, humour - and you always felt he could salvage the situation.
 

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Tom Baker for me. Jon Pertwee is my second choice
 

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Tom Baker for me. Jon Pertwee would probably be second favourite.
Tom Baker for me. Jon Pertwee is my second choice
Same. And I don't think that's purely childhood nostalgia, because I was such a scaredy-cat as a child that I only started watching Doctor Who right at the very end of Tom Baker's stint. I then read pretty much all the novels that had been written at the time, but didn't see much of them on TV till much later, though I knew of them as actors from other things. I do find a lot of TB's and JP's adventures almost unwatchable now, but as The Doctor, they have a special magic.
 

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I grew up with Tom Baker, but David Tennent was such an amiable and charismatic Doctor that he's hard to beat. This is especially underlined by the emotional content of some of his story lines, which never really seems to come up with other recent portrayals. I did like Matt Smith with his nutty professor persona, but too few of his stories allowed him to shine.

2c. :)
 

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I voted for Matt Smith purely for the Pandorica Speech...

Well, no not purely; I just think he had some tremendous moments and he played it so well with all those subtle shifts in tone, expression and demeanour to completely change himself. The Nutty Professor persona, that was just a mask he wore; it was the moments when that mask slipped and we glimpsed the fury beneath that won him my vote.
 
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I voted for Matt Smith purely for the Pandorica Speech
I didn't vote for him but I do think he gave several awesome speeches. I really like the speech, the whole hospital roof scene with the giant eyeball aliens (Atraxi). It was his first episode and it let me know he wasn't going to ruin the show.
 

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Matt Smith was my first Doctor, and has a special place in my heart, but of course David Tennant is the king.

I still haven't caught up with all the old seasons, but I don't think anyone will beat David.
 

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I agree with a lot of what @Narkalui said.

For me I think Matt Smiths subtle shift in tone and character were absolutely great, I also think the Pandorica season is the best overall season of any of the New Who in both scope and scale. The later seasons were not as good but I think it was difficult to top destroying and creating the Universe.

The Speech of Akhaten was also a fantastic Matt Smith speech, full of emotion and intensity.

I also think Rory and Amy were great companions and the relationship with River was complex and well thought out. Also some really great comedic moments which Matt worked with fantastically - like the episode with the football and the one with the Fez.

Having not watched much old Who it was always going to be a decision between the New Who's for me and Matt Smith just nails it.

Matt Smith > Tenant > Eccleston >Capaldi/Whittaker in joint last - because ive not watched Whittaker and I never really got on with Capaldi.
 

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Well, Tom Baker was "my Doctor" and that hasn't changed having re-watched his run as an adult.

However, the Matt Smith run was very strong and as others have said, the way he shifted from fun(ny), loveable persona to angry/don't-mess-with-me was very well done.

But as I mentioned in another thread, how much of what a Doctor is like depends on the actor, and how much on the writing/direction?
 

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But as I mentioned in another thread, how much of what a Doctor is like depends on the actor, and how much on the writing/direction?
I agree with this.

I think the later Smith seasons had deteriorating writing and the Capaldi stuff just became awful when I stopped watching - it wasn't just the writing, the stories were demonstrably less complex and twisty and turny and timey wimey - the Smith era story/writing did fantastic long arcs with great character focus close ups.

Although I really started watching New Who with Eccleston I always considered Matt Smith to be the best and he had a very tough act to follow on from David Tennant.

Interestingly I met Eccleston just before he became the Dr after watching him perform in Hamlet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse - he seemed a really down to earth bloke.
 

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It’s a hard choice. I love Capaldi as an actor (when he does a speech, especially, seriously excellent, like the one in the War Room, or to the Master duo) and I liked his grouchy, standoffish Doctor that had an iron clad commitment to duty of care. But yes, unfortunately the episodes he was in weren’t always very good.

I’m enjoying Jodie as she feels like a new breath of fresh air, enjoying her more lighthearted ways, her genuine enthusiasm for everything and her ‘go team!’ ethic, but I am still waiting to see the more serious side.

And so it’s still Matt Smith for me. He was a perfect mix of professor/mad man/slapstick comedian. I remember exactly when I knew he’d be good, it was in his very first episode where he bent towards young Amy and said “Come along, Pond.” He had that feeling of someone very old and wise inside a young, crazy body (and if I recall correctly, after saying that he promptly turned and walked into a tree).
 

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Even though Pertwee was my first, I have to go with Baker. It would be hard to distinguish between Pertwee and Davison as my second choice.
 

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I vaguely recall William Hartnell... abominable snowmen that each carried a silver sphere in a (marsupial?) pouch... and a Dalek story (that included the emperor) about a Victorian inventor and his daughter???

Patrick Troughton was fun, Jon Pertwee spent far too much time on Earth rebuilding the TARDIS (he was missing a bit) and Tom Baker was brilliant...

Still, I voted for David Tennant - those early seasons of the new who were outstanding.
 

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As a child of the seventies, I went with Baker. (Although I did prefer the companions of Pater Davidson’s doctor. )

Matt Smith is my favourite of the newer Doctors, though.
 

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I got a Brit Box subscription on Amazon so I can go back through the classic Who. I've been having some fun watching Jon Pertwee because he's so different. Fighting, shooting and jujitsuing his way through bad guys.
 

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Not really a Who fan but of the ones I have seen it is Tom Baker, followed by Patrick Troughton and Pertwee for me (although Peter Cushing would be second if he counted). The character was a grandfatherly figure and Tom Baker's was more like a sci-fi Sherlock but I think that is what made him the most interesting.
 
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