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Scott Newman
Scott Newman

Come jump aboard the TARDIS for a trip down memory lane to revisit the eleven personalities of our favourite time lord from Gallifrey, Doctor Who.

I have made a top 10 ranking of my favourite Doctor listing my favourite characteristics of each unique personality!








? Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor 2010 – current)

Amy Pond and Rory Williams
Youthful, quick-tempered, modern fashioned, bow ties & compassionate
The Eleventh Doctor is the youngest looking Doctor but the oldest incarnation. He has rather large boots to fill with his predecessors. Now, carry on into the rankings of who I thought the best Doctor was?

  10.  Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor 1996)

Grace Holloway
Passionate, enthusiastic, eccentric, old fashioned, romantic & psychic
The Eighth Doctor was only part of one television movie in an attempt to revive the character. He was controversial for being the first Doctor to kiss his companion. He had the ordeal of facing the Master in a show down. In the Doctor Who novels there are a lot of stories regarding the eighth Doctor however this pilot did not eventuate in a series for this Doctor unfortunately. 

9.  Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor 1984 – 1986)

Peri Brown and Mel Bush
Colourful, unpredictable, mood swings, fatalistic, curly hair, egotistical & arrogant
The Sixth Doctor was not the most likeable Incarnation. He came across very “Mr. Know it all” not respecting his companions. (Peri & Mel) I remember growing up with this Doctor the most. He really annoyed me as he was nothing like his former selves. He was very colourful in fashion often miss-matching his style. Well known for his love of cats as he wore a cat brooch. This Doctor stood out to me having the most out worldly dark personality. This Doctors companions were very tolerant of his attitude!

8.  William Hartnell (First Doctor 1963 – 1966)

Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicky, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet,
Polly Wright and Ben Jackson
Old, Abrasive, un-trustworthy, grandfather (of Susan), tongue-tied, smoking pipe & walking cane
The first original Doctor was the oldest in appearance but the youngest in time lord years. He was deceivingly agile and intelligent even though he looked like a frail old geezer. He travelled with Susan his granddaughter taking her on adventures in the TARDIS. He was the first to encounter the two main alien enemies the Daleks and the Cybermen. He was very hard on the human travellers except Susan. This Doctor was the elder statesman of the Doctors. I didn’t grow up watching this Doctor or the Second but remember watching re-runs as well as special shows celebrating the series.

 7.  Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor 1966 – 1969)

Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield and Zoe Heriot
Flute, scruffy, clever, hat, bow ties, kilt & goofy
The Second Doctor had the appearance of someone you couldn’t take seriously. This trait was shown when often his enemies would underestimate his intelligence and wit. Playing the recorder flute was one of his unique trademarks.  He had a couple of popular sayings like “when I say run, run” and “oh my giddy aunt” He defeated some of the best enemies of all the Doctors including the Ice Warriors. (This is one of this doctors most famous episodes) He also started the long standing friendship with the Brigadier on Earth.

6.  Christopher Eccleston (Ninth Doctor 2005)

Rose Tyler, Adam Mitchell and Jack Harkness
Joker, Gritty, “northern accent”, melancholy, psychic paper, modified sonic screwdriver, leather jacket, “fantastic” & manic
The Ninth Doctor was the great return of the time lord after a 16 year absence from TV. . He became the sole survivor of his race. Totally different from his former selves and introduced the new era of Doctor Who He was accompanied by the beautiful Rose Tyler. (Who becomes a love interest for the Doctor) He was tough on the outside showing determination and independence. He also came across quite crazy at times. His catch phrase was “fantastic!”

5.  Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor 1981 – 1984)

Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, Kamelion and Peri Brown
Cricket ball and uniform, coin, indecisive, spectacles & a celery stalk
The Fifth Doctor was very memorable with a happy go lucky personality. He was very genuine and caring for his companions much like most the other doctors. I grew up watching this Doctor thinking that he really is different from the last two Doctors in a lot of ways. He really re-created the Doctor’s role with his tenure. This Doctor was full of courage as he was willing to take chances with his companions and enemies. He sometimes sported question marks on his clothing which became a trend for the other Doctors.

 4.  Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor 1987 – 1996)

Mel Bush & Ace
Funny, spoons, white hat, cane, secretive, serious and cunning
The Seventh Doctor was arguably the most successful Doctor. He was very cunning in defeating his enemies and had a lot of success. He was non violent in his ways, outsmarting enemies and even his companions who were quite clever. He was a secretive, deceptive Doctor yet had a funny side to him often making people under estimate his intelligence. This Doctor gave more insight into the time lord’s background. As the other Doctors were he was very much a hero. I feel he was very much an underrated Doctor as he added such a different insight into the mysterious character.

 3.  Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor 1970 – 1974)

Liz Shaw, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith
Bessie (Whomobile), karate, gadgets, the brigadier (UNIT), sonic screwdriver, long coats & frilled shirts
The Third Doctor was stuck on earth working with the organisation UNIT led by the Brigadier. This Doctor had a no nonsense approach and not shy to get physical with the enemy. He faced some of the most famous creatures like the Autons, Sea Devils, the Sontarans and of course the Daleks. He had a lot of sayings like “reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” This Doctor stands out as his charismatic appeal was very memorable. He drove around in Bessie and was always into gadgets. Gees, he even looks like a Doctor! His companions were among the best that the Doctor has ever had.

 2.  David Tennant (Tenth Doctor 2005 – 2010)

Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, Sarah Jane Smith, K9, Astrid Perth, Jackson Lake & Rosita, Christina de Souza, Adelaide Brooke and Wilfred Mott
Youthful, new age, charming, unpredictable, glasses, charismatic, passionate, caring & well dressed
The Tenth Doctor was the modern day Doctor. He will leave a legacy as he had a very sensitive side and set the bench mark for the new Doctor. He is hugely popular as he is young and attractive, cool and very clever. You have to have a soft spot for this Doctor as he wore his alien hearts on his sleeve with a brilliant side to him. He had charisma to burn. A lot of people will argue that he was the best Doctor and there is a very good case here. What amazes me about this Doctor is all of the heartbreak he went through and how he made everything alright in the end selflessly. David Tennant brought back popularity to Doctor Who playing the role perfectly in his own right. His performance was a perfect tribute to the great actors before him. He earns the award as the best reprise from the best Doctor... 

1.       Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor 1974 – 1981)

Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, K9 (Mark I & Mark II), Romana (I & II), Adric, Tegan Jovanka and Nyssa
Multi-coloured long scarf, curly hair, jelly babies, brown hat, facial expressions, articulate & sonic screwdriver
The Fourth Doctor was the most recognisable as well as being infamous for his eccentric speech and fashion style. He is in my opinion the greatest Doctor. You cannot deny that having Sarah Jane Smith as his long term companion did not hurt his popularity. The most entertaining doctor with his great smile, intense stares and sense of humour.  The personality of the Doctor was of adventure and bewildering his enemies with his wit. He also had a physical side as he notably thwarted the Daleks (Davros creator of the Daleks knows all about this Doctor!), Cybermen and the Master. This Doctor arguably had the best companions overall. When I think of Doctor Who ... I think of Tom Baker, The fourth Doctor!
The Doctors Companions
The Doctors Regenerations

The Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith
Who was the best Doctor? Do you agree with my list? Please feel free to comment with your favourite Doctor ranking. Thank you!

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