David Tennant has been nominated as the doctor of choice by more than 50,000 fans, narrowly mocking current official Jodi Whitaker – and leaving his own father-in-law in the dust.
The Radio Times has made the greatest effort to answer a question that dominates regular Hovian debates and divides fans. By giving a choice of 13 actors who played the role of Doctor with William Hartnell in 1963, fans were asked to choose only their choice.
Tennant came out on top with 10,518 votes, but family tensions are likely to intensify this week as the actor came down. In 13th place, the fifth doctor by a margin of 315 votes was Georgia, the fifth doctor and the father of Tenant’s wife.
Whittaker, who played for Time Lord, received only 95 votes behind Tennant, receiving 21% of the vote in each play. Peter Capaldi came in third with 6977 votes (18%), Matt Smith with 7,6377 votes (1 %%) and Tom Buck with 3,97777 votes (6%).
Hugh Fullerton, the sci-fi and fantasy editor of Radio Times, said Tenant had been at the top for more than a decade after leaving the show.
“Jody Whitaker is hot on her heels and with the recent performances of other recent doctors like Peter Capaldi, fans seem to have other Time Lords in their hearts.”
Tennant was three years old when he told his parents that he wanted to be an actor because of Dr. Hu. In 2005, her dreams came true when she was for three series of Russell T. Davis, starring Christopher Ecclestone in the show’s hugely successful revival.
He may be one of the most famous Shakespeare actors in the UK and the star of many hit TV shows, including Broadchurch and Good Women, but for many, Tenant will always be a doctor. Last week, playing serial killer Dennis Nielsen on the ITV series Day, people probably asked: “Who is that doctor?”
In an interview with the Guardian, Tennant was delighted with Dr. Anand’s focus on lifelong attention. This is a great, humble thing, he said, but it does not mean accepting a consistency in your life.
The Radio Times acknowledged the question of who was the best doctor raised several times over the years. But the well-known Whitaker – “and soon there’s no sign of him losing his hand in the Sonic screwdriver” – seemed to be a good time to renew the debate.
There were rules. Voters could only choose “leadership” doctors – “actors who at one time or another acted as on-duty doctors”, not John Hart (“war doctor”), Joe Martin (“fugitive doctor”), Peter Cushing (A film doctor, not considered part of Dr. Hu Cannon) or David Bradley (who played the first doctor in the rebooted series).
That means Paul McGann, the eighth doctor who starred in the 1996 TV movie, could be included. It was the first attempt to recover the film with a huge budget after it was suddenly leaked by the BBC. It failed in that case, but McGann, who also played a doctor in an audio drama, still received the respectable 1,427 votes or 3%.
1. David Tenant 10,518 / 21%
2. Jodi Whitaker 10,423 / 21%
3. Peter Capaldi 8,897 / 18%
4. Matt Smith 7,637 / 16%
5. Tom Baker 3,977 / 8%
6. William Hartnell 1,983 / 4%
7. Paul McGann 1,427 / 3%
. Christopher Eccleston 1,144 / 2%
9. John Partwie 1,038 / 2%
10. Patrick Tratton 915/2%
11. Sylvester McCoy 462/1%
12. Colin Baker 359/1%
13. Peter Davison 351/1%
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