Who’s the Best Doctor Who and Why?

One of the most prevalent questions among science fiction fans, both new ones and veterans, is “Who played (or plays) the Time Lord in the TARDIS best?” This is a question I have some trepidation in answering, partly because I’m not British and have to wait for Doctor Who to air on BBC America. If you really pressed me, the best I could do would be to break them up between “new Who” (the rebooted era beginning with Christopher Eccleston, through David Tennant, Matt Smith, and the soon-to-be 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi) and “classic Who” (starting with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann in a single FOX film).

My favourite classic Doctor, and by extension my favourite classic Doctor Who episodes (all view, involve the classy yet awesome 5th Doctor, Peter Davison (whom David Tennant admits was his favourite, winding up marrying the man’s daughter as the cherry on top of his fan boy-ism). He was always polite and had a sunny disposition, especially in his finale episode, The Caves of Androzani. While I don’t have access to an iPlayer, I was able to finally watch Doctor Who online via Netflix. I strongly recommend to any “Whovian” that you check this particular episode out, even if it ends with Baker’s doctor regenerating into Colin Baker’s psychotic version (who nearly killed Perry twice!).

As for my favourite Doctor of the ‘new Who,” I still have to go with David Tennant (Get it?). While it bugged me that the Daleks, iconic as well as a major source of Doctor Who merchandise, showed up an awful lot when they should have been extinct, Tennant’s innate fanboy nature really gave life to the Doctor and allowed me solder through the less than pleasing episodes (Daleks in Manhattan, not-so-much Love and Monsters, he was barely even present then). It doesn’t hurt that his run also saw the rise of two of the most menacing monsters in the Doctor Who universe; the Vashda Nerada and the Weeping Angels.

Now, if that doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, and you forced me to choose between Baker and Tennant, I’d probably say that Tennant was the best Doctor on the merit that I’ve seen more of his episodes than I have Baker’s So in summary, Tennant is the best Doctor.

This was a guest post by Frank Shultz. Entertainment journalist and one of the many Americans who love British things.
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