David Tennant narrowly beats Jodie Whittaker to be voted best ever Doctor Who
David Tennant has been voted the best ever Doctor Who.
Radio Times carried out a poll of more than 50,000 people, which saw the Scottish actor narrowly finish ahead of his nearest challenger Jodie Whittaker.
Just 95 votes separated the pair, who each received 21% of votes. David Tennant was chosen by 10,518 people compared to Whittaker’s 10,423.
Jodie is currently starring as The Doctor and is the first woman to take on the role, while Tennant played the part in the famous sci-fi series between 2005 and 2010.
Survey respondents were asked to choose between 13 Time Lords.
Peter Capaldi came third in the poll with 8,897 votes (18%) and Matt Smith attracted 7,637 votes (16%) placing him fourth, meaning the four most recent Doctors topped the poll. Tom Baker was fifth with 3,977 (8%).
Dr Who Online editor Sebastian J. Brook said David’s popularity is thanks to his role in making the franchise a bigger success in the US.
“David’s Doctor was the first that really made it internationally,” he said.
“He also helped even out the fanbase. It used to be about 70-80% male back in the day, and now it’s pretty much 50/50. Jodie helped that as well, so I’m pleased she’s so high up on the list.
“For many, Tom Baker is the top one. It’s interesting he isn’t top three.
“David Tennant has pipped him to the post. His stories are really well written as well, under Russell T. Davies.”
In 2013, a BBC America poll ranked Tom Baker as the top Doctor, with David Tennant in second place.
In the new poll, Peter Davidson, who played the Timelord in the 1980s, came bottom with just 351 votes (1%).
Huw Fullerton, sci-fi and fantasy editor at RadioTimes.com, said: “Over a decade after he left the Tardis behind and after nearly 50,000 votes were cast, it’s clear David Tennant is still Doctor Who fans’ perfect 10.
“But with Jodie Whittaker hot on his heels and a great showing for other recent Doctors like Peter Capaldi, it looks like the fans also hold other Time Lords close to their hearts.”