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The Best Doctors of Doctor Who

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The best doctors of Doctor Who are as unique as the universe they inhabit, despite sharing certain personality traits and essentially portraying the same character through its bodily evolutions. The actors who portray the Doctor on Doctor Who are some of the chief reasons the show has ascended as one of the top cult TV series in history with the show also being recognized as one of the best Sci-Fi series of all time. If you're all caught up and looking for more of that sci-fi goodness to watch, make sure to also check out our list of other shows like Doctor Who.

The 13 doctors of Doctor Who represent old-school actors like Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton, and newer actors who have used the Doctor character as a launching pad to bigger, equally awesome roles (David Tennant and Matt Smith). The greatest Doctor Who Doctors are the ones who handily abolish their enemies while forming a bond with the audience only an alien with a police box time machine possibly could. 

On December 25, 2017, Jodie Whittaker will become the Thirteenth Doctor, making her the woman Doctor. 

Who is the best Doctor from Doctor Who? With decades of the TV series in the can, there are myriad reasons to cast your vote for one Doctor Who cast member over another, and this is the place to do it. Whether you like the young Doctors of Doctor Who better than the old Doctor Who Doctors, you can vote for favorite Doctor Who Doctor right here.

You're probably lying awake at night wondering "Who is the best Doctor Who?" and realizing how awkward it is to ask that question. Well, wonder no more! Because here are the best Doctors ranked by fans, from best to worst. Even though they are all awesome.  

 

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  • 1
    5,116
    1,183

    David Tenant

    Tenth Doctor: 18 June 2005 – 1 January 2010
  • 2
    3,167
    1,067

    Tom Baker

    Fourth Doctor: 8 June 1974 – 21 March 1981
  • 3
    4,028
    1,398

    Matt Smith

    Eleventh Doctor: 1 January 2010 – 25 December 2013
  • 4
    2,914
    1,053

    Peter Capaldi

    Twelfth Doctor: 25 December 2013 – 25 December 2017
  • 5
    3,016
    1,181

    Christopher Eccleston

    Ninth Doctor: 26 March – 18 June 2005
  • 6
    1,626
    875

    Jon Pertwee

    Third Doctor: 3 January 1970 – 8 June 1974
  • 7
    1,406
    854

    William Hartnell

    First Doctor: 23 November 1963 – 29 October 1966
  • 8
    1,333
    851

    Patrick Troughton

    Second Doctor: 29 October 1966 – 21 June 1969
  • 9
    1,528
    1,085

    Jodie Whittaker

    Thirteenth Doctor: 25 December 2017 – Present
  • 10
    1,279
    948

    Peter Davison

    Fifth Doctor: 21 March 1981 – 16 March 1984
  • 11
    1,136
    852

    Paul McGann

    Eighth Doctor: 27 May 1996
  • 12
    1,079
    983

    Sylvester McCoy

    Seventh Doctor: 7 September 1987 – 6 December 1989, 27 May 1996
  • 13
    820
    1,209

    Colin Baker

    Sixth Doctor: 16 March 1984 – 6 December 1986