The Best Doctors of Doctor Who

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 became 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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Ranked by
  • David Tennant
    8,755 votes
    Tenth Doctor: 18 June 2005 – 1 January 2010
  • Matt Smith
    7,756 votes
    Eleventh Doctor: 1 January 2010 – 25 December 2013
  • Tom Baker
    6,106 votes
    Fourth Doctor: 8 June 1974 – 21 March 1981
  • Christopher Eccleston
    6,211 votes
    Ninth Doctor: 26 March – 18 June 2005
  • Peter Capaldi
    5,576 votes
    Twelfth Doctor: 25 December 2013 – 25 December 2017
  • Jon Pertwee
    3,786 votes
    Third Doctor: 3 January 1970 – 8 June 1974